In this article, I will analyse the lecture Brazen Impudence. This is one of my absolute favourites. Before reading this post, do read the original script here. The things I write in this article are just my own interpretations that could help you understand the lecture better but reading it for yourself (or rereading it, for that matter) is definitely recommended! 

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ACCEPTANCE

The very first sentence of this lecture sums up the law perfectly:

“A new idea will not become part of your common currency of thought until it has been repeated over and over and you begin to live by it.”

It is absolutely true that persistence is the key. Repeating something over and over again will result in acceptance of the idea. The acceptance of the idea results in a manifestation. But, the acceptance has to be subconscious.

What I mean by that is that you can either do a technique such as visualization or lullaby in SATS and imagine something over and over again; or you can simply repeat an idea over and over again in your conscious mind as well. In my experience, both work. If you are a beginner, I would, of course, recommend the first approach. It is also my experience, and I find it hard to ignore this part although it may be a slightly limiting belief, that doing it in SATS speeds up the acceptance of the idea. To get the subconscious to accept the thought that we are consciously repeating again and again may take a while. This is precisely why I recommend SATS, whether you are a beginner or a master. But, if you are a master, then you don’t need me in the first place because you already know how it works.

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THE PARABLE

Neville goes on to share a parable about brazen impudence:

“…he taught in the form of a parable such as: ‘Which of you who has a friend would go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey and I have nothing to set before him,’ and from within he says, ‘Do not bother me; the door is shut and my children are in bed. I cannot rise and give you anything.’ Yet I tell you, although he will not rise because he is a friend, yet because of his importunity, he will rise and give him whatever he needs.’ The word importunity means brazen impudence. In other words, he would not take no for an answer!”

We can interpret this parable in many different ways. As we know, the Bible is not a secular history. But this wonderful story, whether we interpret it literally or as an allegory, will likely leave us with the same conclusion.

If we interpret it literally, we will conclude that the person got what they wanted because they kept knocking on the door and asking for the bread. If we interpret it as an allegory, then we could say that the person is us, everytime we go into state akin to sleep and consciously imagine something. We keep making the request again and again, by assuming the state of the wish fulfilled and although our friend, the subconscious mind, may be filled with the limiting beliefs in this moment in time, ones that say we cannot get the loaf of bread we want because of this or that circumstance, if we keep assuming the state of the wish fulfilled, it will eventually grant us the request because we will impress it. Literally or figuratively? Up to you to decide how that word fits into that sentence but both can apply. From that first moment in which we feel our desire as real, as something that we’ve already accomplished, the subconscious starts working on the means to bring it to us.

I use the word request very lightly. It is not like we keep begging our subconscious mind to give us this or that. That won’t work. It can’t work because if you are begging to be given something, then you are coming from the feeling of lack, not the feeling of the wish fulfilled. Subconscious is impressed through the feeling. When you feel that you have it, it accepts that and then brings it to pass. Since it can’t tell the truth from the lie, it won’t judge you. When you feel the reality of your wish fulfilled in state akin to sleep, it recognizes it as true and brings it to pass.

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BEING GOD

An important topic that is not often discussed is the topic of accepting that you are God. This is something that comes as a result of consistent and persistent use of the law. It is not something that happens over night. Of course, it might but for most of us, it’s a journey that brings us to the point where we finally accept that we are the Gods of our realities.

“He assumed he had it and continued to assume he had it until his assumption took on the feeling of reality and he got it. This is how you find God in yourself, by being persistent in your assumption.”

You see, on the internet, you will likely find many people that will tell you to just remind yourself that you are God ‘because Neville said so.’ Why should you believe it without a proof? Because Neville said so? With all due respect to this wonderful teacher, I don’t think that his word should be taken as a gospel. As a matter of fact, I don’t think that he would want us to do that in the first place or else he wouldn’t have told us time and time again to test the law.

Before you accept that you are God, test the law. You don’t have to believe Neville. You don’t have to believe me. Believe your own experiences. Put the law to the test.

I addressed this in a podcast before, but once you get your manifestation you may end up thinking that it would have happened anyway or that it was just a coincidence. This is where treating these teachings and techniques as a lifestyle, and not a means to the end, comes in. Once you get that first manifestation, manifest something else. Continue doing it until your faith is strong enough for you to know that these weren’t just some things that randomly worked out for you.

That is when you will know what being God of your reality is truly about. It’s not about reminding yourself. You don’t need to affirm that you are God. For Pete’s sake, being God is not a manifestation. It’s a realization that we come to by persistently using the law and seeing it work.

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“OTHERS”

“When you know how to pray, you will discover that everyone in the world can be used as an instrument to aid the birth of your prayer. They may be condemned in the act and pay society’s price, while you are saved; yet you are the cause of their action.”

To make one thing clear right away, Neville wasn’t saying that we get to decide how others are used to aid in the fulfillment of our desires. He is saying that they may (or may not) be used in the process.

Neville went on to share a story of his divorce from his first wife. This story is well known and I am sure that you are familiar with it, especially if you are here because you are manifesting a specific partner.

To sum it up, Neville fell in love with a girl but he was still married to his first wife. Although they lived separately, they never got a divorce. He started visualizing himself in a happy marriage with the second girl. The first person that was used as an instrument in the fulfillment of his desire was his dancing partner. She didn’t want him to marry the second girl so she told his first wife to make herself scarce so that he couldn’t seek divorce. His first wife left the state. The things got worse before they got better but Neville persisted in visualizing himself being happily married to the second girl. A week later, he received a call from the court in which they informed him that his first wife had been arrested. He was invited to testify. It turned out she stole something from a store. Neville was asked to speak on her behalf. This gave Neville the opportunity to use this as a reason to seek divorce. He decided against it and spoke up for her, asking the court to suspend the sentence. The wife was released and because she was grateful that Neville spoke in her favour, she decided to grant him the divorce that he desired.

As you can see, it wasn’t just the dancing partner that was used in this story, to aid in the fulfillment of his prayer. There was a court involved as well. Most importantly, because he was manifesting a marriage with a second wife, his first wife was used to aid in the fulfillment of the prayer too.

None of these people were aware of where these actions were leading them. Neville’s bridge of incidents involved multiple people and they all played very specific roles. Neville’s imaginal act was the cause of their fortunes and misfortunes but they were totally unaware of it. He didn’t ask them to play those roles. He could have thrown his first wife under the bus and gotten the divorce but he chose to be a decent person. Even though he missed that opportunity to get the divorce, his subconscious found another way.

“I tell this story only to illustrate a principle. You do not need to ask anyone to aid you in the answer to a prayer, for the simple reason that God is omnipotent and omniscient. He is in you as your own wonderful IAmness. Everyone on the outside is your servant, your slave, ready and able to do your will. All you need do is know what you want. Construct a scene which would imply the fulfillment of your desire. Enter the scene and remain there. If your imaginal counselor (your feeling of fulfillment) agrees with that which is used to illustrate your fulfilled desire, your fantasy will become a fact. If it does not, start all over again by creating a new scene and enter it. It costs you nothing to imagine consciously!”

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THE ART OF MOVEMENT

Neville then tell us how he exercised his own imagination by sitting down in one part of his apartment and imagining that he was in another.

“In New York City, my telephone was in the hallway and my chair in the living room. While sitting in my chair, I would assume I was at the telephone. Then I would assume I was looking into the living room. I practiced this exercise until I discovered I could move anywhere in a split second of time.”

This is an exercise that you, too, could put into practice. It is very simple and it will be very effective. It will be effective because you are imagining yourself in a place that you are very familiar with. Pick one spot in your house, a spot that you could describe without even looking at it. Then sit down in some other room and mentally project yourself into that familiar spot that you thought of previously. Touch and see the furniture that is there. Is there a specific smell that you can connect to that particular room or place?

While you are in that scene, it will become clear just how easily you can add sensory vividness to your scenes but if you don’t succeed the first time, you must practice it. This is not an exercise for those that give up after the first try. This is for those that are truly determined to familiarize themselves with what it means to add sensory vividness to their scenes.

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PRAYER

“When you pray, do not get down on your knees and pray to any unknown God. Instead, go to bed and dare to assume you are now who you want to be. Fall asleep assuming it is true and you will be on the road to success, for this is how things are brought into being.”

This simple and short formula once again describes how to use the law. Assume that you are who you want to be and fall asleep in that state. And how do you assume? Well, you can use SATS for that. While you are in that state either visualize something that implies that you are who you want to be or affirm it. Give it the tones of reality. Do it until you feel that it’s real, that you are really present in that particular scene or that what you are affirming is truly a part of your life now.

“Decide exactly what you want and assume you have it. If your world would change, determine what it would look like; then construct a scene which would imply you are there.”

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WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR IMAGINATION?

Now, I want to end this article with the question above. There is another story in this lecture that I did not share, a story of how Neville projected himself into the room of his dying nephew and his sister saw him. While telling that story, Neville said the following:

“If I am all imagination, I must be where I am in imagination.”

So, I ask you, where are you in your imagination? If you describe the world around you, you will know exactly what state you are speaking from. Read this article if you haven’t already, to see how these two things relate.

And, one last thing. I don’t want you to take it too far. You do not have to keep censoring and flipping your thoughts all day long to stay where you want to be. You can experience all emotions and thoughts that come up. You do not have to suppress a thing. But when you enter SATS, make sure that you are where you want to be and as you do this repeatedly and persistently, you will find that those pesky reactions of yours subsided as well. That is how you will know that “where” you are in your imagination, the place in which you are dwelling, the state, is changing.