The  Power  Of  Awareness

Neville Goddard, 1952

Leave  the  mirror  and  change  your  face.
Leave  the  world  alone  and  change
your  conceptions  of  yourself.


All  things,  when  they  are  admitted,
are  made  manifest  by  the  light:  for  everything
that  is  made  manifest  is  light. 

- Ephesians  5:13


THE  "LIGHT"  is  consciousness.  Consciousness  is  one,  manifesting  in  legions  of  forms  or  levels  of  consciousness.

There  is  no  one  that  is  not  all  that  is,  for  consciousness,  though  expressed  in  an  infinite  series  of  levels,  is  not  divisional.  There  is  no  real  separation  or  gap  in  consciousness.  I  AM  cannot  be  divided.  I  may  conceive  myself  to  be  a  rich  man,  a  poor  man,  a  beggar  man  or  a  thief,  but  the  center  of  my  being  remains  the  same,  regardless  of  the  concept  I  hold  of  myself.  At  the  center  of  manifestation,  there  is  only  one  I  AM  manifesting  in  legions  of  forms  or  concepts  of  itself  and  "I  am  that  I  am".

I  AM  is  the  self-definition  of  the  absolute,  the  foundation  on  which  everything  rests.  I  AM  is  the  first  cause-substance.  I  AM  is  the  self-definition  of  God.

I  AM  hath  sent  me  unto  you.  [Exodus  3:14]

I  AM  THAT  I  AM.  [Exodus  3:14]

Be  still  and  know  that  I  AM  God.  [Psalm  46:10]

I  AM  is  a  feeling  of  permanent  awareness.  The  very  center  of  consciousness  is  the  feeling  of  I  AM.  I  may  forget  who  I  am,  where  I  am,  what  I  am,  but  I  cannot  forget  that  I  AM.  The  awareness  of  being  remains,  regardless  of  the  degree  of  forgetfulness  of  who,  where  and  what  I  am.

I  AM  is  that  which,  amid  unnumbered  forms,  is  ever  the  same.

This  great  discovery  of  cause  reveals  that,  good  or  bad,  man  is  actually  the  arbiter  of  his  own  fate,  and  that  it  is  his  concept  of  himself  that  determines  the  world  in  which  he  lives  [and  his  concept  of  himself  is  his  reactions  to  life].  In  other  words,  if  you  are  experiencing  ill  health,  knowing  the  truth  about  cause,  you  cannot  attribute  the  illness  to  anything  other  than  to  the  particular  arrangement  of  the  basic  cause-substance,  an  arrangement  which  [was  produced  by  your  reactions  to  life,  and]  is  defined  by  your  concept  "I  am  unwell".  This  is  why  you  are  told  "Let  the  weak  man  say,  'I  am  strong'"  (Joel  3:10),  for  by  his  assumption,  the  cause-substance  –  I  AM  –  is  rearranged  and  must,  therefore,  manifest  that  which  its  rearrangement  affirms.  This  principle  governs  every  aspect  of  your  life,  be  it  social,  financial,  intellectual,  or  spiritual.

I  AM  is  that  reality  to  which,  whatever  happens,  we  must  turn  for  an  explanation  of  the  phenomena  of  life.  It  is  I  AM's  concept  of  itself  that  determines  the  form  and  scenery  of  its  existence.

Everything  depends  upon  its  attitude  towards  itself;  that  which  it  will  not  affirm  as  true  of  itself  cannot  awaken  in  its  world.

That  is,  your  concept  of  yourself,  such  as  "I  am  strong",  "I  am  secure",  "I  am  loved",  determines  the  world  in  which  you  live.  In  other  words,  when  you  say,  "I  am  a  man,  I  am  a  father,  I  am  an  American",  you  are  not  defining  different  I  AM's;  you  are  defining  different  concepts  or  arrangements  of  the  one  cause-substance  –  the  one  I  AM.

Even  in  the  phenomena  of  nature,  if  the  tree  were  articulate,  it  would  say,  "I  am  a  tree,  an  apple  tree,  a  fruitful  tree".

When  you  know  that  consciousness  is  the  one  and  only  reality  –  conceiving  itself  to  be  something  good,  bad  or  indifferent,  and  becoming  that  which  it  conceived  itself  to  be  –  you  are  free  from  the  tyranny  of  second  causes,  free  from  the  belief  that  there  are  causes  outside  of  your  own  mind  that  can  affect  your  life.

In  the  state  of  consciousness  of  the  individual  is  found  the  explanation  of  the  phenomena  of  life.

If  man's  concept  of  himself  were  different,  everything  in  his  world  would  be  different.

His  concept  of  himself  being  what  it  is,  everything  in  his  world  must  be  as  it  is.

Thus  it  is  abundantly  clear  that  there  is  only  one  I  AM  and  you  are  that  I  AM.

And  while  I  AM  is  infinite,  you,  by  your  concept  of  yourself,  are  displaying  only  a  limited  aspect  of  the  infinite  I  AM.

Build  thee  more  stately  mansions,
O,  my  soul,
As  the  swift  seasons  roll!
Leave  thy  low-vaulted  past!
Let  each  new  temple,  nobler  than  the  last,
Shut  thee  from  heaven  with  a
dome  more  vast
Till  thou  at  length  art  free,
Leaving  thine  outgrown  shell  by
life's  unresting  sea!

[Oliver  Wendell  Holmes,  Sr.,  "The  Chambered  Nautilus"]


IT  IS  only  by  a  change  of  consciousness,  by  actually  changing  your  concept  of  yourself,  that  you  can  "build  more  stately  mansions"  –  the  manifestations  of  higher  and  higher  concepts.

(By  manifesting  is  meant  experiencing  the  results  of  these  concepts  in  your  world.)

It  is  of  vital  importance  to  understand  clearly  just  what  consciousness  is.

The  reason  lies  in  the  fact  that  consciousness  is  the  one  and  only  reality,  it  is  the  first  and  only  cause-substance  of  the  phenomena  of  life.

Nothing  has  existence  for  man  save  through  the  consciousness  he  has  of  it.

Therefore,  it  is  to  consciousness  you  must  turn,  for  it  is  the  only  foundation  on  which  the  phenomena  of  life  can  be  explained.

If  we  accept  the  idea  of  a  first  cause,  it  would  follow  that  the  evolution  of  that  cause  could  never  result  in  anything  foreign  to  itself.  That  is,  if  the  first  cause-substance  is  light,  all  its  evolutions,  fruits  and  manifestations  would  remain  light.

The  first  cause-substance  being  consciousness,  all  its  evolutions,  fruits  and  phenomena  must  remain  consciousness.

All  that  could  be  observed  would  be  a  higher  or  lower  form  or  variation  of  the  same  thing.  In  other  words,  if  your  consciousness  is  the  only  reality,  it  must  also  be  the  only  substance.

Consequently,  what  appears  to  you  as  circumstances,  conditions  and  even  material  objects  is  really  only  the  product  of  your  own  consciousness.

Nature,  then,  as  a  thing  or  a  complex  of  things  external  to  your  mind,  must  be  rejected.

You  and  your  environment  cannot  be  regarded  as  existing  separately.  You  and  your  world  are  one.

Therefore,  you  must  turn  from  the  objective  appearance  of  things  to  the  subjective  center  of  things,  your  consciousness,  if  you  truly  desire  to  know  the  cause  of  the  phenomena  of  life,  and  how  to  use  this  knowledge  to  realize  your  fondest  dreams.

In  the  midst  of  the  apparent  contradictions,  antagonisms  and  contrasts  of  your  life,  there  is  only  one  principle  at  work,  only  your  consciousness  operating.

Difference  does  not  consist  in  variety  of  substance,  but  in  variety  of  arrangement  of  the  same  cause-substance,  your  consciousness.

The  world  moves  with  motiveless  necessity.  By  this  is  meant  that  it  has  no  motive  of  its  own,  but  is  under  the  necessity  of  manifesting  your  concept,  the  arrangement  of  your  mind,  and  your  mind  is  always  arranged  in  the  image  of  all  you  believe  and  consent  to  as  true.

The  rich  man,  poor  man,  beggar  man  or  thief  are  not  different  minds,  but  different  arrangements  of  the  same  mind,  in  the  same  sense  that  a  piece  of  steel,  when  magnetized,  differs  not  in  substance  from  its  demagnetized  state,  but  in  the  arrangement  and  order  of  its  molecules.  A  single  electron  revolving  in  a  specified  orbit  constitutes  the  unit  of  magnetism.  When  a  piece  of  steel  or  anything  else  is  demagnetized,  the  revolving  electrons  have  not  stopped.  Therefore,  the  magnetism  has  not  gone  out  of  existence.  There  is  only  a  rearrangement  of  the  particles,  so  that  they  produce  no  outside  or  perceptible  effect.  When  particles  are  arranged  at  random,  mixed  up  in  all  directions,  the  substance  is  said  to  be  demagnetized;  but  when  particles  are  marshaled  in  ranks  so  that  a  number  of  them  face  in  one  direction,  the  substance  is  a  magnet.  Magnetism  is  not  generated;  it  is  displayed.

Health,  wealth,  beauty  and  genius  are  not  created;  they  are  only  manifested  by  the  arrangement  of  your  mind  –  that  is,  by  your  concept  of  yourself  [and  your  concept  of  yourself  is  all  that  you  accept  and  consent  to  as  true.  What  you  consent  to  can  only  be  discovered  by  an  uncritical  observation  of  your  reactions  to  life.  Your  reactions  reveal  where  you  live  psychologically;  and  where  you  live  psychologically  determines  how  you  live  here  in  the  outer  visible  world].

The  importance  of  this  in  your  daily  life  should  be  immediately  apparent.

The  basic  nature  of  the  primal  cause  is  consciousness.

Therefore,  the  ultimate  substance  of  all  things  is  consciousness.


MAN'S  CHIEF  delusion  is  his  conviction  that  there  are  causes  other  than  his  own  state  of  consciousness.

All  that  befalls  a  man  –  all  that  is  done  by  him,  all  that  comes  from  him  –  happens  as  a  result  of  his  state  of  consciousness.

A  man's  consciousness  is  all  that  he  thinks  and  desires  and  loves,  all  that  he  believes  is  true  and  consents  to.  That  is  why  a  change  of  consciousness  is  necessary  before  you  can  change  your  outer  world.

Rain  falls  as  a  result  of  a  change  in  the  temperature  in  the  higher  regions  of  the  atmosphere,  so,  in  like  manner,  a  change  of  circumstance  happens  as  a  result  of  a  change  in  your  state  of  consciousness.

Be  ye  transformed  by  the  renewing  of  your  mind.  -- Romans  12:2

To  be  transformed,  the  whole  basis  of  your  thoughts  must  change.  But  your  thoughts  cannot  change  unless  you  have  new  ideas,  for  you  think  from  your  ideas.

All  transformation  begins  with  an  intense,  burning  desire  to  be  transformed.

The  first  step  in  the  "renewing  of  the  mind"  is  desire.

You  must  want  to  be  different  [and  intend  to  be]  before  you  can  begin  to  change  yourself.

Then  you  must  make  your  future  dream  a  present  fact.  You  do  this  by  assuming  the  feeling  of  your  wish  fulfilled.  By  desiring  to  be  other  than  what  you  are,  you  can  create  an  ideal  of  the  person  you  want  to  be  and  assume  that  you  are  already  that  person.  If  this  assumption  is  persisted  in  until  it  becomes  your  dominant  feeling,  the  attainment  of  your  ideal  is  inevitable.

The  ideal  you  hope  to  achieve  is  always  ready  for  an  incarnation,  but  unless  you  yourself  offer  it  human  parentage,  it  is  incapable  of  birth.

Therefore,  your  attitude  should  be  one  in  which  having  desired  to  express  a  higher  state  –  you  alone  accept  the  task  of  incarnating  this  new  and  greater  value  of  yourself.

In  giving  birth  to  your  ideal,  you  must  bear  in  mind  that  the  methods  of  mental  and  spiritual  knowledge  are  entirely  different.

This  is  a  point  that  is  truly  understood  by  probably  not  more  than  one  person  in  a  million.

You  know  a  thing  mentally  by  looking  at  it  from  the  outside,  by  comparing  it  with  other  things,  by  analyzing  it  and  defining  it  [by  thinking  of  it];  whereas  you  can  know  a  thing  spiritually  only  by  becoming  it  [only  by  thinking  from  it].

You  must  be  the  thing  itself  and  not  merely  talk  about  it  or  look  at  it.

You  must  be  like  the  moth  in  search  of  his  idol,  the  flame,  who  spurred  with  true  desire,  plunging  at  once  into  the  sacred  fire,  folded  his  wings  within,  till  he  became  one  color  and  one  substance  with  the  flame.

He  only  knew  the  flame  who  in  it  burned,
and  only  he  could  tell  who  ne'er  to  tell  returned.
["Bird  Parliament",  by  Farid  ud-Din  Attar,  tr.  by  Edward  FitzGerald  (1889),  apud  William  Ralph  Inge,  "Faith:  Personal  Religion  and  the  Life  of  Devotion"]

Just  as  the  moth  in  his  desire  to  know  the  flame  was  willing  to  destroy  himself,  so  must  you  in  becoming  a  new  person  be  willing  to  die  to  your  present  self.

You  must  be  conscious  of  being  healthy  if  you  are  to  know  what  health  is.  You  must  be  conscious  of  being  secure  if  you  are  to  know  what  security  is.

Therefore,  to  incarnate  a  new  and  greater  value  of  yourself,  you  must  assume  that  you  already  are  what  you  want  to  be  and  then  live  by  faith  in  this  assumption  –  which  is  not  yet  incarnate  in  the  body  of  your  life  –  in  confidence  that  this  new  value  or  state  of  consciousness  will  become  incarnated  through  your  absolute  fidelity  to  the  assumption  that  you  are  that  which  you  desire  to  be.

This  is  what  wholeness  means,  what  integrity  means.  They  mean  submission  of  the  whole  self  to  the  feeling  of  the  wish  fulfilled  in  certainty  that  that  new  state  of  consciousness  is  the  renewing  of  mind  which  transforms.

There  is  no  order  in  Nature  corresponding  to  this  willing  submission  of  the  self  to  the  ideal  beyond  the  self.

Therefore,  it  is  the  height  of  folly  to  expect  the  incarnation  of  a  new  and  greater  concept  of  self  to  come  about  by  natural  evolutionary  process.

That  which  requires  a  state  of  consciousness  to  produce  its  effect  obviously  cannot  be  effected  without  such  a  state  of  consciousness,  and  in  your  ability  to  assume  the  feeling  of  a  greater  life,  to  assume  a  new  concept  of  yourself,  you  possess  what  the  rest  of  Nature  does  not  possess  –  imagination  –  the  instrument  by  which  you  create  your  world.

Your  imagination  is  the  instrument,  the  means,  whereby  your  redemption  from  slavery,  sickness,  and  poverty  is  effected.

If  you  refuse  to  assume  the  responsibility  of  the  incarnation  of  a  new  and  higher  concept  of  yourself,  then  you  reject  the  means,  the  only  means,  whereby  your  redemption  –  that  is,  the  attainment  of  your  ideal  –  can  be  effected.

Imagination  is  the  only  redemptive  power  in  the  universe.

However,  your  nature  is  such  that  it  is  optional  to  you  whether  you  remain  in  your  present  concept  of  yourself  (a  hungry  being  longing  for  freedom,  health,  and  security)  or  choose  to  become  the  instrument  of  your  own  redemption,  imagining  yourself  as  that  which  you  want  to  be,  and  thereby  satisfying  your  hunger  and  redeeming  yourself.

O,  be  strong  then,  and  brave,
pure,  patient  and  true;
The  work  that  is  yours  let  no
other  hand  do.
For  the  strength  for  all  need  is
faithfully  given
From  the  fountain  within  you  –
The  Kingdom  of  Heaven.


THE  CHANGES  which  take  place  in  your  life  as  a  result  of  your  changed  concept  of  yourself  always  appear  to  the  unenlightened  to  be  the  result,  not  of  a  change  of  your  consciousness,  but  of  chance,  outer  cause,  or  coincidence.

However,  the  only  fate  governing  your  life  is  the  fate  determined  by  your  own  concepts,  your  own  assumptions;  for  an  assumption,  though  false,  if  persisted  in,  will  harden  into  fact.

The  ideal  you  seek  and  hope  to  attain  will  not  manifest  itself,  will  not  be  realized  by  you  until  you  have  imagined  that  you  are  already  that  ideal.

There  is  no  escape  for  you  except  by  a  radical  psychological  transformation  of  yourself,  except  by  your  assumption  of  the  feeling  of  your  wish  fulfilled.

Therefore,  make  results  or  accomplishments  the  crucial  test  of  your  ability  to  use  your  imagination.

Everything  depends  on  your  attitude  towards  yourself.

That  which  you  will  not  affirm  as  true  of  yourself  can  never  be  realized  by  you,  for  that  attitude  alone  is  the  necessary  condition  by  which  you  realize  your  goal.

All  transformation  is  based  upon  suggestion,  and  this  can  work  only  where  you  lay  yourself  completely  open  to  an  influence.  You  must  abandon  yourself  to  your  ideal  as  a  woman  abandons  herself  to  love,  for  complete  abandonment  of  self  to  it  is  the  way  to  union  with  your  ideal.

You  must  assume  the  feeling  of  the  wish  fulfilled  until  your  assumption  has  all  the  sensory  vividness  of  reality.

You  must  imagine  that  you  are  already  experiencing  what  you  desire.  That  is,  you  must  assume  the  feeling  of  the  fulfillment  of  your  desire  until  you  are  possessed  by  it  and  this  feeling  crowds  all  other  ideas  out  of  your  consciousness.

The  man  who  is  not  prepared  for  the  conscious  plunge  into  the  assumption  of  the  wish  fulfilled  in  the  faith  that  it  is  the  only  way  to  the  realization  of  his  dream  is  not  yet  ready  to  live  consciously  by  the  law  of  assumption,  although  there  is  no  doubt  that  he  does  live  by  the  law  of  assumption  unconsciously.

But  for  you,  who  accept  this  principle  and  are  ready  to  live  by  consciously  assuming  that  your  wish  is  already  fulfilled,  the  adventure  of  life  begins.

To  reach  a  higher  level  of  being,  you  must  assume  a  higher  concept  of  yourself.

If  you  will  not  imagine  yourself  as  other  than  what  you  are,  then  you  remain  as  you  are,  for  if  ye  believe  not  that  I  am  He,  ye  shall  die  in  your  sins.  [John  8:24]

If  you  do  not  believe  that  you  are  He  (the  person  you  want  to  be),  then  you  remain  as  you  are.

Through  the  faithful  systematic  cultivation  of  the  feeling  of  the  wish  fulfilled,  desire  becomes  the  promise  of  its  own  fulfillment.

The  assumption  of  the  feeling  of  the  wish  fulfilled  makes  the  future  dream  a  present  fact.


THE  DRAMA  of  life  is  a  psychological  one,  in  which  all  the  conditions,  circumstances  and  events  of  your  life  are  brought  to  pass  by  your  assumptions.

Since  your  life  is  determined  by  your  assumptions,  you  are  forced  to  recognize  the  fact  that  you  are  either  a  slave  to  your  assumptions  or  their  master.

To  become  the  master  of  your  assumptions  is  the  key  to  undreamed-of  freedom  and  happiness.

You  can  attain  this  mastery  by  deliberate  conscious  control  of  your  imagination.  You  determine  your  assumptions  in  this  way:

Form  a  mental  image,  a  picture  of  the  state  desired,  of  the  person  you  want  to  be.  Concentrate  your  attention  upon  the  feeling  that  you  are  already  that  person.  First,  visualize  the  picture  in  your  consciousness.  Then  feel  yourself  to  be  in  that  state  as  though  it  actually  formed  your  surrounding  world.  By  your  imagination  that  which  was  a  mere  mental  image  is  changed  into  a  seemingly  solid  reality.

The  great  secret  is  a  controlled  imagination  and  a  well-sustained  attention  firmly  and  repeatedly  focused  on  the  object  to  be  accomplished.  It  cannot  be  emphasized  too  much  that,  by  creating  an  ideal  within  your  mental  sphere,  by  assuming  that  you  are  already  that  ideal,  you  identify  yourself  with  it  and  thereby  transform  yourself  into  its  image  [thinking  FROM  the  ideal  instead  OF  thinking  of  the  ideal.  Every  state  is  already  there  as  "mere  possibilities"  as  long  as  we  think  OF  them,  but  as  overpoweringly  real  when  we  think  FROM  them].

This  was  called  by  the  ancient  teachers  "Subjection  to  the  will  of  God"  or  "Resting  in  the  Lord",  and  the  only  true  test  of  "Resting  in  the  Lord"  is  that  all  who  do  rest  are  inevitably  transformed  into  the  image  of  that  in  which  they  rest  [thinking  FROM  the  wish  fulfilled].

You  become  according  to  your  resigned  will,  and  your  resigned  will  is  your  concept  of  yourself  and  all  that  you  consent  to  and  accept  as  true.

You,  assuming  the  feeling  of  your  wish  fulfilled  and  continuing  therein,  take  upon  yourself  the  results  of  that  state;  not  assuming  the  feeling  of  your  wish  fulfilled,  you  are  ever  free  of  the  results.

When  you  understand  the  redemptive  function  of  imagination,  you  hold  in  your  hands  the  key  to  the  solution  of  all  your  problems.

Every  phase  of  your  life  is  made  by  the  exercise  of  your  imagination.  Determined  imagination  alone  is  the  means  of  your  progress,  of  the  fulfilling  of  your  dreams.  It  is  the  beginning  and  end  of  all  creating.

The  great  secret  is  a  controlled  imagination  and  a  well-sustained  attention  firmly  and  repeatedly  focused  on  the  feeling  of  the  wish  fulfilled  until  it  fills  the  mind  and  crowds  all  other  ideas  out  of  consciousness.

What  greater  gifts  could  be  given  you  than  to  be  told  the  Truth  that  will  set  you  free  John  8:32]?

The  Truth  that  sets  you  free  is  that  you  can  experience  in  imagination  what  you  desire  to  experience  in  reality,  and  by  maintaining  this  experience  in  imagination,  your  desire  will  become  an  actuality.

You  are  limited  only  by  your  uncontrolled  imagination  and  lack  of  attention  to  the  feeling  of  your  wish  fulfilled.

When  the  imagination  is  not  controlled  and  the  attention  not  steadied  on  the  feeling  of  the  wish  fulfilled,  then  no  amount  of  prayer  or  piety  or  invocation  will  produce  the  desired  effect.

When  you  can  call  up  at  will  whatsoever  image  you  please,  when  the  forms  of  your  imagination  are  as  vivid  to  you  as  the  forms  of  nature,  you  are  master  of  your  fate.  [You  must  stop  spending  your  thoughts,  your  time  and  your  money.  Everything  in  life  must  be  an  investment.*]

Visions  of  beauty  and  splendor,
Forms  of  a  long-lost  race,
Sounds  and  faces  and  voices,
From  the  fourth  dimension  of  space  –
And  on  through  the  universe  boundless,
Our  thoughts  go  lightning  shod  –
Some  call  it  imagination,
And  others  call  it  God.
[Dr.  George  W.  Carey,  "The  New  Name"]

*  Neville  follows  this  with  the  date  April  12,  [19]53.  In  Awakened  Imagination  (1954),  he  would  write,  "On  the  morning  of  April  12,  1953,  my  wife  was  awakened  by  the  sound  of  a  great  voice  of  authority  speaking  within  her  and  saying,  'You  must  stop  spending  your  thoughts,  time,  and  money.  Everything  in  life  must  be  an  investment'.  To  spend  is  to  waste,  to  squander,  to  layout  without  return.  To  invest  is  to  lay  out  for  a  purpose  from  which  a  profit  is  expected.  This  revelation  of  my  wife  is  about  the  importance  of  the  moment.  It  is  about  the  transformation  of  the  moment...  It  is  only  what  is  done  now  that  counts...  Whenever  we  assume  the  feeling  of  being  what  we  want  to  be,  we  are  investing".  (Ch.  5)  –  Ed.


A  double-minded  man  is  unstable  in  all  his  ways.  James  1:8

ATTENTION  IS  forceful  in  proportion  to  the  narrowness  of  its  focus,  that  is,  when  it  is  obsessed  with  a  single  idea  or  sensation.  It  is  steadied  and  powerfully  focused  only  by  such  an  adjustment  of  the  mind  as  permits  you  to  see  one  thing  only,  for  you  steady  the  attention  and  increase  its  power  by  confining  it.  The  desire  which  realizes  itself  is  always  a  desire  upon  which  attention  is  exclusively  concentrated,  for  an  idea  is  endowed  with  power  only  in  proportion  to  the  degree  of  attention  fixed  on  it.  Concentrated  observation  is  the  attentive  attitude  directed  from1  some  specific  end.  The  attentive  attitude  involves  selection,  for  when  you  pay  attention,  it  signifies  that  you  have  decided  to  focus  your  attention  on  one  object  or  state  rather  than  on  another.

Therefore,  when  you  know  what  you  want,  you  must  deliberately  focus  your  attention  on  the  feeling  of  your  wish  fulfilled  until  that  feeling  fills  the  mind  and  crowds  all  other  ideas  out  of  consciousness.

The  power  of  attention  is  the  measure  of  your  inner  force.

Concentrated  observation  of  one  thing  shuts  out  other  things  and  causes  them  to  disappear.

The  great  secret  of  success  is  to  focus  the  attention  on  the  feeling  of  the  wish  fulfilled  without  permitting  any  distraction.  All  progress  depends  upon  an  increase  of  attention.  The  ideas  which  impel  you  to  action  are  those  which  dominate  the  consciousness,  those  which  possess  the  attention.  [The  idea  which  excludes  all  others  from  the  field  of  attention  discharges  in  action.]

This  one  thing  I  do,  forgetting  those  things  that  are  behind,  I  press  toward  the  mark.  [Approx.,  Philippians  3:13,14]

This  means  you,  this  one  thing  you  can  do,  "forgetting  those  things  that  are  behind".  You  can  press  toward  the  mark  of  filling  your  mind  with  the  feeling  of  the  wish  fulfilled.

To  the  unenlightened  man,  this  will  seem  to  be  all  fantasy,  yet  all  progress  comes  from  those  who  do  not  take  the  accepted  view,  nor  accept  the  world  as  it  is.  As  was  stated  heretofore,  if  you  can  imagine  what  you  please,  and  if  the  forms  of  your  thought  are  as  vivid  as  the  forms  of  nature,  you  are,  by  virtue  of  the  power  of  your  imagination,  master  of  your  fate.

Your  imagination  is  you  yourself,  and  the  world  as  your  imagination  sees  it  is  the  real  world.

When  you  set  out  to  master  the  movements  of  attention,  which  must  be  done  if  you  would  successfully  alter  the  course  of  observed  events,  it  is  then  you  realize  how  little  control  you  exercise  over  your  imagination  and  how  much  it  is  dominated  by  sensory  impressions  and  by  a  drifting  on  the  tides  of  idle  moods.

To  aid  in  mastering  the  control  of  your  attention,  practice  this  exercise:

Night  after  night,  just  before  you  drift  off  to  sleep,  strive  to  hold  your  attention  on  the  activities  of  the  day  in  reverse  order.  Focus  your  attention  on  the  last  thing  you  did,  that  is,  getting  in  to  bed,  and  then  move  it  backward  in  time  over  the  events  until  you  reach  the  first  event  of  the  day,  getting  out  of  bed.  This  is  no  easy  exercise,  but  just  as  specific  exercises  greatly  help  in  developing  specific  muscles,  this  will  greatly  help  in  developing  the  "muscle"  of  your  attention.

Your  attention  must  be  developed,  controlled,  and  concentrated  in  order  to  change  your  concept  of  yourself  successfully  and  thereby  change  your  future.

Imagination  is  able  to  do  anything,  but  only  according  to  the  internal  direction  of  your  attention.

If  you  persist  night  after  night,  sooner  or  later  you  will  awaken  in  yourself  a  centre  of  power  and  become  conscious  of  your  greater  self,  the  real  you.

Attention  is  developed  by  repeated  exercise  or  habit.

Through  habit,  an  action  becomes  easier,  and  so,  in  course  of  time,  gives  rise  to  a  facility  or  faculty,  which  can  then  be  put  to  higher  uses.

When  you  attain  control  of  the  internal  direction  of  your  attention,  you  will  no  longer  stand  in  shallow  water,  but  will  launch  out  into  the  deep  of  life.

You  will  walk  in  the  assumption  of  the  wish  fulfilled  as  on  a  foundation  more  solid  even  than  earth.


EXPERIMENTS  RECENTLY  conducted  by  Merle  Lawrence  (Princeton)  and  Adelbert  Ames  (Dartmouth)  in  the  latter's  psychology  laboratory  at  Hanover,  N.H.,  prove  that  what  you  see  when  you  look  at  something  depends  not  so  much  on  what  is  there  as  on  the  assumption  you  make  when  you  look.

Since  what  we  believe  to  be  the  "real"  physical  world  is  actually  only  an  "assumptive"  world,  it  is  not  surprising  that  these  experiments  prove  that  what  appears  to  be  solid  reality  is  actually  the  result  of  "expectations"  or  "assumptions".

Your  assumptions  determine  not  only  what  you  see,  but  also  what  you  do,  for  they  govern  all  your  conscious  and  subconscious  movements  towards  the  fulfillment  of  themselves.

Over  a  century  ago,  this  truth  was  stated  by  Emerson  as  follows:

As  the  world  was  plastic  and  fluid  in  the  hands  of  God,  so  it  is  ever  to  so  much  of  his  attributes  as  we  bring  to  it.  To  ignorance  and  sin,  it  is  flint.  They  adapt  themselves  to  it  as  they  may,  but  in  proportion  as  a  man  has  anything  in  him  divine,  the  firmament  flows  before  him  and  takes  his  signet  and  form.

Your  assumption  is  the  hand  of  God  moulding  the  firmament  into  the  image  of  that  which  you  assume.

The  assumption  of  the  wish  fulfilled  is  the  high  tide  which  lifts  you  easily  off  the  bar  of  the  senses  where  you  have  so  long  lain  stranded.

It  lifts  the  mind  into  prophecy  in  the  full  right  sense  of  the  word;  and  if  you  have  that  controlled  imagination  and  absorbed  attention  which  it  is  possible  to  attain,  you  may  be  sure  that  all  your  assumption  implies  will  come  to  pass.

When  William  Blake  wrote,

What  seems  to  be,  is,  to  those  to  whom  it  seems  to  be,
he  was  only  repeating  the  eternal  truth,

there  is  nothing  unclean  of  itself;
but  to  him  that  esteemeth  anything  to  be  unclean,
to  him  it  is  unclean.
Romans  14:14

Because  there  is  nothing  unclean  of  itself  (or  clean  of  itself),  you  should  assume  the  best  and  think  only  of  that  which  is  lovely  and  of  good  report  [Philippians  4:8].

It  is  not  superior  insight,  but  ignorance  of  this  law  of  assumption,  if  you  read  into  the  greatness  of  men  some  littleness  with  which  you  may  be  familiar  –  or  into  some  situation  or  circumstance  an  unfavorable  conviction.  Your  particular  relationship  to  another  influences  your  assumption  with  respect  to  that  other  and  makes  you  see  in  him  that  which  you  do  see.  If  you  can  change  your  opinion  of  another,  then  what  you  now  believe  of  him  cannot  be  absolutely  true  but  is  only  relatively  true.  The  following  is  an  actual  case  history  illustrating  how  the  law  of  assumption  works:

One  day,  a  costume  designer  described  to  me  her  difficulties  in  working  with  a  prominent  theatrical  producer.  She  was  convinced  that  he  unjustly  criticized  and  rejected  her  best  work  and  that  often  he  was  deliberately  rude  and  unfair  to  her.

Upon  hearing  her  story,  I  explained  that  if  she  found  the  other  rude  and  unfair,  it  was  a  sure  sign  that  she,  herself,  was  wanting  and  that  it  was  not  the  producer,  but  herself  that  was  in  need  of  a  new  attitude.

I  told  her  that  the  power  of  this  law  of  assumption  and  its  practical  application  could  be  discovered  only  through  experience,  and  that  only  by  assuming  that  the  situation  was  already  what  she  wanted  it  to  be  could  she  prove  that  she  could  bring  about  the  change  desired.

Her  employer  was  merely  bearing  witness,  telling  her  by  his  behavior  what  her  concept  of  him  was.

I  suggested  that  it  was  quite  probable  that  she  was  carrying  on  conversations  with  him  in  her  mind  which  were  filled  with  criticism  and  recriminations.

There  was  no  doubt  but  that  she  was  mentally  arguing  with  the  producer,  for  others  only  echo  that  which  we  whisper  to  them  in  secret.

I  asked  her  if  it  was  not  true  that  she  talked  to  him  mentally,  and,  if  so,  what  those  conversations  were  like.

She  confessed  that  every  morning  on  her  way  to  the  theatre  she  told  him  just  what  she  thought  of  him  in  a  way  she  would  never  have  dared  address  him  in  person.  The  intensity  and  force  of  her  mental  arguments  with  him  automatically  established  his  behavior  towards  her.

She  began  to  realize  that  all  of  us  carry  on  mental  conversations,  but,  unfortunately,  on  most  occasions,  these  conversations  are  argumentative...  that  we  have  only  to  observe  the  passerby  on  the  street  to  prove  this  assertion...  that  so  many  people  are  mentally  engrossed  in  conversation  and  few  appear  to  be  happy  about  it,  but  the  very  intensity  of  their  feeling  must  lead  them  quickly  to  the  unpleasant  incident  they  themselves  have  mentally  created  and  therefore  must  now  encounter.

When  she  realized  what  she  had  been  doing,  she  agreed  to  change  her  attitude  and  to  live  this  law  faithfully  by  assuming  that  her  job  was  highly  satisfactory  and  her  relationship  with  the  producer  was  a  very  happy  one.  To  do  this,  she  agreed  that,  before  going  to  sleep  at  night,  on  her  way  to  work,  and  at  other  intervals  during  the  day,  she  would  imagine  that  he  had  congratulated  her  on  her  fine  designs  and  that  she,  in  turn,  had  thanked  him  for  his  praise  and  kindness.

To  her  great  delight,  she  soon  discovered  for  herself  that  her  own  attitude  was  the  cause  of  all  that  befell  her.

The  behavior  of  her  employer  miraculously  reversed  itself.  His  attitude,  echoing  as  it  had  always  done,  that  which  she  had  assumed,  now  reflected  her  changed  concept  of  him.

What  she  did  was  by  the  power  of  her  imagination.

Her  persistent  assumption  influenced  his  behavior  and  determined  his  attitude  toward  her.

With  the  passport  of  desire  on  the  wings  of  a  controlled  imagination,  she  traveled  into  the  future  of  her  own  predetermined  experience.

Thus  we  see  it  is  not  facts,  but  that  which  we  create  in  our  imagination,  which  shapes  our  lives,  for  most  of  the  conflicts  of  the  day  are  due  to  the  want  of  a  little  imagination  to  cast  the  beam  out  of  our  own  eye.

It  is  the  exact  and  literal-minded  who  live  in  a  fictitious  world.

As  this  designer,  by  her  controlled  imagination,  started  the  subtle  change  in  her  employer's  mind,  so  can  we,  by  the  control  of  our  own  imagination  and  wisely  directed  feeling,  solve  our  problems.

By  the  intensity  of  her  imagination  and  feeling,  the  designer  cast  a  kind  of  enchantment  on  her  producer's  mind  and  caused  him  to  think  that  his  generous  praise  originated  with  him.

Often  our  most  elaborate  and  original  thoughts  are  determined  by  another.

We  should  never  be  certain  that  it  was  not  some  woman  treading  in  the  winepress  who  began  that  subtle  change  in  men's  mind,  or  that  the  passion  did  not  begin  in  the  mind  of  some  shepherd  boy,  lighting  up  his  eyes  for  a  moment  before  it  ran  upon  its  way.
William  Butler  Yeats


There is no coal of character so dead that it will not glow and flame if but slightly turned.

Resist not evil.

Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39]

THERE IS a great difference between resisting evil and renouncing it. When you resist evil, you give it your attention; you continue to make it real. When you renounce evil, you take your attention from it and give your attention to what you want. Now is the time to control your imagination and

Give beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that He might be glorified. [Approx., Isaiah 61:3]

You give beauty for ashes when you concentrate your attention on things as you would like them to be rather than on things as they are.

You give joy for mourning when you maintain a joyous attitude regardless of unfavorable circumstances. You give praise for the spirit of heaviness when you maintain a confident attitude instead of succumbing to despondency.

In this quotation, the Bible uses the word tree as a synonym for man. You become a tree of righteousness when the above mental states are a permanent part of your consciousness. You are a planting of the Lord when all your thoughts are true thoughts.

He is “I AM” as described in Chapter One. “I AM” is glorified when your highest concept of yourself is manifested.

When you have discovered your own controlled imagination to be your saviour, your attitude will be completely altered without any diminution of religious feeling, and you will say of your controlled imagination,

Behold this vine. I found it a wild tree, whose wanton strength had swollen into irregular twigs. But I pruned the plant and it grew temperate in its vain expense of useless leaves, and knotted as you see into these clean full clusters to repay the hand that wisely wounded it. [Robert Southey, "Thalaba the Destroyer"]

By vine is meant your imagination, which, in its uncontrolled state, expends its energy in useless or destructive thoughts and feelings. But you, just as the vine is pruned by cutting away its useless branches and roots, prune your imagination by withdrawing your attention from all unlovely and destructive ideas and concentrating on the ideal you wish to attain.

The happier, more noble life you will experience will be the result of wisely pruning your own imagination.

Yes, be pruned of all unlovely thoughts and feelings, that you may

Think truly, and thy thoughts shall the world's famine feed; Speak truly, and each word of thine shall be a fruitful seed; Live truly, and thy life shall be a great and noble creed. [Horatio Bonar, "Hymns of Faith and Hope"]


And all mine are thine, and thine are mine. John 17:10

Thrust in thy sickle, and reap; for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. Revelation 14:15

ALL IS yours. Do not go seeking for that which you are. Appropriate it, claim it, assume it.

Everything depends upon your concept of yourself. That which you do not claim as true of yourself cannot be realized by you.

The promise is,

Whosoever hath, to him it shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he seemeth to have. [Approx., Matthew 25:29; Luke 8:18]

Hold fast, in your imagination, to all that is lovely and of good report, for the lovely and the good are essential in your life if it is to be worthwhile.

Assume it. You do this by imagining that you already are what you want to be – and already have what you want to have.

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]

Be still and know that you are that which you desire to be, and you will never have to search for it.

In spite of your appearance of freedom of action, you obey, as everything else does, the law of assumption.

Whatever you may think of the question of free will, the truth is your experiences throughout your life are determined by your assumptions – whether conscious or unconscious.

An assumption builds a bridge of incidents that lead inevitably to the fulfillment of itself.

Man believes the future to be the natural development of the past.

But the law of assumption clearly shows that this is not the case.

Your assumption places you psychologically where you are not physically; then your senses pull you back from where you were psychologically to where you are physically.

It is these psychological forward motions that produce your physical forward motions in time.

Precognition permeates all the scriptures of the world.

In my Father's house are many mansions; If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself: that where I am, there ye may be also... And now I have told you before it came to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. John 14:2,3; 29

The "I" in this quotation is your imagination, which goes into the future, into one of the many mansions.

Mansion is the state desired... telling of an event before it occurs physically is simply feeling yourself into the state desired until it has the tone of reality.

You go and prepare a place for yourself by imagining yourself into the feeling of your wish fulfilled.

Then, you speed from this state of the wish fulfilled – where you have not been physically – back to where you were physically a moment ago. Then, with an irresistible forward movement, you move forward across a series of events to the physical realization of your wish, that where you have been in imagination, there you will be in the flesh also.

Unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Ecclesiastes 1:7


I am God, declaring the end from the
beginning, and from ancient times,
things that are not yet done.
Isaiah 46:9, 10

CREATION IS finished. Creativeness is only a deeper receptiveness, for the entire contents of all time and all space, while experienced in a time sequence, actually coexist in an infinite and eternal now.

In other words, all that you ever have been or ever will be – in fact, all that mankind ever was or ever will be – exists now.

This is what is meant by creation, and the statement that creation is finished means nothing is ever to be created, it is only to be manifested.

What is called creativeness is only becoming aware of what already is.

You simply become aware of increasing portions of that which already exists.

The fact that you can never be anything that you are not already or experience anything not already existing explains the experience of having an acute feeling of having heard before what is being said, or having met before the person being met for the first time,
or having seen before a place or thing being seen for the first time.

The whole of creation exists in you, and it is your destiny to become increasingly aware of its infinite wonders and to experience ever greater and grander portions of it.

If creation is finished, and all events are taking place now, the question that springs naturally to the mind is "what determines your time track?"

That is, what determines the events which you encounter?

And the answer is your concept of yourself.

Concepts determine the route that attention follows. Here is a good test to prove this fact. Assume the feeling of your wish fulfilled and observe the route that your attention follows. You will observe that as long as you remain faithful to your assumption, so long will your attention be confronted with images clearly related to that assumption.

For example; if you assume that you have a wonderful business, you will notice how in your imagination, your attention is focused on incident after incident relating to that assumption.

Friends congratulate you, tell you how lucky you are. Others are envious and critical. From there, your attention goes to larger offices, bigger bank balances, and many other similarly related events.

Persistence in this assumption will result in actually experiencing in fact that which you assumed.

The same is true regarding any concept.

If your concept of yourself is that you are a failure, you would encounter in your imagination a whole series of incidents in conformance to that concept. Thus it is clearly seen how you, by your concept of yourself, determine your present, that is, the particular portion of creation which you now experience, and your future, that is, the particular portion of creation which you will experience.


YOU ARE free to choose the concept you will accept of yourself.

Therefore, you possess the power of intervention, the power which enables you to alter the course of your future. The process of rising from your present concept to a higher concept of yourself is the means of all true progress. The higher concept is waiting for you to incarnate it in the world of experience.

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory.
Ephesians 3:20

Him, that is able to do more than you can ask or think, is your imagination, and the power that worketh in us is your attention. Understanding imagination to be HIM that is able to do all that you ask, and attention to be the power by which you create your world, you can now build your ideal world.

Imagine yourself to be the ideal you dream of and desire. Remain attentive to this imagined state, and as fast as you completely feel that you are already this ideal it will manifest itself as reality in your world.

He was in the world, and the world was made by Him and the world knew Him not. [John 1:10]

The mystery hid from the ages; Christ in you, the hope of glory. [Approx., Colossians 1:26,27]

The "He" in the first of these quotations is your imagination. As previously explained, there is only one substance. This substance is consciousness. It is your imagination which forms this substance into concepts, which concepts are then manifested as conditions, circumstances, and physical objects. Thus imagination made your world.

This supreme truth, with but few exceptions, man is not conscious of.

The mystery, Christ in you, referred to in the second quotation, is your imagination, by which your world is molded. The hope of glory is your awareness of the ability to rise perpetually to higher levels.

Christ is not to be found in history, nor in external forms. You find Christ only when you become aware of the fact that your imagination is the only redemptive power. When this is discovered, the "towers of dogma will have heard the trumpets of Truth, and, like the walls of Jericho, crumble to dust".


YOUR IMAGINATION is able to do all that you ask in proportion to the degree of your attention. All progress, all fulfillment of desire depend upon the control and concentration of your attention.

Attention may be either attracted from without or directed from within.

Attention is attracted from without when you are consciously occupied with the external impressions of the immediate present. The very lines of this page are attracting your attention from without.

Your attention is directed from within when you deliberately choose what you will be preoccupied with mentally.

It is obvious that, in the objective world, your attention is not only attracted by, but is constantly directed to external impressions.

But, your control in the subjective state is almost nonexistent, for in this state, attention is usually the servant and not the master – the passenger and not the navigator – of your world.

There is an enormous difference between attention directed objectively and attention directed subjectively, and the capacity to change your future depends on the latter.

When you are able to control the movements of your attention in the subjective world, you can modify or alter your life as you please. But this control cannot be achieved if you allow your attention to be attracted constantly from without.

Each day, set yourself the task of deliberately withdrawing your attention from the objective world and of focusing it subjectively.

In other words, concentrate on those thoughts or moods which you deliberately determine. Then those things that now restrict you will fade and drop away.

The day you achieve control of the movements of your attention in the subjective world, you are master of your fate.

You will no longer accept the dominance of outside conditions or circumstances.

You will not accept life on the basis of the world without.

Having achieved control of the movements of your attention, and having discovered the mystery hid from the ages, that Christ in you is your imagination, you will assert the supremacy of imagination and put all things in subjection to it.


Man's Perceptions are not bounded by organs of Perception: he perceives more than sense (though ever so acute) can discover. [William Blake]

HOWEVER MUCH you seem to be living in a material world, you are actually living in a world of imagination.

The outer, physical events of life are the fruit of forgotten blossom-times – results of previous and usually forgotten states of consciousness.

They are the ends running true to oft-times forgotten imaginative origins.

Whenever you become completely absorbed in an emotional state, you are at that moment assuming the feeling of the state fulfilled. If persisted in, whatsoever you are intensely emotional about, you will experience in your world.

These periods of absorption, of concentrated attention, are the beginnings of the things you harvest.

It is in such moments that you are exercising your creative power – the only creative power there is. At the end of these periods, or moments of absorption, you speed from these imaginative states (where you have not been physically) to where you were physically an instant ago. In these periods, the imagined state is so real that, when you return to the objective world and find that it is not the same as the imagined state, it is an actual shock. You have seen something in imagination with such vividness that you now wonder whether the evidence of your senses can now be believed, and, like Keats, you ask,

was it a vision or a waking dream?
Fled is that music... Do I wake or sleep?

This shock reverses your time sense. By this is meant that instead of your experience resulting from your past, it now becomes the result of being in imagination where you have not yet been physically.

In effect, this moves you across a bridge of incident to the physical realization of your imagined state.

The man who at will can assume whatever state he pleases has found the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.

The keys are desire, imagination, and a steadily focused attention on the feeling of the wish fulfilled. To such a man, any undesirable objective fact is no longer a reality and the ardent wish no longer a dream.

Prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10

The windows of heaven may not be opened and the treasures seized by a strong will, but they open of themselves and present their treasures as a free gift – a gift that comes when absorption reaches such a degree that it results in a feeling of complete acceptance.

The passage from your present state to the feeling of your wish fulfilled is not across a gap.

There is continuity between the so-called real and unreal.

To cross from one state to the other, you simply extend your feelers, trust your touch and enter fully into the spirit of what you are doing.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. [Zecharian 4:6]

Assume the spirit, the feeling of the wish fulfilled, and you will have opened the windows to receive the blessing. To assume a state is to get into the spirit of it.

Your triumphs will be a surprise only to those who did not know your hidden passage from the state of longing to the assumption of the wish fulfilled.

The Lord of hosts will not respond to your wish until you have assumed the feeling of already being what you want to be, for acceptance is the channel of His action.

Acceptance is the Lord of hosts in action.


THE PRINCIPLE of "Least Action" governs everything in physics, from the path of a planet to the path of a pulse of light. Least Action is the minimum of energy, multiplied by the minimum of time. Therefore, in moving from your present state to the state desired, you must use the minimum of energy and take the shortest possible time.

Your journey from one state of consciousness to another is a psychological one, so, to make the journey, you must employ the psychological equivalent of "Least Action" and the psychological equivalent is mere assumption.

The day you fully realize the power of assumption, you discover that it works in complete conformity with this principle. It works by means of attention, minus effort.

Thus, with least action, through an assumption, you hurry without haste and reach your goal without effort.

Because creation is finished, what you desire already exists. It is excluded from view because you can see only the contents of your own consciousness.

It is the function of an assumption to call back the excluded view and restore full vision. It is not the world, but your assumptions that change.

An assumption brings the invisible into sight. It is nothing more nor less than seeing with the eye of God, i.e., imagination.

For the Lord seeth not as a man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. [1Samuel 16:7]

The heart is the primary organ of sense, hence the first cause of experience. When you look "on the heart", you are looking at your assumptions: assumptions determine your experience.

Watch your assumption with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. Assumptions have the power of objective realization. Every event in the visible world is the result of an assumption or idea in the unseen world.

The present moment is all-important, for it is only in the present moment that our assumptions can be controlled.

The future must become the present in your mind if you would wisely operate the law of assumption.

The future becomes the present when you imagine that you already are what you will be when your assumption is fulfilled.

Be still (least action) and know that you are that which you desire to be.

The end of longing should be Being.

Translate your dream into Being. Perpetual construction of future states without the consciousness of already being them, that is, picturing your desire without actually assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled, is the fallacy and mirage of mankind.

It is simply futile day-dreaming.


THE ASSUMPTION of the wish fulfilled is the ship that carries you over the unknown seas to the fulfillment of your dream.

The assumption is everything; realization is subconscious and effortless.

Assume a virtue if you have it not. [William Shakespeare, "Hamlet"]

Act on the assumption that you already possess that which you sought.

Blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. [Luke 1:45]

As the Immaculate Conception is the foundation of the Christian mysteries, so the Assumption is their crown. Psychologically, the Immaculate Conception means the birth of an idea in your own consciousness, unaided by another.

For instance, when you have a specific wish or hunger or longing, it is an immaculate conception in the sense that no physical person or thing plants it in your mind. It is self-conceived. Every man is the Mary of the Immaculate Conception and birth to his idea must give.

The Assumption is the crown of the mysteries because it is the highest use of consciousness.

When in imagination you assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled, you are mentally lifted up to a higher level.

When, through your persistence, this assumption becomes actual fact, you automatically find yourself on a higher level (that is, you have achieved your desire) in your objective world.

Your assumption guides all your conscious and subconscious movements towards its suggested end so inevitably that it actually dictates the events.

The drama of life is a psychological one and the whole of it is written and produced by your assumptions.

Learn the art of assumption, for only in this way can you create your own happiness.


SELF-SURRENDER IS essential, and by that is meant the confession of personal impotence.

I can of mine own self do nothing. [John 5:30]

Since creation is finished, it is impossible to force anything into being.

The example of magnetism previously given is a good illustration. You cannot make magnetism; it can only be displayed. You cannot make the law of magnetism. If you want to build a magnet, you can do so only by conforming to the law of magnetism. In other words, you surrender yourself, or yield to the law.

In like manner, when you use the faculty of assumption, you are conforming to a law just as real as the law governing magnetism.

You can neither create nor change the law of assumption.

It is in this respect that you are impotent. You can only yield or conform, and since all of your experiences are the result of your assumptions (consciously or unconsciously), the value of consciously using the power of assumption surely must be obvious.

Willingly identify yourself with that which you most desire, knowing that it will find expression through you.

Yield to the feeling of the wish fulfilled and be consumed as its victim, then rise as the prophet of the law of assumption.


IT IS of great significance that the truth of the principles outlined in this book have been proven time and again by the personal experiences of the Author.

Throughout the past twenty-five years, he has applied these principles and proved them successful in innumerable instances. He attributes to an unwavering assumption of his wish already being fulfilled every success that he has achieved.

He was confident that, by these fixed assumptions, his desires were predestined to be fulfilled. Time and again, he assumed the feeling of his wish fulfilled and continued in his assumption until that which he desired was completely realized.

Live your life in a sublime spirit of confidence and determination; disregard appearances, conditions, in fact all evidence of your senses that deny the fulfillment of your desire. Rest in the assumption that you are already what you want to be, for, in that determined assumption, you and your Infinite Being are merged in creative unity, and with your Infinite Being (God) all things are possible.

God never fails.

For who can stay His hand or say unto Him, What doest thou? [Daniel 4:35]

Through the mastery of your assumptions, you are in very truth enabled to master life.

It is thus that the ladder of life is ascended: thus the ideal is realized.

The clue to the real purpose of life is to surrender yourself to your ideal with such awareness of its reality that you begin to live the life of the ideal and no longer your own life as it was prior to this surrender.

He calleth things that are not seen as though they were, and the unseen becomes seen. [Approx., Romans 4:17]

Each assumption has its corresponding world. If you are truly observant, you will notice the power of your assumptions to change circumstances which appear wholly immutable.

You, by your conscious assumptions, determine the nature of the world in which you live.

Ignore the present state and assume the wish fulfilled.

Claim it; it will respond.

The law of assumption is the means by which the fulfillment of your desires may be realized.

Every moment of your life, consciously or unconsciously, you are assuming a feeling.

You can no more avoid assuming a feeling than you can avoid eating and drinking.

All you can do is control the nature of your assumptions.

Thus it is clearly seen that the control of your assumption is the key you now hold to an ever expanding, happier, more noble life.


Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continue therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:22-25

THE WORD in this quotation means idea, concept, or desire. You deceive yourself by "hearing only" when you expect your desire to be fulfilled through mere wishful thinking. Your desire is what you want to be, and looking at yourself "in a glass" is seeing yourself in imagination as that person.

Forgetting "what manner of man" you are is failing to persist in your assumption. The "perfect law of liberty" is the law which makes possible liberation from limitation, that is, the law of assumption.

To continue in the perfect law of liberty is to persist in the assumption that your desire is already fulfilled.

You are not a "forgetful hearer" when you keep the feeling of your wish fulfilled constantly alive in your consciousness.

This makes you a "doer of the work", and you are blessed in your deed by the inevitable realization of your desire.

You must be doers of the law of assumption, for without application, the most profound understanding will not produce any desired result.

Frequent reiteration and repetition of important basic truths runs through these pages.

Where the law of assumption is concerned – the law that sets man free – this is a good thing. It should be made clear again and again even at the risk of repetition.

The real truth-seeker will welcome this aid in concentrating his attention upon the law which sets him free.

The parable of the Master's condemnation of the servant who neglected to use the talent given him [Matthew 25:14-30] is clear and unmistakable.

Having discovered within yourself the key to the Treasure House, you should be like the good servant who, by wise use, multiplied by many times the talents entrusted to him. The talent entrusted to you is the power to consciously determine your assumption.

The talent not used, like the limb not exercised, withers and finally atrophies.

What you must strive after is being.

In order to do, it is necessary to be. The end of yearning is to be.

Your concept of yourself can only be driven out of consciousness by another concept of yourself.

By creating an ideal in your mind, you can identify yourself with it until you become one and the same with the ideal, thereby transforming yourself into it.

The dynamic prevails over the static; the active over the passive.

One who is a doer is magnetic and therefore infinitely more creative than any who merely hear. Be among the doers.


THE ESSENTIAL points in the successful use of the law of assumption are these:

First, and above all, yearning; longing; intense, burning desire.

With all your heart you must want to be different from what you are. Intense, burning desire [combined with intention to make good] is the mainspring of action, the beginning of all successful ventures. In every great passion [which achieves its objective], desire is concentrated [and intentioned. You must first desire and then intend to succeed].

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. [Psalm 42:1]

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. [Matthew 5:6]

Here, the soul is interpreted as the sum total of all you believe, think, feel, and accept as true; in other words, your present level of awareness, God[,]5 I AM [the power of awareness], the source and fulfillment of all desires [understood psychologically, I am an infinite series of levels of awareness and I am what I am according to where I am in the series]. This quotation describes how your present level of awareness longs to transcend itself.

Righteousness is the consciousness of already being what you want to be.

Second, cultivate physical immobility, a physical incapacity not unlike the state described by Keats in his "Ode to a Nightingale":

A drowsy numbness pains my senses, as though of hemlock I had drunk.

It is a state akin to sleep, but one in which you are still in control of the direction of attention. You must learn to induce this state at will, but experience has taught that it is more easily induced after a substantial meal, or when you wake in the morning feeling very loath to arise.

Then you are naturally disposed to enter this state. The value of physical immobility shows itself in the accumulation of mental force which absolute stillness brings with it. It increases your power of concentration.

Be still and know that I am God. [Psalm 46:10]

In fact, the greater energies of the mind seldom break forth save when the body is stilled and the door of the senses closed to the objective world.

The third and last thing to do is to experience in your imagination what you would experience in reality had you achieved your goal. [You must gain it in imagination first, for imagination is the very door to the reality of that which you seek. But use imagination masterfully and not as an onlooker thinking of the end, but as a partaker thinking from the end.]

Imagine that you possess a quality or something you desire which hitherto has not been yours.

Surrender yourself completely to this feeling until your whole being is possessed by it. This state differs from reverie in this respect: it is the result of a controlled imagination and a steadied, concentrated attention, whereas reverie is the result of an uncontrolled imagination – usually just a daydream.

In the controlled state, a minimum of effort suffices to keep your consciousness filled with the feeling of the wish fulfilled. The physical and mental immobility of this state is a powerful aid to voluntary attention and a major factor of minimum effort.

The application of these three points:

  1. Desire
  2. 2. Physical immobility
  3. 3. The assumption of the wish already fulfilled

is the way to at-one-ment or union with your objective. [The first point is thinking of the end, with intention to realize it. The third point is thinking from the end with the feeling of accomplishment. The secret of thinking from the end is to enjoy being it. The minute you make it pleasurable and imagine that you are it, you start thinking from the end.]

One of the most prevalent misunderstandings is that this law works only for those having a devout or a religious objective. This is a fallacy.

It works just as impersonally as the law of electricity works.

It can be used for greedy, selfish purposes as well as noble ones. But it should always be borne in mind that ignoble thoughts and actions inevitably result in unhappy consequences.


IN THE preceding chapter, righteousness was defined as the consciousness of already being what you want to be. This is the true psychological meaning and obviously does not refer to adherence to moral codes, civil law or religious precepts. You cannot attach too much importance to being righteous.

In fact, the entire Bible is permeated with admonition and exhortations on this subject.

Break off thy sins by righteousness. Daniel 4:27

My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live. Job 27:6

My righteousness shall answer for me in time to come. Genesis 30:33

Very often the words sin and righteousness are used in the same quotation. This is a logical contrast of opposites and becomes enormously significant in the light of the psychological meaning of righteousness and the psychological meaning of sin.

Sin means to miss the mark. Not to attain your desire, not to be the person you want to be is sinning. Righteousness is the consciousness of already being what you want to be.

It is a changeless educative law that effects must follow causes. Only by righteousness can you be saved from sinning.

There is a widespread misunderstanding as to what it means to be "saved from sin".

The following example will suffice to demonstrate this misunderstanding and to establish the truth.

A person living in abject poverty may believe that by means of some religious or philosophical activity he can be "saved from sin" and his life improved as a result.

If, however, he continues to live in the same state of poverty, it is obvious that what he believed was not the truth, and, in fact, he was not "saved".

On the other hand, he can be saved by righteousness.

The successful use of the law of assumption would have the inevitable result of an actual change in his life. He would no longer live in poverty. He would no longer miss the mark. He would be saved from sin.

Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 5:20

Scribes and Pharisees means those who are influenced and governed by the outer appearances the rules and customs of the society in which they live, the vain desire to be thought well of by other men. Unless this state of mind is exceeded, your life will be one of limitation – of failure to attain your desires – of missing the mark – of sin. This righteousness is exceeded by true righteousness, which is always the consciousness of already being that which you want to be.

One of the greatest pitfalls in attempting to use the law of assumption is focusing your attention on things, on a new home, a better job, a bigger bank balance.

This is not the righteousness without which you "die in your sins" [John 8:24]. Righteousness is not the thing itself; it is the consciousness, the feeling of already being the person you want to be, of already having the thing you desire.

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

The kingdom (entire creation) of God (your I AM) is within you.

Righteousness is the awareness that you already possess it all.


THE QUESTION is often asked, "What should be done between the assumption of the wish fulfilled and its realization?"

Nothing. It is a delusion that, other than assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled, you can do anything to aid the realization of your desire.

You think that you can do something, you want to do something; but actually you can do nothing. The illusion of the free will to do is but ignorance of the law of assumption upon which all action is based.

Everything happens automatically.

All that befalls you, all that is done by you – happens.

Your assumptions, conscious or unconscious, direct all thought and action to their fulfillment.

To understand the law of assumption, to be convinced of its truth, means getting rid of all the illusions about free will to act. Free will actually means freedom to select any idea you desire.

By assuming the idea already to be a fact, it is converted into reality. Beyond that, free will ends, and everything happens in harmony with the concept assumed.

I can of Mine Own Self do nothing...
because I seek not Mine Own Will,
but the Will of the Father which hath sent Me.
[John 5:30]

In this quotation, the Father obviously refers to God. In an earlier chapter, God is defined as I AM.

Since creation is finished, the Father is never in a position of saying "I will be". In other words, everything exists, and the infinite I AM consciousness can speak only in the present tense.

Not My Will, but Thine be done. [Luke 22:42]

"I will be" is a confession that "I am not". The Father's Will is always "I AM".

Until you realize that YOU are the Father (there is only one I AM, and your infinite self is that I AM), your will is always "I will be".

In the law of assumption, your consciousness of being is the Father's will. The mere wish without this consciousness is the "my will". This great quotation, so little understood, is a perfect statement of the law of assumption.

It is impossible to do anything. You must be in order to do.

If you had a different concept of yourself, everything would be different.

You are what you are, so everything is as it is.

The events which you observe are determined by the concept you have of yourself.

If you change your concept of yourself, the events ahead of you in time are altered, but, thus altered, they form again a deterministic sequence starting from the moment of this changed concept. You are a being with powers of intervention, which enable you, by a change of consciousness, to alter the course of observed events – in fact, to change your future.

Deny the evidence of the senses, and assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled.

Inasmuch as your assumption is creative and forms an atmosphere, your assumption, if it be a noble one, increases your assurance and helps you to reach a higher level of being.

If, on the other hand, your assumption be an unlovely one, it hinders you and makes your downward way swifter. Just as the lovely assumptions create a harmonious atmosphere, so the hard and bitter feelings create a hard and bitter atmosphere.

Whatsoever things are pure, just, lovely, of good report, think on these things. [Approx., Philippians 4:8]

This means to make your assumptions the highest, noblest, happiest concepts. There is no better time to start than now. The present moment is always the most opportune in which to eliminate all unlovely assumptions and to concentrate only on the good.

As well as yourself, claim for others their Divine inheritance.

See only their good and the good in them. Stir the highest in others to confidence and self-assertion by your sincere assumption of their good, and you will be their prophet and their healer, for an inevitable fulfillment awaits all sustained assumptions.

You win by assumption what you can never win by force.

An assumption is a certain motion of consciousness. This motion, like all motion, exercises an influence on the surrounding substance causing it to take the shape of, echo, and reflect the assumption. A change of fortune is a new direction and outlook, merely a change in arrangement of the same mind substance – consciousness.

If you would change your life, you must begin at the very source with your own basic concept of self.

Outer change, becoming part of organizations, political bodies, religious bodies, is not enough. The cause goes deeper. The essential change must take place in yourself, in your own concept of self.

You must assume that you are what you want to be and continue therein, for the reality of your assumption has its being in complete independence of objective fact and will clothe itself in flesh if you persist in the feeling of the wish fulfilled.

When you know that assumptions, if persisted in, harden into facts, then events which seem to the uninitiated mere accidents will be understood by you to be the logical and inevitable effects of your assumption.

The important thing to bear in mind is that you have infinite free will in choosing your assumptions, but no power to determine conditions and events.

You can create nothing, but your assumption determines what portion of creation you will experience.


And He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. -- Luke 11:5-9

THERE ARE three principal characters in this quotation, you and the two friends mentioned.

The first friend is a desired state of consciousness.

The second friend is a desire seeking fulfillment.

Three is the symbol of wholeness, completion.

Loaves symbolize substance.

The shut door symbolizes the senses which separate the seen from the unseen.

Children in bed means ideas that are dormant.

Inability to rise means a desired state of consciousness cannot rise to you, you must rise to it.

Importunity means demanding persistency, a kind of brazen impudence.

Ask, seek, and knock mean assuming the consciousness of already having what you desire.

Thus the scriptures tell you that you must persist in rising to (assuming) the consciousness of your wish already being fulfilled. The promise is definite that if you are shameless in your impudence in assuming that you already have that which your senses deny, it shall be given unto you – your desire shall be attained.

The Bible teaches the necessity of persistence by the use of many stories. When Jacob sought a blessing from the Angel with whom he wrestled, he said,

I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. -- Genesis 32:26

When the Shunammite sought the help of Elisha, she said,

As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee, and he arose and followed her. [2Kings 4:30]

The same idea is expressed in another passage:

And he spake a parable unto them that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; saying, There was in a city a Judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest she weary me by her continual coming. -- Luke 18:1-5

The basic truth underlying each of these stories is that desire springs from the awareness of ultimate attainment and that persistence in maintaining the consciousness of the desire already being fulfilled results in its fulfillment.

It is not enough to feel yourself into the state of the answered prayer; you must persist in that state.

That is the reason for the injunction

Man ought always to pray and not to faint. -- Luke 18:1

Here, to pray means to give thanks for already having what you desire.

Only persistency in the assumption of the wish fulfilled can cause those subtle changes in your mind which result in the desired change in your life. It matters not whether they be "Angels", "Elisha", or "reluctant judges"; all must respond in harmony with your persistent assumption.

When it appears that people other than yourself in your world do not act toward you as you would like, it is not due to reluctance on their part, but a lack of persistence in your assumption of your life already being as you want it to be.

Your assumption, to be effective, cannot be a single isolated act; it must be a maintained attitude of the wish fulfilled.

[And that maintained attitude that gets you there, so that you think from your wish fulfilled instead of thinking about your wish, is aided by assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled frequently. It is the frequency, not the length of time, that makes it natural. That to which you constantly return constitutes your truest self. Frequent occupancy of the feeling of the wish fulfilled is the secret of success.]


IT WILL be extremely helpful at this point to cite a number of specific examples of the successful application of this law. Actual case histories are given. In each of these, the problem is clearly defined and the way imagination was used to attain the required state of consciousness is fully described. In each of these instances, the author of this book was either personally concerned or was told the facts by the person involved.

1. This is a story with every detail of which I am personally familiar.

In the spring of 1943, a recently drafted soldier was stationed in a large army camp in Louisiana. He was intensely eager to get out of the army, but only in an entirely honorable way.

The only way he could do this was to apply for a discharge. The application then required the approval of his commanding officer to become effective. Based on army regulations, the decision of the commanding officer was final and could not be appealed. The soldier, following all the necessary procedure, applied for a discharge.

Within four hours, this application was returned – marked "disapproved". Convinced he could not appeal the decision to any higher authority, military or civilian, he turned within to his own consciousness, determined to rely on the law of assumption.

The soldier realized that his consciousness was the only reality, that his particular state of consciousness determined the events he would encounter.

That night, in the interval between getting into bed and falling asleep, he concentrated on consciously using the law of assumption. In imagination, he felt himself to be in his own apartment in New York City. He visualized his apartment, that is, in his mind's eye he actually saw his own apartment, mentally picturing each one of the familiar rooms with all the furnishings vividly real.

With this picture clearly visualized, and lying flat on his back, he completely relaxed physically. In this way, he induced a state bordering on sleep, at the same time retaining control of the direction of his attention. When his body was completely immobilized, he assumed that he was in his own room and felt himself to be lying in his own bed – a very different feeling from that of lying on an army cot.

In imagination, he rose from the bed, walked from room to room, touching various pieces of furniture. He then went to the window and, with his hands resting on the sill, looked out on the street on which his apartment faced. So vivid was all this in his imagination that he saw in detail the pavement, the railings, the trees and the familiar red brick of the building on the opposite side of the street. He then returned to his bed and felt himself drifting off to sleep.

He knew that it was most important in the successful use of this law that at the actual point of falling asleep, his consciousness be filled with the assumption that he was already what he wanted to be. All that he did in imagination was based on the assumption that he was no longer in the army. Night after night, the soldier enacted this drama. Night after night, in imagination, he felt himself, honorably discharged, back in his home, seeing all the familiar surroundings and falling asleep in his own bed. This continued for eight nights.

For eight days, his objective experience continued to be directly opposite to his subjective experience in consciousness each night, before going to sleep. On the ninth day, orders came through from Battalion headquarters for the soldier to fill out a new application for his discharge.

Shortly after this was done, he was ordered to report to the Colonel's office. During the discussion, the Colonel asked him if he was still desirous of getting out of the army.

Upon receiving an affirmative reply, the Colonel said that he personally disagreed, and while he had strong objections to approving of the discharge, he had decided to overlook these objections and to approve it. Within a few hours, the application was approved and the soldier, now a civilian, was on a train bound for home.

2. This is a striking story of an extremely successful businessman demonstrating the power of imagination and the law of assumption. I know this family intimately, and all the details were told to me by the son described herein.

The story begins when he was twenty years old.

He was next to the oldest in a large family of nine brothers and one sister. The father was one of the partners in a small merchandising business. In his eighteenth year, the brother referred to in this story left the country in which they lived and traveled two thousand miles to enter college and complete his education. Shortly after his first year in college, he was called home because of a tragic event in connection with his father's business. Through the machinations of his associates, the father was not only forced out of his business, but was the object of false accusations impugning his character and integrity.

At the same time, he was deprived of his rightful share in the equity of the business.

The result was he found himself largely discredited and almost penniless. It was under these circumstances that the son was called home from college.

He returned, his heart filled with one great resolution.

He was determined that he would become outstandingly successful in business. The first thing he and his father did was to use the little money they had to start their own business. They rented a small store on a side street not far from the large business of which the father had been one of the principal owners. There they started a business bent upon real service to the community. It was shortly thereafter that the son, with instinctive awareness that it was bound to work, deliberately used imagination to attain an almost fantastic objective.

Every day, on the way to and from work, he passed the building of his father's former business – the biggest business of its kind in the country. It was one of the largest buildings, with the most prominent location in the heart of the city. On the outside of the building was a huge sign on which the name of the firm was painted in large bold letters.

Day after day, as he passed by, a great dream took shape in the son's mind. He thought of how wonderful it would be if it was his family that had this great building – his family that owned and operated this great business.

One day, as he stood gazing at the building, in his imagination, he saw a completely different name on the huge sign across the entrance. Now the large letters spelled out his family name (in these case histories actual names are not used; for the sake of clarity, in this story we will use hypothetical names and assume that the son's family name was Lordard).

Where the sign read F. N. Moth & Co., in imagination, he actually saw the name, letter by letter, N. Lordard & Sons. He remained looking at the sign with his eyes wide open, imagining that it read N. Lordard & Sons. Twice a day, week after week, month after month, for two years, he saw his family name over the front of that building. He was convinced that if he felt strongly enough that a thing was true, it was bound to be the case, and by seeing in imagination his family name on the sign – which implied that they owned the business – he became convinced that one day they would own it.

During this period, he told only one person what he was doing. He confided in his mother, who with loving concern tried to discourage him in order to protect him from what might be a great disappointment.

Despite this, he persisted day after day.

Two years later, the large company failed and the coveted building was up for sale.

On the day of the sale, he seemed no nearer ownership than he had been two years before when he began to apply the law of assumption. During this period, they had worked hard, and their customers had implicit confidence in them. However, they had not earned anything like the amount of money required for the purchase of the property. Nor did they have any source from which they could borrow the necessary capital. Making even more remote their chance of getting it was the fact that this was regarded as the most desirable property in the city and a number of wealthy business people were prepared to buy it. On the actual day of the sale, to their complete surprise, a man, almost a total stranger, came into their shop and offered to buy the property for them. (Due to some unusual conditions involved in this transaction, the son's family could not even make a bid for the property.)

They thought the man was joking. However, this was not the case. The man explained that he had watched them for some time, admired their ability, believed in their integrity, and that supplying the capital for them to go into business on a large scale was an extremely sound investment for him. That very day the property was theirs. What the son had persisted in seeing in his imagination was now a reality. The hunch of the stranger was more than justified.

Today, this family owns not only the particular business referred to, but owns many of the largest industries in the country in which they live.

The son, seeing his family name over the entrance of this great building, long before it was actually there, was using exactly the technique that produces results. By assuming the feeling that he already had what he desired – by making this a vivid reality in his imagination, by determined persistence, regardless of appearance or circumstance –, he inevitably caused his dream to become a reality.

3. This is the story of a very unexpected result of an interview with a lady who came to consult me.

One afternoon, a young grandmother, a businesswoman in New York, came to see me. She brought along her nine-year-old grandson, who was visiting her from his home in Pennsylvania. In response to her questions, I explained the law of assumption, describing in detail the procedure to be followed in attaining an objective. The boy sat quietly, apparently absorbed in a small toy truck, while I explained to the grandmother the method of assuming the state of consciousness that would be hers were her desire already fulfilled.

I told her the story of the soldier in camp, who, each night, fell asleep, imagining himself to be in his own bed in his own home.

When the boy and his grandmother were leaving, he looked up at me with great excitement and said, "I know what I want and, now, I know how to get it". Surprised, I asked him what it was he wanted; he told me he had his heart set on a puppy.

To this, the grandmother vigorously protested, telling the boy that it had been made clear repeatedly that he could not have a dog under any circumstances... that his father and mother would not allow it, that the boy was too young to care for it properly, and furthermore, the father had a deep dislike for dogs – he actually hated to have one around.

All these were arguments the boy, passionately desirous of having a dog, refused to understand. "Now I know what to do", he said. "Every night, just as I am going off to sleep, I am going to pretend that I have a dog and we are going for a walk". "No", said the grandmother, "that is not what Mr. Neville means. This was not meant for you. You cannot have a dog".

Approximately six weeks later, the grandmother told me what was to her an astonishing story. The boy's desire to own a dog was so intense that he had absorbed all that I had told his grandmother of how to attain one's desire – and he believed implicitly that at last he knew how to get a dog.

Putting this belief into practice, for many nights, the boy imagined a dog was lying in his bed beside him. In imagination, he petted the dog, actually feeling its fur. Things like playing with the dog and taking it for a walk filled his mind.

Within a few weeks, it happened. A newspaper in the city in which the boy lived organized a special program in connection with Kindness to Animals Week. All schoolchildren were requested to write an essay on "Why I Would Like to Own a Dog".

After entries from all the schools were submitted and judged, the winner of the contest was announced. The very same boy who weeks before in my apartment in New York had told me "Now I know how to get a dog" was the winner. In an elaborate ceremony, which was publicized with stories and pictures in the newspaper, the boy was awarded a beautiful collie puppy.

In relating this story, the grandmother told me that if the boy had been given the money with which to buy a dog, the parents would have refused to do so and would have used it to buy a bond for the boy or put it in the savings bank for him. Furthermore, if someone had made the boy a gift of a dog, they would have refused it or given it away.

But the dramatic manner in which they boy got the dog, the way he won the city-wide contest, the stories and pictures in the newspaper, the pride of achievement and joy of the boy himself all combined to bring about a change of heart in the parents, and they found themselves doing that which they never conceived possible – they allowed him to keep the dog.

All this the grandmother explained to me, and she concluded by saying that there was one particular kind of dog on which the boy had set his heart. It was a collie.

4. This was told by the aunt in the story to the entire audience at the conclusion of one of my lectures.

During the question period following my lecture on the law of assumption, a lady who had attended many lectures and had had personal consultation with me on a number of occasions, rose and asked permission to tell a story illustrating how she had successfully used the law.

She said that upon returning home from the lecture the week before, she had found her niece distressed and terribly upset. The husband of the niece, who was an officer in the Army Air Force stationed in Atlantic City, had just been ordered, along with the rest of his unit, to active duty in Europe. She tearfully told her aunt that the reason she was upset was that she had been hoping her husband would be assigned to Florida as an Instructor.

They both loved Florida and were anxious to be stationed there and not to be separated. Upon hearing this story, the aunt stated that there was only one thing to do and that was to apply immediately the law of assumption. "Let's actualize it", she said. "If you were actually in Florida,what would you do? You would feel the warm breeze. You would smell the salt air. You would feel your toes sinking down into the sand. Well, let's do all that right now".

They took off their shoes and, turning out the lights, in imagination, they felt themselves actually in Florida, feeling the warm breeze, smelling the sea air, pushing their toes into the sand.

Forty-eight hours later, the husband received a change of orders. His new instructions were to report immediately to Florida as an Air Force Instructor. Five days later, his wife was on a train to join him. While the aunt, in order to help her niece to attain her desire, joined in with the niece in assuming the state of consciousness required, she did not go to Florida. That was not her desire. On the other hand, that was the intense longing of the niece.

5. This case is especially interesting because of the short interval of time between the application of this law of assumption and its visible manifestation.

A very prominent woman came to me in deep concern. She maintained a lovely city apartment and a large country home; but because the many demands made upon her were greater than her modest income, it was absolutely essential that she rent her apartment if she and her family were to spend the summer at their country home.

In previous years, the apartment had been rented without difficulty early in the spring, but the day she came to me, the rental season for summer sublets was over. The apartment had been in the hands of the best real estate agents for months, but no one had been interested even in coming to see it.

When she had described her predicament, I explained how the law of assumption could be brought to bear on solving her problem. I suggested that, by imagining the apartment had been rented by a person desiring immediate occupancy and by assuming that this was the case, her apartment actually would be rented. In order to create the necessary feeling of naturalness – the feeling that it was already a fact that her apartment was rented – I suggested that she drift off into sleep that very night, imagining herself, not in her apartment, but in whatever place she would sleep were the apartment suddenly rented. She quickly grasped the idea and said that in such a situation she would sleep in her country home, even though it was not yet opened for the summer.

This interview took place on Thursday. At nine o'clock the following Saturday morning, she phoned me from her home in the country – excited and happy.

She told me that on Thursday night she had fallen asleep actually imagining and feeling that she was sleeping in her other bed in her country home many miles away from the city apartment she was occupying. On Friday, the very next day, a highly desirable tenant, one who met all her requirements as a responsible person, not only rented the apartment, but rented it on the condition that he could move in that very day.

6. Only the most complete and intense use of the law of assumption could have produced such results in this extreme situation.

Four years ago, a friend of our family asked that I talk with his twenty-eight-year-old son, who was not expected to live.

He was suffering from a rare heart disease. This disease resulted in a disintegration of the organ.

Long and costly medical care had been of no avail.

Doctors held out no hope for recovery. For a long time, the son had been confined to his bed. His body had shrunk to almost a skeleton, and he could talk and breathe only with great difficulty. His wife and two small children were home when I called, and his wife was present throughout our discussion.

I started by telling him that there was only one solution to any problem, and that solution was a change of attitude. Since talking exhausted him, I asked him to nod in agreement if he understood clearly what I said. This he agreed to do.

I described the facts underlying the law of consciousness – in fact that consciousness was the only reality. I told him that the way to change any condition was to change his state of consciousness concerning it. As a specific aid in helping him to assume the feeling of already being well, I suggested that in imagination, he see the doctor's face expressing incredulous amazement in finding him recovered, contrary to all reason, from the last stages of an incurable disease, that he see him double checking in his examination and hear him saying over and over, "It's a miracle – it's a miracle".

He not only understood all this clearly, but he believed it implicitly. He promised that he would faithfully follow this procedure. His wife, who had been listening intently, assured me that she, too, would diligently use the law of assumption and her imagination in the same way as her husband. The following day I sailed for New York – all this taking place during a winter vacation in the tropics.

Several months later, I received a letter saying the son had made a miraculous recovery. On my next visit, I met him in person. He was in perfect health, actively engaged in business and thoroughly enjoying the many social activities of his friends and family.

He told me that from the day I left, he never had any doubt that "it" would work. He described how he had faithfully followed the suggestion I had made to him and day after day had lived completely in the assumption of already being well and strong.

Now, four years after his recovery, he is convinced that the only reason he is here today is due to his successful use of the law of assumption.

7. This story illustrates the successful use of the law by a New York business executive.

In the fall of 1950, an executive of one of New York's prominent banks discussed with me a serious problem with which he was confronted.

He told me that the outlook for his personal progress and advancement was very dim. Having reached middle age and feeling that a marked improvement in position and income was justified, he had "talked it out" with his superiors. They frankly told him that any major improvement was impossible and intimated that if he was dissatisfied, he could seek another job. This, of course, only increased his uneasiness.

In our talk, he explained that he had no great desire for really big money, but that he had to have a substantial income in order to maintain his home comfortably and to provide for the education of his children in good preparatory schools and colleges. This he found impossible on his present income. The refusal of the bank to assure him of any advancement in the near future resulted in a feeling of discontent and an intense desire to secure a better position with considerably more money.

He confided in me that the kind of job he would like better than anything in the world was one in which he managed the investment funds of a large institution such as a foundation or great university.

In explaining the law of assumption, I stated that his present situation was only a manifestation of his concept of himself and declared that if he wanted to change the circumstances in which he found himself, he could do so by changing his concept of himself. In order to bring about this change of consciousness, and thereby a change in his situation, I asked him to follow this procedure every night just before he fell asleep:

In imagination, he was to feel he was retiring at the end of one of the most important and successful days of his life. He was to imagine that he had actually closed a deal that very day to join the kind of organization he yearned to be with and in exactly the capacity he wanted.

I suggested to him that if he succeeded in completely filling his mind with this feeling, he would experience a definite sense of relief. In this mood, his uneasiness and discontent would be a thing of the past. He would feel the contentment that comes with the fulfillment of desire. I wound up by assuring him that if he did this faithfully, he would inevitably get the kind of position he wanted.

This was the first week of December. Night after night, without exception, he followed this procedure.

Early in February, a director of one of the wealthiest foundations in the world asked this executive if he would be interested in joining the foundation in an executive capacity handling investments. After some brief discussion, he accepted.

Today, at a substantially higher income and with the assurance of steady progress, this man is in a position far exceeding all that he had hoped for.

8. The man and wife in this story have attended my lectures for a number of years. It is an interesting illustration of the conscious use of this law by two people concentrating on the same objective at one time.

This man and wife were an exceptionally devoted couple. Their life was completely happy and entirely free from any problems or frustrations.

For some time, they had planned to move into a larger apartment. The more they thought about it, the more they realized that what they had their hearts set on was a beautiful penthouse. In discussing it together, the husband explained that he wanted one with a huge window looking out on a magnificent view. The wife said she would like to have one side of the walls mirrored from top to bottom. They both wanted to have a wood-burning fireplace. It was a "must" that the apartment be in New York City.

For months, they had searched for just such an apartment in vain. In fact, the situation in the city was such that the securing of any kind of apartment was almost an impossibility. They were so scarce that not only were there waiting lists for them, but all sorts of special deals including premiums, the buying of furniture etc. were involved.

New apartments were being leased long before they were completed, many being rented from the blueprints of the building.

Early in the spring, after months of fruitless seeking, they finally located one which they seriously considered. It was a penthouse apartment in a building just being completed on upper Fifth Avenue facing Central Park. It had one serious drawback.

Being a new building, it was not subject to rent control, and the couple felt the yearly rental was exorbitant. In fact, it was several thousand dollars a year more than they had considered paying.

During the spring months of March and April, they continued looking at various penthouses throughout the city, but they always came back to this one.

Finally, they decided to increase the amount they would pay substantially and made a proposition which the agent for the building agreed to forward to the owners for consideration.

It was at this point, without discussing it with each other, each determined to apply the law of assumption. It was not until later that each learned what the other had done.

Night after night, they both fell asleep in imagination in the apartment they were considering. The husband, lying with his eyes closed, would imagine that his bedroom windows were overlooking the park. He would imagine going to the window the first thing in the morning and enjoying the view. He felt himself sitting on the terrace overlooking the park, having cocktails with his wife and friends, all thoroughly enjoying it. He filled his mind with actually feeling himself in the penthouse and on the terrace. During all this time, unknown to him, his wife was doing the same thing.

Several weeks went by without any decision on the part of the owners, but they continued to imagine as they fell asleep each night that they were actually sleeping in the penthouse.

One day, to their complete surprise, one of the employees in the apartment building in which they lived told them that the penthouse there was vacant. They were astonished, because theirs was one of the most desirable buildings in the city with a perfect location right on Central Park. They knew there was a long waiting list of people trying to get an apartment in their building. The fact that a penthouse had unexpectedly become available was kept quiet by the management because they were not in a position to consider any applicants for it. Upon learning that it was vacant, this couple immediately made a request that it be rented to them, only to be told that this was impossible. The fact was that not only were there several people on a waiting list for a penthouse in the building, but it was actually promised to one family. Despite this, the couple had a series of meetings with the management, at the conclusion of which the apartment was theirs.

The building being subject to rent control, their rental was just about what they had planned to pay when they first started looking for a penthouse. The location, the apartment itself, and the large terrace surrounding it on the South, West, and North was beyond all their expectations – and in the living room, on one side, is a giant window 15 feet by 8 feet with a magnificent view of Central Park; one wall is mirrored from floor to ceiling, and there is a wood-burning fireplace.


THIS BOOK would not be complete without some discussion of failure in the attempted use of the law of assumption.

It is entirely possible that you either have had or will have a number of failures in this respect – many of them in really important matters.

If, having read this book, having a thorough knowledge of the application and working of the law of assumption, you faithfully apply it in an effort to attain some intense desire and fail, what is the reason? If, to the question "Did you persist enough?", you can answer "Yes" – and still the attainment of your desire was not realized, what is the reason for failure?

The answer to this is the most important factor in the successful use of the law of assumption.

The time it takes your assumption to become fact, your desire to be fulfilled, is directly proportionate to the naturalness of your feeling of already being what you want to be – of already having what you desire.

The fact that it does not feel natural to you to be what you imagine yourself to be is the secret of your failure.

Regardless of your desire, regardless of how faithfully and intelligently you follow the law, if you do not feel natural about what you want to be, you will not be it. If it does not feel natural to you to get a better job, you will not get a better job. The whole principle is vividly expressed by the Bible phrase "you die in your sins" [John 8:24] – you do not transcend from your present level to the state desired.

How can this feeling of naturalness be achieved?

The secret lies in one word – imagination. For example, this is a very simple illustration: assume that you are securely chained to a large heavy iron bench. You could not possibly run, in fact you could not even walk. In these circumstances, it would not be natural for you to run. You could not even feel that it was natural for you to run. But you could easily imagine yourself running. In that instant, while your consciousness is filled with your imagined running, you have forgotten that you are bound. In imagination, your running was completely natural.

The essential feeling of naturalness can be achieved by persistently filling your consciousness with imagination – imagining yourself being what you want to be or having what you desire.

Progress can spring only from your imagination, from your desire to transcend your present level.

What you truly and literally must feel is that with your imagination, all things are possible.

You must realize that changes are not caused by caprice, but by a change of consciousness. You may fail to achieve or sustain the particular state of consciousness necessary to produce the effect you desire.

But, once you know that consciousness is the only reality and is the sole creator of your particular world and have burnt this truth into your whole being, then you know that success or failure is entirely in your own hands.

Whether or not you are disciplined enough to sustain the required state of consciousness in specific instances has no bearing on the truth of the law itself – that an assumption, if persisted in, will harden into fact.

The certainty of the truth of this law must remain despite great disappointment and tragedy – even when you "see the light of life go out and all the world go on as though it were still day". You must not believe that because your assumption failed to materialize, the truth that assumptions do materialize is a lie. If your assumptions are not fulfilled, it is because of some error or weakness in your consciousness.

However, these errors and weaknesses can be overcome.

Therefore, press on to the attainment of ever higher levels by feeling that you already are the person you want to be.

And remember that the time it takes your assumption to become reality is proportionate to the naturalness of being it.

Man surrounds himself with the true image of himself. Every spirit builds itself a house and beyond its house a world, and beyond its world a heaven. Know then that the world exists for you. For you the phenomenon is perfect. What we are, that only can we see. All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do. Adam called his house, heaven and earth. Caesar called his house, Rome; you perhaps call yours a cobbler's trade; a hundred acres of land, or a scholar's garret. Yet line for line and point for point, your dominion is as great as theirs, though without fine name. Build therefore your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportion. -- Emerson


A miracle is the name given, by those who
have no faith, to the works of faith.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

THE VERY reason for the law of assumption is contained in this quotation.

If there were not a deep-seated awareness that that which you hope for had substance and was possible of attainment, it would be impossible to assume the consciousness of being or having it. It is the fact that creation is finished and everything exists that stirs you to hope –and hope, in turn, implies expectation, and without expectation of success it would be impossible to use consciously the law of assumption. "Evidence" is a sign of actuality.

Thus, this quotation means that faith is the awareness of the reality of that which you assume, [a conviction of the reality of things which you do not see, the mental perception of the reality of the invisible].

Consequently, it is obvious that a lack of faith means disbelief in the existence of that which you desire.

Inasmuch as that which you experience is the faithful reproduction of your state of consciousness, lack of faith will mean perpetual failure in any conscious use of the law of assumption.

In all the ages of history, faith has played a major role. It permeates all the great religions of the world, it is woven all through mythology, and yet today it is almost universally misunderstood.

Contrary to popular opinion, the efficacy of faith is not due to the work of any outside agency.

It is from first to last an activity of your own consciousness.

The Bible is full of many statements about faith, of the true meaning of which few are aware. Here are some typical examples:

Unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Hebrews 4:2

In this quotation, the "us" and "them" make clear that all of us hear the gospel.

"Gospel" means "good news". Very obviously, good news for you would be that you had attained your desire. This is always being "preached" to you by your infinite self. To hear that which you desire does exist and you need only to accept it in consciousness is good news. Not "mixing with faith" means to deny the reality of that which you desire. Hence there is no "profit" (attainment) possible.

O, faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? Matthew 17:17

The meaning of "faithless" has been made clear.

"Perverse" means turned the wrong way, in other words, the consciousness of not being what you want to be. To be faithless, that is, to disbelieve in the reality of that which you assume, is to be perverse.

"How long shall I be with you" means that the fulfillment of your desire is predicated upon your change to the right state of consciousness.

It is just as though that which you desire is telling you that it will not be yours until you turn from being faithless and perverse to righteousness. As already stated, righteousness is the consciousness of already being what you want to be.

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him Who is invisible.
Hebrews 11:27

"Egypt" means darkness, belief in many gods (causes). The "king" symbolizes the power of outside conditions or circumstances. "He" is your concept of yourself as already being what you want to be. "Enduring as seeing Him Who is invisible" means persisting in the assumption that your desire is already fulfilled. Thus, this quotation means that, by persisting in the assumption that you already are the person you want to be, you rise above all doubt, fear, and belief in the power of outside conditions or circumstances; and your world inevitably conforms to your assumption.

The dictionary definitions of faith,
"the ascent of the mind or understanding to the truth" – "unwavering adherence to principle",

are so pertinent that they might well have been written with the law of assumption in mind.

Faith does not question – Faith knows.


YOUR DESTINY is that which you must inevitably experience. Really it is an infinite number of individual destinies, each of which when attained is the starting place for a new destiny.

Since life is infinite, the concept of an ultimate destiny is inconceivable. When we understand that consciousness is the only reality, we know that it is the only creator. This means that your consciousness is the creator of your destiny. The fact is, you are creating your destiny every moment, whether you know it or not.

Much that is good and even wonderful has come into your life without your having any inkling that you were the creator of it.

However, the understanding of the causes of your experience, and the knowledge that you are the sole creator of the contents of your life, both good and bad, not only make you a much keener observer of all phenomena, but through the awareness of the power of your own consciousness, intensify your appreciation of the richness and grandeur of life.

Regardless of occasional experiences to the contrary, it is your destiny to rise to higher and higher states of consciousness, and to bring into manifestation more and more of creation's infinite wonders.

Actually, you are destined to reach the point where you realize that, through your own desire, you can consciously create your successive destinies.

The study of this book, with its detailed exposition of consciousness and the operation of the law of assumption, is the master key to the conscious attainment of your highest destiny.

This very day start your new life. Approach every experience in a new frame of mind – with a new state of consciousness.

Assume the noblest and the best for yourself in every respect and continue therein.

Make believe – great wonders are possible.


Never wouldst Thou have made anything if Thou hadst not loved it.
Wisdom 11:24

IN ALL creation, in all eternity, in all the realms of your infinite being, the most wonderful fact is that which is stressed in the first chapter of this book. You are God. You are the "I AM that I AM".

You are consciousness. You are the creator. This is the mystery, this is the great secret known by the seers, prophets, and mystics throughout the ages.

This is the truth that you can never know intellectually.

Who is this you? That it is you, John Jones or Mary Smith, is absurd. It is the consciousness which knows that you are John Jones or Mary Smith. It is your greater self, your deeper self, your infinite being. Call it what you will. The important thing is that it is within you, it is you, it is your world.

It is this fact that underlies the immutable law of assumption. It is upon this fact that your very existence is built. It is this fact that is the foundation of every chapter of this book. No, you cannot know this intellectually, you cannot debate it, you cannot substantiate it.

You can only feel it.

You can only be aware of it.

Becoming aware of it, one great emotion permeates your being. You live with a perpetual feeling of reverence. The knowledge that your creator is the very self of yourself and never would have made you had he not loved you must fill your heart with devotion, yes, with adoration.

One knowing glimpse of the world about you at any single instant of time is sufficient to fill you with profound awe and a feeling of worship.

It is when your feeling of reverence is most intense that you are closest to God, and when you are closest to God, your life is richest.

Our deepest feelings are precisely those we are least able to express, and even in the act of adoration, silence is our highest praise.