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Neville Lancelot Goddard

          Neville Lancelot Goddard (1905-1972) was a profoundly influential prophet, teacher, and author. He was born on 19 February 1905 in St. Michael, Barbados, within the British West Indies. In a large family of nine boys and one girl, he was the fourth born. In his early years, Neville did not associate himself as a meta-physician. Recognized for his teaching methods, he was appointed for biblical teachings with a specialized focus on psychological truth. The aim of his teachings was to restore awareness of the knowledge of the world taught by our ancestors.
        In 1922 he immigrated to the United States to review drama at the age of seventeen. He worked as a dancer and, in the same period, married his first wife, and they had a son together, named Joseph Neville Goddard. On tour with his dance company in England, he developed an interest in metaphysics after an enlightening conversation with a Scotsman who lent him a series of books on the mind’s powers. Upon his return to New York, he gave up the show business to devote his full attention to studying the spiritual and mystical world.
         In the 1930s, Neville met his second wife, a designer by profession. They had a daughter named Victoria or “Vicky.” In 1943, at the age of 38, he was drafted in the U.S. Army. He was not pleased with this decision because he felt that he is too old to be a soldier and knew he had a responsibility to take care of his family. Through the technique of imagination, as Neville recounted in his March 24, 1972 lecture, he was honorably discharged after a couple of weeks of coaching. Due to the army training, he received U.S. citizenship, having been a British citizen up to the present point. Hence, he was able to manifest his desired situation through the law of attraction.
Imagination Creates Reality
         In his June 3rd, 1968 ‘imagining creates‘ lecture, Neville Goddard outlined that the world’s creator works in the depth of your soul, taking into account all of your faculties, including perception, and streams into your conscious mind in the form of creativity. If you closely observe your thoughts, you will catch him in the act of creation. This is because he and you are the same at every moment. The creator is you. In the process of imagination, if you are conscious of your thoughts and do not forget what you are imagining, then you have found the creative cause of your world. God is pure imagination; God is your consciousness.
         If you imagine and forget what you imagined, you may not recognize your harvest when it comes. Whether the harvest is good, bad, or indifferent, if you forget how it came into being, then you have not found God. God and you are one grand imagination, and there is no other God. One day you will awaken, and you will be fully aware of who you really are. You do not have to be rich to be happy, but you must be imaginative to have great wealth. You may be wealthy but still, be fearful of tomorrow’s needs. Alternatively, you can live a life where you have no material wealth, yet you can travel the world with the help of your wonderful imagination. You will realize that all things that are subject to you are your destiny. Your present moment is a formed imaginal act. You can shape your morning, noon, and night as you desire with the universe’s help. Neville urged everyone to shape their world from within and no longer from outside. Describe yourself as you would like to be seen by others and believe your words as if they are the truth.
         Imagination creates reality; if you want to change your life, you must become aware of the ideas you are planting in the mind of others. When you meet someone who is in a negative state of mind, put a lovely idea in its place. Thereafter, you must imagine that the words he is speaking are lovely and positive. This way, you can walk in the world without being perturbed by other’s negative state of mind. Furthermore, if you want to manifest your desires, you must initiate a motor activity immediately to make it seem like the desire has already manifested. This way, you can take the idea of your desired state to reality. This process gives life to your imaginations. You can move from where you are to where you want to be as per your wishes. Thus, your imagination creates your reality; if you want to change your life, you must become aware of the ideas you are planting in the mind of yourself and others.


Neville Goddard's Books

A chronological list with direct links.

This book contains the very essence of the Principle of Expression. Had I cared to, I could have expanded it into a book of several hundred pages but such expansion would have defeated the purpose of this book.
Commands to be effective – must be short and to the point: the greatest command ever recorded is found in the few simple words, “And God said, ‘Let there be light.’”
In keeping with this principle I now give to you, the reader, in these few pages, the truth as it was revealed to me.

Man's Faith In God Is Measured By His Confidence In Himself.

In the beginning was the unconditioned awareness of being, and the unconditioned awareness of being became conditioned by imagining itself to be something, and the unconditioned awareness of being became that which it had imagined itself to be; so did creation begin.
By this law-first conceiving, then becoming that conceived-all things evolve out of No-thing; and without this sequence there is not anything made that is made.


This book is concerned with the art of realizing your desire. It gives you an account of the mechanism used in the production of the visible world. It is a small book but not slight. There is a treasure in it, a clearly defined road to the realization of your dreams.

Were it possible to carry conviction to another by means of reasoned arguments and detailed instances, this book would be many times its size. It is seldom possible, however, to do so by means of written statements or arguments since to the suspended judgment it always seems plausible to say that the author was dishonest or deluded, and, therefore, his evidence was tainted. Consequently, I have purposely omitted all arguments and testimonials, and simply challenge the open-minded reader to practice the law of consciousness as revealed in this book. Personal success will prove far more convincing than all the books that could be written on the subject.


Prayer is the master key. A key may fit one door of a house, but when it fits all doors it may well claim to be a master key. Such and no less a key is prayer to all earthly problems.

This book is an attempt to reduce the unknown to the known, by pointing out the conditions on which prayers are answered, and without which they cannot be answered. It defines the conditions governing prayer in laws that are simply a generalization of our observations.


My object in writing these pages is to indicate possibilities inherent in man, to show that man can alter his future; but, thus altered, it forms again a deterministic sequence starting from the point of interference—a future that will be consistent with the alteration. The most remarkable feature of man's future is its flexibility. It is determined by his attitudes rather than by his acts. The cornerstone on which all things are based is man's concept of himself. He acts as he does and has the experiences that he does, because his concept of himself is what it is, and for no other reason. Had he a different concept of self, he would act differently. A change of concept of self automatically alters his future: and a change in any term of his future series of experiences reciprocally alters his concept of self. Man's assumptions which he regards as insignificant produce effects that are considerable; therefore man should revise his estimate of an assumption, and recognize its creative power.


Neville explained that the ark of life contained and could be understood on three levels: the literal, psychological and spiritual. The lectures which are available deal mainly with the spiritual. However, because those who are now hearing his words on tapes and reading his lectures, did not hear him speak on the second (or psychological) level, I realized the need to provide that psychological plane as a foundation for the higher, spiritual level. And so, the thought was planted in my mind. What if there were some lectures that taught this principle on a practical level? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if such a series could be found and made available for those who would desire it. And then one day I received a letter from a lovely lady in San Francisco who said she was moving into a retirement home and wanted to send me some notes she had from Neville’s lecture series in San Francisco in 1952. These notes constitute this book.

Margaret Ruth Broome

Forty years ago Neville added notes in his own hand to his personal copy of the newly published Power of Awareness. In conveying this copy to DeVorss & Company for the purpose of a new printing , Neville 's daughter , Victoria Goddard , has both authenticated the handwriting as her father's and authorized the publication of a new edition incorporating his notes. Of these additions there are no fewer than twenty, ranging in length from several lines to the substitution of a single word for another. This latter , however , brief as it is, confers a significant change on the meaning of the text. Indeed , Neville's notes everywhere clarify his meaning and in places convey important insights and guidance -so much so that in his very next work, Awakened Imagination , he would incorporate some of them.

Leave the mirror and change your face.
Leave the world alone and change your conceptions of yourself.

I know of no greater and truer definition of the Imagination than that of Blake. By imagination we have the power to be anything we desire to be. Through imagination we disarm and transform the violence of the world. Our most intimate as well as our most casual relationships become imaginative as we awaken to "the mystery hid from the ages," that Christ in us is our imagination. We then realize that only as we live by imagination can we truly be said to live at all.
I want this book to be the simplest, clearest, frankest work I have the power to make it, that I may encourage you to function imaginatively, that you may open your "Immortal Eyes inwards into the Worlds of Thought," where you behold every desire of your heart as ripe grain "white already to harvest."

In the following essays I have tried to indicate certain ways of approach to the understanding of the Bible and the realization of your dreams. Many who enjoy the old familiar verses of Scripture are discouraged when they themselves try to read the Bible as they would any other book because, quite excusably, they do not understand that the Bible is written in the language of symbolism. Not knowing that all of its characters are personifications of the laws and functions of mind; that the Bible is psychology rather than history, they puzzle their brains over it for awhile and then give up. It is all too mystifying. To understand the significance of its imagery, the reader of the Bible must be imaginatively awake. The purpose of this book, however, is not to give you a complete definition of Biblical symbols or exhaustive interpretations of its stories. All I hope to have done is to have indicated the way in which you are most likely to succeed in realizing your desires. "What things soever ye desire" can be obtained only through the conscious, voluntary exercise of imagination in direct obedience to the laws of Mind. Somewhere within this realm of imagination there is a mood, a feeling of the wish fulfilled which, if appropriated, means success to you. This realm, this Eden - your imagination - is vaster than you know and repays exploration. "I Give you the end of a golden string;" You must wind it into a ball.


"Man is all Imagination. God is Man and exists in us and we in Him . . . The Eternal Body of Man is the Imagination, that is, God, Himself" —Blake
The purpose of the first portion of this book is to show, through actual true stories, how imagining creates reality. Science progresses by way of hypotheses tentatively tested and afterwards accepted or rejected according to the facts of experience. The claim that imagining creates reality needs no more consideration than is allowed by science. It proves itself in performance. The world in which we live is a world of imagination. In fact, life itself is an activity of imagining, "For Blake," wrote Professor Morrison of the University of St. Andrews, "the world originates in a divine activity identical with what we know ourselves as the activity of imagination;" his task being "to open the immortal eyes of man inward into the worlds of thought, into eternity, ever expanding in the bosom of God, the Human Imagination."


Public opinion will not long endure a theory which does not work in practice. Today, probably more than ever before, man demands proof of the truth of even his highest ideal. For ultimate satisfaction man just find a principle which is for him a way of life, a principle which he can experience as true.
I believe I have discovered just such a principle in the greatest of all sacred writings, the Bible. Drawn from my own mystical illumination this book reveals the truth buried within the stories of the old and new testaments alike.
Briefly, the book states that consciousness is the one and only reality, that consciousness is the cause and manifestation is the effect.
It draws the reader’s attention to this fact constantly, that the reader may always keep first things first. Having laid the foundation that a change of consciousness is essential to bring about any change of expression, this book explains to the reader a dozen different ways to bring about such a change of consciousness.
This is a realistic and constructive principle that works. The revelation it contains, if applied, will set you free.
- Neville


Neville Goddard's Lectures

An alphabetical list with direct links.

A Divine Event
A Lesson in Scripture
A Movement of Mind
A Movement Within God
A Parabolic Revelation
A Prophecy
A Riddle
A State Called Moses
Affirm The Reality Of Your Own Greatness
All Powerful Human Words
All That Is Divine
All That You Behold
All Things Are Possible 1967
All Things Are Possible 1969
All Things Exist
An Assured Understanding
An Inner Conviction
Answered Prayer
Awake O Sleeper . . 07-25-1968
Awake, O Sleeper 01-08-1968
Awakened Imagination 1954
Barabbas or Jesus
Be Imitators of God
Be What You Wish To Be, Be What You Believe
Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens
Before Abraham, Was I AM
Behold The Dreamer Cometh
Believe in Him
Believe It In
Biblical Language
Blake On Religion
Brazen Impudence
Building Your Temple
By Imagination We Become
By Water And Blood
Catch The Mood
Changing The Feeling Of I
Christ Bears Our Sins
Christ In Man
Christ In You
Christ Is Your Life
Christ Unveiled
Christmas – Man’s Birth As God
Come, O Blessed
Consigned To Disobedience
Control Your Inner Conversations
Creation, Faith
Divine Signs
Election And Change Of Consciousness
Enter The Dream
Esau And Jacob
Esau, Jacob, Israel
Eschatology – The Doctrine Of The End . . 01-20-1969
Eschatology The Drama Of The End . . 04 – 05 – 1968
Eternal States
Eternity Within
Every Natural Effect
Examine Yourselves
Experience Scripture
Faith In God
Faith, Hope And Love
Family Portrait
Fawcett’s Letter
Feed My Sheep
Feel Deeply
Feeling Is The Secret
Follow Me
Follow The Pattern
Four Mighty Ones
Fourfold Vision
Fulfillment of God’s Plan
Genesis 27 Jacob Gets Isaac’s Blessing
Gifts Bestowed By God
God Became Man
God Given Talent
God Is Light
God Only Acts
God Speaks To Man
God’s Almighty Power
God’s Creative Power
Gods Dwelling Place
Gods Plan Of Redemption 03-24-1969
Gods Promise To Man
Gods Wisest Creature
Gods Word
Good Friday Easter
Grace vs Law
Have You Found Him
He Dreams In Me
He Is Dreaming Now 05-8-1970
He Is Dreaming Now, Date Unknown
He Is My Resurrection
He Wakes In Me
His Name
His Purpose
His To Give, Yours To Receive
House On The Strip
I AM In You
I AM The Cause
I AM The Lord
I Remember When
If Any Two Agree
If You Really Can Believe
Imagination Creates Reality
Imagination Fulfills Itself
Imagination My Slave
Imagination Plus Faith
Imagining Creates
Infinite Power
Infinite States
Is Christ Your Imagination
Jeremiah’s Discovery
Jesus Christ
Judas The Revealer
Live In The End
Live The Answer Now
Love Endureth
Many Mansions

Mental Diets
Moses – Elijah – Jesus
My Word
Neville’s Purpose Revealed
No Other Foundation 1968
No Other Foundation 1969
No Other God
No Other Gods
North Of The Strip
Occupant or Inmate
One Thousand Two Hundred Sixty Days
Order – Then Wait

Our Real Beliefs
Paul’s Autobiography
Paul’s Prayer Interpreted
Persistent Assumption 03-18-1968
Persistent Assumption 06-18-1968
Power And Wisdom
Power Called The Law
Predestined Glory
Prophetic Blueprints
Prophetic Sketches 1967
Prophetic Sketches 1968
Release Barabbas And Crucify Jesus
Revealed Truth
Revelation Of Purpose
Salvation History
Salvation History – Not Secular
Secret of Imagination
Seedtime And Harvest
Seeing Christ Through The Eyes Of Paul
Seek The Kingdom
Self Abandonment
Self In Self And Risen
Sharing In Creativity
Signs From Above
Sons Of The Most High
Sound Investments
Spiritual Sensation
Step Into The Picture, Who God Really Is
Stone, Water or Wine
Test Him And See
Test Yourselves
That Which Already Has Been
The Art Of Dying
The Artist Is God
The Awakening Of Faith
The Battle Of Armageddon
The Bible – Your Biography
The Bible’s Mystery
The Birth Of The Babe
The Book Of Job
The Bread And The Wine
The Coin Of Heaven
The Core Of Man
The Creator
The Crucifixion
The Cup Of Experience
The Divine Body
The Dweller On The Threshold
The Father
The First Principle
The Flood Is Still Upon Us
The Forming Of Christ In You
The Foundation Stone – Imagination
The Four Mighty Ones
The Fourfold Gospel
The Free Man
The Game Of Life
The Gospel
The Great Mystery
The Great Possession
The Great Secret
The Heart Of The Dreamer
The Heavenly Vision
The Hidden Cause
The Hidden Secret Of God
The Identical Harvest
The Incarnate Revelation
The Knowledge Of God
The Last Days
The Law

The Law of Assumption
The Light Of The World
The Living Word
The Lord Our Potter
The Man Within
The Miraculous Child
The Morning Star
The Most Precious Gift
The Mystery Called Christ
The Mystery Of Baptism
The Mystery Of Inspiration
The Mystery Of Life
The Nature Of God
The New Christology
The Only Christianity
The Pattern Man 
The Pattern Man 1968
The Perfect Image
The Perfect Law Of Liberty
The Potter’s House
The Power And The Wisdom
The Power Of Awareness
The Primal Wish
The Promise Explained
The Promise Fulfilled
The Pruning Shears Of Revision
The Pure In Heart
The Revealer
The Rock
The Roll Of The Book
The Second Vision
The Secret Of Causation
The Secret Of Imagining
The Secret Of Prayer
The Seven Eyes Of God
The Shaping Of The Begotten
The Signs Of The End 1967
The Signs Of The End 1968
The Sin Against The Holy Ghost
The Son Revealed
The Source
The Sphere Within
The Spirit Of Truth
The Spirit Within
The Spiritual Cause
The State Of Vision
The Story Of Judas
The Talent
The Tree Of Life
The True Knowledge Of God
The True Vine
The Truth Of Christ Is Here
The Twelve Disciples
The Ultimate Sense
The Value Of Dreams
There Is No Fiction
They Related Their Own Experience
Three Propositions
True Forgiveness
Trust In God
Truth, The Word Of God
Walk By Faith
Walk On The Water
What Are You Doing
What Is Truth 1968
What Is Truth 1970
Where Are You From
Where Are You Staying
Where Is Golgotha 1971
Who AM I? May 1968
Who AM I? July 1968
Who Is The Real Messiah
Who Is The Son Of Man
Who Paul Really Is
Whom Do You Seek
Whom Has God Afflicted
Wonder Working Power
Worship The Creator, Not The Creature
You Are A Cosmic Being
You Can Forgive Sin
You Can Never Outgrow I AM
You Dare To Assume
You Must Experience God
Your Husband
Your Maker
Your Supreme Dominion
Yours For The Taking

Class Lessons 1948, Lesson 1 - Consciousness is the Only Reality

Class Lessons 1948, Lesson 2 - Assumptions Harden Into Fact

Class Lessons 1948, Lesson 3 - Thinking Fourth Dimensionally

Class Lessons 1948, Lesson 4 - No One To Change But Self

Class Lessons 1948, Lesson 5 - Remain Faithful To Your Idea


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