Like fellow Dubliner, Lorna Byrne, Patricia Buckley - the author of My Journey with the Angels - is a down-to-earth mystic. Patricia is gentle, funny and practical and in the last decade, through her joyous embrace of the angels in her life, she has been able to give hope to countless wounded souls who have come to her seeking guidance.
From as early as she can remember, Patricia took for granted that she could speak to angels and dead people. And though her childhood was blighted by poverty, neglect and abuse, the spirit world made her feel secure and cherished. However, after many tough years - during which she was committed to a mental ward, was nearly killed by an abusive boyfriend and eventually became homeless - she gave up on that part of her life.
Patricia found love in a good marriage and joy in the birth of her children. And yet for twenty years she remained fragile and dependent on tranquillisers. That was until a chance encounter woke up her hidden spiritual energies and revived her passion for living. The time had come to share her gifts with the world.
Patricia shares her story in My Journey with the Angels - a heart-breaking memoir of a Dublin childhood, a moving account of how she came to accept her extraordinary gifts, and an inspirational guide - full of examples from her life and work - to the wisdom of the angels.
Born in Dublin early 1960s, Patricia’s childhood and adolescence are rife with overwhelming pain. The daughter of an alcoholic, violent father and a physically and morally exhausted mother, ever since Patricia can remember, she was beaten, used and abused by the men in her life. Overworked, at times destitute and homeless, alcohol her drug of choice, at one point imprisoned in a mental ward. How does one survive such pain and circumstance? The eldest of 10 long-suffering children, Patricia is a remarkable woman in that she has had no formal education yet is truly gifted with the ultimate "Gift,", able to communicate with spirit. God blessed the child Patricia, who at the youngest age saw and spoke with angels and often had fleeting contact with the dead. At the age of six, Patricia encountered the spirit of a little boy who'd drowned. It was the first time she had come face-to-face with a spirit, but little Patricia was already aware of the angels in her life. Conversations with the angels that began when she was seven encouraged a sense of protection and guidance. During adolescence, on many occasions, Patricia gave impromptu readings to complete strangers when spirits of their relatives approached her. Patricia embraced the angels and later shared her secret with her paternal grandmother, who could also see them and was the only one who recognized and praised her gift. However, when her grandmother died, young Patricia knew she'd have to deny these relationships or live at the mercy of those who misunderstood her gift as a "curse" and thought her mad. She discovered early on that talking about the angels would only lead to chastisement and cruelty from her parents and others. As a result. How does one contain such a secret? As abuse, poverty, exhaustion, fear, and loneliness steadily took their unrelenting toll, she learned to rely on communicating with angels for feelings of security and affirmation. They give her comfort and courage, healing and guidance, and helped her with communication, even when the rest of the world seemed to just give up on her. Gifted but tormented, Patricia's home life was a boiling cauldron of physical abuse by her alcoholic father and emotional detachment from her chronically depressed mother. As the oldest child, Patricia was burdened with helping her mother care for her many siblings. Once she grew older, Patricia also became the main breadwinner in a household where her mother stayed home and her father worked sporadically. At age 12, she was forced to leave school in order to work and provide for the family, and has worked steadily ever since. In her late teens, the hardship of working full-time and assisting her mother with caretaking duties became too much for her and after a three-month stay in a mental health hospital, Patricia denounced the angels and continued to use antidepressants into late adulthood.