Neville Goddard: Visualization Techniques

Neville Goddard: Visualization Techniques

If you're looking for manifesting techniques that work fast, look no further than these visualization techniques. I've brought the most powerful concepts from the father of manifesting himself: Neville Goddard!

His teachings on visualization revolve around the core concept that the imagination is the divine body in every person. In other words, your imagination is the source of creation. By harnessing your mind's eye, according to Neville Goddard, you can manifest loving relationships, success, wealth, and more into the physical world. Your imagination is THE divine power.

So to start manifesting pronto, these are key visualization techniques for you to try tonight. The first one is something  you can do from the comfort of your bed:

The State Akin to Sleep (SATS)

This is a state of consciousness you enter right before sleeping, and it also happens to be one of the most important visualization techniques to manifest anything you want. In one of his lectures, Neville Goddard stated:

"It is a state which, although bordering on sleep, is really the beginning of the waking state. It is a state in which you are still in control of the direction of attention, where you can contemplate a mood or feeling or mental state." (The Perfect Image, 1959)

When you're ready to sleep, you'll notice your body beginning to relax. The key to accessing your creation ability is to visualize when your body is relaxed but while your mind in still in your conscious control. This is because the State Akin to Sleep (SATS) is the bridge where Neville believed the conscious and subconscious minds met, allowing you to use your imagination to be impressed upon the deeper layers of the mind.

It's called a State Akin to Sleep because it mimics sleep, but you're not fully asleep. This state is said to be the bridge between consciousness, where your subconscious mind is most impressionable to your desires. 

To use this technique, visualize your desired outcome as if it's happening in real time, right now. For Neville, the present moment was crucial. So much that he brought the future to the present by living "in the end," which means feeling and visualizing desires as already fulfilled.

But that's not all: to get the most out of your visualization technique, you'll want to read on. 

First-Person Perspective

Neville believed that to truly impress a desire upon the subconscious, one must employ all the senses. In his lecture Prayer: The Art of Believing, he mentions:

"The difference between feeling yourself in action, here and now, and visualizing yourself in action, as though you were on a motion-picture screen, is the difference between success and failure."

This encapsulates the importance of a first-person perspective and the holistic sensory engagement during visualization. When visualizing, always ensure you're seeing the scene from a first-person perspective as if you're looking out through your own eyes.

So what does this all mean?

Things are happening, in real time, to you. Want a promotion? Imagine yourself sitting in your boss's office, your feet planted on the floor and your back against the chair. You look in front of you, and you see your boss sitting across from you behind their desk. You notice their mug on their desk with steaming hot coffee; the manila folder with your employee file on it; your boss's favorite pen. You see your boss smile, and their lips move as they begin to tell you the words you've been wanting to hear all along: you got the promotion, with a raise and a title change.

You feel a burst of excitement bubble up from deep within your gut, and you imagine squeezing your hands in excitement. You plan to celebrate that night, and you can't wait to call up your best friend to tell them the great news. Sitting in your boss's office, you keep a poker face while all of this sinks in. 

All of that is vivid detail: the full range of emotions. The senses of what you smell, hear, see, and feel. Rather than watching yourself from a third-person perspective, you definitely want to visualizing your outcome as if it were really happening. And you will want to loop this visualization as you fall asleep at night. 

But Don't Forget the Feelings

In his book The Power of Awareness, Neville advised:

"With your desire defined, quietly go within and shut the door behind you. Lose yourself in your desire; feel yourself to be one with it; remain in this fixation until you have absorbed the life and name by claiming and feeling yourself to be and to have that which you desired."

This philosophy encourages you to wholly inhabit the feeling and experience of the desired outcome as though it's already present. Remember, your subconscious cannot understand what is false and what is true. But it can understand emotions. 

Neville Goddard's teachings emphasized emotion as the catalyst for manifestation. As he expressed in his lecture, Feeling is the Secret:

"The feeling which comes in response to the question 'How would I feel were my wish realized?' is the feeling which should monopolize and immobilize your attention as you relax into sleep. You must be in the consciousness of being or having that which you want to be or have before you drop off to sleep."

I've made this mistake in the past, where I thought visualization was enough. It is not! Your subconscious does not recognize labels or words or images without context. Provide the emotion, and then it understand! 

Short, Repetitive Scenes

Instead of long, drawn-out scenarios, Neville Goddard often recommended visualizing short, specific scenes that imply the wish has been fulfilled. Capture your best moment in your mind's eye: imagine the scenario at your peak moment of joy, happiness, excitement, and fulfillment. You want maximum emotion, and this is easiest to maintain when your scenario is short, simple, and sweet. It doesn't get simpler than that!


Neville spoke extensively about the art of revision in his lecture, The Pruning Shears of Revision

"At the end of my day, I review the day; I don’t judge it, I simply review it. I look over the entire day, all the episodes, all the events, all the conversations, all the meetings, and then as I see it clearly in my mind’s eye, I rewrite it."

This technique of mental revision could change future outcomes and amend past experiences.

So at the end of your day, revisit events that didn’t go as planned. In your mind, replay the event as you wished it had unfolded. The reason this technique is powerful is twofold; not only can you rewrite your subconscious and heal your memories of an event, but you can also change the outcome in your physical reality at a later point in time. Cool, huh?




Consistency, consistency, and persistency. Neville Goddard believed in persistent assumption. Even if the external world shows no sign of budging for your desires, do not give up. You must persist in your assumption that your wish is already fulfilled no matter what your senses tell you. Some people call this "the delulu method", but it works. Continue your visualization practices with unwavering faith, and trust in the universe. 


 Now this is the most important part. No manifestation will start working until you understand this concept. 

In his writings, Neville Goddard often spoke of the need to release the desire after the act of visualization. From The Power of Awareness:

"Having felt the naturalness of your desire, your conscious mind must be relaxed, letting go, so that the subconscious can take over and bring about the realization of your desire."

And this makes sense; wanting something is actually the opposite of having it. Therefore, when you've decided to start manifesting something, act like you already have it. Then you won't wait for it, and then you can release.

Do not micromanage the universe. Once you've visualized and felt the emotions of your desire being fulfilled, release it. Trust that it's done and that it will manifest in your physical reality. This reflects complete trust in the process and avoids feelings of desperation or neediness.

In essence, Neville Goddard's visualization techniques are grounded in the belief that the imagination is God within man. By vividly imagining and feeling the state of the wish fulfilled—and by truly living in that end state—you can manifest money, prosperity, love, and more.


This in-depth exploration into Neville Goddard’s visualization techniques showcases the profound spiritual philosophy that underpins his teachings. Drawing directly from his lectures and texts, it becomes evident that for Neville Goddard, visualization wasn't merely a tool. It was completely transformative for him, spiritually and practically.

And it can be for you too, as it was for me! Try these techniques and watch the magic unfold :) 

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