About the Author
Neville Goddard (1905-1972), was born to an English family in Barbados in the West Indies. He moved to New York City at the age of 17 to study theater. In 1932, he started to study ‘the power of the mind’ and abandoned his work as a dancer and actor to fully devote himself to his career as a metaphysical writer and lecturer. Possessed of a self-educated and eclectic intellect, he taught extensively on how to use the power of imagination with love to create our physical reality.
Neville influenced a wide range of spiritual thinkers and writers, from Joseph Murphy to Carlos Castaneda. Neville’s famous books include the landmark The Power of Awareness, Feeling is the Secret, and The Power of Imagination. Neville’s writings and ideas continue to grow in relevance. He may eventually be recognized as one of the world’s great spiritual philosophers of the modern age.
Consciousness is considered to be one of the “hard problems” in the world of science. It is fascinating, elusive and still remains unsolved. Neville Goddard’s classic, The Power of Awareness, describes consciousness as the foundation on which the phenomena of life can be explained. Importantly, Neville interprets a person’s consciousness as all that he/she thinks and desires and loves, all that he/she believes is true and consent to or accept. At the very center of consciousness is the feeling of I AM, which is a feeling of permanent awareness.
In this masterpiece, Neville presents I AM as the self-definition of the absolute, the foundation on which everything rests, the first cause-substance, and the self-definition of God. In other words,our present level of awareness of I AM, that is, the awareness of the power of our consciousness is the source and fulfillment of all desires. This invaluable insight of being aware of the power of I AM, the power of our consciousness, the source of our wishes fulfilled, should awaken us to our power within to create and achieve anything we desire.
The concept or image you hold of yourself, such as “I am strong,” “I am secure,” I am loved,” “I am wealthy,” determines the world in which you live, the experiences you have in your life. It is I AM’s concept of itself that determines the form and scenery of its existence. That is, I AM wealthy consciousness determines the wealth you will experience in your life. The great discovery of the cause of an experience reveals that, good or bad, you are actually the master of your own fate, and your concept of yourself determines the world in which you live or the conditions, events and circumstances in your life. According to Neville, I AM is that reality to which, if you truly desire to know the phenomena of life, and how to use this knowledge to realize your fondest dreams, you must turn to for an explanation.
This landmark book provides a powerful effective proven formula that Neville used to experience his wishes fulfilled: First, form a clear mental image of the intense, burning desire you intent to achieve, picture in your consciousness the person you want to become. Second, in a state between wakefulness and sleep (hypnagogic state), concentrate your attention on the mental image, picture in your consciousness. Then, assume the feeling of the desire fulfilled, that is, with enthusiasm, experience in your imagination the feeling of joy as if in reality you have already achieved your goal, you already are what you want to be and already have what you desire to have.
It is important that you surrender yourself mentally to this feeling of joy until your entire being is possessed by it. By your imagination, that which was a mere mental image is transformed into the physical reality. Learning how to use your subconscious mind will guide you to awaken the treasure house within from which you can create and achieve a life of joy, peace, wealth, abundance and fulfillment.