Excerpts From Feeling Is The Secret, Neville Goddard
Prayer, like sleep, is also an entrance into the subconscious. “When you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret and your Father which is in secret shall reward you openly” [Matthew 6:6].
Prayer is not so much what you ask for, as how you prepare for its reception. “Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray believe that you have received them, and ye shall have them” [Mark 11:24].
Prayer is the art of assuming the feeling of being and having that which you want. When the senses confirm the absence of your wish, all conscious effort to counteract this suggestion is futile and tends to intensify the suggestion.
Prayer is the art of yielding to the wish and not the forcing of the wish. Whenever your feeling is in conflict with your wish, feeling will be the victor. The dominant feeling invariably expresses itself. Prayer must be without effort. In attempting to fix an attitude of mind which is denied by the senses, effort is fatal.
When you emerge from the moment of prayer, it is as though you were shown the happy and successful end of a play although you were not shown how that end was achieved. However, having witnessed the end, regardless of any anticlimactic sequence, you remain calm and secure in the knowledge that the end has been perfectly defined.
2 thoughts on “Prayer”
Thoughts on separation, which I understand sin to be:
Until we awaken to the truth of our oneness with God, we are under the impression that God is afar off and we are separate from God. Jesus’s message of ‘oneness’ is central to his teachings which ultimately caused the religious leaders to charge him with blasphemy. He went to his death rather than renounce this. We are obviously aware of our physical birth, but the ‘second birth’ Jesus told Nicodemus must occur – to be ‘born again, born of the Spirit’ – isn’t so obvious. However, this awareness is what reveals our spiritual identity and unity with the Father. Sin – the belief in separateness from Spirit – is thereby conquered when this awakening/birth happens. Prayer, augmented with deep feeling, is our avenue of intentional connection with Spirit which fosters that faith which leads to healing on many levels. At-one-ment (a concept I was introduced to through Unity teachings) assures us that we ARE one with the ‘Father’ and heir to all Spirit is. When the sense of separation is replaced with the truth of oneness, a deep and abiding joy results and we truly live in the Kingdom now. I especially love Paul and Diane’s beautiful song,“Truly Helpful Prayer” about letting God ‘teach me to heal’ which capped off this wonderful message. Again, thank you for your weekly messages on YouTube. They bring food for thought and joy to my heart!
Thank you for sharing your insights. It’s always great to hear from you. Rev. Doug