I AM Poem Process

Writing Your Living I AM POEM…

A Process of Self Creation and Pure Choice. The process of writing your I AM POEM helps you script a poem and declare a purpose that moves, touches and inspires you. This I Am Poem that you’ll script is a living answer to this One Question:

“Who Am I?”

One who knows, will not tell you!

And anyone who attempts to tell you,

please know that they don’t know!

But this much I can tell you…

this very fact this question has arisen in your mind,

you are lucky!

Many people just live life without asking

what is the purpose of life.

This question itself is like a tool,

a vehicle for you to go deep into life…

the quest for reality!


-Sri Sri Ravi Shankar-

The I AM POEM process is simple. It’s a guide to help you move your desires from thought into word form. Through this process, you’ll write your ver own poem in reply to the question, Who Am I?

Using the most powerful words available to attract to you the life of your dreams: I AM

Using the great command I AM, you’ll script your poem withinasthru the integral creative power that you are.

I AM is the strongest creative statement in the universe. Whatever you think and say after the words I AM sets into motion the very experiences requested. It calls the great universal IS to your aid, magnetically attracting to you the life of your dreams, lived withinasthru full expression and gratitude complete.

People say what we’re all seeking a meaning for life.

I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking.

I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive

so that the life experiences that we have on the purely physical plane will have resonances within,

that are those of our own innermost being and reality,

so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive…


-Joseph Campbell-

Perhaps you’ve never asked yourself these questions, Who Am I? What is my purpose?

Whether you have or your haven’t, become willingness enough to move through this process completely, especially if it feels uncomfortable. Getting uncomfortable can often be a necessary path to growth.

Why do this? Because the world needs your talents, your abilities, your contribution, your vision, your poem, your song, your light. Not tomorrow. Not next month. Now. Right Now!

There is a purpose only you can fulfill. Yes, you are this important. And it’s time to fulfill your promise to Self…

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer.

Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.


Barbara DeAngelis-

Thank you in advance for being the kind of person who takes the time to choose and decide – create and to declare – Who You Are.

It’s probably not possible to fully grasp the significance of moments spent in quiet contemplation – considering, writing, declaring, coding into your cellular being – what’s really important to you, your passion, your purpose, your future, your life…

It’s important to consider again that a meaningful purpose must be created by you because life has no meaning, save the meaning you give IT. You have no purpose, unless you choose IT.

Who Are You Being?

The first element of this process is to get honest about who you are BEing, Right Now, and who you are choosing to Become. What is it that you value most in life? What are your highest values, the values that truly inspire you? What character strengths do you desire to be known for? What qualities do you wish to develop? Who do you most desire to be known as?

Man is lost and is wandering in a jungle

where real values have no meaning.

Real values can have meaning to man

only when he steps on to the spiritual path,

a path where negative emotions have no use.


-Sai Baba-

Why Are You Being Who You’re Being?

The second question is, What is the meaning of life for you? What is your purpose? And what are you most passionate about in your life and in your work?

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you,

and devote yourself to creating something that gives you

purpose and meaning.


Mitch Albom-

What Are You Doing As You’re BEing Who You’re BEing?

The third question to answer is, What do I want to do? What do you want to accomplish, what contributions do you want to make to create your vision into reality, your Mission?

The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life:

Overcome fear, behold wonder. 


Richard Bach-

There is a fourth element that lies within the what you want to do category; it is what you desire to have. What possessions, money, and so forth would you choose to have in your life?

It’s important to keep in mind that legitimate power and the highest levels of personal fulfillment originate from who you will become and what you are willing to do to become more. It will not necessarily come from what you’ll have, own, or control. And, with that said, get clear on what you desire to have. Get out a blank sheet of paper and write down everything you desire to Be, Do & Have…

The I AM POEM Process

Step One:  Identify an Influential Person in Your Life

An effective way to focus on what you want to be, do, and have is to identify highly influential people you admire or look to for guidance and insight. Think about how these people have contributed to your development. What characteristics do they exhibit and express that move, touch, and inspire you to become more? These people can be alive or passed. It doesn’t matter. Their influence on you is experienced through the same energy. So, simply answer the following questions, keeping in mind your individual objectives of what you want to be, do, and have. Write the answer to these questions down on a piece of paper.

What person or persons have been the most influential in my personal development?

What qualities do I admire most in these people?

What qualities have I gained from knowing them or learning about them?

What values do they live by that I would like to have?

Step Two:  Define what you desire to BE, DO & HAVE…

Answer the following questions on the same sheet of paper, or a new one:

Who would I like to be and become?

What would I like to do (specific to general)?

What would I like to have?

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.


-William Shakespeare-

Step Three:  Define your life roles.

Here, your objective is not to wear your roles as Who You Really Are.  However, it is an empowering exercise to recreate yourself in terms of roles – not in the sense of role playing, but in the sense of authentic parts you have chosen to fill. You have roles in your personal and professional life. What are your family roles? Are you Father? Mother? Provider? What are our roles in relationship to your friends? Comforter? Joker? Competitor? These roles will become a natural framework to help you structure your life into roles that you use to create yourself.

Define as many roles as you’d like, then write these roles on your sheet of paper.

Next, you will project yourself forward in time and write a brief statement of how you would most like to be described in that particular role. As an example, in your role as father you may desire to be known this way: “I am compassion, kindness and empathetic listening to my children.”

By identifying your life’s roles, you will gain perspective and balance. By writing these descriptive statements, you will begin to visualize your highest reality. You will also identify the core principles and values you desire to create yourself withinasthru and with what principles and values you will live.

Step Four:  Write a Draft of your I AM POEM…

Now that you have identified your roles and defined what you’re choosing to be and become, you’re prepared to begin working on your I AM POEM.

Create a rough draft of your I AM POEM. Draw inspiration from the thinking you’ve already done in the previous steps. Then, as you’re ready, you can type up a draft that you’ll desire to reference at least once per week to refine, edit, and add insight and clarification.

Once written, you’ll want to read it aloud often. Read it aloud to your self while looking in the mirror.

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.


T. S. Eliot

Step Five:  Write a Draft of your Purpose

Now that you’ve written a rough draft of your I AM POEM and defined who you’re choosing to be and become, you’re prepared to begin working on your Purpose. Please remember that form follows function.

Your I AM POEM is the function.

Your Purpose is the form.

Your Purpose is the vehicle to express and experience everything you’ve ever known your Self to truly Be.

Again, just like before, create a rough draft of your Purpose. Draw from the thinking you’ve already done in the previous steps.

Ever more people today have the means to live,

but no meaning to live for.


Viktor E. Frankl-

Step Six:  Evaluate

It is import that you NOT let your I AM POEM and Purpose become outdated. A periodic review and evaluation can help you keep in touch with your own process of creative choice. It keeps you on your path of becoming in harmony with your deepest passions and ever evolving reason for being. You may choose to continually ask yourself these questions:

Is my I AM POEM and Purpose based on timeless, proven principles? Which ones?

Do I feel my I AM POEM and Purpose represents the best I can be and become?

During my best moments, do I feel inspired, truly moved, through the language I’ve created through this I AM POEM and Purpose?

Do I feel direction, passion, purpose, challenge, and motivation when I review these statements?

Am I aware of the strategies and skills that may be necessary for me to acquire in order for me to accomplish what I have written?

What do I need to start doing right now to be where I desire to be tomorrow?

The final test of the value and effectiveness of an I AM POEM & Purpose is this: Do my poem and purpose move, touch and inspire me?

Remember, every I Am Poem is different, just as every person is unique. There are no hard and fast rules to creating your living I Am Poem. It is how you feel, what lives in your most passionate depths of purpose, your truest desires.

If, however, you would like to see a living I Am Poem in process, please visit my own I AM POEM tab on this website http://withinasthru.com/i-am-poem/

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,

so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.

To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.

To make a deep mental path,

we must think over and over the kind of thoughts

we wish to dominate our lives


-Henry David Thoreau-