“If we are peaceful, if we are happy,
we can smile and blossom like a flower,
and everyone in our family,
our entire society
will benefit from our peace.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh
When I was ten years old, I traveled with my family to stay with headhunters in Borneo. We arrived uninvited and unexpected, since this location was far from any beaten path or main road, and there was no worldwide web or internet at that time. The Dayak longhouse was situated upriver from Sibiu, Borneo, and made of wood, with bamboo floors. My parents were keenly aware back in the early 1970s that people's ways of living were rapidly changing, and one of the best ways to experience indigenous cultures was first-hand. There were no hotels, taxis, or even telephones in this place, and we came bearing gifts: eight big bags of candy for the kids, and five cartons of cigarettes for the adults. We also brought a 5-gallon jug of potable water for ourselves.
Cynthia 1972 passport photo
We were assured by Bennett, the teenage son of the Dyak chief, that the more than dozen human heads hung in a net bag were not recent; they hadn’t taken any heads since they fought the Japanese during World War II, some thirty years ago. As reassuring as I'm sure he intended this to be, I could see this news had a disquieting effect on my parents, who smiled and chatted with the tribe members warmly.
The children at the longhouse were fascinated by me and my sister. They taught us a deceptively simple, yet fiendishly difficult game involving a handful of small pebbles. We did not need language to know that we were being shown and taught a game. One child showed us a handful of small rocks, and I nodded and smiled, and said something like, “Yes! We call these rocks.” While still holding eye contact, the child briskly flicked this handful of unassuming stones airborne, and I marveled both at how nonchalant this child was concerning a whole bunch of tiny projectiles, and how this was happening while still holding our gaze. My eyes zipped back and forth between this child's eyes and hand, and I know my jaw dropped open in wide-eyed astonishment, as I gasped to see this child catch every single pebble–on the BACK of that hand! In an equally astonishing maneuver, the child flipped the stones airborne again, catching each and every one of them. These stones were offered to us to try our hand at this game, and with many smiles and much laughter all around, I succeeded in catching— not a one of them! I've remembered this game all the rest of the days of my life, and every time I find some small pebbles, I entertain the notion to further develop my skills at the pebble game.
Cynthia Sue Larson and Regina Meredith
One of the things these experiences can teach us is that there can be many more things to learn than we may have even realized. With Beginner's Mind and open hearts, there is much more to savor in every moment of life, wherever we are. With Beginner's Mind and open hearts, we can greet one another with kindness, gratitude, and love.
We can delight in the quantum uncertainty that is intrinsic to Nature, as I recently discussed on Open Minds with Regina Meredith about Quantum Uncertainty. There may not be one fixed, objective reality; we can observe the implications of many potential reality streams around us while living within our linear sense of time. This allows us to discover how our intention can change what we experience, enabling us to shift our reality. We have the ability to “level up” in life with skill sets we may have never even known existed, that reality shifts, quantum jumps, and the Mandela Effect are inviting us to explore.
I invite you to explore some truly amazing reality shifts over the past twenty-plus years of reporting them in RealityShifters, and 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 in love with the wonder and magic of life.