PA­TRI­CIA’S NOVEL AN IN­SPIR­ING READ

BRAY AU­THOR PA­TRI­CIA PENS A SELF-HELP NOVEL WITH A DIF­FER­ENCE

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

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’.

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