Let’s Read: Order – Then Wait
In this post, I will be analysing a lecture from 1970 titled Order – Then Wait. You can find this lecture here. This lecture focuses a bit more on the spiritual part of the Law rather then the practical but it contains some important things that we need to remember and/or learn.
Imagination Is the Potter
“…my own wonderful human imagination is now identified with the Lord. It’s the word ‘Jehovah’. And this is called the ‘father’. So, I am Self-begotten. We are self-begotten. We’re not the product of something other than ourselves. These terms are interchangeable! ‘The Lord’, ‘Father’, ‘Potter’, ‘Imagination’. For ‘potter’ is defined in the Concordance as ‘imagination; that which forms or molds into form; that which makes a resolution; that which determines.’ For we are told, ‘Commune with your own hearts on your beds and be silent.'”
I wrote an article about the story of the potter before but in this particular lecture, Neville reminds us that the actual potter in our lives is our own wonderful human imagination. Our imaginal acts are the cause of the phenomena of our life. Nothing exists that wasn’t first imagined. Knowing this gives us an advantage because we can now consciously decide to entertain only lovely things and create things that serve us instead of putting ourselves into situations that do not serve us.
“We have just discovered that ‘potter’ is my own imagination. I go down to the potter’s house. Well, I have just been told ‘our Potter’ is one with the Lord, who is our Father. So, where do I go? Into some little place where a man is working with clay? Oh, he is working with clay, but I’ve just discovered that I am the clay. ‘We are the clay.’ We are the fruit of your efforts; we have discovered who He is. He is my own imagination! So, I turn to my own imagination, and I wonder, what did you imagine yourself to be today? Broke? Unemployed? Let out? What did you do this day in the Potter’s house? For the Potter is your own wonderful human imagination. Now, this day, what was the concept you held of yourself? It’s entirely up to me, for there’s no one to whom I can turn. I have to turn to my Self. Well, that is the Potter! And that is the only Jehovah; that’s the only Lord, the only Jesus.”
In the story about the potter, in the Bible, we read that the person went to the potter’s house where they found him refashioning the wheel that was spoiled. In Neville’s work, this is a metaphor for revision. At times, we feel like some things are out of our control, like we have no choice but to give up on something or someone because the things went too far. They seem spoiled. But, the tool of revision actually gives us an opportunity to rework the situation in a way that serves us.
We are using revision along with other techniques, sometimes even without realizing it. For example, when you are working on your relationship with your specific person, you are very likely also unconsciously applying this technique. If you are changing your SP’s behaviour to be more loving or open or even communicative, you are essentially revising the version of them that you are not happy with – the version of them that isn’t as loving or open or communicative.
Often times, when it comes to changing the other, what we do is that we think of them as separate from us. We think that we can somehow force them to change. This is simply not true and any kind of force in the physical reality is simply futile. The reason it is futile is because we cannot change the outside by force and we cannot expect to see a difference in the outside reality unless we first change our assumption of it. We cannot rely on something external to bring about the change either.
“So, I cannot turn to another, although in my blindness, I burn incense to a false god. I am called upon to be perfectly still and know: I AM GOD.”
“Does evil befall a city, unless God has done it?”
“So, in the Book of Amos, he asks the question: ‘Does evil befall a city, unless God has done it?’ ‘Does evil befall a city, unless God has done it?’
Now we know who God is; so all the horrors of the world that befall us, – God did it! But who is God? Our own wonderful human imagination. Yes, even the earthquakes, the volcanoes, – every horror of the world, and every lovely thing in the world, – our own wonderful human imagination did it, because that is one with the Lord Jehovah. There is only one God, and there is no other God.”
At times, we will see that people take responsibility only when it comes to positive things in their life and consider taking responsibility for negative thing “victim blaming”. I have spoken about this briefly in one of the previous posts. The point of these teachings is to make you aware of how much power you have in your reality but if we fall into the trap of trying to track back all of our thoughts or assumptions to see how they caused the negative circumstances of our lives, we may indeed feel like victims. The point of these teachings is to help you get out of that mode by inspiring you to start imagining better things for your future.
However, what Neville is saying here is that we cannot credit positive circumstances on God and negative circumstances on something else. If nothing is separate from God, then we must acknowledge that negative circumstances were created by that same God.
If we are creating this divide between the good and the bad circumstances, then we are essentially creating a false god. We are creating one god that is responsible for the negative things and one that is responsible for positive things in our lives; one imagination that is responsible for negative things and another that is responsible for positive things. I am sure that all of you can see that this seems almost impossible when we use the word imagination instead of the word God.
“Except ye become as a little child, ye cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
In this lecture, Neville talks about this particular passage from the Bible. I feel that this is a very important passage because it shows that sometimes, we just have to take the leap of faith.
In the beginning of our journeys, all of us took the leap of faith. This can be applied to both our spiritual/manifestation journeys and to our lives. When we were children, most of us believed everything our parents taught us. We didn’t question it. They were the “all-knowing ones.” They were the ones that had all the answers. What they taught us had to be the ultimate truth.
Now, when we are talking about our journey in the area of conscious manifesting, we start with the same leap of faith.
“Now, a little child may not understand what I am telling the child, but the child trusts me. It has confidence in me, and will say, ‘I believe.'”
When we start this journey, we don’t have any experience in conscious manifesting. Sure, some of us noticed that things that we were assuming were true turned out to be true but some of us didn’t. When we learned about Neville and his teachings, or about the general LoA, that is when we also learned that this “phenomena” can be controlled consciously.
But, in the very beginning, all we had was somebody else’s word – the word of somebody who’s discovered this same phenomena before us. In my case, that was the word of my friend and Neville’s word. Jumping into this journey and applying the things that both of these people taught me was the leap of faith that I took. This was all the evidence I needed before I started. It didn’t seem logical, it didn’t seem rational. It seemed like something that one simply has to test for themselves.
You may not have the strong faith right from the start, faith based on someone else’s experience or word, but if you are inspired enough to take the leap of faith, that is good enough.
Dealing With Emotions
Many people are under the impression that they have to suppress all the negative emotions that they have in order to manifest a perfect life, or rather, that their journey has to be perfect in that they can no longer experience negative emotions. I have spoken about this before and I will repeat it now: do not suppress your emotions. Even Neville tells us that suppressing our emotions is not a good idea, in his book Feeling is the Secret. I feel that it’s important that we acknowledge our emotions and that we release them. If we keep suppressing them, it gives them more power. If you fear something, you’re essentially affirming its existence. Instead, facing it head-on is the best way to dissolve it.
In this lecture, Neville actually invites us to acknowledge our emotions as well.
“But see that you commune as you want to mold that picture, for the whole verse is this: ‘Be angry, but sin not. Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be silent’.
But it doesn’t tell you not to be angry. So, the day has been an explosive day – explode! Be angry, ‘but sin not.’ To ‘sin’ is to ‘miss the mark.’ Don’t now go to bed and let the sun descend upon your anger. All right, – explode! Get it off your chest, as it were. Now take the whole thing that you would throw away in the past as a broken vessel and you can’t repair it. No; keep the same vessel, and rework it now into a new shape as it seems good to you to do.”
It is okay to be mad, sad, frustrated… It’s okay to feel emotions. Acknowledge them. Release them. If you have to scream, scream. If you have to cry, cry. If you have to write about them, write about them and then throw away the paper. Once you are done with that, focus on the desired emotion. Take away the importance by focusing on the opposite; or even on the feeling of neutrality.
One way of doing that would be by using the revision. Revise the thing that made you feel that way. Replace it with something different, something that didn’t affect you or even something that affected you in a positive way, made you feel positive emotions.
Another way of doing it is by simply taking your power back by acknowledging that these negative emotions are now gone. You have released them and now you are free to replace them with feelings of peace, calm, neutrality or whatever other feeling you want to replace them with. The emotions that you experienced won’t create further unwanted circumstances. As a matter of fact, interpreting this “explosion” of unwanted emotions as a release, as a “goodbye” to the unwanted is what creates the ability to disassociate with them. After all, we have to remember that it is our own interpretation that count the most and that is why interpreting things in such a way that serves us is always important.
“Do I Really Want This?”
“And then the mother said, ‘You know, how often I’ve done the same thing! I thought really I wanted this – I really want this, and then I ask myself, now what would I do with it after I got it? Now, I have it now; what am I going to do with it? And I discovered, you know, I really don’t want it at all!'”
If you have been on Reddit for a while then you probably know that many people come there to ask whether or not there is a way to know if their desire is valid, if this is what they really want. Some people even lose the feeling of desire during the process. This is a different thing though, as I do think it’s normal for the feeling of desire to subside at least a little bit, as you keep impressing your subconscious mind, because you are moving from the state of lack into the state of having. Once you have something, you do not continue desiring it.
However, if we focus on that first scenario, during which the person is wondering if their desire is valid and if they really want what they want, Neville gives us a good example in this lecture. He shares a story of a lady whose son wanted a bike. She then asked him what he would do with this bike. Without going into further details of the story, one thing that we can all take from it and one technique that we can apply thanks to this story, is to ask ourselves the same question: What would I do with it if I had it now? If I think that I’d just discard it and that I don’t really need it, well maybe then I don’t really desire it. If I think that it would change my life for the better, give me the inspiration and the space that I need to grow as a spiritual being, that it would affect my life in a positive manner, well then my desire must be real for I already know that this is something that will advance my human experience.
Another thing I want to add here is that this doesn’t mean that you should question your desires. So, you want an expensive Montblanc pen just to boast in front of your friends, – well okay, you can get it. You may not grow as a spiritual being once you have that pen but it doesn’t mean you can’t have it. You can have it, whether your heart is burning with desire or not but if you are already questioning your desire, then it could be that you are desiring something out of boredom or you are just not sure whether this is what you want. If that insecurity is, however, coming from the fact that you are not sure whether or not the Law can work in your circumstances, then that is yet another issue but I will not go into that in this article.
It Is Done
When the desire comes upon us, it’s almost like a “sign” that it can be fulfilled. Yes, it may take a bit of mental work, using the techniques to shift into the state of the wish fulfilled but you wouldn’t have the desire if it were impossible to fulfill it. This is why I am leaving you with these words from Neville, describing the feeling of the wish fulfilled perfectly:
“Well, can I really believe what I have just imagined? Can I? Well then, I must know, now, if I am putting my trust in This One, which is my own imagination, – well then, I will know I have obtained it. It has already been done. Now wait for it. It’s done!
Like a shipment. I have complete confidence in a shipment coming if I have ordered it; so you order, and then you wait! It may come by slow freight, it may come by express, it may come by air freight; it’ll come. The vision is maturing; ‘and if it seems long, then wait, for it is sure, and it will not be late.’ [Habakkuk 2:3]”