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I AM That I AM
By Rev. Dr. Reggie Johnson
From studying the principles of Unity church and being a former spiritual leader of the Unity church, it is my understanding that at the beginning of the 20th Century, several schools of thought got together and formed the New Thought Alliance which gave birth to Unity School of Truth, Religious Science, Science of Mind and even Christian Science. This alliance boldly stated that we would not experience disease, illness, unhappiness, or misery if we applied the principles of truth into our daily thoughts. First, we must realize that there is a single, Divine God that is All present in all things including us and lives inside of us. The scriptures say clearly in Genesis 1:26 that we are made in the “image” and “likeness” of God. That being the case, you can proclaim as Jesus did that "I and my Father are one."
I have always known and believed deeply that at every level of our being we are not separate from God. Those who believe they are “outside” of the Spirit remain sick, frightened, weak, powerless, tied to the past, resentful, and hopeless. I could not say this in the early stages of my life growing up in the Methodist church. I would have suffered a personal, mental persecution and crucifixion. My family believed in the imbedded religious training of their parents, grandparents and so forth, that God was somewhere up there and that we did not deserve His love and had to keep our halos polished—or else! I discovered that we did not have to go outside ourselves to find God or look for the answers. I challenge you to look deeply within the self to find God. There is only one Mind and one Power in the Universe and we all share it. Just as Glenda, the good witch, told Dorothy, “…you had the power all along to go home.” Never beg God for anything—all we need is living inside of us, but we must acknowledge it and use it.
You are a wonderful being that God has individualized in His image and likeness, yet unique. With about seven billion earth dwellers, isn’t it great to have a unique fingerprint and structurally, our DNA is the same but that one percent of the DNA sequence makes us different. God in us gives us a permanent sense of Self in the I AM Presence. Let’s celebrate our oneness and our uniqueness.
People ask me why I speak so much about “vibration” when making reference to God. Well, for one thing everything in the universe vibrates. Although Albert Einstein made this clear, it was known to the ancients, even the Mayans who knew there was a link between spirit and matter and that everything was teeming with life and energy. Today we have names for the energy as chi, prana, life force, Reiki and so on, but this sacred vibration is the energy of God. This energy works through you with the laying on of hands, prayer, visualization, divine healing and other forms and methods of healing. Overall, it is God in you that “doeth the work.” It works because you and the Father are one. It is not blasphemy, but reality.
You lose your identity by “hearing” the news of doom, gloom, economic inequality, homelessness and civil unrest. Faith comes by “hearing” the Bible says (Romans 10:17). What are you listening to? Your identity is God within. You are advised on this spiritual journey to Know Thyself. You can only do that by going deep within yourself to know God within you. My wife loves the scripture that says in Timothy 3:5, where Paul tells Timothy that in the last days that we would be lovers of our own selves (egotistical), boastful, trucebreakers…having the “form” of godliness, but denying the power thereof. We discussed this over breakfast this morning in one of our many powerfully perceptive breakfast discussions. We put on this denial of God each time we refuse to recognize the power and wisdom which resides within us.
We live in such a busy time with the Internet, instant messaging, text messaging and other instant forms of communication, we have little time to keep still for a moment, even for five minutes to quiet our thoughts. Are we afraid of the inner mind or that something scary will happen? You must be still and find God within. “Be still, and know that I AM God.” (Psalm 46:10). You will find love, hopefulness, confidence, connection and power.
It is helpful to go to church and other places of worship, but not required in connecting with God. God is in plain sight. Look into your eyes deeply in a mirror, preferably in candle light for about seven minutes. Then stop and write down your thoughts. By staring into your own eyes, you may notice your face disappearing and reappearing or your face changing. Stay calm and realize that you are in control. You may see a man, a woman or other entity gazing back at you. Once I saw a timber wolf, and so did my nieces who broke the energy and concentration, while screaming the words “wolf,” and running away from the bathroom mirror in fear. “Aw shucks, just when it was getting good,” I thought. If you do that experiment, remember, that faith and not fear keeps you grounded. We have God’s nature within us. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
In my book, “The Awakening, Conquering the Sleeping Giant Within,” I stated that the idea that we are separate from God and each other, comes from the doctrine of original sin, perpetuated by St. Augustine of Hippo Regius, which today is Algeria, convincing bishops and popes of the Roman church of this doctrine he believed in for twenty years. I remember reading something once that said, “Religion is for those afraid of going to hell, and true spirituality is for those of us who’ve been there already.”
How do we go inside? Meditation. Meditation is defined as s the act of engaging in mental exercise for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness. You become enlightened because of the process (meditation) in fully realizing who you are—God within! Meditation is the art of taming the thoughts and focusing your mind on your divine connection with God. You will be amazed at your personal revelations.