Dyer’s family confirmed his death in a Facebook post: “Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night.
He always said he couldn’t wait for this next adventure to begin and has no fear of dying.
“At every moment, you can either be a host to God or a hostage to your ego.”Although some critics found his solutions simplistic — “It’s your life; do with it what you want” — Dyer was unfazed.“I know it all sounds too simple to some people but what’s the other choice? Born May 10, 1940, in Detroit, Wayne Walter Dyer never met his father, who abandoned his mother and her three children shortly after his birth.
Until he was 10, Dyer lived in foster homes and orphanages.
Wayne held a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University, had been an associate professor at St.
John’s University in New York, and honored a lifetime commitment to learning and finding the Higher Self.Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side.”Dyer frequently chuckled about the “scurvy elephant.” It was something an exasperated teacher had called him in grade school — but what she actually said was “disturbing element” and he had misconstrued it. Traditional psychotherapy was a “slick gimmick,” he said; if you want meaning and happiness and purpose, you won’t find it by dwelling on ancient parental slights or schoolyard upsets.For the rest of his life, though, Dyer relished the term, especially because he thought of himself as a disturber of the status quo. “Mental health is not complex, expensive, or involved, hard work,” he said.Each chapter is designed for actually living the Tao or the Great Way today.Some of the chapter titles are “Living with Flexibility,” “Living Without Enemies,” and “Living by Letting Go.” Each of the 81 brief chapters focuses on living the Tao and concludes with a section called “Doing the Tao Now.”Wayne spent one entire year reading, researching, and meditating on Lao-tzu’s messages, practicing them each day and ultimately writing down these essays as he felt Lao-tzu wanted you to know them. As Wayne says, “This is a book that will forever change the way you look at your life, and the result will be that you’ll live in a new world aligned with nature. I now live in accord with the natural world and feel the greatest sense of peace I’ve ever experienced.When Wayne Dyer came out with his first self-help book in 1976, it was a dud, but he didn’t give up.He bought thousands of copies himself and crisscrossed the country, stopping at every small-town newspaper and TV station that would talk to him about his reader-friendly approach to achieving happiness.In 2015, he left his body, returning to Infinite Source to embark on his next adventure. Affectionately called the "father of motivation" by his fans, Dr. Dyer was an internationally renowned author, speaker, and pioneer in the field of self-development.Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and has written 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao-tzu to today’s modern world.The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good. This work contains the entire 81 verses of the Tao, compiled from Wayne’s researching of 12 of the most well-respected translations of text that have survived for more than 25 centuries.