A Letter To The Reader
As I sit looking out of my office at the sun setting outside and my book almost complete, I feel drawn to reflect on why I have written Unfold Your Wings and Watch Life Take Off.
It has been written because I want to share myself with you. Writing it has, on occasion, moved me to tears and opened up new levels of joy, peace and understanding. As a result the book has unfolded and evolved in its own time.
Writing Unfold Your Wings and Watch Life Take Off has helped me become clear about my inner guidance. Searching through my memory for examples to illustrate the points in the book has helped me come to terms with my past. With my past resolved and my inner guidance clear I now feel ready to start my new life as a guide and coach to others.
I invite you to discover your inner guidance. There is no greater discovery. This calling, which resides in your heart, will change your life. If followed it will open up your potential, heal your wounded heart and bring you abundant rewards. Eventually, if followed most sincerely, you will discover your life's mission and your connection to all that was, is now and forever will be.
A Swan on Hillsborough Lake
Deep within your heart is a calling.
It is very gentle
It is very loving.
It is very persistent.
Would you like to discover
It was a dry, sunny day and our family was heading to the beach to have some fun. As we drove toward the Mourne Mountains we passed by a lake and I cried out,
"Please Mum, stop!"
I was only 8 years old and I had recognized something. We all climbed out of the car and stood on the lakeshore to see why I had stopped the car so abruptly. There in the distance floating on the shimmering lake, I glimpsed a swan for the first time. I was captivated and wanted to get closer, but couldn't. Eventually the rest of the family became restless. We climbed back into the car and headed for the beach.
At school I was inattentive, dreamy and hyperactive. I had little inclination to study or do well in exams. Then, as I was about to embark on studies that would prepare me for university, I felt this strong urge to make something of my life. I resolved to be somebody - to achieve something - and became determined to qualify as an architect. I did not know it then, but this was the first early stirring of my inner call. I was expressing it in crude and discordant ways, but it was there. This deeply felt inner guidance was to carry me through university, and out into the world. As I stood on the steps of our home ready to start life as an independent adult at university, I turned to my mother and said with conviction,
"I mean to reach the top."
Twenty-seven years later I found myself walking on the banks of Hillsborough Lake near my home. There on the lake was a solitary pure white swan. I was captivated. Recalling the event from my youth I felt drawn to remain with the swan all day. I was fascinated by her silence and beauty and the way she gracefully turned her head to watch everything that was happening. I could sense her power as I watched her unfolding and flapping her wings, while floating on the still, clear water. I wondered what it would be like to fly like a swan. She evoked something... or someone. That day was spent in silent communion. It was a day of profound inner peace.
What had happened in the intervening twenty-seven years to change me from restless, arrogant young man to a serene and peaceful adult?
That is the secret told within these pages...
The Radiant Swan Within
Being still I wait
The call is always there.
No-friend ever loved me thus.
I can glide on the still waters of eternity.
I always considered writing to be a solitary affair, however once I began Unfold Your Wings and Watch Life Take Off I realized I needed to share my work as it progressed with people close to me. As a result Unfold Your Wings and Watch Life Take Off is very much a group effort. Without the help of many friends, relatives and some friends I have yet to meet, who offered support, this book would not have been possible.
As this book progressed I received unwavering support from my wife Carolyn. Her devotion has helped keep me motivated and focused, her patience has been unwavering and her amazing creativity has helped my project become practical.
In the compilation of this book thanks are due to Paul Herd for being my confidant, while writing was in progress. I am deeply grateful to my mother for her patient editing skills and words of advice once the first draft was complete, for her committed support throughout development and for help in editing the final draft. I am also grateful to Andrew McKibben and Pat Kerr for their advice and feedback on the first draft.
I would like to thank the many readers who helped develop the second draft including Maggie Burch, Yvonne Blyth, Susan Cunningham, Dr. Joe Gaston and Alf Armstrong, with special thanks to Mark Murray for his perceptive observations. Further thanks are due to Niall Hickey, Mary Burke, Caroline Huey and Cecil Kavanagh who made many perceptive comments on the third draft. I would like to thank Michael Bell for the patient proof reading skills he applied to the fourth draft.
Finally I would like to thank other members of my family and many other people whose helpful comments and support have made this book possible.
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