Neville Goddard Seedtime And Harvest
CHAPTER 1: The End Of A Golden String
“I Give you the end of a golden string; Only wind it into a ball,
It will lead you in at Heaven’s gate, Built in Jerusalem’s wall.”
In the following essays I have tried to indicate certain ways of approach to the understanding of the Bible and the realization of your dreams.
“That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” -Hebrews 6:12
Many who enjoy the old familiar verses of Scripture are discouraged when they themselves try to read the Bible as they would any other book because, quite excusably, they do not understand that the Bible is written in the language of symbolism. Not knowing that all of its characters are personifications of the laws and functions of mind; that the Bible is psychology rather than history, they puzzle their brains over it for awhile and then give up. It is all too mystifying. To understand the significance of its imagery, the reader of the Bible must be imaginatively awake.
According to the Scriptures, we sleep with Adam and wake with Christ. That is, we sleep collectively and wake individually.
“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept.”
If Adam, or generic man, is in a deep sleep, then his experiences as recorded in the Scriptures must be a dream. Only he who is awake can tell his dream, and only he would understand the symbolism of dreams can interpret the dream.
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?” . . .
The Bible is a revelation of the laws and functions of Mind expressed in the language of that twilight realm into which we go when we sleep. Because the symbolical language of this twilight realm is much the same for all men, the recent explorers of this realm – human imagination – call it the “collective unconscious.”
The purpose of this book, however, is not to give you a complete definition of Biblical symbols or exhaustive interpretations of its stories. All I hope to have done is to have indicated the way in which you are most likely to succeed in realizing your desires.
“What things soever ye desire” can be obtained only through the conscious, voluntary exercise of imagination in direct obedience to the laws of Mind. Somewhere within this realm of imagination there is a mood, a feeling of the wish fulfilled which, if appropriated, means success to you. This realm, this Eden – your imagination – is vaster than you know and repays exploration. “I Give you the end of a golden string;” You must wind it into a ball.