• A New Level of Initiation-Tarragona, Spain

A New Level of Initiation-Tarragona, Spain

All the work we’ve been doing for the last 5 – 10 years has been about teaching our students how to achieve brain and heart coherence in the meditative process. The results have not only changed their biology, neurocircuitry, neurochemistry, hormone levels, gene expression, energy fields, and immune function but when developed into a skill, our students have been able to apply these principles to lead more effective lives.

In order for us to take our learning to the next level, it would make sense for us to set up conditions or situations in the environment where people might normally feel fear, self-doubt, vigilance, worry, unworthiness—basically any negative heightened state that could cause their bodies to emotionally react. The challenge then becomes an opportunity for them to rise above the stressful environmental conditions that are occurring in that present moment in order to control, change, and/or regulate their internal state independent of that environment. To varying degrees, we encounter these states every day in our lives, and when faced with adversity in our lives, we are confronted with the same choice; to come down to the energy of our environment or rise above the conditions in our environment by controlling our internal state. If we choose the latter, this is how we can begin to master our environment and our bodies.

That’s exactly what almost 1,000 people did at our first 2018 week-long Advanced Workshop in Tarragona, Spain. While this will not be the standard format moving forward, and while each event will be different, in Tarragona we set up physical challenges for our students which caused the majority of them to go further than they’ve ever gone before. Why? Because this is how we change—this is how we start believing more in ourselves, and when we do this we believe in possibility.

Your first thought regarding these physical challenges may be that they’re about muscle strength and coordination, but you’d be wrong to think this. While some degree of physical strength was certainly an element, it was not the most important one, because there were plenty of people with physical strength. What proved to be the most important factors toward overcoming the challenges were mental focus, brain and heart coherence, the ability to master the present moment, internal fortitude, invincibility, passion, inner strength, and an uncompromising will. It’s these inner qualities we witnessed that create a big heart, a stronger will, and a mind awakened to possibility—and it’s these same characteristics that make our dreams come true.

In Tarragona, we saw people overcome all kinds of health conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis. By breaking through their fears, doubts, and the voices in their head that tell them their life is too hard or they will never make a difference, many went further than they’d ever gone before. In the process, they changed their definition of themselves and their belief that they had a disease, limitation, or handicap.

If we can apply the principles of heart and brain coherence to environmental conditions that challenge us to overcome not only our environment but our body’s reaction to our environment—this is when the magic happens. Every time we overcome our body when it’s out of emotional balance and sustain coherence for a period of time, we raise the bar to some degree and go further than where we would typically go. This is the unknown, and this is where miracles happen.

It’s also what it means to stay on the path. When you have the passion and belief in yourself and your dreams, and you go further than you normally have gone in your life—that is the unknown. Thus, if you can sustain the elevated inner states while you’re there, you just might walk into your future.




  1. Eran February 2, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Amazing read !! Thank you 🙏

  2. Leda Lu Muniz February 2, 2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    So moved by this. Doing the work more comitted than ever! Thank you!

  3. Scott Reidy February 3, 2018 at 7:23 am - Reply


  4. Norma Sanchez February 3, 2018 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Your ability to explain is overwhelming There are few scientist who are able to explain the ins and outs of the connection between the brain and the heart. By the practice of your teachings and the consistency on that process eventually we would be able to change the consciousness of the world. Thank you very much for your selfless attitude to share your knowledge.

  5. matt grimes February 4, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    thank you Dr Joe, i continue to improve, had some amazing meditations on my return, more mobility everyday as my body catches up and i de learn the habit patterns of the past 13 years. so so grateful to you and your beautiful work, i have nothing but gratitude,
    thank you

    Matt (st matthew the divine)

    • Bernat Soldado February 25, 2018 at 7:44 am - Reply

      Dear St Matthew the Divine, you rock! I was in Tarragona and had the privilege to listen to your testimonials live. You offered an incredible gift with your testimonials to all of us. I will follow your path very closely. Thank you so much for sharing your greatness 👏👏👏🙋‍♂️

    • Nathalie Chapdelaine February 25, 2018 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      You have been so inspiring and encouraging. Looking forward to go to my first retreate in Toronto, Canada in August. To meet Dr Joe and you hopefully.
      Great thanks and Love.

    • Chapy March 15, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Your interventions with those 3 video with Dr Joe, witch I watch every day as encouragement. Thank you for your adding your colors to this ever-growing palette of nuance.

  6. Terri February 4, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I saw Matt’s testimonial and I wept. I am empowered by a new level of motivation and belief. Thank you!

  7. Lourdes Oñativia February 5, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Yo también vi a Matt.
    Y también quiero sanar mi cuerpo y mi mente.
    Me siento muy afortunada de haber estado en Tarragona…
    Voy a pedir abundancia …para seguir…

  8. Hali February 7, 2018 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Oooooh . . . I am curious what these physical challenges are. Firewalking? Telephone pole climbing? Acrobatting? Hmmm . . . . 🙂

  9. Tommy February 10, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Very inspirational.

  10. Cathy Preston February 10, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Bless your heart Dr. Joey… we are a Global Community living and learning in your great shade of love and understanding. Thank-you for your strength, encouragement and amazing sense of humour and patience with us all, as we head into the light.

  11. Joanie Kirk February 10, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    This is so exciting to hear. Breaking the mold, living outside the box, (what box). I have been doing 2-3 meditations this week while Santa Fe course is happening.
    Results: increasing awareness, insights. Achilles tear pain decreased by 75%,
    Woke with back spasm last week, 1st day of SF weeklong,, immediately did botec iv, twice. PAIN GONE, FULL RANGE OF MOTION.

  12. Sally Dutton February 10, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Awesome work Dr Joe! x

  13. Margaret Paris February 10, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    I was in Tarragona & it was more amazing than words can tell – I was scared out of my brain during the physical challenge but I did it & came out thinking – if I’ve done this then I can do anything so bless you & tku dr joe – you’re a genius 😄

  14. Connie Briwn February 11, 2018 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Perfect words to read as I am facing a challenge tomorrow and found myself feeling anxious and not confident and was able to change my state and get back to coherence😘. Thank you once again for your teachings!

  15. Christiane Béri February 11, 2018 at 10:44 am - Reply

    it is inconceivable, marvelous, healing and motivating to continue to change our body and mind, in fact to become a new person.
    Thank you Joe, am looking forward to Berlin in Mai

  16. Joel Mitchell February 11, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    What if our capacity for choice was vastly more nuanced than an EITHER / OR choice like ‘come down to the energy of the environment’ or ‘rise above conditions by controlling our inner state’? What if we glimpsed the myriad levels of energy in the environment and explored the unlimited dynamic qualities of our inner states, and started playing with all those possibilities? We could step directly into the laboratory of our liberated creatorship, rather than proving to ourselves our worthiness to create through the step by step process of meeting increasingly ‘difficult’ physical challenges. We can let go of our conditioned mind in a flash…what fun!

  17. Anna K February 11, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    I know this is unrelated to this article, but I would really like to purchase a CD of the original You are the Placebo. I used to have it as an app on my phone. But it disappeared when I updated my phone. I really loved that meditation- I bought the new one but I would still like to have the original one if possible. I created a lot in my life as a result of that meditation!!!

  18. Jan Kretz February 12, 2018 at 12:05 am - Reply

    I was thinking the ropes course in Tarragona would not be hard. But when I stepped on that first tightrope high up in the air, I thought oh no!! I just kept saying… you can do this, you can do this… and I focused and I took it step by step. I did at one point, stop and get into coherence, but to me it was very challenging and scary. But that is how we push ourselves.. mind you our group did it the very last day of the workshop. I had been up since 3 a.m. to meditate with the group and it was at the end of a very long day. Still I was thankful to have this challenge to do. We know it is true that you never know what you can accomplish until you try and do it and overcome the obstacles.

  19. Monique Theoret February 12, 2018 at 2:26 am - Reply

    Dr. Joe, your newsletter is an amazing source of inspiration and information. Thanks to you and your staff who make it possible to transmit and share this information. I feel nourished mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

  20. Jane February 19, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I feel very lucky to have discovered Dr Joe Dispenza and his knowledge. It’s wonderful when people such as him genuinely want to help as many people as possible with their knowledge and experience. As someone commented above, it is his ability to explain how all this works and the effects of meditation on the brain and how to improve your life as a whole. Recently I have started on his meditations and have already noticed a shift in my awareness with anxiety levels dropping and a feeling that I can actually change things if I do the work.
    Thank you for your work Dr Dispenza. It’s amazing.

  21. agnesia agrella February 23, 2018 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Dr Joe thank you for this wonderful post. I read it at a time where my internal world experienced an earth quick caused by and external event. I thought I was falling back into old habits. Only after reading this post did I realise but actually I made so much progress in controlling my internal world. I reacted exactly the way I wanted in times of chaos. The difference is I thought the events will go away. I now realise the events will always be there but I have learned how to control my inner world. Thank you so so much. your work keeps on changing my life and am looking forward to doing your certification training.

  22. Nathalie Chapdelaine February 25, 2018 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Matthew the Divine,
    You have been so inspiring and encouraging. Looking forward to go to my first retreate in Toronto, Canada in August. To meet Dr Joe and you hopefully.
    Great thanks and Love.

  23. Rae Hatherton March 2, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    I experienced an elimination of pain during the Tarragona retreat and came in with it and left without it. The pain was associated with what my body is dealing with right now, a metastisized cancer to my lungs. I was booked for radiation and cancelled it on my return. Thank you Dr. Joe. I continue doing the Pineal gland meditation and can feel myself healing every day.

  24. Ellen Schoffer March 13, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    This is something that I would like to pursue. Are there any resources available?

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