I sometimes wonder if the Universe tunes into our silliest, most
insignificant, innocent desires, and out of great kindness decides to
indulge us in them. I say this because in the 1970’s as
a young wife and mother I had what must have been a reality shift that
fulfilled a life-long desire to find agates. I’d been collecting
agates since I was a preschooler. Growing up in western Oregon,
we’d find them in the gravel on the unpaved road we lived on,
and once in a great while on the over-picked-by-beach-combers sands of the
Oregon coast. My mother provided me with tin cans for my humble
collection; given the average size of my specimens -- a shriveled pea -- it
only took a couple of cans to contain the collection. My husband and I
enjoyed staying on the northern Oregon coast on three day
weekends. I had an uncle who owned a summer home there, and let
family stay for free (the perfect price for a young family with three
little ones)! We especially loved to explore new-to-us beaches.
One weekend we headed south to find a new beach. We turned right on
a road and ended up on a boulder-covered beach. It was narrow and
unattractive, but as long as we were already there, we decided to stop and
scramble over the large rocks. Maybe they would hide a tidal pool
where we could poke at sea anemones and watch them close up. (Hey,
this was fun for us—which tells you just how tight our
entertainment budget was at that time!) But what we found still astounds me
after all of these years. Betwixt the boulders, sitting pristine on
the sands, we found agate after agate the size of plump prunes! We
harvested them till I had no more room in the buckets!
We went back to Portland Monday evening, very happy campers.
However, on subsequent trips over the years to the coast, we were never,
EVER, able to find that beach again. We searched maps, drove
repeatedly down every westerly road possible, to no avail.
Occam’s Razor being what it is, the most appropriate explanation
may be that we’re just idiots! But, since learning about
reality shifts, I’ve often wondered if we weren’t
inadvertent visitors to an alternate reality.
Note from Cynthia: Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful
story, which I so treasured in your recent book, "Twidders"! I love this
retelling of your experience, and I share your suspicion that the universe
indeed conspires to fulfill even our seemingly most trivial and whimsical
desires... sometimes at the most unexpected times!
Woman on Beach Walked by... Twice!
Ipperwash Beach, Ontario, Canada
On or about my 22nd webbing anniversary, July 17th 2009, on a very cool
day, walking along Ipperwash Beach in Ontario Canada, my wife and I noticed
a oddly dressed, fifty-five or so year-old-woman, passing us on the beach
in the opposite direction wearing two pair of sunglasses. One pair not so
odd, on her eyes, and a large "groovy" pair was up in her hair. Her coat
was of the pastel colors I remember my sisters wearing in the early
This is why, when, not five minutes later, she came down the beach in the
same direction again, I looked at my wife and asked her, "Didn't that lady
go past us just a few minutes ago?" Now, my wife, not wanting to say
anything initially, due to the fact that she had undergone brain surgery
six years earlier for epilepsy, agreed with me. If you were to know the
beach, you would also realize, to leave the beach behind us, after her
first pass, go over the dunes, go through the row of cottages, back up the
road, come back down through the row of cottages, over the dunes, and to
come towards us again, within this five minute span, would be an
impossibility, in the time span, that this event took place.
The beach was nearly deserted that day, due to the fact that it was quite
cold. There was a young couple sitting on the edge of the first dune about
30 feet from us. I went right over to them and asked, "Do you see that
lady?" and they said "Yes." I asked them, "Didn't she just go by a few
minutes ago?" They looked at me as though I was crazy, and said, "No."
If someone else told me this story, I'd think they were a little
crazy, but we were there, make no mistake about it, this event
I am refreshed to hear others have come across this. Can't explain it. I am
completely OK with this. I am happy to admit I am a realist, and only want
to deal with reality. This event really adds quite a bit of questions to my
search for reality.
It is incredible that this can occur and makes many things possible that
man does not understand at this time.
Note from Cynthia: Thank you so very much for writing to me
regarding your experience seeing a woman walk by going the same direction
twice in just a few minutes at Ipperwash Beach. I've also witnessed a woman
walk past in the same direction twice within a few minutes, and I know what
you mean when you write that you likely wouldn't have believed such a thing
could happen if it hadn't happened right in front of you. Thank goodness
your wife saw the woman, too! I am greatly relieved when other people
notice these spectacular types of reality shifts with me, rather than just
seeing them by myself. I describe my experience with a lady who appeared
Worcester, New York, USA
I am grateful to be blessed with many experiences, and their validations,
yet I continue to remain awed by it all to this day. I lived in the
Catskill mountains on a dead end country road. I worked within ten miles of
where I lived, and there were many ways to go home. The quaint house I
rented was very secluded and uninsulated. I had moved my bed so my
head was under one of the two bedroom windows, and my it was drafty! I said
to myself, "I would not use that plastic," thinking of the one some people
used with a hair dryer to attach for insulation that year. I began to live
in the solution, and wondered about a roll of insulation... if I could just
find someone who has extra.
I went to work on a brisk Fall day, having forgotten about the insulation.
I got the urge to stop at my friends; I didn't do this very often. My
friends were not home, but I did like passing the ashram in South Fallsburg
and 'lo much to my surprise in my very eyes did I cross the intersection
and spy a piece of insulation! It was right there in the middle of the
road; I did not see it when I first crossed. I had to pull over; this was
not a big roll, it was just a piece. I got out, looked around, and put the
thing in my car. I could not believe my eyes. I was giggling like a kid
with a lollipop! I saw no trucks as I went on home, and when I got there I
was excited to be able to insulate the window with this. I wondered if it
would fit, as I did not want to cut it because of the fiber splinters
annoying as heck.
Wouldn't you know that this lonely piece of insulation I found right in the
middle of the road fit my window exactly! It fit right into the sill, it
was the exact depth! Now someone who would have driven down that road would
have had to ride over it or get out and move it. What a manifestation that
This happened in 94. Wow! My needs were met in a most unusual way...my co
worker was astounded the next day.
Note from Cynthia: Thank you so very much for sharing this
wonderful reality shift experience with me! Having things show up that are
exactly what I need is one of my favorite varieties of reality shift
experiences... and I suspect this happens to a lot of people more often
than is realized. I especially love the way you describe the mindset you
entered, "I began to live in the solution." Another way to describe this
state of consciousness is keeping an open mind that what had seemed like a
problem is about to be solved... brilliant! I really love the way the piece
of insulation you found in the road was just the right size, too!