Navigating the Labyrinth of the Unknown

Does this sound familiar? For months you’ve been focused on a goal or outcome. Every time you sit down to meditate you’re so present with your future that you’re ‘in your future.’ You can smell it, feel it, taste it, touch it, hear it, see it—it’s practically a part of you. It’s a distant-future memory that you’re living into, and in your daily meditations you emotionally invest in how incredible your future will feel. It seems as if it’s in reach, almost tangible, and then—and then comes the day you brush up against it. Your future shows up in your life and instead of embracing it, you recoil.

I’ve got news for you—you’ve found yourself in the unknown.

Often times when the reality we’ve been creating starts to unfold in a way we didn’t expect it to, we get nervous. We either have trouble trusting it or realize we’re actually going to have to start doing things differently. If you’re this far into the creation process where things are unfolding and you’re not totally committed to change, then bringing your future to fruition is going to be really challenging. Just know that when your future arrives, at first it’s going to feel unfamiliar, but like any form of life engaged in the process of transformation, a time of uncertainty and uneasiness is necessary for something to evolve from one state to another.

I often think the process of change is like a labyrinth. To change oneself, you have to make your way to the end or the center, and to do so requires one to go through different levels to get there. You may come up against a particularly congested area where others are trying to get through the same passage, or you may come upon hidden doors or secret openings where you know not where they lead. Some of these propel you into your future and some bring you back to your past.

That’s why when you’re in the labyrinth of transformation, you really have to focus your attention on the intention on arriving at the desired outcome. To do so requires a sustained level of focus because you have to trust your inner vision more than the conditions of your outer world. This is how we make our way to the next level, and this is why we meditate.

When you’re in this labyrinth of the unknown, it’s tempting to go back through the same door you came through because we’ve conditioned ourselves to crave the familiar. But the person who is truly committed to the greatest expression of themselves is fearless, because they trust the experiences they’re going to have along the way—and they trust that each experience is going to reveal something greater.

At some point, as we keep moving into the unknown, we discover there’s more to uncover moving forward than moving backward. These realizations form the trust that gets us to the next level. When we don’t trust that future’s existence, then we’re living every day by habitual behaviors in an attempt to recreate familiar experiences so as to ellicit familiar emotions.

Just remember, when you trust in yourself you trust your future. It’s a lot like jumping into an icy river on a hot summer day. The water’s always cold when you first enter it, but once you get in, it’s actually quite refreshing.

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  1. Ravi September 17, 2016 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. This couldn’t have been written in any better way. Very enlightening, inspiring and I am already looking at arriving at my desired state.

  2. Carmel September 17, 2016 at 7:36 am - Reply

    I have had my life transformed by listening to you Dr Joe and Deepak Chopra on YouTube. I paid attention to an intention and a wonderful opportunity literally fell into my lap. I am still in the labyrinth of negotiating my way from one version of life/work which has been hell to the heaven that awaits. I am walking with full consciousness into the light thanks to you and Deepak. Your Tacoma TED talk was amazing. I INTEND to attend one of your retreats in 2017. Thank you for my epiphany!

  3. Sally September 17, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Oh yes…I’ve been in this place. Great to read about it to remain in the new story allowing my future to unfold.

  4. Teresita September 18, 2016 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Thank you Joe, for this article and for all your work. It is absolutely wonderful to learn that we can actually create our lives. Particularly for me it is also a hopeful reminder that some of the events I’ve been experiencing in my life are the result of my enhanced imagination, and not of fortuitous events. I say it is a reminder because even though I’ve became familiar with your work, and also because subconsciously, somehow I’ve known, I still tend to go back to thinking that life is the result of fortune, and articles like this one tells me “No no no, no no, reality is malleable and you can mold it according to your most dreamiest and wildest dreams. Let’s go to work.”

    Thank you for giving me, and humanity, the best gifts one can give to another human, the gift of hope and the tools to evolve to become a better being.

  5. Jeff September 24, 2016 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Been reading the books, begun practising, and looking forward to my upcoming Progressive…..always great to read affirming Blogs like this and the comments from other Students…..have a great weekend….

  6. Lisbeth September 24, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

    wow, Joe…..that´s exactely what I needed to hear/read today morning….I am doing your meditations since weeks, my soul is convinced that you are right, but I still…as you described above…often get stuck in my emotional addiction und have the fear not to find the right exit from the labyrinth and have to go back to my old life. With your words I got reconfirmed …it´s good to know, that this feelings are a natural part of the process.

    Thank you so much!!! be blessed and protected, big hug!

  7. Margaret September 24, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    ‘Thank you so much Dr Joe’. After just attending the amazing Progressive workshop in Sydney, Australia and the Advanced workshop on the Sunshine Coast, I am experiencing very big changes in my life. This article is very timely for me and worded so appropriately for what I need to hear at this time. I am experiencing stepping from the ‘old self’ and into the ‘new self’ and although I am loving this journey, it is a little scary at times. After reading this article, I now understand when a feeling of discomfort crops up during the process of change, it is likely caused by experiencing the unfamiliar, the unknown. I am now reassured I am indeed on the right path. I can relax, be fearless and allow my future to unfold!

  8. Kathine McLeod September 24, 2016 at 9:34 am - Reply

    This is a very helpful reminder that creating a new reality is going to feel different. If it didn’t it wouldn’t be new. We always have to recondition the body/mind to the new and preferred incoming reality.

    Thank You Dr. Joe for you passion in bringing this work to the world.

    Thank You also for Project Coherence. Look What’s happening with the Water Issues!

  9. Brenda J Holder September 24, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Oh How I become excited about this it is so important it is like “Open your mind” and see what it is all about just move into the future without being stuck.. in fear and doubt.. Yes move forward now… I love this

  10. Barbara Lowry September 24, 2016 at 11:58 am - Reply

    The emotional recoiling reaction when I finally found myself in exactly the space I intentionally manifested could also be “be careful what you wish for.” I think there are two ways to look at this situation: (1) I was too exact in my intension and found that it actually is NOT the place I wanted to be. I didn’t know then that intension should be more open ended; meaning, picture the sense of place you want to manifest, not the place itself. (2) Even though I’ve been through the 5 stages of grief over being in this place I truly wanted to be, the thought that saves my sanity while I meditate on a new intention is that the universe always gives us what we need, so I’m sure this IS the place I’m supposed to be right now for whatever reason. With patience, gratitude and an open heart the journey continues. Life is a process not a destination.

  11. Nanette September 24, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Dr. Joe, you can’t even know how much I needed to read this. Things, life, manifestations have been happening fast and now it’s time for me to incorporate my new levels of wisdom and acceptance of what I’ve created. I’ve been seeing shadow figures from my past around some of the corners and need to realize they are there for their own transformation, as well. But you can’t bring your old self into a transformed reality and maintain happy results. I’m committed to be happy and free. The Source of All That Is knows me, loves me and has my back. I choose to trust that truth and go with that flow.

    Thank you for all you are and do. I’ll be at a Progressive Workshop in December and can’t wait to thank you in person.

  12. Debra September 24, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    This message comes at a perfect time, Joe. Thank you. This is the line I carry with me today —
    At some point, as we keep moving into the unknown, we discover there’s more to uncover moving forward than moving backward.

    There is an excitement to know one is “uncovering more.”

    Thank you.

  13. Miguel Angel Iglesias September 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Thanks good article , this go perfect to understand the process and improve the meditation thanks

  14. Jan September 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Oh Dr. Joe, The words in this article have encouraged me to keep going in this “river of change.” Although I tell myself I am NEVER going back to the life I was living, I find myself fighting to get out out of “Class IV / V rapids”, back into the relative calm of my former (but miserable) life. Thank you and your team for the hard work in helping us navigate to a great life.

  15. Helen Fuller September 24, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you for reminding me to trust the me inside. It isn’t always a smooth ride.

  16. Val September 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you for putting into words the feelings associated with my achieving a recent goal. I will forage ahead with courage and new visions of a future that I help create.

  17. Arianna September 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I love you! I have been meditating on a new life with financial freedom, and so I have came across a huge opportunity that will bring me a new life and financial freedom. It came in way that wasn’t totally expected, in fact it scares me. It is new, different and will force me to come out to the unknown, out of my comfort zone. After reading this, I understand completely what it is all about and what I need to do! Thank you! We are Creators!

  18. janine September 24, 2016 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Dear Joe,

    Thank you very much for sharing these insights. It is funny how we keep ourselves stuck in the labyrinth. A wonderful reminder, thx! Freedom from the known as Jiddu Krishnamurti called it. Beautiful!

  19. Carmen Jimenez September 24, 2016 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    I’ve been reading “How to Break the Habit of Being Yourself:How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One”. I’m in the third week of practicing meditation every morning with your companion MP3 for body parts. It is an exhilarating, hopeful and promoting experience. Moments before reading this email and reassuring article I was beginning to flounder and lose my new sense of consciousness. I take this communication from you as a sign that the “Universe” is answering and acknowledging my efforts to self-actualize. Love your book, ideas and concepts. They have always been with me and you have helped me put the pieces together.

  20. Carmen Jimenez September 24, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply


  21. Dariah September 24, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I love the way you talk about our life as the Labyrinth………I can visualize it easily. I say I am ready for the change and
    unknown and I realize it make also be a shock to actually experience it. I am soooooo excited about the Advanced in Cancun.
    Since reading your books my life is so much more on purpose and fun. FUN is in my future big time.
    Thanks………..I like the Mind Movies too………..yea

  22. Michèle September 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Merci Dr Dispenza. J’ai toujours foncé ou presque, mais dans l’inconscience. C’était correct car si j’avais été plus consciente je n’aurais probablement pas avancé. Maintenant, je veux le faire en pleine conscience pour récolter vraiment. Je viens de terminer votre livre Rompre avec soi-même, et ce fut une nouvelle révélation pour moi. J’avais oublié comment fonctionnait le cerveau, tout en sachant qu’il n’était pas intelligent. Maintenant j’ai plus d’outils. Je dois vous dire, cependant, que j’ai de la difficulté à méditer, mais ce n’est que ma 2me journée.
    J’ai suggéré votre livre à certaines de mes amies, et il leur reste à avancer par elles-mêmes. C’est une question de choix, j’en suis certaine. J’ai 72 ans et il me reste tant de choses à apprendre encore et aussi à enseigner, je n’aurai pas le temps de mourir, je crois…
    J’espère que vous pourrez venir nous donner des ateliers dans la région de Montréal, au Québec, vous aurez de la facilité à emplir vos salles.
    Continuer à nous faire du bien, car nous, nous vous avons choisi pour nous tracer le chemin.

  23. Jane September 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Why do we feel we have to change ourselves for the future? Are we not already ourselves, whole on the inside and out? We are constantly working on ourselves, but who we are is enough.
    Love, light,

  24. Gustavo Ceja September 24, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I love this deity post; I am truly eager and happy to meditate and to step into the unknown because I know that the higher inteligence (holy divine) has been working and arraigning what is the best for my life.
    God bless us all,
    Gustavo Ceja

  25. Claudia Cuevas September 24, 2016 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Dr. Dispenza,

    I wake up every morning eager and static to go deep into your guided meditations. And you are right, as I focus on my future goals and things start unfolding or the opportunities to get reach to my goals get into my path…I hesitate for a while but then I ask my Source to guide me through the contrast that it may or may not present. Yes, I find it challenging when I actually take action and start working on what is going to get me to the goals that I envision. In other words, I take action on approaching my goals because I trust my instincts that that it is the path to my success. And you are right, once I am on it, it feels uncertain or “cold” but then I start getting used to it.

    Thank you for being one of my most important tools that my Creator has placed in my path to a new life, a new beginning, a new me.

    Always most grateful to you and you are always in my most positive thoughts and send you all of them so you can continue helping all the people that are open and ready to renew themselves.


    Claudia Cuevas
    Austin, TX

  26. Martha Estela Millan anaya September 25, 2016 at 2:56 am - Reply

    So very difficult to catch the idea however I am on my way mastering these concepts. Thanks a lot for every single article you share with us.

  27. Tomi Barton September 25, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Well yes yes of course! I find this very interesting conceptually, but it would be helpful to me to have some example how this actually manifests in real life … For example – turning down opportunities is this in action, failing to enforce a new self-discipline is another. The real learning is – how do we change when in this place? Feel the fear and do it anyway? Take smaller steps? All of the above and many more. How does Dr Joe step into the unknown? My own strategy is powerful self talk. Seeing as I appear to be able to counsel my friends, I have started counseling myself and once I start that conversation (actually it’s a letter to myself rather than a conversation, to which I actually reply LOL), the content all seems very intuitive. Trust your higher self to guide you, but don’t forget to ask! – Tomi, San Francisco. CA

  28. VIRGINIA September 28, 2016 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Me olvido que yo soy la creadora, y si me pierdo en el laberinto, en mi camino ya conocido que tantas veces he caminado, actuado o platicado. Y me he estado enfocando en mi película, pero yo voy a como me quiero ver en mi futuro actual. y de repente las caminos o acciones no son tan tranquilos como yo quisiera, y eso me esta dando la comparativa de que es lo que deseo y por que. ha sido un gran gran aprendizaje y me encanta saltar a este gran rio y dejarme llevar por su corriente. MUCHAS GRACIAS JOE.

  29. scot pilkes September 28, 2016 at 11:19 am - Reply

    aye…doc, indeed….these past days, that energie like beaming thru me, while i’m biking, and the world seems sureal, #3rd week of my fasting program and those breathing technics……do i get sea sick….like i felt in snorking in st.croix, and i went a bit too far, and past the drop off of the bottom….and i saw a huge fish…
    scared shitless i turned around……lol..
    is the Unknown always so scary? can it come in like a kitty?

    ps…when are ya passin thru schipol again?

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