Dear Fellow Travelers,
A few days ago I was standing in my kitchen at the end of a week long slump and a song came to mind. It was written by my singer/songwriter friend, Deanna Smith Scotland, in tribute to another musician upon his passing. And as my mind tripped over the notes of the song, I found myself singing the words:
Raise your glass & drink with me
Raise your voice & sing
Celebrate a life well lived
Celebrate the joy a song can bring.
As I continued repeatedly singing the chorus, I felt the energy in my center shift from the ending whispers, shadows of sorrow, that had been present for some unknown reason, into joy. At the same moment, I looked up and noticed a plaque on the wall my niece had given me one Christmas with the word “Celebrate” on it.
I didn’t know that several days later this song would come back to me in a moment when I was going over my thoughts about the passing of Wayne Dyer. So many people had posted on Facebook their parting thoughts, posted things about what he had done for them, posted messages for the family. I was just empty. I couldn’t imagine what to say that could even come close to expressing anything I felt in that moment or expressing even a millionth of what I feel this man’s life has done for me personally. T
I never actually had the opportunity to speak with him, even though we came face to face at a Louise Hay “I Can Do It” conference in Austin TX in the summer of 2014. Today, as I contemplated writing this blog post, knowing there are probably millions of people putting blog posts and comments all over different types of social media in reaction to his passing, I asked myself: “Do I have a favorite Wayne Dyer quote?” “Do I have a thought in my mind about something he taught me through his writings, through his talks, through his life that I could highlight?”
I’ve been a student of Wayne’s for so long now; I’ve been immersed in so much of his teachings, that it would be impossible. Trying to find a favorite Wane Dyer quote for me would be like trying to find a favorite moment in the life of either of my sons. It’s just impossible.
Another thought that came to my mind today was about how many different people & teachings he has introduced to me. These include: Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu, Rumi, Ram Dass, Abraham, Anita Moorjani and Louise Hay herself.
I feel that when someone you greatly admire & love passes, the best way of honoring that person’s memory is to celebrate their life. And to me, the best way I can do that is to continue to let my life be enriched and enhanced by the gifts he or she brought me. That’s what I see for my future today in honoring and celebrating this amazing spirit’s life. I have started going back through my audio versions of Change your thoughts,Change your life. I will finish reading the last book I bought, the signed copy I bought in Austin last summer of I Can See Clearly Now. Most of all, I will seek in every day to live my life to the fullest – because even though I am not able to choose a favorite Wayne Dyer quote, I know that all of his teachings encompass living your life to the ultimate both for joy and love.
As he moved through his life and continued to evolve, the thing I appreciated so much Is that he always shared his journey and didn’t just bring forth his own thoughts. He didn’t study and research masters that came before him only for his own benefit; he brought them to us, introducing us to so many, giving us his personal interpretation. This is what I value so much about him.
If you’ve not been a student of Wayne Dyer, consider getting to know his teachings and also the teachings of those he shared with all of us. And I wish for you a life of expanding love, joy, enrichment and service. As he would suggest, as he taught. I know he would not want us to be sad at his passing – that would negate pretty much everything he taught in these last few years. So, I say: “Let’s all celebrate a life well lived; celebrate the joy a song can bring.”
Blessings & Light,
"Don’t die with your music still in you.”
~ Wayne Dyer