Onward with the $3000 Experiment!
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In today’s post, experiment co-leader, Ken Graydon, offers a key tip regarding the mindset you want to cultivate. And I reinforce it with a personal story.
First, Ken, (seen in the photo below), who writes:
“As our $3000 Experiment unfolds and we see the stories of unexpected blessings, we could be excused for coming up with a series of questions about… HOW?
I just want to suggest that in this experiment, “How?” is the wrong question.
In her book The One Command, my friend Asara Lovejoy developed a complete abundance program based on not knowing how.
She (and I) advocate replacing “How?” with a simple statement like “I don’t know how I attract $3000 in unexpected income by March 30 but I only know that I do and I am fulfilled.”
Likewise, the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) healing modality uses spoken words based on “I don’t know why …” and achieves good results for its practitioners.
For the duration of this experiment, I encourage you to adopt benevolent ignorance as your state of mind.
What you really do not want to know about, or try to control, is the way that the universe [or insert your preferred name for the creative source] might choose to fulfill your order for the $3000 of unexpected income.
Let it be a surprise, a blessing and an excuse for you to do your ‘happy dance’ whenever or wherever it happens. So not only a financial blessing but you get some of your extra physical exercise from the dancing – the blessings just keep on coming.
On the other hand, there are some things you absolutely, positively DO want to know.
You do want to know very clearly what you are intending for. Your goal for this experiment, (including if you have increased or reduced the $3000 target) must be very clear.
You should be able to visualize it.
You should know how those notes and coins will feel as you hold them.
And you should know how you will feel on the day that you accept the money that completes your goal, anticipate the blessings that will come from your use of this unexpected money.
These things you do need to know.
The universe responds to your clear directives, so concentrate on what you do want, clear any negative thoughts you have about money, or about people who have money. This is no place to be double-minded.
To summarise, you do want to know exactly the amount you are planning to attract for this experiment, although you can add the optimistic clause “that or something better.” You do NOT want to know, or make any effort to control, the ways in which this unexpected, but really appreciated, money will appear in your life – these are the best kind of surprises.
Keep on dancing.”
And to give a practical example of using Ken’s advice to know how you’ll feel on the day you accept the money, a story.
In our last post, I revealed the derelict little house in which my Transformation Space for this experiment sits. As my husband, Dwayne, and I work on the house, (he kitted out with stylish goggles and I with a mask in this photo), here’s what I notice happening.
The first potential problem we faced was whether there was asbestos in the ceiling. (If so, there would be costly hazardous removal procedures.) But there is good news! We find no asbestos. Instead, the attic houses plenty of clean, thick, warm insulation. Anticipated costs and trouble become non-issues. Aaahhhhh…
Next, we need to remove one of the two major walls, but there’s a good chance it is load-bearing. (If so, there will be effort and cost to remove it.) But there is good news! Due to an unusual house structure, neither of the walls are load-bearing and can be removed easily. With that discovery, the anticipated expense and effort vanish. Pfffft!
Then my attention turns to the dark and dingy kitchen. It begs for more light but adding a window? That means effort and expense. But there is good news! We uncover an existing window hidden in the wall. Within half an hour, the kitchen is unexpectedly flooded with bright sunlight! (It’s illuminating the room from the right, but out of view in the photo, above), The anticipated hassle melts away. (So easy…)
Then uh-oh, one day we find a flood of water in the basement! If the source is a leaking pipe underneath the concrete, there will be a laborious repair. But there is good news! I stand on my tip-toes and spy daylight through a gap high up on the wall where there is a hole to the outdoors. It can be easily plugged. No other repairs or expenses appear to be needed. (What a relief. How good that feels!)
You’re probably getting the gist but, for good measure, here’s just one more.
The flooring is old, dated and dirty. New flooring would mean decisions and costly installation. But there is good news! Underneath layers of dirt, tiles and subfloor we find… beautiful, thick, original wood flooring. Throughout the entire house. A weekend with rented sander will bring up the most beautiful flooring imaginable. (I’m in ecstasy over this one, I tell you…)
“Nice for you”, you might be thinking, “But how does all this relate to my $3000 Experiment?”
Remember this post in which experiment co-leader Rodney Dietert said everything in his career as a scientist changed when he decided that he would start deciding on the rules for his own life?
Well, you and I have the option to set our own rules for this $3000 Experiment too. And what I notice is that every time I discover an existing gift of beauty, ease and ‘already-looked after’ in my little crack house, I get the feeling that Ken describes above… the same feeling of what it would be like to receive unexpected money.
So I’ve labeled one page in my Olivia the Pig notebook, “Expenses that have been unexpectedly handled.” And there, I’m keeping track of these costs I keep anticipating… then unexpectedly avoiding…
Now, do I care if someone else thinks this shouldn’t count towards my $3000 Experiment?
H-E-double-hockey-sticks, no! (You might have to spell that out if you’re not Canadian.)
Like Rodney, I’m playing my experiment my way. And you can too.
If you start explaining your experiment decisions to anyone else, (even if that conversation only takes place in your mind), you’ll be getting in your own way.
Instead, take everyone else out of the equation. The only approval you need for the choices you make is a nod, a ‘yes’, from your own heart. (Find out how to ascertain that ‘yes’ by following Rodney’s Puppy Power instructions here.)
So if an idea about the experiment feels good to you (like the thousands of dollars I’ve saved feels to me), go with it.
Like Ken said above, your life will fill in your order for $3000 in a unexpectedly unique, wonderful and perhaps surprising way. Don’t negate the way yours shows up for fear that it doesn’t fit someone else’s rules or meet with their approval.
It’s possible, in fact, that most valuable gift you’ll receive from experiment is discovering you have the right to choose your own rules in life – no matter if anyone else agrees with them or not.
As always, let us know what this post opens up for you and how you’ll apply it to your own $3000 Experiment! See you back here next Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015.
Oh! And if you can get to Brantford, Ontario this Sunday, Jan 19, join the group of fab folks gathering for the Live Event in which we’ll play together in person!
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