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December 2008
Issue #111

How Good Can it Get?
Cynthia Sue LarsonCynthia Sue Larson
Keep Cheerful Company

"Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.
It might be the only sunshine he sees all day."
-- from "P.S. I Love You," compiled by H. Jackson Browne Jr.

I was smiling to myself while walking down the street as I left my exercise class the other week, when a passerby stopped and spun around after having just walked by, commenting, "Wow.... I love your smile. You just lit up my whole day!" I did a double-take and looked her up and down, wondering why a woman I did not even know would say such a thing to me... surprised that one smile could have such a positive effect on a complete stranger. I might have discounted this experience completely, had I not just read a fascinating report that asserted strangers may cheer you up. What this amazing synchronicity brought to my attention is that this research appears to be absolutely true -- as evidenced by the way I brightened a stranger's day without even trying.

Cynthia Sue Larson
This study reminds me of a similar yet somewhat opposite experience from my past, when I saw my mood negatively affect strangers. Many years ago when I was a young UC Berkeley college student riding on a bus with people who worked where I worked at the Space Sciences Laboratory, I was annoyed to see an arrogant young man in obvious high spirits bragging happily about something on the bus to people who were enthralled by everything he said. Without speaking a single word, I was amazed to see how quickly my dark mood spread from my seat at the back of the bus all the way to the front, dampening the spirits of every passenger -- including the boastful man -- as the overall mood on the bus switched from buoyant to somber for the rest of our journey together.

I love to learn from life experiences such as these, backed up by recent research such as the ones shared here in this ezine that suggests we make our own breaks when we open our minds to new possibilities, savor the joys of our cups being half-full, and expect to find out how good things can get. Do these qualities sound familiar to you? They are precisely the same characteristics recommended for realityshifters who wish to see reality shifting more often in their lives. They also are descriptive of someone who is generally a more hopeful type of person, and another recent study gives us the excellent news this month that learning to be hopeful can help combat depression. These clear personal examples of how powerful my moods are on influencing the feelings of those around me gives me a clear sense of practical ways I can keep my own spirits buoyant and bright... by keeping... and being... cheerful company.

With the holiday season coming into full swing, this month presents us with a delightful opportunity to find new ways to be of good cheer and brighten the lives of everyone around us.

Wishing you may discover just how good your life can get,
Cynthia Sue Larson
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In This Issue:

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


Cynthia Sue Larson MBA, author, intuitive, and spiritual life coach

(1) Spiritual Life Coaching

Do you feel like the universe is trying to tell you something, but you can't quite figure out what it is? Are you wishing you could understand the messages in your dreams, life events, and synchronicities? Need help facing a challenging issue in your life? Require 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 can't thank you enough for your guidance. Before we met I was pretty negative about myself. I found out in our visit, that the negative energy I was carrying wasn't mine. It was as if I was infected by another person's darkness. Thank you thank you thank you... I feel like myself again, which is reflected in relationships with all people around me. You are beautiful!" -- Sari

(2) You're Invited to Fabulous Upcoming Events!

Nick Margerrison
Cynthia Sue Larson on "The Night Before"
with Nick Margerrison
16 December 2008 at 10:30 am PST
You won't want to miss Kerrang! Radio's Nick Margerrison, Alex Baker, and Amy Louise Jones talk with Cynthia Sue Larson on "The Night Before." You can phone your comments and questions live to this U.K. show by calling 0845 688 1052. If you happen to miss this show, you can still catch it by going to the show's web site and choosing to 'Listen Again'. Want to hear it on your iPod? That's possible too!

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Cynthia Sue Larson on F2F
with James Arthur Jancik
4 January 2009 from 7pm - 9pm PST
Join the "Black Knight" of Talk Radio, James Arthur Jancik, as he talks with Cynthia Sue Larson about how we can work more effectively with subtle energies in the new year. You can tune this show in from anywhere in the world by listening on the internet, and ask questions while the show is live through the chat room at, or by calling the toll-free number, 888-863-2722 and Skype ID: "feet2fire"Did you find out about this show after it already aired? No problem... an edited version of the show will be posted on the F2F website the Wednesday after the live airing.


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(3) Intriguing Articles, Interviews, & Films

You've Got to Have Hope:
Studies Show "Hope Therapy" Fights Depression
Ohio State University
13 August 2008
By Jeff Grabmeier

A growing body of research suggests that there is a potent way to fight symptoms of depression that doesn't involve getting a prescription. This potent weapon? Hope. "We're finding that hope is consistently associated with fewer symptoms of depression. And the good news is that hope is something that can be taught, and can be developed in many of the people who need it," said Jennifer Cheavens, assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University.

How to Get Lucky
Scientific Proof That You Make Your Own Breaks
Reader's Digest
19 November 2008
By Richard Wiseman

Is it possible that we can actually learn how to live a charmed life? Richard Wiseman suggests that it is, and that there are some very basic (and learnable) differences between lucky and unlucky individuals. Wiseman interviewed four hundred people over a period of ten years to find out what makes some people luckier than others... and what he discovered sounds a lot like the same qualities we recommend people develop in order to experience increased reality shifts in their lives: open your mind, savor the joy of the cup being half-full, and expecting to find out how good things can get.

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Institute of Noetic Sciences

The Remission Project at IONS has assembled the largest database of medically reported cases of spontaneous remission in the world, with more than 3,500 references from more than 800 journals in 20 different languages.

You Can Heal Your Life

Reality Shifting Films
What do movies and TV shows like You Can Heal Your Life, Next, Peaceful Warrior, Premonition, Deja Vu, The Secret, The Jacket, What the Bleep Do We Know, 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

James Arthur Jancik
Time Slowed So Truck Could Stop
James Arthur Jancik, the "Black Knight" of Talk Radio

I was reading your newsletter and was reminded of an event that happened to me that clearly was Reality Shifting. I drive a 53 foot, 18-wheeler weekly from Chicago to Savannah, Georgia. One day, I was returning home through Louisville, Kentucky. There was a turn in the highway as it went under an overpass. The traffic was very light, and it has just finished raining (so the road was wet). As I made the curve, I saw all the traffic immediately ahead was bunched up and nearly stopped! At that speed and road condition, there was no way for me to slow down in time. I yelled out "No!" and hit the brakes, and an amazing thing happened, and thought immediately about you. TIME SLOWED until I did! I felt it, too. I was thinking the same rate, my internal "time" passed the same rate, but, my truck slowed, as time slowed to allow me to stop. It was not slow motion... and it is hard to describe... it was like I got heavier... like the molecules in me and the truck, increased the friction against gravity... or like the time of the physical molecules slowed to allow enough time to slow my forward momentum. Is there a way to "practice" doing this, or is that like asking to practice a reflex?

Note from Cynthia: I love the way you describe the sensation you felt of feeling like you got heavier in some fashion that allowed you and your truck to slow down relative to your surroundings in time to be able to make a safe, full stop. The only way to practice doing this sort of thing, as far as I know, is to be in similar hair-raising real-life situations that enable you to participate more fully in moving through your environment than you ordinarily do. I've experienced similar time-slowing situations twice in my life so far, and they were both involving the safety of one of my daughters... which was a huge motivator for me to ensure that all turned out well. While it may not be advisable to intentionally seek experiences for practicing time-slowing as an art, I am certain that regular energy work and meditation practices will definitely assist people in being prepared for these situations when they arise. This means anyone who'd love to experience time slowing can start practicing some kind of Qi Gong, or energy work, as well as regular daily meditation.


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Mountain Range Appears & Disappears
Ojai, California, USA

A few weeks ago I was delighted to notice a light rainstorm, as I love the rain. I pointed out to the mail lady who came to deliver my tankless water heater, the snow on the mountain range behind the immediate ones. She asked where, and I pointed it out, and she agreed. Well, we have recently had a couple of days of rain, some of which had thunder and lightning (yum!), so I eagerly waited for the clouds to blow away so I could get another look. The clouds have gone for a while, but that other mountain range is no longer there. I realized that it comes and goes, but I never noticed before. Neat... I didn't think of the scale. I have observed this every year I have lived here, without noticing how out of the ordinary it was. So has my oldest son; sometimes he would call to my attention the snowy peaks. It has shaken him that he never noticed that they aren't supposed to be there until my interaction with the postal lady. He won't discuss it (too scary) but he wasn't raised on fairy tales like I was. He just thinks I am benignly crazy. I only observe them in the winter, even if it is usually pretty warm here. I wonder what the meaning of the snow means, as well as only seeing these snowy mountains in the winter.

Note from Cynthia: This kind of really large scale reality shift fascinates me, as it involves an entire mountain range, and is clearly not simply a matter of your not remembering things clearly, nor of clouds blocking the view. Other readers have noted large trees that sometimes are there, and sometimes are not there in the distance... but an entire mountain range is so large that it is extraordinary to notice shifting in and out. Thank you so much for sharing this!

Building Appeared Out of Nowhere
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

My daughter and I experienced what could only be a reality shift the other day. We were driving to the coffee shop I go to almost daily. This time, we noticed a building going up right beside another store that we frequent at least once a week. We couldn't believe it, we were on that same road the day before and that building was not in the process of being built at all, and now it's about half done. There's no way that it could have gone up that there? I mean i could understand it if it was just the metal, but they have all of this concrete done and everything. There's no way we couldn't have noticed it before. I was at that particular store only a few days ago and would have been parked behind this new building...there's no way we wouldn't have noticed it before. Driving home from our hike yesterday, just down the road from where that building now is, there is a new bus stop shelter. Ok, so no big deal, they could put one of them there in a day, except the road is also changed. There is a small lane where the bus can go into the stop now. That wasn't there before, and neither Mary-Lynn and I can recall seeing it before or seeing any construction. I've driven and walked that road countless times, and it's always been straight with no small turn lane. It looks completely out of place too, like it doesn't belong there. That's two shifts that the girl has picked up on. Are children more sensitive to this kind of stuff do you think?

Note from Cynthia: This is the sort of thing some other readers have noted in the past... with buildings being either suddenly present or suddenly absent, with no explanation whatsoever. Yes, these things can and do happen, and the people who notice them are almost always stunned that a change on such a large scale could occur... and then not even be noticed by most other people. It starts to make me wonder just how many other large scale changes are happening right under our noses! And yes, children are often much more sensitive and aware of these kinds of large scale reality shifts than adults.

Now You See It...
Essex, England

It happened to me again last night -- I lost my door keys. That's a very common event for me, actually, but this time I searched my bag thoroughly, in fact more than once, then after searching the whole house with no luck, sat down and glanced across to my bag, which I'd left open, and saw the keys inside, right at the top where I couldn't have missed them. Do you think there is some meaning to these events, e.g. some kind of symbolic message as in a dream, or are they purely random and mechanical? Or maybe I'm just nuts! I have had the experience many times of finding something very prominently visible in a place where I have already looked, sometimes several times. I think this happens to everyone, though. Usually I tell myself I couldn't have looked properly, must have just overlooked it, or maybe it was in my "blind spot" - but sometimes you just can't find any logical explanation. I've even found myself thinking that maybe the keys were there and I didn't see them because unconsciously I didn't really want to go out - ie. trying to tell myself it was psychological rather than it actually happened! I just hope that I actually see something appear in front of me some time soon, so I can stop myself doing this!

Note from Cynthia: I've found that often when things go missing, it's directly related to a tremendous amount of ungrounded energy, or Qi, such as times when someone is in a big hurry and rushing around... that's also the time when things are most likely to go missing. if this is happening very often, it's a good idea to practice grounding your energy... visualizing a grounding cord running down from you to the center of the Earth, as you take slow, deep, steady breaths and relax.


(5) Reality Shifting Q and A / Mail Bag

Hey there!
I'm sorry to bother you like this, but I've kind of lost my crystal. It's very dear to me and I have absolutely no idea where it is. It's almost as if it's just up and dissappeared! I was wondering if you could find out where it is? I'd be so greatful! You have no idea how happy I'd be. If not, that's okay. I suppose I just lost it then. Thanks so much again Cynthia. Hope all is well!

Hi, Annalise!
I suggest meditating with the intention that you'll see where your crystal is... and then keeping your mind clear and open so you will be able to see it reappear, preferably somewhere in your house or immediate surroundings. You may need to repeat this exercise every day... and it could take a while, perhaps a week or two or three... but the idea with this method is that you are inviting your crystal to return to you, and giving it the opportunity to return. Your job is to stay positive, and any time you start to worry or fret about it, take that moment as an opportunity to feel how much you love your crystal, and are certain that it is returning to you... asking it to show you where it will likely return, so you can check there. This is a method I use to find lost objects, and it is extremely effective, so I wish you much luck!

Here is an article on this subject which may help as well:

Top Six Tips for Finding Lost Things

lots of love,


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(7) Reviews that Shift Your Reality

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