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Table of Contents
                            Title Page
Copyright Page
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dawson Church, Ph.D.
Preface: Waking Up
Introduction: Making Minds Matter
	Chapter 1: Is It Possible?
	Chapter 2: A Brief History of the Placebo
	Chapter 3: The Placebo Effect in the Brain
	Chapter 4: The Placebo Effect in the Body
	Chapter 5: How Thoughts Change the Brain and the Body
	Chapter 6: Suggestibility
	Chapter 7: Attitudes, Beliefs, and Perceptions
	Chapter 8: The Quantum Mind
	Chapter 9: Three Stories of Personal Transformation
	Chapter 10: Information to Transformation: Proof That You Are the Placebo
	Chapter 11: Meditation Preparation
	Chapter 12: Changing Beliefs and Perceptions Meditation
Afterword: Becoming Supernatural
Appendix: Script of the Changing Beliefs and Perceptions Meditation
About the Author
Document Text Contents
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Praise for

“You Are the Placebo is the instruction manual for how to produce miracles in
your body, with your health, and in your life. It’s simply magnificent. This may

be the only prescription you’ll ever require.”

— Christiane Northrup, M.D.,
New York Times best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and

The Wisdom of Menopause

“Your mind is so incredibly important to the success or failure of virtually
everything you do, from relationships, school, work, and finances to overall
happiness. You Are the Placebo is a powerful exploration of your most

important resource and offers many practical tools to optimize your mind to
enhance your overall success. I love Dr. Dispenza’s way of communicating

complex ideas in a way all of us can understand and benefit from.”

— Daniel G. Amen, M.D.,
founder of Amen Clinics and New York Times best-selling author of Change

Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind at Any Age

“From my experience with patients with life-threatening illnesses, I have
learned the truth as shared in You Are the Placebo. The body experiences what
the mind believes. I have learned how to deceive people into health for their
benefit. Doctors can kill or cure with ‘wordswordswords’ when they become
‘swordswordswords.’ We all have the potential for self-induced healing built
into us. The key is to know how to achieve your potential. Read and learn.”

— Bernie Siegel, M.D.,
author of A Book of Miracles and The Art of Healing

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“I thought Jesus was Italian!” I blurted out angrily.
“What are you talking about?” she responded. “He’s Jewish!”
“Jewish?” I shot back. “What do you mean? He looks Italian in all those

pictures, doesn’t he? Grandma talks in Italian to him all day long. And what’s
the deal with the Roman Empire? Isn’t Rome in Italy?”
So the belief that I had—that Jesus was Italian—was based on my past

experiences, and how I thought and felt about Jesus had become my automatic
state of being. This belief took some getting over, because changing deep-seated
beliefs isn’t easy. Needless to say, I succeeded.
Now let’s move the concept forward a little further. If you string a group of

related beliefs together, they form your perception. So your perception of reality
is a sustained state of being that’s based on your long-standing beliefs, attitudes,
thoughts, and feelings. And since your beliefs become subconscious and also
unconscious states of being (that is, you don’t even know why you believe
certain things, or you aren’t really conscious of your beliefs until they’re tested),
your perceptions—how you subjectively see things—for the most part, become
your subconscious and unconscious view of your reality from the past.
In fact, scientific experiments have shown that you don’t see reality as it truly

is. Instead, you unconsciously fill in your reality based on your memories of the
past, which is what’s neurochemically maintained in your brain.2 When
perceptions become implicit or nondeclarative (as was discussed in the last
chapter), they become automatic or subconscious so that you automatically edit
reality subjectively.
For example, you know your car is your car, because you’ve driven it so many

times. You have the same experience of your car daily, because nothing much
changes about it. You think and feel the same way about it most every day. Your
attitude about your car has created a belief about it, which has formed a
particular perception about your vehicle—that it’s a good car, say, because it
rarely breaks down. And although you automatically accept that perception, it’s
actually a subjective perception, because someone else may have the same make
and model of car as you do, and that person’s car may break down all the time,
causing him or her to have a different belief and different perceptions about the
same vehicle based on personal experience.
In fact, if you’re like most people, you probably don’t pay attention to several

aspects of your car unless something goes wrong. You expect it to run as it did
the day before; you naturally expect your future experience of driving your car
to be like your past experience, yesterday and the day before—that’s your
perception. But when it malfunctions, you have to pay more attention to it (like
listening to the sound of the motor more closely) and become conscious of your

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unconscious perception of your car.
Once your perception of your car is altered because something has changed

about the way it drives, you’ll now perceive your car differently. The same is
true of relationships with your spouse and your co-workers, your culture and
your race, and even your body and your pain. Actually, this is the way most
perceptions about reality function.
Now, if you want to change an implicit or subconscious perception, you must

become more conscious and less unconscious. In truth, you’d have to increase
your level of attention to all of the aspects of yourself and your life that you’ve
previously stopped paying much attention to. Better yet, you’d have to wake up,
change your level of awareness, and become conscious of what you were once
unconscious about.
But it’s rarely that easy, because if you experience the same reality over and

over again, then the way you think and feel about your current world will
continue to develop into the same attitudes, which will inspire the same beliefs,
which will expand into the same perceptions (as shown in Figure 7.1).

Your thoughts and feelings come from your past memories. If you think and feel a certain way, you begin to
create an attitude. An attitude is a cycle of short-term thoughts and feelings experienced over and over

again. Attitudes are shortened states of being. If you string a series of attitudes together, you create a belief.
Beliefs are more elongated states of being and tend to become subconscious. When you add beliefs

together, you create a perception. Your perceptions have everything to do with the choices you make, the
behaviors you exhibit, the relationships you chose, and the realities you create.

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