Into the Silence
“To outgrow is to die. You die to one state and you move into another state.” — Neville Goddard, May 5, 1972
It is difficult to speak of Neville Goddard’s final lectures since we possess a valuable but incomplete record of the teacher’s public talks from the last year of his life, 1972.
The speaking catalogue that survives is thanks to Neville’s fateful decision to grant listeners blanket permission to record his lectures, which brought dramatic new exposure and listenership to his work in the digital age. Neville’s career as a public speaker began on February 2, 1938, in New York City, and he was soon delivering talks at metaphysical churches and in auditoriums on both coasts and throughout the nation. The advent of portable consumer audio technology made possible the recording of his presentations mostly from the mid-1950s through the final two years of his life, with the plurality in the late sixties.
Today, the lecturer’s words — resounding in his clipped, mellifluous speaking style — are a source of fascination and study for seekers worldwide. His message, always consistent yet fresh in delivery, was that your imagination is the creative force symbolically called God in the Bible — a book not of historical events and tensions between man and divinity but rather a blueprint of your own psycho-spiritual development and self- realization. Everything that you experience, Neville taught, is the out- picturing of your emotionalized thoughts and mental images.
The 1972 lectures transcribed and assembled in this volume reflect Neville in the full bloom of his vision as a practical mystic and radical re-interpreter of Scripture. It is critical to understand that Neville’s thought system — on full display in the work collected here — significantly broadened after 1959, a year that, starting on July 20, opened the seeker to a series of revelatory awakenings, which he recounted in his 1961 book, The Law and the Promise. But this cycle of spiritual unfoldment actually began three decades earlier. In an undated lecture from a posthumous 1977 collection of Neville’s talks, Immortal Man, the teacher said:
Let me share with you my experience back in 1929. I did not know how literally true the Bible was until it…