Why reassess Neville?
We are living in an age where many beliefs, philosophies and writers should be reassessed.
Over the past 100 years or so, a considerable amount of 'debunking', myth busting and censoring of belief has occurred. Volumes of ideas, beliefs and practices were forced underground, forgotten or cleansed in order to align with modernity.
Increasingly over the past decade, an array of practices have been revisited through different "science" lenses and found to have benefits leading towards greater everyday acceptance. Some examples include:
Quantum science is also contributing significantly to how we may relate to beliefs previously considered "poppycock". In fact, quantum science has challenged many classical scientific beliefs and is yielding new understandings of how the world works. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that some previously maligned and dismissed ideas will (and have) been proved through a quantum rather than classical lens.
One such theory may be the power of the mind and one of its great purveyors Neville Goddard (1905-1972).
Warning: One of the reasons why his work might be challenging for many people to enter will be the significant and frequent references he makes to the Bible, God, Jesus and traditional Jewish and Christian religious heritage. But do not be misled by this superficial aspect. The patient person will ride this wave and see where it leads because it does not lead to where one might expect.
There is a context of a highly religious 1940s/1950s America in which Neville desired to share his belief around the power of the mind. Almost by necessity did Neville appeal to people through their existing belief systems and at the same time seek to convince them that the bible was a metaphor and guidebook of the towards its ultimate purpose - teaching everyday people the power of their minds.
A brief history...
Neville Lancelot Goddard was born on February 19, 1905 in St. Louis. Michael, Barbados , West Indies, son of Wilhelmina Hinkinson and Joseph Goddard. Neville was the fourth child in their family of nine boys and a girl.
He came to the United States to study theatrical art at the age of seventeen (in September 1922 ), and while on tour with his dance troupe across England. During this time he became interested in metaphysics and "the power of the mind". On his return, he gave up the entertainment industry to devote his whole attention to studying spiritual and mystical issues. His interest intensified after meeting a mysterious person referred to as "Abdullah" in New York.
After travelling across the United States, Neville eventually settled in Los Angeles, married and died on October 1, 1972.
For most of his life, Neville lectured on radio, television, extensive public conferences and authored many books.
Notably, Neville rarely received payment for his lectures. Typically he would merely request for his travel expenses to be covered and then delivered lectures for free:
"[He] did not charge for these lectures or “seminars”, as they might be called today. If, to speak at a particular event, travel was required, he’d request that the funds needed to travel be sent over. But, he didn’t charge for the information itself. In fact, he said, in language that is slightly more visceral, that those who would charge hefty sums of money for such knowledge are, in fact, fraudsters, and that if he were to ever do so, that those in the audience should stop trusting him." - Maxwell Akin
Neville is considered by some as a key and major proponent of the "New Thought" movement.
https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neville_Goddard (translate to English)
What is New Thought?
New Thought holds that Infinite Intelligence, or God, is everywhere, spirit is the totality of real things, true human self-hood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and "right thinking" has a healing effect.
Although New Thought is neither monolithic nor doctrinaire, in general, modern-day adherents of New Thought share some core beliefs:
The New Thought movement originated in the early 19th century, and survives to the current day in the form of a loosely allied group of religious denominations, authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of beliefs concerning metaphysics, positive thinking, the law of attraction, healing, life force, creative visualisation, and personal power.
While sharing some of the beliefs of New Thought, Neville also held his unique special belief in the power of Imagination:
According to Neville Goddard, we are God. You are God. I am God. We are all God. And Imagination is the most beautiful and potent expression of our Godhood. Through Imagination, all things are possible. But, we must dissolve the boundaries between that which we hold to be “imaginary” — a word that often refers to things that are separate from that which we consider to be “real” — and that which we hold to be “real”, for the two are one-in-the-same, and if we dissolve those boundaries, we can create and become ANYTHING that we so desire. - Maxwell Akin
Resources and Introductions
Full repository of FREE lectures and transcriptions: