“Once upon a place where there was no time, and once upon a time where there was no place,
there lived a boy who wasn’t quite yet a boy. He held within him the potential to be a great man
or indeed a great woman, for the spark that creates a boy can, in the twinkle in an eye, also
create a girl.
He lived in a garden of brilliant light, under the guidance of a mentor who helped him on his path
to greatness. They agreed together that the boy would travel to a new world, where the light of
home contrasted with darkness. The tension between these would stimulate new experiences,
and allow new knowledge to spring forth.
The boy’s chosen purpose was to become a teacher, who would help everyone who entered this
world after him, so that they could choose peace between one another, and harmony with their
world. Part of the agreement was that he would forget some things about who he was, and why
he was there. He would have to search for his own answers first, before he could help others find
theirs. In this journey of forgetting and remembering, his path would emerge, and he would be
able to enact his full potential in the world.
Birth into this new world was painful. He arrived in a state of fear and panic, shocked by how
different this place was, compared to the light from whence he emerged. Because he didn’t know
where he was, or how things worked, he became frustrated. The more he realized how little he
knew, the more tormented he became. He suffered physical pain, emotional anguish, and mental
turmoil. Then he blamed and became angry with his mentor for leading him to this place.
Nevertheless, his yearning to find his way home was so strong, that it compelled him onward.
Initially through trial and error, and gradually through the application of what he learned, he
grew in both stature and experience. By observing the special ways of the creatures he met, he
discovered how to heal his pain. He learned techniques that helped him overcome the agony and
misery he was experiencing. He began to feel empowered to improve his new world.”
Message from Dr Lesley Phillips
What you have just read is an introduction to my new book “The Midas Tree.” It is a spiritual
adventure novel aimed at a YA audience; although all the adults who have read it like it too.
The story is about a boy called Joshua who is transported by a magical acorn into a mysterious world within a tree. It follows his adventures, which involve sticky situations and tricky people. Luckily there are spirits called devas who live in the tree and teach him how to cope.
I am a meditation teacher and I decided that I wanted to bring the meditation techniques that I teach to a broader audience. Writing a book seemed like a good way to do this. So one day about two years ago, I decided to meditate on clearing my block to becoming a writer.
My background is in science and business and so I had to let go of any limits to my creativity; as
well as any programming about how to write. I spent several hours clearing myself in this way
and then I connected to my higher guidance and asked that I receive whatever it was that I was
meant to write.
Letting my creativity flow
All of these images and information started pouring into me. It was late at night by now and
every time I tried to sleep, I would receive more information and would have to turn my light
on and write down some notes. By the morning I had a full outline of the book and had been
introduced to all of the characters.
I did not plan the story at all. It was just delivered to me as a creative download. Writing the
book was easy. It was like watching a movie and taking notes about what was happening. I have
since learned that many writers, including J.K. Rowling write this way.
I learned a lot about my creativity when I wrote this book, including not to over think. I allowed
my intuition to flow and didn’t concern myself with editing until the entire book was written.
Who is the book for?
Once it was written I had to figure out who it was for. People who read the book said it
reminded them of the Celestine Prophecy and Alison Wonderland. It taught profound spiritual
truths in a simple way through an entertaining story.
I had created a book of light and it is my hope that it will bring this light to many people. It offers
techniques that can help all people cope when they are going through difficult times in their
lives; as well as illuminating the path to enlightenment in a fun and entertaining way.
Dr Lesley Phillips is a speaker, author, workshop leader, spiritual and meditation teacher based in
Vancouver BC, Canada. Her book “The Midas Tree” will be published on November 11th 2012. She
can be reached at:
I just want to say a quick thank-you to Dr Lesley Phillips for writing this awesome post- I hope this has encouraged you guys to pick up The Midas Tree in November! I found the "Letting My Creativity Flow" section particularly interesting- how cool is it that The Midas Tree came to Lesley as a creative download?!
Do you plan on reading The Midas Tree? Be sure to let me know in the comments! Keep Reading!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,