Neville Goddard Lecture, Imagination


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Tonight‘s subject is Imagination. You read in the 17th chapter of the book of Acts, a story of Paul coming through to the Athenians, and he calls upon these men, for he saw the inscription over and over. He said: ―As I passed by…I saw [an altar with] this inscription, ‗To an unknown god.‘ This therefore that you worship as unknown, [this] I proclaim unto you.‖ ―He is not far from each of us, for in him we live and move and have our being.‖ (Acts 17:23, 27, 28) The great Blake said it differently. This is what Blake said: ―All that you behold; though it appears without, it is within, in your Imagination, of which this World of Mortality is but a Shadow.‖ (―Jerusalem‖) Then he said: ―Babel mocks…‖ We are all familiar with what Babel represents: the confusion of tongues, no two believing in the same god. Not yet speaking different languages but speaking one tongue, they have different concepts of the creative power of the universe. And so he said: Babel mocks saying, there is no God, nor Son of God That thou O Human Imagination, O Divine Body art all A delusion, but I know thee O Lord… He equates God and his son with the human Imagination. To him and to the speaker, Divine Imagination is identical with the word ―Jesus.‖ So, when I think of Jesus I do not see a being outside of my own wonderful human Imagination. Are we not told in Scripture: ―With God all things are possible‖? (Matthew 19:26 and Mark 10:27) We are also told in Scripture: ―All things are possible to him who believes.‖ (Mark 9:23) That is Scripture, now. The power of believing is God himself. So, God in man is man‘s own wonderful human Imagination. It‘s difficult for man to make the adjustment, having been trained to turn on the outside to some god that he worships. We go to church and the mind turns outward to some god, and he paints a word picture of someone before whom we must bend our knee and cross ourselves. But that‘s not what Scripture really teaches.

Scripture teaches that the power that creates the entire universe is not without man, but within man, as man‘s own wonderful human Imagination. That is the creative power of the world. All things exist in the human Imagination, so if the word ―God‖ would turn you out, try to make the adjustment within yourself and begin to believe that the God of Christendom, the Lord Jesus of Christendom, is your own Imagination. If all things are possible to God, and God is your Imagination, then it should be possible for you. Now, I ask the question. I think I have told it simply enough how you can test it, how you can enter into a state. I think I have told it to the satisfaction of most people that we are the operant power. To hear it, to recite it, commit it to memory, is not enough. We have to apply it, for we are the operant power. A few days before I closed in Los Angeles, I retired quite early, maybe 9:30 or 10:00 o‘clock and I communed with myself. To whom would I turn? ―So,‖ I said to myself, ―I have said everything that I have heard from within myself, everything that I have experienced concerning the Law, I have told. I have told what I have experienced concerning the Promise. Could I tell them something more about the Law that would make it a little bit more simple? What can I say that I haven‘t said?‖ So, I asked the depth of my own being to show me, to show me exactly what I could say that I haven‘t said. Well, in the wee hours of the morning, a little after 4:00 o‘clock, as I was coming through from the depths of my own being, here is the experience: I am on a spacecraft headed for the moon. Now, it is all in one‘s Imagination, for the dreamer is one‘s Imagination. That is the cause of all. Now, first of all, let me say that everything in this world contains within itself the capacity for symbolic significance.

So, the moon has within itself the capacity for some symbolic significance. I am headed for the moon. Now, you have heard the expression time and time again: ―Oh, he is reaching for the moon.‖ It could be an ambition based upon your social desire. You want to transcend the limitation of your world where you were born. Or it could be some financial ambition, and friends who know your limitations will say of you: ―He is reaching for the moon.‖ Or it could be some tyrant trying to conquer the earth. We have had a Hitler, a Stalin, Alexander the Great, and Napoleon. All these were reaching to conquer the earth, reaching for the moon. Now we are actually on the verge of stepping on the moon, and so we will hit this object in space. But forget that part of it. I am asking for light so that I can throw some light upon the Law, how to realize my objective in this world in a more simple way than I have so far succeeded in telling it, and this is the vision: I am on this craft and I am headed for the moon. There are others on the craft with me. Instead of landing on the moon, I went into the moon through a very, very large tunnel – a tunnel wider than the depth of this room.

The object is dead, dead as dead can be. I say to someone on the craft: ―May I get off?‖ and he said: ―Certainly.‖ I stepped off onto this dead body in space, the moon. There were little objects for sale, objects made on earth and placed on the moon to sell to tourists. They were cheap, cheap beyond measure, made of clay: little cups, little saucers, little plates, little ornaments but the cheapest of cheap! You can‘t conceive anything cheaper in appearance and in quality. There they were, made on earth to sell on the moon, just like some sideshow at a carnival. I picked them up, examined them, and thought: ―Here, a quarter of a million miles away, man made these things, put them on the moon to sell to tourists.‖ What was the significance of the vision? All of man‘s ambitions are like clay. They will all turn to dust

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