‘Thank you, Thank you, Thank you’
Just one of the many inspiring phrases and quotes that I’ve adopted as mantras over the past almost 40 years from Dr. Wayne Dyer. To say that he’s had a profound impact on my life is barely touching the surface. Through my later teens and 20’s although I read and tried to absorb as much as I could but it didn’t quite ‘hit home’. In most instances, I as ‘the student’ was not yet ready for ‘the teacher’ to appear. I was definitely not aware of how the messages I was reading could not only help my life at that time, but how it would affect the decades to come, but I continued reading anyway. I started a habit that I continue today of dating each book that read, highlighting specific sentences or paragraphs that jump out at me, and I always write my own thoughts at the end of each book. What I realize now as I look back is that I grew up through Wayne’s early books (although many will say that I NEVER grew up. A statement that I cannot challenge! LOL).
One of the initial quotes that resonated the most with me through the early books was ‘You’re not a human being having a spiritual experience, but a Spiritual Being having a human experience’. I think that was what solidified with me the fact that we are more than skin and bones. Along with Wayne’s unique way of describing how we all come from ‘no-where’ to ‘now-here’ in the millisecond that is conception. Everything that we will ever become, and everything that we will ever need comes into presence in that exact millisecond. I also love how Dr. Dyer describes that during the first 9 months of our existence while in our mother’s womb, everything is taken care of. The unborn child survives solely on nature and instinct. But when the child is born it’s almost as if the parents look to God and say ‘Thanks, we’ll take it from here’. And therein starts our immediate and initial inclinations that we are separate from God.
Speaking of ‘God’, anytime that Wayne Dyer referenced God, he would always make a point to also say ‘or whatever you call your higher energy; Spirit, Buddha, closet door etc.’. He would never make you feel like you had to acknowledge God in the way that most people do. He wanted you to feel free to pray to whatever Spirit, being or God-like entity that you desired. He never believed in the ‘labeling’ of God, or in that fact, ANYTHING. He would always say; “When you label me, you negate me”. That leads me to Dr. Dyers thoughts on judging and being judgmental.
Another very early point of interest from Dr. Dyer that made so much sense to me was that not only should we not judge other people, but that a God of ‘free will’ does not judge either. Because to be judgmental is to say that something or someone is either right or wrong. Wayne said that there is no ‘right or wrong’, just outcomes. And if you truly believe that whatever God you pay homage to has set you forth with free will, then why would that God judge you? It’s extremely hypocritical, and personally to me makes no sense. So the obvious next question that would typically arise is ‘what about the murderers and rapists. Are they not wrong?’ And in the grand scheme of things, if you live your life from your highest possible self and believe that you are one with God, the answer is NO. Again, because saying that they are ‘wrong’ is being judgmental. Those individuals are living their lives out in the exact format as they should be. We do not have to agree, and we would not condone the actions, but we will not judge. And that always leads to the next question; ‘So will the murderers etc. go to Heaven?’.
Of course they will. Their Heaven might not be what yours or mine will, but a non-judgmental presiding gate keeper per se will not be stopping anyone from their existing journey. And to be more specific, everyone goes to Heaven because there is no such thing as ‘Hell’. Hell (as we’ve been taught to know it) is a man-made thought that our ancestors created thousands of years ago to scare people into attending the church or religion of their choice. This is where the term ‘God-fearing’ came into play. You were made to fear the consequences of not believing in a specific God or the ways of a specific church. And the best way to accomplish this was to create the complete opposite of how they described Heaven.
All of the problems we as a race (the human race) face today stem from the belief that we are ‘separate’. Separate from each other, but more importantly separate from God. We are not. That is the message from Wayne Dyer that has and always resonate the most with me. WE ARE ONE. It is always the thought of being separate that leads people to believe that ‘my religion is the right religion’, or ‘my race is the right race’ etc. Instead of a knowing that we all come from the same unending source which is God. And so if you come from God and are a part of God, then is wrong to think that you are God? No it is not. We all are part of the same creation. If you take a bucket of water out of an ocean, is that water in the bucket no longer the ocean? No it is still the ocean. So if we come from God, are we not God? There are many hyperbole's but the thought to remember is that we are all one. The actions that we see and hear about on the news on a daily basis is the culmination of our collective consciousness and thoughts and stems from human beings thinking that they are separate. Otherwise would they hurt, rob and kill themselves? No. but that’s exactly what they’re doing.
Along the lines of ‘oneness’, when I first heard Wayne define the word ‘Universe’ it struck a chord with me (pun intended). He said that if you break the word down, the ‘uni’ means one and ‘verse’ means song. So our universe is really just one song and we’re all part of it. That is when I decided to write my song ‘Simply Onesong’ and to title my publishing company ‘DR ONESONG MUSIC’. Onesong is the foundation for not just all of my music, but for my basic train of thought. It is how I try to convey my message of oneness. And speaking of music, let us always remember another quote that Wayne helped to make famous: “Don’t die with your music still in you”. How poetic! Thank you again Wayne.
Over the years I truly enjoyed being part of the journey that Wayne was on with his own life. We always knew his life celebrations and his new discoveries with his life journey. Thanks to his relationship with PBS we could always see him speak on TV, if not at a specific speaking engagement or seminar. Another quote that Dr. Dyer shared that instantly resonated with me was ‘Enlightenment is the quiet acceptance of what is’. And I love when Wayne said that the key word in that phrase is ‘quiet’. Not just that we accept all that our lives bring to us, but we should do it in a quiet manner. So beautifully said!
I know I will carry Wayne Dyer with me in so many ways. My music and it’s corresponding message of oneness is a direct correlation to all that I’ve come to know and learn from him. My daily meditations and prayers are all constructed from a format that I learned from him. The way that I look at the world, all of us as inhabitants and my life in general is from a place of peace, love and light and is a culmination of every book. Every message. And every word that he made public and available to us all. I know that I am just one of the millions of followers around the world who find themselves feeling differently today. We all know that Dr. Wayne Dyer is now one with the light and love that he preached about since 1976, and we celebrate that fact. Yet we’ll miss knowing that he’s not here in this physical plain with us. Which provides us with yet another opportunity to practice in the knowing that ‘no one ever dies’, we just change form. Which is another statement from him that I’ve loved for decades. He once described death in the following manner: “If you weigh a person 10 seconds before he dies and then 10 seconds after he dies you’ll notice that his weight has not change. So that constitutes that whatever life is, it is weightless. It is energy. It is thought. We are all nothing but thought (aka spirit) and you can’t kill thought and it never dies”. We are not the skin, blood and bones that make up our bodies, that is just the temporary house for our spirits in this journey.
I honestly cannot picture or even fathom what my life would be right now if it wasn’t for Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. He’s given me a template per se, one to model my life after. I didn’t have to, I just felt an inner pull and a calling that his way was right for me. And it wasn’t even ‘his way’, as much as it was ‘a way’. A choice, like everything else in life ‘We are doomed to make choices’ he once said, but that is the truth. Our lives are a series of choices. Where we stand at this exact moment in time is the direct result from a series of choices we’ve made throughout our lives. Simple, isn’t it?
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Wayne a few times over the years at his seminars and I’ve always felt that he emanates an aura. A presence of a special messenger, and that’s what he was. Like Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama and so many more. He knew he was a man of peace with a specific message to convey. I believe in that message with my entire being and always will, and I am forever grateful. So I will say again:
“Thank you, Thank you, Thank You Wayne Dyer”
Forever in Peace, Love & Light…