Funny name, powerful principle. This is for real, an energy we can all tap into.
There is a little known secret about Popeye. With all due respect to the spinach industry and to the many wonders of that marvelous leafy green, he didn’t get that Pluto-pounding amazing energy of his from spinach. The truth is, he didn’t even get it from that dazzling beauty, Olive Oyl.
WHERE DID POPEYE REALLY GET ALL THAT ENERGY?
The secret lies in his song. Go past the intro, the first 45 seconds or so, then listen closely as Popeye sings out his secret. The secret comes in the first 20 seconds of his song. Well, it’s in the title actually.
A POWERFUL PRINCIPAL TAUGHT BY MANY ENERGY EXPERTS
Who else, besides Popeye, endorses the “I yam what I yam” principle?
Well, for starters, God, in the old testament bible, book of exodus. When Moses asked God what is his name, He answered, “I am that I am”. So Popeye is in good company.
There are many energy experts and teachers who advocate this principle. But before I share with you who some of them are, you’d probably like to know what’s so awesome about this “I yam what I yam”.
In short, it is a bold statement of one’s existence – without the need for any judgement, explanation, wanna be’s or should be’s. It is simply, “I am”. It’s pure presence. Many spiritual practitioners work for a lifetime to achieve that realization, being without an ego attached. Look at what Ramana Maharshi, one of the great spiritual adepts of modern India had to say about “I am that I am”:
“I am” is the name of God. Of all the definitions of God, none is indeed so well put as the Biblical statement “I am that I am” in Exodus (Chapter 3). There are other statements, such as Brahmivaham, Aham Brahmasmi, and Soham. But none is so direct as the name Jehovah = I am. Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks With Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talk 106, page 102.
When we cut through all of the endless descriptions of ourselves, feeling we should be, or trying to be a certain way, a certain kind of person we shed all of the conflict within us, the self-judgement, the fears, etc. We release, at least for the moment, all of that busy-ness of the ego, our usual sense of identity, and we simply are.
In releasing all of that, tremendous energy is freed up. It’s really quite amazing how much energy we tie up in the largely unconscious process of continually creating our identity – who we are, who we think we should be, who we’re not, who we’re afraid we might be…