A few days ago, I sent out a tweet and asked people to fill in the following blank: “I am _____.” It was so inspiring to see everyone’s responses!
Yesterday, I finished listening to Wayne Dyer’s Wishes Fulfilled audiobook. Instead of listening to music in the car, I’ve been soaking up spiritual books and podcasts from my teachers to keep me in my flow state and help me continue to have a moment-to-moment spiritual practice.
Everyone should seriously read this book. It is chock-full of rockin’ information that will totally impact your life.
One of the main points that Wayne makes is the daily use of the affirmation, “I am_____”
We produce 25,000 – 50,000 thoughts per day. At least half of those are negative thoughts for many of us – and almost all of those negative thoughts start with two words: “I am.” “I am fat.” “I am ugly.” “I am dumb.” “I am not good enough.” “I am incapable.”
Wayne suggests we take our purpose(s) and form them into “I am” statements, therefore using “I am” as a tool for what you want to create in your life. For example, my “I am” statement is “I am a spiritual teacher.”We also can use “I am” statements to maintain something we’ve already achieved. I love to say, “I am a recovered food addict.” It is so empowering for me to repeat this to myself every day, knowing it is true.
I suggest choosing one “I am” purpose statement and one “I am” maintenance statement.
When we say these “I am” statements, Wayne suggests we breathe deeply and allow your body to feel the feeling of the “I am” statements becoming truth. In other words, how do you want to feel or how do you feel when you are living that “I am” statement? When I am a spiritual teacher, I am love – because I am functioning at a space that is in exact alignment with my Highest Self (my inner guide). When I am a recovered food addict, I feel free and empowered. I picture myself running through an open field with the sun beating down on me; my arms are open and I’m smiling. I spin until I get so dizzy that I gently fall onto the grass in laughter. I’M FREE, baby!
Every night, Wayne encourages us to lie in bed when we are ready to go to sleep and repeat our “I am” statements to ourselves. Allow your body to feel the feeling of the “I am” statements becoming truth. There’s science behind this! When we do this, we allow these statements to be the last thoughts that enter our mind before bed, so we’re literally feeding them to our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind will process this information and help us create it in our waking lives …
…if it is aligned with our Highest Self (i.e. love / our inner guide). If it is not aligned with our Highest Self, it’s not gonna work! We gotta call in our purpose – our unique gift – not what we think we “should be” or what we think is “the right thing to do.”
I can testify to this. I’ve been workin’ these “I am” statements like they’re my job and have seen amazing shifts. I’m teaching every day – whether at the clinic, at the barre studio, or through this blog. I’m also creating new projects that align with my Highest Self and will serve others in the process (so pumped to share them with you!). That mutual exchange is key; serving and being served in return.
What do you think of this? What is your purpose? What is your “I am” statement?