Neville Goddard on Manifesting Now


Born in Barbados in 1905, Neville Goddard was a metaphysical teacher who taught the Law of Attraction through lectures given on TV, the radio, in books, and in person. For decades, he was one of the most influential teachers on how our thoughts and feelings have the power to create.

These are some of my favorite quotes from Neville’s book, The Power of Awareness .

“All transformation begins with an intense, burning desire to be transformed. The first step in the ‘renewing of the mind’ is desire. You must want to be different [and intend to be] before you can begin to change yourself. Then you must make your future dream a present fact. You do this by assuming the feeling of your wish fulfilled. By desiring to be other than what you are, you can 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 ideal you seek and hope to attain will not manifest itself, will not be realized by you, until you have imagined that you are already that ideal. There is no escape for you except for a radical psychological transformation of yourself, except your assumption of the feeling of your wish fulfilled.”

“You must assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled until your assumption has all the sensory vividness of reality. You must imagine that you are already experiencing what you desire. That is, you must assume the feeling of the fulfillment of your desire until you are possessed by it and this feeling crowds all other ideas out of your consciousness.”

“Whenever you become completely absorbed in an emotional state, you are at that moment assuming the feeling of the state fulfilled. If persisted in, whatsoever you are intensely emotional about you will experience in your world. These periods of absorption, of concentrated attention, are the beginnings of the things you harvest.”

“The future must become the present in your mind if you would wisely operate the law of assumption.”

“Perpetual construction of future states without the consciousness of already being them, that is, picturing your desire without actually assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled, is the fallacy and mirage of mankind. It is simply futile day-dreaming.”

“Live your life in a sublime spirit of confidence and determination; disregard appearances, conditions, in fact all evidence of your senses that deny the fulfillment of your desire. Rest in the assumption that you are already what you want to be….”

“Every moment of your life, consciously or unconsciously, you are assuming a feeling.”

(Note from me: The next quote might be the most important quote of all. Make sure you read it twice. I discuss it in Manifesting Love: Specific Person if you need more explanation.)

“One of the greatest pitfalls in attempting to use the law of assumption is focusing your attention on things, on a new home, a better job, a bigger bank balance. This is not the righteousness without which you ‘die in your sins.’ Righteousness is not the thing itself; it is the consciousness, the feeling of already being the person you want to be, Of already having the thing you desire.”

“What should be done between the assumption of the wish fulfilled and its realization?” Nothing. It is a delusion that, other than assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled, you can do anything to aid the realization of your desire.”

“The present moment is always the most opportune in which to eliminate all unlovely assumptions and to concentrate only on the good. As well as yourself, claim for others their Divine inheritance. See only their good and the good in them. Stir the highest in others to confidence and self-assertion by your sincere assumption of their good, and you will be their prophet and their healer, for an inevitable fulfillment awaits all sustained assumptions. You win by assumption what you can never win by force.”

“Your assumption, to be effective, cannot be a single isolated act; it must be maintained attitude of the wish fulfilled.”


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  1. Stephanie Goddard says

    Thanks so much for your continued work on manifesting and the law of attraction. It amazes me how long ago people were actually doing the same thing. I guess it just shows that when something is a good thing is never goes out of style.

  2. Brian Tomas says

    I agree with you Stephanie. Sometimes though it’s hard to understand what these old guys like Neville are saying. Thanks Elizabeth for making it easy to understand.

  3. Daasya says

    So nice and kind of you to have this website with all of this information on it about LOA, at no cost. How wonderful of you. I know that you will get infinite blessings in return from the Universe for your kindness. I love your LOA website. It is my favorite website about LOA. I have learned a lot from your website even though I felt I had studied everything there is to know about the Law of Attraction. You have applied the LOA in your life successfully and are able to tell us how to apply it successfully in our lives to manifest the life of our dreams. I cannot thank you enough for sharing so generously your insights!!!

    • Elizabeth says

      Thanks Daasya! I’m really glad my site has been able to help you. It makes all the hard work worth it.

  4. Riddhi says


    I am a follower of Nevilles teachings.. as he explains through art of prayer a 3 step process 1. know what you want 2. select an event fulfiling your desire 3. immobilize your body in a state akin to sleep. He himself attracted his second wife.

    My question is : i live in India, where we do not stay together before marriage. So what event would justify my wish to attract specific person fullfiled?? need some examples as i am confused.

    I am also practicing exercises from your book.


    • Elizabeth says

      Neville lived in a time when people didn’t live together prior to marriage. He justified his wish by imagining he was sleeping next to the person he wanted to be his wife every night.

  5. Gianna says

    I will tell you my story of LOA. Since I was 8, I had only one dream, to come to America. I was daydreaming about it every minute. Everyone under the sun made fun of me, I didnt care. That was my only dream. I learned perfect English, I subscribed to American magazines, listened only to American music. My family was taunting me, we had noone in America, we had no money, I was a girl, etc….I didnt listen. The DAY i became 18, I got me a passport. Just because. One year after that I was in the US, in a series of magical events that unfolded. I didnt know it had a name, LOA, but it worked for me. I know our every desire can become reality if we only believe.

    • Elizabeth says

      Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story! It’s such a great example of how you create your reality.

  6. mm says

    Just a wonderful, wonderful thought from Neville, himself. I see a lot about people discouraging others from attracting a specific person because its “against their will” or “what if you’re meant to be with someone better”…while I may meant to be with someone better I am desiring a specific person for a REASON. I always struggled with what I’ve been reading and what I’ve been feeling is the right thing for me and while reading some of Neville Goddard’s material over the past few days he says this,

    “When you have a desire, the deeper you, who men call God, is speaking. He urges you, through the language of desire, to accept that which is not that which is to be! Desire is simply his communion with you, telling you that your desire is yours, now! Your acceptance of this fact is proved by your complete adjustment to it as though it were true.”


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