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I Can See Clearly Now Paperback – February 24, 2015
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In this memoir, best-selling author and self-help guru Dyer writes about where he came from and how he got to be who he is—but that doesn’t mean he’s not teaching his readers at the same time. Dyer picks dozens of episodes from his life and follows each several-page remembrance with an explanation of why the event was key and how it pushed him along his path. Coming from a broken home and spending much of his childhood in foster care, Dyer didn’t have a road map for success. Yet, by following his instincts, feeling the fear and doing things anyway, and trying to come from a place of service rather than acquisition, he became one of the best-known names in the self-help industry. Along with writing about his successes, Dyer dips into what some might construe as less-stellar moments—illness, marital strife—but he explains how these events had their own brand of both purpose and meaning. Those on a spiritual path will find this a satisfying stop. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was an internationally renowned author, speaker, and pioneer in the field of self-development. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books (21 of which became New York Times bestsellers), created numerous audio programs and videos, and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration, Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life, Excuses Begone!, Wishes Fulfilled, and I Can See Clearly Now were all featured as National Public Television specials.
Wayne held a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University, had been an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York, and honored a lifetime commitment to learning and finding the Higher Self. In 2015, he left his body, returning to Infinite Source to embark on his next adventure.
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I almost feel a little embarrassed at writing this review, as I have not read a Wayne Dyer book for well over a decade. Yet it was Wayne Dyer who first opened my eyes to a greater spiritual intention in the world when I picked up his book "You'll See It When You Believe It" in 1992. That was at the local newsagent in a tiny town in outback Australia.
As Dyer writes, that older book was really the first volume he penned with a deep spiritual thrust. Before then he had primarily been writing popular psychology in the human potential genre. I remember the great excitement I felt all those years ago when I saw that book on the shelf; and I got exactly the same sense of excitement when I picked up "I Can See Clearly Now". I bought it based purely on that intuition. And I am sure glad I did.
"I Can See Clearly Now" proceeds in chronological order, detailing Wayne Dyer's life from his early childhood as an orphan, formative adolescent experiences, life in the navy and then as a student and professor. At the age of 36 Dyer had his first success with "Your Erroneous Zones" and this was followed by another forty books. The narrative outlined in "I Can See Clearly Now" traces Dyer's experiences in writing many of his books, because they tended to mirror changes in his own life experience and philosophy.
"I Can See Clearly Now" is written in first person present tense, which is a little unsettling at first. But I soon got used to this style. After each account of an important life phase or experience, there is a reflective section entitled "I can see clearly now", where Dyer explains the significance of the events. Dyer explains frequently that he has been on an extended "ascended masters" programme; that his life has been the universe's way of helping him develop as a spiritual being. His motivation is to share this understanding with the reader, because he believes that to become a self-actualised human being is our birthright. It is not merely something for the spiritually gifted.
What I particularly like about this book is that it details many of the challenging times Dyer has gone through and the key decisions that he has had to make throughout his life. He is able to clarify how the tough times and difficult situations he has faced - such as separating from his wife, choosing to quit jobs, developing leukaemia and so on - have ultimately aided his spiritual evolution. He shares with the reader how to turn such difficulties into soul-strengthening experiences.
Perhaps the main value I got from reading "I Can See Clearly Now" is that it elucidates the entire concept of "manifestation" (the law of attraction, if you like). Through his own ego falls Wayne Dyer has come to realise that we don't simply attract what we want - it is more accurate to say that we attract what we are. So when our intentions are aligned with the soul, and we move confidently in the direction of actualising our soul's desires, then we can indeed "manifest" our desires in this world.
It's a point I have often made in my own writings. And it’s important because an overly self-focused approach to manifestation may not serve the soul, nor the world. Wayne Dyer is careful to point this out. He is mindful to emphasise that the movement towards a genuine spiritual path is less about fulfilling the ego's wants, and more about being of service to the world and to others. In my own journey I have often made the mistake too; and the result of being too self-focused regarding spiritual development is, ironically, that it creates suffering and retards spiritual unfolding.
"I Can See Clearly Now" is a little scant on Dyer's personal relationships, instead focussing upon his work. It reveals a deeply driven man with an unwavering sense of purpose and commitment to fulfil his "destiny". Although he goes into some depth about his absent father and the profound scar it left within him, we don't really see too much of the issues Dyer has faced with others. For example, mentions his breakup with his wife only in passing, and gives no details or reasons for the separation (elsewhere he has revealed more). Instead, he talks about the deep depression the breakup left.
But this is Dyer's call. Some autobiographers like to confess all in public. Wayne Dyer is honest about his shortcomings, but does not focus upon them.
This memoir shows us very clearly that Wayne Dyer is much more than a man of words, much more than a philosopher or mystic. He is a man of action and courage. "I Can See Clearly Now" reveals that each time in his life that he has been presented with a clarity of vision and purpose, he has stepped forward to take clear and deliberate action.
When Dyer wrote his first book he did not merely wait around for it to be successful. He quit his job as a professor, got off his backside, loaded his car with books and did a national tour - all at his own expense. He visited book shops and made sure his book was widely available, and engaged in countless media appearances. Likewise, when he began to develop his PBS TV specials he took massive action, visiting almost every other PBS station to promote his ideas and raise money.
I hope many other readers pick up this important point about the requirement to take courageous action, because more than anything else, I believe that a failure to take decisive action is why so many "new agers" fail to actualise their vision. They simply lack the courage and strong intention to move out into the world to do what is required to turn their dreams into reality.
This autobiography on the other hand shows that Dyer typically acts as soon as he feels the excitement of spiritual guidance; and this is what makes him a great man.
Wayne Dyer's life is therefore a wonderful role model for spiritual folk who wish to make a positive impact on the world. You should read this book for that reason alone.
By now you might have worked out why I said that this book means a lot to me. It has made me reflect a great deal on my own life and the way I have attempted to apply the same ideas and values that Wayne Dyer talks about. It has helped me to clarify in my own mind some of the strengths and limitations of my approach. At times I have lacked the courage to be as decisive as Wayne Dyer. I have not followed through with some things that I should have.
But reading this book has inspired me to revisit some of those visions and actualise them while applying some of the ideas, tools and attitudes outlined in the text. Finally, "I Can See Clearly Now" has reignited the spark of possibility that I can learn to trust life at a deeper level. Again.
For these things I feel grateful to the author.
I believe that any reader who buys this book will benefit from knowing how Wayne Dyer has turned dream into reality.
I highly recommend "I Can See Clearly Now". It just might be a life changer for you.
Marcus T Anthony (PhD), author of "Discover Your Soul Template".
That said, this could be my favorite of his books and the bar was set pretty high already. I've read many of his 40 or so books from "Your Erroneous Zones" to "Wishes Fulfilled" and many in between.
Wayne Dyer has an amazing ability to take 100s of spiritual texts, written from many different disciplines and periods in history, all the way up to contemporary times, and translate them to the modern age. To help people right now deal with the issues they might be facing with jobs, relationships, life, meaning, purpose. Everything is ultimately a spiritual problem.
This ability has been so unique and powerful as to have helped Wayne sells perhaps 100s of millions of his books and teach many people how to live more self-reliant and fulfilling lives. But I always wanted to learn more about the man himself and how his career developed.
In his prior books, Dyer has taken these many messages and often interwoven bits and pieces of his personal story in there to show how he manifested self-reliance in his own life and how how that ultimately transformed into a message that became more and more spiritual as his writing evolved.
But in, "I Can See Clearly Now" he takes a much more autobiographical bent. Each chapter is a story describing situations from his past, Often very traumatic or, at least, upsetting situations and then he has his "I Can See Clearly Now" moment where he describes what he learned. In all the books I had read previously I had never learned so much about him.
By the time I finished reading the book I had the sense that every moment in MY life has lessons in it if I listen to them and look for them. Every moment can have coincidences and can be the beginnings of a much greater journey if I reflect on them and use them as positive impetuses to move forward in life.
The book is not just autobiography as a recounting of events but gives a clear method of how to take the highs and lows in life and really learn from them to propel you to a higher state of learning and reflection.
One by one he describes the events in his life that kept pushing him forward and how each one took him to a new stage (or even adventure) on his journey. We follow with him and there's a strong sense of, "I can have a strong journey in life" if I also learn to "see clearly" how everything that happens is meant to teach us. More than an autobiography, the book was a guide and that's how I intend to use it.
We spent an hour talking about the book and afterwards the audio engineer called me up and said, "That was amazing! My life just completely changed." That's how powerful the message in this book is.
At one point, Wayne said to me, "The book is not an autobiography. I'm too young for that!" He's 73 and you can tell he has many more books to go but this one is a must-read.