Wayne Dyer has long been my friend and mentor, in addition to being a frequent interview guest on my shows.
When he wrote the foreword to my book Becoming Aware, I was overjoyed. When he sent this message to his own community, it brought tears to my eyes.
It has been several decades now that I have known and admired this remarkable woman, Lisa Garr. During these years I have persistently encouraged Lisa to go public with her exceptional personal story, and by doing so offer a bright ray of hope for many people who have lived through traumatizing events similar to her own. After a near-death accident while engaged in competitive mountain-bike racing, Lisa undertook the seemingly insurmountable task of retraining her brain so that she could regain all of her physical and mental capacities. She successfully undertook this mission with the same ardor and enthusiasm that is evident on every page of this remarkable book.
I first met Lisa as a guest on her groundbreaking radio show in Los Angeles called The Aware Show. The story of this show personifies the story of Lisa’s life.
As a young doctoral student, I was blessed to come into contact with the teachings of the late Dr. Abraham Maslow, who dedicated his life to the nurturing of an approach to living called self-actualization. I was enthralled by his radical idea that there are people among us who reach exalted states of awareness and live exciting lives impacting the world they live in and the people around them. I made it my life’s purpose to not only learn as much as I could about Maslow’s ideas, but to incorporate them into my own life as well. Maslow described and taught about the inner calling of these kinds of people to become everything that they are capable of becoming, and how difficult to impossible it is for them to stifle this drive. They become restless and discontented unless they are doing what they are “fitted for.” The need for self-actualization, Maslow says, can be summed up as: “What a man can be, he must be.”
One of the most prominent features of self-actualizers is what Maslow called a “detachment from outcome.” That is, these are people who are not motivated by external enticements. These are “growth motivated” people, who listen to their inner desires rather than any reward that might accrue to them as a result of following what their inner voices dictate. They do not live or work for external rewards such as fame, financial remuneration, status, or merit badges of any sort. They follow their heart…and this is the story of the Lisa Garr I have come to know, admire, and love.
More than 15 years ago Lisa felt compelled to start a radio show interviewing the most influential movers and shakers in the field of human development and higher consciousness. This show ultimately became the must-stop for any and all authors on book tours, including yours truly on many, many occasions over the years. There was no budget for this show, so Lisa did all of the work necessary to bring this show to the public at her own expense. She was not motivated by any external outcome, only an insatiable inner passion to learn from those who were excelling at the top of their field and making a difference in the world. Imagine that—working every day for 15-plus years, recording all of her interviews, and doing it because she was listening to the voice of her own life’s dharma.
I have sat with many of the world’s most accomplished interviewers, and I consider Lisa to be my all-time favorite. Over a period of 40 years I have also endured many an interview that I was not thrilled about doing. But whenever I see on my itinerary that I’ll be live on The Aware Show with Lisa Garr, I know that it will be a stimulating hour for myself and, most important, the audience as well. She always brings a kind of loving energy and excitement to every subject matter. Rather than asking a series of prepared questions, she does her homework thoroughly and then engages in a stimulating conversation that is over all too soon. You will find this same compelling energy on every page of this provocative book as well.
I am so proud of Lisa for completing the monumental task of writing this book. It is filled with what she calls “Awarisms,” which are quick tips for increasing one’s level of awareness on the spot. The story of her near-death experience and her subsequent voyage of recovery in retraining her brain is an unforgettable bonus.
I know this woman as a peerless professional, a dedicated mother, and a personal friend. Simply put, she is the best of the best.
I enthusiastically endorse this great work and am proud to lend my name in helping as many people as possible to receive the benefits of what is written here.
I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Wayne, for helping to spread this message of awareness. You can find out more about my book by clicking below.