We’re rounding the corner towards April 1 and the close of The $3000 Experiment, aren’t we? Recently, co-leaders Rodney and Janice wrote about their results here and Ken did the same here. Below, in today’s post I write about my own.
I love that we four Co-Leaders’ results different dramatically in form while being so suited to each of us. For reasons I outlined in our last post, your results too will be 100% in line for you, given whatever theme you’re exploring in life.
As an example, check out this story from of one of your fellow participants, Billie. As you read her words, notice how her results showed up, unexpectedly, as exactly what she needed most during the past 3 months.
I want to say thank you so much for doing this experiment. I met the $3,000 goal on March 10th.
I was surprised that I made it; I really didn’t think that I would. I’m a single Mom of two little ones, with little income right now, and to top it off about $40,000 of debt.
Last year was the roughest year of my life. I was a single Mom in school for Nursing. I had become a single Mom the year before, and lost what I thought had been my secure income. I thought that I just needed to keep pushing my way through school to get a good job to support my little ones. I didn’t notice the extent of my slowly falling apart due to too much stress and not taking care of myself. I also moved us closer to more help, without taking into consideration the impact of this. I thought I should just be able to cope with everything, without taking time to care for myself. I knew I had anxiety and depression that was getting worse, but I thought I could just keep pushing myself to get to the goal of a secure job to support my family. I completely fell apart, and I gained the wisdom that there are things in life that are much more important than a secure job which will give a secure income.
What I’m so appreciative of is the gifts that I’ve been given in the past six months as I’m picking up and mending the pieces of my life.
I’ve been given the gift of help that normally comes with large costs, from people that really care about me doing well. They know that I’ll pay the kindness and gifts I’ve gotten forward and that is all that they’ve asked of me. This is partly how I came to gaining an extra unexpected $3000. I certainly hadn’t expected these people to help me for free!
One of my biggest blessings has been connecting with the woman who told me about your experiment. I don’t know if I’ve ever met a person who is so caring, strong, positive and grounded. I imagine this is how you, Ken, Janice and Rodney are as well!
The source that is out there (whatever it is) decided to give me such an amazing role model in such a time of need. This is what I feel so appreciative to you for as well. Not only are the stories the four of you are sharing helping, but your touches as her guiding coach are also reaching me and helping me!
I also plan to keep going with the experiment. I’m going to appreciate the unexpected gifts of extra cash for the year and see if it helps me total the yearly dollar amount I’d like to hit. More importantly, this helps me see and appreciate the amazing gifts I’m being given.
Thank you so much.
In great appreciation, Billie”
(Thank you, Billie.)
And now for my $3000 Experiment results. Before you read further, remember this post in which you learned to distinguish the feeling of ‘wanting’ from the feeling of ‘appreciating‘? Right now would be a great time to take stock of whether you’re currently wanting or appreciating your $3000 Experiment results. I say that because whichever vibe you’re experiencing right now will likely be amplified by my story. You can get the most from what follows by intentionally choosing how you feel about your experiment results before you read it. (Follow the instructions here on how to do that, if you like.)
You might recall that the day we Co-Leaders decided to run this $3000 Experiment, I found a forlorn, little house to renovate. When I told you about that here, I also shared an audio-recording I’d made, challenging the limitations we believe exist about time. (Specifically, the recording guides you to make more money… by altering the past.)
My derelict little reno house has revealed itself as an on-going source of $3000 Experiment results for me. Beyond even finances, this Experiment and that house have transformed my understanding of and relationship to physical space – physical matter. In the very hands-on work required there, I’ve learn a great deal about how directly physical matter responds to my intentions and my inner world. Working there is like entering a dimension where reality, including physical substance, is malleable and responsive to us beyond anything we’ve known. This is an unexpected result of The $3000 Experiment I hadn’t anticipated but appreciate more than anything else I could have imagined.
Early on, I wrote this post about some of the unexpectedly easy solutions that have shown up in response to problems there. More recently I wrote about the ridiculous ceiling magic that happened as I applied the wacky concept of parallel universes one day.
These days I can’t distinguish whether I’m working with the space there… or if its working with me.
One of the biggest impacts of this is how fun it makes everything! For example, one morning I was feeling what it would be like to find a retro gas stove and fridge for the place at a great price. When I decided to spontaneously visit an online sales site, the first image that popped up was an ad for both of those appliances in exactly the right dimensions I needed. For $50 each. (Bought ’em immediately.)
Another day I pictured hanging funky retro lighting fixtures there and… ditto. Happened across a great set in short order. $15 each and a can of spray paint = pure visual bliss.
Further, early on I’d received a quote of $6000 to fix the roof. Last week, the next-door-neighbour, an experienced roofer, introduced himself and at the end of that hello-nice-to-meetcha conversation, he offered to replace the roof while replacing his own, for nothing more than the cost of materials and disposal.
(Um… that’s extremely generous, thank you.)
The craziest thing so far still makes me shake my head. I live in what you might call a blue-collar city. Hard-working people, nothing fancy, and a downtown once considered so run-down it was used as a movie set for a deserted town.
My little reno house is right downtown and one block away sits a large deserted building. In its glory days I believe it was a school, but it’s been vacant and boarded up for years. However, a couple weeks ago, I picked up the local newspaper whose front page featured a story about this empty building.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that a private educational institution from China has bought the building to create an elite private high school for international students. You can’t imagine how incongruous this is given the current neighbourhood. Suddenly my rundown house is sitting one block from where a reported 200 international students paying high tuition costs will be looking for housing. I can’t yet calculate the increased value this will add to my little house, but I don’t suppose the sudden influx of students, staff, teachers and foreign money will hurt, do you?
And to close the post out, its a minor thing, but the little plant I placed on the window sill that serves as my Transformational Space has erupted into full bloom. (See photo, above.) It’s crazy fuchsia pink flowers make me happy.
See you back here on Wednesday, April 1 where we’ll share our stories about what we’ve learned by doing this experiment and invite you to share yours! We’ll also tell you what to do with your Transformational Space. See you then!