Yesterday, I watched Wayne Dyer with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday and as usual felt inspired by what he had to say. Later in the day I learned he had passed on, or as he would say – left his human body behind.
Since then memories have been coming forward of how his words have touched my life over the years. He is the one I credit with starting my journey toward healing and becoming who I am today.
This is how it all began:
In the late 1970’s my life was a mess. I was scared, wounded, and struggling to survive as a single mother. The man I loved and thought I would marry had died suddenly and I was still recovering from a prior relationship that was abusive. I felt like the world was against me and didn’t know how my son and I were going to get by. I was filled with anxiety, reactive, and full of regrets. I felt sure I would fail as a mother and our very survival was at stake.
One afternoon I was at a thrift store browsing through books for sale, a favorite activity of mine. When my eyes scanned the titles they came across, “Your Erroneous Zones”, by Wayne Dyer. I passed right by it at first thinking it said erogenous zones and was all about sex. But something kept calling me back and I eventually picked up the book to read it’s cover.
I had never heard of self-help before and was pretty sure my life was hopeless, but something told me the book might be worth the 10 cents they were asking for it. And, believe me, in those days every 10 cents counted.
That book became a dear friend of mine. In it I learned that worry and guilt were a waste of time and that maybe, just maybe, I could heal the things that had happened to me and experience a better life. I read it so many times that I could eventually just look at the table of contents and feel the words inside.
Wayne Dyer gave me hope. He opened my eyes to an entire world of possibilities and launched my journey into well-being. As years passed and his message became more spiritual, I found myself on a similar journey, studying spiritual psychology and stepping into my work as a life coach that allows me to help other people change their lives.
And, for all of that I will be eternally grateful. Thank you, Wayne. I will miss you.
Wise Words by Wayne Dyer
- “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
- “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours”
- “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
- “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
- “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.”
- “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”