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Real Principles For Real Change

Showing People the Newness of the Principles By Dr. George Pransky

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Views: 4295      Comments: 3      Tags: george pransky, education, experience

Let’s face it, most human beings don’t like “new”. They don’t mind, “it’s the same with a few differences” and they are okay with “variations on a theme”. But “new” equals resistance!

This is why it took over 20 years for computers to become mainstream after their inception, 30 years for washing one’s hands and sterilizing instruments to become standard medical practices after the discovery of germ theory, and 50 years for the British Navy to issue limes after it was discovered that citric fruits prevent scurvy. 

People that discover the principles are sometimes shocked that it’s been over 30 years since Syd Banks uncovered the principles, yet they are not mainstream. It’s not at all surprising because of people’s resistance to something new. 

When you introduce the principles to people their first reaction is often, “oh, it’s the same as (fill in the blank)” or “just like this except for that”. Of course they’re going to look for similarities because they will be drawn to staying within the known, the familiar. Differences takes them into the unknown and the unknown is not people’s number one preference. 

When presented, the principles will appear to have similarities with many things out there. They share the idea of thought with cognitive therapy. They have similarities with many religions in regards to the values manifested by higher consciousness, and with meditation and prayer in the appreciation of a quiet reflective mind. 

When we focus on or emphasize these similarities in our discussion with people we make it more difficult for them to see the uniqueness, the new discovery that the principles represent: 

  • Syd Banks brought to the world the possibility that a lay person could intuit the deep truths of life as an original source. The world was of the impression that knowledge of psychology and other disciplines had to be learned as derivatives of existing theories and philosophies.
  • Syd Banks uncovered the fact that thought is the sole, exclusive source of human experience. Previously, thought was seen as a major player in human experience but not the only player.
  • Syd Banks pointed to the fact that thought is by nature transient. Since our experience of life is 100% determined by our thinking in each moment, our personal experience of life will vary, however slightly. This phenomenon, commonly called moods, is not problematic to human beings once it is seen for what it is.
  • Syd Banks uncovered an explanation of why our thinking creates our reality. Thought is linked to our senses via consciousness. Previously, many philosophies suggested that thought was related to one’s reality, but the logic behind it was absent. 
  • Spirituality was generally regarded as a journey, a pursuit of something ethereal or ‘out there’. Sydney Banks defined mind in a way that made it omnipresent in life, something that we can realistically intuit and appreciate. He demystified mind by connecting it to our daily experience of life through its manifestations in thought and consciousness. 

Emphasizing the similarities to the already existing philosophies and approaches will make the listener more comfortable in the known, but, I suggest, distracts the listener from the newness and uniqueness of Syd’s message. It’s hard enough stepping into the unknown, or more accurately the “yet to be known”, without having his message obscured by the already familiar.

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Dennis McGuire
Posted 7/23/2016 at 10:47 AM
Nice piece of writing George. You and Judy Sedgeman are able to articulate the Three Principles with laser clarity and simplicity. Hope to see you in LA at the Conference.
I used to really enjoy listening to your tape cassettes in the old days. You have a gift for using analogies!
Hope you and all your family are well!
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Karene Moynan
Posted 7/24/2016 at 8:30 AM
Fabulous post George, thanks for sharing, I love all those bulleted points, they are very clear and concise with regard to what the Principles are about. I've printed this off as I've no doubt I'll be referring back to it again and again. Many thanks.
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Elizabeth Lovius
Posted 8/3/2016 at 9:16 AM
Dear George, I always love what you write and teach. I know too you have been doing this for a long time - and can most likely see things I can't so I would be very interested in your opinion on the below.

When I read the above I see that each of these points are available in understandings not called the 3p's. Aspect of Buddhism, Byron Katie , eckhardt tolle all seem to me to be pointing in the same direction.

I had done a lot of searching until coming across the 3p's ( in your relationship handbook actually!) and then I did truly come home. I agree they are unique, but maybe it's the neutral descriptive package they come in ? I have been a reader of Ram Dass for many years and as far as I can tell everything he says is consistent with an understanding of the principles. https://www.ramdass.org/listening-quietly-to-our-intuition/

I believe the truth is everywhere. I am interested in helping people find common ground. I am interested in being non-dogmatic and inclusive. I find it so awesome that people from all religions can find their home in the principles too. I know that it's useful to listen beyond what you know intellectually - And I get that we stop listening when we think we know. However isn't there still value in meeting someone where they are and reinforcing/helping them see the truth they've already seen - in their own own spiritual search, language and experience? That's how it felt inside for me when I saw the truth of the principles - it made sense of what I knew deep down and took nothing away - other than that which wasn't true. Thank you for your writing, love Elizabeth

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