Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-help guru whose wrote the best-seller “Your Erroneous Zones” as a guide to better living, has died at 75. Dyer was promoted by Oprah Winfrey and several other celebrities.
While self-help advice is typically harmless and may be advantageous to some people, the disturbing role of Dyer was to suggest that positive thinking and psychic surgery could heal.
Dyer was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009, but claimed to have been healed via the power of positive thinking and “psychic surgery” by an unconventional Brazilian doctor.
“It’s a remote surgery,” Dyer told Winfrey in 2012. “It was 12,000 miles from where I was. I don’t know what happened. These are entities. They don’t have any form. These are just spirits that enter his body.”
“This sounds crazy,” Winfrey said — though she later interviewed the doctor. Dyer agreed. But he had a thought.
“Here’s a line from Jesus: ‘With god all things are possible,’” he said. “What does that leave out? … Nothing. So it doesn’t leave out this either.”
Total nonsense, and possibly dangerous for those who would forego conventional treatments for spiritual-based treatments. His Brazilian “doctor” was João Teixeira de Faria, better known as “John of God.” Here is more on his “psychic” treatments that Dyer used.
Mind Body Spirit magazine listed Dyer as one of the 10 most spiritually influential people in the world.
There has been no official cause of death listed but it would be reasonable to assume his condition was the cause. Psychic surgery does not heal anything, let alone leukemia. Positive thinking, however, can help you better face death though. Several notables say that Dr. Dyer has embarked on his next spiritual journey.