Tribute to Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (1940-2015)

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Dean Evenson playing flute as Wayne Dyer autographs a book for one of his many fans

As many of you may have heard by now, Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away a few days ago, but not without leaving an amazing body of work as a legacy. Dean Evenson and I were privileged to be with him many times over the years when he was a keynote speaker at the Hay House I Can Do It conferences where we would sell our music and sometimes perform with authors and presenters. We also became friends with his daughter, Tracy Dyer, who founded a great company called Urban Junket which makes stylish handbags using eco friendly and recycled materials.

“You’re not what you have and you’re not what you do; you’re an infinite, divine being disguised as a successful person who has accumulated a certain amount of stuff. The stuff is not you. For that reason, you must avoid being attached to it in any way.”
Wayne Dyer Dudley
Here he just signed one of his children’s books I had purchased for my niece or nephews.

The last time I heard Dr. Dyer speak was in Denver in April and he was in high form. He has always woven his personal life stories into his talks and this evening was no exception. He talked about growing up in an orphanage and his challenge of finally being able to forgive his father for having abandoned his family. Even after listening to his many talks over the years, this last time I felt a greater sense of peaceful clarity from him. For the first time though, he delivered his talk sitting down which led me to believe that he was beginning to wind down and lose some of that remarkable stamina that had led him to write over 40 books including 20 New York Times bestsellers.
Wayne Dyer sitting

“Being healthy is a natural state, and the means for achieving it are within the grasp of each one of us. I believe that a judicious mixture of hard work, clear thinking, humor and self-confidence are the ingredients of effective living.”  He said this in Your Erroneous Zones: Step-by-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life which was his first self-help book written in 1976 and has sold over 35 million copies making it one of the best-selling books of all time.

In 2009 Dyer was diagnosed with leukemia. He dealt with his illness mostly using a combination of good diet, exercise and positive thinking, but a few years later he was treated remotely by John of God, a Brazilian psychic healer. About five months after the treatment, he felt that he was actually healed. He continued to write his books, make films and travel extensively as a keynote speaker. When I saw him in 2015, because he delivered his talk sitting down, I assumed that the leukemia had reappeared and when he died a few days ago, I and many of us who knew him supposed that it was the leukemia that took him out. Just today, however, I heard that his autopsy revealed there was no trace whatsoever of leukemia in him and that he had in fact died of a heart attack. So what to think of all this? Dyer shared John of God’s simple message “I do not cure anybody. God heals, and in His infinite goodness permits the entities to heal and console my brothers. I am merely an instrument in God’s Divine hands.” I guess that makes as much sense as anything so I pray we can all be instruments of God and do what we can to make this world a better place. Wayne Dyer certainly did.

For a limited time, you can watch The Shift Movie that he made.  Here’s the link to view.

Let me know which of Wayne Dyer’s many books you have enjoyed and what has most inspired you of his writings. For those who comment here, in gratitude I’ll send you a free mp3 track of our peaceful, healing music.


2 thoughts on “Tribute to Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (1940-2015)

  1. You really captured the essence of Wayne Dyer with your beautiful synopsis of what he has taught through his writings and personal sharing. Thanks or tuning into the conversation here. Blessings, Dudley

  2. i have been greatly been impressed by Dr Wayne Dyer’s inimitable way of writing where words just would seem to flow out as if by magic. It would transform your way of looking at things right away just by changing the way one looked at things , that is the shift would naturally occur without any struggle with the process. He is one of the greatest teachers who taught by example what he preached. One of the things that he talks about in “The Sky’s The Limit” about transcending the authoritarian thinking drives home this point more clearly where he talks about self reliance as the key to teaching more effectively and to be free from authoritarian mode of thinking -“conditioning”. This would only help the student be a better learner but also help the teacher be better and effective . While no words can really describe what Wayne Dyer was I think it was spirit within that spoke through him literally in that instant and create magic. I wish he were alive or at least been present in true spirit to give us a glimpse of what life is like on the other side. May peace be with him forever. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om!

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