I Am That I Am began as a journal, written at the suggestion of author Francis Bennett's spiritual director. It was intended to help Francis clarify and explore the shift in perception that had occurred to him-not only for his own sake, but for those who might seek his spiritual guidance in the future. This deceptively simple book brings a unique freshness and humanity to the meeting of Christianity with Eastern investigation of the nature of the self. As Francis says, "Who I am is happiness and bliss ...don't take my word for any of this. You can experiment with this on your own and discover for yourself whether or not these claims are true. This little book may be able to assist you in conducting just such an experiment in your own life. That is certainly my hope in writing it." Author
Francis Bennett was an ordinary, sociable young man who answered the call to a life of spiritual adventure as a contemplative in the monastery of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly known as Trappists. Thomas Merton, the pioneering Christian mystic of the twentieth century, was Bennett's inspiration, and it was Merton's influence that led Bennett to explore the deepest reality of being, within the frameworks of Christianity, Buddhism, and Advaita Vedantaor non-duality. Bennett has worked with the sick and dying in parishes, hospitals, and hospices since he moved away from the monastic life. In 2010, while in the middle of mass, there came what Bennett describes as "a radical perceptual shift in consciousness" that made it clear that the pure awareness at the heart of all is no different from the presence of God, which he had been seeking outside himself for so long. Bennett resides in Columbus, OH.
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