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.
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.
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…