The Law of Attraction states that the things, people, events, situations and opportunities that you focus on and feel strongly about, you will attract into your life. It follows that you can use the power of your imagination to make a future dream a present fact. Far from being a secret, this has been promoted for centuries; however the New Thought Movement of the late nineteenth century really gave the Law of Attraction a boost with authors and orators such as Emmet Fox and William Walker Atkinson.
Neville Goddard was one of the most influential New Thought leaders and his writing and audio recordings are widely available on the internet even today. You can listen to his audio on how to use the power of imagination here and here. The recordings were made in 1955 and the language and the audio certainly sound like it. Funny, I was alive and in England then but I sure don’t remember people sounding like that. If you want to watch a video where Carl Bradbrook of www.secretofimagining.com tells a spine-tingly story of personal manifestation, check it out here.
Joe Vitale, author of ‘The Attractor Factor’ and one of the stars of ‘The Secret’, gave Neville Goddard a twenty-first century boost when he coined the word ‘nevillize’. Nevillizing means that you use your mind to create a vivid picture—actually more of a movie than a still picture–of what you want to bring into your life, as though it has already happened.
That’s the key, according to Goddard—imagining the event you want to manifest as though it is real, here and now. In other words, you must start from the end and visualize as clearly as possible exactly how your life will be and how you will feel when whatever it is that you want to attract is reality. As Goddard said, “Always use your imagination masterfully as a participant, not an onlooker. Extend your senses. Imagine that you are seeing what you want to see, hearing what you want to hear and touching what you want to touch. Give your imagination all the tones and feeling of reality.”
He suggests that you first decide what would be included in your desired reality. Goddard gives the example of someone who wants to attract a mate and be married. In that reality, he said, you would probably be wearing a wedding ring. So imagine looking at your hand, seeing the ring and feeling it on your finger. Do that regularly and especially as you fall asleep at night. However, don’t get attached or try to determine the how’s and when’s. The Universe will take care of the how and it might be as a result of a totally unexpected turn of events. The when will be when it is the perfect time.
Because living in an imaginary world where all is exactly as you’d like it to be can be rather addictive, it can start to take over your life when you spend every available minute living in your ideal future. Mike Dooley of www.tut.com and the genius behind ‘Notes from the Universe’, cautions that we must not spend so much time in our ‘future world’ that we neglect our present. Limit yourself to just a few minutes a day. That’s all it will take. The clarity and intensity of the vision is what counts, not the length of time you spend there.
So here’s what I suggest, give it a test (the Universe won’t be offended). Choose something you’d like to manifest, write down in detail what it would look, feel, hear, smell, taste like if you had that thing, person, or experience in your life. Writing it out will help you get it clear in your mind. Then, when you go to bed tonight, before you go to sleep, imagine that experience as though you were living it right here and right now. Really feel it. Imagine what you’d be hearing; what you’d be feeling; what you’d be feeling. Go there in your imagination. Repeat tomorrow noght. And the night after that. Etc.
Then enjoy in real life. And write and tell me your experience.