Dr. Joe Dispenza Review – Scam or legit?

This is a Dr. Joe Dispenza review. You will learn about Joe Dispenza, who he is, what he does and how he does it. If he does anything. I will talk about how I first came across Dispenza’s work, how I applied it to my life and the effects it had. I discuss the pros and cons of engaging with Dispenza’s work as well as some of the criticism he has received.

In a nutshell, I believe Dr. Dispenza’s work is phenomenal. The consistent results his students are experiencing in his retreats speak for themselves. The interest in his work which is being expressed by the academic establishment is also a sign that Dr. Joe is onto something. I highly encourage you to read his work for yourself so you can see that there is logic behind it.

After using Dispenza’s digital products and applying his teachings for around half a year I can confirm that they worked for me. However, I believe there are more effective (and cheaper) digital alternatives available on the market to achieve radical life changes from within.

This doesn’t invalidate Dr. Joe’s work, I am merely offering alternatives for those who want to achieve uncommon results in health and wealth but who don’t want to spend the hundreds or thousands of dollars on one of his retreats.

Who Is Joe Dispenza

Joe Dispenza has emerged as a modern-day guide of the mystical. Based on science he has demystified ancient spiritual practices designed to fortify the body, mind and spirit. Using his platform as an internationally recognized speaker he has communicated these “demystified” practices to wide audiences all over the world.

Dispenza has authored many bestselling books, including “You Are The Placebo”, “Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself” and “Becoming Supernatural”. His in-person retreats are massively popular, drawing crowds of people looking to apply meditation techniques to address emotional, psychological and physical ailments.

His website and Instagram feed are filled with testimonials of people communicating their healing in the courses. This is to be expected, as he makes money from these courses. But the fact that so many people are willing to speak about their experiences on camera, I think, suggests they are benefiting from attending the courses.

Through a combination of guided, individual and group meditations, students at Dispenza’s courses learn to deepen their relationship with their bodies and heal ailments by engaging mechanisms which are just beginning to be studied by modern science.

Universities such as the University of California, San Diego and Bond University in Australia have partnered with Dr. Joe’s organization to quantify the changes brought on by engaging in the meditative work. Additionally, the National Institutes of Health has expressed interest in partnering with Dispenza and his team.

Not everyone agrees with Dispenza and his work. He has been called a quack, a pseudoscientist and a snake-oil salesman by established medical professionals. This review will also address some of these criticisms.

How I Came Across Dr. Dispenza’s Work

In 2019 I was perusing a book store in La Condesa, an upscale neighborhood in Mexico City. The bookstore doubled as a restaurant; I was set to meet a friend there for dinner. Having arrived 30 minutes early, I was looking through the books they had on offer and came across one which immediately caught my eye.

It was “Becoming Supernatural” by Dr. Joe Dispenza.


The book’s jacket intrigued me, it was forest green and stylized to appear worn with time. On the cover was the Caduceus, the staff with two serpents coiling around it and wings at the top. The Caduceus represents the Greek messenger god Hermes, and is often incorrectly associated with medical organizations and healthcare practices.

The book’s tagline read “How common people are doing the uncommon”. I read the book’s back cover and leafed through it and discovered that it talked about meditation, emotions and the influence our thoughts have on our physical well-being. At that time I was already a regular meditator, and was becoming aware of the power each of us has over our internal states. The book immediately sucked me in.

I didn’t know anything about the author, but the book sported endorsements by Tony Robbins, Lynn McTaggart and many others as well as being a Wall Street Journal bestseller. I figured that if so many well-recognized institutions and people were singing the book’s praises, there had to be something to it.

So I bought the book.

Reading “Becoming Supernatural”

I started reading it that very night. I learned that the author, Joe Dispenza, had actually appeared in a movie called “What The Bleep Do We Know?”, a film which sought to communicate the mysteries of quantum physics to a broad audience. It had been so long since I’d seen the movie that I had forgotten he appeared in it.

I was smitten by the movie as a teenager, it talked about mind-blowing concepts in quantum physics such as wave-particle duality and the observer effect. The film has been savagely criticized by the scientific establishment as pseudoscientific. Unsurprising, as it simplified complex scientific concepts in order to convey them to a layman audience. It also linked quantum processes to consciousness.

This is currently a no-no in science. However, to me it makes perfect sense that quantum processes are involved in consciousness. After all, quantum processes make up everything in the universe, including our brain; our brain and our consciousness are dependent on each other. So that means quantum processes have to be involved in consciousness.

Dr. Joe Is Rejected By The Establishment

In the book, Dr. Joe writes about how appearing in “What The Bleep Do We Know” injected a fair amount of chaos into his life. So much that he was considering retiring from public life. He also writes about how writing “Becoming Supernatural” represented a risk to his reputation. The ideas contained in the book are by-and-large rejected by the scientific and medical establishment.

Naturally, reading all of this intrigued me even more. Because paradigm shifts are always preceded by resistance from the establishment. Like when Cesare Cremonini, an Italian philosopher, refused to look through Galileo’s telescope.

It’s a rule in history that all revolutionary ideas start out at the fringe. When I found the book I had been out of academia for 2 years, and during that time I had read about plenty of ideas which were beyond the acceptance of the academic establishment, like non-local consciousness (the idea that consciousness extends beyond the body and brain) and extrasensory perception.

My mind was open to what Dr. Joe was writing about.

So I kept reading…

What I Learned

The book is a potent guide to achieving the uncommon. It delves into aspects of the body, the mind, and emotions (the intersection of body and mind) which everyone should know about. Why? Because we’re all human and we all have bodies, minds and emotions. The quality of our life is set by the quality of these three aspects of ours.

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The book demystifies how our thoughts and emotions are linked together and that by unconsciously following the cycle of thought > emotion > thought > emotion, we can wind up locking ourselves into our life circumstances through our choices. Our emotions determine our choices; if we keep experiencing the same old emotions we’re going to make the same old choices. We dig our own holes without even realizing it. These holes come in many forms; illness, poverty, hurtful relationships, you name it, we can cause it.

By applying the techniques in the book we can reset the cycle; experience new emotions which create new thoughts which then create new actions, so we can create new situations in our lives rather than repeat the same ones we’re accustomed to.

The book is filled with measurements which have been performed by Dr. Joe and his team on the students who have participated in the retreats over the years. They include brain scans, heart scans, blood work, and others. These scans show how by working with their breath and attention, students are able to consistently induce states conducive to mental and physical health.

All this being said, according to mainstream medical science, the results included in the book should not be possible. Yet there they are. On top of the testimonials of the people who have benefited from practicing the techniques.

How I Applied It

The book goes into detail on several of the meditations which Dr. Joe teaches his students during the retreats. They are:

  • Tuning into new potentials
  • Blessing of the energy centers
  • Walking meditation

Each of these meditations works on different aspects of our lives. The “Tuning into new potentials” meditation teaches you to imagine yourself in the life you want to be living. By imagining yourself as the person who is already living the life of your dreams you actually increase the chances of it happening. Basically, the meditation is a form of visualization. Visualization has been shown time and time again to improve our performance in the field we choose. The effect is real.

The second meditation, “The blessing of the energy centers” teaches us how to run our attention across the energy centers in your body (chakras) so that we can release any emotional energy which may be stagnant within them. The chakras are real. Each chakra is associated with a gland which produces hormones which influence every part of our health. When one of these glands is out of balance our emotions are out of balance. Clearing out the emotional energy caught within them has potent healing effects.

The third meditation is the “Walking meditation”. Basically, you imagine yourself walking into the life you envision for yourself. The act of walking while imagining your ideal life conditions your subconscious mind to make the choices which will lead you in the direction you want to go.

I performed all of these meditations with varying degrees of success. The one which I practiced the most was the “Tuning in to new potentials” meditation.

How Applying Dr. Joe’s Work Changed Me

It changed me for the better. I performed the “Tuning into new potentials” meditation. Every morning I took around twenty minutes to imagine myself living the life I wanted to live. I followed the instructions to the letter; imagining myself in vivid detail and engaging the corresponding emotions; gratitude, joy and love.

After a few weeks of practicing the meditation I noticed that my inner-critic was quieter, and I was making effortlessly choices which made me more productive and effective in my work. This makes perfect sense, because we make decisions based on our emotions; if we are experiencing gratitude, joy or love, we will make decisions congruent with those emotions.

The meditation basically sets your emotional baseline where you want it to be.

I continued practicing the meditation for around half a year. I kept doing it because I noticed that on the days I did so I was more relaxed and productive.

I also followed Dr. Joe on Instagram, which is an effective (and inexpensive) way to reinforce the teachings he communicates in his books and workshops. He regularly puts out empowering content. Following him on Instagram has really cemented what I learned from his book.

But I Stopped Making Progress

However… after a while I felt like I was stuck. I wasn’t progressing anymore. The meditation I was practicing is a form of visualization, and it takes skill to visualize proficiently. If you don’t have an expert to guide you in the learning process you miss things. I knew that if I attended one of Dr. Joe’s courses I would receive the guidance and support I needed to learn the skill.

But I didn’t have the money to shell out $449 dollars for a foundational course. Let alone $1,999 dollars for a week-long course. And this doesn’t even include the cost of travel nor room and board.

And after trying one of Dr. Joe’s recorded meditations, available on his website, I was disillusioned with it. It didn’t provide me the guidance I needed.

So I just continued with the “Tuning into new potentials” meditation, hoping I would make a breakthrough on my own.

Until I stumbled upon a powerful alternative, which I talk about in the conclusion.

Critics Of Dr. Joe

There is much criticism about Joe Dispenza.

The most common criticism I’ve encountered is that he is not a physicist yet he portrays himself as being an expert in quantum physics, and that he uses technical terms to lull his students (customers) into believing everything he says. He is called a conman very often. Like in this video by YouTube user ThePowerMoves.

This critique by Morten Tolboll says that Dispenza relies on classical conditioning to get people to experience relief from their illness.

He also gets criticized for not being a neuroscientist yet talking about neuroscience as if he were an expert.

And in The Encyclopedia Of American Loons Dispenza is diagnosed as: “pretentious, delusional puddinghead who is apparently convinced that what he thinks becomes reality in virtue of him thinking it. Otherwise Dispenza doesn’t care too much about reality.”

The truth is, the only way we can form our own opinion of Dispenza’s ideas is if we study them and apply them ourselves. I applied them and they worked for me. Could it be that it was my belief in the techniques working that made them work?

Possibly. But then again, isn’t that the hole point behind Dispenza’s message? That we can create change from the inside out via our thoughts and emotions?

Your best bet is to do your own research, try what works for you and what doesn’t and come to your own conclusions. But remember that there are testimonials like this one out there:

Pros Of Applying Dr. Joe’s Work

Dr. Joe is demystifying ancient spiritual practices by applying modern science to them. He is garnering worldwide attention from both students and established institutions. Learning about his work and applying it to our life can be an empowering experience. By experiencing new, positive emotions we can rewrite the conditioned stories of our past and create new future outcomes for ourselves.

Cons Of Applying Dr. Joe’s Work

Without personal guidance it’s difficult to deepen your ability in the meditative practices. While it’s possible to learn how to practice the meditations at one of his courses, they are out of reach for those with limited financial means. And I find his digital material lacking.

Conclusion And Alternatives

I hope you have found this review thorough. I based myself on my own research and my personal experience. Applying what I learned from Dispenza has helped me, I became more focused and productive. Was it a magical experience? That depends on what you define as magical. To me, life is magical, so everything in life is magical.

I’d recommend his books to people who want to develop an understanding of how our thoughts and emotions shape our lives. I’ve never taken any of his courses, but they are popular and some people seem to get a lot out of them. Others say the retreats are cult-like.

Who’s to know?

That being said, I believe Dispenza’s digital material is lackluster and that there are better, more effective and less expensive tools available to effect inner change.

I review one of those tools here. It’s a hypnotherapy program called Reprogram.ME. The moment I started using it I stopped doing the “Tuning into new potentials” meditation because Reprogram.ME was much more effective at creating the emotions I wanted to experience. It has made me more confident, relaxed and focused! Check my review out if you’re interested!

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6 thoughts on “Dr. Joe Dispenza Review – Scam or legit?”

  1. This is an interesting article. I have never heard of Joe Dispenza, so I have no opinion on this person one way or the other. I have heard meditation has helped people with different ailments. If he helped you that is great. I am not sure I agree with the cost to take his classes. I put my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to get me through anything. He is free. The article is good with your pros and cons and how you broke it all down.

    • Hey Chris, thanks for visiting and dropping a comment! Joe Dispenza is a controversial figure, but I believe his work can and is helping people. His writing certainly helped me see several things more clearly, like how our emotions and thoughts interact and how we can break cycles of emotional reactivity and thus create new lives.

      I respect your faith and admire your conviction. I believe I am on the path to accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and saviour, too.

      God bless you,


  2. Hi
    I have to leave a comment.
    First to say I believe Dispenza is a scam, and every new testimonial like yours gives me more evidence.
    You said yourself that after 6 months the meditation stopped working. So, I guess, you didn’t become supernatural? Hm.
    The thing is, Dispenza didn’t demistife old teachings, he just took them, rearrenged them, to say, really f*cked them and made it a bunch of nonsense and he’s making millions of it, and with all that he blames the victim.
    Of course meditation is good, you don’t need Dispenza to tell you that, and then to spend dollars to buy that meditation. He’s not even a doctor. How can he claim that he’s a dr, that’s false introduction, and to many ailing and really sick people. Terrible. And there aren’t that many “miracle” healings at all. The most I’ve seen are people feeling a bit better, which I partly blame meditation (when you still your mind it usually feels better) and then false promise of healing whìch gives people false hope.
    Nobody’s talking about energy, that is what are those old taoist and budist, and also old christian books are talking about – there’s healing energy in the universe, you don’t create it, it’s already there, and you must find a way to connect to it. That’s the answer and not blaming the victim with bullshit things – your thoughts are the enemy. No, your thoughts are exactly the way they are because of the your energy body and all the marks that life put on you. You must heal the energy body and the physical body by moving it. And if you demand from your mind, from your expression of yourself to violently deny those thoughts, then your killing your free will. There’s a reason why your soul feels the way it feels, it’s legitimate, it’s not your minds trick. It aches for recognition, for true healing, not denying of yourself.
    I really hate how he twisted all of this.
    I’m sorry for this big post, I had to write it. Try Qigong.
    Wishing you all well and thank you for your opinion.

    • Hi Lena, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Your comment communicates a deep awareness of your inner experience and a strong sense of compassion. You have nothing to apologize for speaking (or writing) your mind!

      It’s true, after 6 months I sensed that had stopped progressing with the meditation. However, I don’t believe that invalidates the six months of meditation I did following Dispenza’s instructions during which I did experience noticeable emotional advancement.

      What I know about Dispenza’s work always converges with what I know about spiritual practices. In other words, Dispenza’s teachings complement the insights I’ve experienced through meditation. In fact, contemplating on his teachings has evolved my meditations. This is why I approve of the work he’s doing. I haven’t taken any of his courses, but his work (books, Instagram content) has served me superbly.
      You write “Of course meditation is good, you don’t need Dispenza to tell you that […]”, that’s from your perspective. You and I know meditation is good for us, but what about the person who has never heard of meditation? You don’t know what you don’t know. At some point, neither you nor I knew what meditation was nor how to do it. Someone or something had to plant a seed.

      I believe that’s exactly what Dispenza’s doing; planting seeds. He’s drawing attention towards practices which have been known for millennia to be good to us, but which we have forgotten. Why is it a problem that he’s making money from it? Yoga teachers make money from their teaching, so do Qigong teachers. Should they do their work for free?

      Do you believe the 1.6 million people who follow Dispenza on Instagram are all being taken in by a con? What about the recognized institutions which are partnering with him to study the work he’s doing? Are they being taken in as well? And what about the other individuals who partner with him such as Gregg Braden? Is he a con-artist, too? And what about all the emotional testimonials of people who have healed by doing the work? Are they all paid actors? I find all of this hard to believe.

      You also write that Dispenza blames the victim. That is false. At no point have I ever heard/read anything from Dispenza that says “It’s the victim’s fault.” What Dispenza does do is put the responsibility for healing in the hands of the victims. Only the victim can choose to heal their hurts, no one else can do it for them. You are confusing “blame” with “responsibility.”

      Additionally, Dispenza holds a degree in doctor in chiropractic from Life University. So he is a doctor. Is that degree equal to one from Harvard or Johns Hopkins? No. But I take that to be a good thing, because these institutions have a vested interest in pumping out doctors who hold to the old paradigm that health can be purchased with the next pill or surgery. They perpetuate the sick care system which only bankrupts people without addressing any of the deeper causes of disease. These institutions receive millions in funding from big pharma. That’s where the real twistedness is! The institutions in charge of pursuing truth are owned by the companies which stand to benefit from having the “truth” be what they say it is.

      I agree with everything you say about the universal healing energy which we can all connect to. The universe is alive and intelligent, when we connect with the self-organizing energy from which all life emanates we heal our bodies and minds. I also agree with everything you say about thoughts depending on the energy body. We experience hurtful thoughts and emotions because of the hurts we have experience in life. It’s up to us to delve within ourselves so we can heal the marks life has put on us.

      At best, Dispenza is drawing attention to spiritual practices and encouraging people to believe they can heal themselves. Believing we can do things is the first step in accomplishing them!

      At worst, Dispenza is making millions while providing false information; in which case the market will eventually turn on him and he will get what he deserves. Every conman gets found out eventually. But that hasn’t happened yet and Dispenza’s been doing this for many years.

      Time will tell.

      Thanks again for taking the time to read the article and leaving a comment, Lena. I’m open to continue this discussion if you are.

      All the best,

  3. Is Joe Dispenza a phoney? Who’s to say. What makes me skeptical of people that want to help others is when they charge an arm and a leg to do it. Ranging from $1,000-$3,500 per person with buffet style continental breakfast and not including lodging is INSANE.

    • Hi GL, thanks for stopping by and writing a comment! Profiting off of helping others, is it wrong or right? The medical establishment profits hugely from treating people’s diseases. Does that make the medical establishment wrong or right? It’s a tough question. I would say that it isn’t wrong to make a profit from helping others as long as you’re honest with what you’re doing and you’re actually helping. Oftentimes, the medical establishment leaves people broke and without even having helped them. Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US.
      One thing I can say about Joe Dispenza’s work; It opened me up to the idea of an intelligent energy which directs everything in our universe. He never calls the intelligent energy what it is: God. But what he teaches about aligning with this energy’s direction and how doing so heals us is accurate.
      As a Christian, I pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ every day for guidance and He gives it to me. Prayer is how we communicate with God; we don’t need a $1,000-$3,500 course to do that, I agree. But Dipenza does talk about some interesting ideas nonetheless, which contradict what we’ve been conditioned to believe about our ability to heal with the help of God. I believe his work is already playing a role in leading people to God and Jesus, as it did for me. That being said, Dispenza’s work might also lead some people astray (away from Jesus and towards lies), so it is a double edged sword for sure. These days I stick to reading the Bible for my spiritual teachings.
      In the end, it’s up to each of us to use our discernment when observing the world so we may come to our own conclusions. Always question!

      All the best GL,


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