Almost twenty-five years ago I embarked on a journey to find peace in my life. I never went looking to find God, per se. In fact, I was actually ambivalent about the concept of God. And I never felt the need to ask, “Why am I here?” One day I realized I simply didn’t like myself. This realization started my journey.
I was brought up in the small town of St. Bruno, a suburb of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I married young and was blessed with a son a few years later. I loved being a mom, but like everyone around me I also wanted to have a career, so I went back to school. This was the mid-seventies – the generation that women were not going to be left behind career-wise. So, when my son was two years old I returned to university part-time, while working three days a week to help with the finances. I completed about half of the requirements for a business degree, but had a burn out. A few years later in the early ’80s when I had recovered I felt able to complete my family and had two more wonderful sons.
I spent the next twenty years or so engulfed in family life, while at the same time running a small marketing company from home. And even though I had more comforts and my life was easier than most women around me, I was always angry, frustrated, and could not see life as the glass half-full. It always seemed half empty to me. At one point I went “looking for another way” to navigate life. And so my journey began.
Being brought up Catholic, I started by going back to church and even attended bible studies and workshops. However, I did not find any practical solutions to my issues. I was then guided to various basic spiritual books and practices, and later, onto more advanced and even profound spiritual practices, like A Course in Miracles. Some of these opened me up energetically and allowed me to connect to the love that was latent within me, others exposed the many false perceptions and their unconscious influences I had unknowingly erected because of the atmosphere I grew up in.
I started to understand that my unhappiness and frustrations had less to do with my circumstances and more to do with the misperceptions I held of myself, others, and the world around me. I realized that often I let the attitudes or actions of others affect me, and I projected my needs upon those around me, and if they did not answer my call to satisfy them, I felt hurt and disappointment. I was finally able to really understand that the problem was how I was navigating life. Life wasn’t happening to me; I had and was creating stories in my mind about how life should be and what I needed to do and who I needed to be to feel happy and empowered in my life, and I reacted from those misguided beliefs.
I lived most of my life unaware that I was navigating life from these misperceptions I had erected, and as I projected them onto others and the world around me I was oblivious of how this impacted my inner peace and happiness and created many of the conflicts in my life I often blamed others for. So I am offering some of the wisdom I have discovered throughout my journey from anger and frustration to peace and happiness within myself and with others.
There was never anything in my background to suggest that I would be writing anything – never mind a self-help/spiritual book of this magnitude. However, when my youngest sons were teenagers and I was looking for something creative to do with my time I started writing children’s stories and self-published Cap Finds a New Boy in 2005. I promoted this book myself locally and managed the book’s website, but shortly thereafter, I felt guided to return to school to garner some English training. Although I had no clear direction of what I was returning to school for, something inside me knew I had something else to say, so I focused on preparing myself to that end.
Your Journey to Peace … is the result of that training, coupled with my awe and curiosity that grew as I studied and investigated the different religious and spiritual thought systems and realized the importance of the similarities held within them. At the same time I was also becoming aware of how science, our health, the Planet, our treatment of Indigenous peoples, and many other areas of study and concern are also related to our spiritual growth. Therefore, this book is in 2 parts, with Part I being more focused on our personal journeys, bringing esoteric concepts to the practical. Some of the concepts within are intertwined with my own journey to peace, happiness, and ultimately spiritual growth. Part II is more focused on the other elements of our existence, like science and the others mentioned above, which are also related to our spiritual evolution.
Although I expected this book, the promotion of it, and the guiding of others through its concepts to be my life’s work from now on, I now have a couple of stories rumbling around in me wanting to express themselves. I will keep you updated as to how this is going.
Rosemary McCarthy, October 2016
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