Using "I AM" Declarations to Create a New Life Story
By: Susan Deborah Schiller
Life is beautiful. Each new sunrise is a miracle of new life. A new day. A new chance to write another chapter in our life story. If we don't like how the last chapter ended, we get to rewrite it! We can't change the past but we can write ourselves into a better future.
We learned to do this as children when we played "make believe". Imagination is seeing with the eyes of the heart – that's how faith works.
Our culture eventually tells us what it expects us to be and do… and we conform, step-by-step, to the world around us… especially if we are the compliant, obedient ones!
We create our own worlds, whether by conscious choice, blind obedience, or somewhere in the middle. Just as we can't blame God for the bad conditions we see in this world, so we can't blame God or fate or anyone else for our personal circumstances.
God's master plan includes empowering us and giving us the authority to rule, even in the midst of our enemies.
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
Papa God and I had a chat in my diary, back in September 2006: He taught me: You become what you behold and He gave me a practical lesson on how to recreate my circumstances, beginning with how I perceive myself.
On my mental movie screen I saw a looking glass, and reflected in the glass was "the REAL me". I must confess I've had trouble believing in this vision! So I wrote it down and I printed it out.
I began speaking it into existence. It became my new identity statement, with each line beginning with "I AM".
"I AM" is the name Papa God calls Himself. He lives in me. I'm created in His image. So often I sabotaged myself by saying things like, "I AM 'damaged goods'." or "I AM 'lonely and misunderstood'." I had forgotten I'm created in His image and my words have power to create!
In ignorance, I created a world where I became a magnet to abusive people and situations.
When I began to apply "The Looking Glass" lesson by creating and speaking out loud the "I AM" statements, my identity began to morph into my authentic self. The woman in the Looking Glass is gradually becoming REAL!
If you feel you've been playing a role cast by society for their benefit and not yours… if you don't feel like you're living the life of your dreams, fulfilling the unique destiny only you can fill, I want to encourage you today to do the following activation.
We're going to create a looking glass – a mirror that reflects the reality Resistance doesn't want us to see. To do that, we're going to play a little game called "Instead of," which is inspired by Graham Cooke's teaching. It's a prophetic activation, really, but you can also call it a game.
- You name the adverse circumstances, obstructions, and negative circumstances that have overwhelmed you, past and present. Fold a paper in half, side to side. Down the middle, write "Instead of". List your adversities on the RIGHT side of the paper.
- Now, for each adversity or negative circumstance, write what YOU WANT to replace that obstacle on the LEFT side of the paper.
It might look like this:
- A thriving home business instead of exploitation in the marketplace.
- A peaceful countenance in the midst of stress instead of anger and depression.
- Smiles and laughter at bad news instead of worrying and cringing in fear.
- Surrounded by misfits and other counterculture folks instead of outcast and shunned by peers.
- Kindness and gentleness instead of impatience and condescension.
- Protective and nurturing instead of giving in to the intimidation of the corporate world and compromise of values.
- Equality instead of subjugation.
Give as many details as you can; the more the better. You want your looking glass to be as vividly clear as possible. Once you have described your new self, be sure to include at least one "I AM" statement following the description.
Using the words "I AM" is a powerful way to create your world. I've included My Looking Glass as an example.
A distinction must be made between that writing which enables us to hold on to life even as we are clinging to old hurts and wounds and that writing which offers to us a space where we are able to confront reality in such a way that we live more fully. Such writing is not an anchor that we mistakenly cling to so as not to drown. It is writing that truly rescues, that enables us to reach the shore, to recover.” — Bell Hooks
"The Looking Glass" is my own activation of this writing prompt and you're welcome to read my story here. How is your own "write to freedom" going? Be sure to send me a note and let me know how I can help, what you need, and sharing your story is always welcome!
With all my love,
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