Today our hearts are filled with deep sorrow and immense love as we grieve the loss of Wayne Dyer, who passed away in his sleep Saturday night. Wayne was known throughout the world as a true teacher, a best-selling author, and a man who inspired countless people to move beyond limitations and fulfill their deepest intentions for love, happiness, success, health, and peace.
Wayne has been a close personal friend of the Chopra family for many years, and he was a big part of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, where he was a special guest speaker at events. He spoke from his heart, and touched us with the depth of his love, wisdom, sincerity, humility, and kindness. There are so many stories from people who say that he had saved their life, helping them find light and courage at their lowest point. He also had a wonderful sense of humor, delighting in bantering and finding the joy in connecting, teaching, and living.
We feel such a loss at Wayne’s passing, and yet we know that he viewed the death of the physical body as a return to source, to pure love. As he wrote, “Before merging into form, we were part of God, with all the inherent qualities of a Creator who sends forth abundance, creativity, love, peace, joy, and well-being. Each and every one of us represent God or Spirit revealing Itself here on our planet. Remember that your life is bigger than you are, and dedicate your life to something that reflects an awareness of your Divinity.”
As a young man, Wayne read Leo Tolstoy’s short story “The Death of Ivan Ilyich,” about a man who reaches the end of his life and is filled with regret, asking, “What if my whole life has been wrong?” Wayne was deeply moved and shaken by the story, and he wrote himself a note that said, “Dear Wayne, don’t die with your music still inside you.” He said that he had lived his entire life with that intention. We have all been blessed that Wayne has shared his music, his love, and his wisdom. His divine song will continue to play out into the universe, touching our hearts and spirits for eternity.
With love and gratitude for the love we all share,
Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center