Who are you, underneath all of the layers? Who are you? What are you?
The most famous phrase in the Hebrew Bible is “I Am that I Am,” and it means, I am everything. I am all there is. I am not only the creation. I am the creator. Language is very powerful. Most people say the opposite of "I am" in their lives, which disempowers them. The opposite of "I am" is "I am not." “I am not good enough.” “I am not smart enough.” “I am not rich enough.” “I am not pretty enough.” I am not … on and on and on. When you make a statement like these, you are sending that statement out into the universe, and what comes back to you is that very image of what you are putting out, what you are not. So if you focus on what you are not, you bring in more of what you are NOT, because the truth is that you are all there is. You are the creator.
Another phrase people use is I don’t want. Try this. Do a survey of 3-5 people you know. Ask them what they want in life, and I guarantee you most of them will tell you about what they do not want in life. “Oh, I want … what I don’t want is,” and they’ll go into their list. It is important to know what we do not want. Knowing what we do not want guides us towards what we do want, but when we focus on what we do not want, again, that is what we attract. “I don’t want to be in a bad relationship.” “I don’t want to be broke.” “I don’t want to be struggling every month to pay my bills.” When you focus on what you do not want, you are focusing on struggling every month to pay your bills and that is what the universe hears. The creator does not struggle to pay its bills. The last phrase people use is a step up, but it is still not “I am”. I will. I will is powerful, because it is saying, “Yes I am going do this,” but it’s not as powerful as I am.
When you say, "I am," you are already; when you say, "I will," you are waiting for that day to occur. “I will be wealthy.” “I will be in a good relationship.” “I will be healthy one day.” Compare those statements to, "I am healthy," "I am strong," "I am abundant." “I am” is much more powerful than something in the future or something in the past. Take note of your language and notice that you are; you are, you are, you are! I am that I am, and make sure that what gets tacked on behind “I am” is the abundance that the creator, YOU, is.
Heather Hans, LCSW, MSW, MBA, CPIC, is a Visionary, Healer & Teacher, and the author of The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with Confidence. It is Heather's firm belief that loving oneself is necessary to have fulfilling relationships and a successful life.