“Mind is the universal intelligence behind life, Consciousness creates an awareness of what we call reality, and Thought is the power to create our moment to moment existence.” – Sydney Banks
There is no technique to understanding the Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought, as first articulated by Sydney Banks. They are a fundamental truth of how we experience life, and are the reason no two people have the same perspective of life. We may share similarities, but our thinking is unique due to our intellect, culture, life experiences, learning and belief system.
When you start to realise these truths, life just seems to become easier, knowing that you are connected to a higher power/intelligence/guidance, brings a sense of pure peace to your mind.
For me, understanding the principle of “Thought” instantly took away some of the limiting beliefs I had grown with. Realising my negative thoughts and low moods are “normal” and don’t need to be controlled, was so freeing. I knew I was blessed in so many ways, but I could not understand why my mood could get so low at times. As there was depression in my family, I worried it was genetic and could lead me to there.
I understand better now, that our most natural state of being is one of peace, love, and happiness. That is the state we were born into, and one we all have the capacity to come back to at any time.
Understanding we all have low moods, and it is only when we get stuck in our thinking about it, ruminating over past hurts, the uncertainties of the future, or searching our intellect for a solution to a problem we “think” we have, is what keeps us trapped in a low state of mind.
Previously during low moods, I would have been quite harsh on myself for not being more positive and grateful for all the great things I have in my life, or for getting so caught up in a past hurt, that I would feel the painful emotions all over again.
Knowing what I do now, I am much kinder to myself when I get lost in my thinking during a low period, and instead of berating myself, I pause, allowing my mind to quieten, no longer trying to figure out the reason for my low mood, instead reminding myself it will pass, and like a cork in turbulent water, my natural state of peace will rise to the surface of my consciousness, once my thoughts have settled.
Even though I am still new to the understanding of the “Three Principles,” I have always lived in consciousness of a Divine energy, known as “God” to me. Over the years I have had many insights of knowing there was more to life than what we can see. One of my first memories of this, was when I was 11 years old.
Our dog Lady, a beautiful long haired German Shepherd, had just had nine pups, I was sitting with her in our shed which my Dad had fixed up for them. The pups were crawling all over each other, yelping and fighting for a space to feed from her. She looked exhausted and I really wanted to help her with the pups but could see she was on high alert and instinctively protective of them.
I sat as still as possible, gently stroking her head. As I did this, I sensed her becoming more relaxed. I slowly moved the pups around her, gently stroking them too until they quietened down. As I looked into Lady’s eyes, l was suddenly overcome by a feeling of deep connection between us, I could see the trust in her eyes, making my heart burst open with pure love for her and her pups. I felt what I now describe as no separation between us, I had a rushing sensation in my body and a ringing in my ears, alongside a strong feeling of everything being perfect in that moment.
While I was too young to fully understand what was happening, I knew without doubt we were all part of something much more than we can see. I felt a sense of oneness I couldn’t quite comprehend. I sat for hours in the stillness, watching over Lady and her pups as they slept, basking in the peacefulness of it all.
If this speaks to somewhere inside of you, or leaves you with a curiosity to know more, follow where you are guided to look, know that, when you are open to it, you may be surprised where and how the knowing of who you truly are comes to you.
Thanks for reading,
Namaste: “I honour the place in you in which the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth and of peace. And when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.”