A. [Laughter] Oh, my God... how do I answer that in just one shot? In just the last year or so, I've written another two books and have already begun a third (which is perhaps my tenth in all). The three books written within this year are going to be a series focusing on “Miracle Consciousness.” The first was my book “The Heart of A Course in Miracles.” The one being released this month is “The Book of Love & Forgiveness.” Lastly, the working title for the one coming out in the Fall will be “Prayers & Meditations.”
Also, I finally broke down and let myself fulfill requests to do several Internet interviews and tele-summits. Then my staff/team and I launched our first online course, which was a huge success . . . so much so we are now doing a different 4-week course every other month.
We launched a couple more websites and Facebook groups/pages, as well as launching our live streaming debut of Sacred Sunday Services from Unity of Sedona. Another project in the works is a new website exclusively dedicated to telling the world about the magic of Sedona.
A. Absolutely! I've been the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Sedona now for nearly 7 years and it is going tremendously well. We've created quite a mecca of spirituality there... so much so that we've had Buddhist and Native Elders say that our spiritual center has more energy than the famous vortexes in the region. Then, as previously mentioned, we decided last year to try out the idea of streaming our Sacred Services live through Facebook. We were told by “experts” that we might end up reaching 1,000 people, which sounds like a lot—especially given that it had not really been tried by anyone—at least not a spiritual church or center. But we ended up reaching tens of thousands of people and a few weeks later we set the record for being the first spiritual center to reach 100,000 people. Since then there are others who followed—most reaching only a few thousand but a handful are reaching a lot more. My point here is that there are several new means of teaching and promoting and so forth and we should all take time to explore what works best for us. But be careful not to rely too much on the systems that worked “yesterday” because it's all changing right under our noses.
A. Well, the topics of Love & Forgiveness are, in my opinion, the most important of all spiritual topics in the world but are also totally misunderstood. And when I thought about it, I couldn't think of a single book on the topic of Forgiveness that adequately covered the topic. So I went for it! And believe it or not, although I only had available time here and there, in total, it probably took me only one week to write. Then another week to touch it up. And then another week to have it edited and sent to the printer. Then I felt Guided to make this book part of a series with beautiful, matching covers and they are turning out gorgeous. You might not be able to “judge a book by its cover,” but the cover sure can set the tone for what's inside.
Love and Forgiveness are all that really matter. Love is who we are and Forgiveness is what we need to do when we forget who we are. So we are Love, but need to Forgive ourselves whenever we forget that we are Love. The same goes for all other people in the world. We need to learn to see the Divine Love within all beings. And we need to forgive ourselves whenever we fail to see this love. Even when the behaviors of other people tempt us to see something besides Love, it is our job and our destiny to shift back to seeing only the Love. I'm not saying that this is easy; but it is what has to be done and is the only way to create “Heaven on Earth.”
People tend to think that the ascension of our planet and of our race comes through diet, chanting, meditations or whatever else. And all of that is certainly part of the recipe, but Forgiveness is actually the main ingredient.
A. Yes and no! The first priority is to write what I feel Divinely Inspired to write. Spirit always needs to come first. And I would not likely be Guided to write a book that has already been well covered. So yes, I might be Guided to write a book for that reason but no, I would not be compelled to cover a topic just because it's not been done and might therefore be in great demand. Whatever I write has to first satisfy Spirit, then me, then the public. If what I write is in alignment with all three of these, then the process from Inspiration to manifestation is perfect.
There is one exception to this. Even though the topic of relationships has been covered hundreds of times, I was Guided to write a book on the subject [Creating Fulfilling Relationships] because it would seem—based on the evidence of so many unfulfilling relationships in this world—that an effective book on the subject was still needed. But I made sure that I didn't write another book like most others that either approached the subject from a clinical standpoint or from the standpoint of promising the readers they will find their long lost “soul-mate.” Instead, I shared how all relationships can be turned into soul-mate-like relationships. And it worked . . . people loved it. It's even the theme of one of my online courses.
And when it comes to the topic of either Love or Forgiveness, there are clearly numerous books on the topic but they just don't seem to cover either topic adequately enough—at least not for me. Every book on these topics probably has some great things to say. But, for example, on the topic of Love, many of the books on that subject tend to approach Love as something we need to find or to emulate. I, on the other hand, am emphasizing that Love is who and what we are and that there is only one way to remember that, which is by lifting the veils of remembrance—which is accomplished through Forgiveness.
A. Certainly! The book begins by sharing the true meaning of love—which is beautiful and inspiring to read. Then it explains the basic ins and outs of our resentments and unhealed wounds that are in need of healing or forgiveness, as well as how to prevent ourselves from judging. Then, off we go . . . into everything a person would need to know about the process of forgiveness that can lead them towards personal transformation, because forgiveness literally leads to creating miracles. And it's fantastic because I made it a point to make sure the reader would never need another book on the topic. And the book includes several very effective techniques for achieving release from our personal burdens—in heart, mind, and soul. So it feels very complete and will prove very practical and effective and very deep—spiritually.
A. Sure. But there are two ways of being successful—financially and effectiveness. What's most important to me is being effective and “making a difference.” And I believe that if we accomplish this, it often brings financial success as well.
And when it comes to writing books (or any other creative endeavor), as in all things, before you write it, you should ask yourself why you are doing it. If it's for fame and money on the outside, then you should try something that everyone will desire or feel they need. That's what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did with their creative ideas, as did many authors of our day and age—even some that are well-known “spiritual authors.” They wanted outer success and they found it. But if you want inner success, which can also manifest as outer success, then you have to blend what is dear to you with what would be dear to the public. That usually pays off—inside and out. Without a balance of the inner and outer fulfillment, there are usually lopsided results.
On another, but related note, anyone who is writing or even thinking about writing a book should consider the following: the entire industry has changed over the past 10 years. And now, like all other things that are speeding up, it's a hard business to navigate because it's still changing. Sometimes it seems like it changes every month. But the general trend is still self-publishing, as it has been for over 10 years. Be careful not to get sucked into some of the publishing machines that are out there making big promises to authors. Instead, decide if you will be writing one book or more. If you are planning to write just one book, then consider trying the “print-on-demand” system. But if you think you will be writing more, then creating a small publishing company where you print larger numbers—perhaps 1,000 or more at a time would be better. I created my own publishing company, “Grail Press,” which is an affiliate of my tour promotion company, “Grail Productions.” This has worked very well for me and my team.
And always remember the value and effect of using prayer and visualization to receive new ideas, direction, and inspirations for books and for pretty much everything else in life. It's a very healthy habit to form, as it saves a lot of human effort when we use the power of our soul.
Michael Mirdad is a world-renowned spiritual teacher, healer, and author. He is the author of the best-selling books Healing the Heart & Soul, Creating Fulfilling Relationships, The Heart of A Course in Miracles, and You're Not Going Crazy... You're Just Waking Up! Michael has facilitated thousands of classes, lectures, and workshops throughout the world on Spiritual Mastery, Spirituality, Relationships, and Healing and is commonly referred to as a “teacher's teacher” and a “healer's healer.” He has been featured as a keynote speaker in the world's largest conferences and tele-summit programs. His work has been published in several leading magazines, including Sedona Journal, Conscious Life Journal, and Yoga Journal, as well as being the cover feature several times in Evolve magazine. Michael Mirdad is respected for his ability to share the deepest spiritual teachings in a clear, applicable manner. For more information visit his website: MichaelMirdad.com or go to his public facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/michaelmirdadteacher/.
“God has inspired many great teachers to come forth. Michael Mirdad is such a one. I have known Michael for many years, with deep respect for his dedication to awakening and his highly focused teaching. His voice and profound insights speak to many, and for this the world is a better place. Take your time, drink in the wisdom, and take the essence of the teaching into your heart. There you will find miracles and there you will find yourself.”