- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 24, 2003

The following are excerpts of a sermon yesterday by the Rev. Donna Dearmore at Unity of Fairfax in Oakton.

Fill in the blank: “I am ____.”

“Love.” We have so many different ways of identifying ourselves through the “I Am.” Perhaps you go to your emotional nature, and you say, “I am lonely. I am hurting. I am sad. I am depressed. I am confused. I’m seeking guidance.”

All of those are states of consciousness, and they have validity, but they are not who you are. And perhaps if I say, “Fill in the blank — I am ____” and you say, “I am an accountant and I live in Reston. I have four children, and I am a husband, and a son, and a retired officer.”

All of those have validity. They are identities that help you move about in the world, but they are not who you really are.

Who you really are is a spiritual being having a human experience. You are a spiritual being with access to the playing field of human experience, and the access card that you have, or the access code is, “I Am.” Because whatever you attach “I Am” to takes you from the realm of infinite possibilities into the realm of definition.

Our decreeing mechanism is “I Am.” The “I Am” within us, at the core of our being, is the presence of God. Who you are is a child of God. … This spiritual DNA has designed us to live in an orderly universe, to go about with everything we need to fulfill that which we are called to do. And it is the DNA within us, this spiritual, genetic propensity of God, that calls us to stretch ourselves, to be more love, to be more peaceful, to find ways to live healthier expressions of life in mind and body and spirit. …

That is who you are, and that is what you’ve come here to do. We are all here, in this dimension, on this plane, to overcome the illusion that there is something greater than God in this world, to overcome the belief that we are separate from the presence of God. We are here to triumph over our challenges in that we know that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. No matter what comes to knock on our door that says, “Deal with me. Deal with me now,” you and God open that door to meet it.

We are here as divine expressions on the planet Earth to heal ourselves, and to heal others. But we are not here just to overcome. We are here to know the fullness of God. We are here to learn how to live with unconditional love. … We also use the “I Am” to come into the awareness of the kingdom of heaven, right here, right now on Earth.

How does that happen? What was the turning point in David’s life? He came to the realization that it was the moment that he knew that he could overcome Goliath. That was the most important thing.

From that moment on, what transpired was an out-picturing of that thought that he held in mind. Knowing that he could overcome Goliath was not coming from the ego identification of all the little identities. It was coming from the authority within him as the very source of his existence.

And when we turn to that authority within us, we know that there is no challenge and no circumstance that can withstand the vibration of that love because it clears away confusion. …

When do we step into the kingdom of heaven? And you know the answer to that because there is no yesterday; yesterday is but a memory. It exists only in your mind, and you know you are more than your mind. And tomorrow doesn’t exist except in your imagination, which is also a function of your mind. So, if not now, when? There is only this moment to come in to the realization of the presence of God. …

So the question is, are you attaching your “I Am” statements to statements of truth, to statements that are in alignment with your spiritual DNA and the Christ presence within, or are you attaching your “I Am” statements to your ego? …

When we align ourselves with God-energy, we use our “I Am” to affirm prosperity and abundance. …

We can be in this world, but not of it, when we come into the realization of who we really are as divine beings. …

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” The real journey is the inward journey into the realization of the presence of God within us, flowing through us, as us into the world. Your ticket is “I Am.”

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