(This article originally appeared in issue #16 of my newsletter Metanoia)
With Neville Goddard’s teachings, I find myself often trying to distill the message he put across into the simplest terms possible, so that when I feel “stuck,” I can find a quick and easy way out.
See what you think of this:
Our unconditioned awareness of being is God.
Neville: “When you say ‘I am,’ that’s God.”
Athanasius: “God became man that man might become God.” We are God, the Elohim: “a compound unity, one made up of many.”
This is why the two greatest commandments are said to be “Hear O Israel, the Lord, our God, the Lord is one” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
If we are all God, then there is no “other,” and the Golden Rule becomes not prescriptive (“Thou shalt do unto others as you would have them do unto you”), but DEscriptive (“When you do unto others, you are doing unto yourself.”)
When we condition our awareness of being (I AM) with feeling, it is a creative act.
We have been using this principle of creative imagining– bringing forth reality via our assumptions– our whole lives, only we weren’t aware of it.
Neville: “A man does not attract what he wants. He attracts what he is,” or what he feels to be true.
All things bring forth after their kind.
If I feel “I am rich, I am poor, I am healthy, I am ill, I am loved, I am unloved, I am worthy, I am unworthy,” or other things to be true, then they bring forth after their kind; they reproduce in my world.
Few people want to be poor, ill, unloved, or unworthy, but if they feel that they are, then their world will reflect this.
To quote William Blake: “What seems to be is, to those to whom it seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful consequences, to those to whom it seems to be. But divine mercy steps beyond and redeems us in the body of Jesus.”
The “body of Jesus” is our capacity to create and redeem using our imaginative faculty, or, as the Apostle Paul said, “Jesus Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
The acts that Jesus performed in the Bible were more than just stories of one-off “miracles;” they were intructive parables meant to show us how to use our imaginative powers creatively to bring forth desired ends.
The “good news” of the Gospel is that this principle can be used deliberately. We don’t have to settle for “what seems to be.” We can create a better reality for ourselves and for others by imagining deliberately.
Quoting Blake again, “All that we behold, though it appears without, it is within, in our imagination, of which this world of mortality is but a shadow.”
Neville: “An assumption– though false, though reason denies it and the evidence of my senses denies it– if persisted in will harden into fact.”
If my reality has come forth based on my assumptions –what I feel to be true– then it follows that if I assume (feel) that something is true– even though it’s denied by my senses– and I persist in that assumption, it should come forth in my world.
This is the test that the Apostle Paul called us to.
“Come test yourselves and see. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless, of course, you fail to meet the test.” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
The method of testing and bringing forth a desired reality is via prayer.
Prayer is not supplication, wishing, or begging.
Prayer is the act of assuming that your desired end is already an accomplished fact.
Neville: “Go to the end. The end is where we begin.”
No matter what we desire, the end is always: How would I feel if my desire was an accomplished fact?
“When you pray, whatsoever you desire, believe that you have already received it and you will.” (Mark 11:24)
And: “But as for you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber and lock your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret shall himself reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6)
In order to bring forth a desired end, it’s not only necessary to assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled, but also to turn away completely from any undesired fact or reality.
Lot’s wife turned to a pillar of salt when she looked back. (Genesis 19:26) Salt is a preservative. By looking back at undesired facts, we “preserve” them in our world.
Neville: “Don’t accept it as permanent. Don’t even accept it as temporary. Use the law to get out of it.”
Finally: “When Job prayed for his friends, his captivity was lifted, and the Lord gave him twice as much as before.” (Job 42:10)
Since “there is no other,” since “the Lord our God is one,” and since the Golden Rule is descriptive and not prescriptive, the highest use of prayer and imaginative principles is to use them lovingly on behalf of others.
How’s that for a start?
This article originally appeared in issue #16 of my biweekly print-only ‘zine Metanoia. To get the latest issue or to subscribe, click here.