Rachel Norwood – Three Principles Practitioner

The Gentle Path to Fulfillment


Thought is the master key that opens the world of reality to all living creatures”

– Sydney Banks, “The Missing Link

In the 1970’s a man named Sydney Banks brought to light a new paradigm in human psychological health, explaining three basic elements that can only be described as a universal truth behind the nature of the human experience.

hqdefaultThese three basic elements, the Three Principles, are Mind, Consciousness and Thought. Sydney Banks realized that cultivating an understanding of these Principles and how we create our life-experience from within, can change and transform, in the most positive manner, every single person who grasps this understanding.

In working with people, we are taking an indepth look at where our experience as human beings is coming from via these three elements of Mind, Thought and Consciousness. Thought is The Missing Link between Mind, the fact of being alive, and Consciousness, our awareness of our existence through our senses and emotions. Understanding this elemental truth is the key to leading a much happier and peaceful existence, no matter what the physical circumstances happen to be.

Learning an understanding of the Principles does not consist of any techniques; there is nothing to do. Learning in this understanding consists of a very powerful and deep conversation that automatically brings us greater Clarity of Mind, Peacefulness, Compassion, Wisdom, Resourcefulness and Hope.

What we are teaching with the Principles is that there is nothing to be fixed; we consider that each and every one of us already has with us everything that we need in order to be fully happy. Our goal is to uncover and discover what is already present so that we can move forward in our lives, living each moment to the full.

Being happy is an inside job – there is nothing to do. And I would like to illustrate this with a metaphor.
Gaining an understanding the inside out nature of the human experience is a little like eating an artichoke. One by one you pull off all the outer leaves, some of them are sweet and tender, some of them are tough and bitter but as you keep getting closer to the centre it becomes easier and easier to pull the leaves off. Then you get to the middle and around the artichoke heart, there is that hairy bit, and this bit is hard to take off, you have to pull at it and parts of it don’t want to give, parts of it don’t want to let go. So we have two choices we can either give up and leave the horrid hairy bit but that would mean that we would never uncover the true heart of the artichoke or we can see it for what it is, just a hairy bit and that once they’re gone all that will be left will be the soft creamy core, as long as we allow ourselves to uncover it.
As your understanding deepens, each time you pull off a leaf, i.e. recognize the nature of the human experience, you gain deeper insight into your experience of life. As your understanding deepens, so your level of consciousness rises. When we get to the hairy bit, we realize that we have deep ingrained beliefs about ourselves; some of these are difficult to let go of but the further we pursue the Transformative Conversation, the more we are able to see that these beliefs, both positive and negative, are also nothing but product of our own thinking.
When we succeed finally in shedding all our leaves… and the hairy bit,  when we become aware that our thinking is nothing more than just our thinking, we are left with that soft creamy core of our being, a core of innate well being, resilience and resourcefulness. Our Minds quieten and we live more in a sense of peace with greater access to an infinite source of Wisdom and Creativity.
Our thoughts are still there but, as with the artichoke leaves when we pull them off, the thoughts are no longer attached to who we are and we are no longer attached to them. We can look at them far more objectively and we become aware that we don’t have to take what we are thinking quite so seriously any more, which in turn puts us back in touch with our true nature as human beings, giving us a far more gentle and far more pleasant  experience of life.
If you would like to read about how this understanding has been transformative in my own life, you can do so by following this link:

Here is a short video of Sydney Banks talking about this paradigm:

This understanding is in the process of revolutionizing today’s approach to human psychology with results that, up until recently, were not imagined possible. The most notable example of this is the work of Dr. Bill Pettit, Three Principles Facilitator and Psychiatrist; you can learn more by following these two links:

Dr. Bill Pettit, Part 1

Dr. Bill Pettit, Part 2




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