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This review is from: Don't Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents (Kindle Edition)
When I first heard that Serena Dyer was writing a book, in my head I started to judge her immediately. Of course she was going to write a book! Being Dr. Wayne Dyer's daughter a publishing deal would be handed to her on a silver plate, wouldn't it? Whereas those things may be true the fact is that I got a lot out of this book and I am grateful she wrote it. I made the decision of buying it a long time before it came out, after I read one of Serena Dyer's newsletters and it resonated with me. I dropped my judgemental thoughts then when I thought "Oh, she also felt that growing up?"
In truth, Serena and most of us had very different backgrounds but that does not mean that her own upbringing made her life challenge free. Personally, in many areas, I needed the views of someone younger who lives in a world where the pressure to go to University is high and you're left confused with what to do with your life at the end of it. Having a university diploma is not the key to your life purpose, as many of us find out a little too late in the game. Whereas when Dr. Dyer was growing up, or my parents were growing up, that was a sure passport to landing a good job and multiple opportunities. Yes, her case is different because of who she is, but it doesn't mean she doesn't get pressure from society (she just doesn't get it from her family).
And yes, Serena is going to repeat a lot of what Wayne Dyer readers already know. But God knows I need things repeated to me over and over - maybe one day it'll sink in for good.
I loved how honest she is about how far she still has to go spiritually, what areas she still struggles with and I realised that despite having such different backgrounds we're probably at the same level spiritually. OK, I am 8 years older and that may mean I am a little behind but my father wasn't Wayne Dyer, so I am doing pretty well all considering (I say this jokingly) . This book also gives us an insight into the life and beliefs of Marcelene Dyer, Serena's mother.
I absolutely loved the "synchronicity" stories, or coincidences. Even though I've had enough proof in my life that the impossible happens, too often I find myself doubting what I lived and dismissing it as merely coincidence. Reading other people's stories gives me that confidence to believe again. And, again, reading Serena's experiences makes you realise that you don't have to meditate all day, pray or have lovely thoughts all the time for things to manifest (I suspected this anyway, as even I have manifested big things). It's more about becoming aware of your thoughts, correct them without guilt or blame, and try to be better where you can. Of course it'd be desirable to have control of what goes on in your head all the time, but we're just human. I always say that awareness is half the battle, and that is pretty good when we think how many people around us are living completely unaware of their actions and how they affect their lives.
Dr. Dyer comments at the end of each chapter, which added a nice touch.
This book felt informal, as if you were in a room with the author and she was relating those stories and experiences to you directly (then Dr. Dyer would come in, sit on the couch, and give his view). I didn't want to finish it. Nowadays I find that I prefer to read about experiences people have and what challenges they face themselves, than reading books full of formulas, what to do/think/say/eat, etc, to achieve whatever result.
If you enjoyed "You can create an exceptional life" by Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson this book has the same feel to it. I recommend both if you haven't read either.