There’s a false polarization in some groups that places spiritual insights such as “Love is the answer” on the opposite end of a continuum from action. Nothing could be further from the truth. Love is the foundation, motivation, and power for action.
When I first came across the Three Principles as articulated by theosopher Sydney Banks, I thought I had found the escape hatch for everything stressful and painful in life. I was both right and wrong. This video is a first shot at pointing at what I misunderstood and an invitation to you to ask questions.
At first I thought understanding the Three Principles would inoculate me against the human experience. Upon deeper examination, I’ve come to see that understanding the Three Principles frees me to take the whole being-a-human ride as it comes, exulting in the highs and meeting the lows with grace. The more deeply we see into the inside out nature of experience, the less there is to fear in any experience, happy or sad, bold or afraid.
Do please share your thoughts and questions each week. You can use the comments here on the blog or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ♥
When my clients begin to see the principles behind how their experience is created moment to moment, they start experiencing more wellbeing. Sometimes they are startled by the degree to which their state of mind improves, and they worry about holding onto it. As one client said this morning, “I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.”
Here’s the deal.
There’s no shoe.
There’s only the experience you are having right now in this moment.
Sure, you could have any number of experiences in the future, and you may have experiences you (think) you don’t like. But so what? Does it really make sense to give more weight and significance to a possible unpleasant feeling in the future than you give to your good feeling right now?
It’s a bit like backing away from a gorgeous table of gourmet delicacies because you can’t be sure what’s on the menu tomorrow.
I say it a bit differently in the video, and I’d love to hear how it lands with you. Please share in the comments. ♥
This week I share reflections on not needing to know where you’re going, how it is going to work, or what is “right.” What if we don’t need to know these things before we try something new? What if life will teach us what we need to learn? I talk about this in terms of my experiment with the gift economy, and it looks to me like it applies to every area of life.
Where are you holding back because you don’t know what comes after your very next step? What are you not doing because you can’t be sure how it will work out? Play with the possibility that each step you take will show you something about the step after that.
Please share your questions and comments!
The Three Principles account for two things that every human being has in common with every other human being:
- The infinite potential for new thought in every moment.
- The only thing any of us is ever up against is our own thinking.
As we see this more deeply, we naturally experience more patience, compassion, and understanding for ourselves and others.
Don’t take my word for it. Notice where new thought has arisen in your experience in apparently unlikely circumstances. What if that potential for new thought is something you could depend on? How would that change the way you approached your most difficult problems?