A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE MIDAS TREE
By Dr Lesley Phillips
“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.”
The Midas Tree is an Adventure Story
What you have just read is an introduction to my new book “The Midas Tree.” It is an adventure story aimed at a Middle Grade to YA audience; although all the adults who have read it like it too.
The Midas Tree is about Joshua who is transported by a magical acorn into mystical world inside a tree. He yearns to return home, but first must uncover the secrets of his destiny and bring light to the tree and to himself.
Joshua’s adventures include sticky situations and tricky people. Luckily there are guides called Devas who are the holders of ancient secrets that can help Joshua cope with his challenges. The Devas teach Joshua how to meditate and they also introduce him to his spiritual superpowers.
The Midas Connects You to Yourself
The Devas secrets include meditation techniques that help Joshua tune out the outside world and connect deeply with himself. He uses them to heal himself and stay calm in difficult situations. Through meditation he is also able to turn within and see the truth.
Reading this book is fun, but it also introduces you to these meditation techniques too. They are practical tools that you and your child can use in everyday life to feel safe, stay calm and focused; as well as connect with your higher self and become clear about your life purpose.
The Midas Tree Introduces You to Your Spiritual Superpowers
I am a meditation teacher and believe that each and every one of us has spiritual abilities. They can be tapped into by quieting the outside world and by turning within. This is how we can connect with ourselves and all that we are.
Most children naturally access these spiritual gifts. Unfortunately many parents do not recognize these gifts as real. So the child learns to shut them down in order to fit in. By the time they become an adult they have forgotten all about it.
Many adults who seek spiritual opening then must go through a process of clearing the blocks of disbelief, having an intellectual and emotional focus and only sensing the physical world, before they can regain their abilities
We are lucky to live in a time where some parents are beginning to validate these gifts.
They call their kids star children or indigo, crystal and rainbow children. If a child has parents who validate their experiences then will grow up spiritually open and will not need to relearn what they already know; although they will still have challenges in adjusting to our world, much of which is still in denial of reality.
The Midas Tree is for both groups of children and for their parents and their teachers. I hope that the children who feel isolated, alone and different, will read the book and see that they are not alone. I also hope that the book provides a resource and guidebook for the parents who want to encourage their children to explore their natural gifts.
By Dr Lesley Phillips
Dr Lesley Phillips is a speaker, author, workshop leader, spiritual and meditation teacher based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Her book “The Midas Tree” - a spiritual adventure novel that also teaches meditation - will be published on November 11th 2012.