Test yourself…


“If someone wants to wallow in self pity, let him. You are not asked to test the man but to test yourself. You are not asked to prove it to another, just yourself. See the world as nothing more than yourself pushed out and everything in it as aiding the birth of your imagination, for the behavior of the world relative to you (is) determined by the concept you hold of yourself. It doesn’t really matter what your individual personal life is; the whole vast world is yourself pushed out and everyone in it is there to aid the birth of all of your imaginal acts. Regardless of whether it takes one or one hundred thousand, everyone will play his part, and you don’t have to ask his permission for your world is animated by your own wonderful human imagination.

“So the first thing you are asked to do is examine yourselves to see if you are holding to the faith. If you are satisfied that you are, then test yourselves. Then he asked the question: ‘Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?’ The average person would answer negatively, but I ask you: ‘Is Jesus Christ in you as another? Do you think of him as a second person to be addressed as Lord or Christ? Do you not realize that you are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you?’ If you can answer this last question in the affirmative, are you still going to test him as another?

“God first reveals himself as God Almighty (El Shaddai), telling us in the 6th chapter of Exodus: ‘I made myself known unto Abraham and Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known.’ The word ‘Lord’ means ‘I am.’ God’s name has now been revealed to you as ‘I am.’ Now, ask yourself this question: ‘Do I realize that I am the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in me? My awareness is the Spirit of God which dwells in me, God’s temple.’ If you know your awareness, your I Amness, is Jesus Christ, you cannot think of him as a second person, as someone other than yourself, can you? I know it sounds arrogant but this is what Paul is trying to tell everyone.

“Did this lady turn to anyone and ask him to take 25 pounds off her friend? No. She did it all within her wonderful human imagination. Scripture tells us: ‘All things are made by him and without him was not anything made that was made.’ Did 25 pounds come off? Yes. And if all things are made by him, who is he who removed the excess pounds? He is the Lord Christ Jesus, the human imagination.”

Neville Goddard, from the lecture “Test Yourself”

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