Neville Goddard (Neville Lancelot Goddard ) is an American author who wrote on religion, mysticism, and self-help. He also lectured on the power of the human mind topics and was adept at spiritual movement New Thought.
Neville Goddard was born to an English family in Barbados and moved to New York City at seventeen to study theater. After ten years, in 1932, he abandoned his work as a dancer and actor to fully commit to his career as a metaphysical writer and lecturer.
Goddard was influenced by writer William Blake and early self-help theorists Émile Coué and Thomson Jay Hudson. Using the penname Neville, he became one of the twentieth century's most original and charismatic purveyors of the philosophy generally called New Thought.
Neville Goddard stated that God and human imaginations are the same and that the world around us is a physical manifestation of our consciousness.
Unwanted life experiences are physical evidence not just of negative things and thoughts, but of negative beliefs. Neville Goddard explains, “Stop believing in God and start believing as God.
Another of his most famous quotes: “Dare to believe in the reality of your assumption and watch the world play its part relative to its fulfillment.
Neville Goddard says that we must approach every aspect of our lives as if what we want is already here, as part of our present, ongoing experience. Our senses will argue with us, but "if you persist in it, it will harden into fact." Ultimately, this means that our senses and the world will agree. What began only in our imagination will now become a living reality.
At the point of his death in 1972 in West Hollywood, Goddard had lived in Los Angeles for about 20 years.
He is buried in Westbury Cemetery, St. Michael, Barbados.
His impact is still felt today.