Neville Goddard’s Law of Assumption and the Oneness Connection vs Solipsism
This question is asked from time to time, and I have answered it before and the first thing to keep in mind with the Law pf Assumption is this: YOU are free to decide if LOA is solipsism or not!
But what did Neville believe? Where did he stand on this concept? Furthermore, whet even is solipsism?
Solipsism and Advaita Vedanta
Solipsism and Advaita Vedanta, although sharing similarities in their concepts of consciousness, differ significantly in their perspectives and implications. Let’s explore these two philosophies in the most simple terms.
Solipsism is a philosophical belief that asserts the self as the only thing that can be known to exist. It suggests that everything outside of one’s own mind, including other individuals and the external world, may be mere creations or illusions of the mind. In solipsism, there is a strong emphasis on the subjective experience and the limitations of knowledge beyond one’s own consciousness.
On the other hand, Advaita Vedanta, a school of thought rooted in Hindu philosophy, promotes the idea of Oneness consciousness. It teaches that the ultimate reality is a single, unifying consciousness that pervades everything. According to Advaita Vedanta, the perceived diversity and separateness in the world is an illusion, and the true nature of existence is an indivisible unity. The aim of Advaita Vedanta is to realize this underlying unity and transcend the illusion of individuality.
While solipsism and Advaita Vedanta both touch upon the nature of consciousness, they diverge in their perspectives. Solipsism tends to focus on the limitations of personal knowledge and the subjective experience of the self, potentially leading to isolation and skepticism toward the external world. On the other hand, Advaita Vedanta emphasizes the interconnectedness of all things and aims for a profound realization of the underlying unity, which can foster a sense of harmony and connectedness with the world.
In summary, solipsism and Advaita Vedanta share a common interest in consciousness, but their differences lie in their perspectives. Solipsism places the self at the center, emphasizing personal knowledge and subjectivity, while Advaita Vedanta emphasizes the unity of consciousness and the transcendence of individuality. Both philosophies offer distinct ways of understanding our existence and can lead to different implications for one’s perception of reality and the relationship with oneself and the world.
Neville Goddard and solipsism?
Neville Goddard’s concept of the Law of Assumption aligns more closely with Advaita Vedanta and the idea of Oneness consciousness rather than solipsism. The Law of Assumption, as taught by Neville Goddard, emphasizes the power of imagination and the creative role of consciousness in shaping one’s reality. (Hint, this means that there IS a reality to shape)
According to Neville Goddard, the Law of Assumption suggests that assuming the feeling of already having what one desires manifests it into their physical reality. In this view, the individual recognizes their inherent creative power and the interconnectedness of consciousness (Advaita) with the external world. By assuming the desired state as already being true, one taps into the unity of consciousness and aligns themselves with the manifestation of their desires.
This perspective differs from solipsism in that it acknowledges the existence and influence of a shared consciousness beyond one’s individual mind. It recognizes the interconnectedness of all beings and their ability to influence and shape their reality through conscious assumption. Neville Goddard’s teachings encourage individuals to transcend the limitations of personal identity and tap into the greater fabric of consciousness to manifest their desires.
In essence, Neville Goddard’s Law of Assumption resonates with the idea of Oneness consciousness, emphasizing the creative power of consciousness and the interconnectedness of all things. It encourages individuals to transcend the illusion of separateness and recognize their role as conscious co-creators in shaping their reality.