Articles on the Three Principles as a Paradigm
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.