" Your Erroneous Zones " ... " The Power of Intention " ... " I Can See Clearly Now " ... " Wishes Fulfilled " ... " Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life " ... " Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-defeating Thinking Habits " ... " The Shift: Taking Your Life from Ambition to Meaning " ... " 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace " ... " Unstoppable Me! " ... " Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling " ... " Everyday Wisdom " ... " Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life " ... " The Essential Wayne Dyer Collection " ... " Being in Balance: 9 Principles for Creating Habits to Match Your Desires " ... " I Am: Why Two Little Words Mean So Much " ... " Your Sacred Self " ... " Gifts from Eykis " ... " The Sky's the Limit " ... " What Do You Really Want for Your Children? " ... " There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem " ... " My Greatest Teacher " ... " Wisdom of the Ages: Eternal Truths for Everyday Lives " ... " Getting in the Gap " ... " A Promise Is A Promise " ... " Pulling Your Own Strings " ... " Incredible You!: 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through " ... " Its Not What You’ve Got " ... " Everyday Wisdom for Success " ... " Don't Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents " ... " 101 Ways to Transform Your Life " ... " The Invisible Force: 365 Ways to Apply the Power of Intention to Your Life " ... " 21 Days to Master Success and Inner Peace " ... " You'll see it when you believe it " ... " Memories of Heaven " ... " Staying on the Path " ... " Inspiration Perpetual Flip Calendar: A Calendar to Use Year After Year " ... " Counseling Techniques that Work " ... " The Secrets to Manifesting Your Destiny " ... " Stop the Excuses: How to Change Lifelong Thoughts " ... " 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace "
Dyer, a Detroit native, worked as a high school guidance counsellor there and as a professor of counsellor education at St. John's University in New York City. He pursued an academic career, published in journals, and established a private therapy practice. His lectures at St. John's, which focused on positive thinking and motivational speaking techniques, attracted many students. Dyer was influenced by Abraham Maslow's concept of self-actualization and by the teachings of Swami Muktananda, whom he considered to be his master. In his book, Wishes Fulfilled; Mastering the Art of Manifesting, Dr. Dyer also credited Saint Francis of Assisi, the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, and their teachings as being foundational influences in his work
A literary agent persuaded Dyer to document his theories in his first book, called Your Erroneous Zones. Dyer quit his teaching job and began a publicity tour of the United States, doggedly pursuing book store appearances and media interviews . After Your Erroneous Zones, more books followed, many of them became best-sellers. The success of these books eventually led to national television talk show appearances. The Pixar animated short film, Day & Night, is based on one of Wayne Dyer's lectures, and Dyer is the voice in the film.
Dyer proceeded to build on his success with lecture tours, a series of audiotapes, and regular publication of new books. Dyer's message resonated with many in the New Thought Movement and beyond. He often recounted anecdotes from his family life and repeatedly used his own life experience as an example. His self-made man success story was a part of his appeal. Dyer told readers to pursue self actualization, calling reliance on the self as a guide to "religious" experience, and suggested that readers emulate Jesus Christ, whom he termed both an example of a self-actualized person and a "preacher of self-reliance". Dyer criticized societal focus on guilt, which he saw as an unhealthy immobilization in the present due to actions taken in the past. He advocated readers to see how parents, institutions, and even they, themselves, have imposed guilt trips upon themselves.
Although Dyer initially resisted the spiritual tag, by the 1990s he had altered his message to include more components of spirituality when he wrote the book Real Magic and discussed higher consciousness, in the book Your Sacred Self.