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 to peace.
There was never anything in my background to suggest that I would be writing anything – never mind self-help/spiritual books. However, when looking for a creative outlet, I started writing children’s stories.
I first published Cap Finds a New Boy, the story about a red baseball cap who loses his boy (he falls out of the car window as Brad, his boy, is leaning out. The story is about the trials and tribulations Cap faces until he gets a new owner. For ages 4 to 8, it is filled with lovely illustrations and helps children overcome fear – especially of change and an unknown future.
Your Journey to Peace ... then flowed out of me, and my current project is ‘Our Journeys to Peace’ Series. Book 1 is out, Book 2, will be out Winter 2019/20, and Book 3 Spring 2020.
Here is the link to all my books. (You will be directed to my other website. This website was dedicated to Your Journey to Peace … as I never expected to write more books. I recently set up SpiritedFawn Publications for all my books. Cap is sold there, and there is information on all my current and future publications. However, here, you can find out all about Journey …
My spiritual journey led me to major understandings of myself, others, how we relate to each other, and how it is Unconscious Influences that cause the issues, or perceived, issues in our life.
They cause us to come places of neediness, frustration, blame, judgment, and biases, and they are what cause anger, greed, manipulation, controlling tendencies – and all other reactions that not only cause us conflicts in our relationships, but also do not bring us the ultimate peace and happiness we all long for.
My writing helps us understand – and overcome these Unconscious Influences.
Your Journey to Peace … and my ‘Our Journey Peace’ Series are the result of my years of study, practices, and training, coupled with my awe and curiosity that grew as I studied and investigated the different self-help, religious, and spiritual thought systems. It was the similarities held within them that peaked my curiosity to investigate further.
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. Your Journey to Peace … covers and links all of these.
Journey ... 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.
My Story – A Bit of Background About Me and My Journey to Peace
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 in my books, workshops, and on my blogs.
Although I expected my books, the promotion of them and the guiding of others through their 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, November 2019
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