We all have people who have inspired, guided and influenced us at different stages of our lives and for me, one of them is Dr Wayne Dyer. Wayne Dyer, through his early work in college teaching and clinical psychology, he discovered the need to make the principles of self-discovery and personal growth available to a wider audience, and so went on to become an author of international acclaim in the field of self development. He transitioned from his physical form, in other words, passed away on 30th August 2015.
Wayne Dyer, affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his many fans, was one of the most widely known and respected people in the field of self-empowerment. His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times best-sellers – 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration and Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life,
to name but a few – Had all been featured as National Public Television specials. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr. Dyer had overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true. And he spends much of his lifr showing others how to do the same.
Along with his library of published self-help classics, Wayne Dyer also produced his own audio books, taped lectures and video seminars. He was widely known for his inspirational public speaking abilities and had shared the stage with other self help experts like Deepak Chopra. Dr Wayne Dyer had appeared on radio and television stations internationally, including “The Today Show”, “The Tonight Show”, and “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and has been interviewed in many popular magazines.
Wayne Dyer was truly an inspiration for many. While giving talks and lectures and also through audio programs and books, he repeatedly referred to his difficult childhood and addictions that he has overcome, showing those of us who have faced similar situations that we can overcome them as well. Wayne’s advice to his many readers and listeners, was that they too should pursue the path of self-actualization. He also urged his readers not to focus on areas of guilt in their lives. According to Wayne, focusing on guilt could be unhealthy as it could crush the present because of past actions indulged in. Wayne advocated that people should follow the teachings of great spiritual leaders who focus on love, kindness, peace and concern; rather than just following a religion blindly. His books “Real Magic” reflects Wayne’s spiritual bent, while “Your Sacred Self” discusses the higher consciousness.
Of all the many books that I have read by Wayne Dyer, one of my favorites has to be “The Power Of Intention”. He begins this one with a quotation from Carlos Castaneda: “In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shamans call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.” He goes on to say “Individuals can do amazing things when animated by intention and purpose. Accessing this force field of energy requires connecting with your natural self. It’s a four-step process discipline, wisdom, love, and surrender”. Wayne Dyer elaborates with a description of the seven faces of intention: creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, unlimited abundance, and receptivity.
After publishing a string of best-selling books on the practical psychology of self-improvement, Dr. Dyer said he felt a shift occur in his thinking, that led him to explore the spiritual aspects of human experience. This might also explain why his most recent project, a book and a film – in which he himself appears, is called ‘The Shift’. The Shift, is a compelling portrait of three modern lives in need of new direction and new meaning. he Shift explores the intertwined lives of an overachieving businessman, a mother of two young children seeking her own expression in the world, and a film director trying to make a name for himself. The Shift not only inspires, but also teaches us how to find the path to our spiritual purpose and therefore our greatest joy.
This is what Wayne Dyer himself had to say about it: “Early in life, we follow the path mapped out by ego, a path of ambition, competition, and striving. When mid-life dawns, we too often find ourselves stranded in a lonely and desolate place we never intended to visit. Our feelings of sadness and frustration tell us we took a wrong turn. Like a shift in the wind or a change in the tide, the yearning we feel at mid-life is a call to renewal. The Shift shows us the path home, the path to rediscovering our true self, our purpose, and the life of meaning that is our true calling. When you get it—that you don’t do things because of what somebody else is going to do for you, but you do them because you’re living your life’s purpose—you can light up the whole world with that kind of love. That’s how it works for me.”
I really enjoyed the film. It gave me many light bulb moments, where I could see myself, my own inner struggles and doubts played out by the characters in the film. As so often happens when we are outside looking in, it becomes clear where the problems lie, if only we were able to see ourselves in this way, wouldn’t life be so much simpler. It is difficult not to get caught up in the whole process of achievement and striving. After all, isn’t that how we are conditioned to behave from childhood? Even for those of us who believe we are already on the road of self awareness, the ego still holds us, albeit it in very subtle ways. A lovely film, very thought provoking and inspiring. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
You can get more details about his books, apps, daily inspirational messages and more on his website,