We lost an influential leader of the personal growth movement recently – Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away in his sleep on August 29, 2015, leaving a legacy of serenity, positive psychology, and guidance for those experiencing the human condition.
A close colleague and advisor of mine had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Dyer on several occasions, and found his humility, gentle strength and generosity to be inspiring. His remarks were always simple and significant, and his brand of practical spirituality made deep philosophy accessible.
A colleague was planning on using a recording from one of his talks in a product, and asked him if he required a royalty, not uncommon among best-selling authors of his stature. Dr Dyer chuckled and declined, saying that he had plenty of money, and that if we were helping people with his material, he was fine with that as compensation. Remarkable!
Dr Dyer was massively prolific, producing a new book a year for decades. But some of his best ideas were encapsulated in a lesser known little work called “Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace,” published by Hay House in 2001. In it, he summarizes the core of his code of conduct in ten pithy concepts, which is presented to you here.
1. Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.
2. Don’t die with your music still in you.
3. You can’t give away what you don’t have.
4. Embrace silence.
5. Give up your personal history.
6. You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.
7. There are no justified resentments.
8. Treat yourself as if you are already what you’d like to be.
9. Treasure your divinity.
10. Wisdom is avoiding all thoughts that weaken you.
If you want a synopsis of Dyer’s outlook, pick up a copy of “Ten Secrets” and read his expanded versions of each of these points. But if anything, there’s a basic tenet that shines through – it’s your essence, not your ego, that should command your attention and be celebrated, and living life through those filters generates a happier, healthier, more authentic individual and a better society.
Asked once how he would like to be remembered. Wayne replied, laughing, “It doesn’t matter.” And that, in a nutshell, sums up the self-effacing yet profound nature of Dr. Dyer’s perspective. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and rather, acknowledge, participate in, contribute to and enjoy the greatness that surrounds us. That’s a message we could all apply and live well by, and we’re thankful that Wayne Dyer graced the planet and shared his meaningful worldview, for the benefit of all.
Thank you to Dennis Perman DC, of The Masters Circle