To say: “I am NOT Free – ‘yet’” … is ‘just a thought’. When repeated often enough, with belief and conviction [Passion], the manifestation of this as your experience is inevitable. It is NOT True, but you have thought it into what you ‘refer to’ as Truth. The mind will then go on to ‘validate’ this experience with a litany of ‘proof’ related to the way you are ‘living’ [so-called] … and virtually everyone in your life will agree with this assessment, both for you and themselves.
“I AM THAT I AM” ‘means’ exactly the same thing as “I AM FREEDOM” or “I AM PEACE” or “I AM LOVE” [unconditioned]. It is ‘just thoughts’ that have ‘hidden’ this Truth from you. The more you acknowledge the Truth that you ARE Free, the more it is ‘revealed’ to your Awareness in each Now moment.
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