We reach out into the world with all our gifts, hopes and dreams. We set goals. We enter into roles and relationships with others. We say yes. We say no.
We try to explain to the world who we are.
I am a teacher.
I am a mother.
I am a woman.
I am tired.
I am trying.
I am here.
I am far away.
... from where I want to be.
... from where I once was.
... from home.
... from understanding.
... from what I know.
When trying to understand who we are, we label. We define ourselves in relationship to others. Even if those labels are lofty ...
I am light.
I am limitless.
I am love.
They can fall short of describing the truth.
Honestly, the truth is beyond description. It is WAY beyond labels. You are beyond labels. Your truth exists way out on the furthest edge of the most distant dimension you can imagine. And even in that great reach and space it is just a small step toward understanding your truth.
No words can define you. No action can define you. No label can encompass the full magnificence of your being.
Nor any of us.
Any attempt to label or define the self can't do justice to any one of us.
I am divine.
I am connected to the vast limitless of all creation.
I am the vast limitless of all creation.
That is true, but it is still not true enough.
In this case, sometimes less is more.
Wait, now we are getting somewhere.
All the things you do, all the things you are, all that you think or feel, none of it is who you are.
Don't believe me. Still feel small?
"I am" is a mantra you can practice to reconnect to all that you are. When breathing into the words "I am," you dissolve the barriers you have built around and within you with labels and definitions. It's those labels that keep you separate. Whenever I feel small and lonely, I chant "I am." It's how I call myself back - it's like a soul retrieval song, calling back all the lost or disconnected places within me, in my past, or cast out into the future.
The mantra, "I am," can be a step back toward remembering you are a human BEing. It's not what you do, what you think or how you feel. You want something to do? Do this mantra. Do it until you are able to rest in it. Do it until you are able to BE in it. Do the mantra until it is true. (Hint: It already is true, but there will be a point at which you KNOW it is true.)
You are worthy of Being.
You are worthy of this time with yourself.
"I am" restores you to your true state and helps to reconnect you to the I am-ness of all that is within your awareness and beyond it.
Take some time to breathe into the truth of yourself right now by chanting or even thinking the mantra "I am."
Find a comfortable seat. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in. Think, "I am." Breathe in the expanse of the Universe - all of creation into that inhale because you can. Because the entire Universe is within your reach at all times. Breathe it in.
Then, breathe out as an offering to the world around you. Your I am-ness is a gift you give the world just by BEing in that state.
Breathe in, "I am."
Breathe out the gift of your I am-ness to the world around you.
It's as if the phrase "I am," becomes a call both out into the world and deep into your soul, calling your true name, your true self, back to the surface of your awareness.
Spend time with this truth. Be with the truth of who you are. Breathing in "I am," until you remember the true reach of your being.
Which is everywhere
At all times
Beyond time and space.
That is enough.
It is everything.