by Neville Goddard
Can man decree a thing and have it come to pass?
Most decidedly he can!
Decreeing is ever down in consciousness.
“If any man should come, saying ‘Look here or look there,’ believe them not for the kingdom of God is within you.” Heaven is within you.
Consciousness is the father that is drawing the manifestations of life unto you.
If you are dissatisfied with your present expression in life, the only way to change it is to take your attention away from that which seems so real to you and rise in consciousness to that which you desire to be.
Things have no reality other than in consciousness.
All your present beliefs, fears, and limitations are weights that bind you to your present level of consciousness. If you would transcend this level you must leave behind all that is now your present self, or conception of yourself.
“to be absent from the body and be present with the Lord” – The body being your former conception of yourself and ‘the Lord’ is your awareness of being
(the spirit, the soul, the infinite self)
The only way to change your expressions of life is to change your consciousness.
For consciousness is the reality that eternally solidifies itself in the things around about you. Man’s world in its every detail is his consciousness out-pictured. You can no more change your environment, or world, by destroying things than you can your reflection by destroying the mirror.
(the world is a mirror of your own fears, beliefs, and accepted limitations)
It’s time to revalue yourself.
Why not become aware of being great; God-loving; wealthy; healthy; and all attributes that you admire?
“I AM the Lord.” That is, man’s awareness, his consciousness of being is God.
The “I” knocking at the door is the urge.
The door is your consciousness.
To open the door is to become one with that which is knocking,
by FEELING oneself to be the thing desired.
To think one’s desire as impossible is to shut the door or deny this urge expression.
Merge yourself with the feeling of being that which you desire.
When you come into the joy of thanksgiving so that you actually feel grateful for having received that which is not yet apparent to the senses, you have definitely become one in consciousness with the thing for which you gave thanks.
For life makes no mistakes,
and always gives man that which man first gives himself.
The day you claim these (desired) qualities to the point of conviction, your claims will be honored.
That is, your secret convictions of yourself – these secret claims that no man knows of, when really believed, will be shouted from the housetops in your world.
The things in your world pass away if you take your attention from them because your attention is as the sap of life that keeps alive and sustains the things of your world.
To dissolve a problem that now seems so real to you all that you do is remove your attention from it. In spite of its seeming reality, turn from it in consciousness.
Become indifferent and begin to feel yourself to be that which would be the solution of the problem (the ideal circumstance).
“You shall find me when you FEEL after me.”
Yes, begin to believe your awareness, your consciousness of being to be God.
“Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.”
The Lord being your consciousness, except that which you seek is first established in your consciousness, you will labor in vain to find it. All things must begin and end in consciousness.
For a man’s faith in God will ever be measured by his confidence in himself.
So blessed indeed is the man that trusteth in himself.
No matter what happens to man in this world, it is never an accident.
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.
Life does not care whether you call yourself rich or poor; strong or weak. It will eternally reward you with that which you claim as true of yourself.
Stop asking yourself whether you are worthy or unworthy to receive what you desire. You, as man, did not create the desire. Your desires are ever fashioned within you by the I within you.
Your desires contain within themselves the plan of self-expression.
Have faith in this unseen claim until the conviction is born within you that it is so. Your confidence in this claim will pay great rewards.
Look upon your desires as spoken words of God, and every desire a promise.
Give thanks for it to the point that you are grateful for having already received it – then go about your way in peace. Such acceptance of your desire is like dropping a fertile seed into the prepared soil of your mind.
“If you had but the faith of your grain of a mustard seed you would say unto yonder mountain ‘be thou removed’ and it shall be removed and nothing is impossible to you.”
Consciousness is the only reality and things but mirror that which you are in consciousness. So the heavenly state you are seeking will be found only in consciousness, for the kingdom of heaven is within you.
For here on this very earth, your heaven reveals itself. So create a new heaven, enter into a new state of consciousness and a new earth will appear.
Dwell upon just being by saying, “I AM,” “I AM,” “I AM,” to yourself.
Continue to declare to yourself that you just are.
This is usually accompanied by the feeling of exapansion. You will feel yourself expand as though you were actually growing. In this deep or expanded consciousness, you will find yourself to be a power that you had never dreamt of before.
Now you begin to assume the nature of the thing desired by feeling, “I AM wealthy”; “I AM free”; “I AM strong.” When these FEELINGS are fixed within yourself, your formless being will take upon itself the forms of the things felt.
The story of the widow, who instead of recognizing an emptiness or nothingness, recognized the something – three drops of oil. And so unto her, it was done. The world is a magnified mirror magnifying everything that you are conscious of being.
DECREE the unseen to appear and it shall APPEAR!