Dr. Wayne Dyer, the motivational guru and positive-thinking advocate first came to my life through a podcast interview by James Altucher, eerily aired on August 31, 2015, the day after Dr. Dyer passed away. Dr. Dyer says when a person is ready, the right teacher would show up. I guess I was only ready then as he showed up in my life. I am so thankful that I was able to learn his philosophy over the past two months. I felt my soul is washed clean. Here are some of my favorite quotes from him that I cherish very much:
On inner peace. “Happiness, fulfillment, and purpose in life are all inner concepts. If you don’t have inner peace and serenity, then you have nothing.”
On the afternoon of our lives. “The afternoon of our lives represents the time when we begin to shift away from the ego and false self being the dominant force in our life. We begin a journey towards meaning. The morning of our lives is really occupied by ambition–giving as much as you can, collecting as much stuff as you can get, impressing as many people as you can, preparing yourself for a job, saving your money, setting goals, pleasing everybody, doing the right thing. Getting good grades in school, all this stuff that’s revolved around the ego part of us, really believes that who we are is what we get out of it and what we do, and what other people think of us. That’s basically the essence of the ego.
“In the afternoon of your life, you don’t do what you do because of what might come to you, or how much money you might make, or how much prestige might show up in your life. You do it because internally, it sort of resonates or it’s in rapport with the callings of your soul.”
On children. “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you.”
On following the Tao. “Water is the softest of all things, yet it is the most powerful. The ocean patiently allows all things to flow into it. It is always flexible. The Tao is not about grasping, but allowing, like water.”
On love. “We are a species of beings who have a higher place within ourselves and higher connection to the Source of all creation. We are all pieces of God. We have to find the highest place within ourselves that wants to give. Just think: Even after all this time, the sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.” Yeah. Just think what a love like that can do.”
On Silence. “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
On happiness. “You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.”
Dr. Dyer, thank you for your wisdom as I am still learning from you, and thank you to teaching me to reach my inner peace. May you enjoy your next adventure.