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September 2016
Issue #204

How Good Can it Get?
Cynthia Sue Larson
Change Your Thoughts, Change the World

"Change your thoughts
and you change your world."
― Norman Vincent Peale

Regina Meredith and Cynthia Sue LarsonRegina Meredith interviews Cynthia Sue Larson on GAIA’s Open Minds
I had a lovely visit to Boulder, Colorado this past month, where I was in town to be interviewed by Regina Meredith for Open Minds on GAIA TV, talking about reality shifts, quantum jumps, and the Mandela Effect. This is going to be wonderful show, and I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s due to air—most likely some time after mid-November this year.

I’m frequently noticing ways we can change our thoughts and change the world, and this month’s RealityShifters contains some great first-hand reports from people around the world who are doing exactly that. As I point out in my book, Reality Shifts, the key lies in becoming mindful and breaking free from mindless habits. Sometimes we think we are stuck in a situation with few options available—but usually all we need do is take a deep breath, identify with a larger sense of self, and respond to developing events in ways that aren’t at all expected or habitual. I enjoyed getting an opportunity to do just that on my trip to Colorado.

After I arrived at the Denver airport, I got the chance to meet a couple of airport security staff while waiting for the ride to my hotel. I was impressed with how friendly these gentlemen were, considering they were airport security officers. I chatted with them individually, one at a time, as they came to make sure I was OK, and in the right waiting place. I spent a few minutes chatting with one the officers about which part of Denver he was from, and what he enjoyed about the area, and how things were going for him. Toward the end of our chat I wished him well as he continued walking his beat, as he turned back toward me to inform me that he found me to be “friendlier than most travelers.” I mulled this over, while looking around at fellow passengers, noticing most were preoccupied with rushing here and there, or communing with their cell phones. And fellow travelers who were waiting for their ground transportation seldom smiled or engaged in conversation.

The common mindset I observed at the Denver airport was one of people focusing on getting where they intended to go, while minimizing contact with everyone around them. This mindset is fairly typical in most crowded gatherings of people in public places, with a gradual increase in absorption of attention in cell phones. I’ve since noticed that in many public places, we have opportunities to meet people and get a chance to learn something amazing we might have in common, or discover something new and interesting we could learn. All it takes is to disconnect from our cell phone, and reconnect with people around us.

I invite you as you read through the reality shift experiences in this month’s issue of RealityShifters to consider how you might follow these basic reality shifting principles next time you face a seemingly intractable or stressful situation. Think about how you can take a deep breath, identify with a larger sense of self, and respond to developing events in ways that aren’t at expected or habitual.

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      In This Issue:

      (1) Spiritual Life Coaching
      (2) Intriguing Articles, Interviews, & Films
      (3) Your Reality Shift Stories
      (4) Questions and Answers
      (5) Reviews that Shift Your Reality
      (6) Join in the Discussion
      (7) Noteworthy Web Sites & Ezines
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.
      "You're so insightful, positive and personable. You helped me to refocus my thoughts and energies. I really appreciate the positive energies that you were able to channel through me as well as your reminders to remain positive--and to question and even challenge--how good CAN it get! After our reading, things fell into place and I have no doubt that your reading had a lot to do with it. My angels were watching over me and showing me just how good it can get! With your help I feel that I was cleansed and opened up to the infinite possibilities that surround me. My positive energy/aura did and will continue to attract more positive energies!”
      -- Lori

(2) Intriguing Articles, Interviews, & Films

Sudden Changes, Quantum Jumps
While visiting Boulder, Colorado this month, I got to thinking about the idea of how sudden jumps and big changes can occur everywhere. I mulled this over while staying at the Hotel Boulderado, which is a bit like a museum. And while thinking about history, I got to thinking about how things don't generally seem to happen in tiny increments so much as larger ones. I looked at historic pictures from a century ago showing a great flood when Boulder Creek flooded in the “Great Flood” of May 31, 1894. That flood is now considered to be a 100-year flood, which at the time was the largest flood the city of Boulder had experienced. "Boulder Creek on a Rampage," the Daily Camera reported, adding "The Windows of Heaven Opened and Boulder was Submerged." The flood was caused by a dastardly combination of steady rain combined with heavy snow melt, which fed Boulder Creek so much water that bridges collapsed, train yards flooded, and Boulder was cut off from the outside world for several days. This flood happened suddenly, and Boulder residents at the time were caught completely by surprise. I’m intrigued that we don’t see in-between phases between such things as horse and buggy and automobile, or firemen pulling their own fire carts and fire engines. Perhaps such in-between phases do exist. But most people probably moved to the next big thing, such as the automobile. Looking at old pictures hanging on the walls at the Hotel Boulderado, I contemplated the period of time in the 1800’s when guests visiting the hotel arrived in horses and buggies and carriages, long before invention of the car–at a time when even the firemen didn’t have fire trucks. They instead pulled carts with 250 feet of hose down streets to a water plug, where they attached the hose and nozzle to put out fires–all without help from fire engines. It turns out that nature works similarly, with big leaps to new solutions, rather than steady incremental transitions. We find evidence for such quantum jumps with E.Coli bacteria that can instantly make a huge evolutionary change and basically evolve itself into a form of bacteria that could then digest the only food presented to it that it could not eat before–lactose–which is what the scientists were giving it. So if we think in terms of evolution, a lot of us have believed, as Darwin proposed, and according to classical physics it makes sense that instead of these huge steps–these huge jumps of evolution where there are missing links–you’ve heard that phrase–we would expect to see lots of little in-between phases, where a species would evolve gradually. That is not, in fact, what we’re finding in the laboratory right now, with bacteria. It’s not what we would expect.
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PMH Atwater

Dying to Know God with PMH Atwater
on Living the Quantum Dream with Cynthia Sue Larson

PMH Atwater talks with Cynthia Sue Larson about common characteristics to near-death experiences (NDEs), including insights from adult and child experiencers. PMH and Cynthia discuss their experiences with NDEs and some of the transformative effects that provide one with a sense of true identity, meaning, and purpose. PMH talks about her recent book, "Dying to Know You: Proof of God in the Near-Death Experience," and recounts some near-death experiences. PMH shares a meditation exercise we can all do any time we need to restore balance and harmony in our lives. An international authority on near-death states, Dr. PMH Atwater’s research has established that the near-death phenomenon is not some kind of anomaly, but is rather part of the larger genre of transformations of consciousness. She combines her decades of research in near-death experiences, altered states of consciousness, mysticism, and psychic phenomena to reveal what transformations of consciousness really are, why we have them, and where they lead us. The extensive body of her research covers over 43 years of work, and involves nearly 7,000 research participants.

You can listen to this audio interview at:


(3) Your Reality Shift Stories

Memorable Visit to Friends My Parents Don’t Recall
Swansea, Wales, UK

I have Been watching your you tube videos. It struck a chord with me that I have a strange story that I have carried with me for a long time. It goes back to when I was a young boy of no more than 3 or 4 years old. I vividly remember my parents taking me to their friends house. These people had recently returned to Wales after living in Australia for several years. I remember it was also one of their children's birthday's as there was a party. Afterwards they showed us cini film of their time in Australia. Now I remember waiting for the bus home with my parents and being puzzled that the red bus was brown at night, that's how young I was. Now the point is when I asked my parents as an adult about this they have no idea who or what I'm taking about. I don't think it was a dream. Anyway, I really enjoy your videos and get a lot from them. Thanks for listening

Note from Cynthia: I am grateful to you for sharing the experience you had as a young boy, visiting friends of your parents who'd recently returned to Wales after living in Australia. I can totally relate to how odd it must seem that your parents wouldn't remember such an interesting and unique party, especially since it featured a movie of their time in Australia. I do know how weird it is to talk with your parents about something that truly stands out that they claim not to remember at all, as something similar happened to me with my parents when I was a young girl in the early 1970s.


Born in the USA

Change in Bruce Springsteen Born in the USA Album Cover
Oldbury, UK

Hi Cynthia I thought you may be interested in this possible Mandela Effect, although I know you keep on top of them yourself lol. Do you recall the Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA" album cover? White tee, blue jeans and a red bandana in his back pocket? Springsteen's iconic style was the red bandana, wasn't it? If you google the album cover now, they all show a red cap instead. This link for a child's T-shirt even states it is a red bandana, but displays a red cap:

Note from Cynthia: Thanks so much for writing to me about your observation of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" album cover! I see the red cap now, and also remember when this album came out in the 80s, it featured Springsteen's trademark of the red bandana. And now that you mention it, that red cap just looks all wrong!

Parallel Reality After Strong Emotion
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

I had an interesting event occur where a deep emotion aided me in effecting an immediate shift in timelines. At the time I had no idea what happened but a year or two later learned of "time shifts" and realized I had experienced one. I live in a typical housing tract in the Phoenix, AZ. metro area. The neighbors behind me had a nuisance dog that they apparently kept inside for a long time and then decided to start leaving outside. Well, the dog did not like that. She started barking and barking—and barking—all day long and far into the night. I left notes on their door, I contacted the local police department, nothing would remedy the situation. So one night, at midnight, feeling frustrated to the "max," and at the "end of my rope," I went out to the (brick) fence, looked directly at the house, and yelled at the top of my lungs, "shut the f__k up!!!!! Things changed immediately. The dog shut up and from then on never made another sound. Several weeks later I was up on a ladder trimming my tree and peering over the fence, noticed the dog on the back porch, content as can be, even noticing me without making any sign at all. I could not believe my eyes. I thought they had re-homed the dog. Surprised she was still there, I "chalked it up" to maybe they took the dog to obedience class. Not long after that I found out about parallel timelines, and realized that is what happened. It still "blows my mind" but I now know my timelines shift constantly. Maybe not in such a dramatic fashion, but it is happening. Thanks for allowing me to share.

Note from Cynthia: This does indeed sound like a most wonderful reality shift! Thank you so very much for writing to share your experience with the incessantly barking dog that transformed into a non-barking dog one day. While some people might imagine a program of behavioral conditioning with positive and negative reinforcements working to train a neighbor's dog, getting such instantaneous and long-lasting results after one intervention does seem a little unlikely according to classical explanations of how such a behavioral change in a dog might be achieved.

A Bench Appeared that Wasn’t There Before
Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Some time ago I was writing to you about the "tausengüldenkraut" tea, that seemed to have another name at some point (that I cannot even remember now!). And then just now, in the tiny Greek sea side village I’m currently residing in, I was walking down the street, planning to first buy some bread and then ideally find some bench facing the sea and have said bread with my finally ripe avocado, and THEN go have a coffee in a cafe. So, while walking toward the supermarket I kept watching out for such a spot, but there wasn’t any. Never mind, there is plenty of low wall to sit on, all along the beach, so no worries. But then, bizarrely, as I exited the little supermarket and looked back in the direction I had just come from, there was a comfortable bench, in the shade, under a tree, in front of the low wall so ideal for resting my legs! I couldn’t have invented it any better had I tried. I cannot possibly have missed it on my way there—it’s a narrowish, open, tranquil little street, with nothing much going on, and no views obstructed, and I was on the LOOKOUT, for God’s sake! Man, this world, upon closer inspection, really is nothing like I perceived and believed it to be in my younger years.

Note from Cynthia: I love hearing how you saw a bench appear that wasn't there before! And it sounds like since you were specifically looking for a bench exactly where it later appeared, because you were seeking the perfect place to enjoy your picnic meal! I love this example, since I'm certain it will remind many readers of similar such experiences, that likely tend to be discounted as 'human error,' when quite possibly some of them represent incidences of benches appearing where there were no benches before. Very cool, and perfectly placed for next time!

Song Used to be Written by Different Composer
Matthew Weinman

In the spirit of brevity, here is my Mandela Effect experience with Lee Curreri. In 2003 I was in my kitchen listening to a newly bought under-the-counter kitchen radio/CD player. I very, very rarely listen to the radio because I like to what which I listen to, so this was a memorable occasion. A song came on the radio, and I noticed it was a particularly beautiful piece entitled "Brighter Than Sunshine.” I thought, “Wow, how nice,” and waited to hear the name of the artist responsible for that song. The DJ (For lack of a better word) came on and said that this song was written and performed by Lee Curreri. Lee Curreri is the guy who was in the TV Show "Fame" as Martelli from the 80’s; he was a gifted keyboard player/singer/song writer who, in real life, was indeed a gifted Keyboard player/ singer songwriter. The DJ continued to press on about how this is his first breakthrough song. I thought, “That was really cool, Good on him!” I read on the internet later that year that yes, this was Lee Curreri and that it was his FIRST hit song, although he had been writing and producing and performing with moderate success all along, but nothing big like this hit song! Now here we are about 10 or 12 years later, and the reality has changed. No, he did not die or anything terrible, but this song was no longer by Lee Curreri. It was by an artist known as “Aqualung.” There is not any resemblance between these two that one could have mistaken visually. The reality of that which I learned years ago had changed. So Far I do not seem to share this “Mandela Effect" with anyone else.

Note from Cynthia: Thanks so much for sharing your experience hearing a song written and performed by Lee Cureri in 2003--that ten years later is now known as a song written and performed by Aqualung. How amazing that you followed up with subsequent internet searches to confirm that the composer of "Brighter than Sunshine" indeed was Lee Cureri back in 2003--which clearly is not currently the case, as an internet search today shows.


Willie Nelson Alive Again
Mesa, Arizona, USA

I recently saw your video, and it immediately hit me that I distinctly remembered hearing on the news and other places that Willie Nelson died a while back and then later I heard he was on tour? He is currently still alive. Very strange feeling—quite a strange thing. I don’t remember exactly when it was I heard about Willie, but I know it wasn’t very long ago. I think it was late 2015—possibly last December. I’m sorry to say I don’t know the details involving his death, but I think I remember something about passing away at home with his family present. My Wife is from South Africa, and she does not remember hearing that Nelson Mandela died sooner that he actually did. I also asked my Mother-in-law too, being older and also from South Africa, maybe she would remember Mandela dying—but she did not. My Wife did ask me to ask you if continuously seeing numbers repeat, such as 11:11, 3:33, 4:44, 2:22, ect. has any significance? She sees them on a daily basis. My Mother-in-law works in an apartment complex office. Daily she has a tenants file open on her desk and that particular tenant comes walking in the office. Any significance here? My Wife and I also see a car next to us on occasion and look again and they are gone, with no time for the car to vanish.

Note from Cynthia: Thank you SO much for mentioning your remembrance that Willie Nelson passed away a while back--and now you've just heard he's on tour! I know that strange feeling to hear such things, and the good news is that you're definitely not alone, and I'm sure others also remember having heard that Willie Nelson died before 2016. I am grateful he's actually alive right now, but I have noticed numerous celebrities having passed away, only to later find they're very much alive again. One of the more recent ones I've noted in the past few years and not pointed out is the actor Benicio del Toro. I'd first heard of him having passed away around the year 2000, shortly after he filmed the movie, "Traffic," and I remember feeling sad for the world to have seen what an outstanding actor he was, only to lose him almost immediately upon his first really big movie role. And then, just a few years later, I was stunned and relieved and amazed to see he was alive again! People's experiences with reality shifts do not always match, and it's much more likely that we'll notice someone alive again (reported dead by reputable sources, later to be observed very much alive) if they are not part of our daily lives. So people have reported friends of the family or distant relatives being alive again, as well as celebrities who are not part of their daily lives. So I am not surprised that your wife from South Africa would not have noticed any anomalies with Nelson Mandela. She may, however, notice anomalies with celebrities or world famous figures outside of the country she was living in at the time, or some distance away from her daily life. I've found repeating numbers such as 111, 222, 333, 444 and such to coincide with times when a great deal of Qi or energy is flowing. I thus experience this after meditation, and witnessed it the most ever during my Kundalini awakening experience of 1994, when I'd wake up many times each night, every night, to see the digital clock show me this sequence of times: 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55! With regard to your wife having a file open when that person walks in--this sounds like your wife is feeling a sense of that person strongly, and thus is attuned to them. Such synchronicity to me is an example of reality shifts, as are incidents in which adjacent cars vanish as if into thin air--something I've also seen on many occasions.

Seeing Myself as a Spark of Light and Experiencing Wonderful Shifts
Warsaw, Poland

I am very glad to have found your website. I have had some experiences, that no one could explain to me and, to tell you the truth, scared me a bit a few times. I have known many people with psychic abilities and some of them really had absolutely genuine talents, but somehow I did not believe I could do something like that. I am learning, however, to stop being afraid and to start enjoying. :) My first incident took place when I was about seven years old and was talking to a friend when suddenly I felt like a small spark of light jumped from me to her, and I noticed that I was in her body and I could see me in front of her, talking to her, as if we had traded places or changed bodies. That experience lasted just about twenty seconds, because as soon as I noticed and realized how strange it was, I immediately "jumped back.” But I clearly recall that I saw myself as a small white-golden flame, and that it was “me.” I had quite a few more incidents, including a memorable occasion when I was in a conflict situation, and the other person kind of “shifted”—or or perhaps I shifted after just a millisecond—at which point the business manager started being completely friendly, and behaved as if nothing unpleasant happened, which at the time completely baffled me. One such incident occurred in a shop when I ordered something and later came to get it, only to discover that the item was not what I had ordered. The owner was a very aggressive person, who shouted that she would not give me my money back, and that I could "Take it, or leave it!” I walked out, and after making about ten steps, felt like going back to the shop. When I came back, the owner smiled at me nicely and asked, “Do you want me to order this again, or would you like your money back?" I was speechless, and so were two ladies in the shop who had just witnessed the whole situation unfold a few minutes earlier. If not for their astonishment, I would have thought that I had imagined the transformation. This sort of instantaneous shift happened several more times, and I have started using it deliberately now. I have two stories to share about deliberate creation: (1) I was on holiday with a friend who has a compulsive cleaning problem, and a moment came when she did something, that made me really angry. In a millisecond I decided not to react with an emotional outburst, because I realized that might destroy our friendship—so I did something completely different, and started to run. Since we were near the beach, I ran into the sea. Suddenly I felt such enormous joy that I began jumping like a child, feeling light and happy. When I came back to shore, my friend seemed not to remember the whole situation, and for the rest of our holiday there never occurred any situation where I could be irritated by her behavior. (2) I left my suitcase at the train station in the kind of metal luggage container where you put coins in a slot so you can leave your luggage in a locker. Something came up that prevented me from going back to retrieve my luggage for five days. When I finally was able to return, I read a notice that stated that luggage left more than three days will be destroyed. I immediately called the service, but no one answered the phone. I went back to my hotel room and tried to calm myself, saying, "God, please do something—I love my suitcase and my things, and would love to get them back.” I felt calmer, and visualized my happiness in the future when I got my things back. I closed my visualization by saying, “God, if Your Will is that my luggage is destroyed, I accept, but pleeeeeease:), I prefer to have my suitcase back.” I then called the service again, and the phone was immediately answered. I told my story, and the man on the phone told me that exceptionally they did not take my luggage, because two days ago (on the third day, when my luggage should be taken away), their car was broken and this afternoon it will be repaired, so if I go to the station and put coins in the slot, I will get my luggage—and I got it! I have now learned to trust and not be afraid, because I shift things in opposite direction from what I want when I am afraid. I am happy that you write about these topics, because I know that many of my friends believe in linear reality, and I cannot share my stories with them. My friend manifested the tickets for a New Years Opera concert in Wien. When she registered on the Opera website, everyone told her that it is statistically impossible for her to draw the tickets. But she said that she saw herself already there, and then drew two tickets. Of course, when you get tickets that are left over, you typically don’t get the best seats. However, when she and her husband entered the Opera, and showed their tickets, the man who checked their tickets took them to the front and seated them in the second row! I would like to thank you for your insights and your realityshifters website, because thanks to you, I understand better how it is possible, that a situation can shift and change in front of your eyes. I am an MD, so I thought sometimes that something is wrong with me and it cannot be logically possible (well, actually "logically" it is not). Poland is very Catholic, and a kind of orthodox country, so I have not had many people that I could share my experiences with or ask for advice. I was baffled by my experiences and felt alone with it, and kind of weird, because no one, not even my Buddhist friends could explain what was happening to me. Many times I asked myself, “How could I do such things consciously and intentionally?” Now I am starting to grasp how this works and trust the process, also thanks to you.

Note from Cynthia: Thank you so very much for writing to me! I am glad you are feeling less frightened of your innate senses and abilities. I appreciate the way you observed your spark of consciousness observing you. I agree with your sense that the little spark was the real you! And this fits my sense that when we notice reality shifts, quantum jumps and Mandela Effects we are traveling in the form of our true identity--as consciousness. And you could see yourself as consciousness with another spark of consciousness viewing you through your body's eyes. I love the way you describe how you made a decision to run with joy into the sea, after which you and your friend were on good terms, and how you made a choice to trust and not be afraid in the situation where your suitcase and things were returned to you instead of being destroyed, as per the policy at that train station. And I just adore the way your friend got second row seat tickets for the opera in Wien!

Reality Shifting Faces

I have some more Reality Shift stories for you now about faces. I was on holiday at the seaside in Holland and was walking along the beach. They were pumping sand onto the beach through a large pipe connected to a ship far out at sea. This event attracted hundreds of seagulls and also hundreds of bird watchers. It was really fascinating to watch the water and sand surging out of the pipe onto the beach, and to watch the seagulls soaring in the sky above and hopping about on the beach below. I felt very exhilarated by all this and quite out of the blue I thought of a lady I hadn't seen for about 30 years. "I wonder what she looks like now?" I thought to myself. A few minutes later I found myself face to face with her! We stared at each other and recognized each other but we both seemed to be frozen in time. It couldn't possibly be her. What would she be doing here when she lives at the seaside hundreds of miles away? Neither of us said a word and then the crowds pushed us apart. We never saw each other again. Many years ago I attended a seminar about a spiritual healing method. I noticed that I liked other healing methods better and got rather bored. I began to look at the other participants opposite me. There were about 25 of us and we were sitting in a large circle listening to the teacher. Suddenly the lady opposite me looked absolutely exactly like a girl I had been to school with. I stared at her and then saw that the lady next to her looked exactly like another girl in my class at school! By and by I looked at all the ladies sitting opposite me and they all looked like the girls I had been to school with, but about 15 years old. I spent a long time staring at them and needless to say, I no longer paid any attention to what the teacher was saying! Then I blinked and everything was back to normal. The schoolgirls' faces had all vanished and the faces of the ladies were back again. When I was about seven years old my teacher mixed me up with another girl who looked just like me. I was really upset and frustrated and cried. A few years later we both went to the senior school but went into parallel classes. We still saw each other in the playground but had nothing to do with each other. We still looked very much alike, but she behaved in a "bad" way, and I behaved in a "good" way. She was expelled from school when we were both 16 for pushing drugs to 11 year-olds. I met her by "coincidence" in the school garden just before she left. We hugged each other and said "Good-bye". We were both deeply moved. I never saw her again. For about 20 years after this, people kept coming up to me at irregular intervals, mistaking me for one of their friends. I changed my appearance quite often but strangers kept on greeting me so happily until they found out I was someone else. Then they were deeply shocked and very embarrassed. Finally, a lady said I looked exactly like someone she knew. I told her crossly that I wanted this lady's name and address and I wanted to visit her that afternoon. Time seemed to freeze for a few seconds and I found myself repeating my intention. She looked at me and then said she had made a mistake. I didn't look like her friend after all. She moved to another town shortly afterwards and no one ever mistook me for someone else after that! What a relief! These repetitions had been cancelled out!

Note from Cynthia: These are all wonderful accounts of your experiences! What an amazing experience when you had just been thinking of a friend, and then you saw her on a beach while you were on vacation in Holland. Sometimes it is possible to catch a glimpse of someone without knowing we've caught a glimpse of them, such that our subconscious mind runs a memory search and brings to our conscious awareness the idea of a person we've only subconsciously viewed. The idea of that person now comes to our conscious attention, and when we see them, this time, consciously, we are amazed to find them so far from where we'd expect to see them. But I take it you don't think you caught a subconscious glimpse of this woman, right? Your experience where people's faces transformed into faces of childhood friends is interesting, yet will likely inspire those who suspect all reality shifts are actually memory glitches to say, "Aha! Definitely faulty memories and mistaken visual perceptions!" And your experience with a local doppelganger (someone who looked just like you) will likely be dismissed by scoffers as something like the "Twinless Twins" project at

How it Feels to Live Parallel Lives

For about the past five years, I’ve been noticing some strange things. One day when I was out walking, I saw myself in another world—I was driving a van, and doing work related to house remodeling. And at the same time I was here, and then I returned, having seen me there and later here. This happened all during that day, to the point I became very afraid that I was losing mental control. Over the past five years, this happened many times. Today I find that this is normal; now I know that I have another life or other lives involving me there. I now believe that several parallel worlds exist. At first I was very concerned, because I was almost confusing the realities. I have never smoked at any time in life, but, I feel that in the other life I smoked, and sometimes I feel that I smoked a lot. Also, there are times I can drink a liter of wine and I don't feel anything, and at other times if I drink just one cup of wine I feel very bad, like I had never drunk. I have also experienced some times when I attended a film on TV that I already saw—but that I know for sure I had never attended. These are some of the day-to-day things I notice.

Note from Cynthia: Thanks so much for writing to me, and describing some of the times you have experienced witnessing yourself doing other things--such as driving a van doing some other kind of work than you were doing at the time as you walked by. I am intrigued that you went through a period of time in your life when this happened many times--and I can appreciate the kind of confusion you must have felt. Some previous readers of RealityShifters have shared experiences in which they saw themselves driving down the road--sometimes in the same rather unusual vehicle that they were actually driving at the same time--so there have been reports by people of having witnessed parallel realities.

The Constellation Orion Has Moved
Greenville, Tennessee, USA

I know that I'm new to the Mandela Effect, I feel like I jumped into the life of another 'me' just before Christmas and have been seeking answers and validation since. I have heard people talk about geological changes and entire countries that have ceased to exist etc, like I grew up thinking that Mongolia was taken over by China in the 1800s but come to find out not only is it a country still, but I have friends that fought along side them in the Iraq war. But the land was always there, the geopolitical lines are what's different. Other people have experienced that as well, but last night I noticed something else way off that I haven't heard anyone mention. Constellations. I grew up watching the night sky during the summer, my dad would take me back packing about once a month and he would talk stars and navigation, etc. One weekend though he decided to charter a boat and go far enough out in the lake to where no lights were visible in any direction and that was the first time It really clicked how to navigate by those stars. I charted all the stars around Cassiopeia, Ursa major, Ursa minor, and Auriga denoting the stars Cappellas & Polaris I was 17 years old and spent the next 6 years as a camp counselor looking at the night sky. My favorite was Orion though. I don't know why, it offered no real use to me as far as navigation goes, but it was my favorite. Yesterday a friend of ours invited us out on her boat so we went and relaxed and I drank a beer because in this life I'm apparently not allergic to wheat and gluten, and I was pointing to constellations with my 5 year old, I guess priming him for the hikes, boat rides and all those little orienteering lessons that would come while he's under my wing when he asked me which one was my favorite to which I replied Orion. But I couldn't find it. It should be low, not to far above the horizon this time of year but it's gone, just 'poof'. So now me and Google have been awake all night and it appears that Orion is now only visible where I live in January through March. It used to be high in the sky during the colder months and at its lowest during the summer (end of June), you could still see Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka peak just above the horizon. Do you know of anyone else who has experienced something similar? Do you think that I have done or changed something to shift into this reality? A lot of people blame CERN, but this feels personal.

Note from Cynthia: Thanks so much for writing to me regarding seeing changes in the position and visibility of constellations, including Orion. I know what you mean about the way Orion stands out in the night sky, and I've also enjoyed watching it. It sounds like you've factored in considerations such as your geographic position, which of course influences which stars you can see and where they appear--and now that does sound very strange that you can'f find Orion where it used to be at this time of year at your geographic position at all! While I've not (yet) heard much in the way of reports of constellations appearing in different locations, such a reality shift seems right in keeping with other similar shifts. I'd guess the only reason something so personal would occur is to ensure you sit up and take notice, rather than dismissing the whole idea of reality shifts as unlikely or impossible. When something so significant occurs that we cannot ignore it, we must then find some way to get our minds around what it means, and what is going on. Most all the reality shifts I've observed were very much 'in my face' and unmistakable, especially during the time in my life when I was most wishing I could ignore this was happening, and just return to "normal life." Such was clearly not to meant to be, so I started the realityshifters site instead, and began publishing other peoples' first-hand reports as well as mine, and I wrote "Reality Shifts: When Consciousness Changes the Physical World."


(4) Questions and Answers

What if they (Mandela Effects and reality shifts involving the Berenstain / Berenstein Bears) were just changed. Could it be that all these things that we "mis-remember" are just changes made by the author or owner of the content?
— Nate

Dear Nate,
Great question! In cases of genuine reality shifts and Mandela Effects, there is no evidence of changes along the way, but rather historical stories that explain that whatever-it-is was "always that way." If you see changes, then it's not a reality shift / Mandela Effect.
— Cynthia


Hi, Cynthia,
I enjoyed your You tube video about parallel universes. Is it possible to connect to a another universe to see a person that has passed over in a new version of this lifetime? I know everything is energy and as we observe it we change the wavelength. Can a person we love be in our same universe—one who has passed and one who has still lived another version of their earthy incarnation in MY earthly version. I have been an intuitive since I was little and hold a MBA and undergraduate in Finance. I have seen a lot of coincidences that are not easy to explain to the average person. Thoughts?
— Sue

Dear Sue,
Thanks so much for writing to me with this question about whether it's possible to see someone who's passed over in a different possible version of reality. Based on what I've witnessed, it is possible to see people previously reported dead alive again--and the most frequent such occurrences I've heard of have to do with someone who's not in the immediate household or family. So the answer is yes, it's possible.
With love and thanks,
— Cynthia


Hi, Cynthia,
Hope you are enjoying your summer. I don't mean to waste your professional or personal time and I will understand if you are too busy; could you tell me why you think reality shifts are increasing now?
— Jim

Dear Jim,
Thanks so much for asking this question about why Mandela Effects are increasing right now. My research about reality shifts, which are essentially the same thing as the Mandela Effect, suggests that the more we pay attention to reality shifts and the more we talk about them, the more likely people are to experience more of them. This combined with ease of validating reality shift experiences on the internet contributes to the perfect environment for people to increasingly notice reality shifts. Prior to the term "Mandela Effect," most people actually were noticing reality shifts--albeit not paying much attention as their socks, keys, coats and wallets seemed to move around, and various differences between what people remembered and what the historical record suggested occasionally occurred. There is also one more possible contributing factor worthy of our consideration with regard to what might be contributing to the rapid rise in reports of Mandela Effects: Some people have noticed that there has been an increase of the Schumann frequency, which has been a fairly steady 7.8 Hertz for many years, but now features occasional spikes similar to what corresponds to the human alpha brain wave (as high as 12.5 Hz), in contrast to the long-standing theta brain wave frequency range of 6-10 Hz it's been for most of human history. And as to what is contributing to this increase in the Schumann frequency, that seems to be a matter of atmospheric particles, according to Fernando Simoes, space scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md, ''The frequency of Schumann Resonance depends not only on the size of the planet but on what kinds of atoms and molecules exist in the atmosphere because they change the electrical conductivity."
With love and thanks,
— Cynthia


What kind of effect can a persons religious beliefs have on their reality?
— Andrew

Dear Andrew,
Faith can make a huge difference for people, as I write in my book Quantum Jumps:
Quantum Jumps Example: Faith Aids Therapy
When researchers at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts set out to study psychiatric treatment effectiveness in 159 men and women suffering from depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, they asked study participants one question: “To what extent do you believe in God?” Randi McCabe, director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Center at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Ontario commented, “Your belief that you’re going to get better, your attitude, does influence how you feel. And really, in cognitive behavior therapy, that is really what we’re trying to change: peoples’ beliefs, how they’re seeing their world, their perspective.” While the strength of peoples’ beliefs was unrelated to their initial symptoms when admitted for treatment, it turned out to be surprisingly indicative of the efficacy of therapy. As David H. Rosmarin, the study’s lead author reports, “Patients who had higher levels of belief in God demonstrated more effects of treatment. They seemed to get more bang for their buck, so to speak.”
Lots of love,
— Cynthia


Dear Cynthia,
I very much agree with you on the subject of parallel universes and I'm really interested in it. Is it possible to 'jump' into another parallel universe to become healthy again? I'm looking forward to your answer. Kind regards,
— Vivien

Dear Vivien,
Many people 'jump' into parallel realities in which they experience improved health, mental clarity, vision, and reduced pain. Much of the research in these areas is happening in the fields of positive psychology and placebo effect, and are described in my books, "Quantum Jumps" and "Reality Shifts."

So the short answer is, yes, it is possible--and for the 'how to' for your particular situation, the journey begins with opening your mind and heart to the idea that you can experience such new possibilities. We are also influenced by those close to us--by their beliefs and ideas--which is why some of the yogis who describe some of the most amazingly miraculous healing likely chose to meditate and fast and pray in some degree of isolation, in order to help ensure maximum success. Other factors include what you think and believe to be possible.
Lots of love,
— Cynthia


Quantum Jumps
Dear Cynthia,
I want to change. Tell me, what are Quantum jumps?
— Deepak

Dear Deepak,
Simply put, Quantum Jumps describes the process by which we can harness the everyday experience of "acting as if" that we benefit from each time we jump out of bed on mornings we'd rather not get up, or feel noticeable improvement when our mother puts a Band-Aid on our knee and "kisses the boo-boo better," or experience the Placebo Effect in which we notice big improvements after doing something that should make no physical difference.

With love and thanks,
— Cynthia



(5) Reviews that Shift Your Reality

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