This book uses a metaphorical map that explains the complex processes people go through whenever there is a change in their life. These changes can be normal and expected (going to school, getting married or dying your hair) or out of the ordinary and unexpected (abuse, death of a child or kicking your toe). With every change people journey through the map learning and growing.
Journey to the centre of your life – the map also shows how people become stuck or lost, what the consequences are and how to get back on track. While the journey through the map is not always happy, it is always a growing experience. Some people are born to parents who are already struck or lost and are never shown a way through. Sometimes the change in our life is so big we can be left mentally and emotionally shattered.
Everyone needs a map!
This is my most popular book and after reading it many people buy copies for other family members!
‘The map’ reframes mental health, so that nearly every mental health diagnosis is within ‘the map’. When I work with people, at the end of the first session I explain the map in 5 minutes and ask them where they are within ‘the map’. The vast majority of people can say where they are and that is where we work from. There are simple activities for people to do to get through ‘the map’. I run training for mental health professionals on this.
Each person when under stress has a ‘normal way of coping’, which they can identify within ‘the map’. The Seemore Mountains is the ONLY place within the map that we can make informed decisions from, so in any business environment, if we make decisions from our ‘coping place’ this will be a reaction and likely to result in uninformed decisions. We facilitate a one day program for Decision making.
Everytime a person journeys through the entire map they get stronger and more aware of theirs and other people’s needs. So that eventually they learn to be self – actualised. Self-actualization is the complete realization of one’s potential, and the full development of one’s abilities and appreciation for life.
Each day people have many challenges and changes, so that each day people need to journey through ‘the map’. Going from work to home and home to work, we need a process so that we turn up on the Relationship Highway as we enter work and/or home. This can prevent burn out and is a process to maintain mental health. Our online Earth school 1 program teaches this. Also we facilitate a one day program for workplaces.
Each person has a unique PLACE in life, the first PLACE is at the Centre of your Life. The map is the pathway to your Place at the centre of YOUR life. Too many people put other people [e.g children, partners] or things [money or work] at the centre of their life and do not LIVE. We run a one day journey to your Place as part of our Nature, Place and Purpose program.
People use alcohol and/or drugs for four main reasons that causes dependency. Each of these reasons are places within the map. E.g 1. to take away the pain – Depths of Despair, 2. to punish or reward themselves or others – Anger/Guilt mudflats, 3. to get high – Avoidance Marshes; 4. They don’t whether they live or die – Desolate Desert. Each of these require different treatments. By understanding this people can have a path out of addictions. Our healing programs teach people the way through.
People can be suicidal in any of the four places described above. By identifying this, can assist in providing prevention pathways. The map was the basis of a successful suicide prevention project in which we taught community members and professionals messaging that reflected the different places people are suicidal in. Most people assume that peoples who are suicidal are depressed, many are not. We have a community based suicide prevention model.
The map applies to communities and sub-cultures alike, some of which can be ‘stuck’ in places within ‘the map’. Plus there are clear paths that allow communities to find their way to unity and harmony.