The Inside Scoop

Katy Koontz

In June 2013, I was sitting in the sanctuary of Unity Church of the Hills, in Austin, Texas—but not for one of Rev. Steve Bolen’s notable Sunday services. Joe Dispenza was giving a weekend workshop there, leading the group in a series of interactive exercises and intensive meditations that he promised would deepen our practice and process of change.

I wasn’t primarily interested in change. Although I’d ping-ponged between magazine editing jobs in Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City when I was younger, by then I’d lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, for 25 years, quite happy writing freelance articles and editing books. I was attending the workshop because Dispenza had hired me to edit his then-forthcoming book, You Are the Placebo, and we agreed I should see him in action and experience his methods. 

For the next two days, I received a crash course in neuroscience. I learned how we often live in the past because we condition our brains and bodies to continue repeating the same patterns—as if on some kind of crazy autopilot. Dispenza explained that we can change our minds and create new realities by accessing a new state of being—the key to which is using meditation to slip past our conscious, analytical minds in order to reprogram our subconscious operating system (the part of our brain that really runs the show). 

During the guided meditations, I imagined work on the book going well and the title landing on the New York Times best-seller list. Then Dispenza pushed us to add “or better” to our vision—to flood our minds and hearts with the joy and gratitude that would be ours if the greatest possible expression of our desire were to manifest. So I went for it. 

“Watch out,” Dispenza warned, “because your creation will arrive in a way you will least expect.” A greater intelligence is in charge, he explained, and when we raise our vibration to connect with that intelligence, it will move heaven and earth to bring the manifestation right to us. (The Fillmores would certainly have agreed!)

Two months later, I received a call about a job opening. Since I wasn’t looking for a job, I almost dismissed the call—but something urged me to pay attention. The description of the editor Unity Magazine was seeking fit me perfectly, and the position offered amazing opportunities. I immediately remembered the meditation, which I’d done in a Unity church! Of course I said yes to Unity—and that spring Dispenza’s book became a New York Times best-seller (thanks also to Dispenza’s own considerable manifestation muscle). I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Katy Koontz, Editor