Divine I Am
God said to Moses, ‘I Am’ (Exodus 3:14).
This Essential Name of God—I Am or I Shall Be—holds a deep secret of divine being: a constant movement forward, a flow, an endless verb. This is opposite of any static object or noun that religion projects upon the Holy One. If I Am is a verb, and all of the galaxies, stars, and planets are a cosmic, turning verb, then we too are a verb. Nothing is static. All is dynamic. All is moving in the Holy One and the Holy One is moving with, in, and through all. Movement is a revelation of action, as this most Essential Name of God also suggests: “I will be revealed through my actions.” So it is with us: The truth, the reality, of an awakened soul, is revealed through its actions.
I Will Know Fully
In the seed of faith is an orchard of gnosis we cultivate through action. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known (1 Corinthians 13:12). Distorting revealed scriptures, mainstream religion often speaks of the revelation of the awakened soul—salvation—in the future tense. The Gnostic Path insists that it is in the present. The afterlife is in this life. However, ignorance of this awakened soul creates a gap between who one is as they are in God from who one is as they are in themself. Separation—ignorance—is the cause of sin. One cannot mentally redeem their way out of separation though idle belief. To fully know that God is nearer to us than we are to ourselves, we must act. From this gnosis, James challenges that faith alone saves, for faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith (James 2:17-18). To wait passively, knowledge will never come. Who I am in God is only revealed through who I am in action. To know fully, as I have been fully known, requires that we wait actively, as servants wait upon their master. Whom are we serving? The Divine I Am, hidden in everyone, revealed through our actions.
Yeshua elucidated this mystery of our interconnection and interdependence everywhere he emphasized the One Soul. Consider how he essentialized all of the commandments when he quoted, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31). He emphasized the unity of this common ground further when, through a parable of a king disguised as those hungry, thirsty, wandering, naked, sick, or in prison, Yeshua taught, Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me (Matthew 25:45). The nature of this “me” to which he refers is each of us, interconnected with every other self: the Divine I Am. He leads us away from distortions of reality as it is when he teaches us, Deny yourselves, take your cross, and follow in my way (Mark 8:34). Deny the false self that believes it exists separate and apart from all other selves. Take up the cross to give and receive with all other selves as oneself. Follow nothing imposed from outside, but live from Christ within. In every other is the face of God, the Divine I Am.