Every great guru or a spiritual leader has their own guides that have helped them become who they are. For Neville Goddard (1905-1972) it was Abdullah, a brilliant Ethiopian Rabbi from Ethiopia. Neville was under the guidance and learnt under Abdullah for five years, which is why much of the credit to Neville’s spiritual journey is given to Abdullah.
Abdullah himself was a man of compassion and took great pride in his cultural heritage; his strength and his straightforwardness in communication were major attributes of his personality.
Little is known about one of the most powerful mystics of the modern era. We have his first name, Abdullah, and his description from one of his most well-known students, author and lecturer, Neville Goddard. “He was as black as the ace of spades, my old friend Abdullah, with his turbaned head.” What we do know about Abdullah is that he had a profound influence on authors/lectures Neville Goddard and Dr. Joseph Murphy spiritual growth.
Abdullah was an Ethiopian Rabbi who lectured on Esoteric Christianity. In order to properly understand the impact Abdullah’s philosophy had on the world we have to look at the works of his students and people indirectly influenced by his teachings.
Who was this mysterious mystic who left behind few clues as to who he was other than descriptions from his students? He taught that no matter what the circumstances going on in the world you ultimately have control over your reality. The Ethiopian rabbi, whom Neville described as “Black as the ace of spades” was able to do as he pleased in the middle of Jim Crow era America.
Abdullah would visit the opera and sit in the front row without and disturbance whatsoever. This was in the middle of segregation. People from all walks of life, doctors, scientists, bankers, would seek an audience with the eccentric old Ethiopian Rabbi.
It’s highly possible that Abdullah was an indigenous wisdom keeper in the same tradition as the master Abd El Hakim Awyan, mentor of author Stephen S. Mehler, who wrote the book “The Lord of Osiris” to take Hakim’s teachings public. Mehler and Hakim helped popularized the phrase Kemetology, based off of the ancient name of Kemet, from modern day Egypt.
Indigenous wisdom keepers such as Abdullah and Hakim represents an unbroken chain of keepers of ancient knowledge literally dating back thousands of years.
The only information we have about Abdullah is from his students Neville Goddard and Dr. Joseph Murphy. Both men held him in high regard. Judging from the far-reaching effect that Neville and Murphy had on people around the world its obvious that Abdullah was a master metaphysician.
Abdullah taught the true meaning of the scripture. He lifted the veil and let it be known that the Bible, Koran, and all other scriptures are actually to be interpreted as psychological dramas that apply to all people verses actual historical events. Abdullah taught that the true Christ/God lies within and instructed on how to access the s=higher self.
When Neville Goddard first met Abdullah, it was under protest. Neville was urged to attend Abdullah’s lecture by a friend who in his eyes had questionable judgment. His interest in metaphysics had already been peeked by some books that an acquaintance had given him on the power of thought. After running out of excuses not to attend the lectures of the eccentric Ethiopian priest, Neville finally caved in and went to hear Abdullah.
In Neville’s own words:
“When I first met my friend Abdullah back in 1931, I entered a room where he was speaking and when the speech was ended, he came over, extended his hand and said: “Neville, you are six months late.” I had never seen the man before, so I said: “I am six months late? How do you know me?” and re replied: “The brothers told me that you were coming, and you are six months late.”
Abdullah appeared mysteriously and left behind little details of who he was besides these accounts from his pupils. That was more than likely by design. However, whenever you look at the works of Neville Goddard and D. Joseph Murphy you are looking at Abdullah. His reach goes ever further than students he taught directly as teachers such as Rev. Ike and Bob Procter from the movie The Secret. They have all been immensely influenced by Neville’s work.
Neville studied with Abdullah every day for over five years learning Hebrew, the Kabbalah, and the hidden symbolic meaning of the Scriptures. This new outlook on life helped Neville gain a deeper understanding on the mystical spiritual world and develop a new approach to the problems facing man. It was Abdullah who showed Neville how to employ the law of consciousness and how to comprehend the Bible psychologically. As Neville started to see the world as an image world, project from within, his faith in himself grew.
“Live as though you are there,” Abdullah told Neville, “and that you shall be.”
Neville realized what would ultimately become characteristic of his philosophy: It was essential to assume the feeling that one’s goal has been accomplished already.
“It is not what you want that you attract,” he would later write; “you attract what you believe to be true.”
Or as Rev. Ike put it:
“The feeling gets the blessing!”
One day Neville went to Abdullah and told him that he was homesick and wanted badly to go visit his family in Barbados. He did not have enough money to travel.
“Live as though you are there.” Abdullah told him, “and that you shall be.”
Abdullah firmly believed in the ability of man to create his own reality. He did not see any circumstances as out of one’s control.
If you want to learn more and get more insights into his teachings, you can hear Neville Goddard’s lectures and teachings where he often mentions and gives snippets of his conversations with his teacher Abdullah on recorded audios in our Neville Goddard Library.