BUILDING YOUR TEMPLE
Lecture #19 – Neville 11/20/1967
Blake, in his poem “The Four Zoas: a Dream of Nine Nights,” tells of God’s
fall into division and his resurrection to unity - his fall into generation,
decay, and death and his resurrection into the unity of the one Father.
Associating his poem with the 6th chapter of Ephesians, the 12th
verse, he states: “We wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.” So we see that the
fall into division and the resurrection into unity is mental.
beginning to end, the Bible speaks of a certain temple that is being
constructed. And every day we are building our temple for the dwelling place of
God the Father. In the 2nd chapter of the Book of Ephesians, we are
told: “The whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in
the Lord; in whom you also are built into it as a living structure of God in the
Spirit.” In other words, as you bring your building and I bring mine, we are
fitted together as living stones in the building of God.
me explain this with a story told me just this past week. This is an experience
of a lady who is very much a lady and only recently had a little baby. She said:
“In my dream I am three people. I am myself, yet I am a man. As myself, I long
for a little green dog. Becoming another, I see my dog standing among others. He
shines like the sun and because I have ordered him I know all I have to do is
wait for his arrival.
in my dream I am always the sender. When something is to be told, I tell it to
another (which is myself), then I become the other in order to retell the story
to the third. Becoming the third, I then tell the second to tell the first. I
know it doesn’t make sense on this level, but as the third person speaking, I
hear the message as the second, and say to myself - the first: ‘The dog is
yours now.’ And as the first I am so happy to hear the news.
as the third person, I tell the second to say to the first: ‘Your building is
finished. All you have to do is turn around to take it.’ Now as the first
person, my little dog disappears and I am looking at my many new buildings being
constructed. Then I remember that my building is finished and all I have to do
is turn around and claim it - when my little baby cries and awakens me.”
the surface her vision appears to be nothing, but it has tremendous
significance. Her green dog shining like the sun is Caleb in scripture. Caleb is
he who goes with Joshua into the Promised Land. In the story, Caleb - having
faith in the God who promised Israel land - was sent by Moses along with other
spies into Canaan. Upon returning, Caleb said: “Attack immediately” but the
men who had gone with him were afraid; so only the two, Caleb and Joshua (the
Hebraic form of the word “Jesus”), entered.
her dream she is waiting for a little green dog. The word “green” in this
dream means “pressing with sap; luscious; health.” Bursting with all that is
mine, I will take you to lie down in green pastures. Full of faith in the God
who promised land to Israel, Caleb is highly recommended, as only two can enter.
Others had the dog and others will find him, for she is not the only one who
enters the promised land. Now, who was waiting for his companion? God! As the
third, the second is told and tells the first that the dog is now hers. Then
the experience is repeated, as she once more becomes the sender (the teller),
but she is never the receiver, for God only acts and is in
existing beings or men.
as the first person she realizes that the little dog has disappeared. Why?
Because she has already entered the promised land. Seeing the fabulous
construction going on, she is reminded that her building is finished and all she
had to do is turn around and see it. There are two passages in scripture, one in
the 12th chapter of Acts and the other in the 15th chapter
of Luke, where the Greek word “heautou”
is translated “he came to himself.” In the Book of Luke these words were
spoken of the prodigal son. And in the Book of Acts, Peter was imprisoned and
shackled in chains. His garments were sold and he was alone in the cell, when
the angel of the Lord entered, touched him, and as he rose, it is said: “he
came to himself.” Now, this word “heautou”
could have been translated, “he turned around; it is fulfilled; it is
finished; to be married.” And she heard the words: “All you need to do is
turn around.” Turn around and you will behold the finished structure. As a
living stone you have now contributed to the overall structure, which is the
temple of the Living God. I know from my own experience, everyone contributes to
that one Living Stone called the kingdom of heaven! You will be turned around by
a force that is greater than anything known to man, but it will not happen until
the end. You cannot physically turn around, nor can you force the mind to do it.
Blake tells us: “God fell into division” and this lady divided herself into
three. Now heading for the end of the journey, when the force that is holding
you to this world is relieved, you will turn around to see the structure your
Father built and you will know that you are He. Your temple is not built by
another. “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the
day of Jesus Christ.” Who is he? I am he who began the good work in you. “I
have tried you in the furnaces of affliction. For my own sake I do it, for my
own sake, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to
another.” Your journey is at its end, my dear. You saw the perfect vision.
Your building is finished and all you have to do is turn around. This will come
at the end, for if you should turn around you will vanish, for, like Paul, you
have fought the good fight. Let no one tell you Paul was exaggerating; it is a
fight, for we are contending not with flesh and blood.
the present moment someone is treading the wine press of hate, and –
unrestrained - the thought is sent on its wings of feeling. Perhaps sitting in a
dungeon this night, someone is treading the wine press of war, and some little
boy out in the field catches the idea and wanting to be a hero dreams of
becoming a great general, commanding the destruction of the world. He is
dreaming and you can’t stop his dream. So you are not warring against flesh
and blood, but against principalities, against powers and spiritual wickedness
in heavenly places, and heaven is within. In the inside of your mind these
abominable, loathsome beings are carved. They are unseen forces impinging upon
you morning, noon, and night.
oh, what a thrill to get a letter of this nature! Her building is finished. She
now knows that she only sends! She gave the order, saw herself as another,
receiving, but when the message must be retold she once more became the teller.
And when it is to be experienced, she will be the one who experiences it. So God
only acts and is in existing beings or men, for God is playing all the parts.
the end everyone brings his living temple to the house of God. Ephesians tells
us how the structure is joined together and how the holy temple grows in the
Spirit. It’s a spiritual temple, not one in this world. Scripture calls the
church “the body of Christ”, but the word translated “church” is
“communion of the assemblage of the redeemed.” It’s the assemblage of
those whose building is finished. Playing the part of the receiver, we are the
one being who is the builder. Finding Caleb, you (as Joshua, who is Jesus) are
led into the Promised Land, as scripture is fulfilled. Having shone like the sun
in order to lead you in, Caleb disappears leaving Jesus only. And who is Jesus?
Your own wonderful human imagination!
let me share another story. Three years ago, in a dream, this lady saw a man who
embodied everything she could ever desire. They fell in love and an engagement
was announced. Then, thinking she was awake, she put on her nightgown and
retired in the hope that he would join her. But as he entered the room the man
shook his head and said: “Not yet, but I will return.” This month the same
man returned and implied by his look that he had come to complete the promise of
marriage. I can tell her that, although it hasn’t been accomplished, she had
the perfect revelation of that which is coming to her. She now has the assurance
that: “I will come again and receive you into myself, that where I am there,
you shall be also.” This is all beautiful symbolism. This lady is not about to
be married in this world of ours to a flesh and blood man of such magnitude. No,
he is the symbol of the being spoken of in Isaiah: “Your maker is your
husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name.” The promise is being kept in her. and
one day she will turn around within herself and become that living temple of the
have seen the temple, and when I leave the garment relative to this age I will
enter an entirely different age. And like Paul it is my desire to depart and be
with Christ, but it is more important at the moment to remain and encourage you,
even though you are fighting against principalities, powers of darkness, and all
the horrors of the world. But I have seen the building being constructed for
you, not by another, but by your deeper self, who is God the Father.
1952, while living in New York City, I had a thirst that only an experience of
God could quench. “As the hart panteth after the waterways, so panteth my soul
after thee, Oh God.” Then one night out of the blue I found myself fulfilling
the 42nd Psalm: “These things I remember, as I pour out my soul.
How I went with the throng and led them in procession to the house of God.”
night I found myself leading an enormous procession toward the house of God. It
was still in the distance, but as I led them a voice rang out: “And God walks
with them.” A woman at my side questioned the voice, saying: “If God walks
with us, where is he?” And the
voice replied: “At your side.” Looking at me and seeing a man of flesh and
blood, she said: “You mean Neville is God?”
and the voice replied: “Yes, in the act of waking.” Then the voice
spoke only to me, saying: “I laid myself down within you to sleep and as I
slept I dreamed a dream. I dreamed…” and suddenly I knew that he was
dreaming he was me. At that moment memory returned, and I became six vortices,
which I felt enter my hands, my feet, my head, and my side. That was when I knew
the ecstasy of the crucifixion.
in his letter to the Romans, divided the tenses, saying: “If we have
been united with him in a death like his, we shall
certainly be united with him in a
resurrection like his.” The crucifixion is past. “He chose us in him before
the foundation of the world.” If this is true, then the universal Christ gave
us himself, for did he not say: “No man takes my life, I lay it down myself. I
have the power to lay it down and the power to lift it up again.” And we are
laid down with him, because he chose us in him before the foundation of the
world. So, if you are united with him in a death like his, you will certainly be
united with him in a resurrection like his. I know this is true, for he was
resurrected in me, confirming the story of scripture. This is how the structure
is enhanced and grows in God. And when the final curtain comes down and the
temple is perfect, you will be God the Father and I will be God the Father, yet
none of us will lose our identity!
I ask you to continue to test your creative power by practicing revision. If you
hear something that is unlovely, don’t accept it, but instantly revise it.
Hear the words that ought to have been spoken and persuade yourself, to the best
of your ability, that it is so. What would it matter if you owned the world
tonight and departed tomorrow to find yourself working as a fry cook, serving up
flap cakes? Live your life fully while here, but remember you can’t take your
money with you.
enjoy the things of this world and apply this wonderful law for yourself and
others, for imagining truly does create reality. And remember: you are not
wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and
darkness of the rulers of this world and spiritual evil in heavenly places. And
one day, you who have fallen into division will resurrect into unity!
let us go into the silence.
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