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.
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!
To our wealth and success.