I see miracles happen every day to our fiscally sponsored indie filmmakers at From the Heart Productions. Getting a large donation from an unexpected source, getting a contract from film distributor they thought they’d never get, winning a well-deserved, but surprising grant.
I want you to know how to manifest miracles and “make a miracle happen in your life.” But, miracles aren’t random occurrences. First, you need a miracle action plan.
You also need an understanding of time and how to use your personal power. I cover these in my latest in a series of videos on How to Manifest Miracles. It’s based on the work of the brilliant British author Stuart Wilde.
Within Universal Law, There is No Time
Stuart says, within the universal law, there is no time. Things are in a state of gradual evolvement. A tree has no concept of time because its essence is eternal. It responds to the warmth of the sun. It is not in time, but it is in time with the universal law.
This law can deliver instantly. But, if your energy is not all there, it will seem to you as if it has taken time. Therefore, you need learn patience and keep moving towards your goal; knowing that your thought forms will manifest.
If You are Moving Towards One Particular Miracle and a Different Avenue Opens Up Unexpectedly, Take It.
Stuart shares a story of a friend whose goal was to be a filmmaker. After graduating, he could not get into the union and he took a job as a waiter. He met an older man who regularly ate at the restaurant. Stuart waited on him for months before he discovered that he was the head of the filmmaker organization in London!
All the time he’d been serving this man, he never gave up his mediating on his goal.
This man helped him to fulfill his dream of filmmaking. His miracle had been delivered.
When you move into an energy alignment, you can never tell what will happen. Watch for signs. Use your feelings to help you decide. If a direction is right, you will know it automatically.
Understanding Your Personal Power
You want to recognize that you have energy of power around you. To achieve complete success, you have to work constantly on your mind’s doubt. Remind yourself that you’re not your mind. You do not accept energy contrary to your goals. In this way, you establish a pattern of positive affirmation in your life.
Write down in your own words nine affirmations that express your belief in yourself and your complete fulfillment in this lifetime. There should be three affirmations for the dawn, three for the day, and three for the night.
Before reading your miracle list, read your affirmations slowly. Be sure that you feel their power and that they mean something special to you. Here are a few examples from which you can build:
I am a powerful, positive individual and all events in this day are for my highest good.
What I am is beautiful and I pull to me this day only beauty and refreshment. This day is a day of balance.
What I am is eternal, immortal, universal and infinite. I see only beauty and strength every moment of my life.
I see only beauty in all the people who are pulled to me.
What I am is infinite. I do not judge the evolution of others.
I give thanks for the beauty of this day and may the energy of this night bring rebuilding and review. So be it.
Your affirmations act like small twigs in a fire. As you rise, you begin to build energy in the day. Use your affirmations to keep that energy going.
Do you have Miracle Action Plan? Sounds funny, right? I mean aren’t miracles just supposed to happen out of the blue?
No, because as I covered in my previous blog on How to Manifest Miracles, you can create and manifest miracles. You can take control of your thoughts and desires to create funding for your film and success in your life.
But, to get there, you need a Miracle Action Plan. In my latest video based on the work of brilliant New Age author Stuart Wilde; I go over the steps you need to create that plan.
Setting the Stage for Your Miracle Action Plan
In daily life, your feelings, thoughts and attitudes are your order form. Before you decide to change your present conditions, you must be very sure what you want from life. You need write clearly and state exactly what you want.
But, before embarking on a miracle action plan, spend some time meditating on the conditions or material objects you want. The universal law is the shipping clerk waiting for your clear and concise order. The currency with which you are going to pay for it is belief.
If you can maintain that feeling of power and live as if your wish has already been granted by the universal law, your wish will be delivered, guaranteed, but you cannot be half-hearted.
Creating Your Miracle Action Plan
Stuart says that your mind is your key to attracting miracles. First, you decide carefully what you want to have or achieve. Second, you need to be able to visualize it as if it has happened. Remember the universe is impartial and unemotional, so you need to be exact with your requests.
Now, create a list of 2 or 3 things you want to have or achieve.
Faithfully, you read your miracle list 3 times a day. Early morning, noon and bedtime.
Meditate on the list and see them as if they have happened.
Don’t tell people about this. Keep your miracle action plan to yourself.
Pretend what you want is now part of your life.
Give gratitude daily for everything you have and everything that happens to you.
Be open to the instructions from the universal force. Listen to the little voice and you can learn what to do to achieve your miracle.
Smile a lot because you know your miracle is due any day.
Take actions to make it happen.
Miracles Bring You in Alignment with Goals
Stuart says understanding energy is important. Energy is power. As you work with the power, it will have a way of showing you the next move at every turn. Believe in it. Know that this inner force is so powerful that it will pull you into excitement and adventure beyond your dreams. Keep it pure, remain silent and remember to keep your method secret and never doubt.
The more you come in touch with the universal law within you the more you’re in touch with the things around you. Everything becomes a symbol and strength to you. The world helps you and the fuller you become, the more dimensions you can pull from. This is where small miracles happen to bring you in alignment with your goals.
Mr. Wilde has seen astonishing things. He believes as you work towards your miracle, watch for every sign, for every change around you and you will see the universal law communicating with you.
The more you trust it, the more the energy is encouraged to reveal itself and various unusual things begin to occur, your energy quickens and opportunities pop up like corks on a lake.
Then you will know that the power is truly with you.
Lessons for Filmmakers on How to Manifest Miracles In Their Lives and Work
For those of you who ready my blogs and watch my videos, you know I am a firm believer in miracles. I see them happen every day to independent filmmakers for which From the Heart Productions is their fiscal sponsor. I want you to know how to manifest miracles in your life.
This is why I want to introduce you to the brilliant British author Stuart Wilde. He is the author of over 20 books and best known for his works on New Age, self-empowerment, and spirituality.
Stuart believes that to understand and manifest miracles we have to look at two aspects of the universal law. First, there lies deep within all mankind an immense power. Secondly, the power is impartial and unemotional.
Call it the universal mind or what you will, it is this power that allows man the recognition of the universal life force that we call “God.” The life force is eternal; it is a part of all things. Moreover, it is a major part of each of us. Consequently, we all have within us an unlimited power.
You also need to look at the beliefs you express as thoughts and feelings. We create our reality by our beliefs and thoughts.
This reminds me of Henry Ford, who said: Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you are right! Ford knew that our mind controls our destiny.
Creating miracles in our lives becomes a matter of identifying with the power, understanding its characteristics and learning to use it effectively.
Stuart says you need to say to yourself: I’m eternal, immortal, universal and infinite and what I am is beautiful.” to lock into the power source.
The universal law is impartial and unemotional. It has no way of knowing what you want. It’s pure energy.
It accepts whatever thoughts, feelings and actions you project and reflects them back to you unemotionally in the form of events that you experience day-to-day, in much the same way as, he explains, electricity illuminates both a brothel and the vicar’s tea party. It will give you anything you believe in, no more and no less.
Letting Miracles Into Your Life
To move into your true power, you need to honor your talents and never put yourself down. Next, move yourself out of the controlling mind set of the collective unconscious into discipline and power. In this place, you can believe anything is possible.
Remember when they said no one could break the 4 minute mile? Well as soon as that happened, many more people ran broke that barrier. It was the collective unconscious that said you can’t do it. Move out of that field into the infinite knowing that you are a powerful being and connected to the God force.
Your ability to manifest miracles is predicated entirely on how easily and quickly you can give the collective unconscious the slip. It is your attachment to the collective unconscious or world belief patterns that holds you back.
Using these lessons and knowledge, you’re going to achieve your goal no matter what confronts you. Stuart truly believes your mind can create your future. Next is the Miracle Action Plan and we will cover that in part 2.
Gary takes people who have difficulty speaking in front of audiences and teaches them how to become persuasive presenters. It’s an important lesson to learn and skill to have. Especially, when trying to get investors or donors to give money to your documentary, feature, short film or web series.
What shocked me was his explaining that people make decisions about other people within 30 seconds of meeting them. Also, what you have to say is the least important aspect of gaining their trust and acceptance.
He says people decide in 30 seconds of meeting you if you’re going to be persuasive and if they are going to like you based on three key factors.
Presentation Factor 1 – Your Physical Actions and Appearance
The number one factor is how you physically present yourself. This includes your facial expressions, your eye contact, your gestures and even how you sit.
Albert Mehrabian, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UCLA, says that 55% of total likability is how you physically present yourself. Do you have eye contact, are you relaxed, or are you stressed or anxious? In other words, how you look and act accounts for more than anything else in a presentation or a pitch.
People see this nonverbal communication and are receiving this while you speak. This is important information to them. It becomes critical especially when it’s incongruent with what you are saying. That’s when they will doubt you and make a decision not to trust you even before they really hear your pitch.
Gary says you need to smile, be friendly, be open and make people feel comfortable around you. Remember, donors want to know if you trustworthy. They are instantly making a major decision and asking themselves, “Are you someone that I can know, like, and trust?”
Presentation Factor 2 – How You Sound
How you sound is 38% of the acceptability. When you speak, are you enthusiastic? Are you upbeat and positive? Do you sound confident? Do you use appropriate inflection, tone, and range? All of these are important elements that should be considered when making your pitch.
Gary warns to not use fillers like uhh.. And do not pause often. This can make you seem unsure of yourself.
Personal Tip – In our Intentional Filmmaking Class, producer and co-instructor Tom Malloy always teaches filmmakers to practice the pitch until it is part of their DNA. You have to know it word by word. He suggests you get in front of a mirror and watch and listen to yourself as you are pitching. You want your pitch to be perfect with no pauses, it has to be natural. You have to believe it to get me to believe it.
Presentation Factor 3 – The Words You Use
The final 7% is what you say in the meeting. That’s it. It sounds amazing that this is so low. But, remember, we are discussing the decision that people make in 30 seconds on whether they can like and trust you.
People decide on what you say after they decide if they like you or not. This decision of likability comes from the nonverbal components that are happening once they meet you. When people trust you, then they listen to your pitch and make a decision. When they don’t trust you, they tune you out in the first 30 seconds.
If donors do trust you, this is when your pitch has to be awesome. If they trust you and your pitch is good, you get the check.
Final Thought – People Give Money to People Not to the Film
The main thing about getting a donation is the donor is giving the money to you not to the film. Your first job is to create a feeling of trust between you and the potential donor. You must get this right because by the time you get ready to give the world’s greatest pitch if the trust and the likability factor are not there you won’t get the donation.
Gary says they will turn you off and stop receiving your information early in the meeting if they don’t find that comfort zone. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Blink advocates your instinct comes to you in the blink of an eye.
Your donors are operating under their instinct immediately upon meeting you. Your job is to immediately put them at easy, look then in the eye, be confident, happy, proud of who you are and excited about your film.
In my series of videos on The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles’ pioneering work on using the power of your mind, I’ve covered his steps to creating your success. Now, in Part 8, it comes together as we learn about receiving riches.
Wallace says there is a thinking stuff from which all things are made.
In its original state, it permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe. A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought. Wallace says we can form things in our thoughts.
Then, by impressing our thought upon what he calls the formless substance, we can cause the thing we think about to be created.
Passing From Competitive to Creative Mind
In order to create, we must pass from the competitive to the creative mind. Otherwise, we cannot be in harmony with the formless intelligence which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.
We may come into full harmony with the formless substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon us. Gratitude unifies the mind of man with the intelligence of substance, so that man’s thoughts are received by the formless. We can remain upon the creative plane only by uniting ourselves with the formless intelligence through a deep and continuous feeling of gratitude.
We must form a clear and definite mental image of the things we wish to have, to do, or to become; and we must hold this mental image in our thought, while being deeply grateful to the supreme that all his desires are granted to him.
The man who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure hours in contemplating his vision. Too much stress is laid on the importance of frequent contemplation of the mental image, coupled with the unwavering faith and devout gratitude. This is the process by which the impression is given to the formless substance and the creative forces set in motion.
All that is included in this mental image will surely be brought to the person who follows the instructions given and whose faith does not waver.
In order to receive,you must be active. You must keep in mind the purpose to get rich through the realization of your mental image. Every day you must do all that can be done that day. Take care to do each act in a successful manner. You must give to every person a use value in excess of the cash value you receive so that each transaction makes for more life to all that you touch.
The men and women who practice these instructions will certainly get rich; and the riches they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith and the depth of their gratitude. This concludes Wallace’s brilliant book.
I sincerely thank you for watching these videos. I believed that Wallace’s wisdom when applied can benefit all of us. Knowing that you have the power to create your future is a key to a successful and prosperous life. Please take this information to heart and use it.
Wallace D. Wattle, author of the Science of Getting Rich, believed that by Acting in the Certain Way, our thoughts are the impelling force which causes the creative power to act. Wallace was a pioneer in realizing and writing about the power of your mind.
In part 7 of my video series on his groundbreaking work, I cover how by Acting in the Certain Way it will bring riches to you. But, he says, you must not rely upon thought alone; paying no attention to personal action. The failure to meet thought with personal action is the downfall of many people.
Acting in the Certain Way
What is a Certain Way? Rebecca Fine of the Science of Getting Rich Network describes it as “basically knowing that you are creating your own experience with your thoughts and the actions that grow out of those thoughts.”
So, we must not only think, but we must act on our goals too. By thought he believes, you can cause the gold in the hearts of the mountains to be impelled toward you. But it will not mine itself, refine itself, or coin itself into double eagles and come rolling along the roads seeking its way into your pocket.
Wallace says that your thought makes all things animate and inanimate work to bring you want you want; but your personal activity must be such that you can rightly receive what you want when it reaches you.
The scientific use of thought consists in forming a clear and distinct mental image of what you want; in holding fast to the purpose to get what you want; and in realizing with grateful faith that you do get what you want.
Impress Your Thinking on to the Formless Substance
That Formless Substance, explains Wallace, has the same desire for more life that you have; upon receiving your vision, sets all the creative forces at work in and through their regular channels of action but directed towards you.
Therefore, you must act in a Certain Way so that you can appropriate what is yours when it comes to you. You can meet the things you have in your picture and put them in their proper places as they arrive.
This is the crucial point in the Science of Getting Rich where thought and personal action must be combined. Now you must provide for the reception of the thing you want when it comes.
By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it. Put your mind into present action. Think in the now and begin to make ready for the reception of what you want. And your action, whatever it is must be in your present business and must be upon the persons and things in your present environment.
Use Vision and Faith to Set Creative Force in Motion
Hold with faith and purpose the vision of yourself in the better environment. But, act upon your present environment with all your heart and with all your strength and with all your mind and act now.
Your vision and faith will set the creative force in motion to bring it toward you and your action will cause the forces in your environment to move you toward the place you want. Remember, Wallace says there is a thinking stuff from which all things are made and which in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe. A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
In order to do this, you must move from the competitive to the creative mind. You must have a clear mental picture of what you want. Hold this picture in your thoughts with fixed purpose and unwavering faith.
And you must act now and take efficient action which we will cover in the final part 8.
Wallace D. Waddle’s incredible book, The Science of Getting Rich, details how you can manifest success. Written in the early 20th century, Wallace was a pioneer in realizing and writing about the power of your mind.
In Part 6 of my video series on The Science of Getting Rich, I analyze his belief on the further use of your will in attaining that success.
Wallace says that you cannot retain a true and clear vision of wealth if you are constantly turning your attention to opposing pictures.
Don’t Focus on Past Troubles
Do not tell of your past troubles of a financial nature, if you have had them, do not think of them at all. Do not tell of the poverty of your parents or hardships of your early life. This will check the movement of things in your direction.
Put poverty and all things that pertain to poverty completely behind you. By following Wallace’s theory of the universe as being correct, you are resting all your hopes of happiness on its being correct. Your faith will bring this to completion.
No matter how horrible things appear in other countries, do not spend your time thinking about them. Please, interest yourself in your future. Wallace wants you to give your attention wholly to riches. To become rich, he writes, is the noblest aim you can have in life, for it includes everything else.
Attaining Physical Health
On the competitive plane, the struggle to get rich is a Godless scramble for power over other men; but when we come into the creative mind, all this is changed. All that is possible in the new way of greatness and soul unfoldment, of service and lofty endeavor comes by way of getting rich.
If you lack physical health, you will find that the attainment of it… is conditional on your getting rich.
Only those emancipated from financial worry, and who have the means to live a care-free existence and follow good health practices, can have and retain health.
Moral and Spiritual Greatness
Moral and spiritual greatness is possible only to those who are above the competitive battle for existence. Only those who are becoming rich on the plane of creative thought are free from the degrading influences of competition.
You can aim at nothing so great or noble, I repeat as to become rich; and you must fix your attention upon your mental picture of riches, to the exclusion of all that may tend to dim or obscure the vision.
You must see your life moving forward toward fuller expression and more complete happiness.
Read The Science of Getting Rich each day and commit it to memory. There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made. In its original state it permeates, penetrates and fills the interspaces of the universe. A thought in this substance producer the thing that is imaged by the thought.
Form and hold your clear mental picture of what you want and hold this relentlessly in your vision. Wallace says you must live and act in a Certain way and we cover this in part 7.
Peter Broderick is an expert on film distribution for indie films. His company, Paradigm Consulting, helps filmmakers design and implement state-of-the-art financing, distribution, and outreach strategies.
He can review your film and give you excellent advice on your film’s potential market. I advise every filmmaker who has the opportunity to seek his advice.
He joined me on my Art of Film Funding podcast “How Not to Negotiate a Distribution Deal” and shared his film distribution wisdom with us.
Think of Film Distribution as a Partnership
“In many cases, in the past, the relationship between distributors and filmmakers has been a kind of master/slave relationship” Peter explained. “ All the power was in the distributor and all the decisions were made by the distributor. The filmmaker just had to kind of follow whatever the distributor decided.”
Peter considers that these days, in the newer world of distribution, we should really think about partnerships that are win/win. “It’s good for both sides. They appreciate what the other partner brings to the situation and they want to maximize the relationship. Have it work for both sides.”
Create a Customized Film Distribution Plan
Before filmmakers get that distribution offer, Peter recommends that they have designed a customized distribution strategy. Customize it to their goals, their target audiences, and the avenues of distribution and the versions of the film.
You should be specific about what rights you want to give to the distributor. You also need to be clear about the rights you want to retain. This could include the right to do screenings, and the right to sell downloads, streams, and DVDs directly from your own website.
By creating this, you can show it to a distributor and say, “We’re really interested in working with you. This is what we’d like to do. Can you partner with us using our customized distribution plan?”
This gives the distributor a clear understanding of what you want to give them. It importantly outlines what you want to keep. It puts you in a stronger position for negotiating.
Ask Before You Sign
When a film is finished, the filmmaker too often wants to get the film seen. They sometimes can take a distribution deal they later regret.
“Of course you want to hear lovely things about your film.” But don’t, Peter warns, be seduced by the distributor’s flattery. Be diligent in finding people who are working or have worked with this distributor. Don’t rely on the references distributors give you, since all distributors will have at least a few clients that like them.
“Find filmmakers online” he suggests, “who have worked with the distributors you’re considering.” Peter recommends speaking with 3 to 5 filmmakers about each distributor you’re seriously considering. He recommends asking pointed rather than general questions.
For example, instead of asking “do you like your distributor?”, ask if they’ve made as many sales as they expected to make and if the filmmaker has received the amount of revenues they expected to receive.
Don’t ask, “Do you like your distributor.” Do ask, “How much money have you made?”
Ask “Is the distributor working for you?” “How often do they call you or communicate?” “Do they treat you as a partner instead of an annoyance?” Make sure they are treating other filmmaker the way you want to be treated before you consider making a deal.
“You’re bringing knowledge, you’re bringing some core audiences, you’re bringing expertise in the area that your film is made within and they should value that.”
Wallace D. Waddles, author of The Science of Getting Rich, understood that to harness the power or your mind to manifest your success you needed to know how to use the will.
In my previous videos, I’ve covered some of the principles he outlines needed to attain that success. In Part 5, How to Use the Will, I cover the important principle of using your will.
How to Use the Will
To set about getting rich in a scientific way, you do not try to apply your will power to anything outside of yourself.
Wallace says it’s wrong to apply your will to other people to get them to do what you wish. Do not to use your will power upon another person…….. even for his own good. The Science of Getting Rich does not require you to apply power or force to any other person.
You do not need to apply your will to things, in order to compel things to come to you. The Substance, Wallace explains, is friendly to you and is more anxious to give you what you want…. than you are to get it!
To get rich, you need only to use your will power upon yourself. When you know what to think and do, then you must use your will to compel yourself to think and do the right things. That is the legitimate use of the will in getting what you want.
Creating a Mental Image
To use it in holding yourself to the right course. Use your will to keep yourself thinking and acting in the Certain Way.
Use your mind to form a mental image of what you want and hold that vision with your faith and purpose and use your will to keep you mind working in the Right Way.
The more steady and continuous your faith, the more rapidly you will get rich because you will make only Positive impressions upon Substance.
As this impression spreads all things are set moving toward it’s realization. Every living thing every inanimate thing, are stirred toward bringing into being that which you want. All forces begin to be exerted toward bringing into being that which you want.
You can stop all of this by starting a negative impression in the Formless substance. Doubt or unbelief is as certain to start a movement away from you as faith and purpose are to start one toward you.
Focus Your Will on Desired Outcome
If you want to get rich you must not make a study of poverty. Things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposites.
Wallace says, Get rich; that is the best way you can help the poor. Don’t fill you mind with pictures of poverty…….. use your will to keep your mind and faith fully on your desired outcome.
You can become right by creation, not by competition. Every man who gets rich by creation opens a way for thousands like him to follow and inspires them to do so. Use your will power to keep your mind off poverty and keep it fixed with faith and purpose on the vision of what you want.
There is more information on the use of your will to achieve your goals in our part 6 of Wallace D. Waddle’s book The Science of Getting Rich.
It’s not enough just to want something to manifest it. You’ve got to try “thinking in a certain way” to attain it.
Thinking in a certain way is how Wallace D. Wattles, author of The Science of Getting Rich, describes the need to have a clear image of your goal. In my latest video based on his work, I explain how it can work for you.
Wallace was a pioneer in realizing and writing about the power of your mind. In his book, he explains and shows us how to use that power to better our lives, become successful, and to expand our creativity.
Thinking in A Certain Way – Desire is Not Enough
Remember the man in the Gratitude video # 3 who formed the mental image of his house in order to manifest it and you will have a fair idea of this initial step towards getting rich. In other words, its important to create a clear and definite mental picture of what you want; you cannot transmit an idea unless first you have it yourself.
You must have it before you can get it. Many people fail to impress “thinking substance” because they themselves only have a vague concept of the things they want to do… to have.… or to become.
It is not enough that you should have a general desire for wealth, everybody has that. When you try to impress your thoughts on Substance, remember that it must be done by a coherent statement; you must know what you want, and be definite. You can never get rich, or start the creative power into action, by sending out unformed longings and vague desires.
Form a Clear Mental Picture
Go over your desires just as the man I have described went over his house; see just what you want and get a clear mental picture of it as you wish it to look when you get it.
You must have that clear mental picture continually in mind as the sailor has in mind the port toward which he is sailing the ship. Spend as much of your leisure time as possible in contemplating your picture. The clearer your picture and the more you dwell upon this picture the stronger your desire will be and the stronger your desire, the easier it will be to hold your mind fixed upon this picture of what you want.
Behind this clear vision must be the purpose to realize it. See the things you want as if they were truly around you all the time. See yourself using them. Dwell on your mental picture so it is clear and then take the mental attitude of ownership with the faith that it is yours. And remember gratitude and be thankful for what you are visualizing as if you already possessed it.
You do not make this impression by repeating a strings of word; you make it by holding the vision with unshakable PURPOSE to attain it with unrelenting faith.
Remember it is faith and purpose in the use of the imagination which make the difference between the scientist and the dreamer. And having learned this fact, it is here that you must learn the proper use of the Will. We will cover that in part 5.