Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Reaching For The Sky (The Midas Tree Virtual Book Tour)

What is the highest vision you have for your life?
Do you climb up to the highest branch and reach for the sky or are you just mowing the grass or trimming the hedges?

Sometimes we find ourselves in a place where it is difficult to see how we can reach our goals. There can seem to be so many obstacles in the way; from financial pressures to experiencing an illness. Plus there are so many pressures on our time these days; from family obligations, to deadlines at work; we really seem to keep ourselves very busy.

Put down your edge trimmer and get out your lopper
In those times when all we can see is what is right in front of us and when it feels like all we can do to get through this day let alone the next, it can be useful to have a few extra tools on your garden tool belt.

The edge trimmer might barely be keeping the lawn from growing over the flower patch. So its time to reach for some more powerful tools; in fact you might even need to get out your lopper to reach the fruit on your tree.

Meditation is a power tool for life
My personal tool belt is full of meditation techniques. This has been my touchstone throughout many years of personal growth.

If I can’t see the wood for the trees, or the garden for the weeds, then I turn within and focus on releasing what is blocking me. Meditation has been invaluable for me to relieve stress, shift self limiting beliefs, let go of wrong perceptions, transform sickness and lift my spirits.

Have faith in yourself
It can be so easy to judge ourselves or even put down the gardening gloves and give up completely. Especially if your current life circumstances seem to be so out of whack with your original goal for your self. But have faith that whatever you are experiencing is teaching you something that is important for the larger vision of your life.

Here I sit the author of a spiritual novel. Having achieved part of my life’s work to be a spiritual messenger. Yet I did not always know how I would get here. I used to be a busy biotech business executive, chasing the things most of us hold dear (money, status and possessions).


There is a higher wiser part of you keeping you on track
Yet there was a part of me that always had me on track. There came a time when I realized the emptiness that was contained within achieving the things that I thought I was supposed to want. I left my career and for a while I had no idea who I was anymore.

None of the old labels fit. It was a truly uncomfortable time. Now looking back I can see that I was in a chrysalis waiting to emerge renewed and reinvigorated, with wings that would take me to the top of my tree.

Give thanks for where you have been as it is leading to your vision
I held fast to me meditation techniques and they were what saw me through this difficult time. Now I can see why my life took the turns that it did. I am a spiritual teacher, but I have a Ph.D. and a business background. In the eyes of many that gives me credibility. It also equips me to explain spiritual phenomena I a way that is accessible to many people.

My time in the academic and corporate worlds helped me understand how the majority of people think and operate. They are on the fast track, the treadmill and they are in the grind and at some point they all lift their eyes from the dirt to the sky and wonder what does it all mean?

My vision as an author and spiritual teacher
As a spiritual initiate and now teacher, I am also able to see how this can be limiting and help people do what I did and dig deep, pull out the weeds of false self and find out who they really are and what the true vision for their life is.

My book “The Midas Tree” is a fictional and metaphorical account of the human journey. The hero travels through the battles and challenges of expectations and ego to spiritual awakening, and at the end he sees his true value and is able to help others.

“The Midas Tree” is a modern day fairy tale that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. There is a mirror of experience for everyone and a nougat or two of gold to help you cope with your challenges.

 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 story for children of all ages is available on Amazon as a paperback or e-book. She can be reached at:
Twitter: @DrLesleyP
DISCLAIMER: This is a guest post. Opinions are not my own. I was not compensated.

2 comments:

  1. I do think about this a lot. What is my highest goal professionally, I try to think big and then bigger to keep me going!

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  2. I recently hosted Lesley for this tour as well :) Her posts always make me think really hard and reflect on the meaning of my life. Thanks for the feature!

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