The Current Occult Revival
It’s been long understood that the new age movement teaches we are gods and uses various methods and techniques to discover or realize this.
There is a developing trend that I find disturbing, and that is the use of the name I AM.
This was first popularized by new thought Religious Science founder Charles Fillmore in his book Dynamics for Living wrote: “I Am The Son is the I AM identity of Being. I AM is eternal, without beginning or ending: the true spiritual man whom God made” (p.39 Dynamics for Living)
13. I am the image and likeness of God, in whom is my perfection 21. Man should constantly affirm: "I AM.”
"I AM" REALIZATIONS 1. "I AM THAT I AM." 2. I am identity demonstrated. 3. I AM THAT I AM, and there is no other besides me. 4. I am one with Almightiness. 5. I am the substance of Being made manifest. (Charles Fillmore Dynamics for Living Unity school of Christianity )
Joseph Sieber Benner (1872-1938) an Ohio businessman came to believe that God had appointed him to serve as a medium. He then published a series of books containing messages from Jesus Christ.
Benner’s first book, The Impersonal Life, contained these revelations he believed came from God. “I your divine SELF, the ‘I AM’ of you, bring to you this My Message, My Living Word, as I have brought to you everything in life, be it book or MASTER, to teach you that I, and I alone, your own True Self, am the Teacher for you, the only Teacher, and the one true God.”
In his book he stated that God “who is living in your body and is your Real Self,” … until you recognize this great truth in a more or less conscious and intelligent way. This, of course, is not easy to grasp by a mind that considers you and itself separate and apart from God.”
The Sun Group was founded in 1920 in Ohio and based on Benner’s teachings, taught a meditative practice of entering “into the silence, stillness and peace” each day at noon.
"He develops the faculties and powers latent within him and learns how to manifest them along the line of Active mentation as well as Passive. He knows that the real man within him is the master to whom both Active and Passive functions are but tools. He has banished Fear, and enjoys Freedom. He has found himself. HE HAS LEARNED THE SECRET OF THE I AM.” (THOUGHT VIBRATION OR THE LAW OF ATTRACTION IN THE THOUGHT WORLD by William Walker Atkinson 1906)
William Walker Atkinson taught the "I AM" is the eternal you.
The real man ‐ The "I Am"‐ Its recognition ‐ Its importance ‐ Man attains hither to unknown powers ‐ The Soul of Man ‐ The will ‐ The secret of the development of the will ‐ Active and Passive mentation ‐ The projection of thought waves. (p.26 Thought‐Force In Business and Everyday Life By William Walker Atkinson 1900)
“The real self is that which we feel when in times of reverie and introspection, we think or say, "I AM." All of us have felt this consciousness of the real self, at certain times in our lives, but have failed to realize its full importance…. THE I AM IS YOUR REAL SELF. When your mind recognizes its master, you will have learned the secret of Life. (P.27 ibid)
Saint Germain is said to be the initiator of the 7th ray, he initiates souls in the science and ritual of transmutation through the violet flame. He is said to be the seventh angel prophesied in Revelation 10:7 who comes to sponsor the finishing of the mystery of God “as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”
The "I AM" Religious Activity presents the Original Ascended Master Instruction from the Teachings given in the Books of the Saint Germain Series to Guy Ballard ...The "I AM" Activity is offered through "I AM" Sanctuaries, "I AM" Temples and "I AM" Reading Rooms throughout the world. I AM" ADORATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS, (by CHANERA, Saint Germain Series Volume V, Part I, Schaumburg, Illinois, 1993).
In it we read: the I AM, is your Higher Self, This is also called the Great Creative Word, "I AM" when read, thought, or spoken. I AM"! is the Life from the Great Central Sun announcing Its Presence through the individual who thinks, speaks, or feels the Great Eternal Fiat of Life's existence. Therefore, always release that strong powerful feeling whenever you use the Great Creative Word -"I AM."
The world teacher trust uses Violet Flame Invocation Of ascended Master Saint Germaine which includes the invocation and decreeing of I Am.
One of the main distributing centers for Ascended Masters teachings is the Summit lighthouse formerly run by Elizabeth Claire Prophet. They teach on guides, angels and to learn about your own I am presence.
Unlike the secluded pioneers of new thought that made these teachings public, today the I am influence is everywhere, especially in channeling spirits. In channeled messages “that we are the I AM as spirit." (Galacticom #2 p.15) this has become a common denominator from the contact of spirit beings no matter where they claim to come from, other dimensions, UFO's or ascended masters.
The channeled voice of Kryon is said to be like a committee that has the ultimate understanding of what happens on Planet Earth. In channeling He introduces himself as “I am Kryon of Magnetic Service.” I am is subtly and purposely attached to the collective name.
Wayne Dyer is probably the most popular teacher in the mind/body/spirit genre. Dyer says every time you use the words “I AM” you are citing the name of God! And every time you say the words with it “I am weak, I am poor, I am unlucky, I am unhappy, I am sick,” you are desecrating the name God.
“The words I am, which you consistently use to define who you are and what you are capable of, are holy expressions for the name of God—the highest aspect of yourself. Break lifelong habits of unwittingly besmirching this holy name. Discontinue using pejorative labels to cast aspersions on your holy self. Always make your very first consideration the honoring of your Divine spirit. This will allow you to rise to previously unimagined heights. Teach your outer self to accept the unlimited power of your inner spirit and the things you place in your imagination can become true for you.” (https://www.drwaynedyer.com/blog/the-power-of-i-am/
This is straight out of the I am discourses of the ascended masters, and what has anciently practiced as the forgotten word, better known as “the secret.”
Dyer has written more than 30 books, and his National Public Television specials have raised more than $120 million for public television. His books are not only to Adults but children
I AM, is the newest children's book by Dyer. It is taken from his latest book for adults, Wishes Fulfilled. I AM teaches kids a simple but profound message: God is not far off in the distance, or even merely beside us. In other words, we are not separate from God - we are God!
One Oprah's favorite authors and speakers, Eckhard Tolle, Know That “I Am” Portals to Presence and the Realization of Our True Nature.
On Know That “I Am,” Eckhart describes a new state of consciousness that is beginning to emerge on the planet, wherein the sense of self is no longer derived solely from thought—but from the direct recognition of our timeless, “being” nature.
Tolle “Can I sense my essential Beingness, the I Am, in the background of my life at all times? To be more accurate, can I sense the I Am that I Am at this moment? Can I sense my essential identity as consciousness itself?”
I can’t expect those of other religious persuasions to use the words of the Bible accurately, yet sometimes it can be dangerous. Gurus and occultists use of Ps. 46:10 “be still and know I Am God” to support their meditations goal. What it really means to stop striving and struggling and rest in him, to be confident of his watchfulness and care over your life. Not that you are God.
This talk has come from the gurus like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who said "man is divine, the inner man is fully divine. Be still and know you are God. When you know you are God you will begin to live Godhood. As Swami Muktananda says, "Your God dwells within you as you."
All of this has been practiced bouy the metaphysicians, theosophists, occultists and is now basic teaching in the new age movement.
John Randolph Price “That which you believe I am, I AM." In other words, whatever your consciousness attributes to your God-Self will determine yourdemonstration. (Chpt. 6 Planetary commission self mastery series)
“I place my Faith in the Reality I AM, the very Christ of God. This I AM is God . . . this I AM is You . . . Universal and Individual Consciousness . . . God knowing Itself as God, (ibid. chpt ,9 ibid)
New thought teacher Holmes came to the same erroneous conclusion, “be still and know that I am God, and beside me there is none other." The Spirit being all there is, …. "I Am that I Am, and beside me there is none other." This "I Am" is Spirit, God, All.” (P.6 Creative Mind by Ernest Shurtleff Holmes 2nd Edition )
Gurus and occultists have long used the phrase found in Ps.46:10 “be still and know I Am God” to support their meditation goal of discovering their true identity. But what it actually means is to stop striving and struggling and rest in him confident of his watchfulness and care over your life. In much the same way when Israel came to the Red sea and the Egyptians were behind them and they were trapped, Moses said to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord and the sea parted.
The New age genre of this word, which is the holy sacred name of God. Whenever we say the words, "I am," we are really saying "God in me." The use of the name coincides with their pantheistic view that all is God.
God’s name becomes an affirmation, a declaration, a mantra of sorts. I can tell you that this becomes a strong delusion because this is accompanied by power, ungodly power to deceive,
"God Calling" became one of the best-selling books in April 1988, included in the top five has this within its pages "Wherever the soul is, I am. Man has rarely understood this. I am actually at the center of every man's being, but, distracted with the things of the sense-life, he finds Me not" (p.55 God calling by A. J. Russel, (Revell, 1972).).
Besides the subtle insinuation of what the soul is, this is exactly what is being said of the I am presence in the New age.
The soul invocation: I AM The Soul- I AM divine Light- I AM Divine Love- I AM Divine Will -I AM Divine design. Eraoflight.com
The occult teaches words have power, certain words contain more power. One of the main word of power in occultism is I AM. Satan mocks Gods name by having people use his name to change their reality, their life. Like the Secret Oprah promoted.
So many new agers now use this, this has become pervasive much like yoga.
We who live in the 21st century can say God's Name – “I AM THAT, I AM,” Twyman claims that in utilizing this "methodology" one can "manifest divine miracles" - we can have whatever we desire. There is a way of speaking this name that actually unlocks the creative power that allows us to harness that creative power and create miracles in out lives” “ There is power and energy in this name” http://www.Lawofattractiontools.com/
The Secret,” … When you say I AM the rest of that sentence cannot but help become your reality. That is because one of the manifestations of God is God as Law, the Divine Law of Cause and Effect, which Buddhism calls karma. (The Power of I Am: Claiming Your Inherent Power To Consciously Create A Life of Purpose, Meaning and Joy. Dan Shafer).
Twyman in The Moses Code movie and book actually change 'The Name' of God to "I AM THAT, I AM." He inserts a comma in between calling it "the key" to unlock the "Code" and then God can "manifest power" through humans.
The use of I am is then used like the 5 I wills of Satan. Joel Osteen did a whole teaching on using the name of God “I am” to bring what you want in your life. “What you say following these two words will determine what life you will live. “The I am’s that are coming out of your mouth will either bring success or failure.” Oprah approved, as she discussed it on her show with Osteen.
Osteen is repeating nearly word for word the law of higher potential written in 1947 that was considered new thought , not Christian teaching. This concept has been circulated in the occult long before new thought teachers made it popular.
“I AM the great power of God expressing as ME. I AM the great abundance for all my needs and a surplus to spare…. Remember, the I AM in you is your part of Divinity. Some sage put it—"Whatever the Creator is, I AM." How often have you said—"I AM poor, I AM sick, I AM ignorant, I AM weak"—and thus fastened these evils upon yourself? You acknowledged a lack of something. What can you build with minus quantities? Only emptiness, void. Reverse all that. Whenever you say "I AM", whenever you thus call upon the God in You, make it something you WANT. "I AM rich. I AM powerful. I AM well and whole and strong. I AM happy. I AM perfect in every way." (The Law of the Higher Potential" by Robert Collier)
This has been used by undiscerning Christians and those in the word faith movement, here a few examples of those known.
Robert Schuller encouraged his followers to chant "I AM" "The most effective mantras employ the "M" sound. You can get the feel of it by repeating the words, "I am, I am," many times over... Transcendental Meditation or TM.. is not a religion nor is it necessarily anti-Christian." (Peace of Mind Through Possibility Thinking, pp 131-32)
Kenneth Copeland who considers himself a little god mockingly says, “When I read in the Bible where He says, "I AM," I just smile and say, "Yes, I AM, too." (Believers Voice of Victory broadcast, July 9, 1987)
Benny Hinn told Christian to chant "I AM" "Don't' tell me you have Jesus. You are everything He was and everything He is and ever shall be.. Don't say, 'I have.' Say, 'I AM, I AM, I AM, I AM, I AM." (Our Position in Christ # 2 - The Word Made Flesh audiotape, Side 2)
Calling oneself God by God’s sacred name could be one of the greatest evils, certainly it is blasphemy.
Let me make this clear, when someone asks “who are you?” we may respond by saying “I am….. and say our name, or title.” Or when they ask what are you going to do, you respond “I am going to”…. That is not blasphemous. But when one knowingly uses God’s name and applies his holy sacred name to themselves and make use of it to bring changes to their life and the world then it becomes a different matter. Then it is blasphemy.
The “I AM” Teachings are based on practices in the Occult, and do not underestimate it, this is dangerous.
What we are looking at is the expansion of the new age influence, having billions of wannabe gods exercising their will over reality. Here we have a whole movement saying I am of themselves. Some do not know what they are saying or involved with, others certainly do. All should take note of what God has said written 2,500 years ago.
In Isaiah 47, after God speaks to Israel about him being I am, God, and there is no other he declares to those in the occult arts.
Isa. 47:10-13 "For you have trusted in your wickedness; you have said, 'No one sees me'; your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; and you have said in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one else besides me.' Therefore evil shall come upon you; you shall not know from where it arises. And trouble shall fall upon you; you will not be able to put it off. And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you shall not know. "Stand now with your enchantments and the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth-- perhaps you will be able to profit, perhaps you will prevail. You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you.”
In the end they will know the deceiving influence they were under and it will be too late. If you are involved in this movement consider this your turning point back to the true God.
Isa. 46:9 “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me” emphasis on NONE, that means YOU.