Tuning in to a powerful message of hope
Published 07/09/2016 | 02:30
"When I tune into nature's frequency, life becomes change and change becomes hope".
There are times in all our lives when we encounter someone who makes us stop and think.
Early last week, I got a phonecall from my colleague Darragh McCullough to ask if I would do an interview with a man named PJ Jones.
PJ wanted to talk. About himself and his life to date, a happy childhood that was shattered when he was abused; how he dulled the pain with hard work and, later, alcohol; the shock when the secret finally came out and how it was reconnection with nature which opened his door to recovery.
The words at the top of this article are PJ's.
His story needs no embellishment. The bald facts are chilling. The details are unique to him. Unfortunately, in this country, as PJ rightly points out, the gist of it is not.
He ran away from his pain for years. When we, consciously or unconsciously, bury something deep inside, we may believe we are controlling it but it's really the other way round.
PJ is lavish in his praise of Cuan Mhuire and Sr Consilio: "I would get up to work for her at 6am every day and twice on Sundays."