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Birthday Blessings

Today is my 70th birthday and I’m going to Disneyland! Actually, I’ve been invited to a special preview at Pixar Studios—to see a short film based on a program I did some years ago and featuring an animated version of myself. The film will be shown as an introduction to Toy Story 3, and it will be as thrilling for me at 70 as it would have been for the boy I was at 7. We never outgrow our need for dreams.

You are the age you are—period. Yet those thoughts swirling around inside and outside of your head are ageless. You’re the perfect age right here in this moment, and your body can be no other age than what it is. Identify yourself in what Lao-tzu calls “the subtle realm,” or the invisible domain of Spirit, with thoughts like these: I am ageless, and I can train my body to work with me in achieving anything I can conceive of in my mind. There’s nothing about my age today that prohibits me from fulfilling my dreams.

I’ve had two very persuasive callings in my life. One occurred when I knew I’d be pursuing a college education regardless of being the oldest freshman on campus. Age was of no consequence to me. In fact, the eight years I spent as a student on several college campuses to earn my three academic degrees were accomplished in part because I was so unconcerned about my age. I was living my passion, and everything else took a backseat to that vision.

My second huge calling came at the age of 65 years and one day. Compelled to detach myself from worldly possessions accumulated over many decades, I disposed of clothes, furniture, books, records, awards, photographs, and memorabilia of all description. Studying and living the Tao Te Ching, I wrote an essay on each of the 81 verses in a book titled Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life. That I might be too old simply never occurred to me.

As I look back on my life, I realize that I’ve made many smaller decisions where I refused to consider age as a factor. At the age of 42, I decided to become a long-distance runner and ran the original Greek marathon. At the age of 17, I decided to write my first novel; and at the age of 9, I faked my age to get a paper route (10 was the “required” age).

Now, at the age of 70, I can’t conceive of thinking that I’m too old to do what I love. I continue to live life by activating my particular dharma or destiny and invite my ageless mind to keep on participating in my life.

Comments (78)

  • 1.

    May 10, 2010
    8:35 am

    Wayne Happy Birthday many blessings for you and your family. You are an inspiration to the world. I want to thank you for all those books and messages have changed my life forever. Namaste

    – pipeline
  • 2.

    May 10, 2010
    8:37 am

    Happy Birthday, and many, many more!

    – Vikki
  • 3.

    May 10, 2010
    8:40 am

    Happy Birthday Wayne! Thank you so much for your inspirational life, your motivational support and your unrelenting quest to living your dreams to the fullest! Your life has made a difference in mine! Much love and respect!

    – Janice Porrill, South Africa
  • 4.

    May 10, 2010
    8:46 am

    Hi Wayne, Happy Birthday from Port Washington Wisconsin. I have travelled the journey with you since 1990, when I first saw one of you tapes.. My family and I hope you have a Wonderful Birthday! Thanks for all that you have done and continue to do! Satori! The Haley's Jim, Robin, Derek and Sean

    – James Haley
  • 5.

    May 10, 2010
    8:49 am

    Happy Birthday I bought your book Inspiration your ultimate calling about three years ago. Now recently I saw 3 different girls with butterflies tattoed on their backs and then my daughter handed me a mothers day card with a butterfly on it. Which reminded me somewhere I had a book that I needed to dig out and read! thank you!

    – Kim
  • 6.

    May 10, 2010
    8:49 am

    Happy Brithday, Dr. Dyer. Thank you for the years of insights and inspiration.

    – John
  • 7.

    May 10, 2010
    8:50 am

    Happy Birthday, Dr Dyer

    – patti
  • 8.

    May 10, 2010
    8:54 am

    Gratulerer med dagen! Congratulations on your birthday! May you have many more! You are a fantastic teacher:-) Best regards, Line, Norway

    – Line
  • 9.

    May 10, 2010
    9:10 am

    Happy Birthday, Dr. Dryer.

    – Marguerite
  • 10.

    May 10, 2010
    9:13 am

    Happy Birthday Dr Dyer and I say thank you to you, for all the lights your flame has ignited and allowed so many to find a path out of darkness. Manitoba Canada

    – Lorraine
  • 11.

    May 10, 2010
    9:25 am

    feliz cumpleaNos larga vida al MAESTRO NAMASTE

    – Mucunda
  • 12.

    May 10, 2010
    9:26 am

    THE BEST FOR THE MASTER , I FEEL HAPPY AS YOU FEEEL TOO

    – Mucunda
  • 13.

    May 10, 2010
    9:28 am

    Best wishes for many more years of blessings! Enjoy the trip to Disney - it sounds like it will be fabulous!

    – Helene
  • 14.

    May 10, 2010
    9:31 am

    Felicidades! Congratulations Dr. Dyer!

    – AnaMaria
  • 15.

    May 10, 2010
    9:39 am

    Happy Birthday, Dr. Dyer! You are truly an inspiration.

    – Marina
  • 16.

    May 10, 2010
    9:42 am

    I am grateful for you. Happy Birthday! Hummy

    – Dawn
  • 17.

    May 10, 2010
    9:56 am

    Happy Birthday, Wayne! I am so happy and grateful that I have been able to read and listen to your teachings for the past 20 years. Beside my parents, you have the most influential person in shaping my life. I look forward to meeting you in person sometime soon. Keep up the great work!

    – Kent
  • 18.

    May 10, 2010
    10:30 am

    Although you don't know me, Wayne Dyer, you are one of the great teachers in my life. Your books & tapes have rocked my world. You awakened my spirit & I will be eternally grateful. - Thank you for being a Light on the path back home!!! Have a most wonderful Birthday, Dear Teacher! Peace and Love and Blessings,

    – Karlene
  • 19.

    May 10, 2010
    10:46 am

    Happy Birthday, Wayne! Your books, your teachings, your energy and presence have made a HUGE positive difference in my life -- and, I know, in the lives of so many millions the world over. Thank you for being there!

    – John
  • 20.

    May 10, 2010
    10:51 am

    Birthday wishes to you Wayne , I listen to your audios almost every morning before heading to work, thank you for giving me a great start to my day

    – Frank
  • 21.

    May 10, 2010
    10:56 am

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy Disney Land and thanks for reminding us that we are only as old as we think, when the heart is young, we experience life more joyfully - take time out and play everyday!

    – Valerie Curcuro, Life Coach
  • 22.

    May 10, 2010
    11:01 am

    I was born and raised with the deck stacked against me until I "met" you on PBC, Dr. Dyer, and I will be eternally grateful to you and to my Maker. We know you will find all you wish for on your 70th, and I can't wait to hear all about it! With great love and respect,

    – Denise
  • 23.

    May 10, 2010
    11:07 am

    Blessings for your future. Happy birthday - o yes, in your country the day has just begun, so it is not a bit too late, as I first thought... :)

    – Karen Margrete
  • 24.

    May 10, 2010
    11:32 am

    Happy Birthday Wayne.........love you and all the wisdom you share....Thank-you.....many Blessings to you today

    – JoAnne
  • 25.

    May 10, 2010
    11:34 am

    Happy Birthday, Dr Dyer! You are a gift to this world to be celebrated not only on your birthday, but everyday. Thanks you for your inspiration and teachings. Be well and enjoy your day!

    – Angela
  • 26.

    May 10, 2010
    11:52 am

    Dear Wayne, Happy Birthday!!! I hope you experience today just a bit of the magic I have felt from you / your books over the last five years. Kevin

    – Kevin
  • 27.

    May 10, 2010
    11:53 am

    Happy Birthday, Dr. Dyer!!! You beat me to 70 by a couple of months. I walk briskly daily, do yoga and lifting daily and ride a bicycle often. Age is a number and experience and I am happy to have both. I use Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life daily as part of my meditation practice. Thank You!

    – Beverly
  • 28.

    May 10, 2010
    12:12 pm

    Happy Birthday, Wayne Dyer! Your words, your life and your immense love have changed my life forever. Spend a nice day.

    – Mar­a
  • 29.

    May 10, 2010
    12:32 pm

    Happy Birthday! I read your book on the Tao Te Ching every day & when I get to the end I start all over again:) Thank you for being such an inspiration - It is my birthday tomorrow & I am honoured to say I was born in the same month. I wish you all the health and Joy in the world & can only hope that you receive from us as much as you have given.

    – sarah
  • 30.

    May 10, 2010
    12:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Dr. Dyer. I am so thank-ful for today as you are truly an inspiration to me. I love what you wrote, and share the same. I look forward to meeting you someday. Namaste.

    – Lisa
  • 31.

    May 10, 2010
    1:20 pm

    Happy Birthday Wayne! It was an honor and a privilege to hear your speak on saturday in San Francisco. Truely an amazing experience! The energy in that room with 900 people all on the same wavelength was amazingly powerful and felt soooo good. Looking forward to seeing you in Denver and Maui! Safe journey! Namaste!

    – Tommy Collier
  • 32.

    May 10, 2010
    1:38 pm

    Happy B'day. Have a nice trip to Disney!

    – tig
  • 33.

    May 10, 2010
    2:01 pm

    Dr. Dyer, You have come to me at a time when I have needed your kind words and wisdom. I am blessed and know all is because it has been divine order. Happy birthday and thank you~

    – arlene
  • 34.

    May 10, 2010
    2:12 pm

    Happy Birthday dear, wonderful Wayne Dyer! We are all so very blessed to have you in this world and I thank God for you! I hope you enjoy your special 70th birthday at Disneyland. Today, May 10th, is also my birthday...61! I hope to celebrate some day at Disneyland, too! With gratitude for all you do...Love, Lori

    – Lori
  • 35.

    May 10, 2010
    2:28 pm

    Grazie della sua vita! Tanti auguri da Roma. Alevi

    – alevi
  • 36.

    May 10, 2010
    2:44 pm

    Feliz Cumpleanos!!! Y muchos, muchos mas!!!

    – Vanessa
  • 37.

    May 10, 2010
    2:58 pm

    Happy Birthday to you Wayne.... singing to you : ) Thank you for doing what youre doing and dont stop!!! I hope your day is full of MAGIC!! : )

    – Andrea
  • 38.

    May 10, 2010
    3:06 pm

    Dr. Dyer, You inspire us with profound messages. I enjoy reading your books and watching your programmes on PBS. Wish you a blessed birthday today and many more to come. Rakesh, Jignasha and Suryanshi

    – Jignasha
  • 39.

    May 10, 2010
    3:06 pm

    KALISPERA & HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. DYER! I listen to the "Shift" so much I almost have it memorized! Play and have fun at Disneyland! You enrich my life greatly...Namaste, Anna

    – anna
  • 40.

    May 10, 2010
    3:24 pm

    Happy Birthday Wayne! Like many who have posted on here, your work has helped me learn to change my life for the better. Thank you and best wishes for many, many more happy birthdays.

    – Connie
  • 41.

    May 10, 2010
    3:27 pm

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Dr. Wayne! You are such an inspiration and a beautiful soul! May all the love you give come back to you ten fold. Brightest Blessings! Namaste :-)

    – Genifer
  • 42.

    May 10, 2010
    3:44 pm

    Happy 70th Birthday to my favorite motivator, I have been reading your books since 17 (51 now)!! God Bless you! Thanks for all the Joy & Knowledge you bring to many....you provide a gift daily!!! Love Excuses be Gone & the Shift & did the Heal Your Life course.One day.. I will hope & dream make It to Maui to take the course In person!!! Diane

    – Diane
  • 43.

    May 10, 2010
    3:57 pm

    Happy Birthday Dr Dyer - Thank- You so much for doing what you do - ! I truly do love you - on ALL levels I am sure. Please enjoy this Wonderful day and all the rest of your days and may they be many many many many. Much, Much love- Namaste- Betty Collins - Mount Pearl , Newfoundland , Canada

    – Betty
  • 44.

    May 10, 2010
    4:05 pm

    Feliz Aniversario, Happy Birthday Dr. Dyer for many, many more to come. Dr. Dyer, thank you for always being there for me. I have spoke with you at UFT, Toronto Ontario Canada and we will speak again. May God bless you and protect always Laurentina

    – Laurentina
  • 45.

    May 10, 2010
    4:24 pm

    Happy Birthday Dr.Dyer! Thank you for showing me the way.God Bless you,

    – Leila
  • 46.

    May 10, 2010
    4:30 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday, Dr. Dyer, I wanted to say thank you for all your books and your radio show. You have been an inspiration to me for 20 years. I hope you enjoy the Pixar movie. I am following my dreams at 51 and writing movies at UCLA as a student. Love, Christine

    – Christine
  • 47.

    May 10, 2010
    4:30 pm

    Happy Be-Lated Birthday Dr. Dyer!!! I wish you the Bestest and Some!!! I couldn't imagine a world without you and your work!!!!!!!!!! :)

    – NAIRA
  • 48.

    May 10, 2010
    5:05 pm

    Happy Birthday Wayne!!!!! I just want to let you know how very much I appreciate the guidance you've given to all of us!!!! With a little help from your books and a lot of work on my part I am slowly turning my life around!!! May you have many more years to carry on your teachings!! NAMASTE Tammy Barnes Dolak

    – Tammy
  • 49.

    May 10, 2010
    5:33 pm

    "Enjoy your day, it is your day and no one can take it from you." Thank you for all you do! I celebrate you! Enjoy Disney surrounded by the people you love and who love you. I cried when I read this piece you wrote about "Birthday Blessings." I feel blessed to have read your precious thoughts shared with us. Have the happiest of birthdays.

    – susan
  • 50.

    May 10, 2010
    6:16 pm

    Have a joy filled birthday celebration!!

    – Charlene
  • 51.

    May 10, 2010
    6:23 pm

    Happy Birthday Wayne have fun In DL. One of the happiest places in the world.

    – Kyle Beckwermert
  • 52.

    May 10, 2010
    6:31 pm

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!!

    – Mari
  • 53.

    May 10, 2010
    6:36 pm

    Happy Birthday! You are the best teacher ever! I love your books and you have been and such an inpiration to me for the past 10 years. Sending Love and Light to you on your Birthday.

    – Janice
  • 54.

    May 10, 2010
    6:40 pm

    Happy birthday to the most wonderful being (and fellow Taurean) on the face of this planet! Because of you, we all have someone that inspires, motivates and enlightens each and every one of us, in our own little way. Thank you for being you and for the contributions that you make!

    – Juline Kerr
  • 55.

    May 10, 2010
    6:44 pm

    For the Child withing the Man Celebrating 70 years this day! Our individual spirit seems to inhabit our bodies like a passenger in a vehicle but at the same time is not bound by our bodies. Spirits can reach across the miles to touch the heart of a loved one or expand to become one with the universe.

    – anna
  • 56.

    May 10, 2010
    6:44 pm

    We may feel small and perhaps insignificantly young when we look up at the stars, but we are made of the same basic elements. Perhaps looking at the stars is merely a reflection of what is going on within each atom and cell of our being. We are a universe within a universe.

    – anna
  • 57.

    May 10, 2010
    6:48 pm

    Our spirits are ever renewing, yet ageless and eternal. So the self is not new or old but both at once. So our spiritual self is not small or big, new or old. We may experience life as good and bad, right and wrong, happy and sad, but this is the experience of the material world of dualities, not the truth of our spritual nature

    – anna
  • 58.

    May 10, 2010
    6:51 pm

    Our individual spirit seems to inhabit our bodies like a passenger in a vehicle but at the same time is not bound By going within to touch the eternal and changeless energy at our center, we can go beyond the contrasting metaphors to the experience of oneness.

    – anna
  • 59.

    May 10, 2010
    6:57 pm

    And in that connection we can know big and small, new and old, movement and stillness. By accepting the paradox of spirit, we open ourselves to the fullness of our own being.

    – anna
  • 60.

    May 10, 2010
    6:59 pm

    Sorry it took so many posts but I read this at Daily OM today and I still insist it is a Star that is going to align with your illness and use it to light up the night sky even brighter. We love you Dr. Dyer, Anna

    – anna
  • 61.

    May 10, 2010
    7:11 pm

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Wayne! Thank you for all your great work over the years. It has been a huge source of inspiration to me and you have imparted so much wisdom and knowledge to so many through all of your wonderful teachings. So a huge thanks, I hope you have a wonderful day and I wish you every success and happiness always.

    – Gavin
  • 62.

    May 10, 2010
    7:12 pm

    Happy 70th Birthday to my first mind opener who then became a soul opener. I am forever filled with gratitude for what you do. My dream is to carry a spark of light as well. I, too, "invite my ageless mind to keep on participating in my life", my divine journey. Many, many blessings to you.

    – Chantal
  • 63.

    May 10, 2010
    10:02 pm

    Happy Birthday, Wayne! It has been a pleasure watching your personal growth via your books. And thus, being assisted through my personal growth as well. Many, many blessings to you as you have blessed me and so many others.

    – Cassie
  • 64.

    May 10, 2010
    11:05 pm

    Happy Birthday Wayne. I wish you all the best! Victory Is Yours!, and you deserve it!

    – Sid
  • 65.

    May 11, 2010
    2:30 am

    I hope that you had a birthday filled with love and joy. Thank you for showing me the way, helping me to forgive and let go. My life since early childhood was not one to ever be desired by anyone and now I am able to accept it and move on. I wish I would have found you such a very long time ago...

    – Sandra
  • 66.

    May 11, 2010
    3:44 am

    Happy birthday Wayne. You have become MY Guru, and your life's work is helping me to achieve what I was destined to do. Bless you and thank-you.

    – Donovan
  • 67.

    May 11, 2010
    4:48 am

    My dear friend, Your presence brightens this planet and makes it a better place to be.. Thank you! Love and gratitude X

    – Gita
  • 68.

    May 11, 2010
    5:26 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAYNE: Wow what timing!!!!! I just had a birthday as well and after many years have decided that it was time to listen to my heart and the universe as to where to go next. Thank you for all your help. I wish I could convince friends and others to listen as well. God Bless. Peace and Love. Namaste, Glenn

    – Glenn
  • 69.

    May 11, 2010
    8:25 am

    To infinity, and beyond....happy birthday, Wayno.

    – Nealon Hightower, Six Simple Truths
  • 70.

    May 11, 2010
    8:53 am

    Wayne, a very very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. You are such an inspriation and I thank God that you came into my life. Thank you. The Devlin family love you. Namaste.

    – Denise, N.Ireland
  • 71.

    May 11, 2010
    10:51 am

    Dear Wayne, I attended your seminar in SF &consider it to be one of the highlights of my life. Friday nite I shook your your hand;you gave me a kind pat.The love of my life died two years ago, I have always felt an unexplained connection to you which does not happen often in my life. Thank you..Namaste, Jacqueline

    – Jacqueline
  • 72.

    May 11, 2010
    4:28 pm

    God Bless you Dr. Dyer! Happy Birthday.You have been such a Blessing to me. Your books, your movie, your Life. Thank you.May God grant you many happy,healthy, years in His service. NAMASTE Sharon

    – sharon
  • 73.

    May 11, 2010
    8:33 pm

    How may I serve? Happy birthday. Joao from Brazil

    – Joao
  • 74.

    May 12, 2010
    7:12 am

    May you be safe, May you be happy, May you be healthy, May you be loved, May you live your life with ease today. Much Love Ashley

    – Ashley C
  • 75.

    May 13, 2010
    11:25 am

    Hello Dr. Dyer! I would like to wish you Happy Birthday with endless wishes for continued Health and energy! The world is an empowered place because of you! I will see you in toronto in a couple of weeks!

    – Angel K.
  • 76.

    May 15, 2010
    5:42 pm

    Happy Birthday Wayne I injoy your books and CDs very much and always watch you on PBS TV. I live near Halifax Nova Scotia Canada. Do you have any plans to come here in the future. Bill H.

    – Bill
  • 77.

    May 15, 2010
    9:45 pm

    My favorite author...HAPPY BIRTHDAY...looking forward for more inspiring work from you!

    – Mai
  • 78.

    May 25, 2010
    7:52 am

    I've been reading/enjoying your work for several years but just happened on your birthday message today. It hit home since I turned 72 on May 13 and I'm loving my life. My 7 kids are sending me to your Toronto session to celebrate. I wish you many more years of Inspiring the World and hope your birthday was as fulfilling as mine.

    – Marleen
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