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Neville Goddard is from Barbados in the British West Indies, and he was born to Joseph Nathaniel and Wilhelmina (Nee Hinkinson) 0n February 19, 1905.
He was a prophet, a well-respected teacher, and a prolific writer. Neville did not present himself as a metaphysician or identify with any 'ism' or 'New Thought' philosophy, as specific collective organizations regularly proclaimed.
Neville Goddard wanted to show the psychological principles in Biblical scripture and restore a sense of significance to what the ancients meant to communicate to the entire world.
Neville made some vital parts of his personal life unknown to the public. One of them was his net worth. It remains unknown.
There are no records for the amount Neville Goddard earned in a year.
Neville's height is not accurately known.
Neville lived between 1905 and 1972. He was 67 years old when he died.
On February 19, 1905, Goddard was born in Barbados to Joseph Nathaniel and Wilhelmina. In 1922, he went to New York City and worked as a ballet and ballroom dancer in a dance company.
In 1931, he studied under Abdullah, an Ethiopian rabbi who introduced him to Kabbalah. He underwent army training in America and did not earn American citizenship until the time of World War II when he was serving in the US Army.
When Goddard met Abdullah, an Ethiopian Jew who taught Esoteric Christianity, his interest in cryptic Bible scripture interpretations increased. Both Goddard and Joseph Murphy were his students, however initially, Neville had only gone to hear him rather unwillingly to please a friend's constant badgering.
Neville's parents were his father, Joseph Nathaniel Goddard, a merchant, and his mother, Wilhelmina (Nee Hinkinson).
Neville was the fourth child in his family of nine boys and one girl.
He had two children; Victoria Goddard and Joseph Neville Goddard
Neville's first marriage did not stand the test of time. However, in 1942, he had his second marriage to Catherine Willa Van Schmus. He had a boy and a girl with Catherine.
After much travel across the United States, Neville decided to settle in Los Angeles in the '50s. He had numerous television and radio appearances and lectured routinely to sold-out audiences at the Wilshire Ebell Drama House. He delivered most of his lectures in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco in the '60s and early '70s.
In his early lectures and writings, Neville focused on what he termed 'The Law'; the process of imagining one's physical world. This was a prospect that caused him to become closely related to the New Thought movement's ideals. During his presentation of 'The Law', Neville recounted how, during the Depression, he took a ship journey from New York to see his family in Barbados with no money.
He explained how, through the use of imagination, he was honorably dismissed from military service to continue lecturing throughout WWII. In the '50s and '60s, he told audiences in San Francisco about how others had used 'The Law'.
In 1959, he began to feel what he described as 'The Promise'. During the late '60s and early '70s, Neville's lectures emphasized 'The Promise' more strongly than 'The Law'. He claimed that one might utilize the power of imagination to improve one's circumstances, but it would just be temporary.
Neville's theological perspective of 'The Promise' involves the metaphysics of after-death reunion with the Godhead and eventual restitution for people who do not accept 'The Promise' throughout their lifetimes.
In 'The Promise', he said, 'You do not earn it; it is a gift, it is all grace. God’s promise is unconditional; God’s law is conditional'. Goddard believed 'The Promise' comes at the best time for it. If you are unable to witness it in this life, he said, 'You pass through a door, that’s all that death is, and you are restored to life instantly in a world like this, just this world'.
Neville said in reaction to a question about the fear of eternal torment and punishment many people hold, 'Not one shall be lost in all my holy mountain. You are God, and how could God eternally condemn Himself?' According to Neville Goddard, we can apply a law God has given to 'cushion the blows of life' until we awaken and realize this revelation. To him, 'The Law' is stated concisely as 'imagining produces reality'.
There are no known charity works of Neville Goddard.
There are no awards traceable to Neville.
There is not much known about Neville Goddard's hobbies and interests.
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