The Disappearing and Reappearing Credit Card
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
My wife and I were out doing errands and our last stop was for groceries.
Char didn't have her credit card, so I handed her mine. She was concerned
about having to produce ID; I told her they never check anyway. As we
predicted, there was no hassle at the checkout: she handed me my credit
card back, and I distinctly remember putting it in my shirt pocket.
We got home and were both concerned that our dog be let out immediately as
we were gone a long time, so the first order of business was getting her
out side. As I walked in the house I removed both my credit card and wallet
and set both on the counter (with the intention of rejoining one in the
other after dog duty), the credit card was on top of the wallet. After she
did her business I went back to the counter with the intention of putting
my credit card back in the wallet and returning the wallet to my rear pants
pocket. However I saw that the credit card was no longer on top of the
wallet. I called out to my wife and asked if she had taken it (keep in mind
it had literally been less than a minute since I put the credit card and
wallet together on the counter) she said no. From that moment on and for
the next hour we looked for the credit card without success. Eventually, in
frustration, we gave up. We both agreed that this was extremely weird but
kind of weird-fun. Then a few weeks later I was looking in our business
card organizer for the card of a handy man, when there in front of me was
my cc, the very one I thought slipped permanently into another dimension.
We were both amazed because we had both been through that organizer several
times in our initial search for that stupid cc. There simply is no
explanation for what happened ... How irritating and exhilarating!
The last part of this recounting was when I actually found the card. As I
said we wanted to get the contact information of our favorite handy man
which required a quick perusal through the business card organizer. As I
opened the drawer where it is kept I was very aware of an expectation that
the credit card would somehow show up in the card organizer. It was a kind
of giddy, unrealistic expectation the kind I had as a kid playing hide and
go seek and it was my turn to be “it”. To my great
surprise there that little bugger was. Since this has happened I have
developed a suspicion that “reality” is full of
discontinuities due to a deep misunderstanding of the nature of reality (if
there is such a thing).
Note from Cynthia: This story reminds me of times I've lost
important things (money, jewelry, keys) and seen them reappear when being
in precisely this state of mind you state so eloquently as being like
playing hide and seek. Rather than feeling freaked out that something
essential is missing, I've just felt a buzz of anticipation that I'll be
seeing it sometime soon... and it'll be a wonderful surprise when I do. And
yes, the fact that it works to be in such a state of mind and then witness
something appear where it definitely hadn't been before is truly
astounding! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!
I wanted to write to you about an experience I had this morning. I know
you'll understand it (or at least recognize that it must have been a
I was driving to work at JFK. I saw one of my former professors, who I
assumed was on his way to JFK too. He drives a blue Ford station wagon.
There was one car between us, an SUV. I watched him turn left onto Contra
Costa Blvd and continue on to the left turn at Ellinwood. He was the first
car at the left turn light, then the SUV, then me. But when the light
turned green, there was a silver car instead. My professor was nowhere to
be found. There was no other car there before... it's not like he decided
to leave the turn lane and go straight. I know this because the SUV didn't
move up to fill the space that would have been left had my professor left
the turn lane to go straight.
The silver car turned right into a shopping complex. When I arrived at
work, my professors car was nowhere in the parking lot. It's like he just
wasn't there anymore. Is this a case of me seeing him for a reason...almost
hallucinating him there? Or is it some kind of bilocation? Where did that
silver car come from? Any thoughts?
Note from Cynthia: Thanks so much for sharing this experience
with me! This kind of reality shift reminds me of some I've had where I've
been driving and observed cars in my rear view mirror that had been behind
me are suddenly gone, when there were no exits or off-ramps, and nowhere
for them to have gone.... and also various times when I've seen people
literally vanish before my eyes, as I describe in my book,
Reality Shifts: When Consciousness Changes the Physical World.
From what you describe, it sounds to me like you moved from one reality in
which you saw your former professor's car into a reality where a silver car
was there instead. This kind of discontinuity in reality is often the way
reality shifts are observed... where something is there one moment (a
broken bone, a cut, a person, a car)... and gone the next. Instantaneous
spontaneous remission of disease and injury is another area where these
kinds of discontinuous shifts in reality are most remarkable.
As far as the "why" of this particular shift occurring... you might have a
clue based in thoughts and feelings you had at the time... or perhaps we'll
never know. Sometimes just witnessing such a shift in reality seems to be
the point of the whole event.