Three Principles

How human experience is formed moment to moment

The Three Principles, originally discovered by Sydney Banks,  explain how human experience is formed within each person moment-to-moment. The Principles are the building blocks behind each person’s unique psychological experience of life.

Despite the simplicity of the Principles, over the last 40 years they have had a dramatic effect in many fields including, schools, prisons, therapy, relationship counselling and business. In each arena the outcomes far exceeded any other approach.


A great video by my mentor, Michael Neill, explaining where our experience comes from:

Effectiveness of the Three Principles within Business
  • increase in remaining calm under pressure 90%
  • increase in feelings of respect and goodwill 63%

Effectiveness of the Three Principles within Community

  • reduction in homicides 100%
  • reduction in assaults 74%
  • reduction in violent crime 62%
  • increase in employment 60%

Effectiveness of the Three Principles within Mental Health

  • reported being significantly more in control of their behaviors, feelings, and thoughts 91%
  • reported feeling significantly less depressed 75%
  • reported significant consistently (after 6 years) high self-esteem and positive changes in marriage and personal relationships 82%

“What is Mind, Consciousness and Thought? ~ Syd Banks.

Mind is the intelligence of all things; Consciousness makes you aware; and Thought is like the rudder of a ship. It guides you through life and if you learn to use that rudder properly, you can guide your way through life far better than you ever imagined. You can go from one reality to another. You can find your happiness and when illusionary sadness comes from memories, you don’t try to figure it out. Please don’t try to do that – you’ll get yourself in trouble. All you have to do is realize that it’s Thought.

The second you realize that it’s Thought, you are touching the very essence of psychological experience. You’re back to the “now,” you’re back to happiness. So don’t get caught up on a lot of details…

When you’re ready, you will find what you’re looking for. I don’t care who you are. I don’t care where you are. If you’re in the middle of the Sahara Desert…and it’s time for you to find the answer, the right person will appear in the middle of the desert and let you know. He will say something to you that will trigger something inside you.

And that’s where that life comes from…inside out. It’s spiritual knowledge. It’s there, everybody has it and people don’t realize that. There’s no human being more spiritual than you-everybody is equal.

And you know what the equality is? That we all derive from Mind, Consciousness and Thought.

That’s the equalizer. And while you have that equalizer you’re as good as anybody on this earth, you’re as holy as anybody else on this earth. You always have been, always will be, the only thing is you don’t see it because of your thoughts.” ~ Syd Banks