‘I am that I am’ is more than a name – it has immense power. And it is a statement of God’s being. It is said that man is a temple, and within man is the temple of the heart that you can find God. Moreover, it is said that a part of you that connects you directly to the spiritual realms is called your higher Self.
Understanding the connection between what you think about yourself and how it manifests, in reality, is key in this concept. Connecting with your highest Self, the one that is directly connected to your source is what allows us to really speak empowerment into our lives through such sacred knowledge.
Words have immeasurable significance. When you say ‘I am’, it could only be said by no other than yourself. You are ‘I am’ and this is your real identity. Saying ‘I am’ you are announcing the presence of God within you. And you make your destiny and fate by the choice of words you attach to that ‘I am’.
Remember, whatever you attach to ‘I am’, you become. It has the power to free you if you know how to use it. Accept the fact that you are inspired, loving, harmonious, peaceful, happy and strong. The power of these words will resurrect these qualities within you that went dormant as you try to fight for your survival.
Affirmations are so powerful for these reasons. Creating affirmations that empower you to be who you want to be and feel what you want to feel creates energy that is positive and motion forward. When we complain, we are actually confirming and attracting that energy just as much as we call forth positive energy through optimistic, joyous words.
Speaking words of the outcomes and situations that are in your favor through this practices calls forth the energy behind the words. Speak ‘I am’ followed by the feeling or action or statement that declares your blessings. Even if you do not see the evidence of that affirmation being true just yet, know that with your words you call forth the positive intention for yourself.
Having faith means that you can declare yourself worthy of being all that you desire. ‘I am’ is so powerful in that it is not later, ‘I will’ or in the past ‘I was’. It is stated in the present tense so that you may immediately ‘be’ all that is behind the words and intention. And so it is ….
You won’t wake up, until you feel you’ve paid a price for it.
In other words, the sense of guilt that one has or sense of anxiety is simply the way one experiences keeping the game of disguise going on.
Do you see that? Supposing you say: ‘I feel guilty.’ Christianity makes you feel guilty for existing.
That somehow the very fact that you exist is an affront. You uh, a fallen human being. I remember as a child when we went to the services of the church on good Friday, they gave us each a colored postcard with Jesus crucified on it, and it said underneath: This have I done for thee, what doest thou for me. You know you felt awful.
And what are you going to do about that? This have I done for thee, what doest thou for me. You feel awful, that you just exist at all.
But that sense, that sense of guilt, is the veil across the sanctuary: Don’t you dare come in!
In order to, you know, in all mysteries when you’re going to be initiated, there’s somebody saying: ‘Uh, uh, uh, uh, don’t you come in – you’ve got to fulfill this requirement, and this requirement, and this requirement, this requirement, then we’ll let you in.’
So you go, you go through the mill. Why? Because, you’re saying to yourself: ‘I won’t wake up until I feel I deserve it, I won’t wake up until I’ve made it difficult for me to wake up.
The Zen masters say anybody who studies Zen or goes to a Zen master ought to be given 30 blows with a stick. Because he was stupid enough to pose the question that he had a problem. But you’re the problem, you put yourself in the situation.
So I invent for myself an elaborate system of delaying my waking up. I put myself through this test and that test and when I feel it’s been sufficiently arduous then I may at last admit to myself who I really am, and draw aside the veil.
And realize that after all, when all is said and done … I am that I am.
Which is the name of god.
And when it comes to it, that’s really rather funny. They say in Zen, when you attain satori, nothing is left to you at that moment but to have a good laugh.