The Manifestation Formula (Author Interview)





The Manifestation Formula looks like a great philosophical and metaphysical book.  What will readers get out of your book?

I believe readers will find a new and practical technique that will help them successfully achieve their goals by managing their thoughts, choices and actions. The category of self-help, self-improvement, positive thinking and the law of attraction programs is immense. The conventional practices recommend techniques for people to use to help transform their thoughts into successful outcomes, whether it’s obtaining something specific like financial security or a lifestyle or wellness goal.
 When  I became interested in the self-help category, as I was facing some personal challenges, the first and most popular concept I discovered is the law of attraction. I got enthusiastic about the promises about how I could achieve my goals. But like many other people, I discovered that while most of the programs had great and positive advice, they never really worked for me, and did not connect at a level of common sense and believability.
My background is in communications and behavioral research. I  worked for 50 years identifying how information influences people, how we learn and how we pursue our interests. I decided to apply my professional research experience in answering a single question — how do I transform my ideas and thoughts into successful outcomes?
I discovered two things:
First, most everything I read or listened to was based on centuries of wisdom, but there was never a convincing explanation of how the programs actually worked and how I could adapt them to the way I learn and do things.
 Second, there was one fundamental concept that was present in almost all advice, but never explained; the secret to manifestation success was to be positive “most of the time” - to have a positive outlook, to maintain my belief in the success of my goals. But no one could explain what I felt was the central point – if I had to have positive thoughts most of the time, what did most of the time mean? If I had any negative thoughts, was I doomed to fail?

I did my research, I interviewed people, I read and reread dozens of books and blogs, and I reassessed people I’ve known and worked with. I also analyzed what many people in public life have said about their secrets of success, and it also was very consistent. I organized all the information into a targeted concept of how we can successfully transform our thoughts into successful goals. It is a very simple formula and is based on the basic math of the universe that describes the statistical probability of everything that occurs. The bottom line is that we do have to control our thoughts. And the formula is simply a mechanism to ensure we have a specific balance between our positive thoughts to our negative thoughts, to ensure that we are not overwhelmed, disappointed and discouraged by our doubts, uncertainty and fears which drive our choices, emotions, and actions.

How long did it take you to write The Manifestation Formula?
It’s a two-part answer to how long it took me to write the book.
First, I’ve always been interested in philosophy and many aspects of metaphysics, and my research profession used many of the principles of communications, influences, and human behavior. So, the personal and professional foundation for my book is 50+ years.
The catalyst for the book was about 15 years ago. Someone recommended a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Manifest Your Destiny. I was going through my own challenges and I was looking for ideas about how I could psych myself up to be positive, productive, and believe I could achieve my goals.
In the Dyer book, I discovered that he gave full credit to the thousands of years of philosophical teachings about the power of our thoughts and our connections to some broader universal energy or intelligence. I didn’t know that I had always been a practitioner of metaphysics philosophies, but that book started me on a personal quest to find a formula worked for me. As I noted, I never did find a book, a writer or teaching that turned me into a full believer. Thus, I started my own research to find a method that would work for me. And the proof is that once I discovered the formula for managing positive thinking with a simple feedback process, I was able to proceed successfully. For the Manifestation Formula, I had notes going back many years, and once I started writing, it took me about 6 to 8 months to create the first draft.

Within two years, I wrote three books, was asked to do radio interviews, joined an organization as Director of Personal Transformation — so I manifested my goals of transforming my interests and postretirement career into this new field of personal transformation programs.

While writing The Manifestation Formula book, I realized that there was one more missing piece to bring the book to life. I’ve read a lot of books, but a book alone may not be enough to help you reach your manifestation goal. I also needed a way to put the concepts into practice and to get immediate feedback about how I was doing. So, I created a mini-course, with a workbook that covers the principal recommendations for the reader to use, and one other critical tool, the Thoughts Scorecard. The scorecard is a simple way to keep track on a regular basis of how you are thinking about your goals and to track your levels of positive and negative thoughts so you know how you are progressing to reach the necessary level of positive thoughts and enter the successful manifestation zone.


What inspired you when writing The Manifestation Formula?   

Even before I started writing the book, I was always fascinated and inspired when I would hear other people, primarily celebrities, who were asked about the secret to their success - how did they achieve their goals in entertainment, business, sports or academics or science? By far, the most common answer was that the celebrity said that someone in their life told them that they could achieve anything they wanted, they could be anything they set their mind out to do, and anything was possible if the really wanted it.  Many of these high achievers had some positive mentoring and support, and they also had a clear focus for what they wanted to achieve and remained incredibly persistent until they achieved their goal.

Why did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve been a writer all my life. I enjoyed literature and writing in school, in business I’ve written thousands of reports, business plans, proposals. And I have always read extensively.  I like the idea of being able to identify concepts in my mind and transfer them to a written format that clarifies the concept, and we can share these ideas with others. I’ve learned so much from reading thousands of books over the years, just as someone might watch a sports figure or entertainer and aspire to similar achievements. In my case, I was in love with great writing, and I wanted to find out if I could pursue an interest in writing that was not mandatory as it was in my business but as a way to express my own creative ideas.

How did you come up with the ideas in The Manifestation Formula?

I mentioned that I'd read hundreds, maybe thousands of books, blogs, listened to webinars and so on. But I still never found that single fundamental concept that explained how I could manage my ideas and thoughts and transform them into a successful outcome. At the same time, I’ve been interested in many popular science developments, and particularly quantum physics. As many people now know, quantum physics investigates how things work at the most fundamental level in the universe. There are many variations of the quantum theories, but fundamental principles seem to be universally recognized -the most fundamental level of everything in existence is in the form of energy which contains information about its nature. Everything in existence is composed of the same energy, which can be combined and organized in an infinite number of ways to create everything that we know. What I discovered, as many people have over the past nearly 100 years, is that some of the earliest philosophers and scientists, going back to the Greeks and Chinese, intuitively understood that there was a connection between our human nature and consciousness, and inner energy and emotions, that is part of and connected to something in the universe. We are all part of one continuous field of consciousness or energy. Even though we may not have the ability to measure or prove every metaphysical concept, over the centuries, many of ancient observations about human thoughts, consciousness have eventually been proven true by traditional science.
As Nobel Prize physicist Leon Lederman said, “to believe something while knowing it cannot be proved (yet) is the essence of physics.”

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Manifestation Formula?

There were endless obvious challenges that are common to most writers, but only one is worth mentioning. I had an idea, I was doing the research, I was writing the book, but the persistent challenge was to really believe in what I was doing. Was I pursuing a hypothesis or a fantasy? Would I be able to prove my method by actually practicing it and manifesting my goals?  So, my research and writing for The Manifestation Formula was both a project and a very personal effort to use the techniques I was writing about in order to achieve my goals.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
My website is being updated, but it’s still available and has the book information and more. It’s at:


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The book is also on Amazon, both print and kindle.



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