How to Change Your World Around | Motivational Podcast

Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you in part by Book of Zen, makers of wearable inspiration for a better world. Today’s podcast has been edited and adapted from a lecture delivered by Neville Goddard in 1952.

Desire is the springboard of action, for you cannot move without desire. Ask yourself what you feel called to do, and then formulate your desire. Feel its presence and you have granted yourself the desire’s fulfillment. Human life is nothing more than the appeasement of hunger. And the infinite series of levels of awareness is the means to satisfy that hunger.

Health is a desire, a hunger which can be appeased when the idea is formulated in your mind that you are healthy. The same is true for wealth, peace, harmony or fame, for all of these are states of awareness. Identify yourself with the state desired. Persist in this identification and, because you and God are one consciousness, what you are conscious of, you manifest.

The Christian cross is but a symbol of suffering. There is no physical cross upon which a man was nailed, but a body of beliefs which humanity wears. Jesus said: “Unless you lift up your cross and follow me, you are unworthy of me.” Lift up your cross by raising your awareness, for your I AMness is the creator of your world.

As an individual, you move and live in time, but your true being is in eternity. Think of the vertical line of the cross as the line of being upon which there are unnumbered levels of awareness. Time cannot make you better or wiser. In fact, time cannot do a thing towards changing your level of being, for change is all on the vertical line where you move to higher or lower levels of your own being.

Because change is imminent, we speak of it as infinite imminence—as nearer than near and sooner than now. The person you would like to be is imminent: is nearer than near. The ideal you dream of being is sooner than now and is brought into being by a change in your reactions to life.

The only work you are called upon to do is work on yourself. Start this work by observing your reactions to life. Remember, your future is not being developed; it already is. The time track is complete, as well as all of the events you can encounter.

As you move up or down the level of your being, changes will occur in your life. You are now resting at a certain level. “Arise, take up your couch and walk,” by breaking the threads of life that bind you to the state you are now in. Break these threads by changing your thoughts, for only as you rise within, will you find a corresponding change without.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like, if you were all tenderness? All love? All generosity? Aim for those feelings and then watch how your relationship to them builds. It is here, in the midst of the storms of life, that you work this law. If you identify yourself with an unlovely state, you will find yourself sinking into it. But you can lift up your cross by breaking your automatic, mechanical reactions to life and sacrificing your present level of being.

This message (this teaching) comes, not to bring peace, but a sword. It comes to set you at variance against your friends and family. This word is sharper than any two-edged sword, for it is capable of piercing the soul and spirit. I am not suggesting that you turn against your earthly loved ones, but that you turn against the psychological ideas that govern your behavior and the dominant mood which governs your actions and reactions to life.

If, at this moment your feelings are not noble, turn against them, for they are your psychological driver. This is done by putting new feeling in their place. You cannot change your thinking until you change your feeling, and all feelings come from ideas. Your enemies are all those misplaced ideas that you accept as true.

All that you consent to, all that you believe and accept as true (be it wise or foolish) forms the clothing you wear. But you can be re-clothed and ascend to a higher level of being when you take up your cross and follow your imagination.

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