Friday, March 14, 2014
For me, those Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought, first articulated by Sydney Banks, represent simple, spiritual facts—or psycho-spiritual facts.
They connect the psychological world, the mental world, to the spiritual world, to the formless source of all thought, of all mental activity, and of identity itself.
While, inevitably, concepts and ideas and formulations of words arise within training programs, or within the 3P movement itself (as in any movement)—nonetheless, the Principles remain as the creators of all of that. Untouched. Neutral. Beyond and before any word or concept. A living truth that cannot be owned, cannot be held, remembered, written down.
So what does one do when one begins to understand the facts? For me, life itself becomes the teacher, and provides the curriculum. It is to life, to existence, that we “apply” any understanding of the Principles. Life itself moves us ever closer—if we are willing—to the source of who we are, of what we think, and of our reality. Our teaching, if we teach, becomes our unique expression of what life has revealed...
Friday, February 28, 2014
I took care of my husband Roger for several years as he died of cancer. What might sound like a challenging experience actually taught me a great deal about grace. One day after his passing, it occurred to me that I had experienced more beautiful feelings during the last two weeks of my husband’s life than during the two weeks of our honeymoon. How could that be?
Those who have studied with the late Sydney Banks often say, “We are being taken care of.” I wondered if my experience of well-being was an example of that. I realized, yes, I was taken care of during those years of Roger’s illness. For me, “being taken care of” is what I mean by grace. A presence or consciousness that seemed stronger and deeper than my personal efforts or my personal will guided and comforted me no matter what was happening. I am deeply grateful for that experience. My ability to open myself to this experience was encouraged by my understanding of the Three Principles as taught by Sydney Banks.
In The Inside-Out Revolution, Michael Neill notes the benefits of a Three...