Jan 062010

Being In Balance: 9 Principles for Creating Habits to Match Your Desires is one of the latest books by Wayne Dyer. I’ve been listening to this book in my car for the last week. Wayne Dyer is always wonderful to listen to, and I think everyone should have a dose of Dyer every day to keep themselves motivated. Dr. Dyer has a unique combination of an enlightened message with an energetic presentation. His training as a teacher and speaker always makes his topics engaging.

In this book (or lecture series depending on which you prefer) Dr. Dyer works his way through a series of amusingly-titled rules for living life in balance. By balance, he is speaking of a harmony of our inner life, with our outside reality. The rules are:

1. An Infinity of Forests Lie Dormant Within the Dreams of One Acorn

2. There’s More to Life Than Making It Go Faster

3. You Can’t Kiss Your Own Ear

4. Your Addictions Tell You, “You’ll Never Get Enough of What You Don’t Want”

5. You’re Not *What* You Eat; You’re What You *Believe* about What You Eat

6. You Can’t Discover Light by Analyzing the Darkness

7. Fighting Any Adverse Condition Only Increases Its Power Over You

8. Love Is What’s Left Over When Falling in Love Fades Away

9. Earth’s Crammed with Heaven

Just in case you’re going crazy trying to figure out what “You Can’t Kiss Your Own Ear” means, I’ll briefly explain. It refers to the fact that sometimes our inner picture of ourselves is out of harmony with how other people see us. We need to get truthful feedback about how we come across to others. Not so that we can please others or meet all their expectations, but so that we know that we are sending the message we INTEND to send, and not a very different one.

There are some wonderful passages, quotes and stories in this book. The most memorable one is from a young child who was asked to define love, and said “Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen”. This one actually drew a gasp from the audience (the CD version is actually a series of lectures.)

I also think Wayne does a perfect job of defining the “ego”. According to Dr. Dyer, the ego is a set of false beliefs we adopt. These beliefs are:

1. I am what I own

2. I am what I do

3. I am my reputation

4. I am separate from everyone else

5. I am separate from the things that I need in my life

6. I am separate from God.

The book (or CD)  is classic, inspirational and uplifting. Another wonderful contribution from Dr. Wayne Dyer

Dec 212009

Continuing on the theme of my own personal spiritual practices, let me introduce an audio CD by Wayne Dyer, Meditations for Manifesting. The CD contains a simpl explanation of a morning and evening meditation using vocal sound. The intent of the mediation is manifestation – ie causing the things you want and need to appear in your life.

The major portion of the CD is a live walk-through of the morning and evening meditation. The intent is that you follow along with Dr. Dyer as he performs each of these meditations for about 15 minutes. You can continue to use the CD in this way – following along with Wayne every morning and evening, or, once you get the hang of it, you can simply use the same method on your own.

First of all, let me say that this CD was very helpful to me during a time when I had to make a difficult decision regarding changing jobs. I needed to quit my job when I basically had nothing to turn to in it’s place – while supporting a family. But Dr. Dyers books and this CD gave me the courage to strike out into the unknown. And indeed, a better situation was waiting for me when I did.

I found the program very transformational even aside from it’s potential to manifest good things in your life. After 15 minutes of the morning sound meditation, I felt completely lifted above the physical world. I was more spiritually grounded for the entire day.

I should warn that some people who were great fans of Dr. Dyer found this CD a bit of anomaly. They found his voice distracting, or were hoping for more lecture content instead of the long sections of “meditate with Wayne”. The CD is short on explanation and long on demonstration.  As for myself, it was just what I needed. It was quite unlike any meditation I had done previously and I don’t think I would have persisted with it without the CD to help me.

So if you are interested in manifesting – if, for example, you are a fan of The Secret, and want to do some serious work with it – this CD can be a very helpful product. I’ve just begun using it again recently and hope to have interesting things to report.

Oct 242009

10491-SM Wayne Dyer has been in the public eye since the seventies when his book Your Erroneous Zones became wildly popular. While Dyer has interesting things to say in the area of progressive psychology, he has become much more interesting since his work has become progressively more spiritual in recent years.

The wonderful thing about Dyer that makes him so accessible to a wide audience is that while he has embraced the spiritual dimension, he has lost none of his dynamic writing and speaking ability that he previously used to promote psychology and self development.  This is contrast to Eckhart Tolle who’s zen-like style of writing and speaking takes some degree of enlightenment simply to appreciate.

Wayne has also been astonishingly prolific.  I’m a big fan, but even I haven’t managed to read all his books and listen to all his CDs. Every year or so you can count on another wonderful book by Dyer. And now that he has branched into areas such as meditation and manifestation, he’s better than ever.

I particularly appreciate Dyer because he is the one who’s books gave me the courage, at a difficult moment, to make a bold step in my life that involved quitting a secure job. It was one of the best moves I ever made, and I have Dr. Dyer to thank for it. Look for more wonderful work by Wayne Dyer in the future.

Wayne has been especially generous with his time and talent in support of PBS, and has generated some criticism – I suspect from people who’s dogmatic principles are threatened by his inclusiveness.

Here is a clip of Dyer discussing your divine purpose

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