Updated: Mar 30
We left off discussing the first six out of 12 qualities or faculties of the mind as explained by Neville Goodard in his book "Your Faith is your Fortune" Let's finish off with the last six.
The seventh quality Understanding paired with Denial, represents Thomas. As Neville writes: "This disciplined quality doubts or denies every rumor and suggestion that are not in harmony with that which Simon Peter (Faith and Hearing) has been commanded to let enter. The man who is conscious of being healthy (not because of inherited health, diets or climate, but because he is awakened and knows the state of consciousness in which he lives) will, in spite of the conditions of the world, continue to express health. He could hear through the press, radio and wise men of the world that a plague was sweeping the earth and yet he would remain unmoved and unimpressed. Thomas, the doubter when disciplined would deny that sickness or anything else which was not in sympathy with the consciousness to which he belonged had any power to affect him. This quality of denial when disciplined protects man from receiving impressions that are not in harmony with his nature. He adopts an attitude of total indifference to all suggestions that are foreign to that which he desires to express. Disciplined denial is not a fight or a struggle but total indifference."
Will that is represented by Matthew the eighth quality, is the gift of God. Man's desires are revealed through this quality. Every desire of man's heart is a gift from heaven because it contains both the power and the plan of its self-expression. When this quality is disciplined, man never questions it because he knows that the will of God will be done and therefore is confident and faithful enough to surrender to the process. He is uninterested in 'finding out' how this will come to pass. He fully accepts his desires as gifts already received. (That's powerful)
The ninth disciple is called James, who is the son of Alphaeus. This quality represents discernment. This comes from a clear and ordered mind and therefore is never misled by appearances. This quality perceives that which is not revealed to the eye of man. Neville explains this in more detail, "Clairvoyance is the faculty which is awakened when this quality is developed and disciplined, not the clairvoyance of the mediumistic seance rooms, but the true clairvoyance or clear seeing of the mystic. That is, this aspect of the mind has the capacity to interpret that which is seen and unseen. Discernment or the capacity to diagnose is the quality of James the son of Alphaeus."
"Thaddaeus, the tenth, is the disciple of praise, a quality in which the undisciplined man is woefully lacking. When this quality of praise and thanksgiving is awake within man, he walks with the words, "Thank you, Father," ever on his lips. He knows that his thanks for things not seen opens the windows of heaven and permits gifts beyond his capacity to receive and to be poured upon him. The man who is not thankful for things received is not likely to be the recipient of many gifts from the same source. Until this quality of the mind is disciplined, man will not see the desert blossom as the rose. Praise and thanksgiving are to the invisible gifts of God (one's desires) what rain and sun are to the unseen seeds in the bosom of the earth."
The eleventh quality called is represented by Simon of Canaan. This disciple's key phrase is "hearing good news." Simon from the land of milk and honey is operating at its fullest capacity when man is conscious of an abundant life. This discipline and quality when operating at its highest potential is incapable of hearing anything other than blessings and good news (optimism at its finest) therefore is well qualified to preach the Gospel or Good spell. He can say with confidence "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over."
The last and final disciple is Judas, and represents New Life. When awaken, man knows in order to become what he desires, he must die to that which he was before. Detachment is the true state of man once this quality of our mind is disciplined. Once man reaches a level of consciousness he realizes there are no other saviors but ONE. He now has the strength to let go of everything that doesn't serve his higher good. When this faculty of our mind is disciplined, man knows how to take his attention away from problems or limitations and focus only on the solutions.
Neville explains ""Except ye be born again you cannot in anywise enter the Kingdom of Heaven." "No greater love hath man than this, that he give his life for a friend." When man realizes that the quality desired, if realized, would save and befriend him, he willingly gives up his life (present conception of himself) for his friend by detaching his consciousness from that which he is conscious of being and assuming the consciousness of that which he desires to be. Judas, the one whom the world in its ignorance has blackened, will when man awakes from his undisciplined state, be placed on high for God is love and no greater love has a man than this that he lay down his life for a friend. Until man lets go of that which he is now conscious of being, he will not become that which he desires to be; and Judas is the one who accomplishes this through detachment."
"These are the twelve qualities which were given to man in the foundation of the world. Man's duty is to raise them to the level of discipleship. When this is accomplished man will say, "I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. I have glorified thee on earth and now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine Own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."
How can you affirm each quality and attribute of the mind?
Understanding is the ability to know that God stands under all things and knowing this with all your heart.
Affirmation: God stands under all things and the perfect outworking is being revealed to me now.
Will is your ability to be willing towards God which allows you to choose willingness over willfulness. It is always seeing the good for all and determines character formation. It is the great permission-giver of your consciousness.
Affirmation: I am open, receptive, and willing to accept God's will.
Order is your ability to keep "God first" in your continuous development. It's the ability to develop consciousness in proper sequence-mind, body and outer affairs. It eliminates generalizations and it is God's plan unfolding through you now.
Affirmation: God is first in my life and is revealing my very next step,right now.
Zeal, Enthusiam and Praise is an expression of love and life and love of life. Its the power of joy and energy we feel when we are doing God's work.
Affirmation: The ZEAL of God pours through me now as joy, enthusiasm and exuberance! I will forever Praise God!
Renunciation is the ability to release negative thoughts, feelings, and beliefs from your consciousness because they do not serve your higher good. Its your ability to forgive and release others and most importantly forgive yourself.
Affirmation: I am now filled with wholeness, light and a sense of well being.
Life is the ability to mend, restore, and draw upon the living Christ for all life functions. Its your progress, attainment and mastery.
Affirmation: Divine LIFE fills me now, healing, restoring, and making me whole and well.
This book overall has blessed me tremendously in opening my mind to another perspective that I never considered or been taught before. My hope is that my recount and quotes from this book has sparked a curiosity in you to not only research this in more depth but also inspire you to read the bible, especially the new testament, under a different context than you may have read it before. As above so below. Please share your thoughts below.
-Neville Goodard "Your Faith is your Fortune