As Dr. Joe Dispenza grows in popularity for his book and teachings in ‘Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself’, I’d like to offer my views. He first hit the scene from his appearance in the popular ‘What The Bleep Do We Know?’ documentary. I’ve been following him for awhile now, and have attended all levels of his workshops.
Those of you who have been following me for awhile know that I have written about his teachings before. I even had 30 of my colleagues and friends attend his Vancouver workshop.
In a nutshell, because many people ask me, I’d like to share my perspective on what I think about Dr. Joe Dispenza:
- He does an excellent job of blending science and spirituality.
- He has a compelling way of explaining and teaching practical ways to rewire your brain to rid yourself of emotional patterns and thinking that do not serve you well, and how to create experiences in life that you want.
- I believe he is genuine, sincere, and honestly loves to help people.
- His charismatic way is captivating.
- I have met numerous people who credit him for their life-changing experiences.
Cons (in perspective):
- As his popularity and following grows, I find people comment to me that his marketing is getting ‘slicker’. For example, if you ‘like’ him on Facebook you will see loads of daily posts. The marketing is frequent.
- Some people find his choice of words in his lectures and meditations off-putting. For example, there are many ways to describe the ‘higher power’ – God, Universe, Source, Higher Consciousness, etc. Believe me, as a meditation teacher, I understand the challenge of trying to select words that appeal to the masses. No matter what language is used, it is likely to turn-off some folks. I personally think he addresses this just fine.
- Some people have even asked me if his workshops are like a cult. This thought has crossed my mind in a fleeting way. It’s not a cult, because he’s not asking you to follow him blindly into doing some kind of religious rituals. You are in control of your own experience. Yes, he has a solid following but I believe he’s ‘earned’ it. He has found a way to connect with many people in a meaningful way that has helped many. I applaud him for that.
The bottom-line, in my view, is this: I know that most of his teachings have helped me tremendously in my life. My experience in life is different because of him, even though circumstances around me may not have changed. My thinking patterns are no longer as negative, and I have been able to create many things in my life that I wanted by using his methods. I have been face-to-face with many people in his workshops that have had wonderful changes in their lives – both dramatic health improvements and otherwise.
I decided to look past the few concerns I heard from others (very few) about his ‘slickness’ and not allow them to be obstacles to my learning. By doing so, I believe I have benefited tremendously. Sometimes we need to put judgments aside to uncover something special.
So if you have been wondering how to think about his teachings, I hope this has helped you. He is not the only teacher in my life, but he is one of the more important ones. If you have dabbled in his teachings and it doesn’t fit for you, that’s understandable, and I hope you have found tools in your life to cultivate a good life for yourself.
I will soon write about some fascinating things I learned at his Advanced workshop where he had 2 neuroscientists conducting EEG brain scans and human energy field tests on the participants!