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Book Review – Wayne Dyer, I Can See Clearly Now

Book Review – Wayne Dyer, I Can See Clearly Now Me and my imaginary friend Wayne Dyer We made such an odd couple that I mostly kept it a secret, coming out to only the best and most forgiving of friends. He was deeply spiritual and viewed everything from that mushy-squishy-illogical vantage. All was one. All was love. There was no such thing as death or dying but only ‘transformation.’ Even personality and self are suspect. Me? Deeply agnostic, materialistic, and of a strongly scientific bent. I matched his enthusiasm for woo with a deep distrust of what can’t...

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When you squeeze an orange what comes out?

I’ve been thinking lately about my late pal Wayne Dyer. We disagreed about almost everything that is important but I have never read anything he wrote or heard anything he said when I didn’t come away a little wiser. It’s a testament to his ability to touch people and to communicate timeless principles. One thing he talked about that has always stuck with me was squeezing an orange. In his typical childlike way he asked that you imagine him holding up an orange. “What happens when I squeeze it?” It’s an easy question but you’re thinking hard about a trick answer. He laughs and says “Orange juice comes out! Why?” You contort again, looking for the trick. He answers his own question: “Because orange juice is inside!” He smiles and thinks this is hilarious. Then he hones in on the point. Don’t imagine that you are different, he explains. When you get squeezed – when work is hard or when Uncle Joe tells you how pretty you used to be as a child or when you are heart-broken – things come out. They come out because they are what’s inside. Then, since he hardly ever answered his own questions, he asks again: so what comes out of you when you’re squeezed? Sometimes I get squeezed. I get home late and the dog just peed on the floor. What comes...

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