“Sunday Morning” asked Dyer to list his five favorite addresses aimed at elevating and moving an audience to action. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.
Winston Churchill’s powerful talk during World War II to the Harrow School, telling the young people: I listened intently to our new young president challenge us to become selfless in his inaugural address.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer had an experience while in Turkey that changed his attitude to one of gratitude. On the recent Hay House Mediterranean cruise, “In the Wake of Our Spiritual Ancestors,” we visited historic sites of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome.
One highlight of the trip was a stop at the ruins of Ephesus on the coast of Turkey, where I was scheduled to lecture. I’ll tell you about an experience I had there that illustrates the importance of our power to choose who we are.
I don’t have any coins.” These thoughts flew into my head spontaneously. “And he stands there all day just handing out little pieces of paper perhaps to earn money to feed his family.
Thoughts born of anger, judgment and fear are habitual memes that fill our heads if we let them. This is the healing power of divine love as we open ourselves to it.
We’ve all developed mental habits of fear, judgment, getting angry at people for no reason, and feeling threatened. The rest of that trip, when I saw people like the man I met, I had more and more of an outpouring of love.
I started giving away coins to remind myself how blessed I am to even have a toilet let alone to have someone inside handing me paper. You decide you are a being of divine love and every time you have a thought that is not consistent with that assessment of who you are, you correct the thought, and then you go back and correct the action.
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One of my favorite metaphors illustrates the importance of recognizing the past for what it is. Imagine that you are on a boat headed north at around forty knots.
Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, is a road map for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the one book that explains how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to daily life.
Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life. The roster of storytellers includes Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neal Donald Walsh, Caroline Mass, Larry Dorsey, Rachel Naomi Bremen, Bernie Siegel, Dean Cornish, and Christiane Northrup.
Dyer guides his readers in embracing their spiritual selves in his latest book, “Your Sacred Self” (HarperCollins; $6.99; 382 pp. His step-by-step program requires that people move from their insatiable need for more to an awareness of abundance, that they turn away from a sense of themselves as inferior to an acceptance of themselves as divine, and that they detach themselves from struggle to experience true freedom.
It is unconditional love,” said Dyer, who will speak Sunday at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, during a recent phone interview. Dyer, 55, travels from his home in Boca Raton, Fla., every spring and fall to U.S. and foreign cities, speaking before groups that range from 100 to several thousand people.
“Your Erroneous Zones,” published in 1976, spent 27 months on the New York Times Bestseller List and was translated into 41 languages. Dyer's basic message in “Your Erroneous Zones” is people are the products of the choices they make.
Dyer had to learn self-reliance as a boy when he lived in orphanages and foster homes growing up on Detroit's east side. “My wife is a powerful, divine and spiritual woman with a great deal of patience.
“Seeing yourself as a spiritual being without labels is a way to transform the world and reach a sacred place for all of humanity,” he writes. Dyer says the path to knowing God requires that we give up our ego-driven self-absorption and realize that we are not special and separate from other human beings.
Instead, we are a part of the unified field of possibilities that we can reach as we shut down the ego chatter in our minds. “We know that there is universal divine intelligence that flows through all of us, and in that sacred space within us, we are all one and the same,” Dyer writes.
Dyer sees our culture's addiction to “more is better” as a 20th century disease that can obscure the path of the sacred quest. Striving for accumulations, acquisitions, rewards, trophies, approval and money denies a person peace and harmony.
The lowest stage is the athlete, or that time in a person's life when his primary emphasis is on the physical body. He moves passed that stage to the warrior, when he attempts to conquer his body by setting quotas and competing to win recognition.
Each person can choose to respond to his higher self and free himself from anxieties and fear, Dyer said. Dyer has jogged every morning and afternoon for 20 years and practices meditation daily.