Because one of the Masters from whom Ballard received dictations was Jesus , members of the I AM movement consider themselves Christian. The Ballards incorporated the I AM movement in Since then, no further dictations from the Masters have been received, because no new messenger has been appointed to succeed the Ballards.
Ultimately, each person hopes to ascend into the divine realms, as the Ballards are believed to have done at the end of their lives. The reciting of decrees—invocations of the divine that call for the manifestation in the visible world of a desired condition or the removal of an undesirable one—is the primary devotional activity of members of the movement.
I AM movement
Listening to the messages recorded by the Ballards is the central activity of I AM gatherings. The I AM movement also promotes American patriotism. The group sponsors special programs on patriotic holidays. Soon afterward, several former members accused the Ballards of teaching a sham religion, which led to the indictment and conviction of Edna Ballard and other movement leaders for mail fraud. In the U.
Supreme Court overturned the conviction. As a result of the lengthy judicial process and the subsequent bad publicity, the movement assumed a very low profile in the s, and many thought that it had died. During the second half of the 20th century it experienced steady growth, and in the early 21st century it reported more than chartered I AM sanctuaries in the United States and around the world. Others, such as the Aetherius Society, pictured the Masters as officials of an extraterrestrial government who offer guidance from unidentified flying objects UFOs.
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