The Three Principles∼Psychology of the Mind


The Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought were first articulated by Sydney Banks, a 9th-grade educated welder, born in Scotland, living in British ColumbiaCanada in the early 1970s. The Three Principles approach is also referred to as health realization.

Discovery of the three principles: According to Banks’ verbal accounts, as recorded at lectures, he realized the three principles while attending a marriage seminar held on Cortes Island, in British Columbia, Canada.

The seminar encouraged couples to let their feelings out, be honest, and argue with one another. Discouraged with the process, Banks and his wife prepared to leave the seminar. As they were doing so, Banks became engaged in conversation with a therapist also attending the seminar.

Describing himself as an insecure mess at that time, Banks began elaborating on all the ways in which he felt insecure. The therapist’s response, I’ve never heard such nonsense in all my life, was a revelation to Banks:

What I heard was: there’s no such thing as insecurity, it’s only thought. All my insecurity was only my own thoughts! It was like a bomb going off in my head … It was so enlightening! It was unbelievable … And after that, there was such beauty coming into my life.

The three specific terms, Mind, Consciousness and Thought, were not clearly delineated during Banks’ initial experience. The three words—thought, consciousness and MIND, and his definitions—would become clear later through his talks and lectures. Referring to them as the psychological trinity , Banks does not take credit for finding the Principles, rather the Principles found him.

Roughly 40 years later, Mr. Banks’ “insight” has been introduced in hospitals and hospital systems, correctional institutions, social services, juvenile justice programming, community housing, drug and alcohol prevention and treatment programs, schools, and multi-national corporations.

Application of the Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought has spread throughout the United States, and into CanadaSwedenNorwayDenmarkIsraelEngland, South AfricaNew ZealandAustralia and Spain.

According to Banks, the three “formless” principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought explain the entire range of human behavior feeling states. They are responsible for the creation of all human experience. ∼∼The Three Principles have been called by other names, including Health Realization, neo-cognitive psychology, and the Psychology of Mind.

The three principles are defined as:

MIND”  The energy and intelligence of all life, whether in the form, or formless. The ”Universal Mind,” or the ”impersonal mind,” is constant and unchangeable. The ”personal mind” is in a perpetual state of change.

”Consciousness” is the gift of awareness. Consciousness allows the recognition of form, form being an expression of Thought.

“Thought” The power of ”Thought” is not self-created. Thought is a divine gift, which serves you immediately after you are born. Thought is the creative agent we use to direct us through life.

“When the student is ready….the teacher appears” ~ Buddhist Proverb

Like Mr. Banks, I believe the principles found me.  As Social Worker, Life Skills Coach and Mental Health Educator, it is my deep desire to share my understanding of the three principles so that they will also be “found” by others. Once realized, the three principles affirm and provide insight into how we can create and experience our lives and our relationships with more peace, joy and purpose.