I'm the type of person who likes scientifically backed ideas, and I have a hard time embracing concepts without sound supporting evidence. I also note however, that science is never absolute. Science is constantly changing based on new studies, and it is fluid by it's very nature. For example, in a recent study, a team of cardiologists reviewed the most prestigious scientific journals from 20 years ago to review the relevance of the material according to the current understanding of heart health. These doctors found that only 50% of the information published was relevant according to today's accepted knowledge.
You might be asking yourself at this point how science and cardiology have anything to do with personal abundance, and I have to admit, for the purpose of this article they don't. I'm merely pointing out the fact that sometimes the ideas we accept as truth can be revised, and we can experiment with new ideas and theories to find ways of being that work for us.
The idea I'm proposing may be counter intuitive to everything you believe, and I can understand as I once was of the opinion that the more you clung to your assets, the more you would accumulate. I have changed this attitude through self reflection and studying Buddhist philosophy and metaphysics. After my learning and applying the principles, I have personally found that the more I give away, the more I receive. Now I know the argument here is: My aunt Martha didn't give away a cent in her life, and she died a wealthy woman! And I get it. The trick here is, you don't have to give away money. In order to receive abundance, you need to give abundance. Think of Newtons law; every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Or you could think in terms of karma; what goes around, comes back around. According to expanding knowledge of the way energy works, everything is an exchange of energy, and your energetic vibration attracts the same energy back. If you play the lottery, and gamble your time and money in hopes of receiving something in return, why not take a chance and give something away freely on the off chance of receiving something great? I know that we shouldn't give with an expectation of receiving, but for this experiment, we all get a hall pass.
There is a social movement happening, whereby thousands of people have accepted and acted on a challenge, which has been spawned by the book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life.
I am proposing a similar challenge to you: intentionally give something away for 29 days. What you give away is up to you, but the intention must be set every day to give something of value to someone. Some giveaway examples could be: laughs, teaching a skill, donating to charity, a back rub, coffee to the person behind you at the drive through etc. Once you start giving abundantly, notice what you are receiving. Whether you are reading this article and thinking it's awesome, or thinking it's ridiculous, there's only one way to know for sure..... Go ahead and give the 29 day challenge a try, the worst thing that will happen is finding pure joy in the act of giving.
Transformational Wellness Coach
Licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor