NEVILLE GODDARD AND THE LAW OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Hypnotists harness the power of the subconscious mind of clients undergoing facilitated sessions. We know that the subconscious mind knows and records everything we do, and is capable of producing amazing change, the benefits resulting thereof we know can be very profound! But, can one directly harness the power of one’s own subconscious without undergoing a facilitated hypnotic session? A metaphysical author and lecturer named, Neville Goddard (1905 – 1972) wrote of this very topic and how to accomplish this for one’s self, by one’s self.
We should all strive to practice this because, as so eloquently stated in the poem “Invictus” by poet William Ernest Henley:
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
In Neville’s books, “Feeling is The Secret,” and “ Power of Awareness” he states the following:
Knowledge of the Law of Consciousness and the method of operating this law will enable you to accomplish all you desire in life.
Consciousness is the one and only reality, not figuratively, but actually.
The consciousness reality is divided into two parts, the conscious and subconscious.
In order to intelligently operate the law of consciousness, it is necessary to understand the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious.
The conscious mind is personal and selective; the subconscious mind is impersonal and non-selective.
The conscious mind is the realm of effect; the subconscious mind is the realm of cause.
These two aspects of mind are the male and female divisions of consciousness. The conscious mind is male; the subconscious mind is female.
The conscious mind generates ideas and impresses these ideas on the subconscious. The subconscious mind receives ideas and gives form and expression to them.
The conscious mind impresses the subconscious, while the subconscious mind expresses all that is impressed upon it.
Free Will actually means freedom to consciously select any idea you desire. By assuming the idea already to be a fact, it is converted into reality by the subconscious mind.
The subconscious does not originate ideas, but accepts as true those which the conscious mind feels to be true and, in a way known only to itself, objectifies the accepted ideas into everyday waking ‘conscious’ reality.
Control of the subconscious is accomplished through control of your ideas and feelings.
The subconscious mind contemplates a conscious feeling as a fact existing within itself and on this assumption proceeds to give expression (manifestation) to it. Ideas are impressed on the subconscious mind through the medium of feeling. No idea can be impressed on the subconscious mind until it is felt, but once felt, be it good, bad or indifferent, it must be expressed.
Feeling is the one and only medium through which ideas are conveyed to the subconscious. Therefore, the person who does not control his feelings may easily impress the subconscious mind with undesirable states. It is important to discipline one’s self to imagine and entertain only such feelings as contributes to your happiness and well being.
Never entertain an undesirable feeling, nor think sympathetically about wrong in any shape of form. Do not dwell on the imperfection of yourself or others. To do so is to impress the subconscious mind with these limitations. What you do not want done unto you, do not feel that it is done unto you or another.
Your body is an emotional filter and bears the unmistakable marks of your prevalent emotions. Emotional disturbances, especially suppressed emotions, are the causes of all disease.
The subconscious mind never fails to express that which has been impressed upon it. The moment it receives an impression, it begins to work out the ways of its expression. It accepts the feeling impressed upon it, your feeling, as a fact existing within itself and immediately sets about to produce in the outer or objective world the exact likeness of that feeling.
The subconscious is the womb of creation. It receives the idea felt. It never changes the idea received, but always gives it form.
To feel a state as hopeless or impossible is to impress the subconscious with the idea of failure.
The subconscious does serve man faithfully and gives form to his feelings. However, the subconscious has a distinct distaste for compulsion and responds to persuasion rather than to command. Consequently, it resembles a beloved mate more than a servant.
Mastery of self-control of your thoughts and feelings is your highest achievement. However, until perfect self-control is attained, use sleep and prayer to aid you in realizing your desired states. These are the two gateways into the subconscious.
It is in sleep and in prayer, a state akin to sleep, that man enters the subconscious to make impressions and receive his instructions. In these states the conscious mind and subconscious mind are creatively joined.
Whatever you have in consciousness as you go to sleep is the measure of your expression in the waking two-thirds of your life.
Nothing stops you from realizing your objective save your failure to feel that you are already that which you wish to be, or that you are already in possession of the thing sought. Your subconscious gives form to your desires only when you feel your wish fulfilled.
You should ALWAYS feel the wish fulfilled before you drop off to sleep.
To be realized, then, the wish or desire must be resolved into the feeling of being or having witnessing the state sought. This is accomplished by assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled. The feeling which comes in response to the question “How would I feel were my wish realized?” is the feeling which should monopolize and immobilize your attention as you relax into sleep. You must be in the consciousness of being or having that which you want to be or to have before you drop off to sleep.
Lie flat on your back with your head on the level with your body. Feel as you would were you in possession of your wish and quietly relax into unconsciousness. The subconscious never sleeps. Sleep is the door through which the conscious, waking mind passes to be creatively joined to the subconscious. In sleep, man impresses the subconscious with his conception of himself.
Night after night, you should assume the feeling of being, having and witnessing that which you seek to be, possess and see manifested. Never go to sleep feeling discouraged or dissatisfied. Never sleep in the consciousness of failure. Your subconscious, whose natural state is sleep, sees you as you believe yourself to be, and whether it be good, bad, or indifferent, the subconscious will faithfully embody your belief.
You are an eternal dreamer dreaming not-eternal dreams. Your dreams take form as you assume the feeling of their reality.
Knowing that nothing is impossible to consciousness, begin to imagine states beyond the experiences of the past. Whatever the mind of man can imagine, man can realize. All objective (visible) states were first subjective (invisible) states, and you called them into visible by assuming the feeling of their reality.
“Imagination creates reality” regardless of what you do/eat/drink physically.
Man awake is under compulsion to express his subconscious impressions.
Ideas enveloped in feeling are creative actions. Use your divine right wisely. Through your ability to think and feel, you have dominion over all creation.
Sleep is the door into heaven. What you take in as a feeling you bring out as a condition, action, or object in space. So sleep in the feeling of the wish fulfilled.
Prayer, like sleep, is also an entrance into the subconscious. The mind in prayer is in a state of relaxation and receptivity akin to the feeling attained just before dropping off to sleep.
Prayer is not so much what you ask for, as how you prepare for its reception. “Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray believe that you have received them, and ye shall have them.” [Mark 11:24]
Your prayer must be answered if you assume the feeling that would be yours were you already in possession of your objective. The moment you accept the wish as an accomplished fact, the subconscious finds means for its realization.
An example of application of the Law of Consciousness (or law of assumption) according to Neville is his personal one shared in one of his books: (Per Neville, only the most complete and intense use of the law of assumption could have produced such results in this extreme situation.)
Neville was asked by a friend of his family to talk with his twenty-eight year old son who was not expected to live. This son was suffering from a rare heart disease which resulted in a disintegration of the organ. Long and costly medical care had been of no help in the affliction. Doctors, having done all they could, held out no hope for recovery. The son had been confined to his bed for a long period of time, and his body had shrunk to almost a skeleton. He could talk and breathe only with great difficulty. When Neville visited this person, his wife was present throughout the discussion.
Neville started by explaining to him that there was only one solution to any problem and that solution was a change of attitude. Since talking exhausted him, Neville asked him to nod in agreement if he understood clearly what was said, which he agreed to do. Neville described the facts underlying the Law of Consciousness – in fact that consciousness was the only reality. He told him that the way to change any condition was to change his state of consciousness concerning the condition. As a specific aid in helping him to assume the feeling of already being well, Neville suggested that in imagination, he see the doctor’s face expressing incredulous amazement in finding him recovered, contrary to all reason, from the last stages of an incurable disease. That he see the doctor double checking in his examination and hear him saying over and over, “It’s a miracle – it’s a miracle.”
This friend’s son not only understood all this clearly, but he believed it implicitly. He promised Neville that he would faithfully follow this procedure. His wife who had been listening intently assured Neville that she, too, would diligently use the law of assumption and her imagination in the same manner as her husband.
Several months later Neville received a letter saying the son had made a miraculous recovery. Upon Neville’s subsequent visit he met him in person and found he was in perfect health, actively engaged in business and thoroughly enjoying the social activities of his friends and family. He informed Neville that from the day of their meeting he never had any doubt that “it” would work. He described how he had faithfully followed the suggestion made to him and day after day had lived completely in the assumption of already being well and strong. Now, four years after his recovery, he is convinced that the only reason he is here today is due to his successful use of the Law of Consciousness.
In a Nutshell
Here is a summation of the technique Neville advocated to manifest your heart’s desires:
- Know exactly what it is you want (make sure it is only postively oriented).
- Visualize an event that you believe you will experience following the fulfillment of your desire. That is, an event which expresses the fulfillment of your desire. See what you want already fulfilled.
- Immobilize and relax the physical body and induce a state of consciousness akin to sleep. Then, mentally feel the proposed action, imagining that you are actually performing the action, so that you experience in your imagination what you would in physical reality were you to now realize your desire fulfilled.
What an empowering gift Neville gave us of being able to be of help to ourselves and others using the power of suggestion, feeling, visualization, and imagination!
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Some Facts about Neville Goddard:
He was born one of 10 children living on the island of Barbados in 1905.
In 1922, he came to the United States on board the S.S. Vasari to study drama at the age of seventeen and became a dancer.
While touring with his dance company in England he developed an interest in metaphysics after conversing with a Scotsman who lent him a series of books on the powers of the mind. Upon his return to New York, he gave up the entertainment industry to devote his full attention
to the study of spiritual and mystical matters.
Neville Goddard’s interest in the esoteric interpretations of the Bible deepened after he met Abdullah, an Ethiopian Jew, who lectured on Esoteric Christianity. Neville studied with Abdullah learning Hebrew, the Kabbalah, and the hidden symbolic meaning of Scripture.
After traveling extensively throughout the United States, Neville made his home in Los Angeles where, in the 1950s, he gave a series of talks on television and radio, and for many years lectured regularly to capacity audiences at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he confined most of his lectures to Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
He died in 1972 after having written many books and giving many lectures.