Wayne Dyer

I have been a follower of Wayne Dyer for many years. There are more than a few folks out there offering inspirational books, tapes, etc and Wayne Dyer, most would agree, is a member of the group. Dyer has written over 30 books and many (I have read a number) are very similar.   However, Dyer has several attributes that makes him resonate with me. One, we are approximately the same age, two the formulas he offers are simple and actually doable and three he readily admits he does not always live and practice his own methods. I like this as I believe that one shoe does not fit all and success often comes from trial and error not to mention a lot of luck.  Several years ago I traveled to Hawaii (Maui to be exact) to attend a seminar lasting two days he offers usually every year in the fall.  The subject matter was based on his new book Excuses Be Gone.  There was a wide variety of people with some being rather over the top with neediness, some being rather “GaGA” over Dyer, and most being genuinely interested in the subject  matter.  I enjoy interacting with the attendees and what’s not to like about Maui.  The highlight was listening to a guest speaker named Ram Daus.  He had been a cohort with people such Timothy Leary and Allan Ginsberg in the late fifties and early sixties at Harvard using mind altering substances such as LSD to explore the inner working of the mind.  Interesting stuff.  More on this latter as I am presently reading two of his books.

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  • Appreciate your comments. I have been reading a number of books relating to Buddhism. I would not call myself a religious person however I have concluded it is very likely someone or something seems to have a plan. For the last approximately forty years I have referred to this entity as “Ralph” much to the chagrin of many. Not sure where this moniker came from but I guess I own it. You ask how does Buddhism fit ?

    There apparently is some debate but I tend to not see Buddhism as a religion but rather a way to approach each day. Generally I interpret Buddhism as saying it is all here for us as we born with a clean slate, and what it becomes is based on choices we make. More importantly that many of us tend to be what we think people want us to be rather than what we are. Dyer, DeePak Chopra, Ram Dass, the Deli Lama and others blame this tendency on EGO. Yes, I’m the poster boy for this concept. I would say I tried to be what I thought was acceptable in both my personal and professional life. I do not believe this is unusual for one to do, but I do believe this is done at the sacrifice of personal happiness. It has been my observation the happiest people are people that pursue a passion.

    I once told my wife I thought we all had the obligation to make ourselves happy first since it is impossible to make another happy if you were not happy yourself. She took some umbrage to this idea and thought it was a rather a selfish way to live. Yes, she eventually found someone who agreed with her way of thinking. I know more people that I believe are unhappy then those that I know are happy. How often do we read about people who seem to have it all (money, position, etc.) and actually have an unfulfilling life. Dwyer once said having money is not a sure path to happiness however the alternative is no substitute.

    Enough rambling! Your thoughts.