Neville Goddard – Revision

Neville Goddard, from ‘The Law And The Promise’:

Man and his past are one continuous structure. This structure contains all of the facts which have been conserved and still operate below the threshold of his surface mind. For him it is merely history. For him it seems unalterable — a dead and firmly fixed past. But for itself, it is living — it is part of the living age.

All memories live on somewhere in the mind – whether one consciously chooses to recollect this or not – therefore very important to correct unwanted memories.

Memory is imagination and imagination creates reality – in this respect, the past can live on and can influence the present – only absord yourself in memories that one wants to remember – correct the others

He cannot leave behind him the mistakes of the past, for nothing disappears. Everything that has been is still in existence. The past still exists, and it gives — and still gives — its results. Man must go back in memory, seek for and destroy the causes of evil, however far back they lie. This going into the past and replaying a scene of the past in imagination as it ought to have been played the first time, I call revision — and revision results in repeal.

You can change the past by imagining a different past because by imagining a different past you are creating different past. Changing your life means changing the past. The causes of any present evil are the unrevised scenes of the past.
The past and the present form the whole structure of man; they are carrying all of its contents with it. Any alteration of content will result in an alteration in the present and future.

Live nobly — so that mind can store a past well worthy of recall. Should you fail to do so, remember, the first act of correction or cure is always — “revise.”

To revise the past is to re-construct it with new content. Man should daily relive the day as he wished he had lived it, revising the scenes to make them conform to his ideals. For instance, suppose today’s mail brought disappointing news. Revise the letter. Mentally rewrite it and make it conform to the news you wish you had received. Then, in imagination, read the revised letter over and over again and this will arouse the feeling of naturalness; and imaginal acts become facts as soon as we feel natural in the act.

By mentally falsifying the facts of life, man moves from passive reaction to active creation; this breaks the wheel of recurrence and builds a cumulatively enlarging future.

The buried past usually lies deeper than our surface mind can plumb. It is to the pruning shears of revision that we owe our prime fruit.The whole is carrying all of its contents with it; any alteration of content will result in an alteration in the present and the future.

The first act of correction or cure is always “Revise.” If the past can be recreated into the present, so can the revised past. And thus the Revised Past appears within the very heart of her present life; not Fate but a revised past brought her good fortune.

As each day falls, mentally revise the facts of life and make them conform to events well worthy of recall; tomorrow will take up the altered pattern and go forward until at length it is realized on the heights of attainment.

Revising Wide Swaths of Time


Well of course it feels like a lie right now. You gotta break it in like new shoes. Everything is an invention of the mind and it’s no more a lie than the ideas you fed on which resulted in the events to begin with. Because those ideas are habit, they seem true. Make new ideas habitual and they’ll seem true.

The reality is the past doesn’t exist anymore and memory is a fresh re-selection of a state that keeps your current identity stable.

So you have an attachment to an identity. The fact you note this is good because it shows awareness. It’s your decision now to stay attached to the identity if you want and keep manifesting things as they are OR you can make a decision to let that identify go. Simply making a decision and affirming it to yourself can be powerful. You can say to yourself“I’m ready to let it go and am choosing differently now”. You can manifest being someone who isn’t attached to the identity and then manifest a new identity.

Again – who you are now is a selection NOW. It’s a state you’re embodying now. Those memories are scenes you keep selecting and framing as defining events. They don’t comprise your entire past at all. There’s so much you didn’t select to repeat as your story and arguably you’ve give particular meaning to things that could just as easily be given a different meaning.

You don’t have to revise every experience in detail but you can choose different defining memories and reframe some to be more neutral if not positive. That’s often easier to do initially than a total wiping of a slate.

For instance I had a failed business with some rather, uh, unceremonious circumstances and bad blood… I didn’t revise the business succeeding because it’s not here now and I don’t want it to be. But I revised my feeling about it as a good learning experience, and I revised that the circumstances were peaceful and the people involved all moved on graciously. That was something I could feel real. It helped change my sense of failure to being someone who gets value and grows – it was a stepping stone, not a mistake.