“There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem”: Wayne Dyer to speak in Minneapolis April 20
WAYNE DYER’S NEW book, and his April 20 seminar in Minneapolis, are titled, “There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem.” So we tried him out on a few problems: serious illness, death, and the matter of global peace and wellness. Here are some of his spiritual solutions; listen in.
TCW: Suppose a person has a serious health problem. What’s most important for them to do?
WD: You have to come into touch with two things when you’re dealing with serious illness. One is that uncertainty is part of the process. Accepting and understanding that is crucial; nobody is guaranteed anything. Second is to become aware of who you are. Illness really gives you an opportunity to begin to see yourself from an infinite perspective, as a spiritual being having a human experience rather than the other way around. And getting over our fear of death is one of the great lessons we can learn. As we become more enlightened or more spiritual or more aware in our lives, we fear death less and less and less.
TCW: What are some things a sick person can do that will help them deal with their situation?
WD: They can reach out, that’s probably the most important thing they can do, to comfort and help others and become more compassionate. The essence of higher awareness and higher consciousness is compassion. St. Francis says, “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.” He doesn’t say, “Deliver peace to me,” or “Help me to find peace in my life,” he says “Make me an instrument of peace.” Let me deliver peace wherever I go, with whomever I’m around; that’s really the essence of doing spiritual work.
And not just compassion, but gratitude! I had a heart attack a year and a half ago. When I was in the hospital, I was looking at all of the equipment, and I was thinking, “How many people have had to work on creating and manufacturing and distributing this equipment?” I just began to be in this wonderful state of gratitude for all of the healers and helpers and nurses and technicians, and the people cleaning the floors and the people carrying out bedpans, and those incredible machines that show pictures of your arteries and your heart and the flow of your blood. I just kept looking, and being in a state of gratitude.
As we measure spiritual energy, the energy of appreciation is way, way higher, and it will always strengthen us, versus the energy of depreciation, which always weakens us. Many people spend a good part of their lives looking for occasions to be offended, or to be upset, or to be angry or to be hurt, and they’re in a state of depreciation, and they’re constantly weakening themselves and their bodies, whereas highly functioning people are in a state of appreciation, and find themselves able to appreciate virtually anything at anytime.
TCW: How can you help a person who is afraid of his or her own death?
WD: You just provide her with comfort, and let her know that you love her not just as a body, but you love the essence of who she is. The reason we have such a fear of death is because we live in our egos, and that’s what Spiritual Solutions is about, getting past that. We believe that who we are is what we have, and what we do, and what others think of us, and that who we are is separate from each other, and separate from God, and separate from what we would like to have in our lives, so the ego is about separation and it’s about our attachments to stuff. You can convey to somebody that, “The reason I love you is not for what you do, not for what you have, not even for what you’ve given to others, but because you are the Beloved. Because you are that divine creation that is always connected to God.”
TCW: How can we best contribute to peace and global wellness?
WD: I tell the story of a grandfather talking to his grandson. He says, “I feel like I have two wolves barking inside me and the first wolf is full of anger and hatred and revenge and bitterness, and the second wolf is barking inside of me and it’s filled with love and compassion and forgiveness and kindness.” And the grandson says, “Which of the two wolves do you think will win, grandpa?” And the grandfather responds, “Whichever one I feed.”
I think there’s a real lesson in that metaphor: We have to watch what we feed. Hatred itself is what we have to work on, and that’s what we have to challenge in our lives. We need to recognize that when we respond to force with more force, we just create a counterforce that will always weaken us and put us collectively in a lower energy field. All the great spiritual teachers’ response to hatred was forgiveness and kindness. That’s what we have to learn. We have to understand that the capacity to heal, and to create a better world, is the capacity that all of us need to connect to, not the one that says, “Everything is going to be bad.”
TCW: Thank you very much.
Wayne Dyer will be presenting “There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem” April 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Washburn High School, 50th & Nicollet, Minneapolis, sponsored by the Emerson Institute of Minnesota (www.emersoninstitute.org). Tickets are $55.00 through Ticketworks at 612-343-3390 or online at Ticketworks.com. There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem is available in bookstores.
(This article was published in Twin Cities Wellness, April 2002)