“Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn’t wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying.
Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side. We Love You Forever Dad/Wayne” – The Dyer Family
Born: May 10, 1940 (age 75), Detroit, MI
Died: August 29, 2015, Maui County, Hawaii, HI
My favorite spiritual teacher Wayne Dyer passes in his sleep on August the 29th 2015.
The cause of death wasn’t immediately reported, but he had been diagnosed with leukemia several years ago.
Wayne was a guidance counselor at a Detroit high school and went on to run a successful private therapy practice, but his motivational and self-help lectures at St. John’s University, where he was a professor, attracted students beyond those enrolled, according to a biography on Dyer’s Goodreads page.
A literary agent persuaded him to package his ideas in book form, resulting in his first book, Your Erroneous Zones, in 1976 which has sold over 35 million copies.
Wayne has authored over 30 books in his life and was a regular guest on the PBS channel to help with their fundraising efforts.
I came across Wayne Dyer back in 1999 while working on healing the spiritual aspects of myself. I connected with Wayne’s writings and audio recordings immediately.
I probably read all of Wayne’s books and most of his audio programs.
Wayne had a mix of humor and thoughtfulness that I found the most intriguing about himself and his work.
I recall Wayne expressing dissatisfaction about being the Third most spiritually influential person in the world on the Watkins List behind Ekhart Tolle and the Dalai Lama.
Of course he was joking about it.
Another favorite story of Wayne’s was when he was in Elementary School when he heard his third grade school teacher telling the principal that he was a “scurvy elephant.”
When he got home he repeated this to his foster mother who called the school for clarification.
Who wouldn’t? Anyway, as it turns out she had called Dyer, who was not an outstanding student, a “disturbing element,” and thus the concept of the “scurvy elephant” was borne!
Wayne Dyer touched many lives for the better and I know he will continue doing even more good works on the other side.
“My purpose is to help people look at themselves and begin to shift their concepts. Remember, we are not our country, our race, or religion.
‘We are eternal spirits. Seeing ourselves as spiritual beings without label is a way to transform the world and reach a sacred place for all of humanity. – Wayne Dyer