Throughout human history there have been accounts of everyday people having experiences that catapult them beyond the limits of what was thought to be possible. From the multi-century lifespan of Li Ching-Yuen, the martial artist whose 256-year-long life began in 1677 and included 14 wives and over 200 children before he died in 1933, to the spontaneous healing of myriad diseases documented by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) through 3,500 references from over 800 journals in 20 languages, the evidence clearly tells us that we’re not what we’ve been told in the past, and even more than we’ve allowed ourselves to imagine.

As the acceptance of expanded human potential gains mainstream momentum, the question has shifted from “What is possible in our lives?” to “How do we do it? How do we awaken our extraordinary potential in everyday life?” The answer to this question forms the foundation for this book: Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon.

Dr. Joe Dispenza is a doctor, a scientist, and a modern-day mystic. He’s also a synthesizer of information with a vision that extends beyond the confines of a single scientific discipline. Drawing from diverse fields of rock-solid science, such as epigenetics, molecular biology, neurocardiology, and quantum physics, Joe crosses the traditional boundaries that have separated scientific thinking and human experience in the past. In doing so he opens the door to a bold new paradigm of self-actualized empowerment—a way of thinking and living based upon what we sense is possible in our lives, as well as what we accept as scientific fact. This new frontier of realized potential is redefining what it means to be a fully enabled, fully capacitated human. And it’s a frontier that holds promise for everyone from homemakers, students, and skilled laborers to scientists, engineers, and health-care professionals.

The reason for such a wide appeal is that Joe’s work today parallels a proven model that masters have used successfully with their students for centuries. The idea for the model is simple—once we have a direct experience of a greater potential, it frees us to embrace that potential in our everyday lives. The book you hold in your hands, Becoming Supernatural, is the  first-of-its-kind manual that does precisely this: it leads us on a step-by-step journey to achieving our greatest potential in body, health, relationships, and life purpose and allows us to make that journey at our own pace.

It was in the walls of a cave on the Tibetan plateau that I saw for myself how the same model was used by one of the great yogic masters of the past to free his students of their own limited beliefs. The legacy of his teaching remains today, preserved in the native rock that provided both the home, and the classroom, for the master eight centuries ago.

In the spring of 1998 I facilitated a group pilgrimage into the highlands of Western Tibet. Our route led us directly to the remote cave of the 11th-century poet, mystic, and yogi, Ujetsun Milarepa, known in his day simply as Milarepa.

I  first learned of the legendary yogi while I was a student of a Sikh mystic that became my yoga teacher in the 1980s. For years I studied the mystery surrounding Milarepa’s life—how he had come from a privileged family yet chose to renounce his worldly possessions; the brutal and tragic circumstances of losing his family and loved ones to mass violence; and how his revenge, and subsequent suffering, led to his retreat high in the Himalayan mountains, where he discovered his extraordinary potential as a devoted yogi. I wanted to see for myself the place where Milarepa breached the laws of physics to demonstrate to himself, and to his students, that we are confined in our lives only by the limits of our own beliefs. Nineteen days into my journey, I had the opportunity to do just that.

After acclimating to single-digit humidity and elevations of more than 15,000 feet above sea level, I found myself precisely at the place where Milarepa stood before his students 800 years before. With my face only inches away from the cave’s wall, I was staring squarely into the unsolved mystery that modern scientists have never been able to explain or duplicate. It was in this exact place that Milarepa  first placed his open hand against the rock at about shoulder level, and then continued to push his hand further into the wall in front of him, as if the stone did not exist! When he did so, the rock beneath his palms became soft and malleable, giving way to the pressure of his push. The result was a perfect impression of the yogi’s hand left in the rock for his students then, and throughout the centuries, to see. Scanning our lights across the walls and ceiling of the cave, we could see even more hand impressions making it clear that Milarepa had offered this demonstration on more than one occasion.

As I opened my palm and pushed it into the impression, I could feel my fingers cradled in the form of the yogi’s, precisely in the position that his hand had assumed eight centuries earlier. The fit was so perfect that any doubt I had about the authenticity of the handprint quickly disappeared. It was a feeling that was both humbling and inspiring at the same time. Immediately, my thoughts turned to the man himself. I wanted to know what was happening to him when he engaged the rock. What was he thinking? Perhaps more importantly, what was he feeling? How did he defy the physical “laws” that tell us a hand and the rock can’t occupy the same place at the same time?

As if he was reading my mind, my Tibetan guide answered my questions before I even asked him. “The geshe’s [great teacher’s] meditation teaches that he is part of the rock, not separate from it. The rock cannot contain him. To the geshe, this cave represents a place of experience, rather than a barrier of limitation. In this place he is free and can move as if the rock does not exist.” My guide’s words made perfect sense. When Milarepa’s students saw their teacher accomplish something that traditional beliefs said was not possible, they were faced with the same dilemma in their day that faces each of us today when we choose to free ourselves from our own limiting beliefs.

The dilemma is this: The thinking that was embraced by the family, friends, and society of the student’s day thought of the world in terms of limits and boundaries. This included the belief that a cave wall is a barrier to the  flesh of a human body. As Milarepa pushed his hand into the rock, however, his students were shown that there are exceptions to such “laws.” The irony is that both ways of seeing the world are absolutely correct. Each depends upon the way we choose to think of ourselves in a given moment.

As I pressed my hand into the impression that the yogi left for his students long ago, I asked myself: Are we confined in our lives today by the same limiting beliefs that Milarepa’s students experienced in their day? And if so, how do we awaken the power to transcend our own limiting beliefs?

I’ve found that when something is true in life, that truth shows up in many ways. For this reason it comes as no surprise that the scientific documentation from Joe’s classroom discoveries leads to the same conclusion that Milarepa, and mystics throughout the centuries, arrived at in the past—that the universe “is” as it is, our bodies “are” as they are, and the circumstances of our lives exist as they do because of consciousness itself and the way we think of ourselves in our world. I’ve shared the story of Milarepa to illustrate this seemingly universal principle.

The key to the yogi’s teaching is this: when we experience for ourselves, or witness in another person, something that we’ve once believed to be impossible, we are freed in our beliefs to transcend those limitations in our own lives. And this is precisely why the book you’re holding has the potential to change your life. By showing you how to accept your future dream as your current reality, and to do so in a way that your body believes is happening “now,” you discover how to set into motion a cascade of emotional and physiological processes that reflect your new reality. The neurons in your brain, the sensory neurites in your heart, and the chemistry of your body all harmonize to mirror the new thinking, and the quantum possibilities of life are rearranged to replace the unwanted circumstances of your past with the new circumstances that you’ve accepted as the present.

And that’s the power of this book.

In a style that is simple, straightforward, and easy to understand, Joe Dispenza has woven into a single volume the paradigm-altering discoveries of quantum science and the deep teachings that adepts of the past dedicated their entire lifetimes to master—he shows us how to become supernatural.

Gregg Braden New York Times best-selling author of Human by Design and The Divine Matrix