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An invitation to consider ….. a paradigm shift

We invite you to consider the paradigm shift uncovered by Sydney Banks.

We are hesitant to refer to the Three Principles as a ‘new paradigm’ as to us, this infers a new/current model, hinting at the possibility of newer ones to follow. The Three Principles is not a model as much as it is a true exposure to how things have always been. As such, it challenges and completely replaces the accepted way of thinking about the human experience. The concept of finally ‘seeing truth’ is not something new: we’ve witnessed it with gravity as uncovered by Isaac Newton in 1665, the discovery that the earth is not flat as previously believed and germ theory to mention but a few. And so now too in the field of psychology.

In order to ‘consider’ something new, we suggest that you temporarily shelve what it is that you know/think you know, and see if you can look at the topic being discussed differently to how you’ve looked at it before. It is always tempting to refer to what we already know, or think we know about the way life works in order to make sense of new information but we recommend that you keep a truly open mind, open to the possibility that what we are saying, although different, is true. Try to avoid drawing comparisons to other modalities too – although unintentional and innocent, it is very limiting. In fact, we’d suggest you really don’t try to process this at all! Try to get a felt sense of what we are conveying and not an intellectual one- feel if something resonates for you on a deeper level! We’ll then ask you to go out and test it for yourself, explore and see the truth of it with ‘fresh eyes’.

What follows is a brief overview of Sydney Banks’ story and the Three Principles, why it is considered a paradigm shift and the implications of this understanding on your life. This is not an in-depth look at any of these topics and we will suggest articles that you can read, should you wish to know more.

Sydney Banks : For a detailed description of his story, please see the video called The Experience

We highly recommend you listen to it, it is the most wonderful story, from ‘the horses mouth’!
The story goes that in 1973, whilst living in Canada and working as a welder, Mr Banks attended a seminar on relationships where he got chatting to a young man, also an attendee, about insecurity. Apparently, a few nights later, the young man told Syd that he ( Syd) was not insecure, that Syd just thought he was. In that moment, Mr Banks had a deeply profound realisation that there is no such thing as insecurity, that insecurity is only thought. He describes how it hit him ‘like a tonne of bricks that all (his) insecurity was only (his) own thoughts. He saw the truth about the human condition and how we operate psychologically – in his own words, he saw the ‘the logic of the psyche.’ What it is that he saw will be the topic of these invitations. For the next 30 or so years until his death in 2009, Mr Banks lived on Salt Spring Island, Vancouver,where he taught, mentored and shared these Principles with many different people from a variety of different backgrounds across multiple sectors.

The Three Principles (also referred to as the Principles or Innate Health)

What Mr Banks saw was that the way we experience life can be understood via three universal and fundamental principles: Mind, Thought and Consciousness. Together, they explain the creative process that generates thought, feeling, perception and behaviour. Simply put, we are alive (Mind), we think (Thought) and we experience what we think as real (Consciousness). These are the building blocks of the human experience.

The Principle of Mind: We are alive. Mind is the energy and the intelligence behind life. This energy/intelligence is acknowledged in many disciplines: in physics it is referred to as the quantum field, scientists call it energy or intelligence, in religion it is often called God, in the field of biology it is referred to as the life force. Irrespective of the name, it all points to this impersonal energy and intelligence behind all life.

The Principle of Thought: We think. Thought is our ability to create forms or ideas from the formless energy behind life. It is the link between the formless world of pure potential and the created world of form. We create our individual experience of reality via the vehicle of thought.

The Principle of Consciousness: We are aware. Another word for consciousness is awareness. This is our ability to be aware of and experience what we think in any given moment, including knowing that we are thinking.

Please don’t get too bogged down with the definitions and the terminology of Three Principles. At this point, it is enough to remember :

We are alive, we think and we are aware

and perhaps to acknowledge that in the absence of any one of these three truths or facts, we would not be able to experience life.

* something to think about

A paradigm shift :

The current view is to attribute our thoughts, feelings and ultimately our behaviour to external circumstances, be it our job, our work colleagues, the weather, our finances, the traffic, our children. Even though some people and certainly many disciplines do recognise that thought has something to do with how we are feel and our perception of life, they still attribute thought and feeling states to external circumstances: she made me cross, the weather made me unhappy, I could not help but think….. and look to change external circumstances, or re-frame them, or change our thoughts about them. We call this an outside-in understanding of experience.

With the outside-in understanding, our feelings appear to come from something outside of us, from something other than thought in the moment. Thought too appears to come from something outside of us, from external circumstances.

*Something to think about: it really does seem as if the traffic caused your irritation, the work load caused your stress, the grey skies caused your unhappiness, the messy bedrooms caused your frustration.

Mr Banks, through The Three Principles, offers a new understanding, an inside-out perspective:

The inside-out understanding shows that all of our feelings and all our perceptions come from thought in the moment and cannot come from anything else. Ever. And our thoughts come from the gift of Mind. This means that no external circumstance ever can cause our thinking or our feeling.

And this is what we are inviting you to consider: an inside-out paradigm.

*something to think about: have you ever been perfectly content in heavy traffic, experienced moments of calm despite your workload, been happy even when the sun is not shining, been unfazed by messy bedrooms. Perhaps those ‘external circumstances’ do have less to do with it than we think!

To us, this is the crux of what Mr Banks revealed and ‘gave’ to the world. And when people begin to see the inside-out nature of reality, this is when things begin to shift for them.

If you’re jumping up and down in your seats shouting ‘yes but ….’ please, don’t worry, we will be spending a lot more time on each of the Principles and the inside out understanding over the next few weeks so just hang in there …..

This new understanding provides a logic that shows us that:

*We experience our thinking. We experience life through thought, moment to moment.

*When our thinking changes, our perception of our reality changes too.

*Our thinking creates our feeling states – our feelings of stress, anxiety, anger, depression and joy. We therefore live in the feeling of our thinking and not the feeling of the world.

*We have infinite potential for new thought which instantly creates a new experience of reality.

* We don’t have to think about every thought we have. We don’t have to engage with every thought we have. When we don’t attach to them they will pass quickly. This is the nature of thought.

But please, don’t just blindly believe us – go out and see for yourself.

Finally, the implications of this understanding

The implications of this understanding our many and varied and will unfold over time. Sticking to the ‘logic list’ provided above:

*When we know that we experience our thinking we do not try to manipulate or manage life circumstances in order to fix our experience. Bye-bye micro-managing!

*when we know that we live in the feeling of our thinking and not the feeling of the world, again, we don’t try to change the outside world in order to change our feeling state.

*When we live in a world where we appreciate that feelings come from thought ( the thought/feeling connection), feelings become a very handy barometer to inform us of the quality of thinking we are having.

*When we know that we have infinite potential for new thought and that we don’t have to entertain every thought we have , we don’t believe every thing we think, we don’t get sucked into thought-storms.

*when we understand how thought works, we don’t try to change it or reframe it.

Have fun testing this out for your self!