“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
By faith we understand a world was created by the Word of God, so that Things seen are made out of things that do not appear.” (Hebrews 11:3) That’s what we are told in the very first few verses of the 11th chapter of Hebrews.
Now, if faith is the evidence of things not seen and all things are made out of things that do not appear, then we must come to the conclusion that every natural effect has a spiritual cause, and not a natural.
Natural causes are a delusion caused by fading memory.
Man does not remember his imaginal acts
When they are manifested, he forgot that he had created them.
He denies his own harvest
He cannot see where on earth what he is now experiencing could have been caused by him, because he has forgotten his imaginal acts
Let no one be deceived, for God – which is his own imagination – is not mocked.
As a man sows, so shall he reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
Well, now, who is this God spoken of in this verse? He said, “By faith we understand that the world was created by the Word of God.” (Hebrews 11:3) Well, we are told in Scripture in the very first few verses of the book of John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) Then we are told, “The Word was made flesh and dwelt within us;” (John 1:14) therefore the Word spoken of here is equated with God. If the Word was not only with God, it was God, well, then, that’s God, and it now dwells in us.
It says in Exodus and the New Testament that God’s name is I AM, and so is the name of Jesus. That same I AM is called Awareness, which dwells within us. And the imagination exists within the imagination, and creates our reality.
The imagination counts for anything controllable and changeable inside the mind of man.
Well, I tell you, this Word that dwells in you, spoken of in Scripture as the Lord Jesus Christ, is your own wonderful human imagination. This is the greatest secret in the world, and every one should strive after solving it. Supreme power, supreme wisdom, supreme delight lies in the solution of this mystery.
He works in the very depths of my soul, underlying all my faculties, including perception; but He streams into my surface life least disguised in the form of productive fancy, like a daydream. A daydream is productive; a daydream is creative.
I don’t have to be intense to drop a seed. I don’t have to go around and dig a hole and bury it. I can scatter it. So, a daydream is planting. So, I sit down and wonder, “Am I doing it lovingly?” I do not always check myself.
Faith is assuming point of view of the imaginal act as if it were real. It has nothing to do with believing it will happen, for that is not imagining the end. You must take on the position of already having received your end.
From Neville Goddard Lesson 5:
The first step in changing the future is DESIRE, that is, define your objective -- know definitely what you want.
Secondly, construct an event which you. believe you would encounter FOLLOWING the fulfillment of your desire -- an event which implies fulfillment of your desire -- something which will have the action of Self predominant.
Thirdly, immobilize the physical body, and induce a condition akin to sleep by imagining that you are sleepy. Lie on a bed, or relax in a chair. Then, with eyelids closed and your attention focused on the action you intend to experience in imagination, mentally feel yourself right into the proposed action; imagining all the while that you are actually performing the action here and. now.
You must always participate in the imaginary action; not merely stand back and look on, but feel that you are actually performing the action so that the imaginary sensation is real to you.
It is important always to remember that the proposed action must be one which FOLLOWS the fulfillment of your desire. Also you must feel yourself into the action until it has all the vividness and distinctness of reality.
For example, suppose you desire promotion in your office. Being congratulated would be an event you would encounter following the fulfillment of your desire. Having selected this action as the one you will experience in imagination, immobilize the physical body; and induce a state akin to sleep, a drowsy state, but one in which you are still able to control the direction of your thoughts, a state in which you are attentive without effort. Then visualize a friend standing before you. Put your imaginary hand into his. Feel it to be solid and real, and carry on an imaginary conversation with him in harmony with the action.
You do not visualize yourself at a distance in point of space and at a distance in point of time being congratulated on your good fortune. Instead, you make elsewhere HERE, and the future NOW. The future event is a reality NOW in a dimensionally larger world and oddly enough, now in a dimensionally larger world is equivalent to HERE in the ordinary three-dimensional space of everyday life.
The difference between FEELING yourself in action, here and now, and visualizing yourself in action, as though you were on a motion-picture screen, is the difference between success and failure. The difference will be appreciated if you will now visualize yourself climbing a ladder. Then, with eyelids closed imagine that a ladder is right in front of you and FEEL yourself actually climbing it.
Desire, physical immobility bordering on sleep, and imaginary action in which Sell feelingly predominates HERE AND NOW, are not only important factors in altering the future, but they are also essential conditions in consciously projecting the spiritual Self.
When the physical body is immobilized and we become possessed of the idea to do something -- if we imagine that we are doing it HERE AND NOW and keep the imaginary action feelingly going right up until sleep ensues -- we are likely to awaken out of the physical body to find ourselves in a dimensionally larger world with a dimensionally larger focus and actually doing what we desired and imagined we were doing in the flesh.
But whether we awaken there or not, we are actually performing the action in the fourth-dimensional world, and will in the future re-enact it here in the third-dimensional world.
Experience has taught me to restrict the imaginary action, to condense the idea which is to be the object of our meditation into a single act, and to re-enact it over and over again until it has the feeling of reality. Otherwise, the attention will wander off along an associational track, and hosts of associated images will be presented to our attention, and in a few seconds they will lead us hundreds of miles away from our objective in point of space, and years away in point of time.
If we decide to climb a particular flight of stairs, because that is the likely event to follow the realization of our desire, then we must restrict the action to climbing that particular flight of stairs. Should the attention wander off, bring it back to its task of climbing that flight of stairs, and keep on doing so until the imaginary action has all the solidity and distinctness of reality. The idea must be maintained in the field of presentation without any sensible effort on our part. We must, with the minimum of effort, permeate the mind with the feeling of the wish fulfilled.
Drowsiness facilitates change because it favours attention without effort, but it must not be pushed to the state of sleep, in which we shall no longer be able to control the movements of our attention, but a moderate degree of drowsiness in which we are still able to direct our thoughts.
A most effective way to embody a desire is to assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled and then, in a relaxed and sleepy state, repeat over and over again like a lullaby, any short phrase which implies fulfillment of your desire, such as, "Thank you, thank you, thank you, " until the single sensation of thankfulness dominates the mind. Speak these words as though you addressed a higher power for having done it for you.
If, however, we seek a conscious projection in a dimensionally larger world, then we must keep the action going right up until sleep ensues. Experience in imagination with all the distinctness of reality what would be experienced in the flesh were we to achieve our goal and we shall in time meet it in the flesh as we met it in our imagination.
Exercise: Above, in previous sections, you have written down multiple scenes, for your desired goals, from many different dimensions / senses. From the point of view of yourself in the future, already having received your end goal, construct or convert your goal scene into an imaginal act that you can visualize. By using the above formula, being to imagine yourself as that person. Calibrate into the present moment, relax, and then bring forth the imaginal scene. Condense it into a short, repetitive imaginal act. Repeat it over and over until it takes on all the tones of reality. It may not be so easy, if you are a beginner at imagining. Nevertheless, practice until you have controlled your attention, and completed the loop over and over until your mind is saturated by it.
Notes: For experimentation effectiveness, you should log your efforts in visualization. Therefore you can make your own conclusions as to how manifesting works, instead of depending on other’s resources. What you will find is that time does not play a factor in manifesting, but rather series of events. So long as you impress your subconscious mind, you do not need to continuously repeat imagining. You can imagine once successfully, and then in a week or month your imaginal act will come into fulfillment. You cannot force it into reality by constantly imagining. The opposite will ensue, if you do that. You will find that the minimum effort is best, so long as you imagine until your mind is saturated, and until the scene is very natural.