Embracing All Sides of Ourselves: Lessons from Dr Joe Dispenza's 7-day Retreat
I recently attended a 7-day retreat with Dr Joe Dispenza, and I can honestly say that it was one of the most profound life-enhancing experiences I've had. Throughout the retreat, I learned about the power of the mind and how it can be used to change our lives. As a neuroscientist, Dr Joe Dispenza is interested in the latest discoveries in neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics. He uses this knowledge to help people treat illnesses, anxiety, chronic conditions, and even terminal diseases.
During the retreat, I was stretched beyond my limits to experience profound internal states of energy and bliss. My biggest aha moment was realising that all the things that are stopping me from being my greatest potential are me and my thoughts. I have been living in the past and living a program every day, and each day overlaps with the other. I'm in survival and not creating. I'm thinking about the to-do list, negative thoughts, and all of that creates a chemistry that attracts more of the same. What was so great was understanding that this is not woo-woo stuff, it is science. Dr Joe Dispenza presented hard cold evidence from studies with scientists. We have the power to heal ourselves, and I spoke to two people that healed themselves from stage 4 cancer, and many who have healed themselves from severe anxiety.
One of the most important takeaways from the retreat is that we have to embrace all sides of ourselves to grow. We have to go on the journey for self-mastery and never stop learning. It is only when we do this that we can truly become our best selves.
To overcome our old personality, we must undergo an overcoming process. It's the overcoming of ourselves that's the becoming, and when it's the hardest, it matters the most. The power to keep bringing ourselves back into the generous present moment is critical. We must not let slip our awareness of any old thoughts, actions, and emotions. Stepping out of the autopilot (the unconscious state) takes effort, but it leads to a liberation of energy and the ability to create a new reality.
We must be the creators of our world. We must switch from a victim to a creator mindset to take control of our thoughts, actions, and feelings. Training the mind to stay in the generous present moment is key. Again, stepping out of the autopilot is necessary.
I have always known that meditation for me was really powerful, but Dr Joe Dispenza clearly and simply explained why it works. Meditation means “to become familiar with” — to become so conscious that you won't go unconscious to any thought, behaviour, or emotion. Most people are living by the hormones of stress. We are depleting our energy reserves by living in the emotions of anger, stress, frustration, worry, and so many other negative emotions, which come from most of the stuff we can't control. But we can control who we want to be today and what we want to create. This is where we should place our energy, and where we place our attention is where energy goes and determines what we will feel.
Most people wait for something outside of them to change how they feel inside. We have been led to believe that external circumstances, such as getting a promotion, buying a new car, or finding a romantic partner, will make us happy or improve our lives. However, I now understand that true change and fulfilment come from within, and that we have the power to change our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours to create the life we want.
Together the concept of heart-brain coherence helps us to create a state of balance between our emotions and our thinking. This can be incredibly helpful for managing stress, anxiety and other negative emotions. By learning to regulate our heart and brain activity through practices like meditation and visualisation, we can develop greater emotional resilience, mental clarity, and overall wellbeing.
Another important takeaway from the retreat was the idea of self-mastery. Self-mastery refers to the process of mastering our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours in order to live our best lives. It requires us to be aware of our habitual patterns and thought processes, and to make a conscious effort to shift them in a positive direction. Through self-mastery, we can learn to let go of negative emotions and beliefs that hold us back, and cultivate positive qualities like patience, compassion, and gratitude.
Of course, the process of self-mastery is not easy, and it requires a willingness to face our inner demons and embrace all aspects of ourselves, even the parts we may not like or feel comfortable with. But as I learned at the retreat, it is only by embracing our shadows and going on the journey of self-discovery that we can truly grow and evolve as individuals.
Attending Dr. Joe Dispenza's 7-day retreat was a truly transformative experience for me. I learned so much about the power of the mind, the importance of heart-brain coherence, and the process of self-mastery. But perhaps the most important lesson I took away from the retreat was the idea that in order to grow, we must embrace all sides of ourselves, go on the journey for self-mastery, and never stop learning. With these tools and a commitment to our own growth and development, we can create the lives we truly desire and deserve and it has reinspired me to continue to learn and serve my clients to reach new levels in their own journeys.