Rachel Norwood – Three Principles Practitioner

The Gentle Path to Fulfillment

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The Three Principles and Thinking for Yourself

The worst thing that can happen to you is a thought – Dr. Aaron Turner

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who is very reticent when it comes to the Principles. He doesn’t want to believe that our human psychology works the way that it does even though he admits himself that it makes perfect sense. The fact that we live in the feeling of our thinking and not in the feeling of our circumstances is undeniable, for without the thoughts, thus our judgements of our circumstances, there would be no feeling around them, they would be just circumstances.

But when a person has spent so much of his/her life, believing that their circumstances are what define not only how they feel but also who they are, it is sometimes difficult for them to let go of that. The reason is very simple; if we base our well-being on our external environment, then it becomes highly important to control as much of that external environment as possible in order to preserve that sense of well-being. Letting go of that control can be really very scary when we believe that we have to stay in control.

As a Three Principles/Innate Health Practitioner, our role is not to force this understanding onto anyone… In fact, it would be an impossible task, for the simple reason that you can’t force someone to think something and you can’t force someone to have insights.

The way I see it, is that we are here to help each individual pull away the weeds and moss (our personal thinking) to uncover the treasure (our innate well being and wisdom) that is hidden below, but though we can point a person to where the treasure lies we cannot force them to take it in their hands.

When faced with someone who is particularly resistant, such as my friend, there may be times when his or her reactions to what we might say could be “violent”

In this recent conversation, when I once more pointed him in the direction of his own wisdom, I got the “violent” reaction in response, “You know I don’t like any of this. I want to be a free to think for myself, to make up my own mind by dipping into different ideas, that’s normal. I intensely dislike this spoon-fed, brainwashed thinking, and I don’t believe in what you’re saying. For me, this can only turn us into sheep! Of course that’s just my opinion.”

Now, I have to admit I was a little shocked by my friend’s propos and, he being a friend, I left things there; in my experience it serves no purpose to insist upon things when a person is in such a frame of mind. And so I took a cup of tea into the garden with my shocked thoughts and as my own thoughts quietened, I smiled.

Firstly, in general when somebody has such a strong reaction, it is because somewhere something inside them has been touched, that sensitive chord. And secondly, because the truth of the matter is we can only ever think for ourselves, it doesn’t work any other way. But what stood out for me the most in what he said was “I don’t believe in this”, not “I don’t believe this” but “I don’t believe IN this”.

To believe something is to think that it’s true, to believe IN something is to have faith in it – and this is where I saw that my friend had understood something.

And sure enough, two days later, I got another message, this time a question: “What if someone realizes that they’ve been, in some way, missing out on a better experience of life because they didn’t know about the illusion of thought before? Wouldn’t that make them very sad?”

I sat with this for a short while and I smiled again.

Because when we see that it is our thoughts creating our reality, our perception of our environment, and when we know that we don’t have to think what we happen to be thinking, though we cannot control the thoughts that come into our heads, we can, fortunately, choose which ones to give our attention to, then there we have the key, right there, that allows us to have a better experience of whatever it is we happen to be experiencing. And because we’re the ones doing the thinking, we’re the ones creating our reality ourselves, then we become very aware of just how illusory our thinking actually is, as we are literally making up our experience as we go along, and the illusion comes from the simple fact that we have the God-given gift of being able to change our minds at any given moment. So my response to my friend was very simple: ‘Well they might get sad about it for a certain amount of time but once a person understands the nature of the human experience, they would at some point realize that they’re also making that up, creating their own sadness via thought”

Becoming aware of the illusory nature of our thinking is not without importance. When we realize that what we are thinking is not real, we don’t take our personal thinking quite so seriously any more and because we’re not so tangled up in our thoughts, they slow down and that in turn puts us more in touch with who we really are as human beings, it puts us more in touch with our core being… we see that treasure was already in our hands; we gain a higher level of consciousness and we have access to a higher intelligence, that higher intelligence where our own best ideas come from.

In a sense, we cut out the middleman, the one who feels the need to control everything, and we just are.

And when we accept to let go of the control that we have had up until now, we come to realize that there’s nothing really that scary about it at all. By letting go we find ourselves living a far gentler and more enjoyable experience of life, no matter what the circumstances happen to be.

When we are basing our decisions and choices on wisdom, then we have no need to “dip into different ideas” in order to choose which ones our personal thinking deem better, in the end, we are truly making up our own minds, thinking for ourselves, and in the purest way possible.

With Love,


Related Video – Aaron Turner, When the Principles Don’t Work


Related Reading – Elsie Spittle, Our True Identity

Our True Identity

Related Article – BBC News, Rumination: The Danger of Dwelling



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Creativity and the Importance of a Quiet Mind

“When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.”Steve Jobs

I used to be terribly impetuous, I’d get an idea and rush off, with full enthusiasm, to do whatever it happened to be that I’d come up with. The downside to that was always that at some point the “excitement” would drop, the wind would go out of my sails and I’d either abruptly stop or start making excuses and drop the project after a certain time. Then, obviously, as one does, I’d hate myself for having no staying power.

As I have grown in this understand of the nature of the human experience, my mind has become very quiet, I notice my speech is slower, my emotions are more steady. And here’s what else I’ve noticed; for example, the other day I came up with a creative idea – I have an intention, which is to get the Principles rippling out in France – so I had an idea about that, about doing some videos in French, the details are not important.

What’s important is that I’m looking at this creative idea far more objectively, I’m steadying my pace, I don’t feel the need to switch on my camera and start uploading stuff and putting it out there. The creative idea came up, now I’m letting it decant.

And, probably because I’m living in France, I thought this was a nice way to describe what I mean:

A creative idea is like a really good wine and there are two ways to drink it. You can either down it entirely in minutes straight from the bottle, skipping the wineglass step. The first few mouthfuls are nice but by the time you get to the end of the bottle, it doesn’t taste that nice because you’re feeling quite sick and very drunk. And that “cup runneth over” feeling will last only a very short while and will disappear, leaving you feeling not that great.

The other way to drink the wine is to let the bottle decant for a while before pouring a little of it’s contents into a nice glass. Then you can swirl the wine around, gaze at its colours, smell the bouquet and then take a sip, savouring the wine in your mouth, tasting and appreciating every molecule before letting it slip down. And drinking the wine this way makes it last longer and, because you never get to that over-full, drunk stage, every sip of the wine is delightful and delicious and pleasant… and lasts

The bottle, in both cases, will be drunk but the slower way, in the end, is more gentle and fun and this way, by not rushing in, the details can sort themselves out without me getting caught up in them and losing my sense of purpose.

So, where does the creative genius come from?

What we know, is that it is expressed through Thought but even scientists don’t really know where Thought comes from. What’s clear is that it’s coming from an intelligence that has nothing to do with intellect. An intelligence behind life, that same intelligence that makes the grass grow and that makes a human being from the joining of two minute cells. That greater intelligence, which Syd Banks referred to as Universal Mind, and has also been called God, the Universe, Love…

Sydney Banks said that Thought is the Missing Link between Mind (the fact of being alive, the energy of life) and Consciousness (our awareness through our senses and emotions)

This creative energy is coming through us, this divine spark as some describe it, from a place of wisdom and well being… from what we call Mind. And what aids us in accessing this source is having a quiet mind.

When we are up in our heads, with thoughts whirling around, and we are latching on to various thoughts and turning them over and over with our intellect, well that’s a bit like a fountain that’s clogged up with fallen leaves. At first the water is nice and clear but if water keeps pouring into the fountain then it will eventually run over and if we leave the water in the fountain for any length of time, it will stagnate. Once we remove the leaves that are clogging up the exits, the fountain empties and we are left anew with a running source of water that is clear and that we can tap into at any moment.

Thought being fluid, if we allow it to run its natural course and we don’t get into clogged up thinking, then every so often that divine spark will come along and inspire us into action. What’s important to know is that the less we have on our minds, the more likely we are to notice it.

A few days ago it was a very wet day and my two elder children were very bored at home with the usual long faces and “complaining”.

All of a sudden an idea for a game came to me to make up some funny drawings. Each of us in turn would come up with an idea for something to add to the picture and so each of us would create our own drawing according to what each of us would suggest.

We ended up with some very funny drawings as you can see below.

Where did that game idea come from? Where did the ideas come from for each of our suggestions of what to add to the drawings? Well, they just popped up. What I was aware of is that it came up in a moment of quiet when I wasn’t even searching for an idea and it felt like fun, so we did it and we had a great time.

And what’s really nice to know is that this Divine Spark is available to us on all levels… they don’t only have to be “save the world” creative ideas, they can also be very simple “what-to-do-on-a-wet-afternoon” creative ideas.

And what a beautiful way to notice life, knowing that the Divine Spark is always there from the moment that we are quiet enough to catch it.