I have two books by Dr. Joe Dispenza under my belt now, You Are the Placebo, and his newest, Becoming Supernatural. His work inspires and energizes me. In fact, it’s changing me, impacting my own personal process of continuing development and my work with my clients.
Because as a life coach who supports folks in living their dreams, I take this particular kind of resource, Dr. Dispenza’s well-validated approach and results, very seriously. So I wrote Part 1 of my own intro to his work a few weeks ago.
I’ve been letting Part 2 steep since, while ruminating further on his transformative concepts and methods. My goal has been to boil all that down to what’s most essential. After all, Dr. Joe says if you can articulate it, you can do it. So this is for me and you.
As you read on, keep in mind that that the two books above have a combined total of 800 pages. So give yourself permission to take a few minutes with me here.
First a recap: what does “you are the placebo” mean?
In my words, from Part 1:
The fact that the placebo effect happens to some humans means we can learn to use it.
The placebo effect occurs because we—our hearts and minds and beliefs—are that powerful. Though maybe not naturally. Maybe not without steady work and real changes to beliefs and habits. To patterns and resulting cycles in our lives.
In fact, I regard Dr. Dispenza’s work so highly because he has mastered the how of this effect. How to apply it in our own lives. I’d say the “how” of personal transformation is his super-power. And he wants all of us in on the transformative action.
So now (drum roll)… let’s get to it.
Meditation is key
I found Susan’s testimonial on YouTube last night. A straight-talking, 72 year-old woman is standing on stage, with Dr. Dispenza seated on a stool across from her. Her story starts with You Are the Placebo arriving in the mail for some reason. She hadn’t ordered it.
She says she quickly thumbed through it before planning to put it on her recycle pile. But then the word Parkinsons popped out. This got her attention. Because she has it.
So she read the whole book. And she started meditating, about three times a week at that point. She expected little, but noticed three things in quick succession:
- While out in her yard one day, she smelled freshly mown grass. Her olfactory sense was returning.
- Then she absentmindedly slipped on both shoes while standing. She hadn’t been able to do this for some time because one foot had become unresponsive.
- And while showing a friend her bad hand’s involuntary curl, she realized it was functioning normally.
By the time she’s talking on stage with Dr. Dispenza in August 2018, she says she’s at 98% of her physical capability overall. And she never skips meditating. I laughed out loud watching her dance around and kick up her legs at the end of her testimonial.
Oh, and one more thing: Susan’s seminar experience had included a group healing the day before. A topic for another day. Maybe Part 3. :)
Note what you’re thinking right… now
As you take in Susan’s experience, is there a “split” in your view of what we’ll call the body/mind? Like the mind is one thing, and the body is something else entirely? With our minds as super-computers that drive our increasingly “used car” bodies around, while physician-mechanics try to maintain them?
And yet these days we know that stress affects our physical health. Right? We know that our mental health affects our bodies. That depression depresses the immune system.
On the flip side, we also know that premiere athletes and performers of all kinds use mental techniques to heighten physical performance. So stay with me here.
But meditating how, exactly?
And know this: these meditation techniques are specific. Dr. Dispenza continues to hone them as his team of researchers and neuroscientists map the affects of meditation on more and more human brains and bodies. The fact is, they’re tracking the successes of his seminar participants all over the world.
I’m struck in particular by one aspect of his technique that I’ll try to describe. Otherwise it may be a bit of a head-scratcher when you first sit for one of his guided meditations.
Inner ‘space’, toward inner calm
Because Dr. Dispenza uses the word space in two ways that pop up right away. In his first use of space, it seems to me that he invites us into a sensory experience. He directs us to be aware of internal space. Space inside our bodies.
Examples include the space between our ears. The space within the throat. Or within the heart center. These are specific points of focus that I think of as micro.
Notice how this differs from working to stop our thoughts, an approach that causes many of us to declare that we just can’t meditate because of our busy minds. Instead… eureka! He directs our busy minds, and very, very specifically.
And on out to ‘outer’ space
In any meditation, Dr. Dispenza then guides us to experience what I think of as a macro focus. The space around the body. The space within the room. And all the way out into the universe.
Evidently, thousands of brain scans show that this switch from internal to external awareness calms brainwave patterns, the central nervous system, and ultimately the body/mind. This shifting focus, from inner to outer and back, teases our minds out of their regular feedback loops of familiar thoughts, feelings, beliefs, expectations, and more. Which prepares us for, well, literally no-thing.
Whaaaaat?, you may be saying. But hang tight. This is so good.
Dr. Dispenza describes this state as getting to “nowhere, no time, nothing, and nobody.” Beyond the bio-chemicals that our body/minds constantly generate based on the past, our old thoughts, beliefs, and experiences.
Because all this familiarity is how we end up in static phases in which our past continues to create our future, and nothing new ever really happens. Or worse: depression and/or disease set in.
In Dr. Dispenza’s work, that transcendent state—beyond all that’s so familiar that we come to associate with ourselves—activates neural processes that bathe the body/mind in healing, re-generating bio-chemicals and electromagnetic currents. These natural elixirs and energetic frequencies promote healthy changes and positive, even transformative, developments.
And I know that’s a lot to take in. Read the bold sentence above again.
Dr. Joe often notes that in his own daily meditations, he doesn’t get up until he reaches a markedly different state than he was in when he sat down. In my view, he means:
- mentally relaxed, with the brain and nervous system calm
- emotionally uplifted, which we’ll get into next
- physically energized from this calm, uplifted experience
This heightened state then sets the stage for the unexpected in terms of inner—and outer—results.
Now. Ready to get down to the core of all this deliciousness?
And on to elevated emotions
Oh, how I love this part! There’s some elevated emotion for you. :) In fact, I believe this concept is the key to transforming our lives with less rather than more effort.
This part of Dr. Joe’s approach seems to me closely aligned with Gregg Braden’s visionary work, which allows me to grasp it in a way that may take time for some folks to get. At least it took time for me.
In truth, I often felt, while trying to understand Gregg’s key ideas, that I would get this one for a second, just to feel it slip through my fingers the next. Through my thinking mind.
So take your time here. This is a very different way of creating change than we’re accustomed to in our rational modern lives.
Now, imagine yourself feeling fantastic. And I do mean emotionally right now, rather than physically. What’s the feeling? As another way to access the idea of elevated emotion, what’s the feeling as you imagine accomplishing what you want most?
A list of elevated emotions follows. Take a moment to enjoy them.
And down into this power principle
Long story short, achieving and maintaining an elevated emotional state during and beyond meditation changes our body/minds, and thus our lives.
From reading and listening to Gregg Braden’s fundamental ideas since 2014, and now studying this aspect of the work of Dr. Dispenza, I finally really got this key idea. So I’ll state it again in more detail as I’ve come to understand and practice it. And now I’ll fold in the impact that religion has had on many of us so far:
Mainstream religious traditions in the western world include a central error, at least in common practice. One that our increasing access to knowledge of indigenous cultures and ancient spiritual practices is helping us to correct. Because we in the west—and really think about this as you read—tend to consider the words we speak in prayer the actual prayer.
While, in fact, if you’re looking for real results, the feeling is the prayer. The feeling is the point. Elevated emotion infuses our body/minds with an elixir of regenerating bio-chemicals and electromagnetic energy that literally re-charges us, fueling the internal fire with which we pursue our goals.
In fact, the most important act of power we can take on is to maintain elevated emotional states, living and working and pursuing our goals within them. Not allowing our emotional states to be conditional. Not operating from an “I’ll feel good someday when…” way of moving through life in which we believe all will be wonderful once—after—this or that occurs. That’s backwards.
Again, eureka! The. Feeling. Comes. First.
The feeling generates power. It generates results, through the actions we’re then inspired and energized to take. Delicious! Right?!
Pause here. Reflect on that. It’s an approach that takes real time and exploration to hold onto. Because we’ve all been taught and trained by individuals, organizations, and institutions around us to “do life” very, very differently.
Then welcome yourself to a whole new level of personal effectiveness. Welcome to your new superpower to create and enjoy the wild, wonderful journey of your precious life!
The work of Dr. Dispenza, one more time, with feeling :)
I’ll close this enjoyable project soon with Part 3, a jam session on Becoming Supernatural. It’ll complete my effort to summarize what I say is Dr. Joe’s unique contribution to human evolution.
In Part 3, I’ll include links to some essential meditations, both by and inspired by Dr. Dispenza. There are some lovely versions on YouTube created by invested volunteers, with his versions available for purchase on his website and on iTunes.
Meanwhile, I say start exploring the delicious, potentially transformative work of Dr. Joe Dispenza. After all, why not, right? As you live your dream. For real.