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A Hero and a Role Model

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This is a story that has been passed around for years now.  I do not know the original author.  I just love story and wanted to share it to those who have not seen it before.



♪♫ Don’t Get Me Wrong ♫♪

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Tulip Poplar Manifestation

Old-Growth-Tulip-Poplar_1I started to write this story a few days ago to share an interesting account about manifestion.

I have been having a hard time with the process of writing lately, so I was gonna put my report on the shelf for a while until I felt the flow return.

This morning I found a blog post from Karin, “Be Careful What You Wish For”, detailing a very similar situation that happened to her.

Since Karin’s story is so similar, I feel inspired to finish it and post, so here goes.

There is a nice park near where I live that my dogs and I walk nearly every day.  This park has these tall majestic trees that branch out way at the top and form a canopy from the sun.  The trunk is very straight and clean, with virtually no other branches.

The high canopy provides shade from the harshest sun rays while the branch-less trunk allows early and late sun light to reach the soil below, allowing growth of grass and plant life.

I do not have a garage, so I decided I wanted to plant one of these trees in my yard to eventually provide shade for my car, while simultaneously allowing my grass to flourish.

I didn’t know what kind of tree it was, but the leaf was very distinct. I figured it would not be hard to find a sapling, so I journeyed off the trail in search of a miniature “canopy” tree to transplant to my yard.

Well, to make a long story short, I searched high and low and could not locate a dwarf tree.  I mean I searched for hours until I finally had to give up.

After three consecutive days of searching the woods, I concluded that babies of this type of tree must have different looking leaves.

So I got on Google to try to determine what type of tree it was. Through research I found out the tree was named a Tulip Poplar. I also found out that the seedlings had leaves exactly like the mature tree.

Learning that theTinyTulipPoplarLeaf-709011 leaves were the same, I figured if there were a little Tulip poplar in the woods, I would have already found one. So I went ahead a purchased one to plant in my yard. After I finished the transplant process, and was happy with how it looked, I went about my business. As we tend to do, I totally put my mind on some other apparent pressing issue and forgot all about the Tulip Poplar adventure.

Well, a few days later, as I was walking in the park with the dogs as my routine, I glanced over and saw what looked like a baby Tulip Poplar. I could not believe how I could have missed it because it was right near the trail I walked nearly every day.

At first I was a little upset that I went out and bought one, but then I remembered that this was how it works with manifestation. We have to forget about getting what we want and let go of the actual wanting , before what we think we want will show up. So I left the tree where it lay to admire on another day.

PoplarNow this is where its gets really crazy. A few days later I started to do some spring mulching in my front bushes. As I was clearing the old leaves, there was what I thought was initially a weed growing up. As I grabbed this weed to pull, I suddenly realized it was a baby Tulip Poplar! Right in my own yard! I was astonished, with a huge grin on my face.

All of this was incredible enough, but there is more. A few days later, as I was cutting my grass, I looked own and noticed there was baby Tulip poplar growing? I mean right in the grass! I thought these trees were some delicate thing that rarely survived in the wild, yet I find one growing right in my front yard! This was hilarious.


But the most insane thing happened a few weeks later. I started noticing weeds growing in the cracks of my sidewalk entry way. As I bent over to pull these invaders, would you believe I found a little baby Tulip Poplar growing through the cement crack? Right at my front door!? Ahahahahah!

Manifestation , its real. But I should also mention, manifestation does not gives us what we all REALLY want. But it sure is interesting and fun!


God often uses subtle clues to point us towards the the truth of ourselves.  The Infinite also has some ‘not-so-subtle’ methods to get us on the right path.

This post is about one of those ‘not-so-subtle’ pointers.

Long ago, after a couple of years of non stop “spiritual” seeking, studying, etc. I drove to a job appointment and it went really well. I told myself that it went well due to my seeking and achieving spiritual platitudes.

As I drove away down the road, I was all proud of myself and my personal achievement.

Ahead, the traffic light turned red, and I pulled behind the car in front of me. The cars bumper was so shiny it was like a mirror. And in that mirror I saw my car license plate reflected back at me.  This is what it read.


My car license plate, reflected backwards and in reverse order, read DIEMORE.  

The message was loud and clear. The message was, “Let go of feeling like you have any ‘personal’ achievement.  Let go of taking credit for anything.  Die more to anything you think ‘you’ achieve.  A higher power ‘does’ it all and the I, the person, can’t take credit for any of it.”

But this was still early in the journey and at that time I didn’t totally understand what it meant.  Flash forward about 10 years…

On thanksgiving 2014 I was driving to a friends house for a Holiday visit.  On the highway to his house, I saw another license plate that grabbed my attention.  This time the license plate was on a car I was passing to the right.

Here is an image of the car…

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and a close-up of the license plate.

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I dont know if I mentioned it, but my first name is Lee.  The license plate reads:


This time I understood exactly what the message meant.

Now, in all the non-dual activities I engage in be it watching videos, being in Satsong, conversations, personal ponderings, and plain daily life, I always make an effort to remember to allow the individual “me” to DIE as much as possible.

This past weekend during a non-dual gathering with Lisa Cairnes at One Circle, I actually mourned the loss of some of that individual…and at the end of the event there was a lightness and joy that I cant begin to describe 🙂

See this post for more about the incredible non-dual gathering with Lisa Cairnes.

why don’t they teach this in kindergarten?

8:28 Rupert Spira: “I remember when it first dawned on me…’something is aware of my experience.’  I remember this feeling of outrage that I wasn’t told this when I was 5 years old.”

me – when i started to learn about awareness and consciousness, i wondered why these teaching are not taught in kindergarten too.  these teachings are the key to the everything we seek directly!

we waste our time in school trying to learn things, so that will can get to a place that we can acquire things that make us happy.

but these teachings show us the direct path to happiness without having to obtain anything!

the destruction of the path that leads to nowhere

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there is no path and it leads to nowhere…

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