Neville Goddard was a spiritual teacher and author who gained popularity in the mid-20th century. He was born in Barbados in 1905 to Joseph Nathaniel and Wilhelmina Goddard and spent much of his life in the United States, where he became known for his lectures and writings on the power of the mind and imagination. Goddard believed that our thoughts and beliefs shape our reality, and that we can use our imagination to create the life we desire.
Goddard viewed the Bible as a parable of the human psyche as opposed to a record of historical events and it has to be used as a guidebook to enlightenment and personal power. Therefore, Goddard did not believe in an external God who answers prayers, but rather that "you are the creator." In fact, he believed that your imagination is the Christ within!
One of Goddard's key teachings was the concept of "revision." This involved revisiting past events and experiences in our minds, and imagining them playing out differently in a way that aligns with our desires. By doing this, Goddard believed that we can change our perception of the past, and in turn, change our present and future experiences. He also stressed the importance of living in the present moment and focusing on the feeling of already having what we desire, rather than dwelling on the lack of it.
Goddard's teachings continue to inspire many people today, particularly those interested in the Law of Attraction and manifestation. His books, including "The Power of Awareness" and "Feeling is the Secret," remain popular and influential works in the spiritual and self-help genres. Goddard's legacy is a reminder of the power we all possess to shape our own lives through our thoughts and beliefs.