Choose to see death as simply removing a garment or moving from one room to another…It’s merely a transition. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Darling, I think we’re Taoists.” David texted me 6 months ago. I scoffed and wondered if he really knew me at all.
“Sweetheart, you know as soon as we put labels on ourselves what happens.” I texted back. Refusing to have any part of it.
3 days later…
“Omg David! I think we are Taoists!” I had just watched an hour long YouTube video where Wayne Dyer talks to Oprah about living in accordance of The Tao for a year while he wrote “Change Your Thoughts. Change Your Life.”
For the last 6 months I studied everything of Dr. Dyer’s that I could get my hands on. I watched and listened to hundreds of hours worth of lectures, interviews and audio books. I started my day with him in my ear teaching me how to “do the Tao now.” His message of kindness and love is always the same, yet I would not be exaggerating if I told you I hear and take something new from his words everyday.
So, like thousands of other, I was devastated by the news of his death.
I was surprised to see David home from work Monday morning. “I have two pieces of bad news. Both do not directly effect us, but you will be sad.”
“Wes Craven died…”
“Oh that’s too bad.” I said with an air of compassion booting up my computer.
“And so did Wayne Dyer.”
I stared blankly at him trying to remember how I knew the name.
For some reason it was not registering with me that the one I called my teacher and learned from daily could be dead. It made no sense.
I scrambled in tears to the arms of my community where I found countless others who had woken up to the same news.
Waves of grief filled my feeds. I was amazed at how many of my teachers were also students of Wayne’s and it comforted me to know that we all shared in this great sorrow.
Like countless others I felt like he knew me personally, that he was my friend and cared about me.
What an amazing gift he had, to be able to fill himself up with so much love that it was felt through his words by millions of people.
What a blessing to be one of those millions.
Wayne’s death was a shock. He was the epitome of health. He successfully beat Leukemia, ate a healthy diet, did hot yoga every morning and yet he was gone.
We were all brought together by this though, weren’t we? Our community in the millions has always shared our stories and Wayne’s quotes within the confines of our social media, but in the last few days mainstream media has been inundated with his messages of love, compassion and kindness. How many more lives has Wayne touched just by his body’s passing? And how many more lives will be changed in the years to come?
We can be vessels of this message just by being kind to everyone we come across. I don’t just mean please and thank you’s, but by genuinely going about to make the day brighter for everyone we come across. Out of five people we are kind to if just one of them went on to show kindness to five more people, we are making a difference. I’m not going to try and impress you with my math, but if thousands of us do that daily, I think the odds are that we are on our way to bettering the planet.
Love is always around us. It doesn’t come and go from the universe, it’s just brought to form. It’s up to us to see, feel and to use this love. Even the smallest act of kindness is an act of love. Once you see it that way you will see that love is everywhere. You will see how easy it is to show love to others and to yourself. Don’t see it as giving love, because sometimes that feels like you’re taking from yourself, instead see love as being everywhere and use it.
Dr. Dyer is not gone. I can still feel his love in his words and I can see the kindness in his eyes. His message will continue to touch lives in generations to come through his books and videos and through those of us who continue to share the love, compassion and kindness that he will continue to show to us.
Namaste, my friends.
His movie The Shift is available to be streamed free here.