ABC News did a story yesterday about Wayne Dyer, best-selling author and lecturer, and one of the world’s preeminent proponents of the power of positive thinking. Dyer’s central theme is that you can attract whatever you want, be it money, love, even improved health through your thoughts.
He was recently diagnosed with a rare disease, chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Yet in spite of this diagnosis, Dyer is upbeat, saying, “First of all, I’m not ill at all. Life itself is a sexually transmitted terminal disease. So, you know, I don’t think of it as, as any punishment at all. I’m thrilled with it.”
He’s thrilled with it because he noted that all great spiritual advances are preceded by great challenges.
Dyer also said of his diagnosis, “It’s brought me more in touch with my mortality. You know, that that this body is like, ultimately it’s something that we’re going to leave. And it’s also a reminder of the importance of the invisible part of myself. That I’m not nearly as attached to this body of mine as I once was. I guess as it starts to wear away, and things start happening to it, you become less and less attached to it, at least I am.”
Remember: Life itself is a sexually-transmitted terminal disease. And just as thinking or talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, pondering your own eventual demise won’t make you dead. A little advance funeral planning can make for a satisfying and healing end-of-life celebration for your loved ones.
Wayne Dyer’s story provides an opportunity to start a conversation with your loved ones. You can get great guidance and inspiration from my book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Buy it now on Amazon.com!
Read and watch the full ABC News story here.