Neville Goddard Lecture, Christ In Man

Christ In Man

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Christ is the reality, the God that is in Man. It is he who breaks down the dividing wall between himself and Man and makes of the two, one new Man. Is this all done on the other side of the veil, or is there something that we can do on this side of that dividing wall? Let me share with you a story of a very dear friend of mine, one who has had most of my experiences. Listen to me carefully, for God speaks to man through the medium of dream and unveils himself through revelation. This is his letter. ―I awoke at 6:00 o‘clock in the morning. It was too early to get up, so I decided to lie in bed and do some purposeful imagining. Then this thunderous voice came from within me declaring, ‗I AM GOD! I AM SELF-CONTAINED! I AM SELF SUFFICIENT!‘ It kept repeating these words over and over and over until finally I said to it, ‗I know, and I‘m trying to do something about it, but you are speaking so loudly I cannot imagine.‘ But the voice continued ‗I AM GOD! I AM SELF-CONTAINED! I AM SELF SUFFICIENT!‘ over and over again. It seemed to me like rape, if you can‘t prevent it, relax and enjoy it, so I did, and fell asleep enjoying this declaration. ―Then I found myself in a vast desert of nothingness. Not a blade of grass, not a shrub, not a cactus, nothing but an infinite desert. I am holding some golf balls in my hand. I throw one and instantly a beautiful home and yard appear in technicolor. I throw another and a second home and yard appear, this time with people around it.

Taking another ball I threw it across the way and a wonderful putting green appeared. Then a man at my side said, ‗Isn‘t that terrific. You put the ball right next to the hole.‘ And I answered, ‗No, I don‘t do it that way. I put the ball down and put the hole next to it!‖ ―Then I created a huge gate and we walked through it into a miserable scene of dilapidated house and a streetcar in the last stage of decay. I took a ball and tried to throw it, but no matter how I tried to release it, it would not leave my hand. Then I said to myself, ‗Maybe it is beyond my power.‘ And as I contemplated this scene the ball was released and the house was transformed into an ultra-modern hotel as the streetcar became a streamlined bus which quickly moved away.‖ It was so easy for me to create out of nothing, but when I came upon a scene out of the past, that I know to be a fact, I couldn‘t change it, for I couldn‘t let go of the past. But I persisted and persisted and I was eventually rewarded, as the house was turned into a glorious new hotel and the streetcar into a streamlined bus. ―Then‖ he said, ―I came upon a scene which resembled the Miracle Mile on Wilshire Boulevard with an island up the middle. But, in place of the usual well-dressed men and women, I saw young boys in messy pants and girls in bikinis. So I decided to throw another ball, and as I did they were transformed into beautifully dressed ladies and gentlemen, dining under umbrellas and served by elegantly dressed waiters. Then I turned to my friend and said, ‗You know, maybe I should have left them as they were.‘ Now, he‘s a very humorous man, may I tell you, and he always ends his letters to me on a humorous note, so he added, ―and I awoke not a moment too soon.‖ Now, God speaks to man through the medium of dream.

Although there were no golf courses two thousand years ago, the word ―ball‖ appears in the 22nd chapter of Isaiah. When you read it you think God rejected a man, but all of these are states of consciousness. God rejected the state, not its occupant, for God is playing all the parts, but we are in states. Then he turns him into the one whose shoulder the peg will be nailed. And on him will rest the burden, the responsibility of the house of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. In the 10th chapter of I Samuel, the prophet Samuel speaks to Saul saying, ―The spirit of the Lord shall come upon you and you shall be turned into another man.‖ God rejects the state of Saul and turns him into an entirely different state. Now listen carefully to what you can do on this side of the veil to break down that wall between the two, and make of two, one new man. ―Jesus came into the world preaching the gospel of God saying, ‗The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand.‘ Repent and believe in the gospel.‖ Believe my testimony, for all the promises of God have found their fulfillment in me. Believe my gospel and repent, for the story of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness, and forgiveness tests man‘s ability to enter into and partake of the nature of the opposite. When you see anything in a dilapidated state it is a past state, old and fixed. But you can change it by throwing the ball. If, at first the ball will not leave your hand because of the obvious facts before you, persist. ―How long, O Lord, must I forgive the brother who sins against me? Seventy times seven.‖ Do it and do it and do it until you succeed in letting go of the past and seeing what you wish in its place. Persist and persist and persist until you can actually let it go. Jesus tells the parable of the woman who comes to a constable who, although he didn‘t fear God or respect man, rose and gave her what she wanted because of her persistence. Her constant comments forced him to give her what she desired.

The story is also told of a man who came at midnight wanting something to feed a stranger in his house. The man from above said, ―It is late and my children are in bed and I cannot come down and open the door,‖ but, because the man persisted, he was given what he wanted. You may think there is no way out of your present turmoil, but I don‘t care how fixed that seeming turmoil is, if you persist and persist and persist, he who is from above has to come down and grant your request. Practice repentance on this side of the veil while the work is going on in a hidden manner on the other side, and the wall will become thinner and thinner until the shell is broken and Christ is born. And who is he? I AM. After you break the shell it‘s not Jesus and you, there is Jesus only. And on that day the Lord shall be one and his name One. It was so easy for my friend to create out of nothing. When he threw the ball in the vast desert of emptiness a beautiful home and lawn instantly appeared in technicolor. Another ball and another beautiful home and yard with people all around, then a golf course and a gate through which he and his friend passes

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