“Wayne Dyer, best-selling author and lecturer, is one of the world’s preeminent proponents of the power of positive thinking. Dyer often tells audiences that he is his message. As a child, he was abandoned by an abusive, alcoholic father, then lived in orphanages. …Dyer’s central theme is that you can attract whatever you want, be it money, love, even improved health through your thoughts.
“You must assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled,” Dyer, 69, tells his followers. “In the process you begin to attract experiences that match up to what your imagination is offering. This is the great secret of those who are able to manifest into their life, almost effortlessly, what they would like to have.”
ABC’s, Dan Harris, interviewed Dyer about his philosophy:
Harris: The problem I have with the wish fulfillment stuff that you talk about, and positive thinking generally, is that if you invert the logic, then the bad things that are happening to us, and happen to everybody, must be the result of thinking incorrectly.
Dyer: It’s not about correct or incorrect thinking. It’s about alignment. When you see a tsunami hit, as one did not too long ago, and you see people just washed out to sea, it’s not like, you know, thousands of people were just thinking incorrectly and got washed out to sea. They were aligned with that energy that came in there. This is the way this universe works.
This guru is now facing a major challenge to his own philosophy. While ABC News was filming its story, Dyer, who has preached that you can change your health — even your DNA — through the power of thoughts, announced to followers that he is seriously ill with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a disease he initially said he could beat — and which he has been told he could with for 25 years. When Harris sat down with Dyer a few weeks later in October, however, he had changed his tune slightly.
Harris: Do you think that the fact that you are now ill is going to be grist for the people who have punished you, who say, “Look, here this guy’s been telling me that if I change the way I think, I can get what I want? Well, something bad just happened to him so that proves that his whole philosophy is off or he must not be living correctly.
Dyer: First of all, I’m not ill at all. Life itself is a sexually transmitted terminal disease. So, you know, I don’t think of it as, as any punishment at all. I’m thrilled with it.
Sorry Wayne Dyer, but you are a lie to yourself if you say you were ‘thrilled” to have leukemia. You might have been able to use the diagnosis as a challenge to heal what was off in you, or to be grateful for being given a chance to help others through healing lessons, but saying you were “thrilled” to have been diagnosed with cancer is not being true to yourself. I am sure you are not a sadomasochist.
First of all, no amount of positive thinking will stop one’s fate. The people who died in the Tsunami had a number, and their number was up. Their time on this earth was up.
No amount of positive thinking will stop our own death, nor the manner in which we die.
“The Leukemia is the body’s way of healing. I think we have to live in harmony with it (cancer) and not be so terrified of it and not be trying to kill it.” ~Wayne Dyer
His Leukemia is the result of something being off in his mind. It is the result of a deviation from love –be it fear, anger, resentment, a deeply-hidden secret, or some other repressed emotion– the leukemia is not his body healing. It is a cry for help from his subconscious mind. His unresolved issues (probably from childhood) are creating the illness.
I agree, don’t be afraid of the diagnosis, but we must listen to what our body is saying. You don’t have to kill the cancer with drugs or surgery, but you must address what the mind is trying to express, through the body, and then heal the cancer at the subconscious level.
“Disease” of the body is a ‘dis-ease’ of the mind. Dyer needs to penetrate something within himself to truly heal. NO amount of positive thinking is going to cure him.
Even if he “heals” the Leukemia -he must still deal with what is wrong in his subconscious mind –what caused the illness in the first place. If he does not address the root cause, he will get sick in some other part of his body…and so on and so on.
Harris: Watching you speak the other night, you said things like, “You need to believe it to see it.” You also said, “You need to assume the attitude of the wish fulfilled in order to get what you want.”
The problem with this way of thinking is that when people try it and truly feel that it can work for them, and then something bad happens, they think that they are defective in some way, when in actuality, we humans cannot control life. We are not Gods.
People who promote “the power of positive thinking” are never someone who is suffering from serious psychological, emotional, and physical problems. Try telling people like Greg Milligan, whose mother beat his genitals when he was a boy because she couldn’t orgasm, that Greg just needs to think positive and be happy with his sexual dysfunction and nightmares.
Yes, Greg can overcome what he endured, but not without deep psychotherapeutic help.
The subconscious mind gets pretty angry when we try and lie to ourselves. If a person tries to cover up their true pain and unresolved sexual abuse issues by telling themselves that they are healing, but don’t take any action to work on themselves, their subconscious mind will rebel against them and make them sicker.
I am very sorry that Wayne Dyer had/has? Leukemia.
However, I must be truthful. There is a possibility that Dyer’s Leukemia is his soul’s way of letting him know that there is a God, and that he cannot control life and what happens by imagining good things and by thinking positive.
When mankind learns to love God with all their hearts, all their mind, and all their soul, and submits to God’s will –to treat all others and all of nature as we ourselves would want to be treated, and when we learn to control our emotions and center ourselves in love, truth, -and have no expectations one way or another about anything- and when we work on ourselves and our past psychological garbage, then and only then, can we know peace.
Source: ABC News