The well established idea behind this book is that we serve ourselves better to retrain our brains away from bad habits towards beneficial ones. We are beset with habits that frequently work against us. And no one normally tells us that we can create new habits literally at will. Nor that if we try, we will not only feel awkward but will be readily drawn back to the old habits since we do not `feel ourselves'. Dispenza combines a number of concepts, such as the `law of attraction' and meditation into a coordinated plan to become what you want, overcoming such problems. .
The route he takes is a mix of insightfulness and an uncritical reliance on distorted quantum mechanics ideas and that `law of attraction'. It is a shame that he does so - and overtly expects you to embrace these ideas with the same unquestioning attitude - because a lot of his insights are well written and will be revelatory to many readers.
For those unaware of this `law of attraction', it is a concept covered in (too) many books that extrapolates the concept that we create our own destinies to one where what we visualise for deeply enough will magically manifest. The extrapolation that Dispenza employs is to translate the microscopic quantum effect of observer on the observed to the macroscopic world, then linking it into a `higher dimensional field of information" which is frequently describes as intelligent energy.
This intelligent energy will grant your visions - good and bad. So if you forecast a bad future that will manifest, in spite of your necessary desire for a better life. Quite how this blind response can be seen as intelligent I do not know. There may well be a higher energy permeating us all, and many believe in such, but to attribute to it the capacity to grant us a new Ferrari if we wish well enough is hard to stomach.
When he moves onto the dynamics of mind and body habits, he writes brilliantly and clearly. I have read in the past with interest about habit forming, especially with regard F.M.Alexander (of the subsequent Alexander technique), but found new information here and a great organisation of concepts as well. His deployment of meditation as a foundation for change is also sound, as his is advice for daily reinforcement of change.
But he frequently slips into verbose, repetitive prose, as if unable to remember what he wrote about earlier in the book. And his lack of references and lack of critical thinking sent alarm bells ringing too many times. How can he state that specific emotions such as love, anger and hate are accompanied by low frequency body electromagnetic radiations without references?
He also `states' that meditation (and hypnosis) provide access to subconscious programming. It is certainly clear from other books I have read (such as `Stranger to ourselves' by T.D.Wilson) that many subconscious activities are outside any form of conscious control. We may respond to the subconscious urges by ignoring them, and this is indeed one of the basics of reprogramming, but we cannot change the programming itself.
So there is some confused and speculative thinking in the book that undermines its value. There was enough, however, for myself, to learn from it, but it is not a coherent, fully plausible effort.