As a travel blogger stuck in the middle of a global pandemic, you could say I’ve been spending a great deal of time wistfully poring over old photos, visiting virtual museums, partaking in armchair travel experiences, and just generally – sobbing while eating ramen.
But then came my TikTok obsession… and soon, I was introduced to the world of ‘reality shifting’, or simply ‘shifting’, a practice whereby people purport to shift their consciousness from one’s current reality (i.e. the dystopian reality we all live now) to a desired reality (i.e. literally whatever they want).
For jaded 20-something grandmas like myself, these claims might seem outlandish and unbelievable, but whether you call it curiosity or desperation, my interest was piqued.
After binging endless videos of (mostly Gen Z) TikTokers explaining how they’ve shifted realities to Hogwarts and other faraway lands, I started researching this phenomenon, falling into a truly glorious rabbit hole that at least distracted me temporarily from the dumpster fire that is 2020.
And if you’re reading this thinking I’ve totally lost it, you’re probably right, but in this post, I want to share with you this wildly popular practice that most millennials like me seem to have never heard of.
So – what is reality shifting? How do you shift realities? What are the most popular reality shifting methods? I’ve compiled all my findings below, in case you’re curious what this shifting business is all about.
A Brief Introduction to Reality Shifting
If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard much about reality shifting, it’s likely because discussions about the topic primarily take place on platforms and communities within Amino, Wattpad, and TikTok, almost dodging mainstream media attention entirely.
It’s important to note that the concept of reality shifting isn’t an entirely new phenomenon, but its popularity has undoubtedly surged in recent months due to several factors (more time at home and the meteoric rise of DracoTok being just a few).
And thanks to platforms like TikTok, shifters are now freely sharing their experiences with others, creating a buzzing community of those eager to try it, particularly within the Harry Potter fandom, where many fans are attempting to shift realities to Hogwarts specifically.
What Exactly is Reality Shifting?
Put simply, the practice of shifting realities entails shifting your consciousness from your current experience, i.e. Current Reality (CR) to another reality, typically your Desired Reality (DR).
I know this all sounds a little “woo woo”, and there is of course a very broad spectrum of opinions on the topic. Some skeptics believe “shifting” is simply lucid dreaming (the kind of dreaming where you are aware of your dream state and in total control over what you do) while others do truly believe that the reality you’re shifting to is just as real as the one we live now, with ‘characters’ that have their own feelings, emotions, and memories – a parallel universe of sorts.
Regardless of where you sit on this spectrum, you have to admit it’s an intriguing concept.
For more background info, this article on Amino is probably the #1 source on the topic, providing a comprehensive summary of what shifting entails.
How to “Shift Reality” (According to Experts)
So, how is reality shifting done?
While I can’t say I’ve successfully shifted (I mean come on, would I really be HERE right now if I could do it?), I was a frequent lucid dreamer as a child, so am familiar with that liberating feeling of total control in a “dream world”.
It may sound wacky, but those who have lucid dreamt before will know that it’s a very real experience.
But because shifting is such a personal experience, there really is no one size fits all solution, template, or procedure to follow.
Overall however, based on everything I read, shifting generally entails a combination of the following:
- Listening to ‘Subliminals’ (affirmations related to your DR, sped up to pretty much be silent, layered with music and ambient noise)
- A detailed script of one’s desired reality. Here is a Hogwarts template via Thoughtful Gift Club
- A specific shifting method
Scripting in particular is a core topic in reality shifting. While it’s not mandatory, many claim that creating a detailed script of one’s desired reality can help the process a lot.
These “scripts” can take any form the shifter desires (virtual, physical, written, visual, etc.), so long as they go into detail about what one’s life will be like in the DR, e.g. who your friends are, what you look like, and even practical matters like the fact that you always smell good, along with important notes like how one can return to their Current Reality, how the passage of time differs between CR and DR, etc.
You still with me…? I know it’s a lot, but that’s what makes it so fascinating! This post on GeekTrippers goes into more detail with a Harry Potter focus, if you want to learn more.
As for methods, these are different ways that shifters “induce” shifting (again, via GeekTrippers).
- The Raven Method: This is probably the most popular reality shifting method. With it, you lay in a starfish position on your bed and count to 100 while subliminals are playing, making sure to say positive affirmations between numbers. This is the one method I did try once, and it induced a very scary “Inception-esque” stack of dreams within dreams where I kept waking up, not knowing what reality was real. Likely a coincidence, but it was pretty spooky.
- Alice in Wonderland method: With this method, you lay on your back, imagine yourself sitting against a tree until someone from your Desired Reality runs past you, and then you are supposed to chase them until you “fall down the rabbit hole” and find a key to your DR.
- Pillow method: With this method, you write down affirmations on a piece of paper and repeat them before bed, making sure to sleep with the paper under your pillow as well.
- Elevator method: With this method, you’re meant to imagine yourself in an elevator, with energy levels going higher and higher as you go up. Soon the elevator doors will open up to your desired reality when your energy is high enough.
So, is reality shifting real?
If, by the end of all this, your reaction is still a skeptical “kids these days”, I have to say: transporting oneself to a better reality (shifting or not) is a pretty smart way to deal with 2020… and it is of course a much better use of time than all the Limewire-ing and Neopets-ing I did back in my days of youth.
Truthfully, it’s tough to discuss the legitimacy of reality shifting without treading into philosophical crises like “what even IS reality”, but there are enough reports/accounts out there of ‘shifting’ that I’m positive it at least feels real to those who successfully manage it.
Will I be shifting realities to supplement my (lack of) travels anytime soon? I’ll keep you posted… but until then, I’m very much enjoying all my time in the rabbit hole that is DracoTok.
I hope you enjoyed this read about Shifting Realities!
I personally find it such an interesting premise, and I hope (in this time when travels are pretty stagnant) you found it interesting to read about too. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried it, or have success stories to share!