A really inspirational public speaker recently passed away, Wayne Dyer (who you’ve probably seen on PBS if you haven’t read his books). A sort of modern-day Thoreau, he professed a wonderfully positive spiritualism that combined western Transcendentalism with eastern Hinduism and Taoism in a really accessible way for Western audiences. I always enjoyed his ideas and how he delivered such a positive message about life, death, and the divine in a very commonsense and understandable way.
Many of his ideas weren’t originally his own, but his gift was in synthesizing seemingly disparate philosophical and spiritual practices and revealing the oneness and beauty behind all of them. His words of wisdom have touched many people, including myself, and have given new meaning to faith in general and what it can mean to each of us. The beauty is that even though he has crossed over, his words remain with us and continue to teach and comfort those searching for truth and understanding.
R.I.P. Mr. Dyer.