Let’s carry on with the $3000 Experiment. (If you’re just joining, welcome and start here.)
Today I want to tell you about how I used the wacky concept of ‘parallel universes’ to achieve a clearly tangible result this week, and how you can use the same concept to tap into a whole new dimension for your $3000 Experiment.
This past week, I tackled the hallway ceiling, where years of neglect and smoke damage had left the heavy stuccoed surface dirty, discoloured and smelly. It needed to go.
A quick check revealed that underneath the stucco was (get this), a layer of cork board; which, in turn, was glued to the original ceiling with a super strong adhesive.
A great big mess.
With a chisel and mallet, I started chipping it off. The stucco/cork/glue came away in crumb-sized pieces. (See the small chunks at the top of the photo, below?) After 2 1/2 hours of steady work, I’d removed about 10% of the ceiling. At that rate, the ceiling would take…what… 25 hours to remove?
There had to be a better way.
The next day, I purchased a power tool. After trying it on the ceiling for a few minutes, I declared it utterly useless and sat my sorry butt down on the hallway floor for a brief pity party.
I didn’t want that ceiling in the house anymore, even if the option existed to leave it and cover it with new drywall. No, it had to go.
So I made peace with the prospect that’d I’d be spending 20+ hours, painstakingly chiselling the nasty mess off.
I soothed myself with the thought that I’d do it slowly over a few weeks. And I would flavor the task with a steady diet of my favorite soft jujubes.
Plus, I reasoned, I’d get a great upper body work out.
It was going to be ok. So I climbed back up on the ladder and got to work.
(Sit up now. This is where the story gets good.)
At peace with the task ahead, my hands worked and my mind was free to wander.
One happy place it wandered was to the wild concept from quantum physics that we actually exist in an unlimited number of parallel universes at the same time, but are only aware of the one we are focussed into at any given time.
I thought, “So right now, there’s a version of me in a parallel universe exactly like this one, except there, this cork board and stucco ceiling never existed.“
And because I know parallel realities differ, not by distance but by how they feel to us, I decided to feel for that reality.
With the next smack of the mallet, I said, “In that reality, this ceiling never existed.”
And I tried to imagine how I would feel if that was true.
With every subsequent blow, I started to get into the feeling of that more; “This mess was never here.” (smack)
“This ceiling was never here.” (smack.)
“I’m seeing a smooth surface in my mind right now because in the parallel reality I’m imagining right now, it was never here.” (smack.)
Understand that I was physically looking at and working on an ugly, dirty, heavily stuck ceiling, but on the inside, mentally and emotionally, I was fully immersed in the pleasure of ‘resonating with’ how it would feel if that ceiling was not there now and never had been.
My inner state was dramatically different from the external reality.
Within a few minutes, something unexpected happened; the chisel slid through the next segment of glue like a hot knife through butter.
And I saw a piece of ceiling, twice the size of any previous pieces, fall to the floor.
The same thing happened the next time too.
The chisel slid underneath the cork board like the glue wasn’t even there. (Huh.)
Within a few minutes, my chisel created a gap between the original ceiling and the cork board big enough to slide a prybar into.
A 7 inch round chunk of stuccoed cork board fell to the floor with a crash. (Like the one in the photo, right, which I’ve placed a typical ‘before’ piece on, dark cork side up.)
Then another, even bigger, piece of ceiling fell.
Until finally, like an exclamation point, the final section crashed to the floor in one big slab about 12″ by 30″. The entire width of the hallway.
And not more than an hour had passed!
When I got off the ladder and looked up, I was thrilled by what I saw. There was a clear demarcation point at the exact spot I’d started imagining the feeling of that different parallel reality. (You can see it in the photo, left. The ‘before’ section that took me 2 1/2 hours to remove is visible as rough white plaster and dark still-stuck cork bits. While the ‘after’ ceiling is utterly smooth. Don’t look at my neck though; no one looks good when photographed from below…)
My external reality was now matching my inner state perfectly! Below is another photo looking up at the hallway ceiling, showing the difference more clearly.
Nice, right? (I’d love to hear the explanation for this that a skeptic would give.)
It’s taken me years of practice to get adept like this at choosing pleasing inner states that differ dramatically from those my external reality may be showing me.
(BTW, I made a series of recordings a few years ago, introducing folks to how to do this. Those recordings are still available as this online course.)
But this is something we can all learn to do! So why not try this this week with your $3000 Experiment?
At some point this week when you have a bit of time doing nothing in particular (maybe when you’re mindlessly driving, or riding the bus or subway), let your mind wander to an imaginary place. Let your imagination help you choose where it goes.
Imagine a place where something wonderful is going on with you. Maybe even something wonderful regarding money.
Like, maybe in your imagination you were born rich.
If so, let yourself really imagine and feeeeeeeeeeeeel what that would have been like. Get into all the juicy details, without needing any of them to be true here and now at all.
Or if you prefer, think of something from the past that would change everything it if had never happened. Something perhaps that affects your money situation today.
Maybe a decision or event that put you into debt. Or something you started to believe about yourself and money that hasn’t served you well. A belief, an idea or the memory of an experience that lingers gloomily in your ‘vibe’ today.
And, like I did about my ceiling mess, get into imagining how you’d feel if that situation had never occurred.
If the ‘problem’ had never existed.
Do this purely for the enjoyment of the feeling and the imagination itself.
Don’t start looking for evidence that ‘it worked to change the situation’. (That’s a totally different parallel reality again!)
Just let the feeling be enough. Let it show you that you too can feel differently in a situation than the situation itself might dictate. At the very least, know that by feeling good, you are doing something good for your body. (Remember this post where we learned our bodies resonate differently, physically, when we consciously direct our emotions?)
And let us know how this lands with you.
See you back here next Tuesday, Feb 17 for our next post.