What are the Three Principles?

The philosophy behind the material on this website is based on the Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought. These principles were first revealed by Sydney Banks who had an epiphany.

Below is my own definition of these principles, but please explore all the material here so that you can find your own understanding of the three principles.

Mind

There is an intelligent energy that is at work in the universe. You can see this intelligence at work in many ways:

  • a fertilized cell knows how to grow into a baby
  • cuts heal themselves without our conscious help
  • trees grow from seeds
  • there is beauty and order in nature

This intelligence is what animates us and, if we let it, can guide us through our lives.

Consciousness

We have the gift of awareness. Consciousness makes life come alive for us since it is through consciousness that we notice our life. It is also what wakes us up to the quality of our thinking.

Thought

We are thinking beings. We think all the time. And each thought is inextricably linked to a feeling, as if they were two sides of the same coin. Whatever we are feeling is a result of our thinking, and is brought to life by consciousness.

Inside-Out versus Outside-In

One possible result of understanding the Three Principles is coming to realize that life is lived from the inside-out and not the other way around. In other words you only ever experience the world through your thoughts.

In the outside-in world, external circumstances are seen as the cause of our experience. For example, it is my bank balance that is making me feel the way I do.

By contrast, in the inside-out world, we are always feeling our thoughts, not our circumstances. So it is my thoughts about my bank balance that are causing my feelings. And my thought will change moment by moment.

This is a very freeing understanding.

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