Internationally famous teacher and author Wayne
Dyer passed on a few days ago and I feel a little empty.
The way you feel when getting the news about a nice
Wikipedia says, in part, that Dyer was born May 10,
1940 in Detroit, Michigan. Died August 30, 2015 in
Maui County, Hawaii. After graduating from Denby
High School he served in the US Navy from 1958 to
1962. He received his Doctorate in Education from
Wayne State University.
I never met him but I identify with Dyer on some level.
I grew up in Detroit too. I was two years old when he
was born so we traveled the same streets at the same
time. My first wife was his age and graduated from
I joined the Air Force after high school, he joined the
Navy. We both spent four years in service and returned
to Detroit to resume civilian life. I attended DIT, he went
to Wayne State. We both married and raised several
That is where the similarity ends but I always felt more
connection with him than other authors. Like about
thirty five million other people I still have a copy of
Your Erroneous Zones somewhere and enjoyed any
number of his public TV broadcasts.
Lots of people posted items about him and one listed
quotes that I was not aware of. Here are some of them
along with the messages they send me.
“Don’t die with the music inside of you.” Get going on
what you really want to do. Whatever form it takes do
it. There is time.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things
you look at change.” Don’t judge, accept. Things, people
and life are not good or bad, they just are.
“You’ll see it when you believe it.” I must believe there
is enlightenment to identify it. I won’t look for or find
what I don’t believe exists.
“When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes
out, because that’s what’s inside. When you are
squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.” What I
really believe and feel is exposed under pressure.
“You are a human being, not a human doing.” How
I am is more important than what I do.
“You are an infinite spiritual being having a
temporary human experience.” Birth is the starting
point for both body and soul. That explains the lack
of previous knowledge
“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a
Dr. Dyer was known in his later years as a spiritual
teacher but he said it had nothing to do with religion.
This is a distinction that takes some thought. I see some
similarity between the thinking of Thomas Jefferson
and Wayne Dyer on that subject.
Jefferson wrote “The actual words of Jesus are within
the comprehension of a child but thousands of
descriptions and interpretations wander greatly and
prove nothing. Don’t waste time on things that may or
may not be true. There is plenty of reality before you to
Dyer wrote “Truth is truth until we try to organize it
into a religion with a set of rules to serve other
purposes. Jesus didn’t teach Christianity he taught
peace, love and charity. Don’t be Christian, be
Christ-like. Don’t be Buddhist be Buddha-like.”
Whether I agreed with Wayne Dyer or not I enjoyed
his interesting thought provoking messages and
straight forward down to earth style. I am sorry he
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