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Guy and Edna Ballard

The "I AM" Movement is the original Ascended Master Teachings religious movement founded in the early 1930s by Guy Ballard (1878–1939) and his wife Edna (1886–1971) in Chicago, Illinois.<ref name="history">Saint Germain Foundation. The History of the "I AM" Activity and Saint Germain Foundation. Saint Germain Press 2003 ISBN 1-878891-99-5</ref> It is an offshoot of theosophy and a major precursor of several New Age religions including the Church Universal and Triumphant.<ref name="partridge">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> The movement had up to a million followers in 1938 <ref name="barrett" /> and is still active today on a smaller scale. According to the official website of the parent organization, the Saint Germain Foundation, its worldwide headquarters is located in Schaumburg, Illinois, and there are approximately 300 local groups worldwide under several variations of the names "I AM" Sanctuary, "I AM" Temple, and other similar titles.<ref name="scotus"/> As of 2007, the organization states that its purpose is "spiritual, educational and practical," and that no admission fee is charged for their activities.<ref name="SGF-homepage">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The term "I AM" is a reference to the ancient Sanskrit mantra "So Ham", meaning "I Am that I Am".<ref name="UnivVirginia">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> See also the entry "I Am that I Am".

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Intro  Overview   History    Teachings   See also   References   Partial bibliography   External links   

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