As I now compile years of research and study, I have studied God, manifestation, law of attraction, the subconscious mind, the power of our thoughts, and so on for over a decade. I recently read this book and find it to be the ABSOLUTE authority on where to start, on the above subjects. Often, when one learns of such laws and concepts, it’s so exciting, but extremely daunting to figure out where to begin. I believe this book has those answers.
I am going to outline my favorite/key parts below!
“You do not command things to appear by your words or loud affirmations. Such vain repetition is more often confirmation of the opposite. Decreeing is ever done in consciousness. That is: Every man is conscious of being that which he has decreed himself to be.”
That is from the very first page. Most other works on manifestation swear by the use of affirmations. I am not here to prove them wrong, but I find the above statement to be profound. Decreeing is your state of being, your awareness, with authority. To think that manifestation come from our awareness and not just affirmations is wondrous to say the least. Let’s also talk about awareness. What is awareness? according to the dictionary:
Consciousness: Characterized by or having an awareness of one’s environment and one’s own existence, sensations, and thoughts.
Awareness is: Knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.
“Moses discovered God to be man’s awareness of being.” And “The awareness of being is the door through which the manifestations of life pass into the world of form”
Wait, what? God is our awareness of being? God is in each one of us? Woah. That’s deep. So for example, me acknowledging this glass of iced tea in my hand? Who is acknowledging it? God.
Also, the ‘awareness of being’ is being aware that God is our awareness…(marinate on that for a minute).
“If you will give up your former beliefs in a God apart from yourself, and claim God as your awareness of being, you will transform your world with the realization that, ‘I and my father are one’. This statement, ‘I and my father are one but my father is greater than I’, seems very confusing – but if interpreted in the light of what we have just said concerning the identity of God, you will find it very revealing. Consciousness being God, is as the ‘father’. The thing that you are conscious of being is the ‘son’ bearing witness to his father’.”
This is like the conceiver and its conceptions. The conceiver is greater than the conception, but remains one with the conception. Think about this for a second. My consciousness is God, and what I am conscious (aware of) is the son. This idea resonates with me on many levels. Neville also says Jesus is your imagination in another book.
Jesus discovered this truth and said, “If any man should ever come saying, look here or look there, believe them not, for the kingdom of God is within you.”
“In awareness of being, all things are possible. You shall decree a thing and it shall come to pass.”
This is decreeing. Rising in consciousness to our natural state of being. Consciousness is the father that is drawing the manifestations of life unto you.
I have read a lot about affirmations, using vision boards, visualizing etc. ‘Rising in consciousness’ has such a simplicity to it and feels very true to me. You know when something just feels right? That’s this concept for me.
“You must be born again. If you are dissatisfied with your current life, the only way to change it to take your attention away from that which seems so real to you and rise in consciousness to that which you desire to be. You cannot serve two masters (realities), therefore to take your attention from one state of being and place it upon another is to die to one and live to the other.”
I feel Neville really puts these concepts into a different language. Trying to deliberately rise in consciousness seems a lot more doable (not easy) than just visualizing something. He is talking about your entire sense of being. Here is a consciousness scale from David Hawkin’s book, Power vs Force:
Praying is actually recognizing yourself to be that which you desire, rather than the normal accepted form of petitioning God for which you desire. This is why millions of prayers go unanswered. Being conscious of being poor and praying to God for riches does not work. You get what you are conscious of being; which is being poor. Successful prayers are claiming rather than begging. You do this by denying the very evidence of your senses and assume the natural state of being wealthy.
“We are told ‘when you pray go within in secret and shut the door. And that which your father sees in secret, with that you will be rewarded openly.’ We have identified the ‘father’ to be the awareness of being. We have also identified the ‘door’ to be awareness of being. So ‘shutting the door’ is shutting out that which ‘I’ am now aware of being and claiming myself to be that which ‘I’ desire to be.”
So the very moment your claim is established to the point of conviction, you start attracting evidence of your claim. Again, denying your own senses. Just like in other works of manifestation, Neville says do not question the ‘how’ these things will appear. This can be hard if during your day (in consciousness), things seem to come up that you can no ignore. That reminds me of one of my other favorite authors, Catherine Ponder. She says to boldly say: ‘No! I will NOT accept this condition as permanent! With God, my life, health, and wealth cannot be limited!’ So I will often just say to myself, I do NOT accept this condition. (Whether it be a comment from someone, or basically anything that is not agreeance with your desire).
Using virgin Mary as a metaphor, Neville says:
“Mary was not a woman giving birth in some miraculous way to ‘Jesus’. Mary is the awareness of being that ever remains virgin, no matter how many desires it gives birth to. Right now look upon yourself as this virgin Mary – being impregnated by yourself through the medium of desire – becoming one with your desire to the point of embodying and giving birth to your desire.”
I am not even sure I can even add anything to the above text. Amazing.
“So it is said of Mary (whom you now know to be yourself) that she know no man. Yes she conceived. That is, you (the reader) have no reason to believe that, that which you now desire is possible, but having discovered your awareness of being to be God, you make this awareness your husband and conceive a man child (manifestation). The first command to her (you the reader) is, ‘Go tell no man.’ That is, do not discuss your desires with another for the other will only echo your present fears. Secrecy is the first law to be observed in realizing your desire.”
Uhh wow. So our awareness is God. I can feel this notion in my heart. It feels so true. And the ‘don’t tell anyone’ part is interesting, and something a lot of us probably do. When we are in a good space and want to tell everyone of ‘what’s coming’. That’s a death wish for your desire.
“We are also told to ‘Magnify the Lord’, we have identified the Lord as your awareness of being. Therefore to magnify the Lord is to revalue or expand one’s present conception of one’s self to the point this revaluation becomes natural.”
What I think Neville means here is don’t put limits on yourself. See yourself as being able to do anything possible. If God is our consciousness and we are one with God, then we can do anything
because we have God.
“In the beginning was the Word.” The ‘word’ is the desire is swimming around in your consciousness – seeking embodiment. The urge (desire) itself has no reality, for, ‘I AM’ or the awareness of being is the only reality. Things only live as long as I AM aware of being them; so to realize one’s desire, the second line of that verse must be applied. ‘And the word was with God.’ The word (desire) must be united with consciousness to give it reality. Your awareness becomes aware of the thing desired, nailing itself upon form/conception”
“Now if it’s a state of health that you are desirous of attaining, before you have any evidence of health in your world, you must begin to FEEL yourself to be healthy. And the very second that ‘I AM’ and health have agreed to be one, this agreement results in the birth of a child which is the thing agreed upon, (in this case health).”
One of my first questions was how do I make myself feel something that I am not? Feeling starts with being present. A lot of us are living unconsciously. We just go about our days, go to work, go home, and start over. Everything sort of blends together. Can you remember the details of what you saw out of your window on your drive to work this morning? Probably not. Feeling things, or being more conscious starts with small steps, like being present during your drive to work. Noticing every detail. We need to start feeling things again. Feel the rain, feel the grass on your feet, notice the sun on your forehead, take some time to meditate. Don’t have a goal, just sit quietly with your breath. These are the things (I believe) we must do before we try to feel ourselves into that which we desire to be. Once you’re in the habit of ‘feeling life’ (being conscious), you can begin to feel your desires. Another thing you can do, is imagine you’re getting ready to star in a movie or a play, and you need to get into character. Let’s say you are a wicked witch. It’s not to hard to imagine, and be able to get into character, (imagining the voice, intentions, costume)… It’s the same with our desires.
“Now here is something to keep in mind. You cannot take with you into new consciousness any part of the old man. All your present beliefs, fears and limitations are weights that bind you to your present level of consciousness. To transcend this level, you must leave behind all that is now your present self.”
How do you do this was my first question! Take away your attention from all that is now your problems or limitations, and dwell upon just being. (Do not pretend they are not there, just turn away).
“That is: you say silently, but feeling to yourself, ‘I AM.’ do not condition this ‘awareness’ as yet. Just declare yourself to be, and continue to do so, until you are lost in the feeling of just being – faceless and formless. Only when this consciousness is attained, then, within this formless deep of yourself give form to the new conception by FEELING yourself to be THAT which you desire to be.”
And there it is. The beginning of any successful manifestation. We all read so many books on these subjects and want to know how, and where to begin to manifest. Well it has to start with just being. You cannot manifest anything without being consciousness and aware. And also actually knowing and feeling what or who your consciousness is. Neville goes on to say:
“In this deep of yourself you will find all things to be divinely possible. Everything in the world which you can conceive of being, is to you, within this present formless awareness, a most natural attainment.”
The above is why no one can manifest truly great things, except a few! THIS right here is the secret. We need to be ‘in the deep of yourself’, deeply relaxed, a meditative state, or floating. Otherwise we are not penetrating our subconscious. I don’t think anyone else touches on that aspect like Neville.
“…to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.’ The ‘body’ being your former conception of yourself and the ‘Lord’ is your awareness of being. You leave behind your present conception of yourself and assume the nature of the new birth. You will continue to out-picture your present limitations.”
I like that he says ‘new birth’ here. We literally give birth to a new self.
“The only way to change your life is to change consciousness. Consciousness is the reality that eternally solidifies itself in the things around you.”
What you focus on. What you put your attention on. You don’t try to pretend anything isn’t there or happening, you just turn away from it.
“Never shall there come a time when that which I am convinced that I am, shall fail to find me. Your awareness of being is lord and shepherd of your life. So, ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want’ is seen it its true light now to be your consciousness. You could never be in want of proof, or lack the evidence of that which you are aware of being.”
So with that being said, why not become aware of being great, God-loving, wealthy, healthy and everything you admire?
“It is just as easy to possess the consciousness of these qualities as it is to posses their opposites. For you have not your present consciousness because of your world. On the contrary, your world is what it is because of your present consciousness. Simple, is it not? Too simple in fact for the wisdom of man that tries to complicate everything.”
And here we are again. I have studied books upon books upon books over the years. I overcomplicated everything. We often think the answer cannot be so simple; right here in front of us.
“Man continues to walk in darkness rather than awake to the being that he is. Man has so long worshipped the images of his own making that at first he finds this revelation blasphemous, since it spells death to all his previous beliefs in a God apart from himself. This revelation will bring the knowledge that ‘I and my Father are one but my Father is greater than I’. You are one with your present conception of yourself. But you are greater than that which you are presently aware of being.”
We as humans have always thought our ‘higher power’ or God is apart from ourselves. Worshipped on the outside. This is another reason many people will not find or understand this text. If something goes against what you’ve always believed, you shy away from it. It is too much to comprehend.
“Before man can attempt to transform his world, he must first lay the foundation – ‘I AM the Lord’ That is, man’s awareness, his consciousness of being is God. Until this is firmly established so that no suggestion or argument put forward by others can shake it, he will find himself returning to the slavery of his former beliefs. When you have lifted up the son of man, then shall you know that I AM he (that is I, the reader) do nothing of myself, but my Father, or the state of consciousness which I am now one with does the works.”
I love this for two reasons. First, here we are again, Neville reminding us there is no point trying to manifest anything into existence until we are aware of our own true being. Secondly, when we feel like we cannot do anything, that we have no power, we learn our power comes from God. How wonderful and fulfilling.
“A proof of this established consciousness is in the words, ‘Thank you Father.’ When you come into the joy of thanks so that you actually feel grateful for having received that which is not yet apparent to your senses, you have definitely become one in consciousness for the thing for which you give thanks. ‘Thank you Father’ is not as it is used by many today. You never need to utter aloud the words. In applying this principle as you rise in consciousness to the point where you are really grateful and happy for having received the thing desired, you automatically rejoice and give thanks inwardly. You faith is now the substance that shall clothe your desire.”
This is a substantial clarification. Thank you Father, as a feeling, not spoken word…Your faith is the substance that shall clothe your desire. Wow.
“For whatsoever ye ask in my name the same I give unto you’. ‘Whatsoever’ is quite a large measure. It is the unconditional. It does not state if society deems it right or wrong that you ask it, it rests with you. Do you really want it? Do you desire it? That is all that is necessary. Life will give it to you if you ask ‘in his name’.”
I have struggled for years and years and years. When something didn’t manifest, I would think maybe it was not what God wanted. And I was wrong all along. It has nothing to do with what God wants. It has to do with what I believe and feel I am worthy of. Also, this is a relief in the sense that we really are able to have anything we desire. There is no limit. If God wanted a million dollars, does he deserve it? What a preposterous question! Of course he does! So think of yourself just as worthy. God is our consciousness. Be conscious of the best. Thinking of yourself any smaller is doing a disservice to God.
“His name is not a name you pronounce with your lips. You can ask forever on the name of God, and you will ask in vain. To really ask in his name is to rise in consciousness and become one with the thing desired. Praying is recognition. The injunction to believe that ‘ye receive’ is first person, present tense. This means you must be in the nature of the things asked for before you can receive them.”
I for one have always prayed (outloud or silently) in God’s name. Not in consciousness, ever. Here is another perfect example of our misconceptions.
“Therefore when you claim yourself to be anything, you have given that claim or quality to God.”
So if you (silently) call yourself dumb, fat, broke – you are calling God those things…
“From now on, give to God the quality that you desire as man to express, by claiming yourself to be the great, the wealthy, the loving, the wise.”
We think of God as these things: wealthy, loving and wise. Think of yourself as these things. Whatever you think of God to be (high, mighty, all-powerful, all-knowing) think of yourself like that. I absolutely love this notion.
“Do not speculate as to how you shall express these qualities or claims, for life has a way that you, as man know not of. But I assure you, the day you claim these qualities to the point of conviction, your claims will be honored.”
The ‘how’ is always the biggest issue for many people, including myself. We wonder how we are going to become wealthy for example… this takes the pressure off of us. The truth is, the ‘how’ was never up to us in the first place; it’s always been in God’s hands. Our only job is to discover our true desires and become conscious of them.
“To dissolve a problem that seems so real to you, all that you do is remove your attention from it. Turn from it in consciousness. Become indifferent and begin to feel yourself to be that which would be the solution of the problem.”
This was so big to me. I hear a lot of, ‘turn your attention from something’, but how? Become indifferent. Withdraw your emotional attachment.
“If you are hungry, food is your savior. If you are poor, your savior is riches. Claim it in consciousness – not in words – and consciousness will reward you with your claim. FEEL yourself to be it. When you lose yourself in the feeling of being it. the quality will embody itself in your world.”
“Yes begin to believe in your awareness, your consciousness of being to be God. Claim for yourself all the attributes that you have before now given to an external God and you will begin to express these claims”
So, like Neville said previously – all the characteristics you have labeled God with, label yourself with. Mighty, powerful, all-knowing, wise, wealthy, infinite…Let that soak in for a minute.
“For I am not a God far off. I am nearer than your hands and feet – nearer than your breathing. I am your awareness of being.”
He’s been inside us all along.
“So blessed indeed is the man that trusteth in himself – for the man’s faith in God will ever be measured by his confidence in himself. You believe in God, believe also in ME.”
Wow, so how confident you are in yourself is a measure of your faith in God. It makes sense too. If we are created in his image, then putting ourselves down is like putting God (and his creation) down.
“Put not your trust in men for men, but reflect the being that you are. You can only bring to yours or do unto you that which you have first done unto yourself.”
I believe Neville means, do not then put your faith/trust in men. But the God inside of us.
“It is impossible for the poor man to find wealth in this world no matter how he is surrounded with it, until he first claims himself to be wealthy. Signs follow. They do not precede. To constantly complain about the limitations of poverty while remaining in poor consciousness is to play the fool’s game. Changes cannot take place from that level of consciousness for life is always out-picturing all levels.”
I for one am always looking for ‘signs’. So this is paramount. They follow. They don’t come and then my desire happens.
“The measurements of right and wrong belong to man alone. To life there is no right or wrong. Stop asking yourself if you are worthy or unworthy to receive that which you desire. You as man, did not create the desire. Your desires are ever fashioned within you because of what you now claim yourself to be.”
Again, for all those who struggle with worth… here is your answer. God gave you this desire. As Joseph Murphy would say, ‘The almighty power is now backing me up, revealing to me the perfect plan of its unfoldment, and I rest in that conviction.’ And I also have wondered in the past, where did this desire come from? Why is it so strong? Here is our answer.
“Faith is the substance of the thing hoped for – the evidence of the thing not yet seen.’ Do not be anxious or concerned as to results. They will follow just as surely as day follows night.”
I can tell you first hand, it takes immense faith for what is hoped for or not seen yet…This stuff is not easy or everyone would be a master.
“Look upon your desires – all of them – as the spoken word of God, and every word or desire as a promise. The reason most of us fail is we are constantly conditioning them. Do not condition your desire. Just accept it as it comes to you. Give thanks for it to the point that you are already grateful for having already received it – then go about your way in peace.”
Ok, so desires are a promise from God? How do you feel grateful for already having it? How long does that take? It is something that takes practice. Sitting alone, shutting the external world out. As Neville said previously, turning your attention away from your current problems and limitations. meditating and visualizing.
“To be worried or concerned about the HOW of your desire maturing is to hold these fertile seeds in a mental grasp, and, therefore, never to have dropped them in the soil of confidence.”
This is a tough one too. It’s almost our nature to worry about the how since we are human beings, we are doers. But the above statement proves why we stay in limbo.
“The reason men condition their desires is because they constantly judge after the appearance of being and see the things as real – forgetting the only reality is the consciousness of them. To see things as real is to deny that all things are possible to God. The man who is imprisoned and sees his four walls as real is automatically denying the urge or promise of God within him of freedom.”
This is profound and hard to grasp. We have always seen things as real because we never knew any different. And ‘to see things as real is to deny that all things are possible to God’ is amazing and requires some pondering.
“Leave behind all that is now your present problem, or limitation by taking your ATTENTION AWAY from it. Turn your back completely on every problem and limitation that you now Possess. Dwell upon just being by saying, ‘I AM’, ‘I AM’, ‘I AM’, to yourself. Continue to declare to yourself that you just are. Do not condition this declaration, just continue to FEEL yourself to be and without warning you will find yourself slipping the anchor that tied you to the shallow of your problems and moving out into the deep.”
Neville goes on to say that with this feeling of expansion, you will actually feel yourself expand, as if you’re actually growing. But do not be afraid. You are not dying. The only thing that will die is are your former limitations.
I had an insight as I am writing this. When you wake up in the morning, and take your first breath, do you hope there is enough oxygen during the day to breathe? Nope. Of course not. I was trying to think of how to go from wanting more wealth to knowing you have it. And it’s similar to breathing. You don’t even think about it, you just breathe and KNOW there is enough oxygen.
“Because I AM (your consciousness) is the resurrection and the life, you must attach this resurrecting power that you are to the thing desired if you want to make it appear and live in your world. Now you begin to assume the nature of the thing desired by feeling, ‘I AM wealthy’, ‘I AM free’, ‘I AM strong’, When these ‘FEELS’ are fixed within yourself, your formless being will take upon itself the forms of the things felt. Remain buried in the stillness of these convictions. Then, as a thief in the night, and when you least expect it, these qualities will be resurrected in your world as living realities.”
I believe Neville says to do this after the previous state is achieved. (Repeating I AM until you feel it). Then, you can attach the desired feeling to it.
Here’s a great example of turning from your problems, the story of Daniel and the lions den:
“Daniel, while in the lion’s den, turned his back upon the lions and looked towards the light coming from above; that the lions remained powerless and Daniel’s faith in God saved him. This is also your story. If you were in a lion’s den you would have no other concern but lions! Yet, you are told Daniel turned his back upon them and looked towards the light that was God. If we would follow the example of Daniel, while imprisoned within the den of poverty and sickness, take our attention away from debts and sickness and dwell upon what we seek.”
“Go within and close the door.’ That is, shut the door of the evidence of the senses that tell you of empty measures, debts, and problems.”
To me this also means shut out the outside world. Meditate in quiet.
“When you have taken your attention away completely by ‘shutting the door’, you begin to FEEL the joy of having received the things desired.”
“Recognition is the power than conjures in the world. Every state that you have ever recognized, you have embodied. That which you recognize as true of yourself today is that which you are experiencing. So recognize joy, no matter how little the beginnings of recognition, and you will be generously rewarded. The world is a magnified mirror magnifying everything that you are conscious of being.”
This is also applied to gratitude. Start to feel grateful for even the smallest things.
“I AM the Lord, the God. which has brought you out of the house of bondage’. What a glorious revelation! Your awareness now revealed as the Lord thy God! Awaken from your dream of being imprisoned, realize that the earth is yours. ‘And the fullness thereof; the world, and all that dwells therein.”
Neville says it over and over. There is no limit. God created us and this earth. If we are all one, then we are one with this earth as well.
“Now with your memory restored, DECREE the unseen to appear and it SHALL appear, for all things are compelled to respond to the Voice of God, your awareness of being – the world is AT YOUR COMMAND!”
an official order issued by a legal authority.
And there you have it. I absolutely loved this book. And this is 100% how I got to where I am today.