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How does mental clutter get created?

It’s really utterly simple. When we have a feeling that doesn’t look like it comes from thought (and we all do, every day) it takes on a life of its own, unnecessarily, in our mind.

Discovering that we’re living in the feeling of our thinking

Sydney Banks taught us that there are constant principles at work in how we psychologically experience life. He taught us that thought and feeling are inseparable. The living truth of this statement kept proving itself to us over and over again as we began to have more and more insight into it.

Insight – Our Evolutionary Potential

Sydney Banks was tenacious about the importance of insight in understanding what he was pointing to. Insight is an extremely leveraged way to learn. Because each of us is unique, what we learn through insight is custom designed to be relevant to us.

Meeting Sydney Banks

Sydney came in and sat quietly until the room had settled down and then he began to talk. He was the exact opposite of an aggressive motivational speaker. He was quiet spoken and full of deep impactful feeling. I loved his feeling and the feeling in the room.

Mind, Consciousness, and Thought by Sydney Banks

“You see, mind, consciousness, and thought, they are the three basic principles that take our five senses and put life into them because without those three basic principles, there’d be no realisation of life itself. You’d have no feelings, no experience. You’d be void of consciousness and void of the power of thought. It’s what we could call logical cause and effect. It’s really very simple.”

Short on Insight

We could see that anyone would be short on insight when experiencing the misperception that their feelings were caused by something other than thought in the moment. This misperception automatically fills our heads up with misunderstanding. It creates the illusion that we need to do something and figure out what to do in order to solve our feelings. With so much to think about, no wonder our heads become cluttered and we experience a feeling of pressure.

The Inseparable Nature of Thought and Feeling

There is a pivotal point in understanding thought that appears to be unimportant, but turns out to be profoundly important: we have the misperception that thought and the feeling of thought can be separated. Actually, it is impossible to separate feeling from thought. The feeling of the thought defines the meaning of the thought.

Why Thought has Everything to do with Everything

Sydney Banks forced us to take a fresh look at something we had lived with all our lives, our thinking. He showed us the value of understanding thought at a more basic and fundamental level. We began to discover the power and wisdom in realizing the fact that we think.


Most people would like to be able to stop thinking about thoughts that are undesirable or unnecessary, but they find it hard to accomplish. Also most people would like to have wiser and more intelligent thinking so they can live a better life. These are good ideas, but without a practical way to accomplish them, they are not of much help to us.

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