(updated to include video of my father, Wayne Dyer, reading the letter I wrote to him)
In the Fall of 2012, I wrote a letter to my father letting him know how grateful I am to have him as a dad. Since that time, my sister Skye and her musical partner Alex Woodard wrote a song out of the letter that they now perform all over the country. Then, in September of 2013, some of my family and I traveled to San Diego for my dad to film his most recent PBS show, and my Dad asked me to read the letter to him during the show. It was a great honor and I am thrilled to be part of this new PBS special which comes out next month. When I wrote this letter, my intention was to do something special for the man who does so many special things for me. I never realized it would be read all over the place! I have realized that writing someone a letter of love and gratitude is a beautiful experience for both the writer and the receiver. I plan to continue writing love letters to the people in my life that I truly love so much.
This past weekend, my dad put on a conference for 600 people here on Maui and my friend Dirk Terpstra was in the audience. Dirk wrote a blog about my letter as he felt it was touching he wanted to share it. I never really though about posting the letter on my blog myself, but realizing Dirk had a good idea, I am sharing his blog post with my letter below.
In the fall of 2012, Hay House hosted a Mediterranean cruise and one highlight of the trip was a stop at the ruins of Ephesus on the coast of Turkey where Wayne Dyer was scheduled to lecture. Wayne’s daughter Serena joined him on this inspiring trip and then wrote a very personal letter to her dad to tell him that she loves him so much.
(originally posted January 31, 2014)
Serena and Dirk at the Maui Event
When I was participating in the Divine Love event on Maui last weekend, Wayne Dyer chose to share his daughter’s beautiful and touching words with us. At the end of that day I met with Serena and asked her permission to share this particular letter with you. Thank you Serena!
Today I sat behind you in Ephesus, Turkey while you gave a lecture to a few hundred people who had traveled from all over the world to hear you speak. I was overcome with emotion as I saw you standing there, fulfilling your dharma while touching the lives of so many. I know you as my father, but you have always been a teacher to me as well. You have taught me that the solutions to all of life’s problems are inside of me, and that I only had to go within, be silent, and present, and know that all is well.
You never told me how to live or what to think or what to believe in. Instead, you showed me how to make each step a prayer and each word a word of love. You taught me about Rumi, St. Francis, Hafiz, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed, St. Germaine, Neville, and so many others. You taught me to believe in magic and miracles, and you showed me how to be in awe of the awesome world we live in.
Since the time I was brought into this world, I knew that I was safe to be exactly as I was, and that whoever I was, I was a perfect creation of God. You told me that I was God and that it was God that looks out from behind my eyes. I learned from you that I was the master of my own fate, the creator of my destiny.
Of all the lessons I have learned the thing that hit me hardest was when you said that I AM GOD. Could I really be a spark of God, a perfect creation put here on Earth with a purpose? You say this all the time, but I have always struggled with it, especially since school and society were telling me otherwise. I doubted myself, felt inferior and worried that I needed to apologize to something for even contemplating this idea. I have felt unworthy, undeserved and unsure. Although you gave me great tools, I still had to figure out how to use them on my own. Now I understand that God is love, God is beauty, and God is truth. You told me I came from an infinite space of perfection and that I will return to it one day too. Slowly I am beginning to understand.
People love you so much, and yet to me you have always been Dad. You drove me to school each morning, you taught me how to swim and ride a bike, you read me stories and you came to all my plays. As I have grown, you have encouraged me to follow my dharma and go after whatever it is that excites me. You believe in me Dad and I love you so much for that.
What do you say to someone that gave you life and then showed you how to live it? You say thank you, thank you, thank you.
POST BY: DIRK TERPSTRA – SUPER SOULS FOUNDER, www.soullove.com