“When we hide who we really are in order to fit in or belong, we are suffocating our souls.” Serena Dyer
Would you like to start leading a more meaningful life today, but sometimes struggle with balancing “real life” and following the seemingly complex spiritual principles out there? If so, Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents by Serena Dyer is for you!
Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You is Serena Dyer’s recount of what it was like to grow up under the spiritual parenting of Marcelene and Wayne Dyer. Serena shares spiritual principles we read in Wayne Dyer’s books from her own perspective.
If Serena’s goal with this book was to take many of the spiritual teachings we have learned from her dad and relate them in a very practical way that we can incorporate into our lives immediately, she certainly succeeded! There is a light, easiness to reading her voice, and she breaks down the concept of living a life on purpose into its simplest components.
The main message I received from this book was to feel the feeling of what you want in your life as if you were already there. It can feel very confusing to do this, because what you want inside does not match what is outside (yet).
One part of the book that struck me was when Serena said that the Prayer of St. Francis is not merely a prayer; it is a technology. This instantly clicked for me that we can use this power of feeling the feelings of what we want to be just as we might use an app on our phones. This makes it so obvious for me; it is not some crazy, out there thought process to use the power of feeling where you want to be in life to get there. It is simply a matter of translating and transforming the interior, invisible world into the exterior, physical world. Results might not happen as instantly as the click of a button on a phone, but eventually, with enough patience and persistence, they will.
Growing Up Dyer
It was wonderful to read so many stories of what it was like to grow up in the Dyer household. Although I enjoyed every story, one of my favorites was about her mom hanging a sign on the bedroom door that said “Mom is meditating.” To have eight kids, and still find time to meditate twice a day for 30 minutes (and teach the kids not to disturb) is a book idea in itself!
I absolutely love how she can, in the exact same section of the book, go from describing her experience of “the healing of the sick by immersion in holy waters” in Lourdes, something many of her readers may never experience, to talking about sometimes drinking too much and starting fights with her husband. Just when you might feel that her life experience is so dramatically different from yours because her dad is Wayne Dyer and she might have had different advantages, she brings your feet right back to the ground and reminds you that she is a real person, just like you, trying to figure out the best way to live life and be better. Which makes everything she is writing about that much more within reach. If she is a real person and she can manifest that which she desires into her life, and I am a real person, then so can I. She inspires hope.
I feel so connected to Serena’s feelings about law school, as I had a similar experience with my professional education. While I didn’t get physically ill as she did over going through with something that was not her true calling, I did not feel right about going to school and into a career that I did not feel passionate about. The difference between us is that I went through with it because I felt like I didn’t have a choice. Except now I know that I do, and it all starts with my thoughts.
Living Life on Purpose
I wish this book had been around right after I graduated high school and was trying to decide what to do in life. I would recommend this book for people in their twenties trying to decide what to do, and anyone seeking to lead a more purposeful life.
For this book, it made sense to incorporate Wayne Dyer’s perspective at the end of every chapter. His take on each chapter was welcome and useful, however, I can see Serena’s next book perhaps with less input from her dad.
I loved everything in this book, right down to the last line of the acknowledgements, which brought tears to my eyes. Pure love, inspiration, and joy are lifted right off the pages (or screen!). I am so grateful Serena wrote this book and has given me another favorite book to come back to anytime I need a reminder that living a meaningful life isn’t so hard after all, and I absolutely can’t wait for the next one!
I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.