Dr. Wayne Dyer; the day my teacher appeared…Universal energy perfectly aligned, orchestrating a divine meeting with Dr. Wayne Dyer. Many aspects of my life have changed since my first dances with death and the beginning of my search for help on my healing journey. However, this one profound example stands out as miraculous evidence of the power of intention.
My apologies; I interrupt our story with this important update:
I am sad to share this news with you. Dr. Dyer never had the chance to read our story as his body unexpectedly left this earth. I was posting our story on Aug. 29th, the very evening he passed away. I am saddened by the news and feel deeply for his eight children who mourn his passing. If any man was ever ready for the other side it was Wayne Dyer. He spent most of his life teaching us how to be better souls. I met Dr. Dyer twenty-four days before his rise to Heaven. He was happy, healthy and enjoying life to its fullest. Prayers to his family, loved ones, and fans. Listening to a recent Hay House radio program Dr. Dyer shared “Since I have been ill I am presented with people who are needing something I have to give. So many sick people have shown up and I’ve been able to help them.” I was one of those people he is speaking of. He forever touched and blessed my life. Blessings be upon you Wayne Dyer as you watch us from above.
Please honor the love that is and was Dr. Wayne Dyer- continue reading our story:
“Remember the ancient saying that instructs: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” The teachers and teachings are always there, throughout the entire span of our life. But when ego is running things, those teachers go unnoticed… As I’ve written and said many times: When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”, – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.
Reading his quote now, makes me feel as if I am finally on the road to my own true purpose, having myself been sent a humble, wise and noble, teacher. I also wonder retrospectively why, at the time, it seemed no one else around even noticed his presence. This internationally renowned human, a rock star in the healing community, floated around virtually unnoticed by the other customers and staff. It was a moment of pure enlightenment, just two spirits, mystically encircled by a white, glowing, brilliant bubble of light. And when I expressed my astonishment at this “chance” meeting, he corrected me by saying that I “had manifested it all myself”.
Standing before me was not just my teacher, he was THE teacher; the man known as “the father of motivation”, internationally renowned author, counselor, speaker in the field of self-development and spiritual growth. And it turned out that he was so truly caring, kind, and generous. He shared his pearls of wisdom freely, with a wide-open and giving heart. This meeting was mind-blowing, unexpected, and may I add, much-needed. But to understand just how intense this experience was for me, I must first take you back in time…
Step Back In Time
I had viewed Dr. Dyer’s program many times over the years on PBS. Some of his audio recordings were on my MP3 player and later my smart phone. I would often listen to his melodic, reassuring voice throughout the day as he shared his deep, profound wisdom.
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Meanwhile, on my last visit to Dr. Parvus at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, I was given new instructions as I prepared to finish the big portions of my treatment. We were both very pleased at the progress I had made and test results confirmed our thoughts. Still, I had a few things to work on, and Dr. Parvus ordered up a prescription (pharmaceuticals yuck!) for me. After reading the drug label warnings, (poison!) I almost didn’t follow through. But he had brought me this far and I felt I still had to trust him. Also, I think I am like most people when they feel sick; we will do just about anything to feel better. In fact, it’s fair to say I am sick of feeling sick. My doctor and I both felt like I was leaping over the last big hurdle.
The prescription medication lasted thirty days and I felt progressively worse each day. By the end of the month, I almost felt like I had returned to square one. I looked terrible, walked slightly hunched over, and the antibiotic caused a return of my joint, muscle and other pain. So when a very dear friend of mine gifted me a ticket to the Chopra Center for an event, not only designed to help one heal, but to help maintain wellness for a lifetime, I was absolutely living in gratitude. After all… Deepak Chopra, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Wayne Dyer would be speaking at this event and I could hardly wait!
There aren’t any accidents
Unfortunately, it turned out that I had accidentally clicked on a list of all of the speakers in a series of Chopra Center events. In reality Dr. Dyer would not be speaking at the event I held a ticket to, but a later event in April 2016, in Hawaii. There was no way I could afford that trip, and lamented to my husband how much I had wanted to see Dr. Dyer. Yet, how could I be disappointed? There would still be four fantastic speakers and another huge lineup of professionals training us. It would be a healing experience and a class complete with certification, plus, it was being held at beautiful resort in Carlsbad, California. Who could ask for anything more? I felt truly blessed to be able to attend, even though I have never participated in anything like this program before.
Also, I had spent most of last year in home hospital and hadn’t been driving much at all. I was definitely nervous about making the six-hour drive. My husband had to work, so I would be embarking on this adventure alone. This meant crossing the empty desert, climbing a mountain, and finding my own way, despite the busy California traffic. And I still had fresh memories of the sudden “attacks” of illness while driving; it was this fear I needed to overcome. I once drove from Illinois, across Canada to Anchorage, Alaska by myself, so you might be surprised to know that I was quite nervous about this trip. It took me a while to actually get in the car and leave. At least my arms and legs were stronger, I had gained weight and muscle, and they would no longer shake as I drove. Eventually I was able to reach within to rediscover my courage, and that carried me through.
I arrived, with minimal drama, several hours before check-in. I had wanted to allow myself plenty of time to stop and rest if needed. I had not encountered any problems and had not discovered anywhere else that lured me to stop. My room wasn’t ready, but I didn’t mind- it just meant I could enjoy an extra hour or two at this beautiful, relaxing location. It was a joy to slowly stroll past all of the beautiful flowers, trees, green grass, fountains…a much different landscape than my current home environment.
My time was well spent, first enjoying a fantastic lunch under the giant umbrellas on the patio overlooking the emerald green golf course and ponds. I strolled through the small shops and watched golfers take practice swings. It was pure joy observing a father and his young sons play soccer. The tennis players knocking about in their curious knit ‘skorts’ were entertaining.
There was still time to spare before my room was ready, so it seemed like a good idea to check out the Chopra Center. It might be possible to get a sneak peek at the set-up for the next day’s event, I reasoned. Instead, the discovery of a small gift shop, it’s quaint blue French doors open and inviting, threw me off course and drew me in. Curiosity compelled me forward…
I slowly walked past the shelves featuring all of Deepak Chopra’s books, CD’s, and other materials. There were little semi-precious gemstones, art, and other trinkets. There was a small selection of gemstone jewelry (but frankly, I was a little surprised at the quality, convinced they needed some QuirkyGirl jewelry on the shelves!). Overall the little shop appeared dimly lit and featured only a small product offering.
And then, my gaze shifting from the objects lined on shelves against the back wall of the store, looking ahead- my mouth dropped open as my eyes widened. Dr. Wayne Dyer was standing just one foot away, directly in front of me!
The moment I met Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Wayne Dyer- as I live and breathe” I said (as if I were a Southern Belle). It was one of those moments when you thought you were saying the words to yourself only to hear them as well! Oops! Did I really just say that out loud?!
“I’ve been following your programs on PBS for years” I gushed. “You are wonderful!” I was shocked, unprepared, my mind was spinning…was this some kind of weird dream? These types of encounters were way outside the realm of my normal experience, so I must have seemed a little silly.
Dr. Dyer sported one of my favorite “taxi-driver” hats in black leather, with a cool black tee shirt featuring white artwork. He sported a big smile and he looked and sounded just as he appeared on television. He was thinner than I remembered but looked happy and healthy as ever. His relaxed manner was reassuring, as was the many hugs he generously shared with me throughout our meeting. The date was Aug. 5th 2015, 3:20 p.m. Unusual for me, but I felt it was important that I note the date and time as this was a life changing moment…
“Hello, he said as he extended his hand, what’s your name? We shook hands and began to talk. He told me he was lodging nearby and had just stopped in for a visit; he was working his way to the Marketplace for some fresh juice. Dr. Dyer was enjoying his free time, waiting for his daughter to arrive at his hotel, and then they were both flying to Australia. I thought perhaps this was a vacation, but later discovered he was speaking in both Brisbane and Melbourne. He inquired as to why I was there, and I told him a short version of my story.
Let’s pause for a second while I mention this: I had every intention of sprucing up either directly before or shortly after my arrival, yet the opportunity had not yet presented itself (remember, I was waiting to check into my room!). So, let’s just say that I wasn’t looking my best…
Anyway, I shared a quick version of my personal story with Dr. Dyer and he began to tell me his. He had been suffering from Leukemia, and he shared the approach he utilized to cure himself. He was pleased to share that he was now entirely Cancer free.
Dr. Dyer began teaching me his path to wellness
He also shared names of people for me to learn more about. I found a pen and paper and I started scribbling as fast as I could. He gave inspirational quotes, recommended books for me to read, food to ingest, and health regimes he believed made him well.
For instance, Dr. Dyer suggested I read up on Max Gerson, a controversial figure who basically believed in the power of food as Medicine as far back as 1928. Coffee enemas were an important part of this treatment. It is believed by many that this delivery system sends caffeine directly to the Vegas nerve into the liver to remove toxins. He gave me the phone number of the organic coffee supplier he used. He shared with me some excerpts of “The Beautiful Truth,” recommending it be added to my reading list.
He talked openly and happily about his personal healing experience thru “John of God”, a medium that channels doctors to heal others (all without any financial compensation). Dr. Dyer introduced Oprah Winfrey to him and she became convinced “John of God” was no fluke. (Links to articles and video below).
The story of Dr. Dyer and John of God gave me shivers. Why? In 2007 my best friend Arlene passed away from stage four ovarian Cancer. Extremely ill, and alone, she made the journey from St. Louis, MO, to Brazil for a healing experience with “John of God”. She was receiving alternative therapies there when she left her earthly body.
Dr. Dyer was also convinced of the healing powers of fresh, organic juices. As a Functional Medicine Patient, I well understand the power of food as medicine. Also, he said a friend had been trying desperately to encourage him to try a controversial protocol that included daily coffee enemas. He refused for fairly obvious reasons, but finally, his friend couldn’t bear it any longer. He knocked on Dr. Dyer’s door, tightly clenching the coffee in his hands, insisting his good friend try the unusual protocol.
This is the kind of friend every desperately ill person needs in his or her life. I can tell you based on my experience, that it is difficult to think clearly when your body, mind, and spirit, are not well. It is a great time to think outside of the box, but every decision must also be carefully weighed for risks vs. benefits. Unfortunately this is also a time when most friends and family disappear, checking in occasionally to appear supportive.
Dr. Dyer now believes that the raw vegetable juices and coffee enemas saved his life. He said the liver becomes toxic (yes, familiar with that) and it keeps recirculating the toxins through your blood. He explained there is an anal vein that goes directly to the liver and that caffeine is the only thing that will clean the toxins in the liver out. I remembered reading recently about coffee enemas and wondered what Functional Medicine thought about this procedure (and what impact it would have on the micro biome in the gut). More research was definitely in order.
I am eternally grateful for time shared with this enlightened teacher
Dr. Dyer spent a long time teaching me. I may have tired him out a little, so at the end, I escorted him to the juice bar. He left me with some final loving words of wisdom. He felt our paths had crossed for a reason; that there are no accidents. It was my power of intention that caused the experience to happen. He made sure I understood that I had reached a point in my healing journey where I was ready to understand the universal energy and its abundant resources available to me. I was ready and it was he, Dr. Wayne Dyer who was sent to be my teacher.
He was gentle, reassuring, fun. I had asked him if he would pose for a photo with me to feature on my blog and he was happy to do so. We were laughing as I struggled with the “selfie”, clicking off as many shots as I could in hopes one would work. We were in a fairly dark store and I am still puzzled about the bright light that engulfed me in the photos…I did a fair amount of retouching on the photos and the next day reentered the store where we had met, took a photo in the exact area we stood and was unable to find any evidence of the light source which had showered our photograph. It was as if my iphone had been able to capture the abundant energy that was brought to my aid in this insightful and glorious meeting.
He hugged me more than six times through out our conversation. While we walked I expressed to him that I thought of him as being so very wise, sharing while I felt like a kindergartener. He said he did too, and that he was still amazed that people paid money to come and see him speak. He seemed to not quite be able to understand his fame.
A woman relaxing alone at a table sheltered from the sun by the big bright blue umbrella gasped as we walked by… “Dr. Dyer!” she shouted, mouth open, eyes wide. Now, I didn’t feel quite so silly, she was as tongue-tied as I had been. He stopped briefly and greeted her. As we continued to walk, I turned and said to him “It must be hard for you to go anywhere.” He said, “Yes, somehow I became famous.”
I was so grateful for the time and information he shared with me. It seemed clear he was a man brought to Earth to teach us to be better humans. He has stayed true to his humble beginnings, and even through his financial success and worldwide popularity, he is still surprised at the impact he has on people. He is a real-life role model, striving to develop a deep understanding and way of being, to create a better world.
Saying farewell to Dr. Dyer
I said goodbye and wished him a safe journey. Tears welling up in my eyes, my skinny legs weak and unreliable from the divine experience. I found my way to a bench where the call came telling me my room was ready. I looked around for one last fleeting glimpse, but he was gone, vanished, as if I had imagined the whole thing.
So unexpected, my teacher had appeared, and now I am ready… ready to heal. I had been working on healing my body; now I’m working on healing my mind and soul. After all, this is why I found myself at the Chopra Center in the first place. The event had not yet begun, but my healing journey was not waiting, the universe was helping me, guiding me with the tools and information to finally overcome my challenges.
I don’t know what it was, the energy he shared with his hugs, his encouraging words, or his certainly that our meeting was no accident. He reminded me that, “sometimes suffering is the vehicle from which we grow, that the lesson was to be found in the suffering endured within the journey”.
I’ll end my amazing story with a Dr. Dyer quote about writing…
“One of my favorite quotes is from Michelangelo, and it says “The greater danger is not that our hopes are too high and we fail to reach them, but rather that they are too low and we do.” Authors who are focused on becoming bestsellers are very likely to be disappointed almost all the time, because your success as a writer isn’t determined by what position you hold on a bestseller list or how many books you sell. Your success is based upon being able to express yourself in writing. And if people like the idea, then they’ll get it.”
“I’m hoping you are in some small way touched by the stories I share with you…”
I can’t help but wonder where my journey will end. I’m leaving it up to the Universe, and it continues to amaze… and along the way, I’ll ponder Dr. Dyre’s words:
“Once we truly acknowledge our readiness to live a life on purpose and filled with meaning, there’s very little to do. We begin living in a different world than we experience in our ego-directed persona. As I’ve written and said many times: When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.”
“God writes the books and delivers the speeches…I don’t own any of these words. I don’t know where they’re coming from. I don’t take any credit for any of this. The essential lesson I’ve learned in life is to just be yourself. Treasure the magnificent being that you are and recognize first and foremost you’re not here as a human being only. You’re a spiritual being having a human experience. That’s who you are. That is all you need to know. Then, detach yourself from what other people think and from the outcome or how well you’re doing, how you stack up to others. Just trust it and be at peace with it.”-Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Thanks Dr. Dyer, I appreciate, am thankful and eternally grateful for our-
The Inspirational Quote from Dr. Dyer’s calendar the day of his passing.
OUR STORY BEGAN AT THE CHOPRA CENTER: http://www.functionalmedicinecoaching.com/chopra-center-journey-into-healing-and-my-healing-journey/
Meeting Author Jane Falke at the Chopra Center: