Dr Wayne Dyer has always believed in following your passionate life purpose. He himself took a big chance to find his life purpose when he left his tenured teaching position at St. John’s University in New York to spend his time pitching his first book—Your Erroneous Zones. Here’s the story of that risky move as he explains it in his memoir, I Can See Clearly Now:
My world has changed dramatically since I made the decision to go it alone as a self-employed writer. I have spent the past year working full-time to promote my first book for the general public, Your Erroneous Zones.
On a joint conference call with my agent, Artie Pine, and my editor, Paul Fargis, I am told that there are two pieces of news that are going to blow me away.
The first is that Your Erroneous Zones will appear on The New York Times bestseller list on Mother’s Day, May 8, 1977, as the number one best-selling book in the country. The second is equally exciting: Your Erroneous Zones has been put up for bid at an auction with all of the paperback publishing houses. The bidding has exceeded well over one million dollars, and Avon Books will be bringing this book out as their number one lead book for the fall of this year.
I have just been informed that I am the author of the number-one-selling book in the country, and I have also just become a millionaire as a bonus! I am over the moon with joy. I put the phone down in my little rented house on Long Island and put my head into my hands, and tears flow down my face.
I have been doing nothing but following my own vision and advancing confidently in the direction of my own dream and endeavouring to live the life I have imagined. It is what I read on the wall of the Thoreau Lyceum in Concord, Massachusetts when I visited and lay on the bed where Henry David Thoreau slept back in the 19th century. And this great teacher of mine, who guided me through so many roadblocks when I was back in high school, was so right.
I have met with a success totally unexpected in common hours. I am overcome with emotion.
I call my mother in Detroit to give her the news. She receives my news with the same sort of ecstatic shock that I’m feeling. She is sobbing with joy as she playfully reminds me that my book is such a huge success because she was the one who typed the manuscript before I gave it to the publisher. This beautiful woman—who sacrificed so much to get her broken family back together after being abandoned by my biological father, who worked every day of her life without complaint—is the mother of a millionaire author, who’s written the most popular book in America.
Before hanging up she says, “My son the doctor! I’m honestly not surprised, Wayne. You were always looking at the stars. I love you so much.”
I hang up the phone and say a profound prayer of gratitude for this enormous blessing that has arrived in my life.
I feel humbled by the fact that I have come from such scarce beginnings, and I pray for help in remaining unaffected in any egotistical way by all of this external bounty. I make a commitment to make certain that my two brothers and our mother will never be saddled with a mortgage payment.
What stands out most clearly to me today as I relive those glorious moments of achieving such exalted status in the publishing world is the biggest fear that I had inside of me. It concerned my ability to handle the financial uncertainty at the very beginning of my decision to leave the university and head out on my own.
I loved the feeling of freedom that was so nourishing to my soul; however, my head was filled with dread over money worries.
“What stands out most clearly to me today as I relive those glorious moments of achieving such exalted status in the publishing world is the biggest fear that I had inside of me.”
I grew up in an era of pretty severe poverty. My parents weathered the Great Depression and money was always a very big concern. I was weaned on a shortage mentality, and placed in foster homes largely because there simply wasn’t enough money to take care of the most basic of needs. My mother, who had three children by the time she was 24, worked first as a counter girl at a five-and-dime, and then as a secretary.
My father, who was jailed for stealing on more than one occasion, just abandoned his fatherly responsibilities and disappeared. I grew up working from the time I was nine years of age. Money was a big issue everywhere I lived. A lack of money and fear of monetary shortages—and remembrances of being hungry and not having enough food to eat—were imprinted on my subconscious mind rather emphatically.
Consequently, heading out on my own with a family to support at the age of 36, with no guaranteed income, was a monumental thing for me. I loved the idea of being my own boss, but I dreaded the thought of not being able to provide for my family and myself.
What feels much clearer to me now as I look back on this risky move is the importance of feeling the fear—acknowledging it rather than pretending it wasn’t there—and then doing what my heart and soul were telling me I had to do.
It was my willingness to align my body and its actions with my highest self, which could no longer handle living a lie.
“…heading out on my own with a family to support at the age of 36, with no guaranteed income, was a monumental thing for me. I loved the idea of being my own boss, but I dreaded the thought of not being able to provide for my family and myself.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer
As I travelled the country, and then the world, doing what I knew was my Divine purpose, everything began to fall into place.
When that conference call from Artie and Paul announced my new fiscal status as a millionaire with unlimited earning capacity, I realized a very important truth. It was spelt out by Patanjali some 2,300 or so years ago. This great spiritual master offered the kind of advice that spoke to me back there in 1977. He said, “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.” Then he added, “Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
I love this passage—especially the part about dormant forces. These are forces that we often think are dead and inaccessible, but he said they come alive to assist us when we are inspired by some great purpose and acting upon it. I realized I had a lot of worries and fears about money that I’d grown up with and lived with my whole life, and that they dominated much of my thinking. What Patanjali offered was true for me in a big way.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.” Then he added, “Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
As I followed my dream—stayed in-Spirit; that is, inspired—I made more money in the first year after I gave up my employment than I had made in the previous 35 years of my life.
Somehow I see it so clearly now: When we stay on purpose and steadfastly refuse to be discouraged, accepting our fears and doing it anyway, those seemingly dormant forces do come alive and show us that we are greater people than we ever dreamed ourselves to be.
We discover that we are one with our Source of being, and as Jesus put it so perfectly, “With God all things are possible.”
Article source: drwaynedyer.com
Author: Dr Wayne Dyer has written over 20 bestsellers on many spiritual topics, including making the shift to connect to Source, keeping the balance in your life, and transforming your life with the power of intention.
A few days back a friend was sharing with me her problems and happened to mention her fear of the expansive desert region, near which she stays. I was inspired to impress on her that she needed to confront this fear and any other fears she knows she has, as this is essential for her growth, especially in these times.
Later I wondered why I said that. In the following days I got 3 different messages authenticating this very information.
An Ascended Master’s message said that unless we confront and overcome our fears we will not be able to vibrate high enough to meet the standards of the coming Golden Age. From two other sources I learned that these fears being 3rd dimensional in nature must be left behind or overcome for any inner progress to take place. They cannot be carried along into the new age. They further advised that all those seeking Ascension during this shift must resort to introspection and then root out any fear based issues within us. This cannot be stressed enough!
Sri Sathya Sai Baba says that all negativities within emerge from Fear and all varieties of goodness and virtues emerge from Love. When a person is in the state of fear, his inner system short circuits, disconnecting him from his divinity.
When I looked within to see if I had any pending issues I needed to take care of, I was reminded of certain occurrences during my sadhana which sought my attention and needed to be healed.
Every now and then I go on retreats where a few of us engage in spiritual practices for longer periods of time. I noticed that most times when I am able to go deep within, I am confronted with troublesome issues of the past which I had conveniently buried away. I wondered why these issues would emerge just then when I was in a state of great peace. On one occasion one such issue got to me and I felt like I had turned into a volcano of anger. Probably my inability to deal with this fear and resorting to inner anger gave this fear the required energy because unfortunately for me, a year later, this fear materialized out of the blue, totally unexpectedly, making me face the lowest point of my life.
A few months back during another long meditation, about 4 hours into it, another other past fear-based issue emerged causing me great distress. Thankfully this time divine understanding came along.
I was made to realize that because I had buried these problems within the subconscious, every time I went deep into meditation I would confront these problems which sought solutions without which I would not be able/allowed to progress further.
I was made to realize that this is not a curse but could be a boon. Unlike last time where I let my ego envelop me in anger; this time I realized I should look at the problem as an opportunity to raise myself higher, and from that state seek solutions to the problem.
I was made to realize that it is a folly to think that to solve the issue I would need to confront the person or situation causing it. They have NOTHING to do with the issue. In truth I needed to confront myself as the issue is a part of my life because my own karmas permitted it; there is a vital lesson hidden therein, which my soul needs in order to learn and evolve. As such I must take total responsibility and not feel like a victim, which is ego’s way of escape. Loving acceptance is the first step towards healing.
I was made to realize that the problem need not materialize at the physical level, if I was able to mentally deal with it with a sense of equanimity and loving understanding.
Yesterday I read something from a book called Inner Experiences, which describes the wonderful states of an evolved soul by the name of Dolly Baile. Imagine my excitement when I read the following:
“’Develop equal mindedness’. Baba ( Her Guru and Inner guide ) made her imagine all sorts of good and bad things that could happen to her, happen to her family, house, money etc. and see if and how she could handle it with equanimity.”
Exactly what I had felt within. The moment I read this I began connecting the dots and was convinced that I was meant to learn this lesson to help myself and perhaps others in the process. I began writing this note so that the few out there (I know many may not resonate with such information) could use this knowledge to their advantage.
“Look fear in the face, and it will cease to trouble you.” Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri
Any fear that comes to capture our attention, either wants to take us in its fold, or engage us in a fight of resistance. In either case it succeeds in taking our peace of mind away. If we refuse to give in or engage in a fight, but in a state of calm detachment confront, accept and lovingly bless the problem… we will find inner victory.
Any issues that cause us fear, anger, hurt, guilt, hatred, humiliation etc are not so much a battle between you and a person or a situation; but a battle between your ego and your soul. The moment you are able to interpret this and view the problem from the soul’s perspective of Oneness and Love, the doors of solutions effortlessly open up.
Forgiveness is a powerful tool that leads towards inner healing. This information I received from the Source during the lowest point of my life that I have mentioned above. To recall it briefly:
At a time when I was overwhelmed by an inner avalanche of dark negative emotions that threatened to eat all my sanity away, I found this gentle light within asking me ‘ to forgive’. I was indignant! How could I forgive someone who put me in such a state? The gentle voice then said that ‘forgiveness was not for that person, it was for my own benefit. What that person did was his own karma, what I suffer is mine. By forgiving I am saying that I am willing to let go in peace this issue which I have caused. Then and only then can healing begin.’
There are certain fears which are deeply rooted and cannot be dealt with easily. To those who are victims of such fears I strongly recommend the book ‘Cutting the ties that bind’ by Phyllis Krystal.
Mrs. Krystal, a venerable lady of 96 shared that all the information within the book was received by her from inner guidance from a source she refers to as Higher Consciousness or High C, who also told her that ‘ this is new knowledge for the new age’. This book contains very simple yet powerful symbols through which a variety of mental / emotional problems can be effectively dealt with. I myself practice these symbols and find them highly effective.
Another simple tool is the Ho’ponopono technique of Hawai as introduced in the book Zero Limits. The book shares that because the world we see and experience is created by us through our personal perspective, something which the Vedas endorses “Yatha drishti, tatha Shristi” ‘as is your view so is the world you see’; we must also accept and take responsibility for all the fears we experience. The solution to these problems, it explains, is in 4 very simple steps. Tell yourself:
Please try this and you will be surprised how powerful these simple steps are.
I hope those who resonate with this message will make every effort to, first introspect, then identify any fear that you have buried within, and finally deal with such fears by confronting them with Love. Remember this subconscious ‘cleansing’ is an important exercise which can prepare you for the coming times of Ascension into the Golden Age.
Author: Naresh Sharma