After reading an “old” (2007) book by Gregg Braden, “The Divine Matrix,” it became instantly clear why Gregg and Joe Dispenza appear together at events, and are such a good fit for each other. It’s amazing how their beliefs and explanations of how we can create positive change in our own and collective worlds compliment each other.
I just felt like I had to post something about both Joe and Gregg, because if you are on a journey that’s even remotely similar to mine (i.e. to live a fully content and abundant life while correctly using our conscious and subconscious minds in cooperation with the universal field that holds unlimited potential), you may want to explore the work of both teachers.
Frankly, I am finding their teachings to be nothing short of life changing. I don’t know how else to put it. In a future post, I will share a manifestation that I experienced last summer that I struggle to even put into words. Hopefully I’ll get that written soon.
My Introduction to Joe Dispenza
In the fall of 2017 I read Joe’s book, “Becoming Supernatural.” Prior to that, I had read his book, “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.” For some reason, the way he presents his theories and teaches his meditations strikes just the right chord with me.
Just as Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith’s sincere and heart-felt explanations of how to create powerful visions for a better life resonated with me shortly after I had seen him appear in “The Secret” (2006), the work of Joe Dispenza and Gregg Braden have equally moved me.
I love the way things come to me!
It’s always kind of interesting to me how certain material finds its way into my life. For example, back when I was just beginning on this path, I happened upon Paramahansa Yogananda’s “Autobiography of a Yogi.”
While I was intrigued (especially by the way the guru’s eyes seemed to “follow” me from the cover of his book), and yet I didn’t purchase it at the time.
Then I saw it again at another store, but still didn’t buy it.
Finally, during a visit to a used book store in Portland, ME, I found myself in the metaphysical section. On the bottom shelf were about a dozen copies of Autobiography of a Yogi.
I chuckled slightly at the sight, and thought to myself, “What are you trying to tell me Swamiji?” And then – I kid you not – at that very moment, very gently a paperback copy of the book just fell off the shelf at my feet.
You can’t make this type of stuff up! Laughing out loud, I said “Ok, sir! You win! I’ll read your book!”
To this day, Autobiography of a Yogi travels with me whenever I move for the season. I’ve read it at least 3 times, and refer to it often! I took the lessons offered by Self Realization Fellowship, and learned a great deal, and the book completely changed the way I look at life.
I did not take Kriya initiation, however, because I felt that I needed to continue learning other traditions. But, the teachings of Yogananda stay with me and are deeply important to me.
Back to Joe Dispenza
In the case of Joe Dispenza’s work, I can’t recall the exact moment I heard of him; however, I have a vague recollection of seeing him on the old movie “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” a 2004 film that I honestly didn’t really like that much, but watched because it featured Fred Alan Wolf, a Ph.D. whose appearance and presence I enjoyed in The Secret.
Until I saw Joe in a later YouTube video or blog, I didn’t even make the connection immediately. Nonetheless, once I began paying attention to some of the stuff he was talking about, I found myself getting more and more interested in what he had to say.
That’s when I purchased Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and followed the 4 weeks of his suggested meditations.
Then, the next year, I bought Becoming Supernatural and THAT is when I had yet another in one of my lifelong series of Ah Ha moments.
What about Gregg Braden?
I had definitely heard of Gregg Braden; however, I never read any of his materials until this past month. Sifting through a tote of books at a yard sale in Florida a couple of months ago, one book kind of fell to the side.
It was “The Divine Matrix” by Gregg Braden. I hadn’t heard of it, and almost pushed it aside, but then something told me to pick it up.
“How much for the book?” I asked. “.25 cents.” Sold.
I put it aside for a while until a couple of weeks ago when suddenly I felt the urge to read it.
While I find certain concepts difficult to understand (i.e. the theory that we live in a “holographic universe”), others settle right into my brain like an old familiar friend.
And it was while I was reading that I began to see parallels between what Gregg described in 2007 (when the book was originally published) and what I’m learning from Joe Dispenza today.
Joe and Gregg – A Natural Fit
It also occurred to me that lately I’ve been seeing the two of these guys appearing in a variety of events and seminars. It seems to be a natural fit.
It’s almost as if these guys have been tag-teaming through the last decade or two on some unconscious level. The tagline on Gregg’s website, “Bridging Science, Spirituality, and the Real World” pretty much sums it up, and matches Joe’s work perfectly.
Both men are compassionate, as well as passionate about the messages they are teaching. I would love to attend one of their workshops – hopefully they will appear together in my region at some point.
Anyway, as a result of my reading Greg’s book, I have re-started Becoming Supernatural for the 2nd time around. THIS time, even more stuff is becoming clear. I have a feeling I’ll be writing more about this.
Before I sign off, I wanted to share a video I found on YouTube that you might enjoy, so that you can see first hand how Joe and Gregg seem to have complimentary teachings. It may help clarify some stuff for you as it did for me.
Ok, here’s the video. Now I want to go sit with Becoming Supernatural again for a while! Enjoy!
I was just reminded of the Life Visioning project offered as one of the fabulous MindValley courses, and led by the Reverend Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith (founder of Agape International Spiritual Center). Sitting here at the computer, I opened up my day’s emails, and saw a compelling email from Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of Mindvalley. Before I get into the details, here’s a quick look at what’s in this article:
Mindvalley and Life Visioning
In the email, Vishen talks about a podcast about finding our life’s vision – basically, HOW to find our life vision. Vishen offers what I believe are some of the best self-development programs in the world (I group it right alongside Joe Dispenza’s transformative books and meditations, in which I am deeply immersed as well).
I’m pretty sure that in another article here at the site, I mention that if I could work with only ONE group for a career, it would be with Vishen Lakhiani’s Mindvalley. Now, he’s a guy who has taken “life visioning” to a whole new level!
MindValley courses are extremely well-known for their world class quality, and the company itself is an exemplary model of what customer service should be – no matter what the business is.
Anyway, enough about Mindvalley in general. Let’s talk about Dr. Beckwith’s course.
Michael Bernard Beckwith’s Course at Mindvalley
Anyway, all this got me thinking about Dr. Beckwith and his tireless work in helping others do this very thing with finding our life’s vision! In fact, his intuitive Life Visioning Process is now a MindValley Masterclass.
(NOTE – February 2019: As of this update, the class is now available again, and it appears to be open on an on-going basis now. You can also take Dr. Beckwith’s FREE 5-day course, “5 Days to Discovering Your Purpose” right HERE. )
Note #2: I just added Dr. Beckwith’s video about this masterclass! I put it below this article for you to serve as an introduction.
The Basics of the Program
If you’ve never heard him speak, Dr. Beckwith has a gentle, yet powerful and unique “presence” and method of delivery that has helped a LOT of people realize that not only do they HAVE a divine purpose in this life, but WHAT that purpose is.
Meditation and “Affirmative Prayer”
He guides participants in guided meditation so that you aren’t left guessing, “What am I supposed to DO?” He also guides “affirmative prayer” with the intention of helping us to accept ourselves, and to love ourselves so that we will be able to move forward.
From “Thinking” to “Knowing”
Dr. Beckwith’s process also helps us to shift from incessant “thinking” to a more intuitive state of mind – “knowing.”
The “Friendly Universe”
Using the premise that we are part of a “friendly universe,” we learn to understand that obstacles and “stuff” that happens are opportunities for us to use for our greater good.
Stages of Spiritual Development and “Life Structures”
He talks about the various stages of spiritual development, as well as how to know what stages we are in (which helps clarify a lot about where we are in our lives), and then he teaches us about how to improve our individual experience by addressing the various structures (“Eight Life Structures”) in our lives through meditation.
Agape International Spiritual Center
He practices what he preaches – and if you need proof of this, look no further than what he has created with Agape International Spiritual Center! Since 1986 the Center has been almost a phenomena in its own right, embracing what Dr. Beckwith terms “New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality.” And where some might consider Agape “non-denominational,” Dr. Beckwith calls it “a trans-denominational movement and community.”
Everywhere you go on his website, you see mention of “visioning.” Agape itself was a product of “visioning.” The spiritual principles and practices you see at his center are the very basis for what Dr. Beckwith teaches in the Life Visioning course. I hope you’ll spend some time on the Agape site to see for yourself the kind of human being is teaching this class.
Also, you will get a true glimpse into his process!
Michael Beckwith – The Secret and Beyond
Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith hit my radar in 2006, when I first saw The Secret, that “teaser” film about the Law of Attraction that featured a number of New Thought teachers and practitioners. I say “teaser” because it really did just “tease” me into learning as much as I could about the Law of Attraction in general, and New Thought more specifically.
It’s been well over 12 years since I first saw The Secret,and was introduced to Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, yet my initial impression of him remains solid. If anything, my respect for him has grown enormously. He passion for teaching people that the Universe IS friendly, and that we all have a divine nature is hard to resist.
Why I admire Dr. Beckwith
There are many reasons I admire Dr. Beckwith so much. Almost every single word out of his mouth is in alignment with my own beliefs. It’s no secret that I love New Thought teachings, and am a fan of Dr. Ernest Holmes. Well, in 1985, Michael Bernard Beckwith graduated from the Ernest Holmes College School of Ministry, and he then became a Center for Spiritual Living minister (it used to be known as the United Church of Religious Science).
Shortly thereafter, there appears to have been a somewhat hurtful incident that blocked the way for him to have possibly become a senior minister of a certain church or other spiritual community. In the book I read, he didn’t go into great detail about it; however, it was clearly a time of great change.
And, beginning at a point where he “surrendered” the wondrous process that you are going to learn was born! It was during that and the following year that Dr. Beckwith used his visioning methods and meditation practices that helped pave the way for the manifestation of Agape International Spiritual Center!
Life Visioning Course
The actual course will take you through a 6-week journey where everything is broken down into steps and methods to help you unlock what your OWN gifts are, and to help you discover your potential. If you’ve read through some of my articles here on the site, it won’t come as a surprise to you to understand why I’m so delighted that Dr. Beckwith includes teachings about your subconscious mind!
Now, you do not have to be a follower of Agape – nor do you need to follow ANY spiritual practice to discover your own purpose and vision for your life.
Frankly, any teacher who claims that he or she can only help you if you join a particular movement or center is one I would personally avoid.
Try Michael Beckwith’s Life Visioning Course
All you have to do is be willing to try Dr. Beckwith’s methods. One of the things about MindValley, is that they have a stellar satisfaction guarantee. If you decide to buy this course and you try it and don’t like it, you have 30 days to request a refund.
Anyway, have a look at this free course. You have absolutely NOTHING to lose! You’re obviously here because you’re looking for a way to figure out your own life’s purpose and vision. I don’t know anyone I’d rather have teach me this than the Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith!
Enjoy the ride!
Video Introduction to Dr. Beckwith’s Power of Visioning Program
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