The words we use to define ourselves help in creating the person we 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 that we are careful about how we allow others to define us.
The Power Of I AM
I Am are two of the most powerful words we can speak about our self. Whatever we put behind I AM, we become. Saying: ‘I Am weak’ ensures that is what we become. If we say I Am poor that is what we will forever be. When we say I Am ‘just a small man’, then we have just limited what we shall ever become. We have, as it were, put up an invisible, impenetrable barrier that ensures that we forever remain small.
If on the other hand we declare: ‘I Am powerful beyond belief.” Then we would have created 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 we must never allow others to define who we 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 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 are 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.
It is time for us to change the ‘reality’ of the African. 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!