At Your Command, Part 3

Again, Moses stated, “I AM that I AM.” Now here is something to always bear in mind. You cannot put new
wine in old bottles or new patches upon old garments. That is; you cannot take with you into the new
consciousness any part of the old man. All of your present beliefs, fears and limitations are weights that bind
you to your present level of consciousness. If you would transcend this level you must leave behind all that is
now your present self, or conception of yourself. To do this you take your attention away from all that is now
your problem or limitation and dwell upon just being. That is; you say silently but feeling to yourself, “I AM.
Do not condition this ‘awareness’ as yet. Just declare yourself to be, and continue to do so, until you are lost
in the feeling of just being – faceless and formless. When this expansion of consciousness is attained, then,
within this formless deep of yourself give form to the new conception by FEELING yourself to be THAT
which you desire to be.

You will find within this deep of yourself all things to be divinely possible. Everything in the world which you
can conceive of being, is to you, within this present formless awareness, a most natural attainment.
The invitation given us in the Scriptures is – “to be absent from the body and be present with the Lord.” The
‘body’ being your former conception of yourself and ‘the Lord’ – your awareness of being. This is what is
meant when Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again for except ye be born again ye cannot enter
the kingdom of Heaven.” That is; except you leave behind you your present conception of yourself and
assume the nature of the new birth, you will continue to out-picture your present limitations.
The only way to change your expressions of life is to change your consciousness. For consciousness is the
reality that eternally solidifies itself in the things round about you. Man’s world in its every detail is his
consciousness out-pictured. You can no more change your environment, or world, by destroying things than
you can your reflection by destroying the mirror. Your environment, and all within it, reflects that which you
are in consciousness. As long as you continue to be that in consciousness so long will you continue to
out-picture it in your world.

Knowing this, begin to revalue yourself. Man has placed too little value upon himself. In the Book of
Numbers you will read, “In that day there were giants in the land; and we were in our own sight as
grasshoppers. And we were in their sight as grasshoppers.” This does not mean a time in the dim past when
man had the stature of giants. Today is the day, the eternal now when conditions round about you have
attained the appearance of giants (such as unemployed, the armies of your enemy, your problems and all
things that seem to threaten you) those are the giant that make you feel yourself to be a grasshopper. But, you
are told, you were first, in your own sight a grasshopper and because of this you were to the giants – a
grasshopper. In other words, you can only be to others what you are first to yourself. Therefore, to revalue
yourself and begin to feel yourself to be the giant, a center of power, is to dwarf these former giants and
make of them grasshoppers. “All the inhabitants of the earth are as nothing, and he doeth according to his will
in the armies of Heaven and among all the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, nor say unto
him, “What doest thou’?” This being spoken of is not the orthodox God sitting in space but the one and only
God – the everlasting father, your awareness of being. So awake to the power that you are, not as man, but
as your true self, a faceless, formless awareness, and free yourself from your self imposed prison.
“I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am known of mine. My sheep hear my voice and I know
them and they will follow me.” Awareness is the good shepherd. What I am aware of being, is the ‘sheep’
that follow me. So good a ‘shepherd’ is your awareness that it has never lost one of the ‘sheep’ that you are
aware of being.

I am a voice calling in the wilderness of human confusion for such as I am aware of being, and never shall
there come a time when that which I am convinced that I am shall fail to find me. “I AM” is an open door for
all that I am to enter. Your awareness of being is lord and shepherd of your life. So, “The Lord is my
shepherd; I shall not want” is seen in its true light now to be your consciousness. You could never be in want
of proof or lack the evidence of that which you are aware of being.
This being true, why not become aware of being great; God-loving; wealthy; healthy; and all attributes that
you admire?

It is just as easy to possess the consciousness of these qualities as it is to possess their opposites for you have
not your present consciousness because of your world. On the contrary, your world is what it is because of
your present consciousness. Simple, is it not? Too simple in fact for the wisdom of man that tries to
complicate everything.

Paul said of this principle, “It is to the Greeks” (or wisdom of this world) “foolishness.” “And to the Jews” (or
those who look for signs) “a stumbling block”; with the result, that man continues to walk in darkness rather
than awake to the being that he is. Man has so long worshipped the images of his own making that at first he
finds this revelation blasphemous, since it spells death to all his previous beliefs in a God apart from himself.
This revelation will bring the knowledge that “I and my father are one but my father is greater than I.” You are
one with your present conception of yourself. But you are greater than that which you are at present aware of

Before man can attempt to transform his world he must first lay the foundation – “I AM the Lord.” That is,
man’s awareness, his consciousness of being is God. Until this is firmly established so that no suggestion or
argument put forward by others can shake it, he will find himself returning to the slavery of his former beliefs.
“If ye believe not that I AM he, ye shall die in your sins.” That is, you shall continue to be confused and
thwarted until you find the cause of your confusion. When you have lifted up the son of man then shall you
know that I AM he, that is, that I, John Smith, do nothing of myself, but my father, or that state of
consciousness which I am now one with does the works.

When this is realized every urge and desire that springs within you shall find expression in your world.
“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door I will come in to him
and sup with him and he with me.” The “I” knocking at the door is the urge.
The door is your consciousness. To open the door is to become one with that that which is knocking by
FEELING oneself to be the thing desired. To feel one’s desire as impossible is to shut the door or deny this
urge expression. To rise in consciousness to the naturalness of the thing felt is to swing wide the door and
invite this one into embodiment.

That is why it is constantly recorded that Jesus left the world of manifestation and ascended unto his father.
Jesus, as you and I, found all things impossible to Jesus, as man. But having discovered his father to be the
state of consciousness of the thing desired, he but left behind him the “Jesus consciousness” and rose in
consciousness to that state desired and stood upon it until he became one with it. As he made himself one
with that, he became that in expression.

This is Jesus simple message to man:Men are but garments that the impersonal being, I AM, the presence
that men call God – dwells in. Each garment has certain limitations. In order to transcend these limitations and
give expression to that which, as man – John Smith – you find yourself incapable of doing, you take your
attention away from your present limitations, or John Smith conception of yourself, and merge yourself in the
feeling of being that which you desire. Just how this desire or newly attained consciousness will embody
itself, no man knows. For I, or the newly attained consciousness, has ways that ye know not of; its ways are
past finding out. Do not speculate as to the HOW of this consciousness embodying itself, for no man is wise
enough to know the how. Speculation is proof that you have not attained to the naturalness of being the thing
desired and so are filled with doubts.