“As you think, so shall you be.”
~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
I had first heard those words over 14 years ago while watching a Wayne Dyer PBS special.
It was titled “How to Get What You Really, Really, Really, Really Want”.
I was living alone in my cool little South Beach apartment with my dog, a Westie named Dino.
Oh, how I loved that dog…and my new found freedom. I was just out of a relationship that had lasted (on and off) for over four years. And although I was living in the party capital of the world at the time…the only thing I was truly interested in was getting to know myself better.
Well, that and Spirituality in general.
Most days, following a long shift at the salon I used to work at right across the street (which was pretty damn convenient I might add since at the time, I didn’t have a car), I would come home and pop in a tape or cd of a lecture having to do with self-awareness.
I listened to people like John Gray, Carolyn Myss, Marianne Williamson…
…and Wayne Dyer.
I had one of his tapes (as if that doesn’t date me) titled “The Keys to Higher Awareness”. I had listened to it many times, and had found his messages comforting, and humorous.
Humor was and is a form of magic to me. It can transform just about anything or anyone in its presence – bringing light into a dark situation.
Dr. Dyer was able to do this effortlessly.
So I watched the four-hour long program mentioned at the beginning of this post…complete with the PBS infomercials in between segments that offered “The Whole Enchilada” – a collection of his works.
I loved his message.
He helped me to think of things in a way that brought a new perspective to my life and life in general.
He talked about assuming personal responsibility for ourselves…the way we think, the way we behave and the impact it had – not only on our own lives, but in the environment/the world in general.
Assuming personal responsibility isn’t such an easy thing to do you know.
It involves taking a good, hard look at yourself and owning the fact that this separate part of you, the personality, literally dictates your life.
While we have a personality, and thus are here to use this as a form of expression…it’s the confusing our personality as our ONLY selves that gets us into trouble.
One of the most refreshing aspects of listening to/watching Dr. Dyer speak was the fact that he would often call himself out and make fun of his own character defects, which always come from the ego. To me, it’s important to not always take our ego self too seriously…because in doing so, we become so attached to this protective barrier we develop within ourselves that it renders it impossible to attain the level of flexibility required to keep an open mind about questioning what we think we know.
Or as I had heard Dr. Dyer say…
“Having a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing”.
Labeling People As A “Guru”
I have heard Dr. Dyer referred to as a self-help guru because this is how we label people who dispense information and establish a following.
At least, this is how it is seen in society.
I personally don’t care much for the term – as I feel it can dilute the authenticity of a person’s wisdom since it has been cheapened and overused…and as far as I’m concerned, Dr. Dyer was far more than a guru.
He was a man with faults and flaws…and he was more than willing to discuss them. This is part of what I found so endearing about him.
The only reason I mention the guru thing is because I do feel it’s important to use a level of discernment and implement critical thinking when it comes to following the work of anyone, regardless of who they are. An independent mind is a terrible thing to waste, and this is especially true when it comes to taking the teachings of ANYONE as objective Truth.
So while I cannot say that I absolutely agreed with everything I have ever heard through the messages of some fantastic teachers over the years, I can honestly state that Dr. Dyer’s work has had a profound influence in my life.
He is one of the few out there who has touched something deep within my soul.
I genuinely feel that humans have developed the “stirring” within themselves to gain an understanding of who we are, where we come from, why we’re here…
…and why the world is as ugly as it is.
While it’s true that we are in the midst of seeing and experiencing what seems to be the worst in humanity rise to the surface and act out our deepest fears right in front of us, regardless of which direction it comes from, this is also a time where choosing awareness has the chance to become the necessary priority in our lives – as this has everything to do with the effects of what we’re seeing play out in our lives – individually and collectively.
Even if we do not consciously remember where the cause originated from.
“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”–The Kybalion.
As you think, so shall you be…
Rephrased by Dr. Dyer, as credited from the book “As A Man Thinketh” written by James Allen, when we decide to investigate the overall Cause of the effects we’re seeing play out in the world, we, if we have a mind open to everything and attached to nothing, will discover that we all have, on some level, an aspect of the outer within us.
IF we can be this honest with ourselves – about ourselves.
“As above, so below; as below, so above.”–The Kybalion
What we think, we become – and therefore, act out.
We also exude something called energy. Our energy vibrates at a certain level, a frequency, which contributes to the world whatever is going on within us.
“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”–The Kybalion.
We are completely responsible, in one way or another, for our world – even in the presence and under the influence of those who know how to manipulate the Laws of Nature for their own selfish gain.
When this becomes evident, assuming personal responsibility for our own awakening will become a full time job – a job that will pay rich and beautiful rewards…as long as we’re willing to do the work.
Dr. Wayne Dyer has provided a means to help assist me, and many, MANY others an avenue of which to get started. He has made the “curriculum” a pleasant one without negating the level of dedication required to finding the truth within ourselves in regard to the nature of why we are here…
“As spiritual beings having a human experience”.
Rest In Peace Dr. Dyer
Dr. Wayne Dyer died on Sunday, August 30th, 2015. It is said that he passed away peacefully in his sleep – which I would imagine is the way most of us hope to go when the time comes.
I won’t sit here and speculate where his soul has gone to, as I wouldn’t know this.
I will, however, hold a vision in my mind and heart that he has left us to go on to the next phase of his being – a place where his beautiful expressions have built a haven for him to continue on and inspire us in a way that our physical minds can’t comprehend at this time.
A place free from the limited and restricting persona that house our souls while we’re here on earth.
I can only hope that the time he has spent here, and the work he has done continues to stir up the desire within all of us to awaken to who we really are – and assume responsibility for our role in things.
I will cherish his words, his humor, and his wisdom.
Thank-you Dr. Dyer for everything you have done for me, and humanity.
You will be greatly missed.
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