According to the scripture, when Moses was planning to speak to the Israelites about the God of their forefathers, he asked God,
“What should I call you?”
God replied “Yahweh.”
Yahweh means I AM. Numerous wisdom traditions and religions speak of God as an indescribable presence, an invisible life force which cannot be comprehended, that He simply is.
The chanting of Allah hu in the Sufi practice of zikr is interpreted as ‘God is’ and is synchronised with the in breath and the out breath. Similarly, the yogic mantra of So Hum during meditation, not only reflects the sound of the breath but carries the contemplative meaning ‘I Am that’, where ‘that’ refers to all of creation.
We need to remember what we realised a long time ago, that our journey to God lies through our heart. It is no coincidence that the road to self discovery follows the identical path. Rumi writes: “Go find yourself so that you can also find me.”
The search for God, for the Beloved, for Love, for Truth is essentially a search for Ourself, our true self that is not bound by ego. How would our life look if we lived from the perspective of our true self? What if we believed that we were born with all that we need already inside of us? How would we choose to act if we felt happy, whole, loved all the time? What if we could live life with nothing to prove? If we had no fear? I can safely say that the majority of us would be living very different lives. Love would be our focus and joy would be our compass. Bliss. For all the seekers, that is our purpose. Why would God want anything else for us?
There is no secret to enlightenment. Each inflow and outflow of breath that we take during our lifetime is a wave that carries us to our creator, to ourself and to awakening to the greatest truth of all, life.