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RealityShifters News - September 2005
Create Your Best Life!
See the World through Shamanic Eyes

Cynthia Sue Larson & Stanley KrippnerCynthia Sue Larson with Stanley Krippner, professor of psychology at Saybrook in San Francisco at the 22nd International Conference on the Study of Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing.

    "Western science is characterized by a search for satisfactory explanations of reality. This search is achieved by statements of general principles; these can be tested experimentally or through repeated observations. Shamanic epistemology also attempts to explain reality, employs repeated observations, and makes statements about general principles. However, credence is given to revelation and inspiration from the spirit world, from plant and animal allies, and from journeys associated with changed states of consciousness."
    -- Stanley Krippner in Consciousness & Healing
I had a powerful insight into the nature of reality while attending a shamanism and alternative healing conference this past month. At first, I felt the gift I received had no formal name, nor any direct indication of it's existence. It appeared gradually in my subconscious, as if arriving on gossamer wings... flitting briefly into peripheral view in my mind's eye, only to flutter away again. It seemed intent on flirting with my attention, indicating its presence without providing me with any details or specific information. While I was surrounded by people who share similar interests in the fields of consciousness, ecology, and indigenous wisdom, I felt a sense of joyful kinship and camaraderie. Dancing, singing, healing, energy work, and story-telling filled long days that yawned and stretched out into the nights. The presentations were insightful, the attendees were fascinating, and time flew so fast that I felt the conference seemed to end moments after it began. While I did not discern a single unifying thread running through all the talks and presentations, I received the clear impression that I had been the lucky beneficiary of an extraordinary gift.
petroglyphsRock drawings showing auric energy along the Columbia River near Beverly, Washington. Site now destroyed (Wenatchee Museum photograph).

What I began to sense, in the form of deep revelation, was that many people are being self-initiated on shamanic paths. These are people who are increasing their awareness of their surroundings on many different levels, able to piece together many disparate facts and experiences into an overall sense of completeness. While some question their sanity at times, and wonder how best to adapt to mainstream society, they are not crazy. They are those who begin to see the world through the shaman's eyes.

Stanley Krippner presented a thought-provoking paper at this year's shamanism conference that summarized research findings between the differences in the dreams of schizophrenics and non-schizophrenics. Imagery in schizophrenic dreams is quite different than imagery in shamanic dreams and visions; schizophrenic dreams are more apathetic, banal, and low-energy with few clear settings or distinct outcomes. I am intrigued to note that one of the biggest differences between shamanic and schizophrenic dreams appears to be that of lucidity... that what the shaman knows for sure is something the schizophrenic has not noticed. The shaman maintains a constant sense of awareness and focus that brings greater meaning to peoples' lives.

When we view the world through shaman's eyes, we see a world of energy and spirit, in which the connections between each and every one of us shine through. It is the shaman's role to intentionally enter alternate states of consciousness in ways that benefit their community as mediators between ordinary and extraordinary reality. It is the shaman who has drawn petroglyphs on ancient rocks, and maintained a sense of respect for plants, animals, people and spirit. While traditional shamans of indigenous cultures undergo rigorous initiations for many years, it has become increasingly common in the world at this time for people to self-initiate, since the ancient support systems for shamans are not prevalent in modern industrial societies. We who begin to realize we can intentionally move between states of conscious awareness are seeking ways to fit in; seeking ways to best serve our communities. As we listen to inspiration and learn what our unique skills and abilities are, we begin to understand how we can best apply the unique gifts we have been given.

What shamanic archetypes exist to provide us with guidance on our individual paths? How can we learn more about ourselves based on what kinds of reality shifts we most frequently enjoy and experience? This month, realityshifters discussion list members took a poll about which of seven types of realityshifters we are at:

    What type of realityshifter are you?
NL aura portraitAura portrait by Cynthia Sue Larson


    RealityShifter Archetype % Reported
    EXPLORER -- Discovering new ideas at the frontier of human knowledge -- I am open to new ideas, and I like to change my beliefs and look at things from different angles 20.24
    HEALER -- Facilitating transformations for health & well-being -- I am able to get things to work when other people have trouble, and I send healing light and love to those in need 19.05
    MYSTIC -- Experiencing divine consciousness in everything -- I know that I am the oneness that is All That Is 17.86
    CHAMPION -- Inviting miracles in times of great need -- I have a strong sense of destiny and 'unusual' powers 13.10
    NETWORKER -- Listening and sharing information -- Everything around me communicates with me, and I know how people are feeling, even when they're far away 11.90
    ORCHESTRATOR -- Bringing harmony out of chaos -- I love to help bring people and things together 11.90
    SHAPESHIFTER -- Transforming reality from one form to another -- Things change shape and form around me 5.95

These archetypes have more to do with motivations than skills; so that while people in these groups would be equally likely to interpret dreams, receive signs from natural events, and influence external reality... their attention would be focused in slightly different directions. I feel a connection to all of these archetypes, and have gone through moods or times in my life when one or another was more pronounced. I have met some healers and shaman who have a tendency to primarily embody one or two of these types, and I am glad to acknowledge that these archetypes provide us all with an energy we can rely upon for inspiration whenever we need it.

lots of love,
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

Spiritual Life Coaching with Cynthia
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.

      "Thank you again for your assistance and being in my life.
      I started using one of your techniques you describe,
      and the difference is noticeable."
      -- Janice

(2) Upcoming Events

Tune Your Aura for Prosperity Consciousness Talk
Saturday, 17 September 2005 2PM PST
Discover how you can work with your energy field to attract what you most desire.
FREE Pass ($5 Value)

WPARanormal Investigations Radio Interview
Sunday, 25 September 2005, 6:30-7:30PM PST
Fairfield, California
Listen to an exciting discussion about auras and reality shifts when radio host Nicole Bray interviews Cynthia Larson live.

Journeys With Rebecca Radio Interview
Thursday, 29 September 2005, 10PM CST
Host Rebecca Jernigan interviews Cynthia Larson regarding the meaning of colors in the aura, and the connection between auras and reality shifts.

Attract What You Most Desire Workshop
Change Makers, 6536 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California
Saturday, 1 October 2005, 1:30-3:30PM PST
Are you ready for health, wealth, and happiness? Create prosperity in your life with the power of your aura. Learn to avoid the six biggest mistakes people make in manifesting... and have fun! Aura photos available for additional charge.

Sacramento Harvest Moon Festival
El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, California
Saturday & Sunday 8-9 October 2005
Cynthia will give talks about "The Second Chakra Prosperity Meditation" and "Better Manifesting by Reading and Writing Universal Energies," and will give readings and provide spiritual life coaching.

Alabama Paraspiritual Research Radio Interview
Monday, 10 October 2005, 4-6PM PST
Host Dr. Jimmy Lowery interviews Cynthia Sue Larson and takes questions live by phone 1-334-285-2425 and email at (using subject: Cynthia-July 25,2005).

What Your Aura Does for You Talk
The Awareness Network, 1540 Hicks Avenue, San Jose, California
Thursday, 13 October 2005, 9:30-10:30 AM PST
Your aura is a lot more than pretty colored light! When you know what your aura is doing for you, you will find greater fulfillment in life. Cynthia Larson will share her personal experiences and recent scientific findings in this scintillating presentation.

Tune Your Aura for Prosperity Consciousness Talk
UCSC Inn & Conference Center, Santa Cruz, California
Saturday, 15 October 2005, 2:30PM PST
Discover how you can work with your energy field to attract what you most desire.
FREE Pass ($5 Value)

Divine Science Community Center

Get the Aura Advantage Workshop:
An Introduction to Seeing & Feeling the Aura

1540 Hicks Avenue, San Jose, California
Saturday, 22 October 2005, 10-5 PST
If you have observed how some days seem happier, healthier and luckier than others, you have felt the aura in action. In this full-day workshop you will learn how to: See and feel the aura, make the most of the ten things your aura does for you, make better choices by reading energies, attract what you most desire (and avoid the six biggest mistakes in manifestation), protect yourself and everyone you love, and listen to your chakras to make your dreams come true. $80 in advance, $90 at the door

Shift Your Reality:
Consciously Direct Your Waking Dream

1540 Hicks Avenue, San Jose, California
Saturday, 29 October 2005, 10-5 PST
Discover how to shift reality to bring what you most desire into your life. Reality shifts are the changes we create with our thoughts and feelings that manifest as objects appearing, disappearing, transforming and transporting... as well as changes in the way we experience time. Workshop participants will learn how to: know yourself and others as your biggest selves, transform sabotage into strength, walk between worlds to select your favorite reality, live lucidly and consciously create a life you love, send and receive energy non-locally, positively influence the future and the past. $80 in advance, $90 at the door

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(3) Intriguing Articles & Interviews

CC-Convergence Teleconference
Guest: Cynthia Sue Larson
23 August 2005
Listen online to Antonio Gomez interview Cynthia Sue Larson for Conscious Creation Convergence. INTERVIEW%20TO%20CYNTHIA%20SUE%20LARSON.mp3


Retroactive Prayer: A Preposterous Hypothesis?
British Medical Journal
2003; 327: 1465-1468
Brian Olshansky & Larry Dossey
Recent medical studies have shown that retroactive prayer can improve health outcomes. But how are we to reconcile this result with our present understanding of the universe? Perhaps the answer lies beyond the superstring theories of today's physicists.

Wellness Implications of Retroactive Influence:
Exploring An Outrageous Hypothesis

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
2000; 6(1): pp. 37-48.
William Braud, PhD
Virtually all medical and psychological treatments and interventions conventional as well as complementary and alternative are assumed to act in present time on present, already well-established conditions. An alternative healing pathway is proposed in which healing intentions in the form of direct mental interactions with biological systems may act in a "backward," time-displaced manner to influence probabilities of initial occurrence of earlier "seed moments" in the development of illness or health. Because seed moments are more labile, freely variable, and flexible, as well as unusually sensitive to small influences, time-displaced healing pathways may be especially efficacious.

Tru Calling

Reality Shifting Films
What do movies and TV shows like Tru Calling, The Matrix, Frequency, 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

Hollywood, California

On Saturday, January 22nd, I seemed to experience a reality shift. Afterward, I thought to myself, "Reality and shifts are changing more quickly. If they get any quicker in time, maybe they can be caught in the act."

Here's what happened: Before I went out to shop and run errands, I sat on the floor and rummaged through my purse to make sure I had what I'd need: cash, plastic, keys, and the garage door opener. I had to take almost everything out of my purse to make sure I located these things. I took a lot of things out till I found all the items, and when I'd found them, I put them and everything else back in the purse. After confirming that all my important items were in my purse, I went to shop and do errands. At one point during my errands, I needed some postage stamps, which I keep in my zippable sunglasses case - (where I won't "lose" them) - which I keep inside my purse. I was surprised to see that there was no sunglasses case in my purse. I looked all over the car and all around, but there was no case.

Later when I got home, I saw the case on the floor where I'd been rummaging through my purse earlier. O.k. Maybe I'd accidentally left the case on the floor. (But I know I didn't. There were no items on the floor when I left the house.) So I put the case back in the purse. I shoved it in! Firmly! I went into the kitchen to start a snack. I came back out and the case was on the floor again, right by the purse. There is no way it could have fallen out in the less than five minutes I was away from it. No way. And also, I had taken one postage stamp out of it and put the stamp on the couch, all by itself so it would be easy to find. Now the stamp was on the floor next to the couch. There is no way, folks.

The point: if reality shifts are starting to happen in a more narrow space of time, might we one day actually see them happen? And if time keeps narrowing, what's the next logical progression? The shifts happen on top of themselves? Or they happen before they happen? Would that be the end of time or would it be more like some sort of time warp? How would we live? For one thing, maybe there'd be peace at last. No more searching. Because we'd never know the difference between what's supposed to be and what is.


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Rotterdam, South Holland

I thoroughly enjoyed the new RealityShifters News newsletter, and have been astonished by the report of a death that as of this past June seems undone. Do you know the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin from Australia and his American wife Sue? They have had a very popular television show on the Discovery channel. Well, roughly three years ago, my partner and I were watching Discovery when we saw an announcement that the crocodile hunter had died. I remember this very well, because the crocodile that bit him to death is called "Bindi," and that's also my name. His wife told the story of how his beloved hand-reared pet crocodile Bindi had turned on him, and that the bit had been fatal.

Now, three years later, who do I see on TV doing an add for mobilephones.... the Crocodile man! Funny how the timelines of various parallel Earths are bleeding into ours. Amazing times indeed!

Wadena, Saskatchewan

People often ask me, enviously, how I managed to get the ducky job I have now as a freelance editor. I work from my home office, my hours are totally flexible, and I make a better wage than I've ever made in my life and better than many people with their union jobs make.

I say, "This may sound flakey to you, but I got it by doing an affirmation."

It wasn't immediate. I started doing the affirmation while I was at a job I hated, one that I had to force myself to get up and go to every morning, one that I went to bed dreading the night before. I had done a tarot reading on the situation, and was shown that the current job was only a stepping stone to something better; that it wouldn't last forever. That gave me hope, but I still didn't have a direction, a path to follow to take me where I wanted to go, to help me feel I was moving ahead. Some days it was hard to believe I'd ever escape my particular job hell. I felt stuck in a bad situation, with no end in sight.

I loved using the computer and the internet and email. I wished I could make money with them as my tools, and be able to stay home rather than heading out on the highway five days a week, but for the life of me I couldn't imagine what kind of job would offer an option like that, or what training or contacts I'd need, or what luck.

So I made up an affirmation. Doing affirmations makes me feel hopeful, and as if at least I am doing SOMETHING toward getting where I want to go. Affirmations can't HURT. The affirmation I created was "I now earn an excellent income, doing what I love to do, when I love to do it, where I love to do it. I'm living the life of my dreams."

I didn't write it every day, but I gave it a melody and sang it every day on my way to and from work. Before long, every time I caught myself feeling anxious about not getting out of the job I hated, my unconscious would throw that affirmation up to my conscious mind and it would give me a positive outlook again. The noose around my neck would seem a little looser.

One day after several months of this I came home from work and saw an ad in a newspaper I'd always wanted to work at. I applied for the job, beat out over 100 other applicants, and became a fulltime proofreader in their newsroom. I had not had any training for work like this, but had a bit of experience and a naturally sharp eye for errors. I loved the job and was very efficient at it, and was so happy to get out of the previous one! The pay was better, the work environment was better, the work itself was more interesting, and I was satisfied.

After six months though, I still wished to work from home. I managed to set that up for part of the week, but with great resistance from my boss, and began to want to change employment. I didn't want to have a boss anymore. I began my affirmation again, and within a couple months, during my quest for freelance contract work, happened to ask the right person for a lead. She knew where a freelance editor was needed just then, and I interviewed by phone, then in person, and got the gig. It was so easy I could hardly believe it. I had no training to speak of, but I had related experience and natural ability and the kind of personality that was required.

The job was so flexible -- all done via email, internet, and phone -- that I was able to move out of the province and start a new life with my spouse and kids, back to my home area where I'd wanted to live for many years, in the country. The pay is good, no one is my boss (very important to my level of happiness in my work) and my work is respected and appreciated. I can work 0 hours a week or 40, and no one questions me. Because of the way it is set up, I was free to take my job with me when I moved from Saskatchewan to BC last year to be with my mom, who was dying of terminal cancer. I can work wherever I am, and the job allowed me to do something for myself and my family that I would have been unable to do without it. My mom's gone now, and I'm home on the farm again, and I thank my lucky stars every day that I know about affirmations and how to use them.

I now earn an excellent income, doing what I love to do, when I love to do it, where I love to do it. I'm living the life of my dreams.

(5) Reality Shifters Q & A

Q: Hi Cynthia -

Like your newsletter! About a year ago I had gotten a new boss and he was out for blood... mine in particular. Generally, I don't know what I did to provoke this. My stats are generally way above adverage. At that time, I noticed that I feeling banged around energetically. It took me a bit of time to source it out. He was a pentacostal so I figured he was trained in spiritual warfare and I was the spirit being warred upon. Luckily, a friend told me about a healer in North Carolina who was good a clearing people particularly if they were recipients of abuse energetically. It turned out that she did more than that but to make the a long story short, I had a session with her one Saturday and the following Monday I went to work and all the energetic banging stopped. Since then, I haven't had any problems with him. Now there is more to that story than what I related here but those are the high points. My energetic fields or aura have changed so much so that I don't seem to have a lot of problem any more and in my job I can have more than my fair share. I'm a building inspector. What has been circling my brain since this experience and the clearing is 'what is the meaning of karma?' If karma was a cause and effect, I don't know what was my cause or effect was with this guy. If karma is immutable, then none of this should have had any effect on our sour relationship. However, it seems that if one changes the energy fields, 'karma' changes. So, is our karma our energy field or aura? Could it be that simple?

A voice in the wilderness,
-- Eric

A: Dear Eric,

Thanks for sharing your story, and for asking what is the meaning of karma. In my experience, karma is a learning tool... something which can be cleared through prayer and meditation, and yet something that if left uncleared will serve to help people examine life situations and simply "deal with it" regarding experiences. Since meditation and prayer can and do change the aura and energy fields, and since prayer and meditation can also be used to clear karma, it seems to me that there is a strong connection between auras and karma.

lots of love,
-- Cynthia

(6) Reality Shifters Award Winner

I am proud to announce this month's winner of the Reality Shifting Award, for recognition of demonstrating consistent excellence in web site content and design, while helping people shift their reality in a positive direction:

Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Founded by internationally renowned anthropologist Michael Harner with a three-fold mission to study, to teach, and to preserve shamanism, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies has built a reputation of consistency and dependability by providing reliable training in Core Shamanism to interested learners worldwide.

(7) Reviews that Shift Your Reality

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Fundamentals of Hawaiian Mysticism

Fundamentals of Hawaiian Mysticism
by Charlotte Berney

A Practical Handbook for Harnessing the Powers of Huna in Your Life

FUNDAMENTALS OF HAWAIIAN MYSTICISM is an outstanding book that describes practical ways for harnessing the powers of Huna in your life. Charlotte Berney details numerous interesting and useful exercises for manifesting and creating improved balance in your life by working with the basic principles of Huna, the spiritual and mystical teachings and traditions of Hawaii. Berney describes how you can find lost things by communicating with your basic self, and how you can arrange to meet your soul mate by working with your high self. She shares some essential tips for effective prayer that are bound to be helpful for everyone, and outlines an extraordinarily powerful Hawaiian technique for manifesting called the "Ha Rite". I love the sections of this book dedicated to releasing all manner of negative energies in order to better live the most fulfilling possible life, and appreciate the inclusion of so many clearly explained techniques and exercises.

The Sacred Power of Huna

The Sacred Power of Huna
Spirituality and Shamanism in Hawaii

by Rima A. Morrell

Discover Life-Enhancing Truths in Ancient Hawaiian Teachings

THE SACRED POWER OF THE HUNA provides a wealth of scientific and anthropological information in a delightfully engaging page-turner of a book. Author Rima Morrell shares her own personal experiences with the ways of Hawaiian kahuna along with her translations of ancient Hawaiian chants, and shares some of the key similarities and differences between beliefs and practices of Hawaiian kahunas and those of other ancient indigenous peoples, such as the Hopi. Morrell explains how so much ancient Hawaiian knowledge was kept secret for so long, as she brings us on her journey of discovery. Morrell's juicy style of writing breathes fresh life into such fascinating topics as fire walking, the death prayer, Hawaiian lunar astrology, and shamanic power of the erotic Hawaiian hula dance. Most importantly, Morrell describes the practical process by which we can each create our reality by being aware of our high, middle and low selves. I highly recommend this wonderful book to anyone interested in Hawaii, shamanism, and spiritual growth!

(8) Join in the Discussion
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(9) Noteworthy Web Sites & Ezines

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