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A Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

By Remy Benoit

A review of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer's There's A Spiritual Solution to Every Problem. For almost the past quarter of a century it has been my privilege to read the work of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer; to travel with him on the amazing spiritual journey he has undertaken.

He has been joined by thousands who have come to so appreciate the wisdom of his words; the wonderful Light that floods the trail he has blazed.

For all who still seek answers, seek resolution, I unequivocally recommend the work of this extraordinary man and his dedication to this journey. And, no, he was not born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. Life gave him his share of trials, of high hurdles to overcome; and overcome them he has, magnificently.

His newest book, There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, is based on the Prayer of St. Francis. The prayer bridges all faiths, all denominations with its plea for a life of service, for it is truly in giving that you receive:

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

St. Francis
(Francesco di Pietro di Bernardone)

Dyer questions what it is that makes all grow; all simply be. He calls the force behind it all Spirit, which he defines as the formless, invisible energy which is the source and sustenance of life on this planet. It is his assertion that this force, this Spirit can solve every problem that we think we have. It is the purpose of the book to help us learn how to access this force. He begins by explaining the directions given for that in How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali which date somewhere between fourth century B.C. and A. D. These steps include awakening the spiritual within us by Recognition, Realization and Reverence.

It is Dr. Dyer's desire that we learn to see, to live with the spiritual as a part of our physical world, rather than separate from it. For us to do this, he recommends a seven-step practice that calls for surrender, for love, and gratefulness among other things. Dr. Dyer uses Dr. Carl Jung's words to remind us that The telling question of a person's life is their relationship to the infinite. He goes further and discusses his belief that life is indestructible.

The title of the book speaks to problem solving. Dyer defines the word problem as allowing ourselves to be separate from God. The rest of what we call problems are illusions, whether designated as such by the Koran, A Course in Miracles, the Bhagavad Gita, or the Bible.

Drawing on Patanjali's Aphorisms again, Dr. Dyer leads the journeyor through five which help to clarify his position on separation from God being the only true problem.

Dr. Dyer then asserts that spiritual problem-solving ultimately means examining the entire concept of energy in a new way. He asks his audience to consider energy in a context of vibration and movement. In the course of this discussion, he advises that we stop giving energy to things we don't believe in, or want in our lives, reminding us of the Biblical assertion developed by James Allen in his turn-of-the-century book: "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7)

He reminds us that we cannot know God and know fear... for God is Love.

The remainder of the book, framed around the Franciscan prayer, shows us ways to implement the Spirit in our lives.

This is a book for everyone. It does not matter if you have read any others of Dr. Dyer's work, although I suggest that you read them all.

Dyer's language is simple, straightforward; his message profound.

It does not matter where you are on your path.

All that matters is that to find peace at the center, to find resolution, to find the answer to any question or problem, you must put your foot upon the path and take the first step.


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