The pruning shears of revision – If there was one single Neville Goddard lecture that the mystic himself recommended, it is this. The world of manifestation can sometimes get overwhelming with a million different modalities and practices and teachers and coaches. In the midst of all this chaos, what if just one practice which takes you less than 20 mins daily is enough to change every aspect of your life and give you complete happiness and peace of mind?
The pruning shears – God’s ultimate form of forgiveness
So, Neville calls our mind as the Garden of Eden and every thought, feeling and emotion that we hold in it can make the garden beautiful or ugly. As gardeners it is our job to prune the weeds which are the negative thoughts, feelings and emotions that we hold either against ourselves or against others (We have already established that there is no other – everyone is you pushed out)
For e.g. If there is someone in your life who is struggling because he is unemployed and told you so during the day. In the night when you go to bed, have a mental conversation with the person where you are congratulating him on getting his dream job. In doing so, you are forgiving the situation, not for him, but for you because everyone who is in your awareness is within you.
Another way of using the pruning shears is the beautiful Hawaiian prayer of ho’oponopono which means to make right and it also functions on the principle that everything that happens within your awareness is your responsibility. Note – It is not your fault, but it is your responsibility and knowing and understanding this makes all the difference.
One of the ways in which we manifest our current state is by thinking about the past all the time, we are always bringing back the bad memories from the past and Neville says thinking of the past is projecting it into the future.
“Do not waste one moment in regret. For to think feelingly of the mistakes of the past is to re-infect yourself” – Neville Goddard.
This technique was also mentioned in the cult movie and book, one of my favorites, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne as you can see in the below excerpt
The pruning shears – My personal experience
I learnt this many years back when I had not even heard of Neville Goddard or of the pruning shears. It was a beautiful and at that time, unbelievable experience for me and the simplicity of it, made me write it off as a one off co-incidence.
I was a very competitive student in school and college, stressing for the exams to the level of burnout. I finished studying in the year 2003 and till the year 2012 (9 years after), I would get really disturbing nightmares where I was going for an exam and would be either unprepared, or would not be able to complete the paper within time, or would not be able to reach the examination hall or something to the effect of non performance.
Now this would terrify me so much, it was almost like the PTSD of all the stress and tension coming right back to me and I would wake up in tears, or in a cold sweat, sometimes almost shivering. This started out with one dream a month and as the years passed, the intensity grew and I would sometimes get various versions of the nightmare upto 3 times a week. It was super uncomfortable and I really wanted this to stop.
So, in the year 2012 when I was at the peak of my spiritual journey and was a member of Tejgyan Foundation – a spiritual organisation which has greatly contributed to who I am today, I asked the God in me for a solution to this problem and fell asleep in the evening, at a very unusual time. It was a short nap during which I almost heard a voice tell me to script my school and college life the way I would have wanted it to be.
I woke up and without another thought, I took my journal and pen and started writing something that, little did I know at the time, would shape the entire trajectory of my life. I wrote as though I was writing an entry in my diary. I wrote that I was a brilliant student through school and college, everyone kept telling me how lucky I was, how I had a photographic memory, how I got the best grades effortlessly, how I was so talented, participated in every dance show, every elocution competition, every debate and always came out first, how I was an instant manifestor, how I looked great in everything I wore, how I was super confident and kept writing.
After that day, I did not get a single nightmare, not even until today, 9 years since. Not only that, I am way more confident, have a great memory and have done extremely well in every endevour I have put my mind to (that I am a multipotentialite and get bored with things super soon is a topic for another day and another article). The changes were so subtle and so automatic, without any effort from my end, it was amazing.
The pruning shears of revision – Techniques
As usual, the number 1 question that everyone has when a new manifestation concept is given is how do I do it? Well, as the God of your reality, would you need a technique to birth your intention? No. Techniques are just tools to get to the shifts required and they are a great way to practice getting into different states of consciousness at the beginner level. Personally, I love using many different techniques as per my mood at the time. But it is important to remember that you are the source and not the technique itself. Use whatever feels easy and fun for you. My mantra is the easier and more fun it is, the more effective it will be.
Some of the techniques that you can use are
1. Visualising the scene in first person during your SATs. Check my article on Creative visualization to know how to do this.
2. Affirming. Affirming the assumptions stating your new scene
3. This is my personal favourite – Scripting.
4. Using the ‘I remember when’ technique
5. Eavesdropping technique.
6. ‘Isn’t it wonderful?’ technique
There are many other techniques that you will find in Neville’s books but these are the main ones especially the first 3 which are easy, fun and get the job done quick. I like scripting the most because it involves all the senses and leaves a lasting impression. I have had 100% success with scripting.
3 ways where you can use the pruning shears of revision
So, to sum it up, there are 2 ways in which I have used the pruning shears of revision to change everything for me –
- Make a list of 100 incidents from your past which annoy you, anger you, irritate you or in Neville’s words cause unlovely feelings within you. Revise each of them in a way that would make you happy and show the people in that incident in a good light.
- Re-write your own or some one else’s past in a way that is pleasing to you
- Everyday look at each and every interaction you have during the day and when you go to sleep at night, get into a drowsy state and revisit the entire day in a way that shows that everything went in a way that makes you happy. This is the actual pruning shears of revision technique and the most powerful one.
1. Can I find the original pruning shears of revision lecture in Neville Goddard’s own words?
Yes. You can find it here.
2. What does Neville Goddard say about “forgiveness”?
It really is not only the achievement of objectives, but if you do it daily, it will awaken in you the spirit of Jesus, which is continual forgiveness of sin.
In this teaching the sinner should always go free; you will never condemn him, for when the spirit is awake in you you will realize in him there is no condemnation, only forgiveness, and forgiveness is not as man of the world thinks when he omits the actual execution of his revenge. What we mean by forgiveness the identification of the other that we would forgive with the ideal that other wants to embody in the world. And so we do to him what we expect or would like the world to do to us. So whatever I myself would like to embody that is the vision that I must hold of every man that I meet in my world; that no man is to be discarded, every man is to be redeemed, and my life is the process whereby that redemption is brought about. And I do it by simply identifying the other with the ideal I want to externalize in my world.
3. How do I “prune” my day?
Again in the words of NG himself “Now this is how we do it. At the end of my day, I review the day; I don’t judge it, I simply review it. I look over the entire day, all the episodes, all the events, all the conversations, all the meetings, and then as I see it clearly in my mind’s eye, I rewrite it. I rewrite it and make it conform to the ideal day I wish I had experienced. I take scene after scene and rewrite it, revise it, and having revised my day, then in my imagination I relive that day, the revised day, and I do it over and over in my imagination until this seeming imagined state begins to take on to me the tones of reality. It seems that it’s real, that I actually did experience it and I have found from experience that these revised days, if really lived, will change my tomorrows. When I meet people tomorrow that today disappointed me, they will not tomorrow, for in me I have changed the very nature of that being, and having changed him, he bears witness tomorrow of the change that took place within me. It is my duty to take this garden and really make it a garden by daily using the pruning shears of revision.”
To sum it up,
I hope if you do nothing else, you just do this one technique which is a total game changer. I invite you to use it for atleast 3 events in your past. To begin with, do not take the most traumatizing ones, take ones which are mildly uncomfortable and prune them. Let me know your success stories in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you.