The Unknown Will Never Let You Down: Part I.

Everywhere I teach in the world, many people tell me they want to experience the unknown, yet when push comes to shove they want it on their own terms. Here’s the catch—if something comes to you on your own terms, then it’s not an unknown. It’s a predictable known. So, what does it mean to step into the unknown?

Everything we create begins with an internal idea, thought, concept, or image, whether it’s health, wealth, a relationship, buying a home, writing a book, composing a song, and so on. For some people, however, when external circumstances (such as serendipity, coincidences, and synchronicities) appear in their lives that are in alignment with that internal vision, they become paralyzed—paralyzed by the fear of failure, fear of success, fear of what other people will think, and a host of other reasons. Rather than continuing to follow the signposts and clues towards the next step, they stop just short of bringing their creation to fruition, when in fact, if they just continued to move deeper and trust in the unknown, they may have found themselves with a whole host of new possibilities opening up before them.

Instead, they desperately look for more external validations rather than making the necessary choices that are in alignment with that future vision. Here’s the truth about these decisive moments of our lives: If you can’t trust the circumstances, things, or events that show up in your life, then you don’t trust the unknown; and if you don’t trust the unknown, then you don’t trust in your creation; and if you don’t trust in your creation, then you don’t trust in yourself; and if you don’t trust in yourself, then you don’t trust in possibility.


Facing Off with the Unknown

From the time we’re children, we’re conditioned into believing the unknown is a scary place, so the moment we step out of our comfort zone into the unknown, even if we feel insecure, at least insecurity feels safe because it feels familiar. Insecurity then is a daily baseline emotion, and because it’s so familiar we have no problem keeping it under control. Most of us operate in low levels of insecurity every day, but when we decide to put something on the line—when we take a risk, step out of the known and predictable, and declare that we want to be defined by a vision of the future instead of a memory of the past—it makes sense that this unknown future is going to feel uncomfortable. The fact that you’re no longer in familiar territory only serves to magnify that insecurity. Now, even though the voice of insecurity has always been there, it’s clinging to the known, and in its desperation, it becomes the loudest voice in our head. The truth is we’ll never grow unless we face the challenges the unknown presents.

Brushing up against the unknown is a big deal for a lot of people and it’s something I witness all the time. Seeing people recoil in the face of it inspires me to do the opposite—to throw myself further headlong into the unknown. Why? The fact that so many people are afraid of it shows me I need to dive deeper into it. That’s the kind of effort that makes us feel more alive, and that’s the kind of effort that brings us into contact with an immaterial essence or resource within us—that part to us which is greater than the individual self.

If all possibilities exist in the quantum or the unified field—that invisible field of intelligence that is organizing and unifying all the laws of nature (which we could call the mind of God or the very fabric of everything material)—when you stop trusting in possibility, then you not only stop trusting in yourself, but you’re no longer trusting in the divine. Then what? Then you’re back to your animal nature—trying, wishing, wanting, hoping, begging, fighting. You’re back to the same person trying to create something new on your own terms again—the same old personality trying to create a new personal reality.

The bottom line is, if external circumstances are showing up that are in alignment with your internal vision, don’t overthink the decisions that lead you further into the unknown. Those synchronicities are simply the universe calling you to step into your new future. Instead, those events should be seen as signs pointing you towards that direction. So why not see it as proof that your outer reality is beginning to unfold equal to your inner vision? And why not take the energy of the elevated emotions these ‘coincidences’ create—like excitement and inspiration—and use that new energy to create the next opportunity? If you keep doing this repeatedly, you’ll discover you’re moving further away from familiar territory into even more possibilities. Then you will believe more in yourself, possibility, the unknown, and the divine that lives within you even more…and most importantly—that you are the creator of your life instead of the victim of it.

In part II of The Unknown Will Never Let You Down, I’ll discuss how you can turn your fear into passion and courage, and how you can trust the future that has been calling you and waiting for you to answer.



  1. Terri November 24, 2017 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Wow, what great advice because the truth is, I have been overthinking decisions that lead me further into the unknown.

  2. Lysiane Fonseca November 24, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Wonderful article, as usual. Thank you!!!

  3. Cathie November 24, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    You’re speaking directly to me
    This clarifies why I am stuck in the known
    Time to seek my unknown

  4. Leda Lu Muniz November 24, 2017 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    You’ve read my heart! Straight to the point ! Wonderful! Thank you!

  5. Jeanette November 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Thank you. The unknown is my companion, my sisters call me Parana girl because they say I leap without getting all the facts first to make sure I really want what I leap for. I tell them leaping into the unknown is exactly what I choose! Hell! How can THAT ever go wrong, it too fantastic. I have had some amazing insights and stunning experiences. I do feel the fear of leaping come up at times and for me it’s always been, that taking that step into the unknown requires I release a part of my personality that believes it is not infinite. I breathe deep, close my eyes, smile and Geronimo!! I truly love my life and send dearest blessings to you Dr Joe for being the reflection for me to continue being Big in my life.

    I Am
    Jeanette Collins

  6. Andrew November 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    This advice has come at a great time for me. I am in this process right now and allowing the divine to path the way. I have been through 2 major downfalls in life, and I now believe this is time time. I live in presence power, accepting what is, always remember to vibrate on frequencies of love, harmony, wholeness, gratitude and abundance and genuinely care for my fellow humans. Thanks Dr Joe, you truly are a great human being.

  7. Kathleen November 24, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Wrapping my mind around these concepts more and more! 🙏

  8. Senka November 24, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    thank you Joeee

  9. Hillari November 24, 2017 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Brilliant as always!!!!!

  10. Karen McCarthy November 24, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Exactly what I needed to read. Grateful.

  11. Trisha November 25, 2017 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Love this!!!

  12. Sharon November 25, 2017 at 4:47 am - Reply

    wow.. exactly what I needed to read today to push me in the right direction.. You are Amazing Mr Dispenza!

  13. Guy November 25, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

    …and yes what must, always makes itself heard loudly like in ending a relationship by means of literally pushing me off the precipice into the true unknown away from grasping on to a known persona taking me to my grave. Again this evening I cought my false self going for handicap parkings which reconfirms it’s autonomic resilience simply for convenience.

  14. Colin Mackay November 25, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Thanks for the advice.

  15. Juliana Mesquita November 25, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Thank you! This is my great challenge!

  16. Elita November 25, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

    This is amazing!!! Thank you so much!!!

  17. Brenda November 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    YES!!! As we trust in ourselves, knowing that our guidance system comes from something higher than ourselves is very scary. However when we surrender and Trust then our lives become effortless in our design and in our creation of who we are and what WE really want.
    Thank you DR. JOE I am manifesting a private page FOR YOUR EYES ONLY for my experiences to be shared.

  18. Stela November 25, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you. One question – how do I know that the external circumstances are showing up are in alignment with my internal vision? thanks

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  20. Anne Ford November 26, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I will also step into the unknown! “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek!”- Joesph Campbell

  21. Wendy November 27, 2017 at 4:17 am - Reply

    I loved this. It validates who I am to me, for some reason. I’ve always needed change and never was comfortable with stasis. In other words, I have always found the unknown to be the most beguiling. Thanks for this…

  22. Daniel Laguna November 29, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Muy aleccionador.

  23. Alex November 30, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Wonderful. Inspiration to keep honing up my genius skills of being comfortable in the uncomfortable unknown. Or as a quote I read today said “courage is a love affair with the unknown”

  24. kathleen Hunter Levy December 2, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Thank you for this article and for all that you do. Love you Dr Joe!

  25. Nina Dean December 2, 2017 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Brilliant as always!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Very inspiring and “showing up” just at the right moment as I am about to quit my job and trust the vision I created in my mind movie (not easy). Can’t wait for part II.

  26. Gwen December 2, 2017 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Great article! I’ve been doing your amazing meditation for a month now and I am naturally becoming more comfortable with the unknown and its potential for unlimited possibilities. However, I still have times of doubt and wanting to control my future so I’m looking forward to Part 2! Thank you Dr Joe!

  27. Wanda December 2, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Always loving your messages!!

  28. Claire De Brabander (Calispera) December 2, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

    The best article I’ve ever read from you (and they’re all good)

  29. Susanna December 2, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Leerte es un placer y muy alentador, eres inspirador y tu manera de transmitir es magia pura. Mil gracias por compartir tu sabiduría y agradezco al Universo que te hayas cruzado en mi vida. Love you Dr. Joe, I hope to see you in Tarragona.

  30. Anita Stinkens-Gremmen December 2, 2017 at 10:49 am - Reply

    This article came as a surprise and an affirmation me going into the right direction. I just had a visit of someone I never expected to turn up and give me a chance to make the next step towards my desired future. So surprise on surprise, this is a sign of the Devinity. Thank you

  31. Hera Peihopa December 2, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Love this whole area you speak into…I’d forgotten, lost connection with it! Look forward to hearing more.

  32. Amrita December 2, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Waiting for Part II. It is so amazing that I could complete sentences before reading. Guess I’ve heard you so much😊

  33. Patrick Rego December 2, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    You have made significant changes in my Life since I started reading your books Dr Joe……Thank you oh so much

  34. Lucie Lacelle December 2, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    It is so nice to read you – you vulgarize is such a simple way to help us understand, especially when english isn’t our first language. Thank you for validating what we sometimes live and wonder if we are on the right path.

  35. Maria Terol December 2, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    This is exactly what I needed this morning. I am aligned.
    Thank you.

  36. Colin Rafter December 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Just wow! Love this train of thought. I’ve read the first 3 books and then I went to Joes workshop in London and it has changed my life forever! I was not living, I was existing, and I thought that was normal, I thought that’s what life is. I’ve only now started to open my eyes and now I’m beginning to live… at 35!

    Thank you Joe! I am eternally grateful to you.

  37. Maxime Gilbert December 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    I love you Dr Joe many thanks for your wisdom !

  38. Rocio December 2, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    After my meditation early this morning I wrote an insight about this…I get the answer..beautiful coincidence. Blessings

  39. Diana Hartley December 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    What is nice is that your brilliance has enlightened many of us to a terrible pattern we repeated our whole lives, I mean me. And though words usually don’t help when I’m able to see my printed version of this and remember, it’s just a pattern to be let go of. Huge but if I chunk it down, way small sometimes, I can move baby steps through it. It’s when you cannot see the manifestation yet and you feel you have waited long enough. That is when the anxiety sets in. Am I on the right path? Is this real? Maybe, I am shooting myself in the foot again.OMG!

    It’s that time thing limiting the possibilities that logical time is not involved. That’s a faith walk for me, pushing ahead, pushing, pushing, pushing going nowhere or to settle for less…again.

    Thanks for revealing the pattern as more universal than my crazy head. It makes sense. Now, to expand my faith in the Unknown. Got to ponder that deeply today.

  40. Gudrun Otten December 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this reading. Written in a brilliant way and my whole body system is reading and participating.I no longer feel alone with my thinking and allow myself more and more to believe in the unknown and to step into it.

  41. Deb December 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks Joe, Perfect timing. I am in the middle of the unfoldment of a dream and just yesterday was getting scared that I would ‘fail’! How silly. The world has brought such beautifully perfect alignment to get me this far, no time for doubt…. onward!

  42. Deb Stillson December 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I know exactly what you are talking about here.
    I have been working on a project for 4 years now and when things get close to the unknown, I retreat into the safe known pattern.
    I guess I needed to get sick and tired of being in the same old place and asked myself about a week ago if I wanted to be where I am 5 years from
    now. I knew I had to go into the unknown and took a leap of faith last week and WOW!!!!! All kinds of doors and possibilities have and continue to open up, just as you mention here.
    I want to tell you that it is exhilarating and I don’t even care if what I desire shows up or not. The expansion in my inner being is so beautiful and welcomed.

    I attended your meeting in Chicago in August and it has moved me to new heights of awakening. Thank you.
    Love and light sent to all 🙂

  43. Sue December 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Very important lesson for me. Thank you.

  44. Gina Amaya December 2, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Dr Joe thank you so much for everything ,this article answers my question and clear my fears..

  45. Kristen Eichleay December 2, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    I’ve been watching the signs, the synchronicities, for the last 50 years of my life. When I don’t pay attention, there’s usually not a good result. Currently, I’m writing my spiritual memoir. A few months ago, I was getting stuck in the writing. I was trying to write a linear story, so I decided to open myself up to being shown the way. Synchronicities began to show up everywhere, giving me the perfect lead-ins for topics in the book. And I’m writing about the synchronicities that are occurring. The more I open to the unknown, the easier, and deeper, the writing becomes.

  46. Sergio Fernandes December 2, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Enlightening way to think about “the unknown”…Thank you Dr Joe!

  47. Kristel Van Tendeloo December 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks, just what i need for the moment 😉

  48. Linda Addison December 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Wow! This article really opened my eyes and heart. I consider myself a safe, conscientious driver: watching at intersections, reading directional signs, following route indicators. And yet I have repeatedly ignored the signs and indicators directing me toward my inner vision goals. Thank you for your selfless sharing of your gifted insights. Looking forward to Part 2.

  49. Liliana Loether December 2, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU!!!
    This message came to me from the unknown through you.
    I am so deeply grateful .
    Love,peace, joy, abundance and freedom to all!

  50. Georgette McHale December 2, 2017 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    This came at such an opportune time for me. I continue to step out of my comfort zone, alone for the moment, because others in my soon “used-to-be” community do not share my enthusiasm for creation and I no longer wish to continue the same ole, same ole. No judgment, I’ve spent much of my life in a familiar, secure zone. This is no longer the fit for me and it’s become clear that I have to move on. When I get what I call “monkey brain,” I practice breathing, along with a meditation I recently learned with Dr. Joe at Kripalu. It brings me back to the present and I am again reminded that my power is in the present. Onward!

  51. Simone Guild December 2, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks Dr Joe. The reminder as always is timely.

  52. Paulina Lima December 3, 2017 at 12:02 am - Reply

    I can’t seem to get enough of this teaching; and yet, I sit in the noisy silence of doubt too often. I will continue to drink this up and sit instead in meditation more often and even as I pause between daily tasks I will remember myself as one with Gods mind. There I find my trust. There I rejoice in my future. I’m so grateful.

  53. Rosa December 3, 2017 at 12:15 am - Reply

    I couldn’t t stop sobbing as I read this article!It touched me so deeply, I began to understand and really feel what change and breaking the patterns of the old self is about!!Surrendering into the unknown with love!!! Endlessly grateful for all your loving effort Dr. Joe!!

  54. Marta W December 3, 2017 at 1:39 am - Reply

    Reprogramming after so many years of misinformation is my greatest challenge.
    I’m trying to be patient and forgiving of myself.
    Thank you Dr. D

  55. cathy Preston December 3, 2017 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Great comments and conversations – your expressions fuel us on Dr. Joe. Thank You – many blessings to you and yours this Holiday Season…and to us all.

  56. Felicity Lerouge December 3, 2017 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Perfect timing – of course. I have been feeling that I am on the brink of shifting (and maintaining) a higher vibration and thesis wise words have reminded me to keep trusting and focusing on the truth that my new life is created out of the realm of all possibility, not from the known, historical self. Committed to crossing the river, to bring this shift about. Thank you, Dr Joe.

  57. Gerti Rabenau December 3, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    As I am a newcomer in this circle and was heavily inspired in Rosenheim I am sucking up every bit of information helping me to make the next step and really trusting the unknown. sometimes I feel a bit lost becasue I am not sure if I am doing the right thing but I will keep going..that’s for sure. Therefore these articles are very helpful – Im so grateful that I was shown this new path into the future – you are an amazing personality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. Karen Zaskolny December 4, 2017 at 1:09 am - Reply

    WOW! This article has come at the perfect time for me! I had JUST (5 minutes previously!) received an email and after the initial excitement, I was already second-guessing myself. But I didn’t see what I was doing until I read this article. Thanks, Dr Joe 🙂

  59. Sue Griffin December 4, 2017 at 4:49 am - Reply

    I am borrowing part of your quote as my new mantra. “I want to be defined by a vision of the future instead of a memory of the past”. Besides, the steamer trunk filled with my baggage of the past is too heavy. Time to let it go.

    I would love to meet you one day and shake your hand.
    What a treasure you are to the world.
    Thank you

  60. Lynn Vollmer December 4, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Beautiful article and very well said! Thank you!!! Merry Christmas to ALL!!

  61. Louise Bruce December 4, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Wow just what I needed Thank you

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  63. Donna December 12, 2017 at 5:22 am - Reply

    I just discovered the blog. I feel I need more exercises, more examples of what to do and not do as I accept the role of Placebo in my life. Thank You!

  64. Choymae Huie December 17, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Every time I read something from you, I realize that I’m going through the exact lesson and you, though the universe is showing me the way. I’ve been grappling with money for quite a while, trying to save every cent that I can and afraid to take a step. After several years… no actually many years and getting nowhere with my financial situation, I decided to start spending money. Anything I want, I started to buy and as soon as that limiting thinker, pops into my head about, I’m not earning money now, I’m spending more than I bring in…etc., etc, etc… I step in and buy the item anyway, changing the dialogue, to “Everything is possible in the Quantum Field. I’m made in the image of the creator, and I am now creating. I bigger than anything I can imagine… and now step by step lessons on how to get there. Thanks Dr Joe

  65. Roger December 18, 2017 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Wonderful article! In a way I’m definitely here in my life…yet…for whatever reason (whatever I’m doing) is creating the opposite effect. I get visions and ideas that point me in a direction, yet when I take a step and do something, take an action, it always seems to fall flat. I’m not sure why…

  66. Annie Jaroszewicz February 13, 2018 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    How can we begin to thank you for lighting the way? Santa Fe was clarifying…….especially up there on the giant jungle gym!

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