Reality Shifting: Can You Access a New Dimension?
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Last Modified 23 January 2023 First Added 17 January 2023
If you’re on TikTok, you’ve probably come across the term “shifting” or reality shifting – the hashtag #RealityShifting has over 2.1 billion views – but what exactly does this mean?
Reality shifting is a term used to describe the belief that one can alter the reality they are experiencing through intentional focus and visualisation. Through shifting, many people claim to have entered their “desired reality”, which includes fictional locations such as Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series.
While they sound very similar, there are some distinctions between lucid dreaming and reality shifting. Lucid dreaming is the ability to be aware that one is dreaming while in the dream state, and sometimes have control over the dream content. It’s a skill that can be developed with practice and some people use it as a way to explore their own minds and inner world. Lucid dreaming is a scientifically recognised phenomenon and it has been studied by sleep researchers.
This may explain many people’s experiences of reality shifting. Dreams can be extremely vivid and detailed, so if you can retain control of your actions as well as memories of the dream, it can feel like you’ve entered a new reality.
Astral projection is the belief that one can separate their consciousness from their physical body and travel in a non-physical realm, often referred to as the astral plane. Both reality shifting and astral projection are known as transliminal experiences, which means that they happen in the space between the conscious and the unconscious mind. This makes them more closely related than lucid dreaming as with astral projection and shifting, there is the belief that you are actually experiencing this alternate dimension.
Put simply… no. There is no scientific evidence or support behind reality shifting. However, humans have been practising different kinds of out-of-body experiences for many thousands of years through a variety of methods. There may one day be more research on phenomena such as reality shifting and astral projection, giving us a better understanding of what people are experiencing.
Want to give shifting a go for yourself? There are lots of tips for how to shift and make it an enjoyable experience too. Let’s explore the process…
The shifting community has what it calls “symptoms” that indicate you have shifted or are about to. These include:
There is a large online community forming around the theory and practice of reality shifting, so there are now some terms that are commonly used. Some of these refer to different types of experiences.
This is when someone shifts to a reality that is highly similar to their own but with small differences.
A “permanent shift” or perma-shift happens when the shifter has no intention of coming back to their reality or stays in an alternate reality for many years.
Also known as “forced reincarnation”, respawning is a more intense form of shifting. This is when the shifter wants to leave their body and consciousness behind, so they have no memories of their “original” reality.
There is no possibility of real danger or harm when attempting to shift as there is no evidence of anything physical happening to you. But just like with meditation or dreaming, you should still be somewhere comfortable and safe while you do it.
However, there are still some worries about the trend. As mentioned, the rise of interest in the practice coincided with the first 2020 lockdown, when a lot of people were mentally vulnerable due to isolation, heightened anxiety, and general stress about the world.