The Law & the Promise

by Patricia Nolan Stein
(Burbank, California)

Neville

Neville

"The Law & the Promise" by Neville Goddard is a very unique book!


Neville was a 20th century metaphysician and mystic who believed that our human imagination is God. In his books and lectures, Neville emphasized that what we feel and what we imagine will always manifest in our outer world.

"The Law & the Promise" includes numerous success stories which are genuinely inspiring. Chapter 7, titled "Moods," is especially good because it focuses on the importance of FEELING our desires into reality.

Neville didn't believe in an "outside" God. He disregarded the idea that Jesus was once a living human being who walked on earth and was crucified on a cross.

His message was simple but powerful---God lives within us and we activate God's power (the Christ consciousness) through the use of our imagination.

Neville said people pay too little attention to what he called "this priceless gift"---the Human Imagination---without realizing that our imagination is constantly creating our outside world.

He defined "the law" as our imagination in action, and "the promise" as the mystical moment when we completely realize and accept that we are God!

Neville is too esoteric for some "truth seekers" and many disagree with his belief that Jesus never existed in human form. But Neville was definitely on the cutting edge...way ahead of his time...and he's more popular now than ever.

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May 25, 2010
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I think it can be both ways...
by: Andrea, moderator

Patricia, thank you again for yet another fantastic, wise, thoughtful and informative review of a great 'Law of Attraction' book!

I have always found it odd that Neville seems to reject the idea that Jesus was human, because, by his own very premise, that the imagination is God, Jesus is just as much God as all the rest of us.

I wonder if what he may have meant was that you and I, in fact all people, are all just as Divine as Jesus was? That, in the Godly sense, that we are all capable of the same access to the energy which we call God, because it is within us?

What do you think? ...It's been a long, long, long time since I have read Neville, so my memory is hazy.

My personal opinion is that the word God is representative of ALL that is, including us, that everything is God. The Science of Mind teachings call it the "Law" (as Neville does), Abraham calls it Source Energy, and other teachings call it Love, but it is ALL the same thing!

Thanks again Patricia - you are giving people some great reads and wonderful inspiration!

May 25, 2010
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Neville & Jesus
by: Patricia

Neville was very adament in his belief that Jesus never existed on earth. He also said no one in the Bible existed in "real" life, and that the 12 apostles represent various states of consciousness. He called the Bible a series of psychological dramas that we can learn from if
we don't take it literally.
I agree with you---source energy is God within us!
Another interesting thing about Neville....early in his career he often lectured at Religious Science churches, but later he boycotted ALL New Thought churches because the ministers couldn't comprehend his radical concept of our imagination being God.

May 26, 2010
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It's better to know, then, isn't it?
by: Andrea, moderator

Wow, I didn't realize that he was so vehement in those views.

That is FAR more rigid than I would have ever expected from one who was otherwise so expansive in his thinking...

At least, now that it is out in the open, anyone who might be offended by his stance can be forewarned!

May 26, 2010
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Neville & Jesus
by: Patricia

That's true! Many New Thought-ers believe in Jesus as a man (the Unity church does). Joseph Murphy took a slightly different approach and said our subconscius mind is "God."
Nevile shocked people in the final years of his life. They couldn't understand his message. But he was really onto "something" revolutionary, I think.

Oct 04, 2014
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Life Saver Neville Goddard
by: Annie Brown

For years I've had questions about scripture. I would overlook Neville Goddard's books thinking he was just another author spitting out books. Till one night I prayed for more understanding and knowledge, and the next day I just opened one of his books and I could not believe what I was reading! There it was in front of me -- everything started to make sense to me, and I have not stopped reading since. I love the message and I know it was the answer I was looking for. I thank GOD for Neville Goddard. His writings have saved my life.

Oct 08, 2014
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Powerful testimony, thank you!
by: Andrea, RLLoA moderator

Annie,

Thank you for taking the time to share your discovery and experience in reading the work of Neville Goddard. I can completely relate to what you say in having your prayers for clarity and understanding answered -- thank you so much for sharing your inspirational story!

Blessings and love,
Andrea

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