To close this tribute to Wayne Dyer, I want to discuss his personal progression from the material world to the spiritual world. If you look at his lifelong self-education, he progressively spent more and more time reading the writings of the great historic spiritual leaders, many of whom lived over 2000 years ago. And if you peruse his 40 published books, he became progressively more focused on the part of the world, the part of life, which we cannot see.
In one of his presentations, Real Magic, Wayne Dyer presented the viewpoint that miracles were possible. He quoted Jesus: “Even the least among you can do all that I have done and even greater things.” To achieve that greater success, Wayne Dyer asserted that you had to “know” that there was a divine intelligence within you, ready to help you achieve your dreams. The key, from his standpoint, was your level of belief in yourself and in that divine intelligence. He felt your soul was invisible, dimensionless, divine, and forever.”
How could you reach that level of “knowing”? Wayne explained that you needed to go to that heaven within you, to that silent place within you. Wayne viewed prayer as you talking to God; and he viewed silent contemplation as God talking to you. So, he was not encouraging more visits to the church or temple or synagogue. Instead, he encouraged meditation where you stayed silent for 20-30 minutes each day, focusing on your connection with the divine. He liked to quote Mark Twain, or was it Blaze Pasqual, who said, “All of man’s troubles stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
For Wayne Dyer, he wanted everyone to expand their spiritual core to a point where they were a spiritual being living in a material world, not a material being living in a spiritual world.” He cautioned that your transition did not need to happen in any particular religion. It just needed to become an enhanced relationship between yourself and this divine power. With this improved connection, he predicted a greater sense of peace and a greater sense of awe, coupled to less annoyance, more tolerance, and more acceptance of others. With those developments, he thought you would better sense your own purpose, better find your own happiness.
Wayne Dyer offered a nice analogy. He thought we were like boats crossing a lake. Too many of us were too intrigued by our wake – the wake represented our success, our achievements, and our accomplishments. He felt people should ignore the wake and keep their focus on the engine within the boat. That engine was our connection with the divine. The more you can focus on that connection, the more you can expand your spiritual component and the power of your own engine.
Wayne Dyer wanted you to know that you were more than your body and more than your mind. An easy litmus test? Notice the noticer. Notice the part of you that is aware of your body’s movements and your mind’s thoughts. That part of you is the spiritual part, the invisible part that lives inside you, but it is separate from rest of your body. It’s the part of you that is timeless and changeless. It is the part of you that was never born and will never die. That’s the part of you that he wanted you to cultivate the most. He believed, if you made a connection with the divine, and if you let that spiritual part grow larger and larger within you, you would give more, not less. You would help others more, not less. You would indeed be a contributor, not just a consumer.
Wayne Dyer believed strongly in that connection and that approach to life. He felt that it freed the individual from so much of life’s struggles and society’s pressure. He liked to remind people that with each inhalation, we breathed in 10 (to the 22nd power) of atoms. What did that mean? It meant that you have probably breathed in one million atoms that had circulated through the body of Jesus Christ or the body of Michelangelo. That you have likely breathed in atoms from every living species on this planet. Walt Whitman used to say, “Every atom belonging to you also belongs to me.” Wayne Dyer felt that we were composed on recycled atoms, shared among all of us.”
So, what was the one part that was truly ours? It was that spiritual part, our soul. Wayne Dyer had tremendous respect for all of the spiritual leaders and the different religions, but he liked to differentiate your spiritual component from any religious belief. He followed Gandhi’s viewpoint, “In heaven there is no religion; there is only God.” When Wayne Dyer developed leukemia, he didn’t rush to receive treatment from the top medical experts; he sought to seek assistance from spiritual healers. He wanted to be ready for the next phase of his life – his afterlife.
At his illness grew worse, Wayne Dyer kept offering presentations, still focusing on giving, not getting. He stated he was not afraid of death. Instead, he was looking forward to the great unknown, which – to him – was already “known.” With this perspective, devoid of fear and doubts, he felt free. And that was his original hope for the rest of us. He wanted us to find freedom to be ourselves, to follow our dreams, to develop our gifts, and of course to share those gifts. For Wayne Dyer, death was an alley, not an opponent. We should follow his lead. Know that we are connected to the divine. Know that life can be good. Know that we can make a difference.
If we can know these truths, we can pay tribute to Wayne Dyer.
And with these three blogs, I hope I have paid sufficient tribute.