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About meMaureen Sullivan grew up in the industrial, blue-collar town of Chicopee, Massachusetts in a large Irish family with five sisters and one brother. Her mother, Alice, worked as a nurse’s aid and her father, Paul, a gifted artist, retired after forty years as a pastry chef.
As the only one of the seven children to become an artist, Maureen’s father was her biggest teacher and fan. With the support and encouragement of both parents, she found it easy to follow her dreams and to take the path of the artist, spending many of her younger years painting and attending art classes.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts, Maureen moved to Boston and began a career in graphic arts and as a fine artist. These years spent in Boston were very creative and influential—developing life-long friendships and establishing her notorious night-owl work ethic. During this time she displayed her artwork in many exhibitions in Boston and the New England area. Mary Ryan Gallery (www.maryryangallery.com) in New York City then began representing her artwork, which included two solo, sold-out exhibits. Then, in furtherance of fulfilling another dream, Maureen moved to New York City to experience life as an artist in the Big Apple.
Living in this extraordinary city opened Maureen up to the world with its diversity of cultures and people and stimulated her innate desire to travel. Enjoying the diversity of foreigners wherever she went, she began sensing a need to connect with humanity as a whole—the unconscious beginning of her future life in service. Conversely, as she also became more immersed in the art-world, her disillusionment with it grew—and so began her questioning of what her life was really about. It was at this time that spirituality became a central focus, and coupled with a need to get back to the green countryside, Maureen returned to live with her parents in Massachusetts.
A time of inner exploration followed with a six-week drive across the United States—the start of a major life transition. Shortly afterwards, she met her first husband, immediately followed by the death of her ailing father and then her mother’s passing two years later.
These major events catapulted Maureen into a new realm on her spiritual quest. Soon, she was a Reiki Master. That not being enough, she next enrolled and graduated from the Institute of Healing Arts & Sciences (www.instituteofhealing.com) and began an energetic healing practice. At the same time, she began training for ceremony with her mentor, medicine woman Sally Perry-Spirit Medicine (www.sallybperry.net). She continued expanding her knowledge and awareness by attending many different spiritual classes and courses. Her introduction to Yug Purush Swami Parmanandji took her on another transformational six-week journey—this time to India where, unbeknownst to her at the time, the agreement with her soul’s commitment to world service was sealed.
Upon her return, Maureen began a freelance graphic design business, as well as continuing her healing practice, followed by several years of intense inner spiritual growth. She found this journey of her life taking her to many new places, now including one she hadn’t planned on: divorce. And so began another major time of transition bringing Maureen, her dog Lena and cat JC to Virginia, in pursuit of creating a new life.
In Virginia, Maureen began the path of awakening to her true self. On a second journey to India she completed and released many pieces of her past; shortly after this milestone, she began her studies with Mastering Alchemy (www.masteringalchemy.com). In 2009 she made her first visit to Peru where she discovered her soul’s home on Earth. It was upon her return from this magical trip, that she began her first novel, Magnificence.
These transformational experiences, along with significant ceremonial dances, propelled her into a whole new, fuller experience of living. Maureen continues her commitment to self-realization and the uplifting of the consciousness of humanity and the planet. It is from this level of awareness that she is writing her second novel.
Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, Club Read 2012, The 12 in 12 Category Challenge, What Are You Reading Now?, Writer-readers
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