The Lesson of Neville Goddard
For five months I have been teaching a once-a-week class called “The Mad Mysticism of Neville Goddard” at Unity Lincoln in Nebraska.
On October 2, 2022 I also gave a brief talk during Sunday morning services where I shared some of what I have learned from Neville. Here is a modified version.
The Power of Imagination
Neville Goddard was born in Barbados in 1905. When he was 17 he moved to New York City and became a dancer in theater and vaudeville. Some years later he became interested in metaphysics and studied Biblical languages and the Kabbalah under an Ethiopian rabbi named Abdullah. By the late 1930s he was an author and speaker. He was drawing an audience of over a thousand twice a week in New York City in the 1940s. He once passed by two women talking in front of a bookshop where his books were displayed in the window. The one woman said to the other: “You should go listen to him sometime. He’s as mad as a hatter.”
Neville later moved to California and had a tv show, did radio commentaries, and kept speaking and writing books. He passed away on October 1, 1972. In recent years, we’ve seen a revival of his ideas in Facebook groups, Reddit boards, Youtube channels, and websites where you can read or listen to his lectures and writings.
The core message of Neville, the “mad mysticism” of Neville, is that YOUR consciousness is the only reality, and you create your universe by the assumptions YOU make.
If you are dissatisfied with yourself or with the world you are living in, you can imagine the world you want to live in, and then change your assumptions to create that world. When you change your assumptions, when you assume you are who you want to be or you assume you already have what you want to have, these new assumptions will harden into fact.
So what Neville wants you to do is use “your own wonderful human imagination.” Life is constant creation, and creation comes from the imagination. The more abundant life is the whole purpose of creation.
Neville says that The Spirit of God in you is your imagination. Your imagination is your Savior and Lord. Jesus Christ…