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No! Wayne Dyer Can't See Clearly Now

Dr. Wayne Dyer, The Father of Inspiration without Glasses

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Wayne Dyer's Book Says, "I Can See Clearly Now"

Does He Need Better Glasses?

Were you ever as big a Wayne Dyer fan as I was?

There was a time when I rushed to finish one book, so I could get right into the latest from Dr. Dyer. Sometimes, I didn't wait finish whatever else I was reading.

Recently, however, I have approached his books, like his recently released I Can See Clearly Now, hopeful, but wary.

Dr. Dyer always has something interesting to say, and as a writer who spends a lot of time on spiritual issues, I want to be sure I'm up to date on whatever he has to share. But the last couple of books have been a slog, one so dreadful I couldn't persuade myself to finish it.

I Can See Clearly Now was a welcome exception, right away, as the author revved up his powerful storytelling ability to get into what is nothing less than a comprehensive spiritual autobiography.

I found myself eager to get back to the book, whenever time was available, and was thrilled by the personal insights and experiences shared with color and passion.

Although I recommend this book more than anything Wayne Dyer has written in a long time, my recommendation comes with a warning.

There is a point, more than halfway through, when his life, and consequently the book, slips off the tracks into a sort of literary train wreck, a hodgepodge of magical thinking and relentless preachiness.

Here 's the skinny.

I Can See Clearly Now by Wayne Dyer Review

Abraham Maslow, the Inspiring Insights

Abraham Maslow - Wayne Dyer's Most Influential Teacher

Abraham Maslow's power theories, especially his landmark construction of the Hierarchy of Needs, enlightened a lot of us, but not anyone more than Dr. Dyer.

Throughout I Can See Clearly Now, he refers to how much he continues to be influenced by Maslow.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer's "I Can See Clearly Now" - A Spiritual Autobiography

Having read or heard abbreviated versions of incidents from Dr. Dyer's life in his lectures and books, I was thrilled to hear them told fresh, in more enlightening detail.

The man's life has been exemplary, and his positive influence on the lives of others, starting with his wildly popular Your Erroneous Zones, cannot be over estimated. As the teacher he is so proud to be, he has been a difference-maker in my life in many ways.

My appreciation is something that keeps me buying and turning the pages, even when the going gets rough.

But you don't need discipline or a sense of owing to dive into and enjoy this book, fortunately.

You do need to keep an objective distance, however, as some of what you are going to read goes better when seasoned with thoughtful skepticism.

Maslow, the Pioneer

Where is Wayne Dyer Right Now?

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Makes a Movie

© 2014 David Stone

What do you think?

lakisha on December 27, 2015:

Well. like Wayne Dyer said, even a broken clock is right twice a day! He was an amazing man with truly amazing stories. But true? And now others are carrying same message. I found the real meaning and origin of Dyer's scurvy elephant story, about his honest and heartfelt view of his life's struggle. Good for inspiration and books. The stuff that dreams are made of. It brought tears to my eyes. This will bring a major shift in awareness, too.

David Stone (author) from New York City on July 25, 2014:

@Brite-Ideas: He is, and it's unfortunate that he is no longer as clear in his thinking or as right on with his values.

David Stone (author) from New York City on July 23, 2014:

@BarbaraCasey: Perhaps an acquired taste, like spinach, Barbara. Thank you.

BarbaraCasey on July 23, 2014:

Love your review, Dave, though I'm not a big fan of Wayne Dyer. I have to switch the channel when he's on PBS.

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 07, 2014:

@CherylsArt: Thanks for coming back with your thoughts. I was so turned off before the Afterword that it didn't it me the same. It was sort of expected.Thanks, again.

CherylsArt on May 07, 2014:

@David Stone1: I finished the book. At the end, in the Afterword, Dyer did come across as preach as he "urged" people to do what he felt they should. I think the rest of the book was written more from his experiences. Since I am used to using affirmations, if someone else writes with I this and I that, I replace those words with he, she, etc., as I read. Then it comes across more as just someone else's experience.

David Stone (author) from New York City on April 30, 2014:

@CherylsArt: I'll watch for it.

CherylsArt on April 30, 2014:

@David Stone1: I'll try to remember to come back and let you know. I've been reading a chapter a day, usually on week days. I've got six left to go. : )

David Stone (author) from New York City on April 30, 2014:

@CherylsArt: I'll be curious to read what you have to say when you finish. I was can't-put-it-down excited through the first half. Then, by the end, thud. Maybe you can change my mind, but I doubt it.

CherylsArt on April 30, 2014:

I'm over 3/4 of the way through this book, and had a different experience. I didn't think Dyer came off as preachy as you did, at least so far. I liked that he wrote more from his personal experiences, and just see his examples as just how he perceived things. I think that this book shows Wayne's more human side. It inspires me to follow more of my own inner knowings.

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on April 28, 2014:

I tried to post this on the duel, but it wouldn't take. Here's what I said: I have to agree with you, Dave, but admit I have not read his book. However, you really do cover it thoroughly here. I don't waste my book-buying money on anything that doesn't sound interesting to me, and this does not. Trolley wreck!

Trudi Buck on April 15, 2014:

Great review! Lots of well written points. I may have to read one of Mr. Dyer's books! I personally admire the writer, Scott M. Peck. Very insightful man who incorportates his insightfulness in common sense ways we can all learn from. Check him out if you get a chance. Well done, DaveStone13!

Dhookraj Singh on April 14, 2014:

I loved "Pulling your own strings" and "Your erroneous zones".I'm going to put this on my wish list.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on April 12, 2014:

Well I'll be honest and admit that I'm new to his teachings or books. Your review has piqued my interest though and I just might pick this one up.

writerkath on April 12, 2014:

Hi Dave! Well, I have to say that this is one of the best reviews I've read in a long time. I used to listen to Wayne Dyer's tapes quite a bit, and still really respect a great deal of what I've learned from him in the past. And I'll likely continue to learn from him.But, I have to say that some of the points you bring up (such as some of the more preachy parts of his delivery) have me scratching my head. He does seem a bit scattered to me these days - almost like he has turned from his earlier convictions to embrace or chase new ideas. Nothing wrong with that; however, sometimes when I see him in certain situations (e.g. an audience with "Abraham" - which is a topic I know you are well-versed in, or seeking spiritual surgery from John of God), I sense a lingering question in my mind: "So, what DOES he believe in these days?" Nonetheless, you've piqued my interest and the next time I could use a Wayne Dyer fix, I might just grab this.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on April 11, 2014:

I will look for this book in the library and give it a try. I loved Your Erroneous Zones. It made huge sense to me at the time it was published. Some of the other books are less beneficial, but worth browsing because you never know when you will find a gem hidden in the topsoil.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on April 10, 2014:

When I was a young mom struggling to do everything just right, Dr. Dwyer's book, Your Erroneous Zones, proved to be enormously helpful to me. In it he introduced me to Abraham Maslow. I immediately purchased one of Maslow's books, written for the lay reader as I recall, and started down a path of self-discovery that was more helpful than any other I had traveled at that time.I will always be grateful to Dr. Dwyer for having the courage to get into his VW bug and hawk his books from town to town until they began to sell on their own. Had he not done so, I might never have found that first little tome.In refusing to sit back and think that, because his publisher was not promoting his book, it might not be worthy, he set an example for every writer and artist who ever had moments of self doubt about our work and the importance of striving to make it available to those who will benefit from or just simply enjoy it.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on April 10, 2014:

I have to say the examples you point to above also have me scratching my head (completely agree on their absurdity) - However I recently watched the PBS videos you've included here, and he is such a moving soul to listen to

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