Would You Appreciate This Surprise?

by Wendy Down on March 6, 2015

Change where you're looking from and what you see changes too.

Change where you’re looking from and what you see changes too.

In our last $3000 Experiment post, I highlighted the night-and-day difference between wanting money and appreciating money.

I suggested life doesn’t give us more of what we want; rather it gives us more of what we appreciate.  

Of course, you’ll already know this, because any time you focus on something you are literally magnifying that thing in relation to everything else.  Exactly like this Escher print does in the photo, left.

In my experience, the greatest skill we can cultivate is our ability to consciously choose a perspective on a subject and hold it there, steady, as evidence of what we want to see comes into clearer and clearer view.

This applies in this $3000 Experiment, like everywhere else.  When we want more money, the perspective of wanting highlights all the evidence of money’s absence.

When our point of view shifts to appreciating money, what comes into just-as-clear view is all the evidence of money’s presence.   To amaze yourself by how cleverly this phenomenon works, do the exercise I gave you in the last post.

This skill is so important that today’s post gives you another chance to practice it. Below, you’ll read the details of an unexpected windfall that just fell into the laps of $3000 Experiment Co-leaders, Janice and Rodney Dietert.  But before you go further, you’ll want to choose one of the 2 optional points of view from which to read the story.

Option #1 is to read the story from the perspective of wanting something to happen to you like has happened to Rodney and Janice.

Option #2 is to read the story from the point of view of appreciating what is happening for them, perhaps even as you would if it were happening to you.

(A deeper truth, not yet fleshed out in words in this experiment, is that Janice and Rodney aren’t really separate from you, but instead are a reflection of you!  Appreciating this wonderful surprise as though it has happened for you puts you into a magic zone. That’s all I’ll say about it for now.)

Ready?  From this point on, you are focussed on either wanting an experience like this or appreciating it.

And afterwards, tell us what you’re taking away from this!


“THE $30,000+  SURPRISE

Rodney and Janice Dietert

Rodney and Janice Dietert

“Consciouseer Janice here. Wow! How successful has this Experiment been? People have either been saving money or getting money they never expected. One of my friends has even been getting coins in the mail! Who mails out coins these days?

Rodney and I have had similar success to the point of going comfortably over that $3,000 goal. It seems so weird now. When Ken and Wendy and Rodney and I talked about $3,000 as a goal, it actually seemed big. Now, it seems like a drop in the bucket.

See, once we hit the $4,500 mark and had over a month to go on the Experiment, I knew that so much greater was possible. However, most of ours had come in by what we saved from not having to pay huge amounts (like only having to pay 1/4 of the amount in taxes for the house I inherited). But I was internally itching to see money…green backs…or at least the promise thereof. And inside I was thinking, “Well, if it was this easy to manifest over $3,000, and someone else had even manifested $30,000 before the experiment really began, let’s go for $30,000.”

About 3 weeks ago, Rodney was giving a science lecture on the west coast at a conference well attended by media. After his lecture, people flocked up to him in record numbers. Someone jokingly called him a ‘rock star.’ However, in the press of people two were with publishing companies and BOTH wanted him to write the same book for them. They weren’t low level editors either but instead, higher or much higher. This was big and real.

When Rodney got home, we talked it over. This was the book I’d actually been telling him he needed to write while he was trying to muscle his way through a different, seemingly stubborn, topic. He decided that opportunities like this don’t come along often and chose the larger publishing house. He contacted the editor, they had a nice conversation and Rodney was left with the task of producing a 4 page piece giving an overview of the book he would write. He’d been told they’d probably go back and forth on it a little to get it just right before the editor pitched it to a broader group of people. We set our goal to have the piece done in two weeks. But what is time when you operate in conditioned space?

The Cooking Station Janice created for Rodney's 4-page book proposal.

The Cooking Station Janice created for Rodney’s 4-page book overview.

So Rodney gave me a title page and I ‘cooked it’ in a Cooking Station (pictured right) just like I showed you how to cook your $3,000 Experiment. And he got to work writing. The first draft was…shall we say…rough. I took it, rewrote sections, and cleaned it up a bit and gave it back to him. Rodney added a few things, and I proofed the end result, then he hit send and off it went to the editor. In all, it had taken 2 days to write instead of two weeks. We waited thoroughly expecting the next missive he received to be instructions for changes.

Instead, we were hit with a MASSIVE surprise. Rodney took me on a brief road trip. When we got home, sure enough there was an email, but this one said to call the editor. So, Rodney picked up the phone and dialed the number. I was in the kitchen preparing supper when he hit me with the news.

The editor had pitched the 4 page overview just as it was to double digit numbers of people in house. EVERYONE loved it. Right then and there, he offered Rodney a book deal – one that came with all the trimmings only a mass market book can draw including a real live ADVANCE! (Just so you know, science publishers aren’t even close to being this generous and that’s all we’d worked with up till now.) And guess just how much that advance is? Oh, shoot! That was my title. $30,000 Plus!!!! More than the new target. Did I do it? Did we go over that new internal figure I set? We sure enough did!

I emailed Ken and Wendy with the good news telling them to keep it hush hush. Rodney wanted to wait at least until we’d gotten the confirming email. Their message to us was that it was time to celebrate. We think so too with a hefty dose of gratitude thrown in.

So here’s the thing, ya’ll. I didn’t add, subtract or more than glance at the original cooking station in our transformation space for the $3,000 Experiment. All I did was set an internal intent then cook the new piece to be written. The Universe, or whatever you choose to call the beneficent factor encompassing our lives, really is on your side, ready to respond to your clear intentions and support your efforts to manifest your very best destiny.

There are 3 1/2 weeks left. How far can you go in the $3,000 Experiment?”

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Janice March 10, 2015 at 9:03 pm

And the surprises keep rolling in! We’ve been whooping and crying tears of joy. Rodney just got an email telling him that a paper he published last summer just won a prestigious award. He’ll be traveling to a meeting this July (expenses paid) to receive a plaque and $1500 reward. Our heads are whirling, he’s stunned, and there’s gratitude candle waiting to shine its light brightly.

Pat March 10, 2015 at 8:58 pm

Nice work! I am happy for both of you. I am looking forward to seeing the book!

Antonia March 9, 2015 at 3:38 am

What an inspiring story! I love that everything happened that was from a natural flow of things rather than the forced. Thank you!

Laure March 8, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Dear Rodney and Janice;
Thanks so much for sharing your very alive and inspiring story. I’m happy for you and how you showed us that this play is possible. Thanks also to Wendy for prepping us with the distinction of wanting vs. appreciating.
I’m so grateful to be participating in this experiment with such innovative, generous and loving people!
Best, laure

Jody Gust March 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm

This is fantastic! Congratulations! I am so grateful for your unexpected surprise! This post is pure education and encouragement to set the course for gratitude! 🙂 I have surpassed $3,000.00 in the experiment through savings and small amounts of unanticipated money coming in. Gratitude for this experiment and for your wisdom! 🙂 Thank you!

Kirsten March 7, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Wow , what a cool story , congratulations , I’m so happy for you

Kirsten March 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Wow , what a cool story , congratulations , I’m so happy wir you

Nancy March 7, 2015 at 12:05 am

Good for you! What a team 🙂

Natasha March 6, 2015 at 11:38 pm

WOW! Way to go, Rodney and Janice! You are, as ever, a great inspiration, and now, already, I can’t wait to read the book!

Amy March 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm

That is so exciting. I love this story because it is an example of what can happen and that anything is possible. I have been using the phrase: I don’t know how I manifest $30,000 I only know I do and I feel jubilant! Thanks so much for sharing like I said it is such a great example that anything is possible.

barb glover March 6, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Sooooooo thrilled at the results and also with the “allowing”, easy and effortless mindset that you held throughout! Crazy awesome!!

marnyka March 6, 2015 at 7:01 pm

That is totally awesome. I had already reached the $3,000 in savings in January. The actual number was $4,000. This gives me some new juice.