Updated: May 23
“You are one thought away from complete mental health” Sydney Banks, "The Three Principles", 1985
Mind Sanctuary is a haven for addicts to come and chat informally in order to help them realise that they are not flawed, not a failure but simply in the habit of allowing themselves to believe that their thoughts are true. Those suffering from mental health issues do not have a health problem, they have a thinking problem! The beauty of this understanding is that they can change their thoughts in order to heal themselves. We are all born with innate mental health. The three principles of Universal Mind, Universal Consciousness and Universal Thought can explain everything about life and our perceived problems. It is the answer to psychiatry and psychology, an examination of the logic of the soul/psyche.
A new psychospiritual understanding known as the “Three Principles”, uncovered from ancient wisdom by Sydney Banks, proposes that people can realise and sustain improved mental health via insights gained through understanding the spiritual principles of “Universal Mind, Universal Consciousness and Universal Thought”.
Banks suggested an alternative to the Freud-based psychoanalytical and cognitive-based psychotherapies adopted by Psychiatrists and psychologists globally, including the National Health System in the UK. These methods teach practitioners to revisit their clients’ painful past and attempt to change the person’s thinking, feelings and experiences around a traumatic experience, teaching them coping strategies, rather than teaching clients to release memories from the past and replace negative, damaging thoughts with positive, more productive thoughts, resulting in “Health Realisation” (HR) or Three Principle Understanding (3PU).
What are the Three Principles?
Mind - Universal Mind is the intelligence of all things whether in form or formless
Consciousness - Universal Consciousness is the gift that allows us to see creation and all it entails
Thought - Universal Thought is the guide that lets us be thinking creatures going through this world
Following his spontaneous enlightenment, Syd Banks spent the rest of his life teaching the Principles-based wisdom to sage’s, scholars, psychiatrists, psychologists and lay people from all over the world. Banks saw that all the suffering in the world could be resolved by an understanding of the three principles which allow us to create our own reality. We do this, mostly unconsciously, through life, with varying degrees of success and failure. Banks taught people that their thoughts were not “real”, simply an illusion in time and space and that, we all have the ability to see our thoughts for what they are in order to regain some control over our lives.
Banks’ techniques led to improved mental/spiritual wellbeing amongst those who listened to his wisdom. Over the years, improvement in people’s lives ranged from lay people with failing marriages, resolving their issues, to failed business turnarounds to inmates of prisons and correctional institutions changing their beliefs about crime and their subsequent behaviour. These changes in behaviour included addictive behaviour where clients using drugs and/or alcohol found that they no longer required these substances to try and make their lives more bearable. Banks insisted that all of us have “innate mental health” and that, contrary to what most believe, ie. that life is an “outside-in” process where we have little control over our thoughts and circumstances, the reverse is actually, the case. Life is an “inside-out” process where we can tap in with a quiet mind, to the innate wisdom within us, gaining an understanding of the Three Principles of Universal Mind, Consciousness and Thought (MCT). The only factor which can cloud this vision is one’s own thinking.
Banks described negative thoughts as “scratches on a window: they stop you from seeing life with clarity. When the negative thoughts cease, the scratches disappear and the window becomes crystal clear. Then the beauty and positive aspects of life can be seen.”
On this basis, in my work as a facilitator, who models mental health created by use of these principles, I work towards helping clients reach a state of clarity and calmness to allow this innate health realisation to occur from within. Becoming more aware of these processes often leads to a profound “understanding” of the principles at play in creating one’s reality as opposed to simply reaching an “awareness” that peoples' thoughts are perpetuating suffering, as used in the traditional CBT approach. This simple but fundamental difference in perception can lead to improved thinking and subsequent improved behaviour amongst those facing difficult situations, such as addiction or incarceration. The aim of the Principle-based psychology is to induce “recovery” rather than “temporary respite” from mental health issues, including addiction, as my clients realise the true nature of thought and gain control over their reality through an inside-out process of understanding about life and, their lives in particular. Once understood, the Three Principles of life and creation becomes an unmistakable, pervasive wisdom which clients can tap into at will, in order to receive insights (“sights from within”), allowing them to better deal with situations and circumstances that would otherwise have led to negative patterns of behaviour. In the same way that fear of an unknown, like a dark shadow, once discovered for what it actually is, can never again hold the same fear for the individual perceiving its existence through contaminated thought.
For a confidential, free consultation to discuss your problems and, how to resolve them, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a private message. I look forward to helping you rediscover your mental health and wellbeing!