Preeya, editor of Journals of the World, sent me a list of interesting questions. You can find them below, with my answers, or at her site. Enjoy!
– Knowing that every person has their own reality and that our thoughts
can shape our reality. When did this realisation come to you and how did
you manage to apply it your everyday life?
I first heard of the idea as a child in the 1960s, from reading books by Robert Collier. But I didn’t even begin to grasp the concept until I read the Seth books, by Jane Roberts, while broke and struggling as a young adult in the 1980s. And even then I didn’t fully integrate the ideas into my day to day life until decades later. Today I still need to remind myself that what I see is based on my perceptions, on my version of reality, and that everyone has their own version of reality. Reminding myself of this key concept makes life easier.
– What exactly inspires you?
I never know. Each day is different. Generally, books and ideas inspire me. But so do some people. I became a writer because of the authors who inspired me, like Jack London and Shirley Jackson. I became a musician because of singer-songwriters who inspired me, such as Neil Diamond and Rob Thomas. I became a strongman, doing feats of strength, after being inspired by people like Dennis Rogers and Iron Tamer David Whitley. I simply allow my passions to inspire me and follow them where they lead.
– Being involved in ‘The Secret’ documentary, a worldwide hit based on
the law of attraction, how did you get involved in it and what did it
mean to you to be part of such a production?
Rhonda Byrne, the producer of the movie, called me after reading my book, The Attractor Factor. She said she was making a movie and wanted me in it. I was flattered and agreed. I had no idea what I was getting into. The movie changed my life forever. I had a degree of fame as a marketer and copywriter before it, but being in the movie established me as a self-help teacher to the globe. It’s led to numerous opportunities and travels. I am forever grateful.
– The whole concept of the law of attraction is a difficult one to get
your head around for someone who is new to the topic. What message or
advice would you give to these people reading?
I’d say don’t worry about it. Over thinking the law of attraction is like over thinking the law of gravity. You simply need to know how to work with the laws. In the case of LOA, you have to remember that your unconscious beliefs are creating your reality. Learn ways to change your hidden operating beliefs and you’ll have a more fantastic life.
– You have spoken about being homeless and in poverty for many years,
and have now published a great book called ‘Attract Money Now’. But what
does money do for you?
Money does the same thing for me as it does for you: it enables you to live your dreams. I’ve written a new book, The Awakened Millionaire, which is a manifesto for people to live their life mission and to realize that money helps them fulfill their life mission. Money is simply a tool to fulfill dreams. Nothing more.
– When being introduced to the law of attraction, many of us only
believe it to be true once it has worked for us. Knowing its power, what
is the next goal you would like to achieve?
I have numerous goals. Creating a society of Awakened Millionaires is one. Ending homelessness is another. Writing new books that inspire and transform the planet is another.
The young woman awakened early, stirred by the flutter of a bird.
She went to her window and saw a bluejay sitting there.
“Good morning,” she said.
The bluejay seemed to wink.
She went to her mirror.
To her confusion, she saw nothing there.
“Why-Why…” she stammered, not sure what to say at her empty mirror.
“Have no fear,” a voice said from outside the window.
She spun around and looked at the window.
The bird was still there.
“Have no fear,” the bird repeated.
This was almost too much for the young woman.
No reflection in her mirror?
A bird that talks?
“Have no fear,” again said the bluejay.
“But I-I don’t understand!”
“Have no fear.”
“But I can’t see myself!” she exclaimed, getting panicky. “And you’re TALKING!”
“The nothingness you see in the mirror is the mirror of the real you,” said the bird.
“I am nothing?!”
“You are everything.”
“But I see nothing in the mirror!”
“Look again,” suggested the bird.
The young woman took a breath, calmed down a bit, and looked into her mirror.
Suddenly she realized all she saw in it was all she felt in her.
The mirror was her.
The mirror reflected all within and appeared without.
She slowly smiled.
“I think I understand,” she said, half to herself.
The bird smiled.
“But what about this business of a bluejay speaking?” she asked.
“Ah, but within the dream, all is possible.”
“Whatever you can imagine, and can believe, can be achieved.”
“You sound like Napoleon Hill,” the woman said, smiling.
“I can read, too,” said the bird.
“All things really are possible,” mused the woman.
“And now you may awaken,” said the bird.
Thus the bluejay ended the lesson for the day.
PS – You know what this means.
My father, now 91 years old, just released his second book, titled “What I Would Do As U.S. President.”
It’s a thought-provoking alternative to all the brain mush out there.
For example –
This former U.S. Marine, prize fighter, railroad supervisor, father of four, widower, and storyteller, has some solid common sense ideas that will entertain and educate you.
Jimbo Berkey said (used here with his permission) –
“I just finished reading my copy of your father’s latest book and I am awed by his thoughts in chapter four – it should be mandatory reading for every man and woman over the age of 15. I’ve never encountered that much wisdom on one subject in one place before.”
Take one look at the cover and you’ll instantly know this one is unique.
Trump, Hillary, and all other politicians could learn something from reading this book — assuming (as my father might say) — they can all read.
PS – Fun videos to watch:
1. Watch my father receive his new book on June 4th, his 91st birthday (and see him instantly go into campaign mode): https://youtu.be/9KJP5ZQF0bA
2. Watch my father receive his first book last year, on his 90th birthday (and hear the 3 things he wants to do before he dies): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMTuOZJ4V64
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“What do you see?”
He was in an eyeglass store, trying on new glasses.
“I see you, but not very clearly.”
“Good,” the clerk said, smiling, handing him another pair. “Try these on.”
“What do you see now?”
“I see you, but you are fuzzy.”
The clerk handed him another pair of glasses.
“And now you are tinted.”
Yet another pair of glasses were handed over.
“There you are! I can see clearly now!”
“Good,” said the clerk. “We have discovered that when you have the right pair of glasses to see through, the world is clear and in focus.”
“Yes,” giggled the clerk. “Glasses are filters, just like the perceptions of your mind.”
“You are very wise, for an eyeglass store clerk.”
“Oh, thank you, but I had to see through the right glasses, too.”
“I’m glad I found the right pair to look through.”
“They were waiting for you all along.”
PS – You know what this means.
Sometimes I feel like “Inspiration’s Puppet.”
I feel as if I am just a stenographer for – as I called it in my book, The Secret Prayer – “The Great Something.”
I receive an idea from this “vast unknown something” and before you know it I am watching my hands move over the keyboard as the bursting concept in my head evolves into an article, post, song, or book.
But *I* had little to do with it.
All *I* said was YES.
I think we are all like that.
We get ideas and – because we have free will – we can refuse to follow them, or we can say YES and act on them.
Struggle happens when we reject the inspiration.
Success happens when we say YES to the inspiration.
Some of my greatest works were penned by me as Inspiration’s Puppet.
And they were done in record time.
I wrote my global bestselling book Zero Limits in only two weeks.
I wrote the recent manifesto The Awakened Millionaire in about three weeks.
But this doesn’t happen with just books.
When Guitar Monk Mathew Dixon and I enter the studio, we often don’t have any idea what we will record.
But we go in open, willing, and ready.
And it all happens pretty fast.
You can do this, too.
So, how do you make inspiration your friend?
First: Go to work.
Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy. ~ Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Second: Set a time.
I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning. ~Peter De Vries
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. – Jack London
A few years ago, in late 2012, I decided that I was done with music.
But then I set an intention to write ten original songs and record them within eight weeks.
It was an “impossible” goal.
After all, I had no songs, no motivation, and no belief.
How would I pull this off?
BUT I stated a clear intention, which got my inner motors revved up, and to my own delight and surprise, songs came “out of nowhere.”
And yes, I recorded that album – all original, all by me, and all in record time.
That album was called Sun Will Rise.* It and all of my singer-songwriter albums are at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JoeVitale1
In a way, I “pulled” inspiration from thin air with a clear intention.
But sometimes inspiration just appears without an intention.
Back around 2010, I walked around a Rolls-Royce Phantom, the doors swung open so I could peer inside, and mumbled out loud, “That masterpiece is big enough to have meetings in it.”
Even as I said it, I sensed it was a defining moment in my life.
I bought that divine car, and as I filled out the papers for it, I was writing the sales letter in my head for what was to become the now famous Rolls-Royce Phantom Mastermind.
For the next three years I had people flying in from all over the world – Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Japan and more – all coming to me for one reason: to sit in the car and brainstorm with me.
And those masterminds helped pay for the car.
(I later sold the Rolls, bought the Fisker Karma electric car that was a nightmare of problems, and then dumped it to buy a Bentley. And yes, I currently host Bentley Masterminds.)
I love inspiration.
Anyone can do this.
It takes intent, faith, action, and persistence.
But the end result is something pretty glorious.
You get to be “Inspiration’s Puppet.”
How cool is that?
PS – * You can read about the making of Sun Will Rise at http://blog.mrfire.com/the-fifth-miracle/