The Door to True Expression
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep (John 10:1-2).
I AM is the door. This means your own consciousness is the door to all expression. In other words, you must have the mental equivalent established in your subconscious mind in order to manifest what you desire and what you want to achieve in life. When you try to accomplish on the outside what you have not felt as true on the inside, you will fail, e.g., when a man claims to be something other than what he really feels himself to be, such as claiming that he is a great actor when in his heart he does not feel it to be true, he is robbing himself and is the thief mentioned in the above verses.
One’s mental attitude, thoughts, and words are the creative or destructive influences in one’s world. Do not say: “I am sick,” “I am poor,” “I am unhappy.” Say: “I AM well,” “I AM at peace,” “I AM wealthy.”
Jehovah — The I AM, the spiritual man, the image and likeness of Elohim God. In the King James Version of the Bible the Hebrew “Jehovah” has been translated “Lord.” Lord means an external ruler. Bible students say that Jehovah means the self-existent One, the I AM. Then instead of reading “Lord” we should read I AM. It makes a great difference whether we think of I AM, self-existence within, or “Lord,” master without. All Scripture shows that Jehovah means just what God told Moses it meant: I AM. “This is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations” (Exod. 3:15).
Spiritual Marriage –Spiritually, marriage represents the union of two dominant states of consciousness. When we open the door of the mind by consciously affirming the presence and power of the divine I AM in our midst, there is a marriage or union of the higher forces in being with the lower and we find that we are quickened in every part; the life of the I AM has been poured out for us.
If man affirms his unity with the life, substance, and intelligence of God, I AM One with life, I AM One with Substance, I AM One with the intelligence of God, he lays hold of these spiritual qualities.
By declaring our senses to be spiritual and by speaking the increasing word of the I AM to every one of them, we multiply their capacities and give them a sustaining vigor and vitality. This is done through the simple word of the I AM, backed up by the realization of its spiritual power.
Emmet Fox stated previously that God, the I AM THAT I AM, was differentiated into men and women. I AM is the lost word and secret Name of God in us. It is our „true identity‟; our „real name‟; it is „Divine Spirit‟, which is our „real eternal self‟; it „was never born and will never die‟ (Fox 1993:209, 213). Knowing this final name of God, says Fox, is what gives one power, because it identifies one with the true nature of God. He remarks that a statement such as I AM elicits the question, I am what? This requires a qualification, and when one completes the sentence, one limits it. An answer such as „I am a man‟ „means you are not a woman‟ and such qualifications „limit the expression in one way or another‟ (Fox 1993:209–210). However, the qualification of I AM THAT I AM does not limit any expression. It states the absolute … God! Fox (1993:210) maintains that „God is unlimited, I AM THAT I AM, unexpressed, creative power, Divine Mind waiting for expression‟ and man is God‟s expression. It is man‟s oneness with the divine that empowers a person and allows one to attach the I AM to all the attributes of God (such as freedom, joy, health, success and abundance). I AM always connects one with divine power because we are the I AM of the I AM THAT I AM. „It is the presence of God in you. It insures that you can go direct to God, that you do not need any intermediary‟ (Fox 1993:210). This last statement relates well to an earlier observation in which Wilber distinguishes between the God of the subtle realm with whom one can bargain for one‟s salvation, and the God of the causal realm where all communication is transcended, for one actually becomes that oneness.
Whenever I say “I AM”, I AM [is] creating something. Prayer is believing that we have already received that which we ask. When I say, “I am”, I am attaching my awareness of being to something. Now, you can lie and not believe what you are saying, but you cannot believe something about “I am” and not create it. We are creating morning, noon, and night by our “I am” statements. If you say, “I don’t feel well” and you believe it, you are perpetuating illness in your life. You must change those statements to “I feel wonderful”.
We have to pray (say I am), believing that it is true, and then we will receive.
The Great “I Am.”–Revealed to Moses as the One and Only Real Mind or Power in the Universe. That beside Which there is no other. I Am is another way of saying God. The “I AM” in man is the Life of man; without this “I AM,” man could not be.
“I AM the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me.” (Isaiah 45:5). You, the reader, are the one and only being there is. When you say “I AM,” that means the sum-total of all the personalities in the world. All other conceptions are projections in space of the one being, yourself. In the Bible, which is a text book on psychology—metaphysics and man’s moods and feelings—the “I AM” is constantly referred to as, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6). “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” (John 11:25). “I am that I am.” (Ex. 3:14). These and similar sayings shine forth in all their true brilliance when once we see that Jesus, the Christ, was not speaking of Himself personally, but of the principle of Being inherent in all mankind.
The most difficult thing for man to really grasp is this: That the “I AMness” in himself is God. It is his true being or father state, the only state he can be sure of. The son, his conception of himself, is an illusion. He always knows that he is, but that which he is, is an illusion created by himself (the father) in an attempt at self-definition.
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” “I AM the Lord: that is my name.” Now that you have discovered your I AM, your consciousness to be God, do not claim anything to be true of yourself that you would not claim to be true of God, for in defining yourself you are defining God. That which you are conscious of being is that which you have named God. God and man are one. You and your Father are one. Your unconditioned consciousness, or I AM, and that which you are conscious of being, are one. The conceiver and the conception are one. If your conception of yourself is less than that which you claim as true of God, you have robbed God, the Father, because you (the son or conception) bear witness of the Father or conceiver. Do not take the magical name of God, I AM, in vain for you will not be held guiltless; you must express all that you claim yourself to be. Name God by consciously defining yourself as your highest ideal.