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RealityShifters News - April 2006
Create Your Best Life!
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Listen Deeply

Cynthia Sue LarsonCynthia Sue Larson on the Patricia Fuqua television show

"You need to "listen deeply" -
listen past what people say they want
to hear what they need."
-- Jon Meads

When I read the most recent intercessory prayer study results indicating that Prayer Doesn't Affect Heart Patients, I sensed there was much more to this story than first meets the eye. Results from this study, appearing this month in the American Heart Journal, describe how heart bypass surgery patients who were prayed for encountered just as many complications as those patients who received no such prayers, and patients who were told they were being prayed for suffered more complications than any other study group. More than 1,800 coronary artery bypass graft surgery patients were divided into three groups: (1) Patients who were told that someone was praying for them; (2) Patients who were told only that someone might pray for them and got prayers; (3) Patients who were told someone might pray for them but received no prayers. About 65% of the patients said they strongly believed in the power of prayer. Prayer services were provided by two Catholic monasteries and one Protestant group who were given patients' first names and the first initial of their last names, and who began praying the night before each patient's surgery and continued for two weeks after surgery. All people doing the praying were instructed to recite the same prayer for the patients being prayed for, requesting: "a successful surgery and a quick, healthy recovery and no complications." Patients across the three groups had similar religious profiles. Most believed in spiritual healing and almost all believed friends or relatives would be praying for them. Researchers did not ask patients to have their friends and families withhold prayers, and assumed many patients prayed for themselves during the study. Study co-author Manoj Jain commented, "With so many individuals receiving prayer from friends and family, as well as personal prayer, it may be impossible to disentangle the effects of study prayer from background prayer."

One of the biggest questions from this study is, "Why would some patients get worse when they know they will be prayed for?" This question goes beyond the problem of background prayer to the matter of formal methodologies used in this prayer study. When people feel pressured to give or receive healing energies differently than they would most prefer at a time when lives are at risk, it's no wonder they feel emotionally stressed. Scientific methods require that stringent methodologies are followed to ensure all study participants are following instructions, yet this rather rigid approach to healing can create resistance in both those doing the praying and those receiving the prayers. Prayer researchers are therefore well advised to listen closely to all participants of distant healing studies, since it seems clear there is a lot more going on than just a simple matter of designated prayers sending healing energy to fully receptive receivers. For example, if a prayer study does not factor in consideration for the beliefs (including religious beliefs) of those being prayed for and those doing the praying, interference can exist that can block healing even when recipients have verbally agreed to give and receive healing. A mechanical approach to constructing a prayer study may be considered ideal for scientific analysis, but it can leave much to be desired in terms of optimally addressing peoples' real needs. Future studies can pre-screen participants to be just those who feel good about the intercessory methods being used, listening deeply to the needs of everyone involved.

When we listen deeply, we can discover peoples' true needs as well as areas of possible hidden resistance. We can go beyond what people might nod their heads and agree to, and get to their underlying thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and preferences. Such listening is essential for ensuring full participation, as it treats people as valued individuals whose individual needs truly matter.

Wishing you all the best that love and life have to offer,
Cynthia Sue Larson
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In This Issue:

(1) Spiritual Life Coaching
(2) Upcoming Events
(3) Intriguing Articles & Interviews
(4) Your Reality Shift Stories
(5) Reality Shifting Q & A
(6) Reality Shifters Award Winner
(7) Reviews that Shift Your Reality
(8) Join in the Discussion
(9) Noteworthy Web Sites & Ezines

(1) Spiritual Life Coaching
Cynthia Sue Larson

Feeling stuck? Want help facing a challenging relationship? Need clarity making an important decision? Could you use some help shifting your reality? Are you curious to know your divine gifts? Are you ready to feel energized? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can benefit from Spiritual Life Coaching with Cynthia! Contact Cynthia at to set up a life-enhancing telephone consultation today.
        "I'm really amazed how powerful and beautiful the reading was. Touched and impressed and it feels as if it lifts me up and let me experience a whole new dimension of 'me', of 'love'..! Thank you so much for helping me towards this level of consciousness! I keep it a little bit short because I really have to / want to stay in this momentum, this feeling of peace and love... although you represent this energy as well! I feel so much love around me, as if the reading made / makes me more connected and aware of the importance to be thankful that the spirits guide me, protect me and let me grow both spiritually and as a human being! Thank you soooo much!"
        -- Adam

(2) Upcoming Events

Personal Consultations at the Writes of Spring
6 May 2006 10:AM to 5:00 PM
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(3) Intriguing Articles & Interviews

Study: Prayer Doesn't Affect Heart Patients
30 March 2006
In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications.

Intuitive Foundry workers

Reworking Intuition: Business Simulations Spark Rapid Workplace Renovations
Bruce Bower
Science News
Psychologist Lia DiBello and her colleagues coaxed some key employees at three financially endangered companies to confront their organizational failures and devise new, successful operations. Participation in these brief intuitive exercises sparked a rapid overhaul of potentially fatal business practices. DiBello concludes, "The world actually looks different when you learn to think about it in a fundamentally different way."

Cynthia & Patricia Fuqua

Cynthia on Patricia Fuqua TV show
Television show host Patricia Fuqua interviewed Cynthia Sue Larson for the first half-hour of her one hour program, and you can view this interview if you tune in to the broadcast where it is viewable online at the following times (Pacific Standard Time):
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    Thu, Apr 20th 3:00am
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Just Like Heaven

Reality Shifting Films
What do movies and TV shows like Just Like Heaven, Indigo, Tru Calling, The Matrix, Frequency, Wonderfalls, Dark City, Sliders, The Lathe of Heaven, Sliding Doors and Passion of Mind have in common? These films feature the reality shift phenomenon in their plots. I find it especially refreshing to see films that describe reality shifts close to the way I've experienced them myself, and I am grateful that reality shifts are being featured more often than ever in film!

(4) Your Reality Shift Stories

Mytholmroyd, UK

It's been a couple of years since I sent anything in - not that the occasional 'reappearances' and coincidences and so on don't occur, but as for something more out of the ordinary... well, this experience last month amused me.

On Friday Feb 10 I was coming back late at night from Halifax along the Heights Road, near the edge of the moors, when I saw sitting right in the middle of the road in front of me a hare. I slowed down, expecting it to run, but it just behaved like a shocked rabbit, which was a disappointment - I expect more of hares! It just walked across in front of the car, then turned round and sat down again in mid-road. I stopped right by it, and it finally scampered away into the bank. Just exactly as I stopped and it ran off, at that moment the Sandy Denny song I was playing on the tape machine reached the line 'And you run for cover, run for cover like a frightened hare'.

For me, personally, the hare is a messenger from the other side - they turn up when I'm on the right track or when they want to show me something. This was a bit out of the usual mode, though, and when I enquired later about what that hare wanted to say, the main message I got was that I should remember to be prepared for the unexpected irruption of the magical into everyday life, and importantly be ready to recognise and respond to it immediately. I had been rather caught up by mundane and grotesque concerns from ordinary life issues to the disgrace of Iraq and the rise of consumerism in all areas of life, and I think I needed a startling reminder like that.

This is the kind of thing that makes you think more deeply about your everyday life than one normally does - and from the reflection maybe one learns something, from the experience, from the hare, about how to pay attention and respond truly?

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(5) Reality Shifters Q & A

Q: Dear Ms. Larson, I'm currently reading your book, Aura Advantage, and enjoying it very much. I had a question about the hand aura-viewing exercise in your book. When I was doing the exercise, I did notice a thin glow of green around my index finger and thumb, but it would only be there as long as I stared. When I blinked or shifted my eyes just a little, it would disappear. But then I closed my eyes, and I could clearly see a full green imprint on my hand glowing in the darkness of my mind's eye. It was very clear, solid, and completely green. Is this a version of the aura? Thank you very much for your time -- and for writing this book!
-- Brandy

A: Dear Brandy,
Thanks for asking this wonderful question! Yes, you can sense auras even with your eyes shut, since the high sense perception you are utilizing works independently of your physical senses. In 1967, Dr. Shafica Karagulla published, in Breakthrough to Creativity, the results of her interviews with health professionals who claimed they could "see" the condition of organs within the body, as well as fields of force, or auras around human beings, animals, and plants. Dr. Karagulla asserted that a large number of successful physicians she interviewed showed signs of what she called Higher Sense Perception (HSP), which they relied upon when they made each medical diagnosis.
Love always,
-- Cynthia

(6) Reality Shifters Award Winner

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(7) Reviews that Shift Your Reality

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