“I am here!” “I see you!” As Nepo says, these two statements may be the most important things we can say to ourselves and to each other throughout the New Year.
If you make resolutions, make this one: “At every thought of it, I resolve to remind myself…to say to myself, ‘I am here’ – that’s all…that’s enough!”
Think of the profundity of this statement.
When you say, “I am here” you are affirming the only two realities that are – “YOU” and “HERE” or, “now” – When Moses was at the burning bush, his spiritual encounter with God…or, with himself, if you’d prefer,…he asked, “Who shall I say has sent me?”
And God said…or, Moses said to himself…”Tell them, that ‘I Am’ sent you.”
Strange response to a very logical question, isn’t it?
Not when you get it. Not when you know that you and God make up the great “I AM.” Nothing needs to be added to this, does it? Nothing can be added to this.
But then, when we don’t understand this, we do the adding…
“I am…an author.”
“I am…a Christian.”
“I am…Roman Catholic.”
All of which are efforts at feeling important…significant…valuable…connected…as if I have an identity. A future. A family. An eternity.
Why do we add to who we are?
Only because we don’t know we ARE already!
My Dentist’s assistant, once asked me,”Don’t you believe in heaven…in eternity?”
I responded, “I believe in here…and now. What else is there? When heaven comes…eternity appears…the after-life begins…whatever you wish to label it…the fact is, it will only appear HERE!”
Think about this. Think long and hard. No need to live in hopes of the unknown THERE, if you cannot find Life itself in the known HERE!
“I am!” What more could be added to this? When you can say this, without the impulsive need to add something else, you are beginning to make the greatest discovery of inner space…your “I am-ness.”
“I am.” Since I have spent the greater part of my life adding, I will spend this year subtracting…all the way down to “I am!” This will be my primary meditation throughout the new year.
That, of course, and maybe just one addition: “I am HERE.”
Because this grounds me in the present moment – the ONLY moment that is. The only moment that EVER IS. So set goals, if you’d like. They can be useful.
No goal, however, could ever supersede the goal of being who you really are – being the I AM that YOU ARE. Further, nothing could be more important than being deeply attached not to tomorrow, next to next week, not to next month or year but to that one reality out of which tomorrow, next week, month or year emerges – this PRESENT MOMENT. When tomorrow comes, guess HOW it comes? There’s much you cannot face when you live in the imaginary mind of tomorrow. There is nothing, however, you cannot face when you face it now.
So, I will repeat, as often as it comes to me, and I hope it comes frequently, “I AM HERE.”
There is nothing OUT THERE I cannot face when I AM HERE.
The other resolution is this: “I see you!”
What could be more important to all relationships – the one with yourself, with your significant other, your children, grandchildren, your colleagues at work, yes…yes…even your perceived enemies than to say, and to say deeply, “I see you?”
Isn’t much of the tension in relationships…much of the misunderstanding at work…much of the violence in this world somehow connected to the often misunderstood feeling, “Nobody sees me!…Knows me…Loves me…Recognizes me…?
I cannot solve all of the problems in this world. But, in the little world where I live, I can promise you…and promise myself every time it comes to me..”This moment…right now…I see you!”
I have a suspicion…even a prediction…most of our world’s problems would be solved almost immediately, if I could have 20/20 vision when it comes to seeing you.
So today, and everyday, throughout the New Year, uppermost in my mind…on my heart…from my lips…you will hear…I will hear myself say,
“I am here!”
“I see you!”
Something so simple contains the secret to happiness for you…for me…for us.
Amazing! Happy New Year!