Explaining the Spirit and the Ego Illusion - Story from Wayne Dyer

As a believer in my faith I’ve often struggled at how to explain the concept of the Spirit to non-believers both adults and children. This year while studying the teachings of the late great Dr. Wayne I found an illustrated story that is simple yet powerful. I decided to share it with you today so that you too can add it to your spiritual toolbox.

I first read this story in the book Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Of Hay House. 2018 has been my year to study him and his teachings.

According to the late  Dr. Wayne Dyer, the original story was told by Henri J. W. Nouwen.

It goes like this…

The Ego Illusion - A Story of Spirit & Ego - Dr Wayne Dyer - Hay House

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense,” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery, there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

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The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her, this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”


Dr Wayne Dyer calls these two babies “Spirit” and “Ego.”

In my opinion, this is perhaps one of the best explanations of the concept of GOD. Did you enjoy this story? If so, then please consider sharing it and commenting below.

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