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The Law of Assumption – Neville Goddard’s Secret to Manifestation

Dare to assume you are what you want to be and you will compel everyone to play their part.

Neville Goddard

What Is The Law of Assumption?

If you’ve read any of the teachings of Neville Goddard, then you have probably heard him mention a principle he calls The Law of Assumption.

This principle appears throughout Goddard’s books, and is one of the cornerstones of his entire philosophy.

In this post I’ll outline the basic idea behind this law, and share a great lecture by Goddard himself, explaining it in his own words.

How It Works: The Meaning Of The Law of Assumption

Firstly, it’s important to understand what this law actually means. Goddard teaches that the way to create anything you desire is simply to assume the feeling of your wish fulfilled.

The reason is that nothing exists outside of your own consciousness, and your entire experience of the world is a symbolic representation of where your consciousness currently stands.

To change anything in your life, then, you have to change the beliefs and assumptions you hold about it.

Furthermore, everything that you experience is a result of your changing consciousness, so Goddard teaches that changing your assumptions, and assuming the presence of your desire, is the only thing that will bring about your aim. Action is irrelevant, since action itself is a symbol of your state of mind. Your shift in consciousness is the only thing that matters.

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.

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Finding The Feeling Of Your Desire

In order to assume the nature of your desire, you must simply pretend that you have already achieved your aim. Imagination creates your reality, and the more vividly you can imagine yourself into an experience, the more quickly you will be able to experience it in the physical world.

The key here rests with your feeling. It is not enough to simply think through a desired scenario, if in the back of your mind you do not believe in it. You must have faith, you must access the way that you think you will feel once you attain your desire, in order for the practice to have the desired impact.

Check out these 3 Neville Goddard exercises for manifesting results in your life.

The Power of Persistence

The power of assumption begins and ends with persistence. If you can imagine yourself into your desired state of being, then you have, for all intents and purposes, already achieved your aim.

The physical manifestation of your goal is a secondary reaction, a reflection that you will experience, so long as you maintain the feeling of the wish fulfilled.

Where most people fail to apply The Law of Assumption successfully is because they do not maintain the feeling of their aim long enough for it to appear before them. They do not persist in it, but instead allow the physical world to convince them that it is not realistic or possible for them.

Instead, you have the power to put yourself on a strict mental diet, only allowing your preferred experience of the world to influence the assumptions you hold about yourself, and using techniques like the power of revision to change any appearances that may seem to get in your way.

Only when you can maintain the feeling, despite all physical evidence to the contrary, will you be able to manifest the aim that you have chosen for yourself.

Lecture on The Law of Assumption by Neville Goddard, 1969

In this video, you can listen to the audio recording of Neville Goddard giving a lecture on the law of assumption. In it, he explains what this law is, and how you can use it achieve anything that you set your mind to!

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How Is The Law of Assumption Different from The Law of Attraction?

One common question that many people have when first learning about The Law of Assumption is whether or not it is the same as The Law of Attraction.

In fact, it is more similar to what is commonly called The Law of Vibration, and when you look at these 3 laws holistically you can begin to understand them more clearly.

The Law of Vibration states that you are always experiencing a physical world that is an exact match to your state of consciousness, the current vibration and state of being at which you are operating.

The Law of Attraction is a law of momentum. It dictates what energy you will receive, given your current vibration. It also indicates how quickly you are moving towards your goals, or keeping yourself out of reach of them.

Related Post: 3 Bob Proctors Videos That Explain The Secret To The Law of Attraction.

The Law of Assumption fits into these two principles, because it states that you can always achieve any aim you set for yourself, so long as you assume the feeling (the state of being/the vibration) of your aim.

In other words, The Law of Assumption is a principle you can enact to help you work directly with the corresponding laws of vibration and attraction.

Putting The Law To Work In Your Life

Now that you have a basic understanding of what The Law of Assumption is, it’s time to start putting this powerful, inner law to work for you in your life.

To begin, I recommend you start to “practice” using this law with something that feels like a small, or realistic goal. Even better if you can think of a goal that you have that would be nice to achieve, but is not really that important to you.

The reason for this is that often, when we’re first starting out working with this law, we wind up focusing too intently on the desire we want to achieve. In the process, we inadvertently end up focusing on the absence of the desire.

That is: we think about our goal, but we keep feeling the absence of the goal.

When we do this, we are not actually practicing The Law of Assumption.

Only after you have practiced using your imagination to place yourself into a few smaller, more realistic desires – desires that you have the ability to believe are possible for you – only then will you have developed the mental muscle necessary to bring those bigger, harder-to-believe- goals within reach.

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Kyle Greenfield

Kyle Greenfield is the Founder and CEO of The Joy Within, where our mission is to help you win the fight against stress and negativity by harnessing the power of your natural, inner joy. Kyle has been teaching on meditation, mindfulness, and how to eliminate negative thoughts since 2016. He currently resides in London. You can follow Kyle on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Patricia Ventura

    I love the things I have read want I wan my imagination to kick in, I had it when I was a child but seem to have lost it.

    1. Robert Taylor

      You can’t lose your imagination, you just use it less now as an adult then you did as a child, it’s always been there, but it takes practice to improve at anything, using imagination included

  2. jennie!

    thank you. it’s perfectly helpful, keep up the great work!!

  3. Allisha D Jackson

    Thank you for this!!!!

  4. Christi

    Persist, persist, persist! I cannot say it enough! Nothing in the 3D world (Current reality, current world, or physical world/reality/life..doesn’t matter, it all means the same thing lol) can get in your way, unless it’s you. Even you can’t get in your own way IN THE 3D because you are your mind, which is your conscience. Stop letting the negative thoughts win and control you, causing you to react to the 3D. That will only delay or slow down your manifestation/desire. It’s not about NOT getting negative thoughts, remember, you’re still human at the end of the day lol; but don’t let them sit there for long. Argue with that negative or contradicting thought/voice. A mental diet is basically what that is. You may not believe the words you’re using to affirm at first, but you soon will because if you tell yourself something enough, you will start to believe it and feel it. It’s basically like calling yourself ‘ugly’. If you keep calling yourself that, you’ll start to believe it and feel like it, and how people project to you, is how you feel about yourself. Stop saying, “if” and start saying “when” because there are no “if’s” when it comes to manifesting/getting your desire. If that’s what you want and you want it bad enough, you will get it. No one or NOTHING can get in your way or tell you that you can’t have it. Nothing is impossible when you want it. If you can desire it, you can have it. As simple as that. Stop worrying about when it is going to be here. It’s coming, I promise! Hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. Worrying only causes anxiety, which implies that you do not have your manifestation/desire, and the point is to live in the end; having your desire. If you see progression and it suddenly slows down, stops, or is hot and cold, that is just the purge. It is getting rid of your old thoughts to make room for your new thoughts. Think of this as amazon. They are delivering your package, but it get’s delayed because of traffic or roadblocks. It’s still coming, but the traffic needs to be cleared up first. It’s all a test to see if you really want it or not! What do you do when you want something? You work hard and proceed to work hard, that’s all that means. While your manifestation/desire is on it’s way, use this time to gain your confidence, work on yourself (self-concept), and your mentality! I promise you that you will see amazing results! Sorry for the long rant, I just wanted to clear this up to anyone that may be confused, and if you are, feel free to ask any questions!

    1. raymond

      thanks for taking the time to share this wealth of knowledge. I’ve been working with the law of assumption to see the reality that I desire with my wife. sometimes those negative thoughts pop in to my head and its a bit of a battle but I know with continue practice and focus on the end result I have already received my victory.

    2. Ruthika

      Hello! I still have a lot of questions , can i contact u in instagram , my id is wildhunter28

    3. TATA

      My manifestation told me i am not matured ..
      Solutions ??

      1. Lali

        Manifestions are the 3 D and circumstances don’t matter. You are going to get what you want…immature or not…

    4. Pooja

      I have a question for you: Even though I am persisting in my assumption but my 3D tells me opposite things, What should I do? How do I cope up with that?

      1. Kasia

        Just persist and try to let go of any opposite thoughts. Believe and it will be given to you

    5. Manos

      You provided amazing information and explanation. Thank you!

    6. Princess Z

      Love this! Love it! Thank you!!!! ❤

    7. Vicky

      This is the best thing I have read….. thank you for explaining. Currently experiencing the purge and tonight big time reacted to 3D, I’m taking this as my sign to keep on…and you wrote this on my birthday, thank you x

    8. Aaron

      Thank you Christi, for the insight!
      I’m in deep legal troubles and it’s not easy to shake the problems off of my back and put the “resolved” feeling to replace them.
      Is the correct way to assume successfully resolved of my problems is to breakdown the problem into smaller pieces, or to assume the entire piece and feel that I overcame it?

    9. NatashA

      Thank you Christi!
      I hope you are living your best life 🙂

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