Making Believe with Neville

March 31, 2008 | 24 Comments »

highlighter.jpgI used up my highlighter pen marking up a book like I haven’t done since reading “Ask and It Is Given” almost four years ago! 

I was planning on diving into Martha Beck’s latest publication, but instead found myself oohing and ahhing over a golden oldie that’s new to me.  I’ve been quoting from this book to clients all day long, so thought I’d share favorite parts here (bolding is from me, italics from the author):

“Make your future dream a present fact” by “assuming the feeling of your wish fulfilled.”  

“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.”

“The only fate governing your life is the fate determined by your own concepts, your own assumptions; for an assumption, though false, if persisted in will harden into fact.”

“Everything depends on your attitude towards yourself.”

“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.”

and my favorite concept:

“The great secret is a controlled imagination and a well-sustained attention firmly and repeatedly focused on the object to be accomplished.  It cannot be emphasized too much that, by creating an ideal within your mental sphere, by assuming that you are already that ideal, you identify yourself with it and thereby transform yourself into its image, thinking from the ideal instead of thinking of the ideal.  Every state is already there as ‘mere possibilities’ as long as we think of them, but as overpoweringly real when we think from them.”

And that’s just in the first 20 pages!

I’m referencing Neville Goddard’s “The Power of Awareness,” published in 1952.  Gregg Braden highly recommended this text when I saw him last year, but it took me this long to actually read the book I took home that day.  (This from the girl who’s tried at least three times to get through “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  I used to think the “old” text didn’t appeal to me, but now I realize that’s not it!)

Last night I used one of Neville’s manifesting techniques before falling asleep, and got so excited I couldn’t sleep for two hours! 

Chapter 23 was especially inspiring, where he lists case histories of a handful of people who followed his instructions.  I don’t know why it is, but seeing this in action in the real world always lights me up.

Neville tells the story of a soldier who manifested an honorable discharge from the Army; a nine year old boy who used the instructions his grandmother received from the author to manifest a collie puppy; a husband and wife who changed his military orders from active duty in Europe to a teaching position in Florida; a couple who manifested an extremely reasonably priced New York City penthouse apartment during a ridiculous real estate environment; a miraculous cure from a rare heart disease, etc.

If you’re looking for a “new” LOA read and haven’t checked out this one by Neville yet, I highly recommend it and would love to hear your thoughts!  If you have another resource you’d love to share, please post for us in comments. 

Wrapping up with a simple but profound quote from the end of the book: “Make believe – great wonders are possible.”

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24 Responses to “ Making Believe with Neville ”

  1. Leslie says:

    Thinking FROM the ideal rather than of the ideal. That’s my favourite! In the driver seat or what. Varoom.

    I am reading The writings of Florence Scovel Shinn (thanks to a heads-up from one of your reader’s posts). OMG how could this have been written so long ago and be so pertinent today? Just like this book you are talking about. Isn’t that lovely.

    Love Leslie

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love Florence Scovel Shinn!!! Thanks Jeanette I’m gonna get this book too!!

  3. That’s funny you’re both talking about Florence … my dad also recently picked up her work (also as a result of a recent comment on this blog) and is raving about her! I was thinking I might channel her to be my next coach. ha

    I’m with you, Leslie, that distinction – thinking FROM what we want, rather than OF it – was an easy way for me to capture the feeling. Gregg Braden talks about it as praying rain rather than praying FOR rain – and I know it’s a key concept. This “from” instead “of” I particularly appreciated.

    Glad you enjoyed it, too.

    Thanks for posting, both of you!

  4. Nicholas says:

    I see this book in my near future! Thanks so much for telling us about it!

  5. Yeah, Nicholas, the languaging obviously isn’t current, but it wasn’t terribly hard to keep up with and the message was well worth it.

    I’m a little nervous to be the book that has to follow that one, ha ha, because I liked it so much!

  6. Michael says:

    Wow, I love those outtakes! How cool. Sometimes a new (old) turn of phrase will really supercharge your thinking on a topic you already ‘knew’ a lot about.

    I have a dog-eared version of Marc Allen’s ‘The Millionaire Course’. He’s written it in such a way that it’s about much more than making a lot of money…it’s about manifesting any dream you have. It’s written in a really laid-back but impactful style and is one of those books where you can read just a few pages at any point in the book and have a great shot of inspiration to move your dreams forward.

    Here are some sample quotes:

    “As soon as your dream becomes stronger than your doubts and fears, your dream begins to manifest. When you focus on the full half of the glass, when you focus on your dream and how it can be fulfilled, you discover everything you need to create success”.

    “The Universe is constantly saying yes to us, constantly supporting whatever we say think or do. What are we telling ourselves it is saying yes to?”

    cool stuff….!
    m|p

  7. Michaela says:

    Hi Jeannette, do you remember me? 🙂 It’s Michaela from Germany.

    I’ve been a faithful reader of your blog since the very first day – thank you for the inspiration, I always love checking in!

    I like many of the “old” law of attraction books a lot more than the new ones. Florence Scovel Shinn is great! Another good one of Neville is “The Law and the Promise” since this is full of case studies, quite practical.

    You might also enjoy “Key to yourself” by Venice Bloodworth. It’s very good and practical, all about LOA. Funny, I re-read it a few days ago and thought “Jeannette might really enjoy this” :). You might especially resonate with Dr. Bloodworth’s attitude towards aging: “… she resolved to retain her youthful appearance, by remaining as she was then. [at the age of 30] This she did most successfully. In fact, when she was beyond fifty she was continually taken for a woman as young as the age she had named for herself.”
    Reminded me of your recent blog posting! 🙂

    Love Michaela

  8. Leslie says:

    I have that book too! Key to Yourself. I loved it when she thought herself thin. She thought of herself as thin and obviously young and beautiful. Hello. May I say it again..she thought of herself as thin, young and beautiful.
    You gotta admit that is a great choice of thought.

    Love Leslie

  9. Kirsten says:

    Reading Florence is a must.

    And thanks for this tip, Jeannette. I like reading the LOA/New Thought classics. The authors who published in the first half of the 20th century laid down a lot of groundwork.

  10. Ms. Tee says:

    I was just about to comment about Florence Scovel Shinn, but I see someone beat me to it. Her book The Game Of Life literally changed my spiritual path. The path that I am taking right now is a direct result of her teaching and I’ve been praying/intending that her inspiration would rub off on my own inspirational writing.

    I love this blog girl!

  11. Thank you, Ms. Tee!! We’ve got quite a few Florence fans here, huh?! I think that says something significant … I was going to borrow my dad’s copy of her book, but maybe I need to have one for my own library.

    Kirsten – yes, just like we’re laying groundwork for the ones to follow us, huh? Not so much in literature, but in real world examples. Whatever “real world” means. lol

    I’m liking that mantra, Leslie: “thin, young and beautiful.” It has a nice ring, huh?

  12. Michaela, how nice to hear from you!!! Thank you for pitching in here! Sounds like I should check out more of Neville’s work, and add Bloodworth to my reading list.

    You know your stuff, so a recommendation from you is one to take seriously!

    That manifesting youth and beauty thing is really lighting me up, I must say. 🙂

    Thanks again for the recommendations, Michaela! A pleasure to hear from you again, my friend!!

  13. Michael, those sample quotes are wonderful! I can see why you’re a fan of Marc Allen’s work, which I must say, I am totally unfamiliar with, but you’ve intrigued me to change that.

    How great to get others perspectives on books that changed (and continue to change) their lives!

    Thanks for posting, Michael. You’re one of my favorite ‘positive aspects’ of this blog! 🙂

  14. I think I want to do a separate blog post on this, but thought I’d pitch in here since it’s totally relevant:

    For those of you who don’t know Jen Blackert’s work, she launched a huge campaign today around her new book: “Seven Dragons, a Guide to a Limitless Mind.”

    Here’s the URL for more info including the bonuses on the book launch (one of which is from moi):

    http://www.on2url.com/app/adtrack.asp?MerchantID=98067&AdID=373527

    Jen knows her stuff and put together a great book. I’m proud to have partnered with her in my past – and hopefully future!

  15. Sarah says:

    Thanks Jeanette, after reading this, I went to dig out my motivational books that I had not finished reading and spent half a day reading them.

  16. Did you find anything particularly inspiring, Sarah? In your half day of reading, I mean?

  17. Michael says:

    Great Abe-Hickes quote today that talked about the advantages of focusing on the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of desires rather than the ‘how’ and ‘when’ or even ‘who’. Focusing on the ‘what’ and ‘why’ is a good reminder to let the Universe do the ‘heavy lifting’ (to borrow a phrase from our esteemed coach :)…

    m|p

  18. Good reminder, Michael. I’m great at focusing on “what” but have room for improvement on remembering the “why.” It’s a powerful shift when we do!!

  19. Tarielle says:

    I have just finished reading Neale Donald Walsch’s new book called Happier Than God.
    I feel like I’ve had my eyes opened to some very new and different thoughts about God and LOA.
    My brain is still shaking but I’m feeling rather peacefull and calm, as if such an amazing truth is supposed to rock me to my foundations but somehow in the back of my mind (or my unconsciousness) I am aware that this might all be the correct way of thinking after all.
    Hmmm…maybe if someone else had read it they can share their thoughts too.

  20. Shoot, Tarielle – you’re making me want to make that my next read! If anyone is familiar with it, I’d love to hear your thoughts as well …

    Thanks for the tip, Tarielle!!

  21. Javi says:

    Hi!,

    The soldier who manifested an honorable discharge from the Army was Neville.

    Cheers

  22. Javi, did he have another success story in there that was his own? I knew he was the soldier, but I wondered if there was another one that was his … ?

  23. hannah says:

    2 Great classic books to recommend: “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”, by Joseph Murphy and “The Science fo Getting Rich”, by Wallace Wattles. I especially was impacted by the first.

  24. What a great reading resource this comment list is turning out to be!

    Thanks, Hannah, for the reminder about Joseph Murphy – one of my favorites as well! And Wallace is certainly topping the list for lives changed, too.

    Your resource references are much appreciated! Thanks for reading and dropping a note, my friend. 🙂

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