Neville Goddard Lecture, Blake on Religion

Blake on Religion

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When you are discussing Blake you are discussing one of the greatest spiritual giants of all time. You might just as well discuss St. Paul, for they had the identical visions, the vision of reality. Tonight we can cover only a portion of his gift to the world. In his ―Auguries of Innocence‖ he says: ―To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.

 What is the sequence? The most inanimate thing in the world, a grain [of] sand, and in it to see a world. Then he moves to the first animation, a flower; and then to see harmony, which is Heaven – to see a ―Heaven in a Wild Flower.

 And now he comes to space: ―Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand.‖ And then to time: ―And Eternity in an hour.‖ He moves on now to the bird world, to show us the relationship of the whole vast world, the unity of the world, that we are all actively related. That you can‘t disturb anything at this moment in any way and not actually affect the whole. ―A Robin Red breast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage.‖ We think we can catch the little bird and cage it for our amusement, that which should be set free. He said: ―How do you know but ev‘ry Bird that cuts the airy way, Is an immense world of delight, clos‘d by your senses five? (―Marriage of Heaven and Hell‖) So, the little ―Robin Red breast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage. A dove house fill‘d with doves and Pigeons Shudders Hell thro‘ all its regions.‖ Then he moves on to the next state, in what the world would call evolution, but he doesn‘t call it that. Now into another A Horse misus‘d upon the Road Calls to Heaven for Human blood.‖ (―Auguries of Innocence‖) And he takes the stages right through. You will read it as you go along. (―Annotations to Berkeley’s Siris‖ in his Pickering MS.) Here is this mental giant who saw the complete relationship of all of us. So I think I could be isolated were I in a dungeon and I thought of you – my thought is affecting the entire universe. I thought of you with envy, or with hate, or with love, whatever the thought was as I conjured you in my mind‘s eye and represented to myself as I want you to be, whether it is in hate or in love, I am affecting the whole vast world. And if I believe in the reality of what I have done, it will come to pass. And because we are all one, all interwoven, I will use you without your consent, your knowledge, to fulfill that which I have imagined at that moment. Then he makes this statement: ―What seems to Be, Is, To those to whom It seems to Be, and is productive of the most dreadful Consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of Torments, Despair, Eternal Death; but the Divine Mercy Steps beyond and Redeems Man in the Body of Jesus.‖ (―Jerusalem,‖ Plate 36) He steps beyond. Because of this principle man could be lost forever, not knowing what he is doing, but ―Divine Mercy Steps beyond and Redeems Man in the Body of Jesus.‖ ―God is Jesus‖ and we are but members in this divine body, therefore, only one name – we are he.

So Blake made this statement: ―Man is all Imagination. God is Man and exists in us and we in him.‖ (―Annotations to Berkeley’s Siris‖) ―The Eternal Body of Man is The Imagination, that is, God himself, The Divine Body, Jesus; we are his Members.‖ (―The Laocoön‖) He makes every world, and now he asks us to join with him in putting this to the test. When you read his works from beginning to end, he never waivers from this premise. One thing he asks us all to do and to always bear in mind at every moment in time – to distinguish between the immortal man, which he saw… He said: ―When I first did distinguish the immortal man that cannot die. . . that immortal man was Imagination.‖ Imagination has a body and he describes that body when he begs us to always discriminate between this immortal man — your wonderful human Imagination —and the state into which it has fallen. And so, you may be this night in the state of love (I hope you are), the state of tenderness, the state of affluence. I don‘t know, but you may not be. You may be in the opposite state.aspect of the animal world: ―A dog starv‘d at his Master‘s Gate Predicts the ruin of the State.

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