was simply healing the part of me that created them,” he said. I
didn't understand. Dr. Len explained that total responsibility for your life means that everything
in your life- simply because it is in your life--is your responsibility.
In a literal sense the entire world is your creation.
This is tough to swallow. Being responsible for what I say or do is one
thing. Being responsible for what everyone in my life says or does is
quite another. Yet, the truth is this: if you take complete
responsibility for your life, then everything you see, hear, taste,
touch, or in any way experience is your responsibility because it is in
your life. This means that terrorist activity, the president, the
economy or anything you experience and don't like--is up for you to
heal. They don't exist, in a manner of speaking, except as projections
from inside you. The problem isn't with them, it's with you, and to
change them, you have to change you.
know this is tough to grasp, let alone accept or actually live. Blame is
far easier than total responsibility, but as I spoke with Dr. Len, I
began to realize that healing for him and in Ho'oponopono means loving
you want to improve your life, you have to heal your life. If you want
to cure anyone, even a mentally ill criminal you do it by healing you.
asked Dr. Len how he went about healing himself. What was he doing,
exactly, when he looked at those patients' files? "I just kept
saying, 'I'm sorry' and 'I love you' over and over again,” he
it?" I said
it." he replied
out that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as
you improve yourself, you improve your world.
me give you a quick example of how this works: one day, someone sent me
an email that upset me. In the past I would have handled it by working
on my emotional hot buttons or by trying to reason with the person who
sent the nasty message.
time, I decided to try Dr. Len's method. I kept silently saying, 'I'm
sorry' and 'I love you,' I didn't say it to anyone in particular. I was
simply evoking the spirit of love to heal within me what was creating
the outer circumstance. Within
an hour I got an email from the same person. He apologized for his
previous message. Keep in mind that I didn't take any outward action to
get that apology. I didn't even write him back. Yet, by saying 'I love
you,' I somehow healed within me what was creating him.
later attended a Ho’oponopono workshop run by Dr. Len. He's now 70
years old, considered a grandfatherly shaman, and is somewhat reclusive.
He praised my book, The Attractor Factor. He told me that as I improve
myself, my book's vibration will raise, and everyone will feel it when
they read it. In short, as I improve, my readers will improve. 'What
about the books that are already sold and out there?' I asked.
'They aren't out there,' he explained, once again blowing my mind
with his mystic wisdom. 'They are still in you.' In short, there is no
out there. It would take a whole book to explain this advanced technique
with the depth it deserves. Suffice it to say that whenever you want to
improve anything in your life, there's only one place to look: inside
you. When you look, do it with love.
of saying "I'm sorry... and I love you", We found it more
powerful to say "I am you (Joe Anybody)... and I Love you"
following is an excerpt from Neville's lecture, Trust in God (from
www.realneville.com). Which we
read the day after we read this letter and is very synchronistic.
"A friend recently
shared a wonderful experience with me. It seems a neighbor was forever
dropping in on her, constantly telling horrible stories about her
friends. She tried to tell the woman how to change things by using her
imagination, but she would not listen. And although she imagined her as
a fine, positive, happy person, she remained in her negative state.
Realizing the lady was a
character my friend had to overcome, she began to change her thoughts.
In her imagination she told the neighbor that she loved her. This she
persisted in doing, until one day she realized she really did. That
night she had this dream.
She found herself sitting
in the shade of a beautiful tree. A figure approached, looking like a
goddess, in a long white gown with loose sleeves and a silver belt.
Suddenly she realized it was her friend, who came to say goodbye. They
embraced and she felt a surge of love for that woman like she had never
known for anyone before.
The next day this lady
came to her door and said: "I gave my notice this morning and have
come to say goodbye." Then my friend added this thought: "If I
could fall as much in love with the being within me as I did with this
lady, I would be completely transformed - which in turn, would produce
great changes in my outer world of effects, for now I know my friend's
transformation took place within me."
following lecture we read the morning after we read this letter... it is a
more elaborate illustration of this point and as expected, Neville uses
his illuminated interpretation of biblical scripture to emphasize it. If
you have not read any Neville yet, it is useful to keep in mind that he
uses the words God, Christ, Jesus, Lord as substitutes for Imagination. It
can be a bit confusing at first but stick with it! The words are not
important... the message is priceless.
Courtesy of www.realneville.com
Today, as you know, is Good Friday, and undoubtedly
millions have attended services and heard some portion of the last seven
words of Christ; but I wonder how many of them know who he is and what the
words really mean. I tell you: Jesus Christ is your awareness, your I
Amness, who became as you are that you may be as he is. I want you to
accept this literally, for it is true.
Now, each one of the seven words spoken of today is really a sentence, the
first of which is: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they
do," and the last is: "Father, into thy hands I commit my
Spirit." This is only a portion of the quote from the 5th verse of
the 31st chapter of the Book of Psalms. The complete thought is this:
"Father, into thy hands I commit my Spirit. Thou hast redeemed me, O
Lord, faithful God." Here we find the redeemer to be one with the
redeemed, for speaking to the Father, he says: "Thou hast redeemed
me," yet he has already confessed "I and the Father are
one." So you see the redeemer and the redeemed are really one.
Let us look at these words through the eyes of the mystic, and not with
the traditional eyes of the church: "I am the true vine and my Father
is the vinedresser." This true vine is the imagination. It is man's
eternal body, who is God himself. Jesus is the divine body, of which we
are his members in the sense that he is in us. Christ is not a little man,
but humanity. He is our own wonderful human imagination. He is our
redeemer, yet he is the one redeemed.
When I first realized this I was shocked, for I was born and raised in the
Christian tradition and knew no other religion. Then I discovered that
Christ was not someone on the outside that I should worship, but my own
wonderful human imagination, and for a while my world turned upside down.
There is a little poem that fits this perfectly: "Behold this vine. I
found it a wild tree whose wanton strength had swollen into irregular
twigs. But I pruned the plant and it grew tempered in its vain expanse of
useless leaves and knotted as you see into these full, clean clusters to
repay the hand that wisely wounded it."
Your imagination is the true vine from which everything in your world is
drawn. Any misuse of your imagination causes the deformities in your life.
It is a shock, I know, to realize that you are the sole cause of your
life; and what a responsibility you have, to prune this true vine of
Since the Father and the Son are one, I - as Father AM the true vine and
must prune myself. Not realizing a seeming other was a branch growing from
me, the true vine, I allowed myself to entertain unlovely thoughts of him.
But I didn't cut the branch, for the pruning is not in that way. Called
repentance in scripture, pruning is revision - which is a radical change
of attitude towards an individual or a situation. I revised my thoughts
relative to that seeming other and accepted this unseen imaginal act as
reality. Then I watched, and in time I became aware of a change in my
world relative to this person or that condition. Having found the true
vine and the Father who pruned it, I know I must prune it every day; for
if I do it will knot and form itself into these full, clean clusters to
repay the hand of the vinedresser (the Father) who pruned it.
Listen carefully now to these words from Paul's letter to the Philippians:
"Christ Jesus who - though he was in the form of God - thought it not
robbery to be equal with God, emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,
and was born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he
became obedient unto death, even death on the cross." Your body is
the cross upon which Jesus Christ is crucified. And it is there he will
remain until he transforms your lowly body into the one form with his
glorious body. Then he will have fulfilled his purpose. I tell you: Jesus
Christ has actually taken upon himself your body of humility and become
its slave by feeding it, bathing it, clothing it, and caring for it in
every way; yet Jesus Christ is not of this world. But in time he will
completely transform you into his glorious body, for he is the redeemer,
who - having assumed your body - will redeem it, thereby becoming the
The true vine is your own
wonderful human imagination. When you believe this you will no longer
imagine as you formerly did, but will prune your thoughts every minute of
every day. You will break the habit of feeling remorseful, depressed, or
regretful. You will no longer think unkindly about another, because you
will know that he is actually yourself pushed out, and appeared in your
world because the Father in you called him. No one can come unto me unless
I, who am one with the Father, call him. Even though he brings poison he
does it because I gave it to him to bring. This is the story that is
reenacted today, but not understood.
Now we are told he took a sop (called “a morsel” in some translations)
and gave it to Judas, who quickly departed. The sop is a gift of great
friendship. In the ancient world, the sop was dipped into a liquid and
handed to the honored guest, he who is the closest and dearest friend.
That's Judas. Only one who knows the messianic secret can betray it. No
one can betray me who does not know my secret. How could you betray me if
I had not taken you into my confidence as a friend, and shared my secret?
So Judas leaves to tell the world of the real Christ and gives them a sign
saying: "The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him. Hold him
fast." Don't let him go, but eat his doctrine, feed upon it, drink
it. Let everything else go, but don't let him go. When you have found the
cause of the phenomena of your life, let every other belief go. Should
people urge you to eat certain food or observe certain days do not believe
them, for there is nothing you can do on the outside that will ever
commend you to God. You are defiled or purified by what comes out of your
heart, not by what you eat or observe on the outside. Are you imagining
good or evil for yourself, for the true vine is your own wonderful human
imagination, and the world without is nothing more than your branches.
Now, who is this one that Judas kisses? The Risen Christ! This I know from
experience. One night I was explaining the word of God to twelve men, when
one jumped up quickly and departed. I instantly knew he was going to tell
exactly what I had told him concerning the cause of the phenomena of life.
Then he returns. It's the same being, but now he is richly dressed and so
important we all stand at attention at his entrance. Coming toward me he
severs my sleeve, revealing my right arm and kisses the one it is said of
him: "Don't let him go, but hold him fast."
The word "hold" as defined in the concordance, means
"almighty power" and the word "fast" means, "to
abstain from all food." Here we are being told to abstain from any
food for thought other than our own wonderful human imagination. We are
urged to feast upon our own power and wisdom. Abstain when others urge you
to try a little numerology, a little astrology, or any belief of a power
outside of your Self. One of the great weaknesses of man is the necessity
of always being right. Those who prophesied that California would
experience an earthquake which would kill millions, will pray until they
break their skull to prove the rightness of their prophecy; but it hasn't
a thing to do with scripture. The earthquake spoken of in scripture takes
place within, and not on the outside, at all.
Jesus Christ is God himself, who became you, individually. Your awareness
is He. When you imagine, God is acting. He is the true vine and the
vinedresser, for he is your imagination, imagining you. If you really
understand this, you will start pruning your thoughts. If you don't and
continue to believe Jesus Christ is other than your Self, you will persist
in allowing your wanton energy to run wild, to swell into irregular twigs,
and bear unlovely things in your world.
When you become aware of those in need, even though you do not know them
personally, do you use your imagination to lift them from that state? That
is what you are called upon to do. If you represent them to yourself as
you would like them to be, and persuade yourself it is true, that branch
will change in your world. You do not eliminate the state of need. It
remains for anyone to be aware of, but you - having lifted yourself out of
the state - see it no more.
Prune your vine morning, noon, and night; and then -- when you least
expect it - a series of wonderful, supernatural experiences will be yours,
as God reveals himself in you - not as another, but as your very Self.
Then you will say, from personal experience, "I am he."
In the 17th chapter of Luke, we are warned not to heed anyone who may say:
"Lo, here it is!" or "There!" for the kingdom of God
is within. And we are told in the 3rd chapter of Philippians: "Our
common wealth is in heaven, from where we expect a Savior, the Lord Jesus
Christ, who will refashion our lowly body to be one with his glorious
body." This body of humiliation will be completely transformed by the
exalted Christ in you. So do not go any place when someone tells you to
look elsewhere, for you can only find the true God within. If our
commonwealth is in heaven (from which we expect a Savior who is the lord
Jesus Christ) and heaven is within, our Savior cannot come from without.
And when he comes, it is in a series of majestic, supernatural acts,
wherein he unveils himself and rises from within.
Blake expressed this thought so beautifully in Plate 96 of
"I behold the Visions of my deadly sleep of six-thousand years
Dazzling around my skirts like a Serpent of precious stones and gold. I
know it is my Self: O my Divine Creator and Redeemer."
I have beheld those visions. I have known the thrill of seeing that pool
of golden liquid light and knowing it to be my Self. And I have
experienced the 3rd chapter of John by ascending into the kingdom of God
within myself. I was taught to believe in someone on the outside; yet,
when my Spiritual body was split and truth was revealed to me, I fused
with golden, pulsing, living, liquid light and - like a serpent - I
returned to the kingdom of heaven within me to become a living stone in
the living temple of the Eternal God. This knowledge, I know, everyone is
going to experience.
Once again let us return to the drama depicted today. The first word of
the seven wonderful words is this: "Father, forgive them for they
know not what they are doing." If you know that you are the cause of
your sorrow, can you not forgive the one who submitted it? Must you
condemn a shadow, when you are its cause? Everyone who comes into your
world is drawn there by your Father, with whom you are one. If he who
enters insults or offends you and you know you are the cause of his
seeming offense, can you not forgive him? Can you not say: "Father,
forgive him for he knows not what he is doing?" Your world is filled
with those who are under compulsion to play their part because of what you
have imagined. You may have forgotten your imaginal acts, and may even
deny you ever entertained such thoughts; but they could not come if you
had not called them out of yourself; therefore, you must forgive them, for
they only did what you asked them to do.
Now at the very end, this statement is made: "It is finished."
What does he ask for when the work he was given to do is finished?
"To return unto me the glory that was mine, the glory that I had with
thee before that the world was." Having emptied himself of his glory
and taken upon himself the form of a slave to become obedient to death
upon the cross of Man, he has redeemed the state of slavery by becoming
one with it and raising it to the level of Father. Now he requests to
return to his former glory, the glory that he knew before that the world
Only one being returns. That being is God the Father, the sender, now one
with his Son, the sent. Entering this world of many, we are the gods, sons
of the Most High, yet one with our Father. When, as the son, we overcome
death, we return with greater brilliance and translucency because of our
victory over death. Then what a joy is ours!
If you will accept this truth and will not let it go, your days will
change as you feast upon the body of imagination and drink of its
life-giving blood. Give up everything you have ever believed concerning
causation and believe in the one cause of all life - be it good, bad or
indifferent - which is your own wonderful human imagination.
When an experience comes to you that causes you distress, instead of
denying it or trying to rub it out, accept the event and change it.
Beautify your world! The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Repent and believe
the story of redemption. Jesus Christ is not some man who died two
thousand years ago. You and I died with Christ in the beginning. You have
been crucified with Christ and he lives in you. Live your life in the
flesh by faith in the Son of God. who so loved you he actually became you.
His incarnation took place when you were born. He is a slave to your body,
for your birth from below is when imagination took upon himself the form
of a slave. He is not a person who, enslaving another, calls that other
his slave; for the one who is the slave-master is still a slave to the
body he wears, taking care of its normal, natural functions for himself.
God actually became the slave that you are, in order to redeem you. A
complete transformation will take place, and you - the grub worm - will
return to the awareness of being the exalted butterfly - the same being
you were before you descended in power and took upon yourself the form of
I can't tell you the thrill that is yours when you wear that all-powerful
garment of fire and air. While you wear it there is nothing you cannot do
effortlessly. You can form eyes that see perfectly and mold them into
empty sockets, form arms, which move perfectly in their sockets. With your
magical power you can change age-shrunken bodies into perfect
twenty-year-old ones. That power is yours when you wear your body called
One night in 1946, I wore that body. It's the same body I gave up when I
took upon myself this body of a slave in order to redeem it. That night,
while still aware of being Neville, I - the invisible - became a visible
being by nailing myself upon this cross called Neville. And I wore it
faithfully until the night of the transfiguration. So I know the thrill
that is in store for you when your body of slavery is transformed into a
body of immortality. You see, the being you really are is Jesus Christ and
cannot die. You who were before that the world was, came down into this
world of death to overcome it, to rise as one being; for you - the
redeemer - will know yourself to be one with the redeemed.
Now, one of the last words on the cross is: "I thirst." You may
think this is a thirst for water, but the Book of Amos tells you what he
is thirsting for. "I will send a famine upon the land. It will not be
a hunger for bread or a thirst for water, but for the hearing of the word
of God." Every word has to be fulfilled in him. That is his thirst.
When the thirst comes upon you, every word of God will unfold in you,
casting you in the starring role. Then your hunger and thirst will be
satisfied, for you will have experienced the entire Bible in a first
person, singular, present tense experience.
I wonder what per cent of our world understands this wonderful day of the
crucifixion. At one church here on Wilshire Blvd., there will be seven
preachers; each will speak on one sentence and attempt to explain it. With
the traditional concept of Jesus Christ, how could the statement:
“Father, forgive them," be explained? How could you, personally,
truly forgive someone if you did not believe he was yourself pushed out?
How could you forgive one who had just murdered a friend or a loved one,
without acknowledging that you had to have done it; because it couldn't
have happened and you be aware of it, unless your Father called it to your
attention by drawing the event into your world, and you and your father
are one? Only when you know who the real cause of the phenomena of life
is, can you forgive. If awareness is the cause of murder and you are
forever aware of something, the state of murder cannot be cut off; but
your awareness can be rearranged. The event can be completely transformed
by repentance, which I call revision. When you revise a disturbing memory,
you have repented in the true sense of the word.
I first found this vine I could hardly sleep for days and days, I was so
disillusioned thinking of the responsibility that was now on my shoulder -
responsibility that I had always placed upon the shoulder of another. But
once I accepted the fact that Jesus Christ is my human imagination and the
cause of everything I am aware of, I knew I couldn't pass the buck any
more, but had to do something about it. So I, the Father, began to prune
The entire 15th chapter of the Book of John is devoted to this pruning of
the vine. He starts off: "I am the true vine. My Father is the
vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit he prunes, that it
may bear more fruit." The tree in your garden may be lovely to look
at and it may pain you to cut a certain branch, but you know you must do
it if you want good fruit next year. That is life. Consciousness (the I
AM) is the eternal vine. Your eternal body is the Imagination, which is
God himself. We are all members of the divine body - Jesus; therefore
humanity is truly the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every child is part
of that universal body; and when he knows that Jesus Christ is his own
wonderful human imagination, he is confused for the moment, until the
realization rearranges itself within him. Then he takes himself in hand,
determined to do something about it. I tell you from experience, if you
will take yourself in hand and really believe in Christ in you to the
point that you will turn to no other causation, but will prune your
thoughts morning, noon, and night, your world will change. It will mold
itself in harmony with the change which has taken place in you, for your
outer world is forever reflecting your inner, imaginal acts.
This is the great story that is told today. Jesus Christ is not a man who
was nailed upon a wooden cross, or hanged upon a tree on the outside.
The tree spoken of in the Book of Acts is Man himself. The brain is the
root, with the veins and arteries as the tree and its branches. This is
the tree of life spoken of in the 4th chapter of Daniel. It was felled but
its root was not disturbed so that the tree could reverse itself, and its
power - which had gone down into generation - could be turned up into
When that hunger comes upon you, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. But be
not deceived; the kingdom of God will not come with signs to be observed.
Let no one tell you: "Here it is," or: "There" for the
being you are seeking is the cause of your life. That being is God the
Father, who is in his kingdom, and that kingdom is within you. Suddenly
the drama called Jesus Christ will unfold within you and you will know the
joy that comes with fulfillment. When this plan unfolds, you sleep
differently, you wake differently. There isn't a moment in time when you
could not close your eyes and willingly depart, for you know the Word has
unfolded in you. Yet night after night the visions continue to possess
you, all based upon the promises of God as recorded in the Old Testament.
Every night when I close my eyes to this world, I enter that world - the
world of Spirit waking - and fulfill the word of God.
Now, I received two letters this week regarding dreams of horses. Always
bear in mind that a dream is a parable with a single point of truth. In
one lady's dream she was driving down the highway with her husband, when
she looked back to see two wild horses running toward a deep cliff. The
younger one leaped across the cliff into rich pasture, but the older one
fell on the highway. Although she knew he was not injured she felt sorry
for him, and as she reached out to him, he got to his feet and came to her
for comfort. The horse is a symbol of one’s understanding. She has not
completely discarded the old, yet it is not equal to the new understanding
of the eternal truth, for the younger horse made it beautifully across the
cliff. She didn't go to bed that night to conjure horses. They came to
her, for now she is riding a new understanding and the true word of God is
becoming alive within her. In the 12th chapter of Numbers we are told that
God speaks to man through the language of dream. If God is speaking, you
want to pay attention and extract the single jet of truth in what he is
Another lady dreamed of three horses - a white, black, and pale one, all
living on her thousand-acre estate. Men offered her a fantastic price for
the estate; yet she knew what they really wanted was her white horse and
she didn't want to part with it. Time and time again they tried to kill
her or injure her in some way, yet the white horse always appeared to
redeem her in a human manner.
In the Book of Revelation we are told that Jesus Christ rides the white
horse. Here we see this lady isn't completely in control of her
understanding, but she has found it and is redeemed by it even though she
is still seeking herself, because her enemies are her beliefs based upon
her early training, which came back to haunt her.
In her letter to me she wondered if she had already ridden the red horse
of conflict, since she did not see one. I tell you all: don't try to put
something into your dreams that is not there. She didn't dream of a red
horse, so why mention him? A dream has only one central jet of truth. In
her case it is the white horse, the symbol of the redeemer, who is your
own wonderful human imagination.
Now let us go into the silence.