Lett's Set A Spell

‘I Can See Clearly Now’… thanks to public TV programs
Mar. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Dr. Deepak Chopra asked “What are you hungry for?” and explained how our cravings for food are more emotional than physical. Dr. Mark Hyman suggested that I go on a 10-Day Detox Diet, which will balance my blood sugar and activate my body’s natural ability to burn fat and lose weight fast. Dr. Daniel Amen has convinced me that my number one problem is Attention Deficient Disorder (ADD), however, Dr. Lissa Raskin has assured me that mind is stronger than medicine. 

While watching these Public Broadcasting System (PBS) specials on North Carolina Public Television during its winter fund-raising campaign, I have become enlightened about healing body, mind and spirit. However, Dr. Wayne Dyer helped me the most with a program based on his book, “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Dyer first made his mark in the world back in 1976 with the self-help best seller “Your Erroneous Zones.” He believed in his first book so much that he gave up a secure future as a college professor and started promoting himself. Now the author of 40 books, Dyer speaks all over the world.  

IN A NEW BOOK and on the PBS special, “I Can See Clearly Now,” Dyer uses an intimate conversational format to reveal many of the private challenges behind his public success.

One message of the new book, according to Dyer, is “There are no wrong roads taken to anywhere; there are no accidents. As we go along there are course corrections that we can make, and every experience that we have in our life is there to teach us something.” 

At age 73, Dyer describes the five key principles for which have guided him through all his important life choices and encouraged him to see clearly. These five principles — willingness, determination, fearlessness, compassion and love — comprise the rungs of a ladder that can bring people closer to our most sacred self.

THE FIVE PRINCIPLES featured in “I Can See Clearly Now” are: 

(1) Willingness

Dyer shares stories of his youth when he spent several years in an orphanage and then his mother reunited the family and he went to school in Detroit with his two brothers. One of his teachers read the class chapters from the book, “The Secret Garden,” about an unhappy little girl Mary Lennox who is orphaned and sent to live with her uncle. Mary finds a secret garden where beauty transforms her and a sick cousin in the house. Both children find magic and healing in nature. Dyer discovers his love for reading and writing and was willing to do anything to make his dreams come true.

(2) Determination

This principle focuses on a burning desire. Dyer said he read Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich” and was most impressed with Hill’s emphasis on the importance of having a burning desire. Dyer noted that a desire is like an “inner candle that never flickers.” For the PBS special, Dyer’s youngest daughter, Saje, 23, joined him onstage to recount how she got rid of her childhood “bumps” due to desire, prayer and faith.

(3) Fearlessness

Dyer explains the subtle ways fear dwells within all of us, and how he faced very personal fears at several key points in his life and overcame them. He also talks about how we need to recognize the people who come into our lives to teach us lessons and who can have such a strong impact on us.

(4) Compassion

The fifth principle compassion requires us to give up our focus on ego, which is our false self … often referred to as Edging God Out. He said his ego had negatively affected his relationship with his wife, and the couple separated about 12 years ago but are still married. Dyer said that this turning point in his life and he had to write constantly to get through the pain … and the result was the book “The Power of Intention.” He said, “writing is not something I do but writing is something I am.”

(5) Love

The highest rung of the ladder is the principle of love, which allows us to reach a higher level of consciousness. Dyer’s daughter Serena joined him onstage to share a letter she wrote to him after observing him lecture in Ephesus, Turkey. That letter was turned into an original song by singer/songwriter Alex Woodard, who performs it with Dyer’s singer daughter Skye on the PBS show.

“I Can See Clearly Now” reminded me of how I have climbed steps on the ladder throughout my lifetime to see more clearly. I am going to focus on Dyer’s truths to gain clarity about my life purpose and create a more rewarding life.   

AlexSandra Lett is a professional speaker and the author of “Natural Living, From Stress to Rest;” “A Timeless Place, Lett’s Set a Spell at the Country Store;” “Timeless Moons, Seasons of the Fields and Matters of the Heart;” “Timeless Recipes and Remedies, Country Cooking, Customs, and Cures;” and “Coming Home to my Country Heart, Timeless Reflections about Work, Family, Health, and Spirit.” Lett can be reached at (919) 258-9299.