Making Believe with Neville
I 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.”