PATRICIA’S NOVEL AN INSPIRING READ
BRAY AUTHOR PATRICIA PENS A SELF-HELP NOVEL WITH A DIFFERENCE
PATRICIA Dunican’s book ‘Even Lame Ducks Can Soar,’ is a self-help book with a difference.
It’s written as a novel, with a set of fictional characters, but it’s an inspiring story of revival.
Patricia said that the work is ‘ based on ancient wisdoms, scientific facts and diving promises.’
Rachael, the protagonist, is at breaking point. She knows that she must get away, but where can she go in her fragile state?
An encounter with Tara, an ex-patient now living in Bray, reminds her of her of a happy childhood holidays spent in the beautiful location between the majestic Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea. She decides that will be her refuge. While there, amazed by Tara’s near-miraculous recovery, Rachael enrols in Rara’s Good Vibrations course hoping to learn the secrets of her revival.
Every Tuesday evening for eight weeks Tara gives step-by-step simple instructions in how to use the strategies through which she found personal peace.
The story tells the reader about the impact the course has on the lives of its participants.
Bray lady Patricia is a former teacher at Ravenswell who has also facilitated parenting courses and she is a bio energy therapist.
She is very interested in healing and health and gleaned a lot of information over the years.
She felt that there was something to putting all of that knowledge into one manuscript.
‘I thought that if it took the form of a story it might be more interesting for people.’
The ideas in the book are based on energy meditation and tuning into the vibration of positivity.
‘Feeding the senses with beautiful things,’ is part of Patricia’s manifesto which includes cutting out the negative. ‘ Treat yourself as best you can,’ she said.
She said that the reason she wrote the book was to help other people.
One of her idols is Nelson Mandela, whom she quotes in one of the chapters.
‘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 and fabulous?
‘Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.’
‘I thought I’d put it out there. There’s a huge amount of information and research in different areas all together, and easy to check out,’ said Patricia.
Seven people attend the Good Vibrations course of the book, with each chapter a masterclass in a different area.
The topics include exercise, mediation, water, Glendalough, The Wicklow Way, energy, panic and more.
‘I’ve always written,’ said Patricia, who has written poetry and kept notes. ‘I love it, I find it very therapeutic.’ She has just finished another book and started a third one. Bray, as well as being the location of ‘Even Lame Ducks Can Soar,’ is where she loves to write.
‘I love Bray,’ said Patricia, who does a lot of hillwalking.
The book is available in Dubray Bray and Grafton Street, Greystones Village Bookshop, Bridge Street Bookshop, Carroll’s Books in Dundalk, and Amazon.
Patricia Dunican with copies of her self-help novel ‘Even Lame Ducks Can Soar’.