What is shifting on TikTok? If you’ve been on TikTok for more than five minutes then you’ll know just how strange it can be. But the latest trend on the app, shifting, might be the wildest yet.

What is shifting on TikTok?

Essentially it’s the process of envisioning and transporting yourself to a desired reality aka a ‘DR’.

It might sound like the plot of a Matrix film but shifting is hugely popular on TikTok and the #shifting tag currently has over 262m views, the majority of which are on videos centred around Hogwarts and Draco Malfoy.

As with anything slightly out-there on the internet, the trend has already been around for a while on Reddit. But now, it’s blowing up on TikTok with people uploading videos of how intense they found shifting and how they do it.

Is TikTok right? Does shifting actually work?

To be fair, shifting sounds a lot like just day dreaming while you’re tired, but there has been some real research into the phenomena.

Between the thirties and sixties, author Neville Goddard researched and wrote about reality shifting, trying to prove that there exists no clear line between imagination and reality. However, Goddard’s research and subsequent results sit a little closer to manifestation than to falling half-asleep and imagining you’re Draco Malfoy’s girlfriend.



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How to do shifting as seen on TikTok

According to various TikToks, there’s two techniques to shift realities. There’s the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ method where you envision yourself running after a character from your desired reality, and the ‘raven method’ where you lay in a starfish position and count down from 100 while imagining the reality.

A lot of ‘shifters’ also say they write a script beforehand of what they want to happen, in order to aid the process. Apparently you should feel twitching and hear unfamiliar voices if you have switched successfully.

Just when you thought TikTok in 2020 couldn’t get any stranger, people start shifting realities to kiss Draco Malfoy.

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