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Aug 2021
Issue #263

published monthly since October 1999
How Good Can it Get?

Cynthia Sue Larson
Cynthia Sue Larson
Win by Letting Go

“By letting go, it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try,
the world is beyond the winning.”
― Lao Tzu

This last year and a half has been challenging, filled with many surprises. I've had different things to work on that what I'd planned, and I've done my best to make the most of it. Part of my personal journey has involved being part of the first group of people to get and recover from long covid (also known as “post-acute sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection” or PASC). I discovered that few people other than other longhauler experients can relate to the hundreds of mysterious symptoms, which can seem confusing and overwhelming. This healing and recovery experience provided me with deeper insights into the value we humans get from unconditional kindness and love that we can share with one another.

With so much going on in the world, it's important to stay primarily focused on trusting our intuition with regard to what works best for us. The thing that was most challenging for me in finding a way to recover from long covid involved doing far less than I thought I could. It turns out that Pacing and Rest are key to fully healing from longhaul covid. I wrote a song about these key concepts, from pearls of wisdom shared by a woman who was recovering fairly quickly from long covid, thanks to some things she'd previously learned in recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome: Pacing and Rest: Longhaul Recovery Song. The challenge for me personally was in letting go of doing as much as I wanted to or thought I was able to do—it was hard for me to spend so much time sleeping even when I felt like I was getting better, and it was hard for me to stop trying so hard to get back into my usual activities. It helped me to see that there are some good scientific explanations for the value in reducing stress and exertion, and I was relieved to find that adopting this approach truly worked for me.

Our immune system is much stronger when we are not feeling stressed, so in addition to resting and pacing myself, I practiced the art of viewing various stresses as: “not mine.” There is only so much one person can do in the first place, and a person who's also healing from a chronic illness has less energy and hours in the day, so it becomes essential to healing to change how one observes the various perceptions that arise in any given day. My friend and fellow longhauler, Mayra, shared with me that she rather quickly learned from long covid, “You stress, you die.” That may sound extreme, but those four words capture the core essence of how it feels to live with long covid for many experiencers. And listening to that message can be a blessing for us, when we learn to not accept stress in our lives. This is when it's very helpful to realize that it's possible to let go of what we can't control or aren't able to do anything about.

Cynthia Sue Larson
Cynthia Sue Larson
This month I've been contemplating the power of observation, and thinking about some of the things we love most about it. I asked the question, “What do you love most about the power of observation?” on facebook, when sharing a link to my new video talk on the Power of Observation, and received these thoughtful responses:
    “It can answer many questions.” – Judy
    “It complements intuition.” – Tim
    “By noticing patterns and results one can better call into existence that which is desired.” – Mirth
    “It has the power to call into being that which is not, as though it were.” – Steve
    “It changes with your conscious attention! – Gillian
    “Realizing one's own power.” – Fanshu
These remind me of Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote: “Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force—that thoughts rule the world.” Learning to rise above drama and stress just might help all of us become kinder with ourselves, each other, and the world. We have the power of observation to focus our attention—and we also have the gift of letting go of all the stuff that doesn't really matter, in faith and trust that there is a higher sense of hidden order, even when that may not seem physically evident right here and now.

My favorite question, "How good can it get?" provides an open-ended invitation to feel joy in connections in every aspect of our lives. We've reliably witnessed some truly amazing reality shifts over the past twenty plus years of reporting them in RealityShifters, and any time you'd like to remind yourself of some of the remarkable changes we've witnessed, I welcome you to browse through a few issues, and restore your sense of wonder.

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(2) Intriguing Events, Articles, Interviews, & Films

Cynthia Sue Larson
The Power of Observation
1 Aug 2021
9 minutes
How might your life change if you recognized that observing might be the most powerful thing you could do?  We acknowledge experts based on what and how they observe, yet we seldom recognize the full power of observation. Much like breathing, observing is something we often take for granted, yet cannot live without.  We can only live for a matter of minutes without breathing--and in certain situations, the same can be said of observation.  We depend on observation in order to make choices about the food we eat as well as every choice we make.  How we do this deceptively simple thing has everything to do with the level of consciousness we experience. You can read the companion blog to this at:
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IMEC Open Tables: Colors of the Mandela Effect
IMEC Open Tables:
Colors of the Mandela Effect

28 Jul 2021
1 hour, 36 minutes
We see how truly international the Mandela Effect is in this episode of International Mandela Effect Conference (IMEC) Open Tables, Cynthia Sue Larson, Chris Anatra, and Jerry Hicks discuss colors of the Mandela Effect. Mandela Effects involving plants and animals were discussed, including white (spirit) redwood trees, and the blanket octopus. We also talked about Mandela Effect eye color changes for Daniel Day Lewis, who some recall as having had gray eyes previously; at this time, Daniel Day Lewis has always had green eyes. We talked about the Twilight Zone episode, “The Parallel,” which beautifully describes the feeling of experiencing the Mandela Effect—from the 1960s! This episode also includes discussion of some Egyptian Mandela Effects.

Reality Shifting with Cynthia Sue Larson
Shift Your Reality:
Reality Shifting History, Science, Tips, and Exercise

25 Jun 2021
45 minutes
Would you like to better understand the concept of reality shifts, and how to experience more positive shifts in your life? This presentation provides an overview of this topic, based on decades of research into reality shift experiences, and the philosophy and science behind mind-matter interaction. Cynthia Sue Larson shares some key insights, including: we are all reality shifters; the role of consciousness; how to get and stay grounded and neutral; and how to align yourself with what you love. Key concepts included in this presentation include: frequently experienced types of reality shifts; power of the placebo effect; consciousness as the true foundation of reality; a definition of consciousness by Leibniz, and the powerful role of our INTERPRETATION of our perceptions; the value of staying stress-free (PolyVagal theory); the quantum physics double slit experiment; the quantum physics Schrodinger's cat experiment; evolution of consciousness toward thriving in a superposition of states; the illusory nature of 'objective reality;' the power of being both Actor and Observer revealed in Exceptional Human Experiences; tips for experiencing adjacent realities; and an exercise in shifting reality. Cynthia Sue Larson originally presented this talk on June 25, 2021 for the special "Permission to Shift" online event, hosted by Anna Lang.

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26 Jul 2021
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(3) Your Reality Shift Stories

Multiplying Screw

I thought it would be a good time to share a reality shift that I experienced last year involving a small screw. I was doing my weekly house cleaning, wiping down a kitchen counter where my husband tends to leave his bits-and-bobs.  I noticed the sound of something ping as I unintentionally swept it off the counter and onto the wooden floor. I subsequently called to my husband so he could tell me what I should search for.  He said he had left a screw there. The workshops at the school where he works were being renovated, and he emphasized that the screw was important because not many had been supplied and that particular screw was hard to get.  We found it easily enough, and he pocketed it with some relief while I went on with the cleaning. I was up to vacuuming the hallway outside the bedrooms. I had just plugged in the vacuum, and glanced towards it in time to notice something extraordinary. An object appeared to materialise in thin air about 30 cm (approx. 12 inches) above the vacuum cleaner. I watched it drop and bounce onto the carpet. Upon investigation, I realised it was the screw! I called to my husband to tell him what had happened and show him the screw. He fished around in his pocket and pulled out the original.  Both screws were identical, but my husband insisted he had only brought the one screw home, so he was really puzzled by how this one had just materialised. My state of mind when this occurred was probably contemplative or daydreaming.  When I dust, I generally listen to podcasts, and they are most often focused on topics to do with metaphysics or human potential.  Then, while I vacuum, I may contemplate what I have been listening to, daydream, or even enter a meditative state. It sounds a bit trite, but if I am to derive a meaning from this, I guess I could interpret it as the universe providing more than we might require or request.  It seemed like an intelligent response. At the time, I identified the experience as the appearance of an apport, which I presume to have something to do with spirit beings.  My work as a medium led to familiarity with such phenomena. This experience got me thinking about the Scole experiments in physical mediumship. The apports that appeared at these seances included old newspapers that appeared freshly printed. To ensure a hoax hadn’t occurred, the paper was tested and found to be the authentic paper used in the era the newspapers would have been printed. It seems such occurrences involve a manipulation of time.  Smelling the fragrance of a deceased person, a phenomenon that my clients often report, could be explained similarly.

Note from Cynthia: Thank you so much for sharing your experience witnessing a screw materialize above where you were vacuuming, that matches your husband's one-of-a-kind special screw that had fallen onto the wooden floor earlier.  I have heard reports of people finding a second, identical item to one they'd earlier lost, so they ended up with more than the single lost item--meaning they ended up with two of them!  One such report was made in a presentation by Kimberly-Lynn Hanson for the International Mandela Effect Conference in 2019.  What strikes me as being so important and significant is that when these one-of-a-kind items are lost and then come back as two-of-a-kind, it seems almost as if we've gained something, the way sometimes we might feel we've lost socks in the laundry machine, but the other side of that equation. And now that I contemplate this, it occurs to me that we might thus occasionally expect to have an extra sock--not because one went missing, but because we somehow ended up with an inexplicable extra.  And this idea feels so familiar to me, that it reminds me that I did notice many years ago that somehow I'd ended up with an extra sock of a specialty set of socks.  And then there is the special circumstance you mention of your second one-of-a-kind tiny screw appearing out of thin air right in front of you.  That's something I've had happen on a few occasions near me, also when in a meditative state:  a key that had been locked inside the trunk of our car; a tiny crystal landing on an aura energy painting as I said, "you have a crystalline quality to your heart;" a child's tiny tooth on the top of my dresser as I wrote a note, "my daughter lost her loose tooth at school today;" a half gallon of milk audibly landing inside our refrigerator when I was telling a friend, "We're out of milk."  These kinds of apportations are truly amazing, indeed!


Missing Toast with Pomegranite Jam
Austin, Texas, USA

Was so fun reading about your month of shifts and Mandela Effects! Wow. I could use a clean floor shift! I had a few things of my own, also benign. One of the troubling things about growing older (and being on pain meds) is you cannot be sure you have experienced a reality shift, Mandela Effect, memory loss, or a combo of all three! Yesterday morning I was eating a piece of my beloved toast with Crofter’s Pomegranate jam. I had one delicious bite left, when I set it down and went to the bedroom to do something—but the entire time I was looking forward to getting back for that last bite. When I returned, it was gone. Nowhere to be found—and I know I did not eat it. I tell ya, I was heartbroken! I pictured a duplicate of myself in a parallel universe enjoying my toast right then and I was not happy. Then at lunch, I looked in the fridge for the new bottle of Tartar sauce I had opened the evening before, when I had fish. I wanted some again. Gone. Nowhere in the fridge. On a whim, I looked in the pantry, and there it was again all new and unopened! I was stunned. I was alone in the house with the toast, and my little dog is about the size of a chihuahua, and it is impossible for her to get onto a countertop or table, (and she has never gotten anything off a plate anyway). I know I have sometimes not remembered if I have eaten the last bite of something before when distracted, but this was not like that, there was conscious setting it down and looking forward to finishing it with my coffee. My reaction to it being gone was not one of confusion or doubt about having eaten it but disbelief it was gone, and then sadness and annoyance that it shifted out of my possession! Lots of synchronicities, too. Been buying duplicates of things lately, and no memory of having bought it the first time a month or a week earlier! (I now have a years supply of Glacier Blue thread, btw). How good can it get (if only toast does not disappear)?!

Note from Cynthia: Thanks so much for sharing your recent adventures with missing toast with Crofter’s Pomegranate jam, which sounds totally divine!  How surprising to save that one special last bite, and then come back to find it--gone.  I am glad to hear that there are no 'usual suspects' such as toast-nabbing pets or family members. I once had a cat who I never would have believed would steal food off of someone's plate, if I hadn't seen it myself--and he stole a piece of breaded zucchini, and ate it too, which was very surprising to me at the time!  Once we've ruled out other possible toast thieves, it does start to seem like we've got a reality shift situation.  The tartar sauce is really nice, and almost makes up for the missing bite of tasty toast!  How amazing to see the unopened bottle back on the shelf, as if you hadn't opened it the day before!

Multiplying Hanky

I have read some of your similar experiences, but to see them repeated together reminds me of just how wonderful and mysterious life on this planet is! Since I sent you the first message about the missing bracelet, I've noticed two reality shifts in a short space of time (which is more than average). They seemed minor and not worth relating on the site. One was seeing a handkerchief under my bed.  Sometimes if I am sniffly, I'll put a hanky under my pillow in case I need it. When I noticed a hanky had fallen to the floor and was propped up against the skirting board, I popped it in my pocket.  Then, the next day when I was making the bed, it was there again in exactly the same way. The one in my pocket was still there too. The other was missing masking tape.  I had just finished using the masking tape and dropped it in the drawer where I keep it.  Then I needed it again. I looked in the drawer twice and it wasn't there, so I went and borrowed some from my husband's workshop. When I went to toss that in the drawer, the original masking tape I was using was there. The thing is, the original masking tape was old and becoming difficult to use.  It had torn poorly when I was trying to create the white frame around a water painting I was going to create. The disappearance of the original meant I used the newer, better tape, and was less frustrating than the tape that kept tearing.

Note from Cynthia: I love reading about your experiences with finding the hanky you'd popped in your pocket and also propped against the skirting board--so you ended up with two of them!

Restaurant Business Card Changed
Aynne McAvoy
author of "Just Who Are THEY Anyway"

A few months before Covid hit in 2020, my husband and I had gone to a favorite German restaurant of ours in Ormond Beach. Before we left that night, the waiter gave us a business card, with the new address of the new place they were moving to in Ormond Beach. They had been in this first location for many years, and I was a bit startled to learn they planned to move into a space in a shopping center. While the original restaurant is a bit run down, I was used to going to that particular location.  The waiter assured us they would be moved to the new location late winter/early spring.  I remember telling a friend that was also fond of this restaurant that they were moving also. Now that restaurants are opening up to inside seating again here, I decided to look up that business card which I kept.  However, the card listed the old address, not the new one!  Puzzled, I called the restaurant to get the new address from them. The person answering the phone was very confused, and said at no time had they ever considered moving from their location they had been in for so long! I continue to shake my head over this one! Even more fascinating is my husband's memories of that night.  He remembers the waiter, someone we had never seen before.  (He is right, I had forgotten that.) He remembers the business card but he said he never looked at it. (Which would also be on target; he depends on me to get the addresses for the gps when we are going somewhere.  He doesn't remember seeing the business card on the fridge for months—but then again, he really doesn't notice stuff like that.) He does remember having the conversation with me on the way home, about their potential move to a different location. So, while he doesn't have the more complete recall that I do, he does remember some of it.  So there are two of us puzzled.

Note from Cynthia: What I find most fascinating about your experience is that you have clear memories of having received a business card showing the new address, complete with a picture of the new location!  Something like that is surprising and noteworthy, and so of course you'd have a clear memory of that business card, even though when you found it to confirm the restaurant's address, it showed only the usual address.  That makes this reality shift super interesting, since you were surprised both times you looked at that business card:  the first time you got it, and the time you next pulled it out.  Amazing! I am glad to know that your husband remembers the night that you spoke to the waiter, who was new to both of you that night--and that's interesting that your husband recalls your discussing the new restaurant location, too.  Fascinating!

My Paint Color No Longer Existed
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

I’ve shared some of my reality shifting experiences with you previously and have another one to share today! Recently I decided to do some painting touch ups in our townhouse and set off to the paint store to purchase a small can of paint. At the store I told the clerk what I was looking for, and the name of the paint which was called, “ lime fusion.” Now the entire downstairs of our small townhouse is painted in this colour which is a soft pretty pale green. I know this was the name of the colour because I tried a few different green shades before settling on “ lime fusion” which I loved. As you may have guessed, they didn’t have it, and, when I asked if they had discontinued it or changed the name, I was told no, that in fact, there has never been a colour by that name—ever, it doesn’t exist, except apparently on my walls. I was told that they keep track of discontinued colours in case someone like me comes in and wants to purchase paint that is no longer around.  In this case, as far as they are concerned, there is no such colour. I know the paint colour on my walls is called lime fusion, there is no mistake. As well, over the years I’ve  told other people the name of the colour when they were considering doing some painting. So! There it is, another story of shifting realities.  I should add, I’ve been asking the universe to bring me more evidence of shifting reality and I can see they are listening!

Note from Cynthia: Thanks so much for sharing this experience noticing your paint color, 'lime fusion,' no longer exists, and according to the paint shop, never did.  Good thinking to investigate discontinued colors, and how wonderful that you had opportunities from time to time to remember the color name, when sharing it with people who wondered what shade of green it was.  How fun to experience this kind of reality shift!

Restaurant Wallpaper Color Changed
Mesquite, Texas, USA

I finally went to the same restaurant I used to eat at.  Everything looks about the same, except for the kitchen shelf-like near the ceiling that holds stuff where we all the customers can see.  There is a dark green wallpaper behind the stuff we can see.  In my parallel universe, there is a red wallpaper behind the stuff we can see.  I asked the waitress if anything had changed.  She said no, but some changes in the menu due to the COVID-19.

Note from Cynthia: I'm glad you asked the waitress whether anything had changed, so you got her confirmation that at least as far as she was aware, there had been no redecorating or remodeling--only some changes in the menu.  That's interesting that you witnessed the color change of the wallpaper going from what you remember as having been red, to what is now dark green.

Chairs on Star Trek TNG are Different
Mesquite, Texas, USA

On Star Trek:  The Next Generation (TNG), there are purple chairs in the ready/meeting room that I don't think I recognized.  It didn't feel right to see purple chairs; I believe that they are all red chairs in my parallel universe.

Note from Cynthia: Your memory of there having been red chairs in the Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG)'s ready/meeting room.  It's been a while since I watched that show, and I don't have a clear memory of those scenes, but I hope people let me know if they recall the chairs being different on the show.  This type of reality shift has the potential to qualify as a Mandela Effect, in which what otherwise might have been a reality shift experienced by one or a few people might be recognized by thousands, or millions.


(4) Mail Bag, Questions, and Answers

Hi, Cynthia,
You are certainly the oddest person I have the real privilege to know! All those shifts! Wow! And what is so cool is that you end up saying you feel safe, while anyone grounded in 3-d reality of the 'normal' might be shaking in their boots, and possibly putting themselves into custody. Your reality is so fluid and charming - missing undies? Self-cleaning floors? I burst out laughing when you created your own sequels - that's just hilarious! I'm so glad you and your fabulous outlook are part of my life! Aloha,

Dear Angela,
Thanks for your email, and I'm glad to accept the distinction of being one of the oddest people you have the privilege to know!  That delicates washbag was actually specially designated to contain reusable face mini-washpads.  I use this bag to contain my  washable 'wet wipes' I use for washing my face; my other page containing other delicates didn't happen to go missing--at least, not yet, ha-ha!  So far, I've only seen one sequel that subsequently went missing, to be replaced by some movie filmed later in the imaginary timeline, such that there now exists a time gap between the current Pitch Perfect 1 and the new-to-me Pitch Perfect 2 (which felt to me like it must actually be Pitch Perfect 3).  That truly was such a weird shift--as were many of these that I experienced in a one week timeframe in June 2021.  It helps to go with the flow.
lots of love,



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