Goddard - Revision

Neville Goddard’s Revision Technique

Neville Goddard's Revision Technique.

Goddard - RevisionGo back and change the past in your mind. See things that didn't go so well; working the way you had planned.
It talks about editing the memories in your mind so that any time in the future that this or a similar situation arises, you will only see the positive result. Kinda interesting. But what does it mean, and how does it work? Is it a scam?

Neville Goddard - Reddit:

Neville Lancelot Goddard was a spiritual teacher and author from Barbados, widely regarded as one of the most influential New Thought and Law of Attraction teachers. He originally came to the United States to study drama and became a dancer, but his study of metaphysics led him down a different path.

The Technique in Detail:

Revision was taken from Neville Goddard’s 1954 lecture, The Pruning Shears of Revision.

1. Review an event that didn't go the way you wanted it to go. Don’t judge it, just review it.

2. In your imagination, rewrite and revise the event the way you wish it would have gone.

3. Get into a state akin to sleep (SATS). Many wonder what this means - it is simply a state where you feel completely relaxed, and can be done in any comfortable position.

4. Relive the revised event in your imagination over and over again, until the imaged state begins to take on the tones of reality. That is until it starts feeling as though it may have actually happened the way you would have preferred.

5. Either fall asleep while repeating the scene or wake up from this drowsy state once you know it is done.

Neville suggests that at the end of each day we revise our day the way we wish it would have gone, then relive the day in our imagination in accordance with our desires until it feels real. Through this method, you can revise any unwanted event, and you will find that in the coming days and weeks, things will start to change for the better in accordance with your revision. (Reddit.com)

Manifesting and ACTION

This is another way of postulating that we should manifest or visualise a desired outcome. It is a tool.
There seems to be quite a lot of information on-line about Revision, including a large number of articles explaining how the technique has worked for the writers.
As in all manifesting/visualising techniques, though, most writers have pointed out that there is a requirement for action. You need to follow the process, but also put steps into place to make it more likely that the required outcome will happen in the future. Nothing happens if you sit on your hands, they say.
It can, some have said, be used to heal and/or repair our bodies as well, by envisioning the event that apparently caused an injury or illness, as having happened differently, and the bad or undesired outcome is not the result. A bit “out of this world”?

Not sure how this meets the action criteria, but we have been told by a very large number of Gurus that ‘we get what we focus on’, and there is, of course, a huge body of literature on both sides of this argument.
But I believe ‘The Revision Technique’ has merit.

Try Revision

As I said, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that this process actually makes a difference. Give it a go and let us know in the comments how it has worked for you. Or not as the case may be. BUT remember it may not happen overnight.

What’s it all about? We are in Control of our lives!

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  1. I believe that I have done this my life but not necessarily to a positive conclusion. How does that relate to over-thinking?

    • Hi,
      A great question. Remember one of my other posts on the Pareto Principle or the 80/20 rule? Well, let’s look at that for a moment. The deal here is that after you have amassed about 80% of the available information on a topic, you are ready to make a decision. Richard Branson uses this as one of his rules for making decisions. 80% is enough. What this means is that this last 20% is in the realm of overthinking. It will not lead to any more clarity, It will NOT be any more effective or efficient to go beyond this 80% mark.
      All it will do is lead you into pain, suffering, worry, and feelings of insecurity. You will end up even more unsure of your original decision and will end up doing nothing. Which is not the required outcome.
      How do you know when you have begun overthinking? Think of a car and what gear it is in. If you are cruising along fine and dandy you are at the 80% mark. Go for it. Do whatever you are thinking about. Make that decision. If you were to drop down a gear, the car would shake and the noise and speed of the engine would increase. You would know you have moved beyond the effectiveness of the engine. This might be hard to pinpoint at first in your own mind, but if you continue to be aware of it, you will eventually be able to stop your thinking at that point. You’ll avoid dropping into the overthinking part of the situation.
      Goddard’s revisionist concept/theory, on the other hand is more about taking something from the past that didn’t go as well as expected and re-imagining it such that the outcome is different and positive. It is ‘re-thinking’ not ‘overthinking’. It is closely aligned to visualising which we will cover in later posts.
      Does that answer your question?

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