My first pop psychologist, self-help guru that is. I had quite a string of them in the 80’s and 90’s. Those were my hard-driven-political-staffer years when I was hunting for the ‘technologies’ (a Tony Robbins thing), the ‘goals’ (a Zig Ziglar thing) and the ‘fear-facing’ courage (a Susan Jeffers thing) to keep me on my game. I bought Wayne’s Real Magic when it came out in ’92, but shelved it after reading the first few pages. I mean, miracles? Really? Wayne had gone all spiritual on me, and he lost me.
Then I went all spiritual on me. For Wayne and me, it was rapprochement. I took Real Magic off the shelf the week after he died. It’s got the old school self-help book structure, the five beliefs of this and the eight keys to that etc etc – a structure now virtually compulsory in the blog world. Plus it has all the obligatory personal stories. The egocentricity of Wayne’s yarns do get a wee bit tedious (particularly when part of his schtick is transcending the ego) but the message is sound (and we don’t speak ill of the, well, you know).
So I had to see the movie. I loved the music – Ethan Lipton is my new hero and Song Inside You tune of the month. As for the whole thing, it could have been a lot worse. Tough to make a self-help film without it appearing to be what it is – contrived, hokey. But it was certainly a feel-good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Wayne’s goal was for 3 million people to see his movie. By dying when he did, he might just get his wish. Not only will the publicity introduce him to a new audience but many more like me, who had forgotten him, might just come back to the fold. He believed it and so he’ll see it. Albeit from another dimension.
And Dr Dyer certainly did not die with his song inside him. He sang it loud and clear for decades and his final words in the film pretty much sum up it’s theme:
“There’s a place deep within us that wants to feel fulfilled. That wants to know that my life has made a difference. That I’ve left this place, this planet that I’ve lived on, better than when I arrived. That someone’s life has been profoundly touched because of my existence. We all want that. It’s not about age or about finding yourself. Whoever you are, at whatever age, you are only a thought away from changing your life.”
Or as Goswami Kriyananda always said, liberation is just the ability to think a thought you never thought before. Much harder than it sounds. But if you can do it, turn that thought into a sweet little tune and you might just be able to sing it forever.