The Pugilist and the Ego

Even thus by the great sages ’tis confessed
The phoenix dies, and then is born again,
When it approaches its five-hundredth year;

– Dante, Inferno, Canto XXIV


According to Egyptian mythology, every 500 years the Phoenix self-immolates, meaning—it voluntarily lights itself on fire so that it may be reborn as a greater expression of itself. It’s for this reason why I chose the symbol of the Phoenix for our back-to-back June Advanced Workshops in Cancun, Mexico, and for this reason why I named the event “Transformation of Matter.” I wanted our students to focus on completely burning away the things that are no longer in alignment with the future they’re creating.

If you’re familiar with my work, then you’ve heard me say that 95% of who we are is a set of unconscious thoughts, automatic programs, repetitive habits, emotional reactions, and memorized behaviors. These routine programs affect us mentally, spiritually, physically, energetically, chemically, biologically, and genetically, and they serve to keep us stuck in the past (after all, the brain is a record of the past, and when we live by familiar feelings, the body lives in the past). When we’re entrenched in these life patterns, we might as well be a hamster on the proverbial wheel—and the only way to step off the wheel is to become aware you’re on it. In other words, the only mode to produce change is to bring conscious (awareness) to what we were unconscious to, and we do this by observing our thoughts, perceptions, behaviors, emotions, and actions.

To become a master of our thoughts and emotions (which is how we master our energy, which is how we master our environment, which is how we master our destiny), like the Phoenix we need to be able to sit in the discomfort of the fire. Sitting in the fire is both the process and the initiation, and for many it can be a very difficult and painful process. The body craves the past, and by using our will to overcome the safety and comfort of the past, the body goes through all sorts of transformations on a moment-to-moment basis. I can tell you from experience, there have been countless times during my meditations where I’ve felt like a pugilist backed into the corner of a ring, and my opponent—the insufferable voice in my head called the ego—delivers body blow after body blow. Its strategy is to not to land the knock-out punch, but rather to weaken and disable.

The metaphor of lighting the self on fire is sitting in the presence of that discomfort for a long enough period of time—continuously observing ourselves—until the ego tires itself out. Every time you win that round by becoming conscious of those unconscious thoughts, programs, behaviors, and attitudes, you are raising your energy—because consciousness is awareness and awareness is paying attention. You can’t have consciousness without energy, so the moment you start raising your awareness, you start raising your energy, and consequently moving closer to the unified field.


Phoenix Rising in Cancun

To transmute matter takes a tremendous amount of will and energy, which is why I pushed our students at both Cancun events beyond where they would normally stop. Why? Because just beyond the known is the unknown, and it’s in the unknown where the mystical, the miraculous, and the supernatural occur—and all were certainly present in Cancun. There were healings, abnormal brain scans, record-level measurements of energy in the room, and great physiological markers to prove our students were doing the work and connecting into the unified field. There is definitely something to be said for strength in numbers.

At our workshops all over the world, mystical and supernatural events are occurring in shorter amounts of time because every time we raise our energy and frequency, we experience less separation between ourselves and the unified field. In this 3-D reality in which we live, separation occurs between two points of consciousness. As people journey as a consciousness deeper into the unified field—experiencing it and unfolding into it as deeply as they can with the intention of connecting to oneness and wholeness—they close the gap between themselves as a free-willed subjective consciousness and the consciousness of the unified field. The less separation that occurs between ourselves and the unified field, the less time it takes that future to show up as an unknown in our life.

It was my intention and desire that when our students returned to their lives, they would no longer go unconscious, speak in limited ways, or live in low-frequencies or negative emotions that anchor themselves to the past. To maintain that elevated state of being, however, takes work. That means in order for your new future to continue to unfold, you can’t go unconscious—and this means every day you need to raise your energy to the frequency of that new future. Every day you have to work to overcome yourself and your environment. If you are doing the work daily, know that you’re investing in yourself and your future. As a result of your efforts, I expect miraculous things to begin to occur in your life. These may appear as opportunities, synchronicities, serendipities, and so on, but the contrary may also happen. It may appear as if things are going in the wrong direction in your life; just know that’s the old falling away. This is because every time you change your energy, you are reorganizing matter to the will of your new future, and whatever is no longer a vibrational match between your energy and your present life will begin to change. So welcome it.

The bottom line is, in order for you to meet that new future, the energy you created is going to reorganize matter accordingly in order to create the circumstances and a fertile breeding ground for that future. Sometimes it takes longer than others, and sometimes it happens instantaneously. Just keep doing the work.


The Journey To Source

I can assure you that if you keep doing the work every day, as you make the journey closer and closer to love and wholeness, you’re going to find you no longer want for yourself. You’ll want for the collective, because you feel so good you can’t help but want to give back so others feel as good as you do. This is the journey from selfishness to selflessness, and the result is we become more kind, more giving, more loving, more centered, more mindful, more conscious, more willful, and more in love with life. And that’s when your heart opens even more. Now you’re emulating the divine because you’re becoming the divine.

Every time you get past your limited self and connect with the unified field, when you return to your body you take a piece of that loving intelligence and intelligent love back with you. Eventually, as you journey closer to source energy or the unified field, you realize there is no separation or duality, but rather wholeness. You’re becoming the consciousness of every body, every one, every thing, every where, in every time. In the process you become oneness, and oneness takes care of oneness. There simply is no separation.

At the end of the second Cancun workshop, I shared with our students that the past two workshops, as well as the previous month, has changed my energy and my journey. What most people don’t know is I do the disciplines and practices with them while they are in their meditations, so it’s also an opportunity for me to retreat from my life and become conscious of myself as well. As a result, I too have been experiencing greater levels of wholeness, oneness, happiness, and satisfaction with myself and my life.

For me, there’s not much better than witnessing human transformation. I was particularly moved at the end of our two weeks in Cancun, and I want all of you to know I am honored and humbled to be a part of your journey, but I am just a facilitator for the process—each of you are the true heroes. Every time I step on and off the stage, I am truly inspired by your willingness to become your greatest potential.

I want to leave you with a final thought: what will happen to all of us if we continue to do the work for another decade, or two decades, or for the rest of our lives? The answer is easy—you will move towards mastering your energy and environment, which means your manifestations and dreams will occur in shorter amounts of time. The second thing is that each experience you manifest will cause you to dream in a way you never could have dreamed before, because each experience you have with the unified field creates a new level of awareness, and that new level of awareness creates exponential possibilities.

From each new experience of dreaming and creating, infinite possibilities come into your awareness—possibilities that you could not have seen or known without the previous experience. This is how the Creator comes to know Itself.





  1. Leda Lu Muniz July 9, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you for beeing such an example of greatness. I can’t live without this work .It became the air I need to stay alive. Thank you for teaching us step by step, moment by moment, Thank you for sharing your journey. I’m aligned with you in this journey.
    So much gratitude !

  2. Elizabeth Robles July 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Love you and your whole team Dr Joe. Thank you for going through the meditations with us – it helped me tremendously and my daily meditations is my priority and date with my Inner Divine.

  3. Lysiane Fonseca July 9, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Dr Joe, you’re simply the best teacher I have ever had. And that’s because you can truly be everything you teach us: humility, compassion, love and kindness. I love you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for being such an essential part of my life and journey!

  4. Jose Candela July 9, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you Joe. For me after the Cancun experience I new that something in my had change but I did not know what. I got sick coughing a lot and kind of depressed mood and crying a lot for any reason, sad or happy. But I never left my meditation. I didn’t wanted to separate of that wonderful energy we felt in Cancun. Somenights I had my the meditations continually playing making me company. Since 2004 I had a recurrence of brain tumor and the doctor made at that year a gamma knife. Last year he wasn’t sure to make me another gamma knife again. 2 days ago ( the week after Cancun)he made me an MRI and he’s words were. It’s a successful procedure because it stop growing. I’m continually trying to be conscious and change the reality a create in the past. Who knows what will happen in the future. For know I’m continuing my training and will meet you again in Los Cabo’s Mexico. Hopping to be more prepare for the new challenges we will have.

  5. July 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Muchas gracias Dr.Joe por todo lo que nos has enseñado con humildad y mucho amor. Me has abierto el corazon en Cancun graciad

  6. Мехрибон July 10, 2017 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Доктор Джо Диспенза, спасибо Богу,что Вы есть!

  7. René Stevens July 10, 2017 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for posting. A timely reminder and encouragement to keep on moving…

  8. John Parcell July 10, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Dear Dr. Joe and the whole Encephalon team:

    Feel so grateful, humbled and excited to be a part of this journey this life. Thank you for your tireless service and for giving so much of who you are to this global community.

    As I sit each day and work on over coming myself again and again, your voice Dr. Joe, invokes such a deep love and gratitude.. Your kindness, love, patience, compassion and selfless devotion to the one inspires me to continue the work forever.


    JP (Phoenix Rising)

  9. Susan Gray July 10, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    I’m in Dr Joe. All in.

  10. Cinzia Lee July 10, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    This makes my heart soar. It makes me cry. It makes me smile. I makes me remember with so much gratitude in my heart for my time with a phenomenal group of people in Cancun. All lifting their energy to want for others to heal. I mean, what greater gift of love is there than that? It blew my mind, my heart, my consciousness right open. What an honour and privilege to radiate energy with my tribe. So much love from my heart to all of you. ❤🙏😘 Cinzia xx

  11. Jimena July 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you. So much for all your senserity

  12. CARMINE MARZANO July 10, 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Dr. Joe ,Grazie con tutto il mio cuore.
    On the last night of Cancun 1 Sunday June 18 .I saw you and we toast with a glass of wine .someone told you that was my birthday.
    the awesome things that was one of my intention to have a glass of wine with you.I remember you ask me how was my experience in the workshop.I said to you that i did not have word to describe all the feeling i had .but after 3 weeks i can say that it really was a supernatural experience and that change my life in many way ,But i think the most important is the love and compassion that i have for my self.THANK YOU AGAIN DR,JOE NEXT TIME I WILL BRING THE BOTTLE OF BRUNELLO .


  13. David Somerville July 11, 2017 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Wonderful post Dr Joe. My wife Donna was part of that second Cancun group, her second Advanced workshop and is “in the river” since she came home. Your words are the perfect antidote to the mental struggles she is going through this week since arriving home. Love that last couple of paragraphs. I attended the Progressive in Philly and will be attending the Advanced soon! Cheers from Fredericton NB Canada

  14. Jose July 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks Dr Dispenza, my deepest appreciation for your incredible work, the experience It was and still is a wonderfull and unique state of mind, everybody united for the good of everybody, we are making a better world, will see you soon.

  15. Susanna July 11, 2017 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I m looking forward to Bonn so much! I dont know if you read my email. But because of many reasons – a medication I stopped taking ( about nobody told me that I could become addicted to! ) , a loud appartment and other stress I hardly slept 2 years. Somtimes 3 nights in a row not at all. Mostly just 2-3 hours. It was pure nightmare. And also before these 2 years, my sleep was crappy. Since 2005… A longtime. There were moments I thought I ve to die.Feburary I ve begun with your work. Then I went to the Progressive in my howntown Vienna in May and since then I sleep like a kitten. You have no idea what this means to me. After so many years! …. There is also more to my story. And also other things happened since the progressive. Would last too long here to write about all of this here. I only want to thank you from my deepest heart for the work you are doing! It seems as if I can go back to my profession as an actress.Its part of my mindmovie. I was on stage last time 2013. Long ago. But I know that everything is changing now. For the better. I dont doubt a single second. I m a different person. And Im curious beyond measure about the Advanced and looking forward to it sooo much. – MUCH LOVE, SUSANNA

  16. Tessa Thulien July 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    So beautiful. So much joy. So in love with every word.

  17. Terri July 12, 2017 at 5:24 am - Reply

    What could be better than moving toward our true potential every day and to also go to the high energy workshops. Thank you!

  18. Ida Dittlau July 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Dr. Joe! I was at the second Cancun workshop and it was beyond anything I have ever experienced. I am so grateful for you and your work and for being part of this evolution. I feel this is the leading-edge. Yoj are a master guiding and teaching us who we can become masters of ourselves and our energy too. This work is the foundation of my life now. Your teaching has taken me into the reality where I now know and understand how I am the creator of me snd my life and how I can create the Divine Life if my Dreams and become as a person the Divine Being I am as a Soul. I am beyond Grateful. Love you, Dr. Joe

  19. Lee July 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I was in the first Cancun week and life is very very good!

  20. Beverley Kirk July 13, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Wonderful to be part of this group – feeling so inspired to reconnect to a part of myself that has been hiding in the shadows. Thank you

  21. Michael Baxted July 15, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Thank you Joe! I’ve been doing the work diligently since at least a year or 2
    I have a great health challenge ahead, having lost vision in one eye, but my faith is strong ,that Nature of course, having the knowledge of how to build and rebuild an eye, will come through for me! One of my great visions for the future is to attend your work shop and show the world I can see again in both eyes, as well as learning to see with my eyes closed!! I live in a beautiful part of the world here in Alaska and I hope to see you here some day in a heavenly workshop!!

  22. Bill July 15, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Always a wonderful, deep and inspirational post! Thank you !

  23. laurel brookes July 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    I have been doing the meditations daily since December 15th. I haven’t missed a day. My morning meditations are the guiding force in my life. I look forward to attending the Kripalu seminar in October. I am consciously happier and healthier than ever before. I love this work. Much gratitude to you, Doctor Joel

  24. Roslyn Tebble July 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Dr Joe you are a force. I’m feeling the change when I do the work, and I realise it’s ridiculous not to connect to inner love every day. However I am ridiculous from time to time but these words of inspiration really have a positive effect, thank you, you’re relentless, I have to go and meditate now….. 👍🙏🏻.

  25. Katie-Joy July 15, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr Joe. I can never afford to attend as a this blog has helped to confirm what has been happening in my life. Thank you.73 and determined to climb the mountain of liberation.
    Buckets of LoveLight to you me and all

  26. Sandy July 15, 2017 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    A beautiful, life-changing reminder. Your love, wisdom, and understanding come through as strongly as if I were sitting in your workshop.
    Much needed reminder as habit and the body want to seduce me away from the effort. Thank you for sharing your passion for this work.

  27. Victor Gagnon July 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Great words to pay attention to. I have always been kind of a self learner and so words, especially these give me great pause for contemplation. Interestingly enough in this fabulous article there where 4 words that I needed to hear, thank you. I am a past student of the Ram but have followed you since the days I saw you on that stage at the Ranch in a intro video and I saw a man with so much passion for life that I could relate to and I was so excited to go the Ranch and was also disappointed that you where no longer there and then reappeared later on your. Good on you, a true master with great integrity.Thank you for who you are being for me, thank you for the insperation.

  28. Linda July 15, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Dr. Joe,
    Thank you for your words of wisdom and comforting reminder of the work it takes to monitor consciousness, at least in the beginning. It’s amazing how, after a while, you can just slough off negative thoughts and return to emptiness.

  29. Kimberly DuBois July 15, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this essential truth. Your words resonate with every cell in my body. Bless your Heart and the Hearts of All!!!

  30. Deb July 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    infinite inspiration here. thank you.

  31. ROBERTO DIAZ July 15, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I was in Cancun first workshop, and I want to give you infinite thanks for being a person you are, given to other people, seeking the wellfare of others, worried about the personal growth of your students. The gift of having Gregg Bradden was wonderful. Juan’s testimonial was very enriching and reveiling. God bless you. By the way, what´s your opinion about the white wine?

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  33. Ann Gleeson July 16, 2017 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for this. Why would we be surprised that it comes just when needed? I have only just been able to ‘get back on the horse’ after Cancun 2; my ordinary world came crashing down around me before I had even made it home to my country town in Australia. I am relieved to be able to meditate again and not feel fearful or a failure. But my efforts have been tentative, delicate. These words are exactly what I needed to remind, encourage and inspire again. Thank you so much Dr. Joe.

  34. cathy Preston July 16, 2017 at 1:08 am - Reply

    dear Dr. joe, Thank You for your encouragement, caring and kindness as we all make our way. Lake Las Vegas Progressive was such an honour to attend; I look forward to an Advanced Workshop.

  35. Jeff July 16, 2017 at 6:10 am - Reply

    ….what a heartwarming post to read on a lazy Sunday morning with some work heaviness weighing on me for tomorrow….looking forward to my second Progressive in London later in the year and sharing / creating the energy there….

  36. Michelle Walker July 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Dr. Joe – my heart is overflowing with gratitude for you, for this teaching, for having the opportunity to be at the Advanced in Cancun, for the daily inspiration I feel now that I am consciously connecting with the Unified Field. I am on Fire! In Cancun I recognized how a big part of the programming download from our culture is about being a victim. We are conditioned to feel small and powerless over both our internal states and external experiences. I have never felt more empowered in my life to energize myself through my meditations, to take responsibility for my states of mind, and to be committed to “adding to the field” as opposed to taking from it because now I know I can! I feel like there is a revolution happening inside of me and I have never been happier.

    I want everyone to know that they are not victims of their lives and that our amazing energy bodies are magically intelligent. We just need the education and inspiration to do the work to heal and expand into our power. I now see that the most important thing anyone can do for their health and wellbeing is to energize their bodies by connecting to the Field. This is what can raise our capacity to be aware and capable of consciously directing our lives. Just as you say, we naturally want for others the love and freedom we feel as we operate more and more out of the higher energy centers, this is totally true for me. I want everyone to feel empowered and inspired to engage life on their own behalf.

    I feel a river of gratitude for you and your commitment to your own work. And also for the grace that has allowed me to connect and to be inspired enough to make the effort everyday to elevate my being into a higher expression of myself.

  37. sherry Richert Belul July 16, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your transformative + life-affirming work, Dr. Joe! My beau and two of my best friends are doing the work with me and we are all so energized by letting go of the past and opening up to new possibilities. We’re all hoping to see you in Scotts Valley this fall! Deep gratitude!

  38. Cristiana July 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Grazie Joe, you have been inspiring as any serious seeker is.

  39. Natalie July 18, 2017 at 1:14 am - Reply

    I absolutely love your words as you are a beautiful conduit between this physical reality and the unified field. I listen to your programs, meditations and programs and there is literally nothing else that I do that brings me closer to my ideal self then the elevated words you share. I feel so blessed to have found you and and the teachings you share. I love you with all my heart!!

  40. Freya July 18, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Dr. Joe I feel blessed beyond belief to have the gift of you and this work in my life. This work has become my reason for living, and has infused my already good life with passion, meaning and purpose. I love you from the depths of my being and I am truly grateful for everything you bring to us. WE ARE the ones we have been waiting for!

  41. Dee July 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    This resonates so true! I am grateful for the serendipity that brought me to your course. You helped me get through the river and transform as I worked through a difficult orthopedic condition, allowing it to be a life changing journey instead. Continued blessings to all!

  42. Myriam Nieto Vargas July 19, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Yo tuve una experiencia mística pero a pesar de que informé a una persona del Staff, nadie me dio una respuesta o explicación a ello.

  43. Antonio Laudito July 20, 2017 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Socrates used to say: The real teacher does not give you the fish, but he teach you how to fish……and so you are “The Great Facilitator” that help us to fish miracles in our lives in every day…. NAMASTE, Joe

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