A Journey To The Stream: Passage To Purpose
What if your brain were divided into pieces of land: six distinct territories, each with its own distinct ‘laws of nature’? What if each time you visited one, it took control of your thoughts and feelings? What if, all of a sudden and for no reason, you couldn’t make up your mind, or you just felt lost and confused? Tony Kirkland, MS, a former psychotherapist in NYC, discovered six such places where we collectively gather. These are not physical places, of course, but they might as well be. There are six regions in our brains that, once we enter them, control what we experience. We all move from one region to another, or remain ‘stuck’ in one… hoping we will find happiness. But what if there is really no happiness to be found in our brains? What if happiness is located in a totally different, as yet unexplored location: the mind! What is the difference really between the brain and the mind? We all suspect there’s a difference, but no one has been able to answer the question definitively. The mind holds the key to eternal joy. The brain tries to solve problems and figure things out, yet only makes matters worse. What Tony discovered is that, collectively, we have all found a home in those brain territories. Some of us have multiple homes, and we move around from area to area.
About the Author
Tony Kirkland, MS, was a practicing psychotherapist in private practice in New York City for over 15 years. Over the course of the subsequent 15 years, he created a program called Structural AlignmentTM, which allows for radical transformation of seemingly intractable problems.
I grew up on the mean streets of Harlem, New York City, which gave me street smarts. Harlem had a very strong community at the time, in addition to itsrougher side, and I learned from both. As much as I appreciated the lessons, I never really felt that was my place. Instead, I always saw a better life for myself, and the degree of suffering and destruction scared me enough to know I never wanted to live a life like that. I felt that no one should live a life like that, so I decided at the age of 14 I was going to become a psychotherapist. I didn’t plan to be just any psychotherapist, but the best in the world: the Michael Jordan of psychotherapists.
Structural AlignmentTM came about because I was working through my own personal struggles, and none of the things I tried was really working for me anymore. I’d become overly coached or overly counseled: I’d become a terrible patient. Self- analysis, psychotherapy, the forum, EFT, you name it—nothing worked for me. You could say that Structural AlignmentTM was developed because
A Journey to the Stream— ii —I needed to invent my own cure! This was the only process that was smarter than I was. I couldn’t out- maneuver it; I had to surrender. This is still a journey for me because I often want to take control again. Then I’m reminded of the folly of that
Today I teach coaches in the Structural AlignmentTM method at SAcoaching.com. If this is something you might be interested in exploring for yourself or your company, drop me a line at Tony@SAcoaching.com. With this book, I invite you to take your own journey, and I’d love to hear
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