How To Become That Which We Are Seeking

“Genius is a crisis that joins the buried self, for certain moments, to our daily mind.” ­William Butler Yeats

The 13th Century mystic Saint Francis of Assisi claimed we are that which we are seeking. For the last two weeks, at two back-to-back Advanced Workshop in Cancun, Mexico, I witnessed more than a thousand of our genius students do exactly that—they became their future.

Do you ever wonder why I always call our students geniuses? Because in the original sense of the word, genius means attendant spirit—being in the care of something unseen but near. In this case, that unseen but near something was their future. Day after day in their meditations our passionate and committed students became true geniuses by going after their future with the level of intensity that’s required for us to move from the limiting thoughts, beliefs, and emotions of our past, to the unlimited possibilities of our future.

Going into the workshop, my personal goal was to take our students deeper than they’ve ever gone. We accomplished this feat through standing, walking, laying, and sitting meditations, and we did it with both our eyes opened and closed. At the end of the event, I wanted our students to believe in their future more than they believed in their past.

What we ultimately achieved was we took a community of people who were thinking, acting, and feeling one way when they arrived to the event, and they left thinking, acting, and feeling another. We helped them create a new future from a place of wholeness and oneness—as opposed to the common way to create from a place of separation, duality, and lack. Why this is important is because the quantum model of reality says we are not separate from that which we seek; rather, we are connected to it through the unified field. We only need to feel and observe it to bring that future to us.

The beauty and the agony of the return

For those of you who attended, as well as anyone who might need a refresher, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of a few things to keep you on your creative track. So let’s start by demystifying the unknown.

The main reason why we retreat from our lives for several days to meditate is to remove the constant stimulation in our external environment. We do this for three reasons:

  1. Because our brain operates as a record of the past;
  2. When we live by the same feelings every day we are living in our past, which means more of our attention is in our past than in our future;
  3. External stimulation reminds us of who we think we are as a personality.

But when we separate long enough from the people we know, places we go, and the repetitive actions we do every day, we are reminded of the truth about who we are—infinite creators.

So now let’s say you just had an amazing workshop, connected with like-minded people, perhaps experienced synchronicities or mystical experiences—but then you have to return to your life. Then what?

For some of you, you may return to your life feeling great, but quickly be confronted with your past. For others, unforeseen struggles may appear out of nowhere, causing you to question everything you thought you just created. And still for others, the things you’ve been working on creating may begin to actually show up.

Make no mistake; things are going to shake up in unforeseen ways. Why? Because you just spent several days investing an exorbitant amount of energy into the unknown and creating new things in your life. It’s only logical then that for something new to appear, the known and familiar has to fall by the wayside. If this didn’t occur, you’d be living in the same predictable past, which creates the same predictable future.

Don’t let the shakeup shake you down

When things begin to shake up in your life, a certain percentage of you will trust what’s happening and say to yourself—if this opportunity is showing up, or if this relationship no longer fits who I am, or my job doesn’t align with who I want to be—then these things must be showing up for a reason. I created it, so let’s see what happens. But for others, you may begin to second guess yourself and recoil in fear. The biggest reason why this happens and why people revert to their past is because they don’t really trust themselves, the creative process, or the experiences they’re having.

Now no one said trust is easy, but don’t you think that by placing your trust in the unknown you’re likely to experience some discomfort? That discomfort is actually a good thing. You have disrupted the energy of your pre-existing life (before the event) by taking your attention off the people and things that emotionally bound you to the past. Now your external life is reorganizing to come into alignment with your internal creation—now you’re living in the quantum model of possibility, as opposed to the Newtonian model of measurement and predictability.

Once you start choosing (unconsciously, by the way) doubt and fear, or start analyzing and figuring out how things are going to unfold, then you’re back in the familiar, your possibility contracts, and what you created begins to disappear. Thus, because of the discomfort and fear you experienced, you take your attention off the future, return it to the past, and now you’re back in the unconscious programs that previously ran your life.

You can do two things in this instance; revert to the past, or you can look at it as an opportunity to turn discomfort into knowing.

How to win the faceoff with your past

Everybody is going to face their past when they return from a workshop because they’re returning to their past/present reality. This is why we meditate—to remain connected to the frequency and vibration of our future self. Each time we disconnect from our environment, we move more deeply towards the unified field, or Source. The more we connect with this self-organizing field, the more we feel whole, the more our hearts open up, the more we trust, and the more our belief in our future becomes a knowing.

But if you’re not connecting with Source every day, and you’re not connecting with your future, you begin to doubt yourself and return back to separation, polarity, duality, and lack. Then you find yourself unconsciously anticipating your future based on your past. This is going to happen from time to time. It doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong—it’s just life. But the choice is yours as to whether or not you go unconscious and fall back into your old programs of judging and analyzing yourself, trying to intellectualize a process, and/or trying to control and predict an outcome.

But you can also make a difference choice—you can choose to change your emotional reactions and habits and get beyond your mind and body. Instead of letting the program run itself, you can choose to think the thoughts you do want to fire and wire—the thoughts, actions, and feelings connected to your future. This is where you need to remember to be kind to yourself and understand that true, lasting change is a gradual process.

So as you walk back into your life, stay present to this moment and be confident in the creations that show up. If an opportunity appears or life is pushing you in a direction that you created—you created it, so why not step into it? This is the journey, and this is being an active participant in the mystery, rather than separate from it and standing on the sidelines.

If you start feeling fear, uncertainty, lack, or any other negative emotions, give yourself an adult timeout, meaning—sit down in meditation and tell yourself you’re not getting up until you feel empowered, trusting, or loving. This is how we cross the river of change. Remember that if you’re feeling uncomfortable, it’s a good thing. It’s just thoughts or emotions within your programmed old self, and just because you have a thought doesn’t mean it’s real. Don’t analyze it—just change your state of being. Then do it again.

My definition of genius has always been to be uncomfortable in the unknown, and to be okay with it. So if you find yourself getting used to the unknown, it might just become the new normal for you. As you keep stepping towards your destiny, you will continue to run into the unknown, but eventually the unknown will become the known and your life will become predictable. When this happens and your soul begins to stir, you’ll want to create the next opportunity in your life, so you’ll employ the same process, and once again you’ll find yourself in a new unknown.

And who knows, this might even become a habit.



  1. Craig Hadan November 11, 2016 at 8:50 pm - Reply


  2. Michelle Pare November 11, 2016 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Joe for making that more clear! My siblings and I who attended Cancun 1 are experiencing a bit of all those reactions to re-entry. Happily, we have each other to remind ourselves daily of how to keep up the work. I think it would be rather more of a challenge without them!
    Thanks for helping us stay the course!

  3. Birgitt haderlein November 11, 2016 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you Joe! I am as all a work in progress thanks for this article. I am grateful for the reminders I just sat myself down earlier and had a great conversation with myself and felt the emotion of being a liberated woman. I’m happy to say I have pity moments instead of hours and days. Thank you as always continuing to demonstrate humanity the way it can be! Love your commitment to us all.

  4. Andrea November 12, 2016 at 12:38 am - Reply

    I just came back from the workshop, it was great to read this article now!!! Thank you!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  5. Brenda McCool November 12, 2016 at 5:02 am - Reply

    This is so profound. I love your work & insight. Thank you for your gift of what you do!

  6. Sylvia November 12, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you

  7. Debbie November 12, 2016 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Fabulous Joe. Just what i needed to hear, thank you x Debbie

  8. Lysiane Fonseca November 12, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Dr. Joe,
    Thank you so much for this article. You seem to be able to read our minds. You’re such a source of empowerment and inspiration!
    Love you!!!

  9. Saray Miller November 12, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Dr. Joe!

  10. Fanny Garcia November 12, 2016 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you! For reminder us what we could be facing and how we can refocus.

  11. Kathy November 13, 2016 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Thank you for your miraculously timed post. I appreciate the clarification of how to continue moving forward. I am a newbie to this way of thinking and behavior modification, your articles help me greatly.

  12. Maxine November 13, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Joe for the great reminders. I’ve read your book “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” and loved it. The Water Rising meditation and the one that follows it has been of such benefit to me. I have uncovered old programs that were running my life. After the initial 30 days, I answered the questions again and repeated the meditation several times a week. The results are life changing. Thank you.

  13. Norma Sanchez November 16, 2016 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Great insights in being aware of our thoughts and habits and the need to spend more time on the unknown. I feel this article has been written for me and many others who are facing decisions on how to rebuild our lives after a loss. A loss of any kind is difficult but not impossible in particular if we set aside time to be detached on meditation. Norma

  14. Kelly November 16, 2016 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I love you very much ! Kelly from Kripalu ❤️

  15. Laura November 17, 2016 at 2:18 am - Reply

    thank you for the reminder. I just told another person today that I am uncomfortable in that my whole world is on shaky ground, but that I’d better get comfortable with the discomfort! Since Cancun i have been telling myself daily to cross that river…..thanks Dr. Joe. more than you know, you have given me strength and tools to improve my life.

  16. Rose November 19, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    This is beautiful and so needed. How I wish I could attend one of your workshops right now! Dr. Joe! It’s so difficult to create the new reality when the old one is glaring you right in the face 24/7! Yes to remove yourself entirely from your current environment and totally engage yourself in the new reality sounds amazing……if only!

  17. Rosa Beatriz November 19, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Hi, when are you plannig your next Advanced Workshop in Mexico?. Thanks

  18. Cate Graham November 19, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Joe – this was just what I needed to hear coming back from Cancun 2 – in my second week back and feeling unreasonably envious of my friends who are at the advanced follow up in Seattle…. This is a body of work that we are doing – one meditation at a time and like you say when you are in the river it can get pretty uncomfortable. I appreciate your words of encouragement to keep going – Im so grateful that your voice is replacing my mothers in my head and my favorite thing I play over in my head is you saying “C’mon, take a ride with me”. So enjoying this ride truly! thank you thank you thank you for all that you do and all that who you are. in gratitude Cate

  19. Ellie November 19, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr Joe. This is really helpful. I am preparing for the Worksop in Bonn by doing two or three meditations a day. Sometimes the old self is persistent, trying to keep a hold on me. However I am determined to keep going toward a new future even when negative emotions or people try to drag me back into the past.

  20. Kathleen Heatley November 19, 2016 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    I have been following your work for many years. I have not attended a workshop but have spent many hours listening to your meditation CD’s. I now find myself flowing into my next adventure toward that which is unknown. I believe that this is the true path to real life. Sometimes it even takes a seeming tragedy to advance ourselves into the beauty of the next unknown. Yet tragedies have their place in life too. Moving beyond these events, push us toward our next exciting life adventure. No matter what I will keep going because that is where life flows.

  21. Jean Watson November 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Fantastic way of expressing the truth. I love the way you get to the heart of the matter- so inspiring!! Warm regards

  22. Lisa Grim November 19, 2016 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Joe, just the words I needed to hear right now! I’ve been dreading making a call today in regards to a change I realized it’s time to make in my work life. This was definitely magnified after I returned home from Cancun. I will step up and step into the unknown and make that call 🙂

  23. Cheryl November 20, 2016 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Thank you. It was just what I needed to persist in helping myself move beyond the past. I so much appreciate your contribution to those who long for more.

  24. Cinzia November 20, 2016 at 2:36 am - Reply

    There is no comment to share- IAM in meditation it’s 3.30 , in other terms:
    Uncomfort Time… I do get up , do not analyse it and take a deep breath, towards my predectable future….

    PS: although nobody had time to explain how to installe the mindmovie on a iphone or 🖥
    One day it will be on my 💻 and I do not ask how💪😇

  25. Margaret, Sydney Australia November 20, 2016 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Thanks Dr Joe for reminding us to keep stepping into the unknown every day even though fear and doubts may crop up. We just need to keep up our meditation practice every day regardless of how we are feeling, in order to stay on track.
    I am very thankful for the gift you have given me through your workshops. I havent missed my daily meditation practice since completing the Advanced worshop at he Sunshine Coast Australia in early Sept. this year. I feel the changes I have made will be lasting and have changed my life on a very deep level.

  26. Sarah November 20, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Thank you for the reminder.

  27. Sally Dutton November 20, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Thank you Thankyou!

  28. Irena November 20, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Joe for this empowerment. Yesterday in my meditation I asked for a hope and some kind of empowerment, because I started to feel little bit down. And I get just what I needed. 🙂

  29. Sue Taylor November 20, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Hello Dr Joe, My, you have a way of constantly jogging me back into my original intentions.
    I bought the book and the programme, that blew me away at times, then continued to walk through my days happier and healthier than ever, thank you. But I have been complacent and let the my actual future dissolve in this happiness and let the discomfort stop me, I was happy so thats OK. Yes I always meditate but now I am revisiting your programme to step up again. A new brain will be present this time.

    I now see why we need blogs and videos and different media, it is so we don’t slip through the net source energy has provided. You are always the one to catch me when I fall and I am forever grateful to you for not just picking me up but setting me along the way again. Blessings to you and the team.

  30. Paula November 20, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Dear Dr. Joe, I have been training my mind for years in a life that has been tumultuous to say the least. I have grown because of it. Now that I have specific steps, a guideline, a better plan, so to speak, I can only imagine how far I can go with this! I am so looking forward to meeting you again at the Philly workshop next month! We are blessed by your works of genius. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ❤️

  31. Stephen November 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    A former NLP instructor said to me once, “It’s tough to remain a cucumber when you’re soaking in vinegar”. Noticing the “vinegar” when it begins to intrude on one’s momentum seems to be key. Thanks for the reminder!

  32. Wim telgt November 20, 2016 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    I was there, with a doubt I can say, this was was for me The best thing at the right moment.

  33. Carl irwin November 20, 2016 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Hi dr Joe. Just to say thank you again. This week the universe in its infinite wisdom has stripped me naked and removed all that keeps me safe in the past. Everything that I rely on in my practice has now moved chiropractors, most of my C As , even my computer server. All have taken their leave. Not harshly either, just gently taking a new direction in their journeys. So here I am in a totally new place. Nothing from my past has prepared me for this, so I literally have to trust and let go and see what comes as my journey unfolds further.
    Take care
    Dr Carl Irwin Dc

    Ps I still want to do your training and work alongside of you. I hope to share a bottle of Malbec and discuss this with you soon

  34. Petra November 20, 2016 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Joe!
    This is exactly what I needed today, one week after returning from the monastery in Cancun.
    In Gratitude,

  35. Bo November 21, 2016 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Thats awsome :-! thanks dr joe

  36. Julia November 21, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I’m excited ! Thank you, Dr. Joe.

  37. Lise November 21, 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you. I needed to read your message this morning. Very inspiring.

  38. Maria November 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Where can i start with this if i don’t have a credit card and i live in a third world country & am surrounded by so much poverty?

  39. Arno November 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    That´s exactly what i experience now,
    there is wonderfull things happen after the last Workshop,
    this moment, there is things happen, that reminds me so dramatically to the past,
    that it is really difficult to me to accept, that these things are ready to leave just to free the way for others.
    I do not know the way, my life is changing, and sometimes it is really difficult to trust in this changing,
    but …there is tow possibilities:
    to trust in the old predictible future,
    to trust in the new unpredictible future,
    both is trust in the unknown.


  40. Loreto Vicencio November 21, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Joe Dispenza, master genius

  41. Debbie November 22, 2016 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Wow! I got home from the follow up in Seattle and read this, couldn’t have been more timely! Thank you Dr. Joe!!!! You are always right in the pocket.

  42. Katrin Jäger November 22, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for your words and the love behind.

  43. Lindsay Ainger November 22, 2016 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Awesome and eloquent. Thank you 😘

  44. Roy Hampton November 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Yes, it resonates with my experience of emotion backed visualisation which has helped me greatly in personal changes.

  45. Sharee November 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Awesome, new fan! Thank you! ❤️

  46. Cordula November 23, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Great words. Thank you for this explanation

  47. Pradeep November 30, 2016 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Awesome…Thank you Joe…!!!

  48. Angie December 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you Joe, wise words!!! Been feeling very uncomfortable in my own skin… trying to surrender to the unknown.

  49. Teresa December 14, 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    I am just seeing this now for some reason although it was sent some time ago. Diving timing? As everything is changing around me, and there is no plan for what is ahead, being reminded that this unknowing is ok – and even necessary – was a wonderful reminder.

  50. Meltem December 17, 2016 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Great article Dr. Joe. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.. Your teachings create very significant changes in my life especially innerly, for which I have tried so far many others methods to come over my shortcomings… but this time I believe it really works… thanks you are a real teacher.

  51. Rose January 8, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Why there are always more women then men who participate? I wonder.

    Also, will you ever hold an event in California? If yes, when.

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  53. Bippan February 10, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Exactly what I needed to hear – thank you!

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