Specializing in Three Principles Addiction Treatment

You are one thought away from complete mental health” Sydney Banks, The Three Principles, 1985


The 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.

Syd Banks                                                          "Letter to Oprah"


Universal Consciousness is the gift that allows us to see creation and all it entails



Universal Mind is the intelligence of all things whether in form or formless


Universal Thought is the guide that lets us be thinking creatures going through this world

A new psychospiritual understanding known as the “Three Principles” 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 1998, p21-63).

Banks suggested an alternative to the Freud-based psychoanalytical (Freud, 1917/50) and cognitive-based psychotherapies (Alford & Beck, 1997; Litt, 2003) 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).

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