The art of love
The part you play on the world's stage is determined by your conception of yourself.
• Neville Goddard •
Imagination is the only redemptive power in the universe.
If man's concept of himself were different, everything in his world would be different.
Excerpts from Neville Goddard's Books
The world cannot change until you change your conception of it.
You have nothing to do but convince yourself of the truth of that which you desire to see manifested.
The reason lies in the fact that consciousness
is the one and only reality, it is the first and only cause-substance of the phenomena of life.
it is to consciousness you must turn,
for it is the only foundation on which the phenomena of life can be explained.
if your consciousness is the only reality, it must also be the only substance.
Consequently, what appears to you as circumstances, conditions and even material objects is really only the product of your own consciousness. Nature, then, as a thing or a complex of things external to your mind, must be rejected.
You and your environment cannot be regarded as existing separately.
You and your world are one.
Therefore, you must turn from the objective appearance of things to the subjective center of things, your consciousness, if you truly desire to know the cause of the phenomena of life, and how to use this knowledge to realize your fondest dreams.
This great discovery of cause reveals that, good or bad, man is actually the arbiter of his own fate, and that it is his concept of himself that determines the world in which he lives [and his concept of himself is his reactions to life].
In other words, if you are experiencing ill health,
knowing the truth about cause, you cannot attribute the illness to anything other than to the particular arrangement of the basic cause-substance, an arrangement which [was produced by your reactions to life, and] is defined by your concept "I am unwell".
This principle governs every aspect of your life, be it social, financial, intellectual, or spiritual.
I AM is that reality to which,
whatever happens, we must turn for an explanation of the phenomena of life. It is I AM's concept of itself that determines the form and scenery of its existence.
IT IS only by a change of consciousness, by actually changing your concept of yourself,
that you can "build more stately mansions"– the manifestations of higher and higher concepts. (By manifesting is meant experiencing the results of these concepts in your world.)
It is of vital importance to understand clearly just what consciousness is.
In the midst of the apparent contradictions, antagonisms and contrasts of your life, there is only one principle at work, only your consciousness operating. Difference does not consist in variety of substance, but in variety of arrangement of the same cause-substance, your consciousness.
The world moves with motiveless necessity.
By this is meant that it has no motive of its own, but is under the necessity of manifesting your concept, the arrangement of your mind, and your mind is always arranged in the image of all you believe and consent to as true.
Health, wealth, beauty and genius are not
created; they are only manifested by the arrangement of your mind
– that is, by your concept of yourself [and your concept of yourself is all that you accept and consent to as true.
What you consent to can only be discovered by an uncritical observation of your reactions to life.
Your reactions reveal where you live psychologically;
and where you live psychologically determines how you live here in the outer visible world.
The importance of this in your daily life should be immediately apparent.
The basic nature of the primal cause is consciousness.
Therefore, the ultimate substance of all things is consciousness.
Man’s chief delusion is his conviction that there are causes other than his own state of consciousness. All that befalls a man – all that is done by him, all that comes from him – happens as a result of his state of consciousness.
A man's consciousness is all that he thinks and desires and loves, all that he believes is true and consents to. That is why a change of consciousness is necessary before you can change your outer world.
Rain falls as a result of a change in the temperature in the higher regions of the atmosphere, so, in like manner, a change of circumstance happens as a result of a change in your state of consciousness.
To be transformed, the whole basis of your thoughts must change.
But your thoughts cannot change unless you have new ideas, for you think from your ideas.
All transformation begins with an intense, burning desire to be transformed.
The first step in the "renewing of the mind" is desire.
You must want to be different [and intend to be] before you can begin to change yourself.
Then you must make your future dream a present fact.
You do this by assuming the feeling of your wish fulfilled.
By desiring to be other than what you are, you can create an ideal of the person you want to be and assume that you are already that person.
If this assumption is persisted in until it becomes your dominant feeling,
the attainment of your ideal is inevitable.
Therefore, your attitude should be one in which having desired to express a higher state – you alone accept the task of incarnating this new and greater value of yourself.
Just as the moth in his desire to know the flame was willing to destroy himself,
so must you in becoming a new person be willing to die to your present self. you must assume that you already are what you want to be and then live by faith in this assumption.
– in confidence that this new value or state of consciousness will become incarnated through your absolute fidelity to the assumption that you are that which you desire to be.
This is what wholeness means, what integrity means.
They mean submission of the whole self to the feeling of the wish fulfilled in certainty that that new state of consciousness is the renewing of mind which transforms.
In your ability to assume the feeling of a greater life, to assume a new concept of yourself,
you possess what the rest of Nature does not possess
– imagination – the instrument by which you create your world.
Your imagination is the instrument, the means, whereby your redemption from slavery, sickness, and poverty is effected.
If you refuse to assume the responsibility of the incarnation of a new and higher concept of yourself, then you reject the means, the only means, whereby your redemption
– that is, the attainment of your ideal – can be effected.
Imagining yourself as that which you want to be,
and thereby satisfying your hunger and redeeming yourself. The changes which take place in your life as a result of your changed concept of yourself always appear to the unenlightened to be the result, not of a change of your consciousness, but of chance, outer cause, or coincidence.
There is no escape for you except by a radical psychological transformation of yourself, except by your assumption of the feeling of your wish fulfilled.
Therefore, make results or accomplishments the crucial test of your ability to use your imagination.
Everything depends on your attitude towards yourself.
That which you will not affirm as true of yourself can never be realized by you, for that attitude alone is the necessary condition by which you realize your goal.
All transformation is based upon suggestion, and this can work only where you lay yourself completely open to an influence. You must abandon yourself to your ideal as a woman abandons herself to love, for complete abandonment of self to it is the way to union with your ideal.
You must assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled until your assumption has all the sensory vividness of reality.
You must imagine that you are already experiencing what you desire.
That is, you must assume the feeling of the fulfillment of your desire until you are possessed by it and this feeling crowds all other ideas out of your consciousness.
THE Law of Assumption
The man who is not prepared for the conscious plunge into the assumption of the wish fulfilled in the faith that it is the only way to the realization of his dream is not yet ready to live consciously by the law of assumption.
Although there is no doubt that he does live by the law of assumption unconsciously.
The assumption of the feeling of the wish fulfilled makes the future dream a present fact.
Since your life is determined by your assumptions, you are forced to recognize the fact that you are either a slave to your assumptions or their master.
To become the master of your assumptions is the key to undreamed-of freedom and happiness.
You can attain this mastery by deliberate conscious control of your imagination.
You determine your assumptions in this way:
Form a mental image, a picture of the state desired, of the person you want to be. Concentrate your attention upon the feeling that you are already that person.
First, visualize the picture in your consciousness.
Then feel yourself to be in that state as though it actually formed your surrounding world.
By your imagination that which was a mere mental image is changed into a seemingly solid reality.
The great secret
is a controlled imagination and a well-sustained attention firmly and repeatedly focused on the object to be accomplished. When you understand the redemptive function of imagination, you hold in your hands the key to the solution of all your problems.
Every phase of your life is made by the exercise of your imagination.
Determined imagination alone is the means of your progress, of the fulfilling of your dreams.
It is the beginning and end of all creating.
The Truth that sets you free is that you can experience in imagination what you desire to experience in reality, and by maintaining this experience in imagination,
your desire will become an actuality.
You must stop spending your thoughts, your time and your money.
Everything in life must be an investment of pure imagination.
It is steadied and powerfully focused only by such an adjustment of the mind as permits you to see one thing only, for you steady the attention and increase its power by confining it.
The desire which realizes itself is always a desire upon which attention is exclusively concentrated, for an idea is endowed with power only in proportion to the degree of attention fixed on it.
When you can call up at will whatsoever image you please, when the forms of your imagination are as vivid to you as the forms of nature, you are master of your fate.
The power of attention is the measure of your inner force.
Concentrated observation of one thing shuts out other things and causes them to disappear.
The great secret of success is to focus the attention on the feeling of the wish fulfilled without any distraction.
Your imagination is you yourself,
and the world as your imagination sees it is the real world.
Night after night, just before you drift off to sleep, strive to hold your attention on the activities of the day in reverse order.
Focus your attention on the last thing you did, that is, getting in to bed, and then move it backward in time over the events until you reach the first event of the day, getting out of bed.
This is no easy exercise, but just as specific exercises greatly help in developing specific muscles, this will greatly help in developing the "muscle" of your attention.
Your attention must be developed, controlled, and concentrated in order to change your concept of yourself successfully and thereby change your future.
Imagination is able to do anything, but only according to the internal direction of your attention.
If you persist night after night, sooner or later you will awaken in yourself a centre of power and become conscious of your greater self, the real you.
When you attain control of the internal direction of your attention, you will no longer stand in shallow water, but will launch out into the deep of life.
When you resist evil, you give it your attention; you continue to make it real.
When you renounce evil, you take your attention from it and give your attention to what you want.
Now is the time to control your imagination.
Give beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He might be glorified.
You give joy for mourning when you maintain a joyous attitude regardless of unfavorable circumstances.
You give praise for the spirit of heaviness when you maintain a confident attitude instead of succumbing to despondency.
You become a tree of righteousness when the above mental states are a permanent part of your consciousness. Prune your imagination by withdrawing your attention from all unlovely and destructive ideas and concentrating on the ideal you wish to attain.
The happier, more noble life you will experience will be the result of wisely pruning your own imagination.
Hold fast, in your imagination,
to all that is lovely and of good report, for the lovely and the good are essential in your life if it is to be worthwhile. Assume it. You do this by imagining that you already are what you want to be – and already have what you want to have.
Be still and know that you are that which you desire to be, and you will never have to search for it.
In order to intelligently operate the law of consciousness it is necessary to
understand the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious is personal and selective; the subconscious is impersonal and non-selective.
The conscious is the realm of effect; the subconscious is the realm of cause.
These two aspects are the male and female divisions of consciousness.
The conscious is male;
the subconscious is female.
The conscious generates ideas and impresses these ideas on the subconscious; the subconscious receives ideas and gives form and expression to them.
By this law-first conceiving an idea and then impressing the idea conceived on the subconscious-all things evolve out of consciousness; and without this sequence there is not anything made that is made.
The conscious impresses the subconscious while the subconscious expresses all that is impressed upon it.
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.
Therefore, through his power to imagine and feel and his freedom to choose the idea he will entertain, man has control over creation.
Control of the subconscious is accomplished through control of your ideas and feelings.
The mechanism of creation is hidden in the very depth of the subconscious, the female aspect or womb of creation.
The subconscious transcends reason and is independent of induction.
It contemplates a feeling as a fact existing within itself and on this assumption proceeds to give expression to it.
The creative process begins with an idea and its cycle runs its course as a feeling and ends in a volition to act.
Ideas are impressed on the subconscious through the medium of feeling.
No idea can be impressed on the subconscious 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 man who does not control his feeling may easily impress the subconscious with undesirable states.
By The control of feeling it is not meant restraint or suppression of your feeling,
but rather the disciplining of self to imagine and entertain only such feeling as contributes to your happiness.
Control of your feeling is all important to a full and happy life.
Never entertain an undesirable feeling nor think sympathetically about wrong in any shape or form.
Do not dwell on the imperfection of yourself or others.
To do so is to impress the subconscious with these limitations.
What you do not want done unto you, do not feel that it is done unto you or another.
This is the whole law of a full and happy life.
Be careful of your moods and feelings, for there is an unbroken connection between your feelings and your visible world. 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.
To feel intensely about a wrong without voicing or expressing that feeling, is the beginning of disease- dis-ease-in both body and environment.
Do not entertain the feeling of regret or failure for frustration or detachment from your objective results in disease.
Think feelingly only of the state you desire to realize.
Feeling the reality of the state sought and living and acting on that conviction is the way of all seeming miracles.
The subconscious is not concerned with the truth or falsity of your feeling.
It always accepts as true that which you feel to be true.
Feeling is the assent of the subconscious to the truth of that which is declared to be true. Because of this quality of the subconscious there is nothing impossible to man.
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and feel as true, the subconscious can and must objectify.
Your feelings create the pattern from which your world is fashioned, and a change of feeling is a change of pattern.
To impress the subconscious with the desirable state,
you must assume the feeling that would be yours had you already realized your wish.
The conscious (objective) or male aspect truly is the head and dominates the subconscious (subjective) or female aspect.
However, this leadership is not that of the tyrant but of the lover.
So by assuming the feeling that would be yours were you already in possession of your objective, the subconscious is moved to build the exact likeness of your assumption.
It is impossible for you to see other than the contents of your consciousness.
Your world in its every detail is your consciousness objectified.
Objective states bear witness of subconscious impressions.
A change of impression results in a change of expression.
To seek on the outside for that which you do not feel you are is to seek in vain,
for we never find that which we want; we find only that which we are.
Mastery of self-control of your thoughts and feelings-is your highest achievement.
However, until perfect self-control is attained so that in spite of appearances you feel all that you want to feel,
use sleep and prayer to aid you in realizing your desired states. These are the two gateways into the subconscious.
Sleep, the life that occupies one-third of our stay on earth, is the natural door into the subconscious.
So it is with sleep that we are now concerned.
The conscious two-thirds of our life on earth is measured by the degree of attention we give sleep.
In these states the conscious and subconscious are creatively joined.
The male and female become one flesh.
Your mood prior to sleep defines your
state of consciousness as you enter into the
presence of your everlasting lover, the subconscious.
Sleep is the time when the male or conscious mind turns from the world of sense to seek its lover or subconscious self.
The subconscious-unlike the woman of the world who marries her husband to change him-has no desire to change the conscious, waking state, but loves it as it is and faithfully reproduces its likeness in the outer world of form.
The conditions and events of your life are your children formed from the molds of your subconscious impressions in sleep.
They are made in the image and likeness of your innermost feeling that they may reveal you to yourself.
Whatever you have in consciousness as you go to sleep is the measure of your expression in the waking two- thirds of your life on earth.
The unconsciousness of sleep is the normal state of the subconscious.
Because all things come from within yourself, and your conception of yourself determines that which comes, you should always feel the wish fulfilled before you drop off to sleep.
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.
Once asleep man has no freedom of choice. His entire slumber is dominated by his last waking concept of self.
Dropping off to sleep feeling satisfied and happy compels conditions and events to appear in your world which confirm these attitudes of mind.
Preparing to sleep, you feel yourself into the state of the answered wish, and then relax into unconsciousness.
Your realized wish is he whom you seek.
By night on your bed you seek the feeling of the wish fulfilled that you may take it with you into the chamber of her that conceived you, into sleep or the subconscious which gave you form, that this wish also may be given expression.
This is the way to discover and conduct your wishes into the subconscious.
Feel yourself in the state of the realized wish and quietly drop off to sleep.
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.
Always imagine and expect the best.
Instead of believing in God or in Jesus - believe you are God or you are Jesus.
"He that believes as I believe the works that I do shall he do also."
Jesus found it not strange to do the works of God because he believed himself to be God.
"I and my Father are one."
So live in the feeling of being the one you want to be and that you shall be.