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.

That we have the power to think is a constant. The paradigm of the three principles reveals that thought does not just have ‘something’ to do with our experience, but everything to do with it. It shows that thought, coupled with mind and consciousness, is the common denominator of all experience: all sensory experience, all spiritual experience.

Recognizing the totality of the power of thought and its inseparability from all experience creates a paradigm for understanding how human beings function. More accurately, it reveals that there is a pre-existing paradigm of how we function: thought in the moment is the basis of all psychological experience in the moment. We are always going to feel and experience our thinking in the moment because there is no experience that isn’t thought-based. It is an inside-out world, and it always works the same way. This hasn’t been visible to us before as a constant, inescapable principle.

It seems counter-intuitive that our experience is always within this principled logic, but it is. It seems counter-intuitive that the earth is round and we’re spinning in space and travelling around the sun, but it’s true. Sometimes it looks and feels as if our felt psychological experience is coming from, or being caused by our past or future, but it is not. Our experience is only ever created in the moment via the principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought.

When we factor in of our thinking in the moment as the only source of our experience, we regain our psychological balance and freedom. We are all free. But few of us enjoy much of it. We can’t experience our freedom when we believe that something other than thought in the moment is dictating our feeling.

By Keith Blevens, Ph.D. and Valda Monroe

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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.”


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.

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.