Now, there is no other teaching, at the present time, that stands exclusively and completely on the revelation of I as your being; and it is for this reason that whatever your background, somewhere along about this time, you have got to begin to outgrow it, because now you must begin to see that you are not idea; you are not reflection; you are not manifestation; you are not effect; you’re not image; you’re not reflection. You are I, and all you have to do is say the word within yourself, I and you’ll know that you really are I and if anyone were to try to tell you that you aren’t I, you would be very quick to assert yourself. Of course you are I, and of course you would acknowledge I Am. Never would you say, “I am dead.” Never would you say, “I am unconscious.” No. The only thing that you could truthfully say and you would defend this to the death: “Yes, that I can see. I am. I exist. I am. I am being. I am not extinct. I am being. I am. I am life.”
And so, the very moment that you realize, “I am. I is my full identity,” then you begin to have dominion over everything that’s on earth or in the air, on the water beneath the earth. Now you begin to have your God-given dominion because now you know I Am. I eternally am. I immortally am. I is my true being. I is my true identity. I cannot get; I cannot acquire; I cannot achieve; I cannot grow, I cannot even grow in understanding. I can merely become aware of that which I am. Son, thou art ever with me and all that I have is thine.
All of the life that I have…Many people think that refers only to inheritances, to lands or crops—oh, no! Son, thou art ever with me and all that I have is thine. All of My divine Life is your divine life. All of My divine Soul is your divine soul. All of the Spirit, all of the Soul that I am, thou art. All that I am, thou art. All that I have is thine—not after you pray, not after you give a treatment or get a treatment, not after you reform.
As a matter of fact, if you wait to reform it will be too late. It is now that I already am, and the reformation, if any is needed, comes about through the recognition that all that God is, I am. The place whereon I stand is holy ground. Why? Because I and the Father are one, and I am ever with the Father and the Father is ever with me. So, both of us are right here; and all that God is, I am and all the Father hath is mine. That is why the psalmist said, If I make my bed in hell, thou art there, or Yay though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, thou art there.
You see, it was only a shadow of death. It wasn’t death, you know; it was a shadow, a shadow that looked like death, that appeared like death but strangely enough, everyone who goes through the experience stands there watching themselves go through it because you never can get away from I, and I can’t die. I can merely watch Itself pass from infancy to youth and from youth to maturity and maturity to middle-age and middle-age to old age, if you permit it; but I will always be there observing it. Why should you think that I won’t be there—at 90 as well as 80 or 120 as well as 70—oh, yes, I will be there. I will be there watching every change of my body. I will be there watching every change of address. I will be there watching every change of expression. I will never leave me nor forsake me. I can’t leave me or forsake me, because I is “me.” Is there any God before me? says Isaiah. No, I know not any. No, I and me is one, so I will never forsake me. I will always be around watching me. I will always be there, governing and protecting me. I will always be there, acting as me because I Am is me.
Now, gain that true idea of your Self; and you will see why in much of the religious literature of the world, the word Self is spelled with a capital S. There is but one Selfhood; there is but one I; there is but one Ego; there is but one Being. Now, if there is but one, I Am that One. That was Moses’ revelation: I Am that One. I am that I Am. Of course that was the foundation of all that the Master taught.
He repeated the Mosaic teaching: I am that I Am. Thou seest me, thou seest the Father that sent me for I and the Father are one. I am in the Father, and the Father is in me. I am in you, and you are in me and we are in God because God is our true identity. God is our true being. God is our selfhood. Ah, when you commence to realize that, there will be no fear of tomorrows. There will be no fear of bombs. There will be no fear of calendars. There will be no fear of disease because I already am that I Am. It is not to be achieved; it is to be realized. It is not to be attained; it is to be realized. I already am; all that God is, I already am. All that the Father hath is already mine.
So, spiritual wisdom is not turning to God for anything. Is it not clear that the world has been turning to God for something for thousands of years and hasn’t gotten it yet? Because there is no such God, nor is there anything to get. There is only the realization, “Oh, I already am.” Don’t turn to God. Too many people have been trying it for too many generations. Realize what the truth of being is: I already am. All that I have been seeking, I am. All that I have been going to truth for, I already am; and all the truth can do for me is to reveal that I already am.
So you see, when you turn to God, you set up a sense of separation that prevents the demonstration, when the real turning to God is a turning to the truth; and the truth is, I and the Father are one.
Now, once you realize that great truth, and in your meditation with your eyes closed as a rule, you perceive the nature of I. You will come upon the next great mystery. This I that I am has form. This I that I am has permanent form, eternal form, harmonious form. It is not such a form as I can see with my eyes; nevertheless, it is a form, it is a body. And the moment you perceive that, you begin to understand the great message of John.
Your body is the temple of the living God, and it is a temple not made with hands, not mortally conceived. Your body is eternal in the heavens, that is, eternal in time and space, eternal in life, eternal in spirit and in soul and in substance. I already am, and I am embodied. The I that I am appears as form, not the form that I behold with my eyesight, but the form that I am aware of in meditation.
Isn’t it somewhere written “form divinely fair”?—A form divinely fair. That is the form of our being. That is why it is possible, at some moments of illumination, to behold God, because even God has form but not finite form, not physical form but a form divinely fair, a form of Spirit, a form of Soul, a form of activity, a form of grace and of beauty; and so have we, because I is that God and I is made manifest as form, an eternal and an immortal form, a perfect and an harmonious form, and that is the I that I am.