I Am the Word might be better called I Am the Challenge.
From the get-go, Paul Selig’s channeled text challenges readers on multiple levels, and the stakes couldn’t be higher: mankind is on the verge of a great awakening—an evolution to the next level of understanding—and readers can tune into that and help make it happen if they open themselves up to a sense of possibility. In doing so, say Selig’s spirit guides, readers will achieve self-actualization and fulfillment.
That’s a tall order, but the book bills itself as “a guide to the consciousness of man’s self in a transitioning time.” It’s a how-to book for the spirit and the self.
Because self-actualization is, obviously, a highly personal experience, I can only speak to the book’s effect on me. Different readers will experience different results, particularly because they’ll approach the book with different expectations and different levels of open-mindedness.
And that is the book’s first challenge: readers have to approach it with an open mind.
“When a person says, ‘I intend to be different,’ one cannot be different without undergoing change and that change is not always comfortable, nor is it always graceful. Period,” the Guides say.
But the process of change, as outlined in the book, opens a reader to wonder, recognition, and knowing—and, in the end, it helps readers manifest themselves “as the energy of love.” That’s intimate—and for some people, uncomfortable—terrain to explore.
The book is also challenging because it’s dense. The text is readable, but the content is heavy and thoughtful, so it’s nothing a reader can skim through. (It’s not a beach read. I speak from experience!) I Am the Word requires concerted attention and reflection—but the payoffs, remember, are potentially huge.
The next challenge, for me, came when the book suggested a radical paradigm shift in my thinking about Christ. “We don’t talk about personage of Christ,” the Guides say in their initial discussion. “We talk about Christ as a creation of the God Self inhabiting man in its fullness.”
Jesus, the Guides say, “is a personage of the Christ, a manifestation of the Christ in fullness, and there are others as well who have ascended to this level or understanding and frequency.”
“To be the Christ,” they go on to say, “simply means to be yourself in full realization of your power as a piece of God in action.” To reach self-actualization, you achieve your “Christed self.”
“[O]nce you bypass the religion and you understand that the Christ is a consciousness, is a frequency, is an offering to man from the Creator to align to, then you begin to have a very different experience of understanding who you are,” the Guides say.
As a Catholic, lapsed as I might be right now, that was kind of a tough concept to wrap my head around—yet, leaving myself open to wonder, as the Guides suggest, I found that the ideas had certain resonance.
While the book is filled with ideas large and small, radical and familiar, comforting and jarring, it’s also an action manual. The Guides invite readers to do. After all, they say, the Word is God in action, and so they invite readers to take part in that action.
“This is the decree,” they say. “You are Word.”
Sometimes, the Guides invite readers to just allow things to happen—like, my frequency would align with the Christ frequency if I simply sat there and allowed it to. Sometimes, the Guides invite readers to repeat intentions:
“I am now choosing to think only those thoughts which will bring me peace and will align me to a high consciousness. I am doing this easily and through my own intention to know myself as Word. Word I am Word through this intention. Word I am word.”
“[An] intention,” the Guides say, “is a way to invoke and express and experience the light in a way that will be wonder-full for you, so that you can move into this as you are required.”
That remains an ongoing challenge throughout the book: being open to wonder so that things fall into place and frequencies align. At times, even Selig, serving as the medium, felt doubt or skepticism, which the Guides address as the channeling session are underway—and since the book is basically a transcript of those channeling sessions, the interactions between Selig and the Guides are included.
Rhetorically, those interactions prove to be useful devices because Selig’s uncertainty can mirror the reader’s, and so as the Guides take time to reassure Selig and explain things for him, the readers get the benefits of those teaching moments and can have their own doubts assuaged.
The Guides prove remarkably patient and remarkably optimistic. Trust them, they say, and everything will work out just fine. “[T]he opportunities you require to bring this growth into achievement will present themselves one day at a time,” the Guides assure—but only if you leave yourself open to the possibilities that they’ll happen.
Ultimately, the more open I was to experiencing what the book had to say—despite the ways it challenged me—the more I got out of the book. For instance, when the Guides would offer an affirmation and then say something like, “Many of you will feel this as a lightening around you” or “As you do this, you begin to experience heat in the heart center,” those things actually happened to me. Again, I can’t attest to the experience others will have—but those things happened to me.
I Am the Word has much to offer readers who are open to the experience. Most importantly, it seeks to help us all be better people and to see the world as a better place. It wants us to reconnect with wonder and with each other. Regardless of the vocabulary the book uses, or the spiritual approach it takes, its final vision is a beautiful one—and a challenge well worth rising to meet.
Categories: Arts/Literature, Religion & Philosophy
I think it would be very interesting to compare what the “Guides” discuss in this book to what “Seth” related to (or through) Jane Roberts back in the 70’s.
I can’t help but wonder if this is another “spin-off” of A Course In Miracles.”
For three years I read and meditated on A Course in Miracles, and I find that concepts and ideas in I am the Word are precisely identical to those expressed in that book. For this reason, I canno’t understand why at page three of I am the Word is written: [translation is mine from the italian version of the book]. I canno’t understand the direct reference to ACIM: why did the spirits who spoke through Paul do it? Is there competition even among spiritual entities? That’s enormous!
Aloha to everybody
I don’t know why it has not been reported in my post above my translation of a small quote from I am the Word. It was this: . Sorry for the mistake
Aloha to everybody
I try for the third time. In I am the Word is written: This is not A Course in Miracles. This is not another of the usual books.
Hope now it is readable
Aloha to everybody
This reply is years later, but I believe the guides were only making the distinction between the methods used in writing ACIM versus those used with the books released under the name of Paul Selig. Selig’s books are precise, unedited, direct transmissions. They have not been tampered with or altered by Paul, his editors, or his publisher. ACIM was heavily edited and revised over years by the two authors. I believe that’s the distinction they were making. Unsoiled by human hands (or heads), you might say.
I also read A Course in Miracles. I do not consider it competition, just more is good! I found this easier to grasp and I really felt the vibrations more than I did when reading A Course in Miracles. I think the ACIM requires a group to help understand the text, while I find with Paul’s book, it is very doable doing it on my own. I think both are great and I love the fact they are very similar. It also really encourages us to focus on internalizing the experience. It really does feel like imprinting like
the guides mention in the book.
Paul Selig’s Guides, are telling you what Seth told you, but in a different way, in a more direct way concerning the creator, not in regards to the Jesus consciousness. Sometimes with Seth you felt like you needed to be an intellectual, because he was explaining more of the mechanics of our humanness. The I Am discourses of the St Germain series is a very similar teaching with the connection to the ascended ones, even the Christ as an ascended teacher and the affirmations within the discourses, are all very meaningful and certainly a means to change your life. Paul’s Guides make everything clearer and more meaningful,
and understandable of how to connect to God, All That Is, and how to connect to your brothers and sisters on this earth, and to be part of the awakening simplified.
The St Germain teachers have to learn to be less judgemental,and less controlling, nice people but!!!
Not a book – best reviewed by a Catholic or any resolute Christain, lapsed or not. Book offers a universal view – applicable to all faiths. Think of the Creator; Jesus prayed to – while alive. Then reader can better understand – this ‘Christ consciousness’, the channelled writer is referring to.
…read the book and if you are not physically moved read it again. It has much to offer without the fear and damnation of religion.