“We have the most wonderful job in the world. We find people in various stages of sleep. And then we get to tap them on the shoulder and be with them as they wake up to the full magnificence of life.” Sydney Banks (1931 – 2009)
For many who come across the Three Principles and experience positive change in their lives, it seems to be a natural progression to want to share them with others. Many people are changing the basis of their existing professional roles to work from an understanding of the Principles. The most common examples of this are psychologists, counsellors, therapists, mental health workers, coaches and business consultants. Some are dropping their existing work completely and choosing to share the Principles as a profession in its own right, while others are sharing more informally within their families, workplaces and communities. All of them have a common desire to spread this understanding that has the potential to bring hope and positive change to people in almost every walk of life regardless of external circumstances.
It was my own unique version of this that led to me becoming a Three Principles Practitioner. Prior to coming across the Three Principles I had a pretty wonderful life; a great marriage, two beautiful children, homes in the city and the country. My work life was deeply engaging and fulfilling and people would look at all that from the outside and rightly think I had it all. Yet what was invisible from the outside was the inner noise and turmoil. I was unconsciously expending huge amounts of energy on a daily basis to control my inner and outer environment, sometimes with more success than others. The content of that inner struggle is not really relevant to this post but was troubling enough at times for me to seek help in a variety of forms from professional therapists, teachers and personal development specialists. Much of it was hugely beneficial but there always seemed to be more layers to uncover and more to address. I learned techniques and practices to cope with the inner turmoil that showed up periodically because I mistakenly thought the pain was real and the damage irreversible.
When I came across the Principles and had a powerful insight about the nature of thought and the fact that the past is not real except in my own thinking, everything changed. I realised that I wasn’t broken at all but that I had innocently been re-traumatising myself in the present with thoughts and beliefs about the past. Suddenly I was awake to the present moment and in touch with the innate wellbeing that is my essential nature. I didn’t need to change the thinking, it just fell away and I started to have a completely different experience of life. I love the metaphor Dicken Bettinger uses for this: when you see that the headache you have is being caused by the large hammer you are hitting yourself with, you don’t need to be taught how to drop the hammer. After years of effort and seeking peace, I found it inside, where it had been all along. Finally, the interior matched the exterior image.
Experiences such as these are not uncommon among people who get an insightful understanding of the Principles. For some, like me, they have dramatic shifts in consciousness; others have more subtle but no less powerful realisations that effortlessly bring more ease and flow to life. So it’s hardly surprising that I should want to share that understanding with others. At first it was all a bit hit-and-miss. Some people seemed to hear something, others didn’t and I wasn’t clear about what affected my impact. But I loved it and I found that the more I shared, the deeper my own understanding became. As the calling to share grew stronger, I found amazing practitioners to teach me how to facilitate, including Ian Watson, Linda Pransky, Mara Gleason and Aaron Turner.
As my grounding increased and my confidence grew I discovered that I had stumbled upon the best job in the world and I dedicated my professional life to teaching the Three Principles. Although I am only ever sharing a simple metaphor, the infinite number of ways in which I witness the Principles play out in people’s lives is truly awe-inspiring. Unexpected wisdom arises in me as I listen deeply and connect with the wisdom in my clients and I am privileged to watch them transform. Perhaps the only thing that comes close to this is helping other people share the Principles.
I feel deeply grateful to Sydney Banks and all the teachers who made it possible for me to have the best job in the world.
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