Neville believed that we must learn to nurture our Subconscious
‘Knowledge of the Law of consciousness and the method of operating this law will enable you to accomplish all you desire in life‘ – Neville Goddard
Discovering the writings of Neville Goddard is the perfect way to start your journey into understanding the linking of the One mind. It is also a key to learning about the true Law of Attraction. Goddard emphasised time and time again in his writings that the subconscious was the true creator of our realities. His writings beautifully portray the understanding that if we can change the subconscious portion of our minds and the beliefs its holds, we can then become the creators of our destinies.
Our beliefs are the true creators of our reality. Wishful thinking is not enough, if the subconscious does not accept your wishful thoughts and sees them as outright lies then you have no chance of success. Free Will is something we often mention as if its a given right. But we can only attain free will through rediscovering our ability to implement willpower. Actively working to change your subconscious beliefs is a form of applying willpower over your own mind and thoughts.
The Law of Consciousness is based around ‘Cause and Effect’
‘The conscious is the realm of effect; the subconscious is the realm of cause’ – Neville Goddard
A basic aspect of the reality in which we live is the Hermetic principle of Cause and Effect. It is the idea that every causation has its creative effect. It has also sometimes been termed as the saying ‘every action has a reaction’. If we analyse the world in which we live, everything is a perfect balance of cause and effect. If we strike our hand against a wall, we receive the effect of feeling pain.
Every aspect of life revolves around this basic principle. The conscious (waking) mind is subject to the effects of the experiences we have in life, which are our conscious thoughts and emotions. The conscious mind is the Giving portion of our mind which transmits the effects of the life we experience into the Receiving subconscious part of our mind. The Receiving part of our mind then begins to create new thought processes and outcomes in our lives. Our mind can be seen as a repeating cycle of cause and effect.
‘Your world in it’s every detail is your consciousness objectified. Objective states bear witness of subconscious impressions. A change of impression results in a change of expression’ – Neville Goddard
If we continually think and feel damaging thoughts and emotions in the conscious state then the subconscious will learn by repetition to Cause (create) bad thoughts and emotions in our daily lives. This shows why destructive thinking is dangerous to our mental health, we consciously experience the effect of bad events and emotions, which then get stored in the subconscious creating depression and anxiety. We then begin to see hardship and failure as normal to us. The mind becomes trained to seek out failure and bad outcomes, we have without realising it, created our own destiny. You must become highly aware of how you are training your mind and the thoughts and emotions you are experiencing. Destructive thoughts and emotions will lead to creating negative life circumstances. Changing the thoughts and feelings we impress will lead to a change of expression.
‘The subconscious is the womb of creation. It receives the idea unto itself through the feelings of man. It never changes the idea received but gives it form.’ – Neville Goddard
This highlights how we need to focus on creating positive belief systems by giving good effects to the subconscious. If we wrongly believe we are only the conscious mind, as many people do, we believe we are then at the mercy of the ‘effect’. It is very important to become aware of our feelings/emotions, as feelings carry strong impressions. The impression is the emotion experienced. If we are having thoughts that make us feel bad or uncomfortable we must learn to change the thoughts by using our imagination to imagine different outcomes. Your feelings are a very good gauge of whether your thoughts are healthy or unhealthy. Good thoughts make you feel positive and uplifted. Bad thoughts make you feel negative and despondent.
Many of us are blissfully ignorant regarding the workings of our mind. Once we begin to understand these basics we will begin to feel empowered as we begin understanding we are not a slave to our minds. It is clear that our mind is a process of cause and effect and that we must recognise both functions of our minds to have any chance of making changes in our lives.
Not Master and Slave but a harmonious relationship to be developed
‘The subconscious does serve man and faithfully gives form to his feelings. However the subconscious has a distinct distaste for compulsion and responds to persuasion rather than to command: consequently, it resembles the beloved wife more than the servant’ – Neville Goddard
To achieve mastery over our subconscious we must learn to see the subconscious as a faithful and loving partner, not our servant. The conscious mind does lead the subconscious but it must do so in a loving way. As previously stated, the two functions of our mind are equally important. Applying brute force or becoming angry with our subconscious does not cut it, we must start to create positive and harmonious impressions on the subconscious to have any level of success. Positive and harmonious thoughts and emotions will create a harmonious happy mind. Becoming angry and disgruntled is not the key to success here as experiencing anger simply creates more of the same.
Creative visualisations through using the imagination is one of Nevilles key methods in applying this principle. Discovering we do have the ability to create change in our minds is a startling realisation for many. It really does open a whole new level of possibilities to us. Our ability to imagine a different outcome is a very powerful key to unlocking the door to change.
Sharing ‘Feeling is the Secret’ with you
‘It is easier to ascribe your feeling to events in the world than to admit that the conditions of the world reflect your feeling’ – Neville Goddard
This is my probably my favourite book of Nevilles. ‘Feeling is the secret’ puts across his concepts in the most simple and easy to understand terms for any new seeker. It is a very short book that can be read in under an hour. He teaches in this book some very effective methods for impressing the subconscious mind, namely the ‘Sleep’ method which is one I will be keeping in store for a future post.
Goddard felt the imagination was the key to impressing new ideas on to the subconscious in a gentle and persuasive manner. Give it a go and see how you get on! Visualise a change in mental habit and experience the feeling of already having achieved it. The imagination (creative thoughts) linked with the emotion experienced was emphasised strongly in ‘Feeling is the Secret’ as the primary gateway to change.
‘The Law of Consciousness’ is the TRUE ‘Law of Attraction’ that is so heavily over marketed nowadays. We attract into our lives the circumstances that we believe to be true. I will leave you with some more taken from the first chapter. To read the full chapter, click here.
Law and Its Operation
‘In order to intelligently operate the law of consciousness, it is necessary to understand the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious is personal and selective; the subconscious is impersonal and non-selective. The conscious is the realm of effect; the subconscious is the realm of cause.
These two aspects are the male and female divisions of consciousness. The conscious is male; the subconscious is female. The conscious generates ideas and impresses these ideas on the subconscious; the subconscious receives ideas and gives form and expression to them.
By this law . . first conceiving an idea and then impressing the idea conceived on the subconscious . . all things evolve out of consciousness; and without this sequence, there is not anything made that is made. The conscious impresses the subconscious, while the subconscious expresses all that is impressed upon it.
The subconscious does not originate ideas, but accepts as true those which the conscious mind feels to be true and, in a way known only to itself, objectifies the accepted ideas. Therefore, through his power to imagine and feel and his freedom to choose the idea he will entertain, man has control over creation.
Control of the subconscious is accomplished through control of your ideas and feelings.‘ – Neville Goddard – Feeling is the Secret – Law and it’s Operation