The words you use to define yourself help in creating the person you become. Words are powerful, they are fields of energy – either negative or positive. Words are never neutral. The bible informs us that, “..life and death are in the power of the tongue“. In other words, the words we speak can either be a well-spring of abundant life force energy, or they can be instruments of death, decay and destruction. Now, not only is it important that we are careful about what we call ourselves. It is also extremely important what we allow others to define us as.
The Power Of I AM
I Am are two of the most powerful words you can speak about yourself. Whatever you put behind I AM, you become. Saying: ‘I Am weak’ ensures that is what you become. When you say ‘I Am poor’ that is what you will forever be. When you say ‘I Am just a small man’, then you have just limited what you shall ever become. You have, as it were, put up an invisible, impenetrable barrier that ensures that you forever remain small.
If on the other hand you declare: ‘I Am powerful beyond belief.” Then you create a reality in the invisible realm which would have no choice but to make itself manifest in the visible dream we call reality. It is for this reason that the bible says “…let the weak say I Am strong.” The bible is not advocating that we speak lies, it is simply stating that what you speak you become. In other words, you are the creators of the reality you experience. You create that reality with both your spoken and unspoken words. It is for this reason that you must never allow others to define who you are. No one, but us, must have the final say in how we are defined.
I Am Not A Negro
There is no other creator than the one within. The words you speak and the thoughts you think create your reality. Nothing has befallen you that is not the result of your own creation. Either by commission (what you do) or omission (what you have failed to do). You are either actively creating your reality, or doing so by default.
Now, this may seem insignificant to most of you, but it plays a very significant role in how people of African origin view themselves. The African is referred to, by others, as a Negro and he has accepted this designation placed upon him. Without a proper understanding of the significance of words it would seem like a big ado about nothing. But here is where I take umbrage. The word is defined in the dictionary as a “member of a black-skinned race of Africa”. It also means: “black, dark, sable, dusky,” figuratively it means “gloomy, unlucky, bad, wicked.” So here we see the word negro being associated with that which is negative.
When someone calls you a Negro they are (consciously or unconsciously) associating you with all of that accompanying negativity. Accepting it as a proper designation for yourself, means you are agreeing with them that that’s who you are. You are in effect accepting that you are unlucky, bad, wicked, etc. It is even much worst when you declare to the world: “I Am a Negro.”
Resurrecting The Dead
However it gets even worst. The word Negro in Greek is derived from the root word necro, meaning dead. In other words, not only are you declaring your own worthlessness when you use that word to describe yourself. You are also accepting as a reality that, all about you is dead. Your culture; your spirit; your history; your knowledge; your humanity. You’re accepting that you are but a phantom. A black-skinned individual who looks like an African, but is dead (devoid of the elements that make him/her African)) inside. One whose spirit – the essence of life – has been removed and replaced with another’s.
Is it not time for us to change the ‘reality’ of the African? Is it not time to break the ‘curse’? Rise mighty one from the dead, shake off the mantle of dehumanization that has been placed upon you. Restore the spirit of the African within. Rise up and reclaim your self-worth, restore the essence of your being and proudly declare to all the world – I AM African!