Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Before his death, Dr. Wayne Dyer shared his last lesson on Facebook

"What comes out when life squeezes you?" Here's Dyer's last story, shared on social media before he died. 

Today, Dr. Wayne Dyer died in Maui County, Hawaii. The self-help guru was 75 years old.

“Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night,” his family said on Dyer’s Facebook page. “He always said he couldn’t wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying. Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side.”

In 1976, Dyer published Your Erroneous Zones. It became a worldwide sensation—taken by millions as a guide for better living. He was featured on many talk shows, and for over 40 years was a popular fixture during PBS television pledge drives.

Dyer was known for teaching his ideas through metaphors.

The last lesson he posted on Facebook on the eve of his death used an orange as an example:

I was preparing to speak at an I Can Do It conference and I decided to bring an orange on stage with me as a prop for my lecture. I opened a conversation with a bright young fellow of about twelve who was sitting in the front row.

“If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?” I asked him.

He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, “Juice, of course.”

“Do you think apple juice could come out of it?”

“No!” he laughed.

“What about grapefruit juice?”

“No!”

“What would come out of it?”

“Orange juice, of course.”

“Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?”

He may have been getting a little exasperated with me at this point.

“Well, it’s an orange and that’s what’s inside.”

I nodded.

“Let’s assume that this orange isn’t an orange, but it’s you. And someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something you don’t like, offends you. And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear. Why? The answer, as our young friend has told us, is because that’s what’s inside.”

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