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.”