Wayne Dyer: “Wake Up and Drive Your Boat!”


Wayne Dyer

I love this metaphor that Wayne Dyer likes to use in his talks. The message? Never let what’s happened in the past prevent you from creating your best future.

It was a privilege to interview Wayne for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. He told me the story of his miraculous healing after experiencing a vision of St. Francis of Assissi. Read an excerpt here.


One of my favorite metaphors illustrates the importance of recognizing the past for what it is. Imagine that you are on a boat headed north at around forty knots. As you stand on the stern, looking down into the water, three questions come to mind.

First, you ask yourself, What is the wake? The answer is that the wake is nothing more than the trail left behind.

The second question is, What is driving the ship? The answer is that the Present Moment Energy that you are generating through the engine is driving the ship.

Finally, you ask yourself the most important question: Is it possible for the wake to drive the ship? The answer is no, of course, for the wake is just a trail that is left behind. It can never drive the boat!

Now imagine that the boat is your life, and the wake is all the things that have happened in the past—what your body is like, what your parents were like, where you were in the birth order, how your mother treated you, whether your father was an alcoholic, and anything else.

Most people live with the illusion that their wakes are “driving” their lives—which is absolutely impossible. In order to nourish your soul, you must be able to “get out of the wake.”

                                                                 Wayne Dyer

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