I met Wayne Dyer only once, many years ago before the internet, and remember his striking presence. I was so sad to hear he had died in his sleep just recently. His friend Anita Moorjani, sent out a beautiful piece on her mailing list about it; here’s an excerpt:
Although I know, probably better than most, that Wayne is having a grand time where he is now, laughing and dancing in pure joy, and that he is bathed in the overwhelming feelings of unconditional love, free from pain, free from expectations, free to expand and transcend, I am still grieving! I am not grieving for him. I envy him, because I know where he is and what he is experiencing. I am grieving for myself, and for his lovely family, and for everyone else who knew him and loved him and who will miss his physical presence in their lives; miss his warmth, his kindness, his generosity, his smile, his sense of humor, his huge embrace, his laughter and his voice. There are probably hundreds of thousands…maybe millions…of people who loved him
Yes, I know he’s gone on to a wonderful place, and that nobody leaves before their time, but I grieve because I won’t see his face again. I won’t be sharing meals backstage with him at events while he gives me wonderful advice about stage presence. I grieve because I have lost my teacher, my mentor, and one of my biggest cheerleaders. Anita Moorjani
That’s one of the things about death – you may know beyond any shadow of a doubt what Anita is talking about – AND – you still grieve. You still feel the loss of that body hugging you, holding hands, or sharing experiences together. It’s important to remember, especially if you are a spiritual seeker, that it is OK to feel grief, in whatever shape or form. In fact, it’s essential to feel grief. It’s just one of the many facets of being human.