The Power of I AM
The principle of I AM is a simple concept and has everything to do with the words you choose to use in your everyday conversations. Specifically, think about how many times a day you use words “I am”? While there are no statistics on this, be aware that it is a lot; “I am so clumsy”, “I am so old”, “I am so stupid”…and the ever so common among young women, “I am so fat”. The belief is that the words I AM are so powerful that the words that follow have great impact, otherwise stated, the words you choose to use in your everyday conversations influence your life. Let’s take the above examples; when you say, “I am so clumsy”, clumsiness comes calling; “I am so old”, wrinkles come looking for you; “I am so stupid”, you begin to feel less and less capable. It’s like you are sending out an open invitation and giving these thoughts permission to be in our life. Though this might sound somewhat doomy-gloomy, remember YOU get to choose what follows the I AM.
Words have creative power and can be very helpful or very harmful. Kind of like electricity – used in the right way it can help us in so many ways but used in the wrong way it can be downright dangerous. We spend so much time saying negative things about ourselves but most of us would never go up to another person and insult them to their face! So why do we do it to ourselves? Because it has become so natural for us that we don’t even realize we are saying them.
The trick is to become consciously aware of the words that follow I AM in your everyday interactions. Once you begin changing your words and noticing the connection between the words you choose and the outcomes that unfold in your life, you will feel more empowered to make positive changes. More importantly, it will start to become natural to think and say positive things about ourselves. Your statement of “I am so ugly” will become “I am so BEAUTIFUL”. Remember, invite beauty into your life and it will find you.
Interestingly enough, I AM appears multiple times in various sacred texts and according to theologians is the common English translation of the name of God. Mostly notably in the Bible, when Moses asked God his name (Exodus 3:14), he answered “I Am that I Am” which translates to I am or I will be, from Ancient Hebrew. It is found in the Gospel of John seven times, where Jesus refers to himself, “I am the Bread of Life”, “I am the Light of the World”, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life”, “ I am the true Vine”, “I am the Door of the Sheep”, “I am the Resurrection and the Life”, “I am the Good Shepard”.
So get some “I am’s” together in your head and repeat them daily. Meditate on them and make them a part of your spirit. They may not feel true right now but as you continue to speak them, they will become your reality.
“I am blessed”... “I am prosperous”... I am successful”… “I am happy”... “I am positive”… “I am passionate”.... “I am strong”… “I am confident”…
1. The principle of I AM is:
A. Who we are and what we are
B. Related to the words we choose to use in our everyday conversations
C. What we say reflects our mood
D. The words we select have serious consequences
E. Words have no meaning
2. Words can…
A. Dictate our feelings
B. Steer us in the right direction
C. Be very helpful or very harmful
D. Allow us to express ourselves
E. None of the above
3. What is the trick to learn how to control I AM?
A. Become consciously aware of the words that we choose
B. Repeat the words over and over again
C. Always speak the truth
D. Think from our hearts and not our heads
E. Pause before we speak
4. I AM is often seen in the Bible, most notably as the name:
A. “I AM the Place”
B. “I Am the Truth”
C. “I Am the Sign”
D. “I Am that I Am”
E. “I Am the Savior”
5. What is the best way to use I AM?
A. Practice, Practice, Practice
B. Believe what we say
C. Tell others your I AM ideas
D. Meditate on our I Am’s and make them a part of our spirit
E. Write a list down of all that we want