Here’s a bit more about me

I thought you’d never ask…

Francis O'Neill's (author) website | FON imageI’ve been kicking around the planet for a while now, in fact I will shortly have been on-board for seventy trips around our Sun – and it still feels like thirty by my internal clock.

Born on the south coast of Ireland, I was raised as a Catholic but became a fully-signed up atheist by my late teens/early twenties, and then spent Sundays motorcycle racing (on grasstrack) instead of going to Church. Certainly it was more fun than three Hail Mary’s as I recall – although there were moments when prayer seemed a good option.

Is this the Road to Amarillo or Damascus?

I would have continued in my comfortable atheist direction except for one or two paranormal experiences that rocked my boat a bit. Also seeing the occasional UFO (like you do) didn’t help either. The cruncher, I describe as my “Road to Damascus” experience, was after getting into a book by Carl Jung. What a home-coming that was.

From that point on I sought to understand life from a spiritual perspective. In my reading I was still ploughing through books based upon reductionist and mechanistic thinking but now I was also looking into all kinds of “fringe” topics, that included a serious study of astrology — even taking diplomas in it. Yes I know. My medical records show I was sound of mind at the time. We’re talking the 1970s.

Did you say, “Work!?”— what’s that?

Work-wise I was all set for following a conventional path in life, an apprentice in cabinet-making and later employed as a sheet-metal worker. However a workers strike, and not a little of the Law of Attraction, put paid to all that. The strike proved terminal.

By my mid-twenties I had entered into a career in archaeology and could be found supervising rescue excavations (on prehistoric through to post-mediaeval sites) in the UK. I also ran an astrology practice as a sideline.

That’s my gal

I must just tell you this bit: Some ten years later; now living in London and completing on a degree, I was regularly listening to an album of relaxation music. This was Portraits by Annie Locke. By a twist of fate — or another dose of the Law of Attraction — three years later I met Annie (while I was helping healer, Matthew Manning, at one of his exhibitions). We got on, sparks flew hither and dither, and we have been together ever since.

Keep on truckin!

Between then and now well a lot of water has flowed under my bridge — including supporting Annie’s career, and having yet another career; this time in teaching.

Not all of this journey has been nearly so smooth or seemingly a blast as I portray it. There are big gaps, of course there are. Formally I have now retired but my writing career has really only just begun… My driver for writing is to discuss “spiritual health” and, what I call, “making a contribution” which I hope this item helps to meet too.

Want more..?

You can get a bit more on this soap opera by visiting http://lifeanddeaththebook.com/more-on-the-book/ and downloading the Introduction to my first book – there is another is in the pipleline. You’ll find Annie on http://www.innerharmoniesmusic.co.uk/

 

Comment on our life on Earth

It never ceases to astound me how awesome and magical our situation on the Earth is, either by considering human beings in juxtaposition with the other lifeforms that we live with, or by the paucity of life on other planets for millions of miles around us.  And yet how easy it is for us to overlook this fact in the noise and dust of our day to day existence, with all its demands, stimulations and woes.

Similarly how ignorant a great number of us prefer to remain regarding our death — let alone see it in context with spiritual development.  Sure the idea that we are going to die, or, as I believe, more accurately lose our physical vehicle, scares us. Well okay, it scares most of us let’s say, as any major life turning point will.

But far from being a final interruption to our travels it is, I argue, a meaningful and dynamic part of our bigger journey, and a sound reason for our needing to do everything we can, to understand it and prepare for its inevitable and timely arrival.