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.
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!