Nick Ortner and Wayne Dyer: Forgiveness

Written by: Nick Ortner

At the age of 34, Wayne Dyer drove to Biloxi, Mississippi to visit his father’s grave. His father was an alcoholic and abusive man who abandoned him, his mother, and two brothers the day he was born. Although he had died 10 years earlier, Wayne only recently found out about his death. He struggled with forgiveness and his father’s choices.

He drove to the grave with anger so great, so deep from years of hurt, that he went there with only negative thoughts. He wanted to find out if his family was on the death certificate and to “pee” on his father’s grave.

What came out of that visit however, completely and forever changed his life. It is one of the most beautiful stories you’ll ever hear. It shares a message of forgiveness and its power to transform that I think is truly life-changing and worth your time to listen to.

If you were in Wayne’s shoes, would you have been able to forgive?

Who do you have in YOUR life that you need to forgive? How would it change your life to forgive and release any negative emotions that you carry? Whether towards others or towards yourself? (Don’t forget the forgiving yourself part!)

Most people know Wayne Dyer for his best-selling books, his PBS television specials, and his heart-warming, thought-provoking talks. But many do not know that when he visited his father’s grave, he was overweight, drinking heavily, and “Basically on an involuntary suicide mission.”

He was able to radically transform, through the power of forgiveness, you’ll learn how to do the same, to radically improve the quality of your own life. I hope you take a few minutes to watch this video today!

What did you enjoy or learn from watching this video? How do you think forgiveness could change your life? Share your thoughts below.

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  1. marge howard (required) says:

    Wow, this was a marvelous experience, sure wisdom and joy!!!! Can’t thank you enough and I will pass this wonderful interview to my many close friends!

  2. Peace Boyer says:

    I am that I am. Peace to our better world through Wayne Dyer

  3. lidia colman says:

    Forgivness is the greatest gift we have been given in this life and it is free and life transforming, the hardest for me was forgiving myself and I do it continuously. THank you so much for sharing this video, Seeing Wayne is always a special treat .He looks very much alive in this video and I shall hold this image of him for ever more.

  4. Subramaniyan H H says:

    It is an enlightening chat you had with the great Wayne Dyer. As he rightly mentioned ‘forgiveness’ brings a great transformation in every individual. It removes a lot of the mind clutter and replace it with love and happiness. Thank you Nick for sharing this video with us.

  5. Carol Browning says:

    They joy of sharing and being together is so evident in this interview. As Nick led us in tapping on forgiving someone, I felt release in forgiving the man who denied he could be the father of the twins I was carrying, and chose to give up at birth in an open adoption. We were not in a committed relationship, but these identical twin girls are now 28 years old, and have thrived so fully with their adoptive parents. It was not easy and I cry even to write this, but sometimes we do need to make difficult choices, and trust in the higher wisdom that guides us when we call on it to do so.
    It can still be a challenge for me to trust I am loved and lovable, but I do trust the more I am open and able to be present, the more miracles keep on happening…maybe not in the timing I would like, but there is a divine timing at work. Thanks for letting us watch this special interview, Nick!

  6. Julie says:

    Rest in Peace Wayne Dyer. Love eternal. With immense gratitude, Julie

  7. Dale says:

    Thank you Nick for rebroadcasting this interview with Dr. Wayne Dwyer. His teachings, love and wisdom will continue to expand in the hearts and minds of millions of people who are grateful everyday,as they seek to live from a greater place of love….. The universe has truly benefitted from this ripple effect (casting the stone upon the water)…it’s inspirations and effects are endless. How many have been touched.

    Thank you for your gift and love in sharing The Tapping Solution around the world. I offer my deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your dear friend, Wayne Dwyer.

    With gratitude,appreciation and blessings~

  8. Waltraut says:

    Thank you very much Nick, for sharing this video. I’m too like Maura appreciate it and started tapping with you. It’s simple, but very effective. I wished my husband would share this believe with me because, it would have such a positiv impact on his well being. Nick, I’ll always very pleased to hear from you and being part of the world wide tapping community.

  9. Marie says:

    Thank you Nick for reposting this interview with the Beloved Wayne Dyer. His words of wisdom will live on forever with each and everyone who has so fortunately come to know his work. He truly is with God and we who know him (even if not personally) will live better lives because of him. His inspiration will continue within each and every life that he has touched! We are forever grateful that this world had such an amazing soul who shared his love, wisdom and kindness!

  10. Rose Diamond says:

    I loved this interview. I found out about Wayne’s passing last night and watched his movie “The Shift” after hearing about it. I had not known about it until last night and I really recommend watching it to anyone. He certainly gave me hours of wisdom over the years watching him on PBS specials. He will continue teaching us through his books and gifts on video even though he is no longer with us here on earth. Thank you Nick for your gift of this interview with him and for the tapping work you are doing, and thank you Wayne for being with us for 75 years.

  11. Jan says:

    Thank you for sharing this interview with the world. This man will be missed by many. So happy that I purchased your last summit program with this interview. I will be able to hear Wayne’s voice whenever i have a need. He is such an inspiration and so are you.
    With Gratitude

  12. Judy Tremayne says:

    Thanks for this Nick. Really terrific to listen to the man.My kids have a similar problem with their father, so have sent it on to them. Thanks for making it available. I think one of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s books was the first one I read when I started on the self help path.

    Blessings for Wayne Dyer and his family. Think of the blessings from all around the world for Dr. Dyer just from you making this video available. That is abundance. Thank you Nick.

  13. Patricia Metzger says:

    I have never heard this interview but I enjoyed it immensely! Wayne’s passing is a physical loss but I’m sure his teachings will help to guide us.

  14. Maura says:

    Thank you. I really appreciate you sharing that video. It was just what I needed to remind myself of the way forward as I acknowledge and tap on the pain and grief I’m experiencing on and off as I deal with my current life circumstances. I know that this too will pass and I hope I will be a more loving forgiving and wiser person because of it. I accept and appreciate my lesson.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. Ellen says:

    Nick you choose one of the best videos that truly spoke to Wayne’s life’s a guiding Light of forgiveness and acceptance.

    True love

    May we all continue to breathe out and make the space for our gratitudes to grow so we can send forth the love as Wayne would want all his students to do

    A magnificiant teacher who shone light in this world let us all continue his teachings in his honour.

    God bless Wayne Dwyer

  16. Kathy Roberts says:

    His books were the beginning of change for me. Prayers to him and his family. I shared your article on FB & asked that all would watch the video and do the exercise. thank you Nick for posting that video. So appropriately wonderful that he teaches and inspires in an article announcing his passing.

  17. Cathy says:

    Thank you for sharing this today. Wayne Dyer was my introduction to personal growth – as I’m sure he was for many people at the time Your Erroneous Zones and Pulling Your Own Strings were published. A lovely tribute. Loved his comment on the words ‘nowhere’ and ‘now here’. Sent with great appreciation for his contribution.

  18. Marianne says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing this. It seems this dear man, Wayne Dyer, died on the same date as when he had forgiven his dad so many years prior. Wow!

  19. Carolyn Smith says:

    Blessings!! My life this past year has been very busy with forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Similar to Wayne many of these folks have also passed.

    My overall attitude in life has mellowed consider, wherby my heart is so filled with love for myself, as God requests, for God and the entire world.

    Sounds strange but my family an friends are always commenting on my change…my anger and depression has decreased the more I share the love in my heart.

    God’s Blessings to Wayne and you Nick!! I thoroughly enjoy reading your comments. Thank you.

  20. Maru Lara says:

    Thanks for all the help!

  21. Joanne says:

    I have felt this same ongoing pain that I cannot explain. It is not pain, pain, but emotional disturbances. Physical pain I am able to relieve through Chiropractics, dancing and energy. This video on forgiveness touches me to the depth of this problem. I see it, I am learning from it, and I will forgive and release it. I want to be free to be who I am supposed to be. Thank you!

  22. Wendy says:

    I have terrible pain daily in my back( 14years) I have lost my son 11years ago at the hands of 4police,, I feel I have forgiven these detectives, my son was a drug dealer and user and I tried so hard yo help him,, but was not able to help him change his life,,, in the end I tried to except him with love,,, he also loved me and his brother and sister,, but his life ended on a traffic offence,, and the police tried to cover his death up,, I fought the police for4 long years and in the end I knew that I had to put this fight behind me and move forward otherwise I would destroy my life my body ,, my family and my relationships ,,I felt so guilty and felt I had let my son down,, I started tapping with your last world summit,,and purchised the videos ,, and my son appeared to me and told me to let go of my anger and that he forgave me,,, Iit was truly amazing,, but I still have this back problem that seems to be so much worse,, i,m at a loss to understand this,,my father left when I was 11months old.. I was put into boarding school at the age of 8 years old ,,my grandfather attempted ,to touch me at the age of 8years ,, and I have had relationships that failed . I’m trying everything ,to bk the pain is still here ,,
    Also I dicover that my brothers and sisters and myself have 3 different fathers,, I’m not a drinker ,, no drug abuse,, but spotless in my home,,, I feel I have lots of love for myself but still this pain persists,, I’m not sure what’s next but I need this pain to go,,,

  23. Michael Hoffman says:

    THIS is exactly what I needed to hear. Nick, I live in Sandy Hook and am hoping to possibly meet one day soon. I need A LOT of work, hopefully with a practitioner; maybe you could recommend one. (Tons of childhood trauma resulting in rather “mysterious” illnesses.) Thanks for what you do.

  24. Dawn says:

    Nick, so this tapping is fairly new to me I’m 49 years old and just started therapy six months ago for a traumatic life!! I guess I just don’t know sometimes if I’m doing this right or wrong the tapping.? Sometimes I feel Great relief and other times I feel nothing why do I feel like I’m not doing it right? What’s wrong with me

  25. Diane Wetzel says:

    I watched the video with Wayne Dyer completely. Have read his books…attended his lectures in Akron Ohio. He is an amazing man but at that time I did not know his struggles with his childhood and father issues. For his honesty and his story…I greatly appreciate. This truly was worth the time spent to watch listen and learn. Diane

  26. Cindy says:

    Extremely grateful you posted this one. Wayne Dyer
    and yourself in conversation somehow shifted
    My knowing about something from the shadows
    To the forefront where it will be really hard to hide
    Thank you, I’ve resisted all forms if healing for myself
    And now I think I know why. It’s been 20 years, I’ve read
    , listened, taken classes, studied nightly for the last two
    Years in my own quest to find the solution for. Why I am the
    Way I am. Apparently it’s a lot simpler than I allowed myself
    To see. Thank you Nick and your crew.

  27. Cyndi says:

    I’m thankful to see Wayne Dyer & all he shared. And I’m thankful for the gift of Tapping.i use it on a lot & with many individuals, with great results. Thank you!

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