On Friday, I was so thrilled when Carlos Castaneda’s son came into my office raving about my book (Carlos Castaneda was the mentor to my mentor, Dr. Wayne Dyer). He insisted I sell him 10 books and was excited to set up a lunch with my mentor Dr. Wayne Dyer. I immediately picked up the phone to share the amazing news with my wife and best friend, this truly was a dream come true!
The very next day, my mentor Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, a pioneer in the genre referred to as “self-help” programming, passed away at the young age of 75 in Maui, Hawaii, after his three-year battle with leukemia. Author of 30 self-help and motivational books, including one of the best selling books of all time, Your Erroneous Zones, which has sold over 35 million copies, Dr. Dyer touched and influenced millions during his journey here on earth.
Over his forty-year career, Dr. Dyer was a regular guest on Oprah, was praised by influential people such as Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra, and even had his own show “Super Soul Sunday” based on spirituality and religion. Upon getting diagnosed with leukemia, Dyer stated:
“He’d begun looking at the illness as just the body’s way of responding to, perhaps, psychological traumas, you know, from failed relationships in the past, or whatever it is, and that the body just always knows what it’s doing — and the body is perfect.”
“Change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” This powerful Dyer quote taught many how to expand their views of what they “think” they see on a daily basis. This quote changed my life. I started to understand the difference between the utopic, cosmic perfection of relativity and the pragmatic, quantum reality we live in here on Earth. In the material world we can take even the tiniest particle like a “quark” and it will actually change by the way we look at it. And of course in the ethereal sense of the universe as we look upon things with gratitude and empathy our perspective will change as well.
This great lesson lies in the fact that by changing the way we look at things, we can manifest what we desire more rapidly and accurately for us and others.
The book I give out most is Dyer’s book, “The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World your Way”, which emphasized his research on intention being a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. The book expresses his views of identifying attributes of the mind as “creative, kind, loving, beautiful, expanding, endlessly abundant, and receptive.” He then offered an intention guide with specific ways to apply the co-creating principles in life and provided a description of his vision of a world in harmony with the universal mind of intention; this book was the source of inspiration to create a pragmatic description of his genius. Which I tried to do in my best selling book, Connected to Goodness .
“I am”, another popular publication by Dyer, discusses his notion of applying a mind-set of I AM, not “I am not.” In layman terms, this saying was meant to deter people from telling themselves “I am not…[fill in the blank]”. By doing so, this allows you to not restrict yourself to doing things you only think you’re good at. Dyer discusses that overcoming this mindset begins by trusting your inner world spirit because there are no boundaries restricting your inner world. Your worldview and your self-concept in the outer world are defined by your five senses and the outer world is always changing, meaning it is not real. By acknowledging “I am…(whatever I want to be)”, this will push and empower you to becoming anything you desire. This is where I formulated my personal mission to empower others to empower others.
To tie all of Dyer’s teachings together, I elaborate my teachings of gratitude andempathy.
Gratitude, meaning acknowledging the perspective of being thankful for everything we have, allows us to recognize and appreciate the things we have accomplished and by the means of how we got there.
Empathy, forgiving ourselves, allows peace thus allowing us to forgive others. These two fundamental foundations that many overlook are why I teach them. They provide a roadmap to a greater happier life.
Like my dear Mentor Dr. Dyer, teaching others to open up their minds to beliefs that are right in front of them but not acknowledged can be a life changing lesson for a more productive journey here on earth.
Thank you, Wayne Dyer.