August 29 2015.
This will be remembered as a very significant day in my life.
This is the day that Dr. Wayne Dyer left his body.
As the news sunk in I felt an overwhelming sense of loss. My wife, Lyndi, started sobbing like we just lost a family member. She summed up how both of us were feeling by saying to me “I feel like my grandfather just passed away.”
It’s been 48 hours since I learned of the news and I continue to feel like a piece of me is gone. Dr. Wayne Dyer has been the single greatest influence in my life over the past 5 years since I discovered his book “The Power of Intention.” I discovered this amazing book by nothing less than divine intervention.
I had just finished speaking to a over 1,500 people in Toronto the day before and was back home in Sacramento playing hide-and-go-seek with my 2 oldest kids, Avery and Parker, in a book store. It was a Sunday afternoon, in August. As I hid behind a bookshelf, I looked across the isle at the audio book section with one title turned so that I could see the cover. It was the only title on the entire shelf turned this way. It was “The Power of Intention.” No one had ever mentioned Dr. Dyer’s work to me. I had never read anything of his, nor had I seen any of his PBS specials. I vaguely thought I recognized his name but didn’t know why or how. I didn’t even believe in divine intervention but something told me to buy it, and I listened.
The Power of Intention completely changed me.
This picture of Lyndi and Wayne is from an October 2014 lecture he gave in Folsom CA. During that lecture he shared my story of divine guidance, regarding how The Power of Intention came into my life, in front of over 2,000 people.
To this day I still listen to the audio book regularly. I have listened to it over 60 times. I can’t even count how many people I have recommend it too. I have since read many of his incredible books, listened to many of his recorded lectures, and been to several of his live events. One of the biggest break throughs in my life came on Maui in January of this year at an event with him. It was so profound that writing this brings tears to my eyes. That was the last time I spoke to him.
Wayne, thank you for your body of work. Thank you for living your life on your terms and sharing it with the world. Thank you for sharing your mistakes, short comings, and failures openly and the lessons you learned from them. Thank you for being so human. Thank you for inspiring millions of us to be self-reliant and to listen to our inner calling. Your ability to translate ancient wisdom into simple relatable concepts has been a gift to the world. As heart-broken as I am that you have left this world, I am eternally grateful for the profound influence your work has had on helping me remember who I am at my core. Even the creation of the AwesomeLifeHQ blog is a manifestation of your influence on me. Thank you for being the scurvy elephant this world needed. I love you.
I am not my accomplishments. I am not my possessions. I am not my mistakes. I am not what others think of me.
I AM LIGHT.
I send my love and blessings to the entire Dyer family.
If Wayne has had an impact on your life please share your comments below.
Here are 27 of my favorite Wayne-isms:
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.”
“The highest form of ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about.”
“Don’t die with your music still in you.”
“With everything that has happened to you, you can feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
“When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out, because that’s what’s inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.”
“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
“How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours.”
“When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.”
“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life.”
“Conflict can not survive without your participation.”
“Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.”
“Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules.”
“Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.”
“Given the choice between freedom and security I would always choose freedom.”
“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.”
“I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.”
“You’ll see it when you believe it”
“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”
“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”
“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into”
“True love means you love someone for what they are, not what you think they should be.”
“Heaven is right here right now.”
“All I am offering is the loss of your illusions.”
“Your thoughts are like currency. Many of us use them to purchase things we don’t want.”
“You may have convinced yourself that giving is impossible because you have too little for yourself. If you are not generous when it is difficult, you will not be generous when it is easy. Generosity is a function of the heart, not the wallet.”
“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”
“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”