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March 2023
Issue #282

published monthly since October 1999
How Good Can it Get?

Cynthia Sue Larson
Cynthia Sue Larson
Learn by Doing

“Not having heard of it is not as good as having heard of it.
Having heard of it is not as good as having seen it.
Having seen it is not as good as knowing it.
Knowing it is not as good as putting it into practice.
Learning arrives at putting it into practice. ”
– Xunzi (Xun Kuang)

Have you ever intended to learn one thing, and actually ended up learning something else? I've come to recognize this pattern when it arises in my life, and I enjoy noticing what reality is sharing in each moment, beyond what I anticipate.

One of my most interesting experiences learning something different than what I'd intended happened when I was a student in San Francisco university's MBA graduate school program. I was working on a group project with Susan and Stanley, my friends and fellow students. We were specializing in Information Systems, and enjoyed working together as partners on group projects when we got the chance. For our systems analysis project, we chose to study an administrative department on campus because it was conveniently accessible, and could also offer us an opportunity to gain an inside view of our university's operations.

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Everything seemed to be going smoothly at first, as we received permission to conduct interviews with department managers. In our enthusiasm to get started, we drew data flow diagrams for what we surmised the administrative department was doing, as seen from the outside. Our initial optimism was dampened when we arrived for our first scheduled interview, only to find that our meeting had been rescheduled for the following week. We were disappointed, but took the news in stride, looking forward to getting started with interviews the next week. When we returned the next week, however, we heard another excuse for why no interview could occur that day, so our first interview meeting was again rescheduled. After several weeks of this repeating pattern, we became concerned, since our report needed to be finished soon, and we'd not yet managed to conduct a single interview. After many weeks of attempting to complete this project, all we had to show for our efforts was our original data flow diagram depicting an outside view of some of the department's processes. The internal operations remained a mysterious black box, and our written and oral report was due tomorrow.

Susan and Stanley and I wondered how on Earth we could present an essentially empty report? We agreed that the best we could do was to write our report describing every pitiful detail from the entire series of rescheduled meetings. Despite employing all of our collective charm, charisma, and wit in numerous attempts to glean insights into this department's operations, we'd not succeeded in cracking a single clue to the underlying mysteries of this top-secret administrative department. I told Susan and Stanley that our best option for presenting our written and oral report to the class would be to tell the entire sorry tale of how despite our best efforts, the university administrative department had successfully fended us off, ensuring that their hidden operational secrets remained concealed. Susan and Stanley agreed, and told me that I should be the one to present our oral report tomorrow.

On the day of our oral report, I began by explaining that this presentation would be a bit different, since we did not actually achieve the objective of documenting the work flows of the administrative department, and we had not managed to successfully complete a single interview. Instead, I would give a report summarizing the conversations and specific details of our numerous failed attempts to conduct an interview. I looked around the room to see how this dismaying—yet tragicomic—news was being received, and was pleasantly surprised to see our professor grinning and then laughing aloud as he leaned on the door at the back of the room. The students were laughing along with our professor, who laughed so hard at one point, that the door he was leaning on opened momentarily into the hall outside. The entire presentation continued in that fashion, with me sharing a series of depressing setbacks, and the class and our professor roaring with laughter. Much to my surprise, we received long and loud applause at the end of this report, which was heartening, since it seemed to us we had clearly failed the assignment, but at least everyone had a good laugh.

I was later astonished to see that our professor gave us an “A” grade on our report. Why did he do that? In a flash of insight, it occurred to me that recounting our tragicomical adventure was instructive in its own ways. I felt a spark of joy from the realization that the university's administrative offices probably never had any intention of revealing what they were really up to, or how they invested their time, effort, and energy. This discovery would not have been possible without our dogged commitment to doing our very best to gain access to this information, so our 'failed' project had value in its own right. That was the one and only time I got such a high grade for not being able to complete an assignment. I imagine our professor is probably still laughing any time he thinks of our experience attempting to analyze San Francisco university's inscrutable administrative department!

My biggest lesson from this particular experience is that I saw just how amazing it can be to learn by doing. In this case, I didn't get to practice as much data flow diagramming as I'd hoped to be doing, but I was astonished to witness some surprising lessons having to do with human relationships and interactions, including what we sometimes learn when we might have presumed we'd been shut out. Sometimes, the greatest lessons—and gifts—are possible when it seems we've got nothing at all!

I invite you to explore some truly amazing reality shifts that have been reported over the past twenty plus years and posted at RealityShifters. 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 fall more deeply and fully in love with the wonder and magic of life!

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      In This Issue:

      (1) Spiritual Life Coaching
      (2) Intriguing Events, Articles, Interviews, & Films
      (3) Your Reality Shift Stories
      (4) Mail Bag, Questions, and Answers
      (5) Reviews that Shift Your Reality
      (6) Join in the Discussion
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Cynthia Sue Larson MBA, author, speaker, and spiritual life coach

(1) Spiritual Life Coaching

Could you benefit from help facing a challenging issue in your life? Would you like clarity regarding 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.
      "with your loving and non-judgemental help,
      I crossed the threshold from the world of victimization
      to the world of redemption and grace;
      a place where all wounds are healed and
      where all things are possible;
      a place where all things exist and do not exist--
      at the same time!
      I deeply appreciate your "midwifery" expertise
      that helped me to trust the initiation and
      unfolding of this process.
      Many blessings to you and all that you do."
      — Dea

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

Cynthia Sue Larson
Is reality a Soul Trap?
Or a School?

1 Mar 2023
22 minutes
Is the message from Plato's allegory of the cave true—are we stuck in a soul trap? This past month, I received a question via email: “Your friend and colleague Christopher Anatra did an interview with Howdie Mickoski, not sure you know of him or if you saw the interview but my question is basically; What's your thought on this whole idea that we the people are being "farmed" for energy in this reality? Basically Plato's Cave with a layer of energy farming from the Arcons, that we're being held prisoners in this reality. I hold you and your thoughts in high regard and i am very curious to what your take on this is, would absolutely love it if you made a video about it and if not, just for you just to give me your thoughts here. I have a feeling that this idea of Howdie Mickoski can be a trap of its own, it certainly isn't asking how good can it get, more like the opposite.” This is a terrific and timely question, especially since so many people recently have been feeling more stuck and trapped, due to a variety of events unfolding globally these days.  Soul Traps and Plato's Cave Howdie Mickoski's idea that humanity is caught in a "Soul Trap"  appears to be a valuable topic of discussion, since apparently so many different people have come to similar conclusions with a sense that this is some kind of prison planet (as David Icke describes), or a loosh factory (as Robert Monroe once mentioned), or that we're all in something akin to Plato's Allegory of the Cave—chained and restrained and only able to see shadows moving on the cave walls.  It seems there may be value in taking a look at the points Howdie is making, with regard to the "Soul Trap" idea.  First of all, I like Howdie's observation very much that there seems something strange about the configuration of Plato's Allegory of the Cave, in the sense that it seems weird that people are trapped inside a cave.  Having pointed out this peculiarity, Howdie proceeds to advocate preparing to intentionally leave the existence we've come to accept in our lifetime, with an idea that there must be access to something beyond. What lies beyond  Plato's notion that we can step outside Plato's cave, and Howdie's notion that we can step outside our current conceptualization of reality provide us with an invitation to rise above current limitations of sensing and knowing true reality.  While it makes no logical sense that we can ever 'escape' or leave the foundational reality we are part of, what does make sense is that there may exist levels of conscious awareness within the oneness of consciousness, reality, and All That Is. The philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz wrote in New Essays on Human Understanding:   "Conscious perception arises gradually "by degrees from [perceptions] that are too minute to be noticed."  (ie: unconscious perceptions) With awareness of such levels of perception, we can envision how higher levels of consciousness steadily arise, as a natural part of how we see the outside world, and how our mind internally represents what we perceive.  Leibniz is sometimes referred to as "the last universal genius," making brilliant contributions to the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, logic, philosophy of religion, mathematics, physics, geology, jurisprudence, and history.  Leibniz was one of the two people credited with the invention / discovery of Calculus, the other being Sir Isaac Newton, and Leibniz provides further clarity with a bit of a mathematical feel to this statement from Principles of Nature and Grace, clarifying how these perceptions arise:  "it is good to make a distinction between 'perception,' which is the internal state of the monad representing external things, and 'apperception,' which is 'consciousness' [conscience], or the reflective cognition of this internal state, which is not given to all souls, or at all times to the same soul."

You can view the companion blog post to this video, with references and sources, at:

Cynthia Sue Larson and Wendy Gardner
Lucid Dreaming,
Creating a Positive Timeline,
Mandela Effect

12 Feb 2023
35 minutes
Tune in for my newest interview with Wendy Gardner about lucid dreaming, reality shifts, & the Mandela Effect. Explore the realm of quantum logic, where seemingly unrelated things are entangled, & move together in perfect synchrony, like flocks of birds. Reality shifts and the “Mandela Effect” offer to take humanity out of a presumption of material realism and classical True-False logic into the realm of quantum logic, where facts are entangled and sometimes seemingly unrelated things move together coherently, like birds of a flock moving in perfect synchrony. Quantum logic invites us to consider how something can be: True, True-and-False, Not-True-Not-False, or False. Mandela Effects, reality shifts and quantum jumps show us that just because we think something is a certain way doesn’t mean it will stay that way. We can benefit from incorporating quantum consciousness in ways that positively transform all areas of academic study and our daily lives as we come to recognize alternate histories as being a natural part of existence. Medical professionals can adopt a view of spontaneous remission being a naturally occurring process, and doctors can encourage people to adopt ‘healthy beliefs’ with states of mind that facilitate quantum jumps as one of the fundamental foundations of healing. We can be relatively certain that as long as we keep asking, “How good can it get?!”, we will likely have a wonderful future to look forward to.

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(3) Your Reality Shift Stories

Bible Isaiah lion and lamb Mandela Effect
Bible Isaiah Lion and Lamb Mandela Effect
Georgia, USA

I’m sure you have read this before? I remember it being the Lion shall lay down with the lamb.

Note from Cynthia: Yes, I also remember that Bible passage in Isaiah 11:6 including a lion and a lamb, and not the wolf that is now featured so prominently.  This Mandela Effect was mentioned in the November 2018 issue of RealityShifters in the Mail Bag section, and it's been one of the more noteworthy shifts that have been noticed by lots of people.  That Bible passage text supposedly has always read, "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."  (KJV)  I'm intrigued now to see that there is a lion included in the current text, which I don't recall having seen in previous discussions of this particular Mandela Effect. So this may be a Mandela Effect to keep our eyes on, since it seems to possibly be on the move!  I'd love to know if other people remember there (1) being a lion prominently mentioned in that Bible passage; (2) remember a time when there was no lion included in the list of animals in that passage; and (3) notice the lion is back in the passage, but now included much farther down amidst other animals.  Fascinating!



(4) Mail Bag, Questions, and Answers

Hi Cynthia,
I really love your “take” on life. Thank you so much for sharing it! I enjoy reading your books, newsletters, and sharing your stories with my three children. They are like me: open to life’s magic. They have nearly daily deja vu and like interpreting life like a dream. So fun. Wishing you all the best now and always, sweetie! With love and gratitude,

Dearest Anne,
Thank you for the lovely email message--you've made my day! I'm so happy to hear that you and your children stay open to enjoying life's magic and wonders!
With love and thanks and blessings,


Hi, Cindy!
I loved your latest newsletter. Thanks again for creating such a wonderful thought piece and inspiring everyone! Radical Optimism—Wow! Next, this morning I found this article linked below, and was amazed and happy to see the effects of orgonite on plants, and kirilian photo comparisons of the energy of different metals used to make orgonite. Bismuth was a surprise. I once saw an article on making bismuth crystals using Pepto-Bismol, though it seemed difficult. Interesting. But, no surprise to us, gold is the most powerful of the metals tested! Wouldn’t Wilhelm Reich be pleased to see how people have proven what he claimed.


Dear Lisa,
Thanks so much for your kind, appreciative words about the February RealityShifters!  And thank you for the fascinating article showing experimental evidence in support of the beneficial qualities of orgonite in the garden.  I've seen some other articles this past year about the benefit of simply installing copper in the garden for improved plant growth and health, so it's fun to see these images in the article link that seem to clearly show how much better plants thrive amidst orgonite. 
lots of love and blessings,


Dear Cynthia,
I get such a positive boost each time I read your emails, or watch your videos. Thank-you! I saw one video a couple of years ago(I think) where you had a cord plugged into your phone and you attached one end to a plant to show us the different sounds/songs that each plant makes. I would love to know where I can get such an item for me to listen to the plants too? Can you please help me with this? Keep up the great work Cynthia!
Loving thoughts your way,

Dear Yvette,
Thanks so much for your lovely email message, and your kind and supportive words, which are much appreciated!  I get the plant music devices from a website called "Music of the Plants."  I got on their mailing list, and then get notified if and when they have special sales promotions with discounts.

with love and blessings,



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