If you are new to the law of assumption, this blog article will help you to have a glance at the 10 main core teachings of Neville Goddard and how they can help you see the world differently while transforming your life on a personal level.
Who was Neville Goddard?
Neville Goddard was a mystic of the 20th century who was born in Barbados on February 19, 1905, and died in the United States (California) on October 1st, 1972. In 1931 he met Abdullah, an Ethiopian Rabbi, who introduced him to spiritual law. Neville’s natural interest in esoteric interpretations of the Bible deepened after he met Abdullah. Abdullah is known to have been the teacher of Joseph Murphy. Neville Goddard is the author of some 10 books and 221 lectures about the teaching of the law of assumption.
Neville’s teaching is usually the type of teaching that we are ready for after having struggled with the teaching of the law of attraction. While the law of attraction is supposed to lead to the same results, the teaching is actually riddled with limiting beliefs, that prevent people from fully transforming their lives based on that teaching alone. However, once we understand the teaching of Neville, which is the law of assumption, or spiritual law, everything start making much more sense.
Since I have never written such a post before, I thought that it would be helpful to newbies to know the main core beliefs of the teaching of Neville Goddard, so you could understand the law of assumption better and see how it differentiate with the law of attraction.
I have mentioned them in no particular order.
1- Assumptions Harden into Facts
Dare to believe in the reality of your assumption and watch the world play its part relative to its fulfillment. – Neville Goddard
Neville taught that an assumption, while false, would harden into fact if you keep assuming it. To prove this to yourself, all you have to do is look back at your life and compare it to what you have assumed to be true and how it manifested. If you do this, you will notice how your assumptions have always manifested in your physical world.
This is why Neville taught that by assuming the feeling of having or being what you desire to have or be, would eventually manifest in your physical world. When you persist in an assumption until it becomes your dominant thought and feeling, that assumption has no choice but to harden into fact.
So, observe your thoughts and feelings, and notice how what you assume to be true, is playing out in your world right now.
2- Consciousness is the Only Reality
Consciousness is the cause as well as the substance of the entire world. So it is to consciousness that we must turn if we would discover the secret of creation. – Neville Goddard
What you are conscious of is the only reality. In other words, your world, your life, is made of the content of what you are conscious of. For example, if you are broke right now, it’s because you are conscious of your lack of money. If you do have money but you’re still afraid of spending money, you are conscious of lack of money. If you don’t have your main desire right now, it’s because you are conscious of the absence of such a desire rather than its presence.
In order to experience a shift in your life, you have to shift in consciousness. You have to let go of what you are conscious of now, and become conscious of having your desire, even though it may not have appeared in your 3D world yet. You have to let go of “the old man,” your old personality, and embody the new personlity.
3- Imagination Creates Reality
Imagination is the only redemptive power in the universe. – Neville Goddard
Neville Goddard is known for having taught, “God is in your wonderful human imagination.” The core teaching of Neville is that there is no God outside of us because God is in us, and we are God. That divine force called God is having an experience through each human being, and it is our purpose, as humans, to use that power to learn how to use our imagination to create the life that we want. However, since God is impartial and doesn’t see right or wrong the same way our human-ego sees it, we can also imagine negative things for us, and thus having to live through it.
Being the God of our reality, also means taking responsibility for everything that happens to us, whether we’ve created it consciously or unconsicously.
4- Feeling is the Secret
Feeling is the one and only medium through which ideas are conveyed to the subconscious. Therefore, the man who does not control his feeling may easily impress the subconscious with undesirable states. – Neville Goddard
The difference between a thought that manfiests and one that doesn’t, it’s the feeling. Even if you have a passing thought that you feel true, that thought will manifest. When I did my own inner work, I have noticed that even fleeting thoughts had manifested in my life when I felt them. That’s how I manifested a car accident once. The thought was short lived, but I truly felt it, and within less than two minutes I was in a small car crash.
This is why when you want to manifest a specific desire you need to feel it real. You need to create an imaginal scene that will help you feel that you are there. When you repete such a process over and over, until it impresses your subconscious mind, your desire has to show up, because it’s law.
5- Living in the End/In the Wish Fulfilled
Persist in the feeling of the wish fulfilled and it will materialize in your physical world. – Neville Goddard
Probably my favorite Neville Goddard’s teaching is the teaching of living in the end, or living in the wish fulfilled, which are the same thing. So, what does it means and why it is so important that you get this teaching if you want to manifest your desires quickly and easily?
When Neville said go to the end, or live in the end, he meant that if you desire to be married, for example, you need to imagine and feel that you are ALREADY married. Don’t bother imagining a first date, because once you’ve imagined that you are already married, that first date and everything in between will just be “bridges of incidents” that will happen automatically and will take you to your end goal. On the other hand, if you get caught up manifesting a date you might very well get stuck there and never manifest marriage. Many people in the manifesting community have actually fallen into that trap.
And this goes for every single thing that you want to manifest. If you want to manifest a car, for example, imagine that you are going to the repair shop for your first check up. This will imply that you are the owner of the car that you want to manifest.
No matter what you desire, you need to go to the end (what is your end goal) for everything that you want to manifest, because it’s the fastest way to get there.
6- You Are the Operant Power
You must dare to assume you are what you want to be, remain faithful to that assumption and it will come to pass. If you are not faithful, it will not come to pass. If you don’t assume it, it will never come to pass, for you are the operant power. – Neville Goddard
There is no power outside of your own consciousness. Therefore, you cannot turn to anyone outside of self, said Neville. He also said that God is in our wonderful imagination. Neville had understood and taught that what we call God, Source, or Universe is not outside of us, it is within us. This teaching differs from the teaching of the law of attraction which teaches that the Universe is outside of us.
“During that time I owned the world and didn’t know it. Everything was mine but no one told me about it. The world is yours for the taking but if you do not know it you can go hungry for want of a dollar.” – Neville Goddard
7- There is No One to Change but Self
There is no one to change but self; that self is simply your awareness, your consciousness and the world in which it lives is determined by the concept you hold of self. It is to consciousness that we must turn as to the only reality. – Neville Goddard
Since our consciousness is the only reality, we are the source of all things that we experience in our lives, even how other people are showing up. Neville said, “Rebirth depends on inner work of one’s self. No one can be reborn without changing this self. Any time an entirely new set of reactions enters in a person’s life, a change of consciousness has taken place; a spiritual rebirth has occurred.”
The way circumstances and people are in your world is a direct reflection of you. Thus, if you want to create different circumstances and people in your life you need to start with your CONCEPT OF SELF. By working on your self-concept your transform your world and everyone in it.
8- We Are All One
Now every man in the world is rooted in you who looks out and sees that world. Every man is rooted in me; he ends in me as I am rooted in and end in God. Because he is rooted in me he cannot bear other than the nature the root allows. So he is in me and any changes desired in the outer world can be brought about only if I change the source of the thing I see growing in my world. – Neville Goddard
Every man is rooted in you, meaning every single human being that seems to be separated from you is yourself pushed out. The whole world is yourself pushed out, Neville said. So, when you feel that you have to change someone outside of you, the change needs to happen within you first.
Equally, as we are not separated from other human beings we are not separated from God. We are God and God is us. WE ARE ALL ONE.
9- Time is an Illusion
The present moment is all important, for it is only in the present moment that our assumptions can be controlled. The future must become the present in your mind if you would wisely operate the law of assumption. Neville Goddard
The illusion of time is one of the greatest illusion of this 3rd dimensional world along with the illusion of separation. But truly, the only moment that exist is the now. The past and the future only excist only in our minds. The reason why we can revise and change the past is due to the fact that linar time doesn’t truly exist. The reason that we see time as linear and we grow and age is to a large extent because of our assumptions that things are the supposed to be that way. If you were to examine every single one of your beliefs and assumptions, you would see that the only poof that it is so it’s because you believe that it is so. Thus, it is called the law of assumption.
One of the best examples that you can prove to yourself that time is an illusion it’s that once you create a vivid scene in your imagination, that scene already exist somewhere in this space that we call universe, and it’s because it already exist that it will confront you in your 3D reality, by spiritual law. All possibilities exist here and now so you don’t need to do anything or go anywhere. You just assume it and it is done.
10- You Can Revise the Past
By revising the past, you rid yourself of any effect it may have on your future. Revision is truly the key, which can be used to unlock the doors that have kept you trapped in a particular state. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Neville Goddard
It is because linar time is just an illusion that revision is possible. By revising your past, not only you will change the future that is linked to such a past, because, as Neville taught, our past extand into our future, but according to some people’s experiences, you can even change the ‘past’ itself. In a previous post about revision I wrote about one of such stories that I encourage you to check out.
I hope that this quick outlook of the 10 main core teachings of Neville Goddard was helpful to you.