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The Power of I Am

Throughout life you’ve been through a conditioning process that’s created a mind-set overflowing with I am nots. As a schoolchild with a less than satisfactory grade on your report card, you thought to yourself, I am not smart. You place anywhere other than number one and say, I am not talented. You feel criticized and believe that I am not good. You look in the mirror and compare yourself to a glamorous movie idol or homecoming queen and tell yourself, I am not attractive. Your relationship fractures and you think, I am unloved or I am unworthy. These, and many more like them, are repeated throughout your developmental years and into adulthood, and become your core defining self-concept.

Overcoming this I am not mentality begins with trusting your inner world of spirit. There are no boundaries restricting your inner world. But your worldview and your self-concept in the outer world are defined by your five senses. The outer world is always changing, which, by our definition, means it is not real. This awareness that what remains unchanging is the only reality could lead you to experiencing a majestic wake-up call right here, right now.

Run through as large an inventory as you can of the things that you would like to define your life. Then make the shift in your imagination from an I am not or I am hoping to become to I am. You want what follows I am to be congruent with your highest self, which is God. Beginning with your inner dialogue, simply change the words that define your concept of yourself. Redefine your self-concept by choosing the words that you opt to place into your imagination. Try this rewording of your inner world as a beginning step to accessing the assistance of your higher self and fulfilling your desires.

Instead of I am incapable of getting a job, shift to I am capable. Similarly, replace proclamations of I am not able to live in peace with I am peace. I am unlucky in love is replaced by I am love. I am unworthy of happiness becomes I am happiness. 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.

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Shireen says:

Thank you !

Heather says:

I have loved your work for years, thank you for all the awakenings! I love this post, in fact just wrote something very similar on my own blog this week. Those “I am not” grooves are so deep. I guess the good thing is that now, thanks to people like you, I catch myself much more quickly and shift back onto the higher path. Thank you!

Natasha says:

I first saw you on Oprah last week and every since then I’ve listened to everything there is online about u and will be reading ur books. I have a son that is always depressed. I’m hoping I can get him to read ur books and watch you. You have such a beautiful spirit. Thank you for who God made u to be. Please pray for my son Dante.

Ronald says:

Hello, Dr. Dyer, Thanks for helping me begin a journey within, as your teachings and Books have inspired me to realize this path of inlightenment and love and the Power of the Tao Te Ching, which is changing my life.
God Bless You Sir,
A Greatful Thanks

Sivan says:

Dr.Dyer, thank you very much for all your books, inspirational messages and quotes. They are helping me a lot, to cope up with life, with the stress, and most importantly to understand myself. May God always bless you and be with you. Regards

DEBBIE says:

Dear Dr. Dyer,

I am so excited! I registered for your conference in Las Vegas on Jan 12th . . . yay! I decided to start off the new year right by bringing my daughter as my guest to spend the day and learn some great life lessons. Is there any time during the day to spend 10 mins with you?

James says:

This is all good stuff, as usual. I also found that I ask myself lots of questions each day, sometimes not great questions….like even bad questions like “what’s wrong with me?” …….could I also respectfully suggest that we replace our disempowering questions with questions that empower us, like why am I so happy? why am I at peace, etc…

Vikram says:

Dear Dr.Wayne,
I am so glad, i found you [which happend 2 days ago actually :)]
No One has ever influenced me in such a positive way and i deeply thank you for that.
I have always believed in the concept of Guardian Angels out there to guide you and Align you.
Thank you my Guardian Angel! 🙂
Love from India

dorcas says:

Dr. D,
Thank you. I’ve been drifting off to sleep each night with my I AM’s. What a revelation that the sub-conscious mind is the real breeding ground for the power of I AM. Curling up in my nest at the end of a long day has never been so peaceful. Besos…

Ramiro says:

Thanks for the advice. I’ve recently started saying daily affirmations again. I’ve had incredible success with affirmations in the past so I know how powerful they can be. My problem is actually ‘saying’ the affirmations. Or taking the time to do it.

Joseph Wadas says:

There is infinite power when we connect with our Source- the great I AM. Namaste!

Davood says:

Dear Dr. Dyer, thank you so much for all your inspirational books, messages. You are nice, your voice is nice, gentle and peaceful. Thanks God to send you in my way. You are a miracle and gift from God. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. May you be blessed with only love, joy and peace and keep on shining! Lots of love.

– Sanayeei

Dennis says:

When the Creator called you into Being it was purely an act of approval. God can never change His Mind and disapprove of you – that would require a mistake in the first. And God’s Mind is before and beyond the wavering judgment that limited perception produces. To love yourself is to love what God loves.

Claudia says:

Dr. Dyer, thank you for sharing your wisdom, knowledge and inspiration. You helped me understand the importance of inner peace. I have learned so much from your books and lectures. The things I wanted in life have become a reality. I am happily married & have a beautiful daughter. You inspire me. May God continue to bless you

courtney says:

‘Thank you Dr.Dyer for helping me to reconnect with my higher self.Finding you on PBS that first time was the greatest “coincidence”of my life.I AMu grateful beyond words.Namaste.

Jacqueline says:

Dear Wayne, I have started a practice every night before drifting off to sleep using I am….. love, peace, courage, joy, flow, a great tennis player, speaker, change agent and I usually end with I am God. I love the practice and I think it actually helps me fall asleep because I feel so peaceful.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom and love,


I AM Grateful and I AM Joy and I AM Precious and all living things in the Universe….. Most of All, as you remind me (us) I AM LOVE and I feel so happy our paths crossed………..of course they always were meant to; just smiling with delight & Peace. I LOVE YOU Dr. Wayne Dyer!! ~ Valerie ~

Melody says:

oops, meant it matters not, sorry

Melody says:

It matters when I met you(spiritually) the person I am is full of love for others and myself. I’ve many of your books on CD, and read “Quantum Change” as well. You’ve become one of my friends and inspirations. May God continue to bless you and hold you in his hands. So many people have you in our hearts forever.

Bonnie says:

I love this new knowledge I am gaining from reading your new book Wishes Fulfilled. I have just started it so I am still in the learning process. I am happiness. I am anxiety and fear free. I could keep going on . Love you Dr. Dyer and all that you stand for.

Corliss (MizzC) says:

Thank you Dr. Dyer. I am so grateful for the inspiration and positive affirmations you present. I Am a loving spiritual be-ing moving through this human existence. I give Love and receive Love! Therefore, I Am, and I Love That. I wish you well-being Dr. Dyer!! Namaste.