Is Your Imagination God?

The radical metaphysics of Neville Goddard

Mitch Horowitz
5 min readJan 29, 2018

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Wearing it on his sleeve: Mitch’s tattoo of Neville.

I recently received an ebullient letter from a barbershop owner in Lafayette, Georgia, who loves the work of mystic Neville Goddard. As a historian of the occult, I receive few fan letters from Lafayette — this one made me take special notice.

The metaphysical teacher Neville, who wrote and spoke under his first name, has been growing in popularity since his death, in 1972, and particularly in the past decade or so, when a wide range of metaphysical writers, including Rhonda Byrne and Wayne Dyer, named him as an influence. A historical profile of Neville that I wrote in 2005 has become one of my most widely read and reprinted pieces. Neville’s books are entering multiple editions, and his lectures, preserved digitally from recordings that he freely allowed during his lifetime, receive hits numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

This is an unlikely renaissance for a British-Barbadian metaphysical lecturer who died in near-obscurity and whose 10 books and thousands of lectures center on one theme: Your imagination is God. Everything that you see and experience, Neville wrote, are your emotionalized thoughts and mental images pushed out into the world. The God of Scripture, he taught, is simply a metaphor of your own creative faculties, and your surrounding world is self-formed in…

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Mitch Horowitz

"Treats esoteric ideas & movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness"-Washington Post | PEN Award-winning historian | Censored in China