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“I am realistic – I expect miracles.”
― Wayne W. Dyer
Whether or not we are aware of their presence, miracles are at work in our lives all the time. More often than not, miracles are born from a good deed that we’ve contributed to the world – either consciously or subconsciously. I call these “miracles through serving,” and I’m going to allow Dr. Wayne Dyer’s experiences illustrate these special miracles for you.
The late and sorely missed Dr. Wayne Dyer, who passed away on August 30, 2015, was my mentor of miracles. He opened my eyes to the wonderful workings of miracles through his literature, through his teachings and through the way he lived his life. I learned first-hand of how miracles impacted Dr. Dyer’s life during a writer’s workshop he lead that I attended last June.
Dr. Dyer and his wife were visiting the very castle in San Damiano, Italy where Saint Francis of Assisi first set up a home for Saint Clare of Assisi, the first female in the Franciscan order (1194-1253). During Dr. Dyer’s visit, there was a 22-year-old boy who, as Dr. Dyer put it; his body (and not he) had muscular dystrophy. As they climbed the staircase to see where Saint Clare had died so many years ago, the boy realized he could not go further because the staircase had started to narrow. At the same time, he could not go back down either because of the dense crowd of people behind him. Dr. Dyer immediately offered to carry him on his back, despite having serious ligament and cartilage damage in his knees. The pair was able to make it up a few steps until Dyer’s knees started to give out. But then, as he put it, “I had a vision of Saint Francis and suddenly my knees went from crumbling to becoming straight and erect and strong.” He ran up the stairs with the boy on his back the remainder of the way there.
When they reached the top, everyone was amazed at what had just happened. Dr. Dyer walked out to the balcony and prayed, thanking Saint Francis for his “miraculous healing.” After that, Dr. Dyer said that the damage in his knees had healed and he no longer needed the surgery he was anticipating to need on them. In his words, it was evident that “the divinely inspired energy of Saint Francis is still at work today.”
During the writers’ workshop in June, Dr. Dyer also talked about how he received a very important publishing deal. After the wife of a literary agent had noticed him, he was invited to a meeting with the head of a big publishing company to discuss a potential publishing contract. When he met with the man the very next day, Dr. Dyer noticed that he looked rather sad. Being a therapist, Dr. Dyer asked him why he looked so down. Initially he resisted, wanting to focus instead on the contract, but Dr. Dyer insisted that he talk about his problems. In time, he revealed his wife told him she wanted a divorce and was seeing someone else. At the end of the day, Dr. Dyer had spent their entire meeting counseling the head of publishing instead of talking about his contract. The day after, he received a phone call from his literary agent, saying that the publisher wanted Dr. Dyer on board no matter what he wrote.
In Dr. Wayne Dyer’s case, he put other people’s needs ahead of his own. He had such a loving heart that allowed him to help serve others. For example, he helped he carried the weight of the boy with muscular dystrophy on his back, despite his own knee problems, so the boy would not suffer. When he saw the publishing executive in distress and in need of help, he sacrificed his own opportunity for success by offering his professional psychological support.
Following his death, his publisher reduced the audiobooks of Dr. Dyer’s work to 80% off of the retail price. They also contacted Amazon, Apple and Nook asking them to reduce the price of his eBooks to $1.99. Through this, they were able to help others have an opportunity to be exposed to his work and honor his legacy. By making his messages available to everyone, his publisher helped Dr. Dyer’s literature reach the New York Time’s Bestseller list. Even after he has departed, miracles are still working through Dr. Dyer and all that he has left behind for the world.
The air that we breathe on a momentary basis is filled with miraculous possibility. When we do good for others, we, in turn, may see tiny miracles awakening in our own lives. Some call this karma, others call this destiny or fate: I see this as receiving miracles through serving.