In The Bible we read, “You will declare a thing and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? And, it is good even though that particular passage comes from the Book of Job, and most of us know what happened to Job. We’re told that he declared a thing. He declared himself to be a fearful man and all that he feared came upon him!
In A Course in Miracles we read, “I am responsible for what I see. I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve. And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for and receive as I have asked.” Notice how you’re feeling right now about that quote. A little resistant? A lot resistant? There are those who don’t like that quote because to be responsible for what we see sounds like we are to blame for what goes on around us. We’d much rather blame the world for our observations of life!
But, being responsible isn’t about blame. It is about our creative power. It is about our ability to focus in our mind on the life we want to create in the world, rather than accepting our life experiences by default. It is about feeling the reality of what we want alive in us and declaring it present and coming into manifestation, rather than letting the world dictate what we can or cannot have. But, whether we live by intention or default, and whether we feel the joy of anticipation or the emptiness of resignation, we are declaring a thing and it will be established for us.
With all that is going on in the world, it’s easy to focus on what we don’t want in our personal life, and what we don’t want to see on the news and the world around us. When we don’t like what we see, it’s natural, and often momentarily helpful, to react against it. It’s even appropriate to walk in protest against it, if we’re “moved” to do so. But, it’s important for us to keep focused on what we’re for. When we practice peaceful protest, and we feel peace within us, that is our declaration and it will be established for us. But, even if we practice nonviolent action, if we are feeling violent and angry, that is our declaration and it will be established for us.
Sometimes we get so caught up in mass emotions, and because we’re focused only on what we’re against, we don’t think about, or give our passion to, what we’re for. When we declare a thing, even if it’s a thing we don’t want, and we focus on that thing, just like Job it will come upon us. If “I am angry” becomes our habitual declaration of who we are on earth, our creative energy, passion and attention to what we don’t want, even if our intentions are good, will perpetuate, extend and expand the unwanted, and we will find plenty to be angry about, personally and in the world.
We live in a spiritual-vibrational Universe that is perfectly balanced by the unconditional, nonjudgmental Law of Attraction. As hard as it may be for us to accept that the Universe is listening to us and actually paying attention to our vibration, It is. We can never say “I AM” to “no one there.” Whether or not we wish it weren’t necessarily so, our declarations of belief, no matter what we believe to be right or wrong, are backed by a Powerful Creative Energy that brings to us the visible forms and expressions that correspond to the things we declare to be true. The Law of Attraction holds no concept of right or wrong. It simply shines a light “on our ways” that allows us see, feel, and experience physically what we’re focused on in our mind. The Law “It is done unto you as you believe” is still Law.
We see what we see because we believe it’s there and all there is to see. If we didn’t believe it and look for it, we couldn’t see it even though It is there. God is Present, Love is Present, Peace is Present even where It appears to be absent. But, we must believe It to see It. The first step in achieving our goals for good, whether our goals are personal or global, is for us to understand that it is only as we declare a thing we want and focus on it, rather than declaring a thing we don’t want and focus on it, that the wanted can come into our view.
We may be wondering if it’s even possible to only focus on a thing wanted, while not fighting against its opposite, the unwanted. A similar question might be: “Is it possible for us to know who we are without constantly fighting against who we are not?” Repeatedly affirming what we don’t want is the same as repeatedly affirming who we are not. Neither will help us in a clear declaration of who we are and want we want, and allow it to be established for us. The Way of the Heart tells us, “It is about accepting the Truth that is true always, and being determined that Truth be the foundation for which you direct each and every moment of your experience.” There is a lot in this world we are not, and a lot we don’t want. It would take many lifetimes to discard each unwanted thing, one thing at a time. But we can claim the Truth of who we are and what we want right now because the Truth is always true right where we are.
The Holy Vibration of the Divine Words, “I AM” caused all of creation to come forth into a Creative Flow of Infinite Possibilities for Self-Expression that reflect only the Nature of the Creator. In The Science of Mind, we read, “Whatever is true of man, of the reality of his nature, is the Divine Presence within him. It is the Voice of God proclaiming, ‘I am that which thou art; thou art that which I am.’” God is Love. His Word is Law. Sacred Texts tell us that “In beginning” God saw all He’d made and He was very pleased with His Wording. God hasn’t gone back on His word.
“I AM” is still the Only Creative Power in the Universe and in us. Everything that comes upon us begins with those two powerful words of creation.
The Science of Mind tells us, I AM is another way of saying God. The ‘I AM’ in us is the very Life of us. Without this ‘I AM’ we could not exist.” The I AM of God lives in everything and everyone that lives. Is it any wonder, then, why we and every living being wants the “I AM” within to be spoken aloud; for our very existence to be seen and acknowledged, accepted and valued, as the amazing, immeasurable, essential, unique beings we all are, just as we are. Maya Angelou said, “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” In the beginning, from the beginning, we have remained One Beautiful Creation of Love together. “I AM” carries the Power of Creation that set all Life in motion and continues to weave a tapestry that has no end.
Walt Whitman wrote in Leaves Grass, in the poem, Song of Myself, “I am not contained between my hat and my boots.” When we’re focused only on what’s between our hat and boots, or between the hat and boots of anyone else, we miss seeing the Holy One standing before us. There is so much more to all of us than meets the eye. There is so much more than the physical body could ever represent. Yet, we can see the beauty of physicality when we look at the world with our heart. It is only as we acknowledge and value every human expression, every color and texture of life, that we are able to see, hear and feel the “I AM Love” that lives in the heart of everyone of us. But, we must know our Self, and who we are, before we can recognize who we are together: One Beautiful Life created by the Word of God. Only then will we recognize that no matter what hat or boots anyone is wearing, we are seeing the Beloved in costume.
Ram Dass said, “When we see the beloved in each person, it is like walking through a garden watching flowers bloom all around us.” A question we might want to ask our self is “How does my garden grow? Do beautiful flowers bloom all around me, or do I constantly see unwanted weeds that I must tend to?” When we declare a thing and focus on it, it will be established for us. If we want the world to change, it is essential for us to live in positive affirmation of who we are and what we want. Only then will we be able to see what matters in the Garden of Life.