I had many responses to my most recent blog (The I AM Exercise). One that really caught my attention was from Johann who lives in South Africa.
“Hi Allen, I followed your suggestion as per the blog entry and yesterday I went to fetch my niece from College. I called all I AM in my mind and had such great experiences.”
He goes on to report: experiencing friendly people, easy parking, and then states that something else happened.
“I was waiting for my niece at a coffee shop and while waiting had a desert. When I left I went to the cashier to pay. I took out of my wallet R40 (1x R20 bill and 2x R10 bills) the cashier then showed me she has R50 in her hand (1xR20 bill and 3x R10 bills). This was amazing and it afforded me to leave the friendly waitress a bigger tip. This is my motto now, see all and everything as the I AM.”
I hope that Johann’s letter (written just two days after the post) inspires you to start the I AM exercise right away. Here is the exercise.
Every writer of the Absolute agrees that all of our seeming troubles stem from a false belief that there is another presence and power beside God. The word we give to this diabolical belief is dualism –the belief in twoness.
Haven’t you heard someone emphatically say, “I know there is only one presence, and I know there is only one power,” yet in the next breath they confess, “But I cannot say I am God.”? This is a most subtle form of dualism, and it needs to be completely wiped out of awareness.
Reader, if you are not God you must be some presence other than God. This idea has to scare the bejesus out of you for two reasons: (1) It flings open the door to every seeming form of trouble imaginable. (2) It reveals that God is not really all to you.
Just thinking I am God gives some people a sudden attack of dry heaves. Why? Here’s what I’ve been told: “It’s blasphemy. How, with all my faults, flaws, and foibles, can I say I am God?” Translation: How dare I elevate my humanity to divinity!
You can’t, and you don’t! The born i (and its entire human history) is not the I that you are. You cannot elevate the born i. However, you can realize its nothingness. You can eliminate it from your awareness by claiming the unborn I as your only I. The finite, time-space bound i is not the I that you are. You cannot elevate this i, but you can eliminate it from your awareness by claiming the Infinite, Eternal I as your only I. The I that you are does not need lifting. It only needs recognition and acceptance.
Claiming the Infinite, Eternal, Omnipresent I as the I that You Are is how you completely eliminate dualism.
Name, of course, means nature. Whenever Jesus speaks of “In my name,” you must interpret it to mean “In my nature.” What is the Christ Jesus nature? Here in the Gospel of St. John, Jesus reveals His nature: “I and my Father are one(and the same).” “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father….” Christ and God are one and the same. To do anything in the name, or nature, of Jesus Christ is to do it in full recognition of one’s own Identity as the full Presence of God. There must come a point where one immediately associates the word or name “God” with his very own identity.
If Christ and God are one and the same, to whom does Christ pray? Christ prays “to” no one or no thing. Prayer, then, is the full Awareness of your God Identity as your only Identity. [from God Is All]