Correct prayer as described by Neville Goddard Revision 12/09/2003 Part 2 By Shawn Regan
“…prune your imagination by withdrawing your attention from all
unlovely and destructive ideas and concentrating on the ideal you wish to
attain.” – Neville
One of the main themes taught in the Fourth Way schools is the removal of negativity.
The negativity you allow yourself to indulge in keeps your energies from rising above the
base level of daily human drama. The negativity you put your attention on, through the
law of manifestation, will eventually find its way into your life and perpetuate negative
conditions in your life. This is an excellent place to start your Neville work. Assume a
positive outlook, see everyone at their best and everything at its best regardless of your
memory of them.
When you start catching yourself either about to or in the midst of engaging a negative
thought or emotion you will feel very empowered. You see that you actually have a
choice about what you feed yourself mentally. You’ll see that you really have the ability
to make changes in yourself and your life. You are starting to observe your automatic
behavior and becoming more conscious in the process.
“Begin now to discipline your mind by observing your thoughts. Watch
them all through the day and refuse to listen to any thought that is
unlovely.” – Neville
Another incentive to eliminate negativity is the rebound effect or what Neville
calls the “Golden Rule”.
“The warning was given to man in the famous Golden Rule – “Do
unto others that which you would have them do unto you.” You
may desire something for yourself or you may desire for another. If
your desire concerns another make sure that the thing desired is
acceptable to that other. The reason for this warning is that your
consciousness is God, the giver of all gifts. Therefore, that which
you feel and believe to be true of another is a gift you have given
him. The gift that is not accepted return to the giver. Be very sure
then that you would love to possess the gift yourself for if you fix a
belief within yourself as true of another and he does not accept this
state as true of himself, this unaccepted gift will embody itself
within your world. Always hear and accept as true of others that
which you would desire for yourself. In so doing you are building
heaven on earth.” – Neville
When you direct negative thoughts toward another there is a good chance they
will get rebounded to you. Always directing negative thoughts at others there is a
guarantee that some of the negativity will return to you.
“A person who directs a malicious thought to another will be
injured by its rebound if he fails to get subconscious acceptance of
the other. “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” Furthermore, what you
can wish and believe of another can be wished and believed of you,
and you have no power to reject it if the one who desires it for you
accepts it as true of you. The only power to reject a subjective
word is to be incapable of wishing a similar state of another – to
give presupposes the ability to receive.” – Neville
On the other hand when you direct positive thoughts toward others you are
supposed to also receive benefit.
“The good you subjectively accept as true of others will not only be
expressed by them, but a full share will be realized by you.” –
7. Inner Dialog
“Your inner speech is perpetually written all around you in happenings.
Learn to relate these happenings to your inner speech and you will
become self-taught.” – Neville
It is important to become aware of the thoughts running through one’s mind. Observing
the mind is difficult but can be achieved through non-judgemental detatched observation
of one’s self.
“An uncritical observation of our inner talking will reveal to us the ideas
from which we view the world.” – Neville
“Take yourself in hand and uncritically observe your thoughts and
reactions to life. Don’t condemn your thoughts, but subdue them .” –
Easier is to be on watch for one’s negativity. It is important to remove attention to all
negative thoughts from one’s mind. When a negative thought enters the mind, and your
mind is so trained, instead of indulging and identifying with the thought you immediately
place your attention on something positive. Some will use this reflex to place their
attention back to the “I Am” or their idea of God, others will turn their perspective on the
negative idea to positive trying to see the pos itive aspect of what they had perceived
“You deny a thing by taking your attention away from it. To drop a thing,
problem or ego from consciousness you dwell upon God – God being I
AM.” – Neville
“…inasmuch as the state with which we are identified mirrors itself in our
inner speech, then to change the state with which we are fused, we must
first change our inner talking.” – Neville
“Stop all of the old mechanical negative inner talking and start a new
positive and constructive inner speech from premises of fulfilled desire.” –
“Through controlled inner talking from premises of fulfilled desire,
seeming miracles are performed.” – Neville
“All of us can realize our objectives by the wise use of mind and speech.
Most of us are totally unaware of the mental activity which goes on within
us. But to play the same of life successfully, we must become aware of our
every mental activity, for this activity, in the form of inner conversations,
is the cause of the outer phenomena of our life.” – Neville
8. Present Moment
Everything happens now. Even when you remember something it is a present memory of
an past event. Correct prayer must be done in the present tense. Feel yourself into the
state of the thing desired now, not in some future time frame.
“What you must strive after is being. In order to do, it is necessary to be.
The end of yearning is to be.” – Neville
“When you say, ‘I AM,’ you are declaring yourself to be, first person,
present tense; there is no future. To know that I AM is to be conscious of
being. Consciousness is the only door.” – Neville
“Never visualize yourself at a distant point in time and space. Make your
action take place here and now! The difference between feeling yourself
act here and now and visualizing yourself in action as though on a movie
screen, is the difference between success and failure.” – Neville
“There is always an interval of time between the impression and its
expression, between the conscious claim and its embodiment. This interval
is called the Sabath, the period of rest or non-effort (the day of
entombment).” – Neville
In his book “Your Faith is Your Fortune” Neville acknowledges the element of time
involved in manifestation. Althought time is ultimately an illusion it is an illusion we
must contend with until we transcend physical limitations. The time it takes to manifest
something would depend on the feeling intensity and the diligence of the practitioner.
“Acting at high tension, an imaginal act is an immediate objective fact.
Keyed low, an imaginal act is realized in a time process.” – Neville
“Man is such a slave to time that, if after he has appropriated a state of
consciousness which is not now seen by the world and it, the appropriated
state, does not immediately embody itself, he loses faith in his unseen
claim; forthwith he drops it and returns to his former static state of being.
Because of this limitation of main I have found it very helpful to employ a
specified interval of time in making this journey into a prepared mansion.”
“Now I (consciousness) go to a point in time and there prepare a place.” –
“With this belief firmly established decide what would be a relative,
rational interval of time in which such a desire could be realized. Again
let me remind you not to shorten the interval of time because you are
anxious to receive your desire; make it a natural interval. No one can give
you the time interval. Only you can say what the natural interval would be
to you.” – Neville
“Confidence in yourself as determined by conditioned consciousness
always shortens the interval of time. If you were accustomed to great
accomplishments, you would give yourself a much shorter interval in
which to accomplish your desire than the man schooled in defeat.” –
Neville mentions that if he is to be remembered for anything that it would most likely be
for the exercise of revision. Revision is simply changing your memory of an event in
your life. The idea is to take a memory of a negative physical eve nt and convert it into a
positive imaginal event.
Revision, also popular in the NLP world and given to us also by Seth, works by
supplanting a memory with an equally valid imaginal event.
“In the evening, review all the episodes, events, conversations and
meetings of your day. As you recall them, rewrite those you wish changed.
This is done by revising the event, conversation or meeting. Revise each
scene until it becomes so real you feel you are actually experiencing it.
You will discover that, as you revise your days, your tomorrows change.
People who disappointed you today, will encourage you tomorrow,
because you have changed their nature. Having changed the seeming
other, he will bear witness to the change which took place in you.” –
You’ve gotten everything you thought you wanted in life and still feel something is
missing in your life.
“As long as you are born of the flesh you have to suffer. This is the way of
the flesh. Do not try to improve your life. You’re making a big mistake.
For there is no question about it, if you use positive thinking and use your
mind, you may appear to improve your life. But remember, this world in
which you live is a world of duality. For every up there is a down. For
every forward there is a backward. For every good there is a bad.
Therefore, whatever improvement comes in your life, it will last for a
while, then will subside, then you become miserable again. You’ll start
sticking up for your rights and fighting for your survival. Then as you get
what you want, you’ll be happy again. You’re like a yo-yo. You go up and
down, up and down. And no matter how much I talk to you about this,
you’re going to keep on doing this.” – Robert Adams from ‘Silence of
At some point you will start to realize fulfillment doesn’t come from anything outside
“But if you put your energy into it, and you practice it every chance you
get, and you put this first in your life, you will see amazing results.
Amazing results. But you have to put it first in your life. Think right now.
What is first in your life? Don’t tell me but just think. What comes first in
your life? Can you take it with you when you die?” – Robert Adams
from ‘Silence of the Heart’
Neville mentions our true purpose is something greater than success in the
“In the early stages, your every venture will be successful. You will
increase your income and have the things of this world that you so desire.
But after awhile you will realize that they are only toys to amuse you until
the spirit of Christ awakens from within. Then you will know you are not
here to amass a fortune, but to redeem society.” – Neville
The ultimate goal is union with the divine or to awaken the Christ within. Neville
mentions in several lectures the day when he “awoke from the dream of life”. Once
awakened we no longer find the need to accumulate physical objects. Our interests lie
mostly in the inner world of which this physical world is a shadow.
“Tame the violence that is housed in you. Transcend it! Do not fight
against conditions, as they only reflect the turmoil within you, their
observer. Turn your attention around, as you would physically turn your
back upon that which you do not want to see.” – Neville
“It is important to learn to distinguish between your identity (your “I”) and
the state you occupy.” – Neville
“God is not there. He is in your mind, dreaming he is you.” – Neville
“Therefore call the perfect one into being by living in the feeling, “I am
Christ,” for Christ is the one concept of self through which can be seen
the unveiled realities of eternity.” – Neville
“Instead of believing in God or in Jesus – believe you are God or you are
Jesus.” – Neville
Neville has something in common with the great Indian tradition of Advaita Vedanta
which is “I AM”. Our sense of identity is the one thing that transcends this physical self
and links us to the higher self. When we hold onto this sense of “I Am” it will lead us to
the divine. Attention must be turned from outward through the physical senses to back
inward toward the divine self.
“Now, you cannot change your “I” until you first find it. This is done by an
uncritical observation of self. The discovery of your self (your “I”) is
essential, for it is the sole cause of everything you observe.” – Neville
“Silently feel yourself to be I AM. Do not condition it, but lose yourself in
the feeling of being formless and faceless. When this expansion of
consciousness is attained, move into the form of the new concept by
feeling yourself in your desired state. Do this and you will discover that
within this deep of self, all things are divinely possible. Anything you can
conceive of being, while in your formless awareness, will seem to be a
natural attainment.” – Neville
“Our usual attitude is of ‘I am this’. Separate consistently and
perseveringly the ‘I am’ from ‘this’ or ‘that’, and try to feel what is means
to be, just to be, without being ‘this’ or ‘that’.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj
“In order to catch that which is beyond your present consciousness, you
must launch into the deeper waters where your desires swim. This is done
by taking your attention away from your present problem, or limitation
and dwelling upon just being. Say to yourself over and over again, “I am;
I am; I am.” Do not condition this declaration, just feel yourself to be.
Persist until you slip the anchor that binds you to your problems and you
will move out into the depth of their solution.” – Neville
“Unconditioned consciousness is God, the one and only reality. By
unconditioned consciousness is meant a sense of awareness; a sense of
knowing that I AM apart from knowing who I AM; the consciousness of
being, divorced from that which I am conscious of being.” – Neville
The Catch All State
This seems to be the one catch all and wonderful way to practice correct prayer.
Just assume an ecstatic state. Remain in this state then your outer world will
reflect this state.
“During the course of a day I may imagine many things, but instead of
imagining lots of small things, I would suggest that you imagine something
so big it includes all the little things. Instead of imagining wealth, health
and friends, imagine being ecstatic. You could not be ecstatic and be in
pain. You could not be ecstatic and be threatened with a dispossession
notice. You could not be ecstatic if you were not enjoying a full measure of
friendship and love. What would the feeling be like were you ecstatic
without knowing what had happened to produce your ecstasy? Reduce the
idea of ecstasy to the single sensation, “Isn’t it wonderful!” Do not allow
the conscious, reasoning mind to ask why, because if it does it will start to
look for visible causes, and then the sensation will be lost. Rather, repeat
over and over again, “Isn’t it wonderful!” Suspend judgment as to what is
wonderful.” – Neville