Forty-eight hours ago, I’d never fucking heard of Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Then my friend, Jeff R., sent me a request to check out his interview on Media Bistro with Dr. Dyer here and post a response. I did and did. And I was quoted here. With a link to my alter ego.
With the opening exchange of…
So What Do You Do, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Bestselling Author and Speaker?
“I don’t write the books — God does.”
…I got nervous. What ensued was this deluge of wanna-be-The Secret horseshit on how if you just pretend you have the job of your dreams… you’ll have the job of your dreams. It sounded so familiar. Where had I heard this crap before? Oh, that’s right, from these guys!
For about ten years, I was indoctrinated to believe that if you imagine something (or “visualize” as was often said), it’ll become real. It will “manifest” itself in your life. They had a couple of terms for this. One was “prosperity consciousness”; if you imagine being prosperous, you will be. Another was “positive affirmation”; if you declare that something (good) is, it will be. It was all based on the bullshit notion that like attracts like, arguably loosely based on the actual social phenomenon of happy, fun people liking to hang out with other happy, fun people. But as Unity’s claims of money flowing into your life, The Secret’s claim of shiny, new cars flowing into your life, or Dr. Dyer’s claims of employment flowing into your life, all because you want it to and imagine it happening, there is not one shred of objectively verifiable evidence to back up one lick of any of it.
But that doesn’t stop Dr. Dyer. Oh, no. Continue reading