Synchronicity, giving, healing

October 1, 2008

in Mindfulness

Two years ago and upon return from her honeymoon, Cami Walker was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This autoimmune disease began to sap her energy and her abilities, and she was no longer able to work.

In deep despair, she found a healing idea from a South African medicine woman named Mbali Creazzo. The idea is utterly simple, yet by no means easy: give away something every day for 29 days in a row.

Cami says in an interview with the SF Gate:

I was extremely self-obsessed, completely focused on my own pain and problems and sickness. One day, after hearing me complain a bit on the phone, [Mbali] just sort of startled me by saying, “You need to stop thinking about yourself. You’re making the problem worse.” She suggested I give 29 gifts in 29 days as a ritual, almost like a daily meditation, being very present and mindful at the time I was giving the gift, and very aware of whom I was giving it to and why.


Cami has now complete six giving cycles. As for what giving has done for her body and spirit, Cami reports:

On the first day I began doing the ritual I was able to walk six blocks – I was using a cane, but that was the farthest I’d walked in months. Two weeks later I was able to walk short distances without the cane. And the chronic pain that I experienced before is dramatically reduced. I wouldn’t claim to be cured, but the symptoms are dramatically reduced, and my ability to cope with them is miles and miles better.


But that’s not the point, really. Expecting to get something for giving is not really giving. Rather, I believe that healing is the natural consequence of clearing oneself out, of becoming more self-less and more spirit-full.

Cami has begun challenging people to give through 29gifts.org. The first goal of 2000 givers was met with 58,000 gifts offered to the world by people in 37 countries. Now, 29gifts.org has moved the decimal point, aiming for 20,000 givers. Check it out if you are intrigued by the idea of giving and thereby clearing yourself out.

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A few days after Melissa #1 sent me this story about Cami, Melissa #2 flashed the bat signal to assist three people in the IF community.

U.T.E.R.U.S. is looking for donations to help Vee and Max, “a funny, creative Australian couple who has been dealt a double blow of infertility and cancer.” The aim is to raise funds for them to visit family in France and Italy.

U.T.E.R.U.S. is also raising funds for Mary, who is “going on year nine of trying to have a child and is experiencing her sixth loss after a donor embryo cycle.” Donations will go toward her hospital bills.

Synchronicity?

If you are in need of healing some area of your life, or if the idea of giving resonates, consider engaging with both 29gifts.com and U.T.E.R.U.S. in a double-donating swoop.

And see what happens…

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

luna April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

a lovely post, lori. I love how you link the two stories together. good incentive to motivate…

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Melissa April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

Hey girl, thank you for getting the word out! No matter what spiritual path you are on in life, I think it’s a fantastic concept and something we can all do.:o)

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Wordgirl April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

What a beautiful post Lori.I am always so struck by your mindfulness in your posts — this idea was just what I needed to read today.Thank you,Pam

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luna April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

a lovely post, lori. I love how you link the two stories together. good incentive to motivate…

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Melissa April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

Hey girl, thank you for getting the word out! No matter what spiritual path you are on in life, I think it’s a fantastic concept and something we can all do.:o)

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Wordgirl April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

What a beautiful post Lori.I am always so struck by your mindfulness in your posts — this idea was just what I needed to read today.Thank you,Pam

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Beth April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

I will definitely check out 29gifts.org. That sounds like a great thing to do for this Christmas season.

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Topcat April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

Oh, Lori. Awesome. I’m clicking UTERUS right now to help out.XOX

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Catherine April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

I really need to come here more often. Your blog gives off much-needed calm in such a crazy time in this world.

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Deathstar April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

It’s amazing when we take the focus of ourselves, how our lives just open up – thanks for reminder!

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Beth April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

I will definitely check out 29gifts.org. That sounds like a great thing to do for this Christmas season.

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Topcat April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

Oh, Lori. Awesome. I’m clicking UTERUS right now to help out.XOX

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Catherine April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

I really need to come here more often. Your blog gives off much-needed calm in such a crazy time in this world.

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Deathstar April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

It’s amazing when we take the focus of ourselves, how our lives just open up – thanks for reminder!

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