Wayne Dyer, R.I.P.
I am sorry to share the news that psychologist, best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and teacher Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away August 29 at the age of 75.
Wayne was a great story teller and I was always pleased to welcome him to my radio show when he visited the Phoenix area. I made a point of attending his speaking events as well. At different times over the years Wayne called upon my sons, Michael and Steven, sitting with me in the audience, to engage in an exchange or join him on the stage when he needed a volunteer to help demonstrate some point. I don’t know if it was fun for them, but I sure enjoyed it!
One time about a dozen years ago I was able to introduce Wayne to a little known author and set of ideas I thought especially profound. A few years later as Ali and I watched one of his popular PBS programs we were very pleased to see that Wayne had cited the author and incorporated that work into his presentation.
It is great boost for an author like me when someone who has written at least 40 books – 20 of which that were bestsellers, including Your Erroneous Zones which has sold 35 million copies – agrees to help promote his work. I was deeply honored that when I began thinking about serious writing, Wayne repeatedly said he would be happy to “blurb” my books.
Although I have written two books since then (and am almost finished with a third) I did not ask for Wayne’s help since my books have been about political and economic issues. But I decided that if I ever wrote anything that would be more fitting, something having to do with philosophy, inspiration, consciousness, or spirituality, I would take Wayne up on his generous offer.
As it happened, a few years ago I roughed out plans for a series of books on a topic that would be appropriate for his endorsement, and even wrote a rough draft of the first volume. When I heard that Wayne would be in my area soon I made plans to dust off the project and share it with him and ask him to introduce me to his publisher.
I am sad that that will not happen.
But I am much sadder at the passing of this good man from whom so many found help and inspiration.