Neville Goddard, better known as just Neville, was one of the quietly dramatic and supremely influential teachers in the New Thought field for many years...In a simple, yet somehow elegant one-hour lecture, Neville was able to clarify the nature of God and God's relationship to every person. He spoke of God in intimate terms as though he knew God very well, which he did.
Joseph Murphy, a writer and lecturer, who studied with Neville in New York City, said of him: "Neville may eventually be recognized as one of the world’s great mystics,"
Neville once said that if he was stranded on an island and was allowed one book, he would choose, The Bible, without hesitation. If he could squeeze in more, he would add Charles Fillmore’s Metaphysical Dictionary of Bible names, William Blake, (“... Why stand we here trembling around, Calling on God for help, and not ourselves, in whom God dwells?”) and Nicoll’s Commentaries. These were the books he recommended at his lectures.
In his lectures and books, Neville dealt solely with The Law until the year 1959, "For I did not know of The Promise until I began to experience it and have it unfold within me beginning that summer and continuing during the next three-and-one-half years. And this is Scriptural," he would say, "read it in the of Book of Daniel where it is referred to as ‘a time, times, and a half.' It comes to 1260 days in your experience of it."
In the latter part of the 1960's and early ‘70's Neville gave more emphasis to The Promise after he had experienced it. The use of imaginal power can change circumstances, but it is all temporary, “– and will vanish like smoke,” he asserted with another sweep of his hand. "Oh. – you can use it to make a fortune, to become known in the world – all these things are done – but your true purpose here is to fulfill Scripture," so he subordinated it and became as eager to hear accounts by those who had experienced The Promise, and sharing such accounts, as he had of those with The Law.
In his use of The Law, he related how he made a sea voyage from New York to see his family in Barbados during the Depression, without any money of his own. He related how, by the use of imaginal power, he was honorably discharged from military service to continue his lectures during World War 11. He gave his audiences in San Francisco in the 1950's and ‘60s accounts of how others had made use of The Law. He discussed it on television in the Los Angeles area, "Learn how to use your imaginal power, lovingly, on behalf of others, for Man is moving into a world where everything is subject to his imaginal power," he taught.
In the last years of his life he said, "I know my time is short. I have finished the work I have been sent to do and I am now eager to depart. I know I will not appear in this three-dimensional world again for The Promise has been fulfilled in me. As for where I go, I will know you there as I have known you here, for we are all brothers, infinitely in love with each other."
This discovery Neville called God’s “Promise." There is nothing any person can do to earn it. It is sheer Grace and comes in its own good time.
If you do not experience it in this life, then what?
"You pass through a door -- that's all that death is," Neville said, "and -- you are restored to life instantly in a world like this -- just this world," he was fond of saying to his audiences with a sweep of his hand, "and you go on there with the same problems you had here with no loss of identity – not old, not blind, not crippled, if you depart this life that way, but young. They grow, and they marry, and they die there, too, with all the fear of death that we have here. And if they die there without experiencing The Promise, they are restored to life again and again in a place best suited to the work yet to be done on them. And it continues until 'Christ be formed in you' and as 'sons of The Resurrection' you leave this world of death never to enter it gain."
"You are born once through the womb of woman, once from above," Neville insists you don't go through any womb again.
What about the fear many have of eternal hell and damnation? In response to this often asked question, Neville replied with a quote from Scriptures, "’Not one shall be lost in all my holy mountain.’ You are God and how could God eternally condemn Himself?"
Until we awaken and make this discovery, we are privileged to use a Law, given by God, to "cushion the blows of life.” The Law, stated succinctly is this, In Neville's words: "Imagining creates reality,"
Neville spoke without notes and followed his lectures with questions and answers. When he was asked if he had tapes of his lectures for sale, he replied, "I have no tapes. Others here are making tapes for their own use, Perfectly all right. But I have no tapes."
There are many tapes of his lectures In Los Angeles and San Francisco circulating, thanks to the loyalty and dedication of many of Neville's students and friends who have preserved much of What he said. His books are also in print.
Neville departed from the Earth plane on October 1, 1972, in Los Angeles.
Although Neville’s career peaked in the late 1950’s and early 60’s, his message continues to find a place in the hearts of spiritual readers throughout the world today.
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