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RealityShifters® News - February 2008
How Good Can it Get?
Be Kind to Yourself
Cynthia Sue LarsonCynthia Sue Larson

"At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want."
-- Lao Tzu

I recently heard word from happiness and depression studies that I have reached the bottoming-out, "ground zero" part of my life in which my lifetime happiness levels are expected by scientists in the United States and the United Kingdom to be at the lowest levels I will ever experience, since middle-aged 44 year-olds are being found to feel more unhappy and depressed in their forties than at any other time in their lives. While it is true that hormonal changes in midlife are presenting me with tremendous challenges to deal with in the form of tendencies toward anxiety, depression, and despair... I overcome the invitation into negative emotions through a combination of diet, exercise, meditation, prayer and energy work.

Thinking about the times you've been happiest and most upset, have you noticed a link between your happiness and how kind to yourself you were being in that moment? Chances are pretty good that your happiest times in life, and also the times when others most enjoy your company are times when you have been doing a fairly good job of keeping your needs and wishes central in your life.

This point came home to me very clearly when watching local news stories, and seeing how some people can create either tremendous pain or joy around them... entirely because they are either being kind or cruel to themselves. Kindness to oneself is something that becomes possible when one asks oneself the question my mother used to ask me when I was growing up:
    What would make you truly happy?
Cynthia Sue Larson
I love this question, because it suggests that rather than dwelling on what must be done, or what has gone wrong, or what isn't here... there is something we can enjoy having or doing that will bring us tremendous happiness. Thanks to having learned to ask myself this question early in life, these past few months I've been having fun learning to do new things, as new activities and interests have recently become very appealing to me. I have been learning to quilt, play piano, play violin, ride a unicycle, and write screenplays... and generally having a wonderful time as I come up the learning curve from absolute beginner in each of these activities! I also find I am happiest when I do what needs to be done, rather than procrastinate, as I am feeling best when I am not worried about things that ought to be taken care of but are still hanging in limbo.

There are many advantages to being kind to oneself, not the least of which is the tendency for good things to tend to happen when one is feeling good. Pulling yourself up by the emotional bootstraps is something that may seem like putting the cart before the horse, but scientists are consistently showing that unless we put happiness first, we will not necessarily achieve it. Princeton university researchers have dispelled the myth that people who have the most money are consistently happier... as it turns out that unless people who become wealthy have first learned how to be happy, money in and of itself will not bring happiness to them. The researchers noted that, "People with above-average income are relatively satisfied with their lives but are barely happier than others in moment-to-moment experience, tend to be more tense, and do not spend more time in particularly enjoyable activities."

The good news here is that its never too late to have a happy childhood... we can start asking ourselves the question, "What would make me truly happy?", and start taking some action toward being a little bit kinder with ourselves.

Wishing you may discover 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


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(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

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Tune in on Thursday, 21 February 2008, at 8pm PST
Frankie Picasso, the Unstoppable Coach, and Dr. Kelly Wallace, psychic counselor, interview Cynthia Sue Larson for the Institute of Quantum Living and Conscious Designs Quantum Radio show. The guiding intention of the Quantum Radio show is to help people find their higher purpose through providing tools and information which informs listeners as to how they may best find and answer their higher calling.

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(3) Intriguing Articles, Interviews, & Films

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Link Between Money and Happiness is Mainly an Illusion
by Eric Quinones
News at Princeton
29 June 2006
Although income is widely assumed to be a good measure of well-being, the researchers found that its role is less significant than predicted and that people with higher incomes do not necessarily spend more time in more enjoyable ways. Two Princeton professors, economist Alan B. Krueger and psychologist and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, collaborated with colleagues from three other universities on the study, being published in the June 30 2006 issue of Science.

midlife crisis
Midlife Misery: Is There Happiness After the 40s?
by Lisa Stein
Scientific American
30 January 2008
Closing in on 40? 50? Feel like life is passing, er, has passed you by? Maybe even left you in the dust? You're not alone. In fact, new research shows that fellow midlifers throughout the world--or at least a significant chunk of it--share your pain. But fear not: if you endure, the study shows, things will begin looking up again, once you get over that speed bump in the road of life called (gasp!) middle age.


Reality Shifting Films
What do movies and TV shows like 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

Angel on the Highway
Rhodes, Michigan

I once heard about a woman in a nursing home who had a car for sale when my husband was gone fishing. It had very low mileage and looked good at an affordable price. My husband would usually have made the decision about the car's dependability, but he was gone and I was concerned that someone else might snatch it up before me if I didn't buy it right then. The woman's daughter was storing it at her house and needed it out of the way. I am a very trusting (gullible?) person. I found out later that between the time I looked at the car and went to the credit union to get the money, the woman removed the almost new tires and replaced them with older tires.

Two days after getting the car, a friend and I drove 350 miles in it to attend a church retreat. On the way back home, we were talking about how unpopulated the stretch of highway was, with only a couple of small towns spaced many miles apart. I was driving 70 miles an hour when the right front tire blew. I managed to get the car over to the shoulder without incident, and we sat there shaking and crying and thanking God that we had not been hurt. But there we were in the middle of nowhere, and this was before cell phones. I didn't know how to change a tire, or even if I had a spare tire, or where it might be. Our first thought was to pray that God would send a solution. After we prayed, I looked at my friend and said, "I guess I'm going to have to try to change that tire." I reluctantly got out and amidst my actions of opening up the trunk and not knowing what to do next, I heard the sound of a vehicle barreling down the dirt shoulder behind me. I turned around and beheld with amazement a truck being driven by a young man, who came to a stop 20 feet behind my car. I ran up to my angel and threw my arms around him, exclaiming, "Oh thank you, thank you for stopping!" He looked at me with an expression of bewilderment and said, "Lady, my truck ran out of gas." He changed my tire, we drove him to his house 15 miles away, called AAA and they directed us to the only garage that was open (it was Sunday) 30 miles further. We still had a long way to go and our spare was only a little donut tire. I intended to get a new tire and drive home. When we got to the garage, the man looked at the rest of my tires,whistled and said he would not have let his wife drive out of his driveway with those tires. He showed us where the threads were worn away down to the core and said we must have had angels watching over us. So, yes, I do know that... and I also know how to change a tire now. I took one of the old tires back with me to show my husband after that experience, and he said they were just as bad as the garage man said they were.

Note from Cynthia: What a fabulous story, indeed! I just love this one, and the way it turned out that both you and the man who stopped to help you needed each other's help. What a marvelous parable describing the ways we are all here to help one another.


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I Became A Pillar of Light

I'd like to share a story that happened to me last year after the Harmony Festival in Northern California. The festival was great... the REALLY amazing thing happened on the way back as I was driving back south toward the peninsula. Right when I passed Mount Tamalpais (in Marin) I turned into light! For a brief moment my entire body, the car, everyone around me disappeared and where the center of my body would normally be... there was a pillar of light. I was more happy than I had ever been in my life. It was like this beam of light was me.. and was pure happiness and contentment.. I couldn't believe it.. it was a vertical beam.. and at my heart it was more like a sun.. beaming in all directions

When I came back to this physical realm I started yelling to my friend.. "Oh my God, I just turned into light! I just turned into light!" He was carsick so he wasn't that expressive, and he said, "It sounds like you just communicated with aliens."

Just before this happened, I remember feeling like my usual start of discontent... I've battled depression for a long time. When I was the light, I was just pure joy. I've never felt so perfect and content in my life. It was everything good without any knowledge of pain or misery. I wasn't even thinking of anything negative when I had that moment.. it was phenomenal.. and then when I snapped back I was really eager to share it with my friend. I was also wondering if any of the drivers around us saw that happen to me or if anyone else had ever had this experience and how to make it happen again. Immediately afterward, I was just amazed that I could feel something so perfect and happy.. and I felt like I must have done something right in my life to get to that point..

On the way up to the Harmony Festival my friend had mentioned to me at that same spot, "Hey, we're passing Mount Tamalpais.. this is an ancient native american sacred site" I read up more on Mount Tamalpais since then and I'm aware it's supposed to have something to do with a serpent; a lot of artists depict it as a mountain with a serpent coiled around it. I'm wondering if that serpent is supposed to represent something about kundalini energy or enlightenment.. either way.. I think that's definitely what I experienced..

Ever since that time, I have wanted to have the experience back.. A few times it seemed like the world around me was turning into a hologram... or that everything is light... but I haven't had the same experience since. It was amazing!

After reading The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot I remember thinking, "Life would be a lot better if we were all just a hologram, because there's so much pain in the physical world. If we were all holograms we wouldn't have things like physical pain... we'd only have to work on emotional pain" and now I sort of think physical pain is just emotional pain in a different form... maybe just the universe expressing hopelessness or a feeling of being trapped. Those were major things I had been meditating on for a while before the experience happened. At the Harmony Festival itself I was meditating on those things. I was also having fun trying to visualize every animal (human's included) in light form -- not their auras but their chakras -- and just thinking how intricate that rainbow would be... it would be like one of those psychedellic posters. My favorite book right now is The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World by Amit and Maggie Goswami, and they talk about consciousness being the subtance of reality.

I also think that the reason we have this illusion of multiples is because one infinite consciouness gets lonely and it needs to divide into multiples to give itself companionship. The irony is that if two things or beings were made up of something truly different, they could never fully empathize with or comprehend each other. But if they are made up of the same thing, then they can never fully be more than one, and one is the loneliest number. BUT when i was this light, none of that mattered. I was just soooo happy... I couldn't believe it... and I don't know what it had to do with the mountain!

Sorry I can't give you a shorter answer as to what i was thinking immediately before, and after. All I really know for sure is that during that moment... everything was perfect and harmonious.

Thanks for one of the coolest websites in the universe! :)

Note from Cynthia: Wow... I love the way you've described your state of mind leading up to such a beautiful epiphany.


(5) Reality Shifting Q and A / Mail Bag

Hi Cynthia,
I couldn't find the archives of your articles on your website, so maybe you have already addressed this. I love what you write about manifesting and making things happen. I think that one big obstacle to manifesting is lack of clarity, which I find is usually a result of inner conflict. Do you have any tips on how to move through and resolve inner conflicts?

Dear Andrea,
Thank you so very much for your words of appreciation! I've got a list of every single issue of RealityShifters News posted online, and some of these include tips on dealing with various sources of inner conflict. This subject is covered in a depth in my eBook, Reality Shifts: When Consciousness Changes the Physical World, where an explanation of what's going on when we have conflicting thoughts is covered along with a powerful technique for clearing the conflict up. My online articles are listed here: and you can see a list of the web site's articles on reality shifts posted at: You can learn about reality shift research here: And you can view my various print publication articles here:
lots of love,

Cynthia Sue ~~
Blessings of this Sacred Season to you! But then all of life is a Sacred Season. Thank you so much for your lovely and loving RS. I enjoyed the story of the missing driver's license. Mine is AWOL right now; I'm gonna get calm and try again. Will let you know the outcome!

Dear Gini,
Thanks for the lovely message... I just adore your sentiments, and the fact that you so enjoyed the story about the missing driver's license. What I've learned after about a decade of reality shifting experience is STAY POSITIVE! This is the most important thing... every time you find yourself feeling sad about a particular missing thing, just switch over to how much you really love and adore it, and how special it is to you, and how you will be eternally grateful to have it in hand once again. This worked for me recently with an entire jewelry box full of some of my most cherished earrings, rings, and necklaces... it was completely gone for about a full week if not a bit longer, and every time I felt myself getting sad about it's loss, I immediately felt how much I love it, and how much it means to me. I always kept it in my purse, in the same place... but being a rather small box, it was capable of falling (or being taken) out of that purse. I just kept seeing that soon I'll have it in hand again. And one day, while searching through my underwear drawer, there it was! Right where it really never would be, but somehow... I was ready to receiving it wherever it came back.
I wish you the very best 2008!
lots of love,


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Mantak Chia's book, "Fusion of the Five Elements" provides readers with powerful meditation and energy working tools for transforming the top five negative emotions (anger, impatience, anxiety, depression, and stress) stored in five of our body's main organs into their most positive counterparts (kindness, love & joy, openness, courage and gentleness). While the basic Taoist principles behind this healing process may seem straightforward to some, the techniques themselves are refreshingly unique and memorable, such as breathing the purest form of gentleness into the shape of beautiful deer with antlers, for example. Chia explains that since the original Taoist animal offspring utilized in energy work for clearing the five elements / organs might seem rather unusual in this day and age, it is possible to substitute other symbols in their stead.

The delightful surprise in "Fusion of the Five Elements" is the way the range of feelings from each of five major organs (liver, heart, lungs, kidneys, spleen) is described, along with marvelous tables and illustrations that accompany the energy work meditations. I was very positively impressed with the associations provided with how good awareness between each of these five primary organs and the associated opening (eyes, tongue, nose, ears, mouth) can help to reduce the various temptations of each of these areas. Readers familiar with the concept of the five elements will find much to appreciate in this book, as many of the advanced exercises have the capacity to benefit all energy practitioners, from beginners to the most advanced.

"Fusion of the Five Elements" covers Chia's concept of creating pearls that form the energy body extremely well. Anyone wishing to continue on with Chia's other books will appreciate the clarity of his words and illustrations which are devoted to describing how one can best create, maintain, and control one's chi body as it evolves to his highest form.


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