This week, I decided to practice the “I AM” as a mantra, in order to empower myself to live in the I AM consciousness, and for the very mundane reason that I could then speak about it at my meditation meetup this coming Sunday night.

Of course, I have already had some experiences of what I believe is expanding into the I AM consciousness.  First, let me explain what little I am able to explain about this higher state of awareness.  In this state, one is aware of one’s thoughts/mind, and one is aware of the outside world of others, including plants, animals, and inanimate objects, from a state of oneness.  One is also aware of higher intentions/higher consciousness relative to the present moment – or what is needed in the Now for the highest good – intuitive knowing.

There are surely higher states that I myself have not yet experienced fully, beyond mind, beyond sense world, but I find this experience of I AM in the world quite fascinating.

What I experience, most notably, is that I have shifted 180 degrees from when I was first introduced to the concept.  Originally, I experienced, in a very limited way, that when one affirms, “I AM,” one can become aware of one’s Self/Higher Self as the subject of this statement, even while affirming that it is the Divine within oneself that one is affirming.  Somewhere along the way of practicing the I AM throughout the day (not this week, but earlier), I became aware that one is referring to the Fullness of I AM (please see blog post by that title), and that the focus is therefore on the Divine, not Self in any limited sense.

Because the focus is on the Divine Beingness, practicing the I AM as a mantra can lead to instantaneous rejoicing; the energy of overflowing joy can bubble up inside, along with a multi-hued sense of gratitude for the Divine Beingness within oneself, within the world around one, within other humans, within other beings.Lotus-Jewel

One begins to see oneself as no longer separate from anyone or anything else.  I admit – I have not yet fully arrived at that consciousness, but, perhaps oddly enough, I am experiencing it more with animals and trees.  For instance, today as I drove into the parking area where I live, some birds flew out of the way, and I felt keenly connected to them and their experience of the potential threat of an approaching vehicle,as well as sheer gratitude for their being and acting as they did. The other day, I was driving by the edge of Rock Creek Park just north of Washington, DC, into the suburban Maryland surrounding streets and homes, when I saw a fawn (Bambi spots and all), run towards the road, and then suddenly stop, with this look of terror in its whole being – body posture and all.  I slowed my car in case it did run in front of me on the road, but fortunately it turned around and ran away from the road.  I felt a profound sense of empathic connection with the adorable little deer.

The I AM is in the fawn, in the birds, in the trees, in the grass, in ants, yes, everything.  That’s what is meant by the classical Western theological term, “omnipresence.”  But knowing that term mentally and conceptually is different from actually and energetically sharing consciousness with other aspects of the I AM outside ourselves.

The Fullness of I AM invites us into reality from the perspective of other beings, even other objects.  The other day, as I was focused on the I AM, I was washing an ear of corn in the sink, and I became aware, from the ear of corn’s perspective of the slightly rough way I was handling it to rub off the threads of corn silk.  That was such a momentary glimpse in which I actually felt my hands holding “I AM” as an ear of corn – I think I pulled out of that consciousness immediately because I felt so surprised and disconcerted by having my consciousness exist inside an ear of corn, sharing its sentience.

Yes, I had a momentary doubt about the experience, with that moment of judgment that maybe I was “crazy”!  However, if we truly believe the I AM is in everything, then sentient consciousness is in everything, and as I have blogged before, it is possible to experience this consciousness – anywhere, and everywhere, in ourselves, and in other beings.

What moves me, though, is the profound sense of gratitude and joy we can experience through practicing the presence, I Am.

When we live the I AM, we rise above ourselves beyond our mind/mental limits of consciousness, to an awareness of self/Self/and Over Self.  That is:  mind/soul/Divine Spirit.  The three become One.  (I think I just channeled that – with a sense that this may be the incarnation of “Trinity” in human beings.)

I have read some similar ideas recently, although I don’t remember where.  Lately, I am being led to read snippets in different books that describe for me what’s happening with my consciousness.  I love it – the I AM comes to me in written form after coming to me in embodied forms.

I invite you to practice the “I AM” as a mantra, allowing it to expand your awareness.  Please know that your awareness may expand throughout the Universe, as well as outside the universe.  The I AM is everywhere, and as we become aware of our Oneness, we become both profoundly empty, as well as profoundly expanded in our consciousness.

Namaste, and Love and Light!



About selfrealizationtherapy

I am a healer, life coach, author, and spiritual teacher. While I am ordained in the Christian tradition, I have also studied Eastern spiritual disciplines and practices, including Raja Yoga Meditation; Intuitive Coaching; Reiki; Falun Gong; and other forms of energy healing for both people and animals. I am available for distance healing and spiritual coaching via phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or Facetime; please email me at: to schedule a session. My goal is to assist you in connecting with your Higher Self to find fulfillment, peace, health, and happiness in life. I typically work with people for about six weeks, and then they either take classes with me and advance more, or simply go their happy way. While I cannot guarantee results, many clients find that in a few short weeks, more is accomplished than could be with years of traditional talk therapy. Born on the equator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I grew up moving back-and-forth between Africa and the United States my whole childhood and youth. We lived in three different countries in Africa, and three different states in the USA. I now live in Maryland, close to Washington, DC. I was widowed at the age of 28 when my 34-year-old husband died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm that hemorrhaged, leaving me with an infant and a toddler. This crisis led me to believe that God loves us even when "bad" things happen, and also led me to pursue spirituality and become a minister. In 1996, thanks to "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda, and a meditation class called Raja Yoga, I started on an Eastern spiritual path, a journey which included becoming a healer and a mystic. On Thursday, May 27, 2010, I experienced what I call an Enlightenment Vision, in which I ascended and was blessed by Ascended Masters of many faiths: Master Lao Tzu, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda, High Priest Melchizedek, Lady Kwan Yin, Master Usui, and then by the Seven Archangels of the Seven Rays. After this vision, the teachings in Higher Consciousness began. Apparently, my crown chakra was opened, and direct contact with the Ascended Masters has been possible ever since. My message to everyone is: this is possible for you to achieve as well, although getting there is not necessarily quick or easy. With a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Center at Houston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas Christian University, I perceive a unity in my readings in Eastern religions and in Biblical studies. As a result, I believe the original message of Jesus Christ was and is a call to Self-Realization, which may also be called following The Way (a term used in the book of Acts by very early "Christians," although they did not call themselves "Christians;" they called themselves Followers of the Way. The Way, or the Tao consists of the practice of peace and love in every moment, honoring the Divine Presence within ourselves as well as within others. The Way of early Christianity was a spiritual practice which similarly focused not on the material world, but on the practice of Divine Presence within the earthly realm. When we practice The Way, or The Tao, we become one with Divine Peace, Love, and even bliss. When we attain this, we experience the "Kingdom of God" or Reign of God, within ourselves, Nirvana or possibly Samadhi. Achieving this Way within each of ourselves is the only way we will be able to usher in the Reign of Divine presence among us all here on earth. The ultimate goal of The Way, and of Self-Realization, is the attainment of unity with the Divine Consciousness, or Buddha-Consciousness or Christ-Consciousness, within, and beyond our normal mortal mind. This Unity-Consciousness is eternal, but begins in the here and now. May it be so.
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