This is a tribute, plain and simple.
In high school at the age of 17, I was introduced to Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s approach to mindful living in a psychology class. I had the opportunity to read the paperback edition of his book, Your Erroneous Zones: Step-by-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life, the one with his mustachioed image front and center on the cover wearing powder blue. The assignment was to write a book report on it. Reading his bestseller was a life-changing experience, providing a valuable resource to take with me into young adulthood, including college in Hawaii.
Decades later I would be reintroduced to Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s insight through reading his foreword in Anita Moorjani’s near death account of, Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing. I remembered with fondness Dr. Dyer’s earlier work and knew that I needed to become reacquainted.
I continued on my mindful journey in living. I was happy to find it in The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way, the edition beautifully illustrated by Jui Ishida. I appreciated that it was not focused on realizing all your wants and desires, but creative expansion and being one with all beings. Interconnectivity was and is prosperity.
Through these words, the author was no longer Dr. Dyer, but Wayne—a thoughtful friend and even brother, whom I had never met in person. Wayne’s thoughtful approach was still ever-mindful, but with a spiritual resonance that I embraced like a familiar hug.
Soon after, I read, Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao. These writings were congruent with my longtime appreciation of and study of Eastern philosophy, particularly for inner peace and well-being. It seemed as if a familiar voice was speaking once again what I needed to hear, through both the author and Lao Tzu, whose writings of the Tao were clarified with great inspiration.
It was during this time I was finishing my fourth book and first memoir, The Nature of Being: A Healing Journey. It was an empowering time for me as a writer, as precious truth—my truth as a spiritual being—was about to be published. It was the most difficult task to produce, but well worth the effort. Three months later, Wayne Dyer had transitioned from this earthly realm. Even a year after his death, his influence is ever-present. I’ve read many of his books since, appreciating their timeless message.
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a book sale fundraiser at a local library. I went to the event with the intention to find something special and rare, whether in its condition, edition or content. Within minutes I came across a hardcover first edition of Your Erroneous Zones, in very good condition. It felt almost expected to find this very tome.
Yesterday, August 29, I was in my attic going through keepsakes, savoring my childhood, life as a teen and young adulthood. I saw many things I haven’t seen in a very long time, including a coat of arms I designed where my determination to be a professional writer and artist were emblazoned in vivid watercolor. I then came across my high school book report on Your Erroneous Zones. Reading the pages of my review, a blended innocence with insight were shared most candidly. My teacher, Mr. Couper, appreciated my honesty and analysis, giving me an A– on the assignment.
After my journey of memorabilia I discovered through a Hay House post on Facebook yesterday that it was the one-year anniversary of Wayne Dyer’s passing. Not wishing to dwell on his departure, but rather, on the timing of my nostalgic find, I smiled. In the description in my book report I wrote of Dr. Dyer’s approach being one of simplicity. Simply put, I will continue to miss this member of humanity who gave voice to many things I needed, as well as for mankind. I suspect we won’t ever really say goodbye.
Aloha and Mahalo, my friend. In gratitude.
American Author, Artist and Poet, Loretta Boyer McClellan sees the art of writing as an exciting medium and source of abundant joy in the creative process. Her multilayered career as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; conscious PR, brand, graphic design, and communications; and as an Arts instructor, journalist, and artist, “sized the canvas,” so to speak, for a fruitful life of expression. Author of The Nature of BEing: A Healing Journey, The Misthaven of Maine Series, and Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing, Lori creates and teaches from the heart. Writing, meditating and fine art are her connection to the Infinite.