The I Am Presence


Joey is a nurse in a maximum security jail. She has been a jail nurse for twenty years. Most of the other jail nurses she knows have gotten burned-out and changed jobs. But she keeps going, taking care of the people who, as she puts it, “no one else seems to care for.”

What sustains her? She believes it’s her relationship with her I AM Presence and Christ Self that allows her to carry on where others have given up. They inspire and direct her through each day. “It’s the only thing that keeps me alive, that keeps me healthy and that keeps me doing that job. Or I would have quit a long time ago,” she says. In fact, her I AM Presence once inspired her to start a quiet revolution that saved her job and those of the three hundred other health-care workers in the county jail system.

Joey believes that her Presence also provides the spiritual protection she needs to do her job. Her work environment is adversarial, to say the least. Nurses have been kidnapped. Gang members have put out contracts on staff who offend them. And many of the inmates are suing the county for better treatment. The nurses don bullet-proof vests before they even enter a certain area of the jail. When Joey does her rounds, she is accompanied by two security officers.

Every day she asks her I AM Presence and Christ Self for light-energy and protection. She asks to be surrounded by a cylinder of light-energy. Joey believes that this energy sustains her and allows her to bring love to the inmates without getting rattled by the name-calling, abusive language and threats that bombard her. She describes the energy released by her Presence almost as a buoy, or a life preserver, that surrounds and insulates her during the most difficult tasks.

Joey is responsible for testing the inmates for communicable diseases, including HIV and tuberculosis. It’s the light from her Presence, she believes, that allows her to continue this work, even in the most heartbreaking moments, such as counseling a rape victim or informing an inmate that he is HIV-positive.

Joey feels motherly toward many of the prisoners, whom she calls “my boys.” The inmates feel the love she brings and try to return that love. They give her little crosses that they braid out of threads pulled from their socks. They tell other inmates not to threaten her. “Don’t you even touch that nurse,” they say.

The Quiet Revolution

It was tough enough simply to work in this environment, let alone to have to fight to keep her job. But one day Joey and her fellow staff were shocked to learn that their jobs were scheduled to be cut. According to a plan under consideration by the county board of supervisors and Department of Corrections, in six weeks the jail health-care staff were to be let go and replaced by lower-skilled, lower-paid health-care contractors. It looked like a fait accompli.

Joey knew that she would lose her job and that the new workers would not be able to give the patients the level of care they needed. She could foresee a nightmare of rising violence, even riots, and an increase in communicable diseases. She and the other nurses were depressed. How could they fight the county?

She called to her Presence: “Tell me what to do. I’m open here.” Her Presence told her to call her former boss, a public-health nurse. To her surprise, this nurse just happened to have access to research on similar plans that had been implemented in other jails. “I realized that I had an analysis of costs, accounting, dates—the most accurate information anywhere in the country about the whole issue,” Joey said. The information showed that the privatization of jail health care did not save money but in fact cost more.

Joey xeroxed the information, summarized it in a letter of protest and took it to work. She called it the “quiet revolution.” Soon she had hundreds of signatures. Even the toughest inmates began their own letter-writing campaign against the plan.

At every step her Presence told her what to do. “I just basically asked in prayer every day, ‘What do I do?’ And I heard it very directly. I was guided at every step.”

On the day of the hearing before the board of supervisors, a hundred of the health-care staff showed up, with Joey as their main spokesperson. She had only one minute to make the difference.

“I didn’t have a clue what I was going to say when I got up there,” she remembers. But then her I AM Presence and Christ Self took over. “I just said the words I heard in my head and they were perfect.”

The board reexamined the issue and voted to study other solutions. The other health-care staff were amazed and elated. “You did it, you saved us!” said the oral surgeon. Three years later the health-care services have yet to be contracted out.

Joey continues her work with the prisoners—and her daily prayers to her I AM Presence, the power that keeps her going and guides her life.

Fringe Benefits

Joey experienced just a few of the benefits of constant communion with her Higher Self. She got guidance and direction, love and support in a difficult situation. She also was able to tap into a latent talent, public speaking.

Everyone has latent talents. They’re stored as your “treasure in heaven.” On the Chart of Your Real Self (front cover), they’re represented by the colored rings surrounding the upper figure. These rings, which are actually spheres within spheres, represent the Causal Body, which is the storehouse of the energy that you have qualified in a positive manner in this life and even in past lives.


in Access the Power of Your Higher Self

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