Updated: Mar 30, 2020
In the book, Your Faith is your Fortune by Neville Goodard, he reminds us that man's faith in God is measured by his confidence in himself. In fact, he gives great account of consciousness and the importance of it within our lives for the evolution of our souls.
"And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease." Matt.10:1.
The twelve disciples of one of the most sacred and ancient text in the world, can represent the twelve qualities of mind which has the potential to be controlled and disciplined by man.
Every mind has this potential. The confusions and hardships that surround men and women can be found in these twelve ill-related qualities of the mind causing us to live a life of that of sheeple (sheep/people) or clones. However, once awakened and disciplined it cannot be moved by worldly things. This is true freedom.
Let's discuss the first six disciples and the quality of our mind it represents as explained by Neville Goodard and then I'll share how to awaken this attributes through affirmations.
First quality to be disciplined is that of hearing and faith and this quality is represented by the disciple Simon who is later surnamed Peter in the bible. The heightened level of this quality only allows certain things to make an impression on it's mind and enter its consciousness. As we know there are five gates in which energy can pass through and hearing is one of those gates. So when you are able to control what you listen to and control the affect it has on your mentality, values and beliefs you have mastered this quality of the mind. Allowing only honorable and high vibration frequency impressions through your hearing, will ensure a healthy consciousness free from corruption. Neville does an excellent job in describing this: "No matter what the wisdom of man might suggest or the evidence of his senses convey, if such suggestions and ideas are not in keeping with that which he hears, he remains unmoved." He also goes to say "When Simon by his works proves himself to be a true and faithful disciple then he receives the surname of Peter or the rock, the unmoved disciple, the one who cannot be bribed or coerced by any visitor. He is called by his Lord Simon Peter, the one who faithfully hears the commands of his Lord and besides which commands he hears not."
The second quality to be called to discipleship is Andrew or courage. When you have faith, courage automatically follows. Why? Because in order to stand on your faith and not be swayed by other people's opinions, beliefs, and reasons, you must have great strength and courage in character. In fact, contrary to what your senses may reveal or evidence given by others. your faith will remained unmoved. As Neville explains it "The faith of the undisciplined man cannot really be called faith. For if the armies, medicines or wisdom of man in which his faith is placed be taken from him, his faith and courage go with it. But from the disciplined one the whole world could be taken and yet he would remain faithful in the knowledge that the state of consciousness in which he abides must in due season embody itself. This courage is Peter's brother Andrew, the disciple, who knows what it is to dare, to do and to be silent."
James and John represents the third and fourth qualities of the mind, which are justice and righteousness (James) and Love (John). Justice to be wise must be administered with love. This includes returning good for evil, love for hate and nonviolence for violence. Justice must be blindfolded as to not be influenced by the flesh. When this quality is disciplined, your mind is not influenced by appearances. Therefore you will be incapable of hearing and accepting anything as truth if it does not align with the energy of true love. Forgiveness will also be forever in your heart towards any and everyone when these two qualities are disciplined. Because you will know at a soul level that everyone expresses themselves on the level of consciousness in which they are on. You will understand without a shadow of a doubt that a person's consciousness is where all manifestations rest. This brings light to the saying, how a person treats you is not a reflection of who you are, but a reflection of who they are. It also gives meaning to the saying "you have to meet people where they are"
As Neville puts it; "With neither condemnation nor criticism these disciplined qualities of the mind permit everyone to be that which he is. However, although allowing this perfect freedom of choice to all, they are nevertheless ever watchful to see that they themselves prophesy and do both for others and themselves in only such things which when expressed glorify, dignify and give joy to the expresser."
The fifth quality of the mind is Phillip. This disciple is asked to be shown the Father. which can be compared to the state of consciousness of man according to Neville. When this aspect of the mind is disciplined it persists until ideas, ambitions and desires become embodied realities. When disciplined it over stands all the Laws of the Universe and brings things until manifestation through its own consciousness and understanding of the power of his thoughts, which brings on feelings, that influences actions taken, which brings on results and manifestation of life as he knows it. It gives form to the formless, or things that have been thought or imagined.
Which takes me to the last quality discussed in this reading, imagination, and this represents the sixth disciple Bartholomew. When the imagination is awakened this will distinguish you from the masses. This is when you shine your light in a world of darkness and way above the average man. This is just about the most powerful quality that separates man from man. Race, culture, class, or sex doesn't separate man. Imagination does. The people who have given most to our society are artists, scientists, inventors, trailblazers, trendsetters, those with vivid imaginations. Those who weren't afraid to make their imaginations a reality. Imaginations is what make true leaders and lack of it is where followers dwell.
This makes sense since most of our educational systems stifle imagination. Instead our children are forced to memorize numbers and stories inside of a text book that later text books may debunk or disprove. They are forced to memorize the spellings of words which keeps them under the 'spell' of being nothing more than followers or "sheeple" To educate a man, is not what you put inside of him, its what wisdom you can draw out of him that has always been within. When you master this disciple of Bartholomew, you will have the capacity to conceive ideas that will lift you beyond limitations that have been put on man since the beginning of time.
How can you affirm each quality and attribute of the mind?
Faith is the ability to say YES to God and good. Faith allows you to draw your good from the invisible to the visible.
Affirmation: From God, through me, good pours forth into the world as perfect manifestation.
Strength is the ability to be still and stick with divine ideas. It is patience, tolerance, balance and steadfast.
Affirmation: Divine strength surges through me now as energy, encouragement and patience.
Wisdom and Good judgment is your ability to discern, evaluate and make decisions and allow divine wisdom to flow through you.
Affirmation: God as Divine Wisdom is bringing to light my perfect direction.
Love is your ability to know oneness with all and to desire that only good and harmony comes to all.
Affirmation: The law of God is drawing all that I desire with good for all in peace and harmony.
Power is your ability to change and build consciousness by choosing your thoughts and feelings. It is not used to control others but to control your own thoughts and actions for the good of all.
Affirmation: I see divine power is moving through me now, uplifting me and changing my life.
Imagination is the ability to give shape and form to unformed mental energy, it is the protector of your potential. Imagination is the vision beyond appearances.
Affirmation: I see wonderful new people, situations and supply coming to me now in my spiritual development.