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Correct prayer as described by Neville Goddard Revision 12/09/2003 Part 1 By Shawn Regan

formula is as simple as assuming the feeling of the thing desired but can be more
involved. This paper tries to bring all the different aspects of Neville’s correct prayer
together.
“Prayer is the most wonderful experience man can have. Unlike the daily
murmurings of the vast majority of mankind in all lands who by their vain
repetitions hope to gain the ear of God, prayer is the ecstasy of a spiritual
wedding taking place in the deep, silent stillness of consciousness.” –
Neville
“Praying, then, is recognizing yourself to be that which you desire to be
rather than begging God for that which you desire.” – Neville
“If your prayer brings no response, there is something wrong with it. The
fault generally lies in too much effort. Serious confusion arises when man
identifies the state of prayer with an act of will. The sovereign rule is to
make no effort. If this is observed, you will intuitively fall into the right
attitude.” – Neville
“It is not what you want that you attract; you attract what you believe to
be true.” – Neville
The core of the process is to create a state of mind where you feel you already have
obtained the thing desired. Whether this thing be a physical possession or a character trait
or union with the divine you, by using your imagination and ignoring all your physical
senses tell you to the contrary, assume it is already so in your imagination and mind. You
live in the state as if it were already so. Once a state of mind is assumed in imagination
Neville tells us it is only a short matter of time before the outer physical world will reflect
the inner mental one.

1. Sleep
“…carrying the action into sleep thickens fancy into fact.” – Neville
Neville mentions frequently how powerful it is to fall asleep steeped in the imagination of
the wish desired. When you are laying in bed at the end of the day and becoming drowsy
create, with as little effort as possible, the scene in your mind that will indicate your
desire has been obtained. If you use too much effort your ego will remain active and you
won’t be able to fall asleep.
Why this is so effective? Esther Hick’s Abraham mentions that if you take an idea to
sleep you have 8 hours of being unconscious where you cannot undo or negate this
manifestation. Neville says something very similar in “Resurrection”.
“Once asleep man has no freedom of choice. His entire slumber is
dominated by his last waking concept of self. It follows, therefore, that he
should always assume the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction
before he retires in sleep.” – Neville
I believe it might be that our scene of fulfillment being carried into sleep has a good
chance of making it into a dream. A dream is a full sensory reality like our waking one.
What better way to experience our wish fulfilled than to “live it” in a dream.
“Use this interval preceding sleep wisely Assume the feeling of your wish
fulfilled and go to sleep in this mood. Then, deep asleep in a dimensionally
larger world, you will see and play the parts you will later repeat on
earth.” – Neville
2. Meditation
“In fact, the greater energies of the mind seldom break forth save when the
body is stilled and the door of the senses closed to the objective world.” –
Neville
Neville talks about achieving a type of “controlled waking dream” where one is
maintaining the feeling of the wish fulfilled while shutting down the bodily senses. With
the senses quiet one can connect deeper with the powers of imaginal manifestation.
“It is a state in which you are conscious and quite able to move or open
your eyes but have no desire to do so.” – Neville
“Drowsiness facilitates change because it favours attention without effort.
But it must not be pushed to the state of sleep, for then you are no longer
able to control your movements. The most effective way to embody a
desire is to assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled and then, in a relaxed
and drowsy state, repeat a short phrase over and over again like a
lullaby. Say, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you,’ as though you were
addressing a higher power, thanking him for giving you your desire.” –
Neville
“Your future is best changed when you control your thoughts while in a
state akin to sleep, for then effort is reduced to its minimum. In that state
your attention is relaxed, yet controlled within the feeling without being
forced or using effort. Imagination, not will power will create reality.” –
Neville
“With the body immobilized, feel the greater you come out of your physical
body and perform the proposed motion. If you are going to walk, do not
see yourself do it, but feel you are walking. If you are going to climb
stairs, feel yourself climbing.” – Neville
“My third way of praying is simply to feel thankful. If I want something
either for myself or another, I immobilize the physical body, produce the
state akin to sleep and just feel happy and thankful. Having assumed the
feeling of the wish fulfilled, with my mind dominated by this single
sensation, I go to sleep.” – Neville
3. Visualization
“Now, this is what I mean by spiritual sensation. Imagine that you are
holding a rose in your hand. Smell it. Do you detect the odor of roses?
Well, if the rose is not there, why is its fragrance in the air? Through
spiritual sensation – that is – through imaginal sight, sound, scent, taste
and touch, you can give to the image sensory vividness. If you do this, all
things will conspire to aid your harvesting and upon reflection you will
see how subtle were the threads that led to your goal.” – Neville
The more senses we can engage mentally the better in our process of visualization.
Anything we can use to help bring us to the state the better. If you are wanting to move to
a new city then always carry a picture of this new city with you. Throughout the day sit
down and gaze into your picture. Imagine the feeling of living in that city inside the scene
in your picture. See the streets, smell the scents in the air, feel the warmth or coolness the
humidity or lack of, hear the sounds local to that area.
“Through spiritual sensation – through your use of imaginal sight, sound,
scent, taste and touch – you will give to your image the sensory vividness
necessary to produce that image in your outer or shadow world.” –
Neville
“The world is a mirror where-in everyone sees himself reflected. The
objective world reflects the beliefs of the subjective mind. Some people are
self-impressed best by visual images, others by mental sounds, and still
others by mental actions. The form of mental activity which allows the
whole power of your attention to be focused in one chosen direction is the
one to cultivate, until you can bring all to plan on your objective at the
same time.” – Neville
4. Continuous Prayer
“Every moment of your life, consciously or unconsciously, you are
assuming a feeling.” – Neville
When you realize that every moment we are assuming a state you see the importance of
being in control of one’s mind and thoughts. To let one’s mind indulge in negative or
unproductive thoughts is counterproductive. Neville calls this “Investing our thoughts”.
In our usual mode of consciousness we are spending our thoughts by letting our mind
freewheel bouncing from thought to thought in an associative manner. In investing we
control where our thoughts are placed. The longer and more frequently we can maintain
the state of the thing desired the quicker will be its manifestation.
“The desire which realizes itself is always a desire upon which attention is
exclusively concentrated, for an idea is endowed with power only in
proportion to the degree of attention fixed on it .” – Neville
“We match ourselves to our ideals by const antly remembering our aim and
identifying ourselves with it.” – Neville
“Have a set, definite aim or your mind will wander, and wandering it eats
every negative suggestion.” – Neville
“After you have assumed the feeling of the wish fulfilled, do not close the
experience as you would a book, but carry it around like a fragrant odor.
Instead of being completely forgotten, let it remain in the atmosphere
communicating its influence automatically to your actions and reactions.”
– Neville
“Saturate your mind with one sensation and walk as though your desire
were already a fact.” – Neville
“A single sensation must dominate the mind if you want to pray
successfully.” – Neville
“Earnest, concentrated thought focused in a particular direction shuts out
other sensations and causes them to disappear. You have only to
concentrate on the state you desire in order to see it.” – Neville
“Recognizing the power of feeling, pay strict attention to your moods
and attitudes.” – Neville
“What you are inwardly saying and doing is far more important than what
you outwardly express, and can be changed. If you have never uncritically
observed your reactions to life, then you are unaware of its cause. But
when you become conscious of your thoughts, you can change them.” –
Neville
“Mastery of self-control of your thoughts and feelings-is your highest
achievement. However, until perfect self-control is attained so that in spite
of appearances you feel all that you want to feel, use sleep and Prayer to
aid you in realizing your desired states. These are the two gateways into
the subconscious.” – Neville
“…therefore he (the perfectly disciplined man) never entertains a feeling
which does not contribute to his happiness…” – Neville
5. Feeling
“…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.” – Neville
If you truly desire something when you acquire it you should achieve an emotional peak
of sorts. By imagining the feeling of receiving what you wish you can concentrate on this
feeling and amplify it until the only thing you are aware of is this wonderful feeling of
the wish fulfilled.
“There is a definite feeling associated with every idea in the mind of
man.” – Neville
“Feeling is the one and only medium through which ideas are conveyed to
the subconscious. Therefore, the man who does not control his feeling may
easily impress the subconscious with undesirable states. By control of
feeling is not meant restraint or suppression of your feeling, but rather the
disciplining of self to imagine and entertain only such feeling as
contributes to your happiness.” – Neville
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and feel as true, the
subconscious can and must objectify.” – Neville
“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. It is in such moments that you are
exercising your creative power -the only creative power there is.” –
Neville
“Feeling is the secret of successful prayer. Feel yourself into the situation
of your answered prayer by living and acting upon your conviction.
Feeling gradually unfolds the soul’s hidden capacities. It is the ferment
without which no creation is possible.” – Neville

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