Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. In my opinion, perfect happiness is looking deep within oneself, discovering your true purpose, drawing on the transformative force available to all of us, and then acting each day to make it manifest in the world. This is a truth that was discovered 2000 years ago in the desert, and it is a truth that is equally as valid today.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. That humanity, in this time of crisis, will not wake up from its sleep to ignite its sacred potential to overcome the obstacles that confront us today.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Michelangelo, the artist who knew that the connection to the divine can be so powerful that it can transform nature. Also, Galileo, who made a discovery that was initially received as heresy and shortly became what everyone knew to be the truth. And probably most profoundly, the person who took this sacred practice into action, Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, “Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Not a single person, but the group of sacred activists who are raising all over the planet, looking around, seeing ignorance or obstacles, deciding to make changes, connecting to the transformative force, and getting off their couches and actually acting. Their actions are manifesting changes across all fields of human endeavor for the benefit of themselves and their larger family, humanity.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Look, Decide, Connect, Act, Manifest.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. What I regret most is that education is bereft of perhaps the most important lesson that can be taught: that we as humans have a profound sacred potential to manifest change. To paraphrase the Dali Lama, education without moral ideals is worthless. And Plato was of the same opinion when he said, “Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.”
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. To fully remember the unlimited mind that children are born with before the material world shackles our hearts and souls with limiting thoughts. The great philosopher Charles Baudelaire said that “Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will.”
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. The American actress and dancer Eleanor Powell so beautifully put it, "What we are is God's gift to us, what we become is our gift to God.” That being said, my greatest achievement has been to discover and cultivate the gift that I was born with and then to manifest this book, which witnesses to the world, in this technologically dominant age, the profound potential of spirituality to empower us to manifest the change we want to see in the world.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. The quality that best served me as a young man was probably a bit of courage in the face of adversity. The best quality I’ve developed as I’ve matured is a deepening empathy culminating with a feeling of unity with all fellow beings.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. My favorite hero is embodied in the old story of David & Goliath. David, even though he was small in stature, and he faced a huge seemingly-insurmountable obstacle, had the faith to persevere. With a simple act of faith, he toppled to oppressive Goliath, bringing the villain to its knees. I think the story of David & Goliath is even more important today when individuals are oppressed by seemingly-insurmountable Goliaths.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would love to have been present to have experienced Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and to have the opportunity to ask him, “Even in the face of profound intimidation and threats from an ignorant and oppressive majority, what is your spiritual practice that steadies you to persevere in your important work?”
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. My biggest pet peeve is when people perpetuate the myth that we as individuals can only achieve small things when it is historically proven that we can achieve great and grand changes.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Courage, fairness and integrity, even when it’s not convenient.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. James Gordon, M.D. | Marianne Williamson | Larry Dossey, M.D. | Joseph Girzone | Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee | Deepak Chopra | Wayne Dyer
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Manifesto for a New Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use of Alternative Therapies. James S. Gordon, M.D. The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World, Lynne McTaggart The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits, Gregg Braden The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: a Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams, Deepak Chopra The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Write from your heart. “Words that come from the heart enter the heart.”
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. People tell me that reading Manifesting Michelangelo has restored their confidence in themselves that they have what it takes to go out and make meaningful change in the world.