How the three principles were invented

Sydney Banks, a welder from Scotland, “invented” The Three Principles in the 70s. This happened when he was talking to a psycologist and complained about his insecurities. However, the psycologist said to him: “Syd, you aren’t insecure. You just think you are.” This simple statement made Sydney have his first “insight” about the three truths of how our mind really works.

What are The Three Principles?

The Three Principles are made up of mind, consciouseness and thought. Once we have really understood them – and by that I don’t only mean intellectually, we ask ourselves “why hasn’t someone told me this before!?” We often think of life being quite complicated. After all, we have a lot of stress and responsibilities as an adult! However, in truth it’s so much simpler!

Often – if not allways – we think that our life is influenced by outer circumstances. Our job/boss and the people around us influence how we feel and act and there’s nothing we can do against it. We could not be further from the truth! The Three Principles make us aware of the fact that our reality and how we experience it are 100% due to our own thinking. Our reality has nothing whatsoever to do with outer circumstances. As Sydney Banks said: “Thoughts are not reality. Yet it is through thought that our reality is created.”

After getting to know The Three Principles, the real fun starts to begin. It is via insights (a sight within) that our understanding of how life really works deepens and deepens. These moments are what make the experience so much fun! And the best part is that these insights never stop coming! Even people who have been practicing (for want of a better word) these principles for over forty years, have these glorious moments where life throws them another gift.

How The Three Principles can help us:

Relaxation – finally!

No matter when, who, or where: We can finally have an empty head and enjoy our free time (or even work)!

You don’t have to still or again think of work in your first and last week of your holidays. Instead, you can put those thoughts to bed and simply enjoy wherever you are and whatever you are doing. You can even enjoy just being and doing nothing for a change.

Love and affection

It doesn’t matter who worries/annoys/… us: parents, kids, partners, friends, colleagues, bosses, neighbours, etc. Once we understand that our emotions are coming exclusively from our own thinking and not their actions or words, we can finally enjoy any relationships and have sympathy for others. Yes, even when they say or do something hurtful!


Why do we often have the best solutions/ideas when we are sitting on the toilet or taking a shower? Because we do nothing except for concentrating on the task at hand at that time! But we could always be that creative! We don’t have to wait for good solutions to “magically” appear when he have given up hope after five days of thinking about the problem. Emptying our head and being in the “hear and now” will do the trick.


Why are four-year-olds so confinced that they can sing, dance, and drive a car? Because they haven’t yet learned to lose their self-confidence. Yet, our natural state of being is to be self-confident. On the way into adulthood it just seems to fall by the wayside. What would we do with a computer? Reset! We can just as easily do that with ourselves.


Thoughts slow us down, make us unproductive and sometimes even ill! It’s even measurable in sports and in our jobs. It doesn’t even matter what thoughts we are having – they can be totally unimportant. The outcome is always the same: When thinking, we are not completely focused on what we are doing. One could say we are not in the “here and now”. If that’s the case, we feel exhausted at the end of the day.


Life does not have to look like this: Run from one appointment to the next whilst feeling stressed and overwhelmed because we also have to think of what else we need to do and wonder why life passes us by.

It could look like this: Do what you have to do, one thing at a time, but with your mind on the task. That way you are aware of each moment and can enjoy the little things in life because you actually notice them.

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