Author: James

Neville Goddard: How To Apply The Law

Neville Goddard, Thinking Fourth Dimensionally (Lesson 3):

We have two techniques in applying this law. Everyone here must now know exactly what he wants. You must know that if you do not get it tonight you will still be as desirous tomorrow concerning this objective.

When you know exactly what you want, construct in your mind’s eye a single, simple event which implies fulfillment of your desire, an event wherein self predominates. Instead of sitting back and looking at yourself as though you were on the screen, you be the actor in the drama.

Restrict the event to one single action. If you are going to shake a hand because that implies fulfillment of your desire then do that and that only. Do not shake hands and then wander off in your imagination to a dinner party or to some other place. Restrict your action to simply shaking hands and do it over and over again, until that handshake takes on the solidity and the distinctness of reality.

If you feel you cannot remain faithful to an action, I want you now to define your objective, and then condense the idea, which is your desire, into a single phrase, a phrase which implies fulfillment of your desire, some phrase such as, “Isn’t it wonderful?”

Or if I felt thankful because I thought someone was instrumental in bringing my desire to pass, I could say, “Thank you,” and repeat it with feeling over and over again like a lullaby until my mind was dominated by the single sensation of thankfulness.

We will now sit quietly in these chairs with the idea which implies fulfillment of our desire condensed to a single phrase, or to a single act. We will relax and immobilize our physical bodies. Then let us experience in imagination the sensation which our condensed phrase or action affirms.

If you imagine yourself shaking another person’s hand, do not use your physical hand, let it remain immobilized. But imagine that housed within your hand is a more subtle, more real hand, which can be extracted in your imagination. Put your imaginary hand into the imaginary hand of your friend who stands before you and feel the handshake. Keep your physical body immobilized even though you become mentally active in what you are now about to do.

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The Science of Getting Rich, Chapter 7: Gratitude

The illustrations given in the last chapter will have conveyed to the reader the fact that the first step toward getting rich is to convey the idea of your wants to the Formless Substance.

This is true, and you will see that in order to do so it becomes necessary to relate yourself to the Formless Intelligence in a harmonious way.

To secure this harmonious relation is a matter of such primary and vital importance that I shall give some space to its discussion here, and give you instructions which, if you will follow them, will be certain to bring you into perfect unity of mind with God.

The whole process of mental adjustment and atonement can be summed up in one word, gratitude.

First, you believe that there is one Intelligent Substance, from which all things proceed; second, you believe that this Substance gives you everything you desire; and third, you relate yourself to It by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude.

Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude. Having received one gift from God, they cut the wires which connect them with Him by failing to make acknowledgment.

It is easy to understand that the nearer we live to the source of wealth, the more wealth we shall receive; and it is easy also to understand that the soul that is always grateful lives in closer touch with God than the one which never looks to Him in thankful acknowledgment.

The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come; and the reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come.

If it is a new thought to you that gratitude brings your whole mind into closer harmony with the creative energies of the universe, consider it well, and you will see that it is true. The good things you already have have come to you along the line of obedience to certain laws. Gratitude will lead your mind out along the ways by which things come; and it will keep you in close harmony with creative thought and prevent you from falling into competitive thought.

Gratitude alone can keep you looking toward the All, and prevent you from falling into the error of thinking of the supply as limited; and to do that would be fatal to your hopes.

There is a Law of Gratitude, and it is absolutely necessary that you should observe the law, if you are to get the results you seek.

The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal, and in opposite directions.

The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to the Supreme is a liberation or expenditure of force; it cannot fail to reach that to which it is addressed, and the reaction is an instantaneous movement toward you.

“Draw nigh unto God, and He will draw nigh unto you.” That is a statement of psychological truth.

And if your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction in Formless Substance will be strong and continuous; the movement of the things you want will be always toward you. Notice the grateful attitude that Jesus took; how He always seems to be saying, “I thank Thee, Father, that Thou hearest me.” You cannot exercise much power without gratitude; for it is gratitude that keeps you connected with Power.

But the value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting you more blessings in the future. Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are.

The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to lose ground. You fix attention upon the common, the ordinary, the poor, and the squalid and mean; and your mind takes the form of these things. Then you will transmit these forms or mental images to the Formless, and the common, the poor, the squalid, and mean will come to you.

To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things.

On the other hand, to fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best, and to become the best.

The Creative Power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention.

We are Thinking Substance, and thinking substance always takes the form of that which it thinks about.

The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best.

Also, faith is born of gratitude. The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith. The reaction of gratitude upon one’s own mind produces faith; and every outgoing wave of grateful thanksgiving increases faith. He who has no feeling of gratitude cannot long retain a living faith; and without a living faith you cannot get rich by the creative method, as we shall see in the following chapters.

It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you; and to give thanks continuously.

And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

Do not waste time thinking or talking about the shortcomings or wrong actions of plutocrats or trust magnates. Their organization of the world has made your opportunity; all you get really comes to you because of them.

Do not rage against corrupt politicians; if it were not for politicians we should fall into anarchy, and your opportunity would be greatly lessened.

God has worked a long time and very patiently to bring us up to where we are in industry and government, and He is going right on with His work. There is not the least doubt that He will do away with plutocrats, trust magnates, captains of industry, and politicians as soon as they can be spared; but in the meantime, behold they are all very good. Remember that they are all helping to arrange the lines of transmission along which your riches will come to you, and be grateful to them all. This will bring you into harmonious relations with the good in everything, and the good in everything will move toward you.

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Neville Goddard: A single sensation dominates the mind

A single sensation dominates the mind, if you pray successfully.

— Neville Goddard

This is one of Neville’s most incredible quotes. You can meditate on this quote for weeks and still find value in its simplicity.

A single sensation dominates the mind, if you pray successfully.

What I love about this quote is that it’s such a beautiful reminder of distilling the feeling, the state, into one sensation.

So if you’re someone who has trouble deciding on what you want, decide on the sensation you want to capture.

What is one, single feeling that you want to pray for?

Is it a feeling of success?

A feeling of wealth?

A feeling of absolute freedom?

A feeling of health?

What would it feel to dominate your mind with a single sensation of health?

What would it feel like to dominate the mind with a single sensation of wealth?

What would it feel like to dominate the mind with a single sensation of freedom?

Try this out. Lie down on your bed, begin to meditate, and then focus in, hone in on one sensation. One single feeling. And let it ripple through your body. Let it ripple through your energy field.

So often we feel like we have to do MORE in our meditation, in our visualizations, as if we need to cram the entire vision for our life for the next 30 years into one session.

And what I love about this quote is how it, in one sentence, simplifies everything to the bare essential:

A single sensation dominates the mind, if you pray successfully.

Make this your goal today. Find 20 minutes in your day, lie down, turn off the lights, close your eyes, and allow a single sensation to dominate your mind.

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The Top 7 Mistakes of Manifestation: How to Become a Master Creator

What is the difference between a beginner creator and a master creator?

In this lesson, I’m going to share with you the most common mistakes I see in the manifestation community.

These are often mistakes perception, not action. It’s the way that this person is thinking about reality creation that’s holding them back.

This is the person that’s may have read all the books, they’re very eager to create using the power of their mind, but they have a few misconceptions about how things work.

In this lesson, we’re going to breakdown those misconceptions.

As I go through this list, notice if any of these apply to you.

Here are 7 common mistakes of the beginner manifestor:

1. Using a Hammer to Build a Mansion

Mistake #1: Only using one tool, i.e. outsourcing all your knowledge to one teacher or one book.

This is very limiting, and I see this all the time.

For some people, it’s Neville. They just read Neville Goddard, and they refuse to pick up any other of the thousands of incredible books out there on the power of the mind. Or they just read Abraham-Hicks and they try to conform their whole life to what Abraham is teaching them.

This is a little like trying to build a house with just a hammer. Just one tool. Now a hammer is a great tool. Can do a lot of things. Can you build a house just using a hammer? Probably. But it would be very inefficient.

Start thinking of yourself as someone who has a variety of tools, for all sorts of different situations. Not just one tool. Not just one teacher or one method. Stay open-minded that there may be tools out there that have nothing to do with Neville or the Law of Assumption, but that will serve you beautifully and really help you in life.

I feel like so many times people are trying to box themselves into one specific method, and then they get frustrated that they can’t use a hammer to solve all their challenges in life. Life is very varied, very multifaceted, very nuanced. It’s not meant to be hammered away with one tool. Ok, cool I learned the Law of Assumption, now I know how to master the Universe. You realize that’s not how that works right. There’s got to be a part of you that realizes that. And if you feel resistance to what I’m saying here, I invite you to look at where that resistance is coming from. What are you hoping the Law will do for you? What is the magic that you’re seeking?

The Law is wonderful. Neville’s teachings are incredible. But don’t box yourself in to one modality, one religion of thought, one way of going about things. Stay open minded. Stay flowy. That’s like learning to walk and saying “I don’t need to learn how to run, I already know the most efficient way, I can walk everywhere. I don’t need to know how to dance, that doesn’t serve any useful purpose at all. I’m just gonna stick to walking.”

Life is far more grand and beautiful than we can imagine — stay open minded to the new and the unexplored.

2. Outsourcing Your Authority

Mistake #2: Outsourcing your common sense and logic to an outside authority

What this means is you’re always looking for the answers outside of you. You’re looking for someone to give you a quote from Neville that will prove that something is real, you’re looking on Reddit for someone else’s experience to prove to you something is possible.

This is the opposite of being a powerful creator. A powerful creator creates. They don’t go around seeking proof or validation or evidence. They just pick up their tools and get to work. They test the Law for themselves. They apply it. They take action on it. They don’t sit around waiting for someone to tell them something is possible.

One of the biggest traps I see in the manifestation community is the “Is it possible?” trap. I get messages from people asking “Is it possible for me to manifest this person?”

One person asked me “Is it possible to bring someone back from the dead?”

Well… regardless of whether I think it’s possible, or not, why don’t you try it?

Try using the Law to do it, and see what happens. Either you’ll accomplish your goal or you’ll fail, and then you’ll know.

Just try it.

Why are you asking me? What do you think will happen if somehow I said to you “Yes, it’s 100% possible, you can absolutely manifest someone back from the dead.”

Oh, so now you’re going to do the work? Now that some outside authority who you don’t know at all has told you it’s possible, now you’re going to apply the Law?

Or imagine I say “No, it’s not possible” — you’re going to let someone else dictate to you what’s possible for you?

This is the opposite of being a powerful creator. A powerful creator doesn’t wait around asking for permission of whether something’s possible or not. They just go out and do it. They try it. They get up, they fall down, they fail, they try it, and they find out for sure, for themselves, what they’re capable of.

If you go to Nepal and you find some yogi in the mountains, you might be able to find someone who has incredible magical powers. So it’s possible for the yogi. Does it mean it’s possible for you? Maybe? Maybe not. It’s completely your decision.

Think of any famous person that you admire or that you respect the work they’ve put in. Think of your favorite singer. Can you imagine that person asking someone else “Hey, do you think it’s possible for me to have a wildly successful music career?”

Or do you think THEY decided “I’m going to have succeed in my music career, because I am that person.” And then they went out and made it possible for THEM.

So don’t fall into this trap. Don’t ever ask someone is this possible? Only you know what’s possible for you, so get to work, try the Law out, and see what happens.

3. Honesty is the Cure

Mistake #3: Not being honest with yourself. Manifesting a surface level desire instead of the “essence” of your desire.

I met someone recently who wants to manifest a big lottery win. They also want to manifest moving overseas once they win the lottery.

I said, ok, why the lottery win? Why don’t you just manifest wealth, in whatever form it comes?

Also, why wait for the lottery win to move overseas? Why not manifest the perfect opportunity, all expenses paid, to move overseas? There’s a million and one opportunities that will allow you to move overseas now instead waiting for a lottery win.

They replied with “No, I want it this way. I specifically want the lottery win. And once I have that, I’ll move overseas.”

This is someone who has not taken the time to understand the essence of their desire. Anyone who wants to win the lottery doesn’t really understand wealth or abundance.

Because if you just stop and think for a moment, and take your ego down a notch, and get honest with yourself, it becomes very obvious that what you really want is not a lottery win. What you want is to have enough money to do what you want to do.

That’s very very very different than a lottery win.

What you want is to have an abundance of resources, an abundance of money flowing through your life. Why in the world would you limit yourself to just manifesting it in one specific way, when the Universe can deliver money to you through a million different channels?

This is someone who has not gotten honest themselves. They’ve not examined why they want they want. And it’s painfully obvious to everyone around them that this person who wants the lottery win isn’t ready for true wealth. Because a truly wealthy person isn’t thinking about the lottery, I promise you. A true millionaire or billionaire is not thinking “I need to manifest the lottery to keep my abundance.”

So getting honest with yourself. This also applies to the SP crowd, those that want to manifest a specific person. I need this person, to love me. Come on. You’re not being honest with yourself. What you have here is a very severe attachment and scarcity mindset around one specific person.

If you truly got honest with yourself, and you said “You know, what I really want is to be loved. And to have a stable, caring partner.” That intention is very different than “I need this specific person.”

So people are not honest themselves, they’re not examining why they want what they want, and they’re chasing things that have nothing to do with their life. This person that wants the lottery win so they can move overseas… it’s the equivalent of saying “I’m going to fly from New York to Paris, 7 hour non stop flight, to pick up a fresh croissant, and then I’m going to fly back. Because I want a croissant.”

I think there’s a more efficient way of manifesting a freshly baked croissant that will fulfill your tastebuds.

Don’t overengineer your desires. If you want wealth, focus on wealth and abundance. Not on lottery wins and getting some mysterious inheritance from some long-lost relative. Maybe it will come that way, but that’s not your focus. Your focus is on embodying the thoughts, beliefs, and feelings of a wealthy person. Which is very very different than asking the Universe for a random set of numbers that will grant you access to a lump sum of money.

Get honest with yourself.

4. Aborting the Creation Process

Mistake #4: Aborting the process of creation over a minor setback.

Manifesting is a long-term game. There’s a lot of moving pieces, and the journey is not often a straight line. Neville calls this the bridge of incidents — if you’re looking for a new career, be prepared that on your way to manifesting a new career, you might get fired from your current position.

How you react to that event is everything. If you react to it as “Ok, good, that must be what needed to happen to move me forward, I’m going to continue in the direction of my vision”, you’re golden.

If you react to it as if it’s a major setback, and you freak out, you’re now in the process of aborting your manifestation. You’re losing faith in the long term vision by focusing on a short-term setback.

Think of it like this — you’re cooking pasta, and you’re slicing some tomatoes, and you get a minor cut on your hand. If you suddenly freak out over it, and you say “That’s it! This is b.s. I’m not cooking anymore” and you throw everything out. Well, no pasta for dinner.

But if you go “Oh, ok. I cut myself a little bit. That’s ok. Let me put a bandage on this, and we keep going.” Now you’re on your way to a delicious pasta dinner.

Setbacks happen in life… all the time. It’s normal. It’s like turbulence on a plane. It gets a little bit windy sometimes, and you ride it out. You don’t panic. You don’t freak out. You don’t turn the plane around and say “Well, we gotta fly another day because this is too windy!”.

You assess the situation, you take whatever action is necessary in the moment to stay centered, and you keep going towards your destination.

Like a ship at sea, encountering a storm, you don’t let the storm sway you, you check your compass and you keep going in the direction of your destination.

5. Semantics, schemantics…

Mistake #5: You get caught up in the semantics.

I see this all the time in the manifestation community. People arguing over Law of Assumption vs Law of Attraction. People arguing over different methods. People arguing about what’s possible (see the previous point I made on that.)

This is classic beginner’s mistake. Masters don’t argue over semantics. They learn to see beyond the language and the words, and they learn to see the essence, the Universal Truth, behind each modality and principle.

Who cares if it’s Law of Attraction or Law of Assumption? The real question is: is it bringing you results?

And if you’re still stuck arguing over semantics, and definitions, and what did this quote by this person who wrote it 100 years ago — you are wasting your time, my friend.

Read everything you can, learn everything you can, and start applying it to YOUR life, as soon as you can. Stop looking for confirmation, evidence, proof, definitions… there’s a million and one ways to slice a tomato. So every time you see a different teacher teaching manifestation, that’s all that’s happening. Same Law, different words, different semantics. It’s ok.

Learn from it from you can. Or if you don’t resonate with it, pick a different teacher. What matters is how YOU apply it, to your life.

6. Seeking the Real Prize

Mistake #6: You’re not in it for the long haul.

A lot of people are using manifestation in quick short-term bursts. I need this, I’m going to manifest it. When I need the next thing, I’m going to manifest that.

The master plays a long-term game. They recognize that desires will come and go, and there will be always be new shiny things you want to manifest.

The real power comes from working on your mind directly, over many many years. The real prize of manifestation is mastering your mind, mastering your self-concept, mastering your ability to think and feel what you want.

The greats go after the intangibles. They’re not trying to manifesting mansions or Lamborghini’s. They’re going after the big ones: manifesting spiritual peace, spiritual understanding, deeper connection with the Divine, deeper understanding oneself.

The master recognizes that by working on the intangibles, the tangibles become easy. By working on the deep deep work of looking at oneself and upleveling oneself spiritually, the 3D manifestations sort of take care of themselves.

So start to see manifestation as a long-term game of mastering your mind. The shiny objects are good, you’ll get them, but tune into the real reason you were given this information. It wasn’t to manifest a mansion, I don’t think. I think there’s far more spiritual reasons for this, which is to work on yourself, work on your mind, work on your soul.

7. Courage

Mistake #7: You’re trying to manifest your way out of having to be courageous.

This is a big one!

Let me give you an example:

Jack and Jill both want to become actors.

Jill is going to auditions as much as she can, she’s doing training at an acting academy, she’s putting herself out there, she’s getting as much time on stage as she can, practicing her craft. She holds the vision of being an incredible actress, and she’s doing everything in her power to manifest that, including taking all the natural action steps that would go along with her vision.

Jack is sitting at home. He wants to become an actor, but he’s terrified of getting of being seen. He’s never been on stage. He’s never taken an acting class in his life. He doesn’t even have professional headshots. But he knows about manifestation. So he has an idea: I’m going to manifest myself being discovered on the streets of New York. An agent is going to see me, they’re going to see something in me, and they’re going to cast me in the next great movie.

Who would you bet on manifesting their dream acting career? Jack or Jill?

Now, here’s the kicker — why is Jill more likely to attain her dream? It’s not the action itself, although that is a part of it.

It’s actually the fact that Jill is willing to be courageous. It’s scary to get up on stage. It’s scary to go to auditions and be rejected over and over and over again. But Jill is willing to face her fears. She may still use manifestation techniques to hold the vision of who she wants to become, but she’s not using manifestation to get out of the scary bits.

Jack is scared shitless. He’s scared to be seen, he’s scared be on stage, he’s scared to try something and fail. And he’s using manifestation as a way to get out of doing all the scary things.

Manifestation works, but it will not work if you try to use it to bypass your fears.

Courage is an essential part of the puzzle. The Universe will meet you halfway. It’ll give the opportunities, the auditions, the agent, everything you need to become the great actor you want to be. But at the end of the day, you will still have to make the jump and leap into the unknown and show up on stage, with courage.

The Universe will meet you halfway, but you have got to make the jump.

And this applies to everything, not just acting. The person that wants to manifest the lottery — they’re trying to bypass their fears. They may have a fear of running a business, they may have a fear of taxes, they may have a fear of selling. So they tell themselves: It’s ok, I’m just going to manifest a lottery win. That way I don’t have to deal with business, customers, selling, taxes, I don’t have to grow as a person. I’m just going to manifest a lump sum of money dropping into my lap.

From what I’ve seen, the Universe does not reward that kind of thinking. It loves to meet you halfway, but it will not take away the gift of courage, the gift of facing your fears, from you.

So use manifestation, by all means. But remember, courage is required to bring you to that final final step. Courage is required for you to become the NEW person that you will be on the other side of your manifestation.

If you enjoyed today’s insight, you may enjoy my course, Unlock God Mode.

Unlock God Mode is a unique course that mixes the spiritual and the practical to bring you back into the momentum of your life, and help you shift to your highest, most ideal timeline.

Inside the course, you’ll find a delightful exploration of reality creation, manifestation, and Neville Goddard. You’ll be given practical tools to develop trust and faith in yourself, work on your beliefs, and develop a deep connection with the Divine.

I am delighted to share with you the first six lessons of my course for free.

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