He said, “The human being is like a wise fisher who cast a net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisher found a fine large fish and cast all the little fish back down into the sea, easily choosing the large fish. Anyone who has ears to hear should hear!”
The Gospel of Thomas
Jesus and the First Miraculous Catch of Fish
According to the Gospel of Luke, on the day of this miracle, Jesus was preaching near the Lake of Genesareth (Sea of Galilee), when he saw two boats at the water’s edge.
Boarding the one belonging to Simon (Peter), and moving out a little from shore, he sat and taught the people from the boat.
Afterwards, he said to Peter:
“Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
“Master, we’ve worked had all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.“
When they had done so, “they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break”, requiring help from another boat.
When Peter saw the large catch, which filled both boats almost to sinking point, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
Jesus responded “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men“, after which Peter and his partners James and John left everything and followed Jesus.
Jesus and the Second Miraculous Catch of Fish
In the Gospel of John, seven of the disciples — Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee (James and John), and two others – decided to go fishing one evening after the Resurrection of Jesus, but caught nothing that night.
Early the next morning, Jesus (whom they had not recognised) called out to them from the shore:
“Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
When they reply in the negative Jesus responds: “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some”.
After doing so, “they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish“.
Realising the identity of their advisor, the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord! at which Peter jumped into the water to meet him, while the remaining disciples followed in the boat, towing the net, which proved to be full of 153 large fish.
Man fishing all through the night of human ignorance realises that his search through efforts and struggle only is fruitless.
When man discovers his awareness of being to be Jesus Christ (the state – Jesus Christ) he will obey his voice and let it direct his fishing. He will cast his hook on the right side, he will apply the Law in the right manner, and he will seek in consciousness for the things desired.
Finding it there, he will know that it will be multiplied in the world of form.
Fishermen know that in order to catch a big fish, they must fish in deep waters. If man wants to catch a large measure of life, he must leave behind the shallow waters with its many reefs and barriers, and move into the deep waters where the big ones are found.
To catch the large manifestations of life man must enter the deeper and freer states of consciousness. Only in these depths the big expressions of life live.
Neville Goddard’s Fishing Technique
Here is a simple visualization technique for successful fishing/manifesting.
Decide what it is you want to manifest/express/possess. This is essential. You must know what you want of life before you can fish for it.
After your decision is made, turn from your sense, remove your attention from the problem and place it on just Being, by repeating quietly and with feeling, “I AM”.
At a certain point, you’ll release the anchor that tied you to the shallows of your problem. Effortlessly you’ll find yourself moving out into the deep.
Enjoy this floating and expanding experience as you let go of your limitations. Your limitations are going to die, as they live only in your consciousness.
Suppose the fish you decided to catch were health and freedom. Add to the “I AM” by feeling, “I AM healthy” . . “I AM free.”
Let all doubts pass away and continue claiming and feeling yourself to be healthy and free until the conviction that you are possesses you.
The joy coursing through your entire being, on feeling that you are that which you desired to be, is equal to the thrill of the fisherman as he hooks his fish.
Now comes the play of the fish. Returning to the world of the senses and opening your eyes to the external world, the conscious belief that you are healthy and free feels natural.
What you feel you are, it will be manifested.
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