Francis O’Neill Author bio

A bit about me

I thought you’d never ask… [ Francis O’Neill Author bio ]

No I’m not Francis O’Neill who writes (actually “wrote”) books on Irish music. And although my middle name is Eugene, I’m, unfortunately no relation to Eugene O’Neill the playwright.

It was suggested I should use my middle name to help build my writing career, by association with the great writer. Somehow that got missed in the finished product of my first book – another marketing opportunity missed!

Francis O'Neill Author bio imageAnyhow, down to me. I write about mind, body & spirit, and spiritual health matters…

If they sound like one and the same area, you’re right. They are the same but at different levels, as I perceive them.

People interested in mind, body and spirit matters are not necessarily interested in, for example, UFOs and ghosts (generally the paranormal), nor in the implications these matters conjure for us and our planet. These matters fascinate me. [ Francis O’Neill Author bio ]

This of course is assuming their existence is real. On that, I have no trouble accepting the reality of their existence — I’ve seen them, or one or two of them at least.

Meanwhile…

I’ve been kicking around the planet for a while now, in fact I have been on-board for over seventy trips around our Sun – and it still feels like thirty by my internal clock. I’m not so keen on mirrors these days. [ Author bio ]

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. [ Francis O’Neill Author bio ]

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 for my making steel things.

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. I later took a degree in psychology and became a teacher/trainer in adult education. [ Author bio ]

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.

Apart from the house chores, I help Annie with making the finished product and videos of her music. She is doing great with her new age piano album, A Glimmer of Hope – the album was in the top 3 best piano albums of 2017 on Enlightened Piano Radio. Visit her website: AnnieLocke.com.

Keep on truckin!

Not all of this journey has been nearly so smooth or seemingly a blast as I might 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.

You’ll find my books on this website, so I won’t mention them here.

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.


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