What are the Three Principles?
Mind is the formless energy behind life, it is what makes the grass grow and the waves dance in the sea. Mind is pure goodness. It throws thinking at us 24/7, thus giving us the ability to experience our lives. Mind is also the wisdom that is at the core of our being, a beacon of light throughout our lives. We would call Mind, God. But others might call it the source of existence, the power behind the universe, the formless energy that exists outside of our finite experience. Call it what you will, it remains the same constant in our lives – the fabric of our very existence.
Probably the most prominent of the brain’s functions is the gift of thought. We think our way through life, experiencing reality through nothing else but our thinking. Thought is the link that bridges reality and our experience of it.
Events occur in the world around us whether we like them to or not, whether we know about them or not. What isn’t arguable, by any standard, is the fact that things beyond our control happen. Sometimes we are lucky to be privy to what’s going on around us, sometimes we simply, often blissfully, remain unaware. But what’s important to realise is that the conduit of experience, positive or negative, wanted and unwanted, is our ability to think. Not for the better of for the worse, but if not for our ability to think, we would simply be unable to experience.
Consciousness is our ability to recognise our thinking. It is a gift of awareness. Consciousness is like a 4D movie screen in our mind; it makes everything seem real and alive. Sometimes our movie screen dims, and we can't see everything so clearly. This is when our levels our consciousness go down and our lives may seem gloomy. In these moments it may seem like the world is about to fall apart, but as our level of consciousness rises and we are able to get a clearer picture of our movie screen we realise 'hey, this isn't the world that's gone blue, it was just my consciousness feeling low'.
All thoughts are neutral, it is our own individual consciousness that gives them value one way or another
Why is this understanding so important?
What follows from this realisation is that it’s not life itself and the things that happen in it that make us feel a certain way, but our thinking around it. It’s not money, or work, or that person’s behaviour that you experience, but your thinking about it. It’s not your mile-long to-do list that makes you feel rushed and on edge, but your thinking about the pressure of that to-do list. There’s nothing outside of you that has the power to make you feel a certain way. You think, therefore you feel. You think, therefore you experience. You think, therefore you see things the way you do, act on things the way you do, have opinions, beliefs and values as you do.
And that’s a BIG thing to realise.
It gives an explanation to so many things you may not have previously understood. Things like how it is that the very same situation can make you feel one way one time and another way another time; how it is that you find it in you to stand up tall and strong in the face of sometimes searing pain, even emerging content and victorious on the other side; and how sometimes the most innocuous of circumstances seem unendurable; how the possibility of forgiveness and peace comes into play despite circumstances that may hint otherwise.
It points to the human potential for endless resilience. It leads us to understand what the human experience is made up of: the sum total of the thinking that flows through our minds at any given moment. It shows us how inside we’re whole and healthy and that negative experiences are nothing more than a series of low-mood thinking. It frees us to understand the fluidity of thought, that what we think and experience will be different to what another thinks and experiences, and that what we think at one moment will be different to what we think another moment. Thoughts are never the absolute interpretation of reality; they are forever changing, always flowing, evolving, fleeting.
To hold on to a thought as though it was reality is to stick yourself in a closet in the basement of a mansion and be oblivious to the expanse of possibilities that surround you. We are taught to trust our thinking and to resist letting go of them – as though there was some benefit to holding on.
But the truth is that our thoughts do not define us because we are really made up of so much more than the sum total of our thinking. We are essentially healthy human beings who, through our thinking, sometimes lose sight of the resilience inside us.