I Am (not, “I will be”)

Image: Teddy Kelley

If you’ve done much perusing in the spirituality realm, you’ve probably come across a certain line several times…

I Am.

‘I Am’ is an iconic spiritual phrase across several traditions. Entire volumes have been written about it and you can see why when you start pondering the powerful simplicity and depth of this statement.

Let’s dip the tips of our toes into this right now as we head into 2017, shall we?…

First of all, notice it says “I Am,” not, “I wish I was,” “I hope to be,” or, “Someday.”

I Am means right now.

Right now, I have all I need. I am all I’ll ever need to be. I always have been and always will be.

I must come into my am-ness, not my will-be-ness.

This phrase points to the profound concept that life is not about getting or going somewhere else. It’s about stepping into the power of the present moment — wherever the soul calls us to in this very holy instant.

Also, notice the period after ‘Am’. It’s not open-ended. It doesn’t leave room for anything else. It’s not:

I Am wealthy.
I Am skinny.
I Am the best. 
I Am horrible. 
I Am (fill in the blank).

Just ‘I Am’. Period.

There’s nowhere to go. 
There’s nothing new we must attain.
The point is to become more and more ourselves.

This unfolding, in itself, can happen both instantly as well as over a lifetime.

Dig in.


[Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people transform their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way. To subscribe via email to his updates and exclusive content, click here.]