A hippy trip back to visit Syd Banks

Book cover for Island of KnowledgeJust a quick note to advise that the print edition of Island of Knowledge is now available on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.  On Amazon the Kindle and print edition are now linked as well and the Look Inside feature is activated.  The book’s description on Amazon for the print edition is not showing yet, but will appear in due course… it is there for the Kindle edition.

“In 1974 Linda Quiring moved to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia to ‘find’ herself. Salt Spring Island was one of the centers for the counter-culture movement in Canada; home to hippies and back-to-the-landers. Soon, Linda encountered an enlightened man, Sydney Banks, and became his first student.

Together they wrote Island of Knowledge under Linda’s authorship, detailing Syd’s teachings and the profound changes those listening experienced in their lives, health and relationships.

Sydney Banks would ultimately become renowned for his revelation of The Three Principles inherent in those teachings. Linda and Syd remained friends until his passing in 2009.

Before his death, Syd approached Linda about the possibility of getting Island of Knowledge republished. However, embarrassed by the ‘hippy’ jargon of the 1970’s, Syd asked that references to the times be changed.

In deciding what should be left in, what changed, and what taken out, Linda and her publisher realized the book was in fact an important historical account of an amazing time and place and that to tamper with the integrity of the book would be a great disservice, thus it is republished exactly as is.”

Links follow:

Amazon.com print edition: http://www.amazon.com/Island-Knowledge-Linda-Quiring/dp/1771431989

Amazon.com Kindle edition: http://www.amazon.com/Island-Knowledge-Linda-Quiring-ebook/dp/B015G0UZG2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/island-of-knowledge-linda-quiring/1122660993?ean=9781771431989

The book (print + Kindle) are also available on Amazon’s international sites, including the UK:

Print edition: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Knowledge-Linda-Quiring/dp/1771431989

Kindle edition: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Knowledge-Linda-Quiring-ebook/dp/B015G0UZG2


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The “Mental Game,” Thirty Common Misconceptions

What follows are the thirty most common misconceptions about mental performance, and coaching the mental game, that I’ve come across over the past few weeks. I’ve listed them without further explanation with hope that you’ll reflect on each and draw your own conclusions.

1. A mental coach’s job is to impart information or strategy.
2. A mental coach’s job is to teach personal beliefs.
3. An environment, circumstance, or person can cause a feeling within a player.
4. Bad feelings within a player need to be fixed.
5. Bad feelings within a player can be fixed.
6. Experienced players have an advantage over inexperienced players.
7. Players choose to be positive or negative.
8. Body language can or should be controlled.
9. Thinking can or should be controlled.
10. Thinking about something (a family member, a past success) can improve one’s mood.
11. Outcomes can create confidence or insecurity within a player.
12. Willpower or hard work is the same thing as passion.
13. Passion is caused by environment.
14. Deliberately adhering to a routine (daily, pre-game, pre-shot) causes anything but clutter.
15. Focusing on process is better than focusing on outcomes.
16. Mental skills must be practiced.
17. Mental skills are even a thing.
18. Mental toughness is a thing.
19. Tough love is a thing.
20. Negativity is contagious.
21. Preparation creates confidence.
22. Distractions can be minimized.
23. Change takes time.
24. A player is only as good as what he thinks about himself or herself.
25. Players can actually practice game situations.
26. Players can strategically visualize, calm down, be positive, or meditate.
27. Focused players are conscious players.
28. Breathing techniques should be practiced.
29. Something other than a player’s psychological immune system causes clarity of mind.
30. Spirit, Soul, Truth, and God have no place in coaching the mental game.

As always, I welcome questions, comments, and additions to the list.


New Video: The Genesis of The Three Principles

We are pleased to announce a special new video, where Elsie Spittle and Chip Chipman discuss the importance of the relationship between the Three Principles and Sydney Banks’ experience which uncovered them.

The new video can be found on our Videos page. We hope you enjoy it.

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“Spiritual Maturity”

I first came across the phrase “spiritual maturity” in a book, I believe, by the (North) American spiritual teacher Adyashanti. It spoke to me because I had been recognizing myself as spiritually “immature,” actually. I was just beginning to see the light, as it were, about how I was personalizing[…]

Mental Performance: Where I Stand, Right Now

Over the weekend, it occurred to me to pause and take a good look at my current perspective on the human mind and how it relates to performance. The following fourteen bullet points were the result.

  1. Our feelings stem from thought. They’re not the result of environment, circumstance, or the behavior of someone else.
  2. Because every person alive owns a psychological immune system, when troubled our minds are designed to self-correct to clarity, calm, and perspective.
  3. We can manipulate a thought once it pops into our heads, but we have no direct power over when it comes or when it goes.
  4. Coping strategies don’t work because they require exactly what they’re designed to get rid of: overthinking.
  5. Coping strategies are designed to fix something that’s not broken: the roller-coaster nature of the human mind.
  6. Confidence (clarity) causes improved performance. Improved performance does not cause confidence.
  7. Competiveness and stillness are not antonyms.
  8. Wisdom is knowing that you don’t have all the answers—and that’s perfectly okay.
  9. Passion beats hard work every time.
  10. The best coaches have fewer team rules, not more.
  11. A true teacher brings out one’s inner wisdom; he or she does not impart it.
  12. Unlike theories or concepts, truth doesn’t require data, percentages, research, or fact-check. Once truth lands in your lap, you just know.
  13. Love is the epitome of a clear mind. It’s the one thing in life that doesn’t require thought.
  14. Every person alive is searching for a good feeling. Sadly, very few know where a good feeling is found.

There’s the list. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, or to offer any additions. I look forward to hearing from you.