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How Wayne Dyer helped me bridge the generational self-development gap

Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer definitely helped to bridge the generation gap between my parents and myself and allowed me to come into my own with my spiritual growth and find ways to learn the things that I needed to feel more fulfilled in my life. 

My parents went through a divorce when I was in fourth grade, and it was drawn out throughout the middle school. And that time I do remember, You know, my mom diving into a lot more personal development. 

I remember my dad also. 

I remember him quoting things from, the road less traveled and things. 

Not Wayne Dyer. 

But that was the way that he went. 

And I remember my mom kind of listening to a lot of Wayne Dyer. She would get the audiobooks on CD. 

We’ve always been big and audiobooks in our family. 

I’m actually holding my phone right now. 

I’ve got my audible half up, and, I remember the first Wayne Dyer book that I personally got. And that was when I was in my late teens and early twenties. And it was there’s a spiritual solution to every problem and I remember the kind of having it not really reading it. 

And I remember breaking it out when I was going through my divorce and on diving into it, you know, let you hear a little sample of it. 

(Wayne Dyer on phone)

[Recognizing the availability of an invisible force that could be put to use in solving a problem requires overcoming a great deal of our early training. Do you believe there’s only one kind of power or knowledge that relies on your sensory or intellectual faculties to solve problems?

[Not anymore. 

[Most of us have been taught this is true. This is a conditioned attitude of nonrecognition of our divine connection. In this state of nonrecognition, we believe that medicines, herbs, surgery, and doctors are responsible for all healing.

[More than improving one’s financial picture involves the exclusive application of working hard, studying, and sending out resumes.

[Times really describe…”] 

I learned so much and my eyes were open to so many things that were not religion specific. 

You know, if somebody who was born and raised Catholic and then had to question a lot of that when my parents went through their divorce during the years that I would have normally been preparing for confirmation. 

But I didn’t feel comfortable doing so because my parents weren’t really welcome members of the church had been through a divorce and it didn’t sit well with me. And so I went on to research all different other types of religion: Buddhism, Judaism and I converted to Judaism as an adult. 

I don’t know that I would say I am completely in alignment, but I do love a lot of what is practiced in that. But I find things in every religious background that I do love because I look for the spiritual component of it instead of the like-by-the-book stuff. 

That’s not where my heart is in my spirit line and I see myself more who’s just somebody who is spiritually aware and connected to a higher divine power than somebody who is Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, you know, whatever. 

I don’t… I see those as much smaller pots to a much bigger thing, and I’m always looking more at the bigger thing if that makes any sense. 

But Wayne Dyer definitely helped to open my eyes to all of the different ways to connect with and understand my spirit and to grow and to know that his teachings were something that my parents and even their parents. 

And I know my grandparents had listened to and taken in a lot of his teachings, that it was multigenerational and that it impacted each of our generations in a different way, and that we’re each able to take different lessons away. 

Helped me to feel like, you know, it’s not like I’m learning my parents’ stuff. I’m learning something that I can apply to myself and then that opened my eyes to all the other teachers that are out there. 

All the other awesome people published on you know, High House and all the up and comers and you know, the newer kind of spiritual Gangsters and, all of that. 

So it really helped to bridge the gap, but also to connect us through that bridge. And I’m always gonna be grateful for that. 

Definitely, the first personal and self-development guru that I can remember, really taking the heat of and learning from, and listening to.