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A Treat for Fans, Insightful, Enjoyable As a died-in-the-wool m

A Treat for Fans, Insightful, Enjoyable

As a died-in-the-wool materialist and agnostic I sit at odds with Dyer on the most fundamental level yet he has been a guilty pleasure of mine for some thirty years. Never once – really – have I read his words, heard him speak, o...
A Treat for Fans, Insightful, Enjoyable

As a died-in-the-wool materialist and agnostic I sit at odds with Dyer on the most fundamental level yet he has been a guilty pleasure of mine for some thirty years. Never once – really – have I read his words, heard him speak, or seen him interviewed when I didn’t come away with fresh insights about how to live a higher life, a more authentic life, and a life of deep questioning. This sense – for me – of his ability to transcend barriers and labels with his wisdom is the highest testament I can offer. He comes across, always, as someone who believes more in you than you have ever believed in yourself.

I first met Dyer years ago while exploring my Erroneous Zones. Once over the disappointment of learning that I had misread the title of his little book – I was a college kid looking for insights into those other kinds of ‘zones’ – I kept reading. I remember little about it except for a brief comment on sleep and waking up early. How, Dyer asked, have we come to see waking early as a label of success and worth and drive? Why in the world would we measure a human being by what time they rise from bed? I still think about it. And these few paragraphs in a now classic book capture the essential Dyer: he never gives an answer. I’m not sure if he is even interested in answers. He simply asks that you think and that you live a life based on your own investigation rather than following what has been laid out for you as important. This is by far the most important and enduring life lesson that I’ve learned from Dyer.

In I Can See Clearly Now Dyer offers up a biography of his experiences. Many readers will be interested to read about his health and illness issues and his relationships and he lightly dissects them here. He is self-effacing and I sense no care whatsoever to maintain a guru’s image. The book focuses primarily on his earlier years – maybe health and divorce are of less interest to him? Whereas it’s common for people who write biographies to spend their last days wrestling with the whys and hows of their past Dyer does little of that. He’s done the mental heavy lifting all along and leaves much of it out and I think the book lacks something for it. I would be interested to see more of the mental and spiritual machinations that lead him to where he has settled today. For those interested, though, much of that thinking is worked out in his other books. The prose is just what you would expect: very readable, very accessible, and very heavily spiced with spirit. There is a strong sense that Dyer has discovered something and he is unabashedly happy to share it with anyone who will sit and talk. He makes no arguments and I don’t expect the book will make any converts to his way of thinking. But for anyone who has read and followed this wise man over the years to book will provide hours of insights and enjoyment.

posted by Mitton on February 28, 2014

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

First I would like to say that I am a big Wayne Dyer fan and hav

First I would like to say that I am a big Wayne Dyer fan and have seen him in person and read most of his books and seen him on public TV. That said, this book reads like it was written by a person with a different persona than the Wayne Dyer as I have known him. I am h...
First I would like to say that I am a big Wayne Dyer fan and have seen him in person and read most of his books and seen him on public TV. That said, this book reads like it was written by a person with a different persona than the Wayne Dyer as I have known him. I am halfway through the book but I am seeing consistent troubling issues with it.

Perhaps Wayne Dyer's primary teaching in recent years has been to get out of the control of the ego. Well in this book, Wayne portrays himself as heroic in every aspect of his life, including his actions as a one or two year old. Everything Wayne tells us he did is of a virtuous nature in every chapter. While portraying himself that way, he is sure to subtly criticize others who have a different viewpoint and gives a very obvious perception that he feels himself superior to those who conform to societal norms.

Another frequent teaching of Dr. Dyer is that when faced with a choice of being right or being kind, always choose kindness. He didn't live up to that in this book. For example, in his chapters on his years as a professor he tells us he co-authored some textbooks with another professor. He then identifies that co-author by name, disparages his failure to work on one text, and then publicly identifies that professor as a heavy drinker. Dr. Dyer, how is that coming out of position of kindness? I as a reader do not need to know this man you portray as an alcoholic by name. Simply saying his co-author did not do his part on that textbook would have sufficed, and if Dr. Dyer felt the need to give his assumed reason for his co-author's failures (an assumption by Dr. Dyer, not necessarily a fact), he certainly did not have to shame him and any family he might have by naming him.

Another issue I have with Dr. Dyer is his somewhat critical comments on people such as Napoleon Hill and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Dr. Dyer (like many authors) has "borrowed" heavily from these self-help pioneers. To treat them with a condescending attitude like Dr. Dyer does in this book is not appropriate. Clearly Dr. Dyer owes a debt of gratitude for these and other "new thought" authors.

Finally, I do recommend the book as it is an interesting read. However, the kind, gentle, loving Wayne Dyer I have come to know from his other books and TV appearances did not seem to write this book. There is way too much ego in this book and every chapter seems to be about proving Dr. Dyer's moral superiority over many other people in his life who had a different philosophy or lifestyle. I have to ask, is the Wayne Dyer in this book the real Wayne Dyer? Or is the real Wayne Dyer the man who would always choose kindness over being right?

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    A Treat for Fans, Insightful, Enjoyable As a died-in-the-wool m

    A Treat for Fans, Insightful, Enjoyable

    As a died-in-the-wool materialist and agnostic I sit at odds with Dyer on the most fundamental level yet he has been a guilty pleasure of mine for some thirty years. Never once – really – have I read his words, heard him speak, or seen him interviewed when I didn’t come away with fresh insights about how to live a higher life, a more authentic life, and a life of deep questioning. This sense – for me – of his ability to transcend barriers and labels with his wisdom is the highest testament I can offer. He comes across, always, as someone who believes more in you than you have ever believed in yourself.

    I first met Dyer years ago while exploring my Erroneous Zones. Once over the disappointment of learning that I had misread the title of his little book – I was a college kid looking for insights into those other kinds of ‘zones’ – I kept reading. I remember little about it except for a brief comment on sleep and waking up early. How, Dyer asked, have we come to see waking early as a label of success and worth and drive? Why in the world would we measure a human being by what time they rise from bed? I still think about it. And these few paragraphs in a now classic book capture the essential Dyer: he never gives an answer. I’m not sure if he is even interested in answers. He simply asks that you think and that you live a life based on your own investigation rather than following what has been laid out for you as important. This is by far the most important and enduring life lesson that I’ve learned from Dyer.

    In I Can See Clearly Now Dyer offers up a biography of his experiences. Many readers will be interested to read about his health and illness issues and his relationships and he lightly dissects them here. He is self-effacing and I sense no care whatsoever to maintain a guru’s image. The book focuses primarily on his earlier years – maybe health and divorce are of less interest to him? Whereas it’s common for people who write biographies to spend their last days wrestling with the whys and hows of their past Dyer does little of that. He’s done the mental heavy lifting all along and leaves much of it out and I think the book lacks something for it. I would be interested to see more of the mental and spiritual machinations that lead him to where he has settled today. For those interested, though, much of that thinking is worked out in his other books. The prose is just what you would expect: very readable, very accessible, and very heavily spiced with spirit. There is a strong sense that Dyer has discovered something and he is unabashedly happy to share it with anyone who will sit and talk. He makes no arguments and I don’t expect the book will make any converts to his way of thinking. But for anyone who has read and followed this wise man over the years to book will provide hours of insights and enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Must Read

    I had seen the show on PBS but reading the book is Amazing. I had always thought I was the only one who believed that being nice or caring regardless of bad or good treatment or situation made me weird and vulnerable but I can clearly see now it was Divine strength to take me on a deeper relationship with people and myself. I'm not alone! Love Dr. W. W. Dyer, write on!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    This man can write no wrong.  If you have never listened to Wayn

    This man can write no wrong.  If you have never listened to Wayne Dyer speak or read one of his books, then you are in for a treat and what will surely be, an eye-opening experience.  After years of writing books, Dyer finally wrote his memoir and in a refreshing manner.




    "I Can See Clearly Now" is a collection of memories of key events in Dyer’s life and their significance to him.  Example?  Growing up in an orphanage, Dyer chose to view the experience as one that was filled with adventure and little adult oversight versus as a place where unloved children live.  Whether you want to read the book from cover to cover or take in lessons one at a time, Dyer shares how you can take ordinary, seemingly meaningless experiences, and see their divine purpose.




    Wayne Dyer is “required reading” for anyone on a spiritual journey today.  He is one of the most influential teachers of our time and what is nice about this book, is he shares with us, his own personal journey instead of focusing solely on spiritual principles and practices.  It takes courage to share your own path with others, especially once you are as highly regarded as Dyer is.

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