The Midas Tree by Dr. Lesley Phillips – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Lesley Phillips

Dr. Lesley Phillips is a speaker, author, workshop leader, meditation teacher, healer and clairvoyant reader.

She began her career as a PhD scientist and business woman in the biotechnology industry. However Lesley was always interested in meditation and spirituality and she developed her abilities in parallel to her busy career.

Before coming to Canada in 1998 she trained in meditation, healing and clairvoyance at the School of Insight and Intuition, Richmond UK. She was also a member of The Rainbow Bridge Dream Work Group where, she explored dream incubation, dream re-entry, astral travel, shamanic journeying and dream symbol interpretation. Earlier in her spiritual journey she received much guidance and experienced many premonitions through her dreams, having kept a dream diary since childhood.

Much of her formal spiritual training was at the CDM Spiritual Teaching Center in Seattle, where she was mentored by renowned author and speaker Mary Ellen Flora. She graduated as an ordained minister in 2003 and from the centers teaching program in 2005, when she began teaching classes and workshops for CDM Vancouver. She also holds private and corporate meditation workshops.

Subsequently Dr. Phillips has taught counseled over a 1000 individuals and presented at over 100 live events. She is known as a caring, gifted teacher and speaker that brings out the best in people.


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
The Midas Tree is a fun spiritual adventure story set inside a magical tree that teaches a path to spiritual enlightenment.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Three magical things from my book “The Midas Tree”

  • Pollens that enable me to make delicious tropical fruit combinations

  • Manna because it can be manipulate by thought into any other food that I wish to eat

  • Seeds that contain the secrets of how to live on this desert island

If I can’t have that then I would choose: A device to poke coconuts of the trees, a device to open coconuts and bandages in case of head injuries caused by falling coconuts

 If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

I already have multiple spiritual superpowers and I teach other people to access theirs. My favorite is my clairvoyance. It’s a kind of spiritual X-Ray vision. This ability allows me to see clearly as spirit. It helps me to see my life from a neutral, non judgmental spiritual perspective. I can also see my spiritual helpers, read other peoples energy fields and tell the truth from a lie.

 What is your dream cast for your book?

When I was writing the book, I heard the voice of Queen Latifah as Devalicious. As for the other characters, Johnny Depp would have to be in it, perhaps as Devon the poet laureate of “The Midas Tree.” Dame Maggie Smith would make a great Devina. Deval could be Ian McKellan. Robin Williams would be Deverall and Jim Carrey would be Devandra. Devadne and the other devas would be a young unknown actresses and actors, made famous by their role in the film.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
Peacock because the feathers symbolize things that are important to me:

      intuition or clear seeing

      beauty and art


      reminder to pay attention to my ego.

 What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I just intuitively knew one day that I was ready to be a writer. I switched my meditation focus to clearing blocks to writing and to bringing through the information that I was to write about. During the night following this meditation, I was overtaken by an explosion of creativity. By the morning I had a full outline for the book. I guess the main inspiration is that as a meditation teacher, a book is a natural progression to get my message to a wider audience.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

I’m actually quite stubborn when it comes to taking advice from other people. I’m one of those people who must learn it for themselves for it to be truly meaningful. I don’t even take my own advice. I’m told that I give brilliant information in my readings, and for sure a lot of what I say would be a help to me as well, if I would only listen and act on it.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Write from your intuition rather than your intellect. Let it flow. Get it all down in a first draft and only then should you worry about the details.

What is one book everyone should read?
Apart from my book “The Midas Tree” – I can’t pick only one – there are three:-

      Illusions, by Richard Bach, for an enlightening spiritual adventure novel.

      The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, for whacky entertainment.

      “Chakras – key to spiritual opening” by Mary Ellen Flora, for spiritual information.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 

I am currently focused on marketing this book. Next I am planning a meditation workbook to accompany the novel, which can be used by teachers to help their students learn the meditation techniques in the book. If “The Midas Tree” is successful I have ideas for seven more novels. I also have a half finished novel about a psychic who works in the biotechnology industry. I haven’t decided yet whether I will finish and publish this last one though.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Frida Kahlo, I admire her resilience and ability to see beauty in everything, even in the most difficult of circumstances. I believe she was a very strong woman in spite of her vulnerability. I admire that she was an accomplished surrealist artist, in a field dominated mainly by men.

 What is your favorite Quote?
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

What was your favorite children’s book?
Alice in Wonderland” is my favorite children’s book, because it is a book of nonsense and extraordinary happenings.

One food you would never eat?

Wheat, I have a gluten sensitivity.

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?

In meditation, healing myself and getting clear about my life and the next steps I am to take on my spiritual path.

The Midas Tree by Dr. Lesley Phillips

“Now it is time for you to go on a journey. Once you are gone, you may forget all about the garden for a while. This golden acorn contains the full potential of this journey. Follow it, and see where it takes you.”  As soon as Morfar finished speaking, the acorn flew from Joshua’s hand, across the garden.”

Joshua finds a golden acorn floating in a stream that propels him into a magical journey in The Midas Tree. This mystical world, offers Joshua a lifetime of adventures. Desperate to return home, he must first turn himself and the tree to golden light. He must uncover spiritual secrets and oust inner demons to achieve this task and fulfill his destiny…

This is a gripping and illuminating new novel, full of challenges, magical creatures and spiritual superpowers, from Dr. Lesley Phillips.

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