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NevilleGoddard THESECRETOFIMAGINING Tonightssubjectis:TheSecretofImagining.Inalmosteveryparticularistheworldaboutus differentfromwhatwethinkit.Whythenshouldwebesoincredulous?Lifecallsonusto believenotless,butmore.Thesecretofimagingisthegreatestofallproblems,tothesolutionof whicheveryoneshouldaspire,forsupremepower,supremewisdom,supremedelightlieinthe solutionofthismystery. IfyouhavesolvedthemysteryofimaginingyouhavefoundJesusChrist.JesusChristisdefined forusinscriptureasThepowerofGodandthewisdomofGod(FirstCorinthians1:24).

As wearetoldintheeighthchapteroftheBookofProverbs,andWisdomisspeakingnow, personifiedasalittlechild: WhenHelaidoutthefoundationoftheworld IwasbesideHimlikealittlechild IwasdailyHisdelight, rejoicingbeforeHimalways rejoicinginHisinhabitedworld, delightingintheaffairsofmen. Hewhofindsmefindslife Hewhomissesmeinjureshimself; Allwhohatemelovedeath. (Proverbs8:2931,35,36) SofindthatchildthatisthesymbolofJesusChrist,whoisthecreativepowerandthewisdomof God.BelievemewhenItellyouthatthisJesusChristofscriptureisyourownwonderfulhuman imagination.Byhimallthingsweremade,andwithouthimwasnotanythingmadethatwas made(John1:3).Heisintheworld,andtheworldwasmadebyHim,andtheworldknows Himnot. Lookintotheworldandnameonethingthatwasntfirstimagined.Younameonethingthat doesnotnowexistinyourimaginationjustnameit.Nameanythingintheworldthatdoesnot nowexistinyourimagination:Allthingsexistinthehumanimagination.(fromJerusalem byWilliamBlake) Godisman,andexistsinusandweinHim(fromAnnotationstoBerkeleybyWilliam Blake).Theeternalabodeofmanistheimagination;andthatisGodHimself.Trytodisproveit.

Godismypureimagininginmyself.Heunderliesallofmyfaculties,includingperception,but Hestreamsintomysurfacemindleastdisguisedintheformofproductivefancy.Icancatch Himintheactofproducingtheseimagesinmymind.Justtryitasyouareseatedhere.Tryto thinkofanything.TrytocatchHimintheactofactuallyproducinginyourownmindseyeall theseimages.Forallthingsexistinthehumanimagination.ButhowcanIsingleoutoneand clotheitsothatitbecomesanobjectivefact? Thatisthesecret,fortheyallexistwithinme.ButhowcanIcatchoneandclotheit?WellIwill trytoshowyoutonightwhatIknowfrommyownpersonalexperience.Scriptureteachesit,but ittellsitinastrangeandwonderfulway:howtoclotheit. Youseethisroominwhichwearenow?Itsmorerealnowthanyourownhomeistoyou;yet youknowyourhomemoreintimatelythanyouknowthisroom.Yetthisroom,atthemoment, whileyouareinit,ismorerealthanyourownhome.Howdifferentthecubicrealityfromthe planeofanydepictionofit.Thisroomisnowsorealbecauseweareinit,andweareall imagination.Wereinit;andtous,itsreal.Thinkofyourownhome.Dowenothavethe capacitytodrawit,topaintit?Butinyourmindseyeyouhaveaplanedepictionofit,butits notasrealnowastheroomis.Thisroomisrealbecausewereinit. NowthisiswhatImeanbymakingsomethingthatisonlyathoughtsomethingthatisreal. HowdoIdoit?Isingleout,outofmyownwonderfulhumanimagination,thatwhichIwantto makereal.Itsallinyou.ThenImustenterintoitasIhaveenteredintothisroom. Ifthe spectatorwouldenterintoanyoneoftheseimagesinhisimagination,approachingitonthefiery chariotofhisowncontemplativethought(fromVisionsoftheLastJudgmentbyWilliam Blake),itwouldbecomejustasrealtohimasthisroom. Youmayask,Whatwouldthatdotome?Willitbecomerealinthenotdistantfuture?Iknow frommyownexperience,itwill.Youcansithereandenterintoastate.Itmaynottakeonquite therealityofthisroom,butitwillifyoupersistinit;itwillbecomejustlikethis.Whenyou openyoureyes,itvanishes.ButdoesitmeanthatItastedthat,andthatsall?No.Havinggone intoit,mayItellyou,itwillfollowyou? Itwillnotrecedeintothepastasmemory;itwill advanceintothefutureandyouwillconfrontit.Thisisthesecretofimaging,whichisfinding outthesecretofGod. You are an immortal being. You cannot die because you are all imagination. Man is all imagination;andGodtrulyisman;andHeexistsinus,andweinHim.Andthatimmortalbody ofmanisthehumanimagination,andthatisJesusChristHimself,theEternalBodyofman anditcannotdie.Youcannotdie.Thebody,yes,thiswillfade;butIamnotthegarmentthat Iamwearing.Iamthewearerofthegarment,andthewearerofthisgarmentisallimagination. ThisisthestorythattheBibleteaches. WhenwereadintheBible:I,evenI,amHe.Ikill,andImakealive;Iwound,andIheal;and thereisnogodbesideme(Deuteronomy32:39).Thisisnotabeingoutsideofyouspeaking;

thisistheBeingthatyoureallyare,speakingwithinyou,tryingtopersuadeHimselfofHisown wonderfulpowertocreate.Itcankill,andyetitcanmakealive.Itcanresurrectfromthedead. Andthatisyourownwonderfulhumanimagination. Thedaywillcome;youwilltastethispowerthatyoupossess.Youwillcomeintoaroomjust likethis,andyouwillstillitnotbycommandinganyoneintheroomtobestill.Leavethem justastheyare.Butyouwillarrestwithinyourselfanactivitythatyoufeel,andasyoustillitin you, everything thatyouobserve becomes stillperfectly still.Youcouldgoforward and examinethem,andtheyaredead.Everythingisperfectlystillanddead.Thelifeisinyou.You releasetheactivity,andtheyoncemorebecomeanimatedandcontinuetodowhattheyintended todo.Youcould,whenyoustilledtheactivitywithinyou,changetheirmotivation;andwhen you release it, they will do entirely different from what they intended to do prior to your arrestmentwithinyouofthatactivity. AstheFatherhaslifeinHimself,HehasgrantedtheSonalsotohavelifeinHimself(John 5:26);andyouhavethatwithinyou.Yourenotquiteawareofityet,butyouwillbecomeaware. ThosethatIamteachingwillhavedreams,asyouhavedreams;andintheirdreamstheywill becomeawake,andthenarrestitinthedreamandchangethemotivationandseetheintended actchange. Hereisone.Afriendbecameawarethatshewasdreaming,andheresamanwhointendedto hurther.Hegotoutofthecarandcametowardsher,andshebecameafraid;andherfrightwoke her;butinsteadofwakingonthebed,sheawokeinthedream.Thensherealized,Thisiswhat heteaches.NowIwillsimplyarrestit.Shedidntarguewithhim;shearrested,withinher,the activitythatanimatedhim.Andshesaidtohim,Youaretired.Youneedagoodhotcupof coffeeandthenagoodsoundsleep,andthenshetoldhimexactlywhatheneeded,andreleased theactivitywithinher.Heshookhisheadasthoughsomethingstrangehadhappenedwithinhim, andhegotbackintothecarallinherdreamanddroveoff.Yousee,shechangedhis intentiontowardsher. Thismayseemimpossibletotheworld.AsIstartedthislecture,almosteverythinginthisworld issocompletelyunlikewhatitappearstobe.AndIamtellingyoufrommyownexperience;I amnotspeculating.Iamnottheorizing.ThepowerofwhichIspeakisapowerwithinyou.That powerisnotsomethingontheoutside;itsyourownwonderfulhumanimagination,andyouwill learntocontrolit.Yourimaginationanimatestheworldinwhichyoulive.Youchangeyour imagination,andyouchangetheworld. ToattempttochangecircumstancesbeforeIchangemyownimaginalactivityistostruggle againsttheverynatureofmyownbeing,formyownimaginalactivityisanimatingmyworld.If IbelievethatIaminjuredorthatothersareagainstme,Ihaveconjuredtheminmyworld,and theyhavetobeagainstme.IfIfullybelievethatallareworkingtowardsthefulfillmentofmy good,theyhavetoworktowardsthefulfillmentofmygood.Idontaskthem.Idontcompel them.Isimplydoitonlywithinmyself,andthewholevastworldexistswithinme.Therefore,it ismyselfpushedout.Itsobjectified.Idonthavetochangeaffairs;Ionlychangeitwithin

myself;andtheneveryone,thoughIknowhimornotbyname,itdoesntreallymatter,its myselfpushedout. Icouldnttellyoutheatomsofmybody,butitismybody.Icouldnttellyouifyoutookthe handoffthatitsmyhandIamlookingat,anymorethanIcouldtellyouyournameoranything aboutyou;yet,youaremyselfpushedout,asthisbodyisthebodyIwear.Andso,asthebody obeysmymind,youmypushedoutbodywillobeymymindtoo.AllIhavetodoisto concernmyselfwithwhatIwantinthisworld,andtrytokeepitwithintheframeoftheGolden Rule;doinguntoothersonlythatwhichIwouldwantdoneuntome,nothingmorethanthat; hurtingnoone,doingnotathingtoanyoneotherthanthatwhichIwouldwantdoneuntome. Ifyouwantallthelovelythingsdone,doonlythelovely,anddoitallinyourownwonderful humanimagination.Thenyouwillrealizethistremendoussecretofimaging.Itisthegreatestof allsecrets,tothesolutionofwhicheveryoneintheworldshouldaspire,becauseChrististhe answer. ChristisdefinedforusinthefirstchapterofFirstCorinthiansasthepowerofGodandthe wisdomofGod(FirstCorinthians1:24).HereisthepowerofGodandthewisdomofGod;and Ihavefoundthepowertobeinmyself. Youmean,Christisinme? Arewenottaughtthatinscripture?KnowyenotthatJesus Christisinyou?DoyounotknowthatJesusChristisinyou,unlessofcourseyoufailtomeet thetest?(SecondCorinthians13:5)Wellthen,testit.HowwouldItestit? Afriendofmine,maybe,isunwell;ormaybehesunemployed,ormaybeheisnotearning enoughtomeettheobligationsoflife.Allright,heisinme.AsIthinkofhim,hesinme.He neednotbephysicallypresentformetothinkofhim;hesinme.Ithinkofhim;Iconjurehim. Well,canIchangehisentirepictureinme?Iassumethatheistalkingtome,andhestellingme thathehasneverhadmore,hehasneverfeltbetter;andasIbelieveinwhatIamseeinginmy ownmindseye,Ibelieveinhim.ThatisChristinme,andallthingsarepossibletoChrist. Wellthen,testitandseeifitworks.Seeifyoudonotseehiminthenotdistancefutureearning more,lookingbetter;andeverythingintheworldthatyouhavedonewithinyou,herespondsto. Heneednotpraiseyouorthankyou.Youdontneedhispraise;youdontneedhisthanks.You dont need confirmation from him, other than he does conform to what you have done in yourselfconcerninghim. Youasknoonetothankyou.Thanknothing.YouaresimplyexercisingthepowerofGodwithin you.AndthepowerofGodandthewisdomofGodisJesusChrist(FirstCorinthians1:24). AndthereisnothingintheworldbutGod.ItisallGodinyoupushedout,andGodisyour ownwonderfulhumanimagination.Hecantbecloser.Godisneversofaroffaseventobe near,fornearnessimpliesseparation.Hesnotseparated.Godactually,literallybecameasIam, thatImaybeasHeis.Heisnotsomethingontheoutside.NomatterhownearHeis,Hecant eventouchme.Heactuallybecameme,withallofmyweaknesses,allofmylimitations;and nowIamtryingtostrugglewithinmyselftofindoutwhoIam,andthatsHisname.Myname

isinHim.Whatsyourname? GoandsayIAMhassentyou. Isthatyouname?Yes, foreverandforeveritismyname.Whatname?Jehovah?No.TheLord?No,IAM. ThatsHisname.ThatisHisnameforeverandforever. WellIcannotsay,Iam,andpointelsewhere.Icantsay,Iam,andfeelsomethingisnear me.Itcantevenbenear.SomethingcanbeneartowhatIam,butIAMcantbenear.And thatsthenameofGodforeverandforever.SoyouaretheLordJesusChrist. Nowapatternisgiventousinscripturebywhichyouwillknowthatyouare;andIpromise you,frommyownpersonalexperience,thatyoushallhaveit.Itisatruestory.Thetrueststory evertoldisthestoryoftheLordJesusChrist.WhenHesaid,IamtheFather,mayItellyou,if hesafather,hehasason,hasnthe?Oratleasthehasachild;butItellyou,itsason.Hesaid, Whenyouseeme,youseetheFather;butifIlookatyouandIsay,Wellthen,youarethe father,showmeyourson.HecantshowmeHissonoutsideasHisson,becauseHeandIare one.HehastoshowmeHissonnotofbloodnorofthewilloftheflesh;ithastobeborn,notof bloodnorofthewillofthefleshnorofthewillofman,butofGod.AndHetellsmethatHeis God,andHetellsmethatHeandIareone.Wellthen,itcantbeborninanynormal,natural way.HehastobebornofGod. Wellthen,whoisyourson?HetellsmeinscripturethatDavidcallsHim,Father. Davidcallsyou,Father? Yes.Hesaid,Iinspiredtheprophets,andreadtheProphets;andintheProphets,Davidcalls theLord,myFather. Youmean,David,then,ismyson? Yes,hesmyson. ButIdonotknowhim,youwillsay. ButIwilltellyou,frommyownpersonalexperience,youwillknowitbecauseIknowit;David calledme,myFather.Davidcalledme,myLord.DavidcalledmetheRockofhissalvation. EverythingthatissaidinscriptureconcerningwhathesaidoftheLord,hesaidofme.Andso,I stood,andhereisDavid,andIknewitbeyondalldoubtthathereismyson,andmysonis David,notaDavid,theDavidtheonlyDavidtheDavidofbiblicalfame.Andashe calledme,Father,memoryreturned. So God actually became me,and thenHeunfolds Himself within me.Well, as Heunfolds Himselfwithinme,itsonlythememoryofGodthatHegaveupinordertobecomeme.Hehad tocompletelygiveupallthatwasGodtobecomethislittlewitnessthatiscalledamancalled Neville. So when His memory returns and He became me, it is my memory returning. He actuallygavemeHimselfasHegaveyouHimself;andthedaywillcomeasHeunfoldsHimself

withinyou,yourmemoryreturnsbecauseitsGodsmemoryreturning.Hecompletelyempties Himselfinordertobecomeyou. This is thestoryoftheChristian faith;the fulfillment ofallthepromises made inthe Old Testament.TheOldTestamentisonlyapropheticblueprintofthelifeofJesusChrist.Itsan adumbration,aforeshadowinginanotaltogetherconclusiveorimmediatelyevidentway;butas itunfoldswithinyou,itsnothingmorethanGodsmemoryreturning.Buthavingbecomeyou, itbecomesyourmemoryreturning,andyouawakenasGodHimself.Andthereisnothinginthe worldlikeGod. Nowyouask,what,allthehorrorsoftheworld,thepain,thesuffering?Yes.Ittakesallthe furnacestoprepareyoutoreceivethegiftthatHegives,andthegiftisHimself.Godactually became you.HegaveHimselftoyou,thatyoumaybeGod.AndGodinyouisyourown wonderfulhumanimagination,thatsGod. Nowtonighttryit.Iaskyoutobelieveme.Butwhetheryoubelievemeornot,tryitanyway. Takeafriendofyoursandbringhimbeforeyourmindseye,andthentalktohimfromthe premiseofyourdesireforhimfulfillednotgoingtobe,butalreadyfulfilled.Andhavingdone it,believethatallthingsarepossibletotheLordJesusChrist;andyoujustsawJesusChristin action,foryousawthecreativepowerofGodinaction,andthatsJesusChrist.Thatisyourown wonderfulhumanimagination. Nowbelieveintherealityofwhatyouvejustdone.Believethatthissubjectiveappropriationof yourobjectivehopeforafriendisafact.Thatisreallypraying.Andallthingsarepossibleto God.Gowithinandappropriateitjustcompletelyappropriateit,andseeitunfoldwithinyour ownvastmarvelousworld. SothiswonderfulsecretisthesecretoftheLordJesusChrist.Ifyouturnontheoutsideandturn toanother,youdonotknowtheLordJesusChrist.YoucanmakeallkindsofimagesofHim. ThatsnottheLordJesusChrist.Ifanymanshouldevercomeandsay,Look,thereheis,or Hereheis,dontbelieveit.Why?BecausewhenyouactuallymeetHim,youaregoingtomeet yourSelf.TheChristoffaithcomestousasoneunknown;yetonewhoinsomeineffable mysteryletsusexperiencewhoHeis;andwhenweexperienceJesusChrist,weexperienceHim in thefirstperson,singular,presenttenseexperience.YouwillneverseeHimcoming from without.LetnoontellyouyouregoingtomeetHimcomingfromwithout.YouwillmeetHim awakeningHimselfwithinyouasyou.ThatstheLordJesusChrist.Thatsthegreatsacrifice. HeiscrucifiedonHumanity. EveryhumanformisthecrossthatHewears;andinthatformHeawakensastheoneinwhom Heawakens.HeawakensasthatBeing,andthatBeingistheLordJesusChrist.AndbecauseHe isthefatherofDavid,DavidcalledthatBeing,Father;thenyouknow,IamHe.

Oh,Icantellyoufromnowtotheendsoftime,andImaynotpersuadeyoutobelieveit;but whenithappenstoyou,youneednofurtherpersuasion,foryouareconfrontedwiththefacts andthereyoustandinthepresenceofyouownson,andthesonistheSonofGod. IwilltellofthedecreeoftheLord,saidDavid.Hesaiduntome,Thouartmyson.TodayI havebegottenthee.(Psalm2:7)ThesearethewordsofDavidintheSecondPsalm.Iwilltell ofthedecreeoftheLord.Hesaiduntome,Thouartmyson.Thatsonisgoingtocallyou, Father;andthen,andonlythen,youwillknowyouareGodtheFather.Thatisthemysteryof theentireworld.Andso,whatyouaccomplishinthisworldconcerningfinancesiswonderful foryouasanindividualintheworldofCaesar.Whatyoudoconcerningthesocialworldall thesethingsitsmarvelous;butyouwillonlyreallyfulfillyourdestinyasyoufulfillscripture, forthepurposeoflifeistofulfillscripture. IhaveaccomplishedtheworkThougavestmetodo.Whatwork?Allthattheprophetsspoke aboutme;andbeginningwithMosesandtheprophetsandthePsalms;heinterpretedtothemin allthescripturesthethingsconcerningHimself.Thensaidhe,Scripturemustbefulfilledin you,andthepurposeoflifeistofulfillscripturetheprophecyofGodtoman,forHegave man Himself, or promised to give man Himself. And He promised me a son. The son He promisedwasHisSon;andingivingmeHisSon,HegavemeHimself,forHisSoncallsme, Father.Andthatisthewholemysteryoflife.TheresnothingbutGod.OneBeingexpanding Himselfforeverandforeverandforever,eachHimself.Andeventhoughhecallsyou,Father, mayItellyou,youwillnotloseyouridentity.Youareindividualizedandyouwilltendtowards evergreaterandgreaterindividualization.Andyet,youaretheFatherofmyson;andifyouare theFatherofmyson,thenyouandIareone.Itisagreatmystery,wearebrothers,foryou donotloseyouridentityandIdonotlosemyidentity.SoyouandI,behindthesemasksare eternalbrotherstheFatheroftheOneandonlyBegottenSon. Wellifyouarethefatherofmyson,andmyownwifeisthefatherofmyson,thenthe relationshiponearthofmen,orfriendtofriendandwifetohusband,isabovethislevel,andwe areeternalbrothers,allformingtheoneFather. Sotonight,youtakemeseriously;andwhenyougohomeorstartithere,youputinto practicethisgreatestofallsecrets;thesecretofimaging.Thereisnogreatersecretintheworld. Everychildbornofwomanisalivebecauseitwasimagined.AndimagingisGodinaction. Thatsthesoulofmanimaging;andthatisthepowerofGod.AndthepowerofGodisChrist. AndthatisthewisdomofGod,andthewisdomofGodisChrist. Achildcanimagine.Well,thatsChrist.ThatisChristcrucifiedonthatlittletinygarment,andit sufferswitheverythingthatthatlittlechildimagines,oritenjoyswitheverythingthelittlechild imagines.Itwearsallthestripesandalltheblowsthatmaninhismisuseofthatpowerwilldo. Hedoesntcriticizehim.Hewaitsuponmeasindifferentlyandasquicklywhenthewillin meisevilaswhenitisgood.Thatway,Hebearsallmystripes.HebearsallofmymisuseofHis power,knowingthatintheend,Iwillawakenanduseitonlylovingly.

WhenIcompletelyawakenfromthedreamoflife,IwillusethiscreativepowerofGodonly lovingly.ButinthemeantimewhileIamtryingtoawakentotheuseofthispower,Imisuseit. Andmay Itellyou,youwillconfrontthisvision,andyouwillseewhatyoudidfrom the beginning, foryoudidntbeginitafewyearsagoinyourmothers womb.Youhavebeen comingthroughthecenturies. Onenight,hereIsawthismonstrouscreaturecoveredinhair.Itlookedlikeagorilla,andthe hair was alldarkbrownfromheadtotoe. Itwasamonster.Andhere,themostglorious, heavenlycreatureafemale;andthiswasamalemonster.Anditcalledouttothisheavenly creature,Mother,mother.Well,Iknewthiscouldnotbethisradiant,heavenlycreature;and soIstruckhim.AndasIstruckit,itgloated;itlovedviolence.AndIpummeledit,anditgloated allthemore.Well,itcouldspeakinagutturaltone,callingthisheavenlybeing,Mother.And thatannoyedme.ThensuddenlyfromwithinmeIknew.Why,thisismyowncreation.Andso isthisone.TheyareonlytheoutpicturingofmytwodifferentusesofthecreativepowerthatI am. Here(themonster)isthecompleteembodimentofeverymisusedmomentofmylife.Everytime Iwasviolent,Icreatedandfedthismonster.Itwhisperedinmyeartobemonstrous,tobe violent,tobebad,tobeevil,foritfedonlyonthisthought.Andhere(theheavenlycreature)was theembodimentofallmylovingthoughts.Everykind,considerate,wonderfulthoughtinmylife fedthisone. AsIsawthismonstrousthingandrealizedthatitwasmyownoffspring,itwasthefruitofmy misspentenergy,Ipledgedmyself.TherewasnoonetowhomIcouldturn,Ipledged myselfthatifittooketernityIwouldredeemit.Itdidnotcomeintobeingthroughanypower otherthanmyownmisuseofmyownpower.Itcouldnothavebeenbroughtintobeing;andthat thingcouldnotlive,anditcouldnothelpitself.Ididntcondemnit. Atthatmoment,Ifeltcompassionbeyondthewildestdreamsofanyoneforthismonstrousthing thatIhadcreated.AndwhenImademyselfthatpledgethatIwouldredeemitifittookme eternity,atthatverymoment,thewholethinggotsmallerandsmallerandsmaller;butitdidnt wastetheenergythatitembodiedreturnedtome.Ibegantofeelapowerthat,untilthat moment,Ihadneverfeltbefore.Andthisonebegantogrow.Thebeautythatsheembodiedand personifiedglowedastheenergycamebackfromthisone(themonster)tome;andthewhole thingdissolvedbeforemyeyes. So,nothingislostinallmyholymountainIdidnotlosethatenergythatImisplaced,it returnedtome,thatwasembodiedinthatmonster.Andthroughoutthecenturies,itwasitwho whisperedinmyearmonstrousthingstobedone,becauseitcouldonlyfeedonviolence.It couldonlyfeedonevil. ThenIrealizedwhatitmeant:thatIateoftheTreeoftheKnowledgeofGoodandEvil.Andso itfeduponevil,andshefeduponthegood.Andthentheevilthatwasonlytheenergymisspent

returnedtome;andthenthewholethingcamebacktome.AndthenIbrokethespell,andI awokeinthisworld. Welleveryoneisgoingtoconfrontthatgorillaonthethreshold.Everyonehashim,unseenby mortaleye,andhewhispersintoyoureartoentertaintheunlovelythoughtsoftheworld.And youreveryreactionthatisunlovely,itfeedsuponit;andyoureverythoughtthatiskindand wonderfulandloving,shefeedsuponit.Andthedaywillcome,youwillbestrongenoughto confrontthis.AndmayItellyou,itwilltakeyouthetwinklingofasecondtodissolveit?You dontlaboruponit.Allitneedsisthecoreofintegritywithinyou.Whenyoupledgeyourself, andnooneelse,youdontswearuponyourmother,youdontswearuponafriend,youdont swearupontheBible;youpledgeyourselftoredeemit.Atthemomentyoupledgeyourself, and within you,youknow youmean it,the wholething dissolves.Its notime at all in dissolving.Andthenalltheenergyreturnstoyou,andyouarestrongerthaneverbeforetogo forwardnowandeatoftheTreeoftheKnowledgeofGoodandEvil. Andifyouforwardandmisuseitagain,youstartanotherformbuilding;andonedayyouwill dissolve it again. Eventually youwill become completely awakened,and youwilluse your wonderfulpoweronlynotforgood,thattreewillcometoanend,forLifeitself.For eatingoftheTreeoftheKnowledgeofGoodandEvilisthisworld.Thedaywillcomethatyou willeatoftheTreeofLifethatbearsthefruitoftruthanderror.Errorwillembodyitselfhere, andonedayyouwillconfronttheerror,andtheerrorwilldissolvebeforeyourmindseyeas truthbeginstoglowbeforeyou,becauseyouareeating,then,oftheTreeofLifeasyouformally ateoftheTreeoftheKnowledgeofGoodandEvil.Andthecombatofgoodandevilproduces thismonster,andthecombatoftruthanderrorproducesanentirelydifferentformofbeing, moregloriousthanthatoneofgoodandmorehorriblethanthis.Theerrorwilldissolvejustas quicklywhenyouconfronterror. Soiftodayyourteachingisnottrueandyoulivebyit,youarebuildingsomethingjustas monstrous;butonedayyouwillconfronterrorandyouwilldiscoverthatyoulivedbyafalse conceptofGodsomethingontheoutsideofSelf;thatyouformerlyworshipedalittlegolden figuremadeofgoldandsilver.Ithadeyes,butcouldnotsee.Ithadears,butcouldnothear.It hadamouth,butcouldnotspeak.Ithadfeet,anditcouldnotwalk.Itmadenosoundwithinits throat.Andthosewhomadeitarejustlikeit.Andthosewhotrusteditarejustlikeittoo. Soallthelittleiconsintheworldthatpeopleworshipthesearethelittlethingscallederror; andonedayyouwilldiscoverthetrueGod.AndwhenyoudiscoverthetrueGod,youwillfind thatHeisallwithinyourownwonderfulbeingasyourownwonderfulhumanimagination. YoullwalkintheconsciousnessofbeingGod.Youdontbragaboutit. AsBlakeansweredwhentheyaskedhim,WhatdoyouthinkofJesusChrist?Blakeanswered, JesusChrististheonlyGod;buthehastenedtoaddtoit,ButsoamI,andsoareyou. Soyoudonttellanyone.YousimplyknowthatyouaretheBeingspokenofinscriptureas GodtheFather.ForallthatissaidofHim,youaregoingtoexperience;andyouaregoingto

experienceitinthefirstperson,singular,andapresenttenseexperience.Andthenyouwill know. Todayistheeleventhyearsinceithappenedtomerighthereinthiscity,rightacrossthewayat thehotelwiththestaratthetopoftheroof,theSirFrancisDrake,onthe20thdayofJuly1959. ItwasthenthatI,at4:00inthemorning,feltwithinmyheadthemostintensevibration,andI thought,thisisabrainhemorrhage,andthisisit.Iknewnothingofthehumanform,andI thoughtIcannotpossiblesurvivewhatIamfeeling;sothismustbewhattheycallamassive brainhemorrhage.Butinsteadofdepartingthisworld,Iawoketofindmyselfwithinmyown skull;andIknewthatIwasentombedcompletelywithinmyownskull.Iwasfullyawake,as Iveneverbeenawakebefore,andhereIamsealedtheskullissealed,andIaminit.Theskull isnotalittlethinglikethis(indicatingthehead).Itsthesizeofahuge,bigsepulcher,andI knewittobemyskull.IalsoknowintuitivelythatIcouldgetoutbypushingthebaseofmy skull.AsIpushedit,astonerolledaway,andIsawthelittleopening,andIputmyheadthrough itandpushed;andIcameout,inchbyinch,justasachildisbornfromthemotherswomb.But insteadofbeingbornfrombelowoffleshandblood,Iwasbornfromaboveoutoftheskull Golgotha,whereChristwasburied.Butitwasnotanothercomingout,Iamcomingout.There wasnoother.Ihadnocompanioninthatskull.Imyselfwasthere,andIcameout.AndwhenI lookedbackatthebodyoutofwhichIcame,itwasghastlypale,turningitsheadfromsideto sidelikeoneinrecoveryfromagreatordeal.Istoodupandlookedatit,andthensuddenlyI heardthisstrange,strangewindthisunearthlywindthatIhadheardinthetombwithinmy head,wellnow,itseemedtobedividedandcomingfromthecorneroftheroom. AsIlookedovertoseeifitreallycamefromthatside,andIlookedbackthreeorfourseconds laterthebodyhadbeenremoved.Thereisnobody;butinitsplacesatmythreeolderbrothers. Myeldestsatwheretheheadwas,mysecondonesatwheretherightfootwas,andthethirdone satwheretheleftfootwas;andtheyheartthissameunearthlywind.Theycouldntseeme.Inot onlysawthem,IcouldreadtheirthoughtsasIcouldreadmyown. Theirthoughtsallwere objectivetome.Everythingwasobjective.Theycouldnthaveanemotionthatwasntobjective. Theycouldnthaveathoughtthatwasntobjective.Andyet,Iheardtheirvoices. AndthenmybrotherLawrencegotoffthebedandstartedtowardsthesamedirectionthatI thoughtthiswindoriginatedthispeculiarwind.Ashetookoneortwosteps,hesaid,Why, itsNevillesbaby.Thisisthecauseofthispeculiar,unearthlywind. MybrotherVictorandmybrotherCecil,theysaid,HowcanNevillehaveababy? Hedidntarguethepoint.Heliftedfromtheflooralittleinfantwrappedinswaddlingclothes andbroughtitandplaceditonthebed;andItookthatinfantupintomyarms,andasIlooked intoitsfaceandsaid,Howismysweetheart,thislittleheavenlyfacebrokeintothemost glorioussmile;andthenthewholescenedissolved. Therewastheresurrectionfromthedead,followedbythebirthfromabove.Soweareborn fromabove,astoldusintheBookofPeter.Wearebornanewthroughtheresurrectionof

JesusChristfromthedead.(FirstPeter1:3) ThereisonlyoneBeingresurrected,theBeing whodescendedintoman;andthatisJesusChrist.Hedescendedintoman,thepowerofGodand thewisdomofGod,andunitedwithman;andwhentheybecameoneandfulfilledthedestinyof thatBeing,onlyHenowwakesasyou.Andso,youawakeastheLordJesusChrist,withoutloss ofidentity. Soelevenyearsagoonthe20thdayofJuly,backin1959hereinthiscity,thatdramatookplace withinme.Soitismybirthdaytodayinaspiritualsense.Thelittlebodythatnowstandsbefore you,thatcameintheyear1905.Itwilldepartandturnintodust;butthatwhichawokewithinme istheImmortalSelfthatcannotdie.Andthosewhohavenothadtheexperience,thatImmortal Selfisstillthere,anditcannotdie. Youwillberestoredtolifeinaworldjustlikethisto continuethedramauntilthatexperiencethatIvejusttoldyoutakesplacewithinyou. Nothingdies.Thelittlerosethatbloomedonce,bloomsforever.Itturnstoashasthebodywill turntoash,butyoutheImmortalYou,whoisallimaginationcannotdie.Butitwillawaken onedayinthesamemannerthatitawokewithinme.ItwasburiedinGolgotha,whichmeans theskull.HeisburiedonCalvary,whichistheskull.ItisintheskullofmanthatGodis buried;andthereGodinmanwillawake. SoherethisnightyouputittothetestasyouarechallengedinscripturetotestHim.Andyou test,notanother,youtestyourownwonderfulhumanimagination,forthatistheLordJesus Christ. ThetrueststoryevertoldisthestoryofJesusChrist.Lettheworldriseinoppositionandsay thereisnoLord.AsBlakebroughtoutsobeautifullyinhispoemJerusalem: ...Babelmocks;sayingthereisnoGodorSonofGod; ThatThou,OHumanImagination,ODivineBodyoftheLordJesusChristartall Adelusion;butIknowThee,OLord,whenThouarisestupon Mywearyeyes,eveninthisdungeonandthisironmill... ForThoualsosufferestwithme,althoughIbeholdTheenot. ....AndtheDivineVoiceanswers, ....Fearnot.Lo,Iamwithyoualways, Onlybelieveinme,thatIhavethepowertoraisefromdeath ThyBrotherwhosleepethinAlbion. Youcantgetawayfromyourownimagination.Youcantgetawayfromitbecausethatsyour ownbeing.Thatisthereality.Butitsufferswithyou.HeistheLordJesusChristwithinyou. NowtestHimtonight.TestHimforthegood.Doyouwantabetterjobwhentheysaytheyare letting peopleout?Forgetwhatthepapers say. Forgetwhatanythingsays.Allthings are possibletotheLordJesusChrist.(Matthew19:26) Ifyoudonthaveenoughmoney,forgetwhatthepapersays,youassumethatyouhaveit.All thingsarepossibletoGod.Hesetsnolimitswhatsoeveronthepowerofbelieving.Canyou

believeit?Welltrytobelieveit.Trytobelieve,firstofall,inGod.WellGodisyourown imagination.WellbelieveinHim;thatwhateveryoucanimagineispossible. Canyouimaginethatyouhavenowthekindofajobthatyouwant?Theincomethatwould comefromit?Thefuninthedoingofthework?Wellthenwalkasthoughitweretrue;andto thebestofyourabilitybelievethatitstrue.Andthatassumptionthoughdeniedbyyoursenses, thoughtheworldwouldsayitisfalse;ifyoupersistinit,itwillhardenintofact.Thisisthe lawofyourownwonderfulimaging.Believeit,anditwillbecomeareality.

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