This weekend I traveled to Nanaimo, British Columbia to attend the Science & Spirituality Conference. There were hundreds of people in attendance, from over 40 different countries. It was truly a unique, and life-enriching experience. A big thanks to Elan, the mastermind of the event, for having me.
While this conference ran from June 14-19th, I only had time to attend Friday’s workshop with Joe Dispenza. This was something I’ve wanted to do since I picked up one of Joe’s books called Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself.
After spending some time in reflection following the workshop, I don’t know if there are sufficient words in my repertoire that would properly outline the experience. The workshop is something best to experience first-hand, rather than virtually or through the pages of a book. The electricity you feel in the air charges your senses and really drew me in to his teachings. Being in that big conference hall, with people from around the globe, was incredibly beautiful. With that many intentionally focused minds, it would have been hard to leave the even without experiencing some degree of shift in your perspective towards life. I wish I could have brought all of my friends and family members to the event.
Joe’s approach to teaching is very interactive. You really get the sense that he wants the audience to not only learn the new material, but to hopefully fully digest it as well. While the main topic Joe is attempting to sell us on is meditation, there still is quite a bit of well researched information one needs to consume prior to opening that door of access.
From the time everyone had taken their seats and Joe came on stage, we were blasted with nonstop hearty content until we completed our meditation at 5pm. Knowing just how challenging some of the material is to soak in, Joe often paused and deliberately challenged us to repeat what was just taught in our own words to the person sitting next to you. This definitely helped solidify the new neural connections of learning in our minds.
By the time 4 o’clock came around, and we were prepared to enter into one massive meditation, I found myself being exhausted from the quantity of material that was covered. Keep in mind that I had already read a couple of Joe’s books prior to the workshop, and was familiar with most of the material, so I can only imagine how taxed one might feel if it was their first time coming across his work. It might have felt like you were being blasted by a firehose of knowledge. The real sharpening of the message came when as we meditated together. I had never experienced what it felt like to meditate with such a large crowd before, and the experience was tremendous. You really feel like you are plugging into a network of something for more powerful then I could ever summon alone.
In short, I’m hooked!
I will say, I do carry a tremendous amount of skepticism when it comes to attending these self-help events. I’m a black and white thinker who loves measurable change, preferably change that can be measured and tallied in an excel spreadsheet. As many of us know by now, what you find after listening to these “thought leaders” is that they are incredible salesmen, more than anything. They thrive by using the power of suggestibility and influence, rather than truth and facts. A well spoken, passionate fast-talker, can get a rise of interest and excitement out of the best of us, so don’t feel bad if you are feeling duped. You leave these kind of events feeling fired-up, but within a short while those flames of “empowerment” are nowhere to be seen or felt. And like a drug addict that we all are, you find yourself craving that rush again and start planning to book your next seminar. Save your sanity and your money folks. The rubber meets the road through practice, not observing and listening.
The other thing I liked about what Joe is selling is that it is backed by science. Meditation is far from that once thought of mystical experience, only reserved for gypsies and gurus of the east. It has now blasted through the doors of doubt, and is practiced by the likes of Wall St bankers, to the tested cold streets of Ivy league campuses. The other added benefit is that even if you don’t experience incredible manifestation, you will still experience many other benefits in your life from the practice. Who couldn’t do with less anxiety and a better sleep? It’s self-help for pragmatists, something I can stand firmly behind.
Joe, you did good my friend, you did good.