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What If…?

What if people did not need to change even one external fact in their lives to find peace of mind? What if we were all one simple insight away from realizing that nothing and no one can make us think or feel one way or the other? What if we all come into the world with the capacity to ride the waves of life with wisdom and common sense, always buoyant even in the stormiest of times? What if there were something simple, something we have always known deep-down but sometimes forgot or failed to appreciate, that would set us free from suffering stress and distress? What if the human spirit is invincible, even when we feel dispirited? What if we always have, and cannot lose, innate resilience, the constant capacity to bounce back, no matter what? What if it is within our grasp, at any moment, to find our natural peace of mind?

Does it sound too easy, too good, to be true? I thought so, too, about 30 years ago, when I first was exposed to the Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought, and told that the Principles provide the logic that could allow me to be at peace, unfetter my own creativity and unleash my own insights to guide me through life. If life were that simple, I thought, why would so many of us be living in stress, anxiety and depression? Still, it did not make sense to me to continue to wallow in my own distress without at least looking to see if it were true… I had to look in the direction of the inspiration that just might set me free.

Here is what I found:

All my life, I had been looking to my life circumstances to “give” me the feelings I wanted. I was looking the wrong way. It turned out that our experience of life is created from the inside-out, not from the outside-in. As soon as I saw that, I realized that I was solely responsible for my feelings about life, regardless of what was happening to me or around me. And I realized that I was always only one insight away from totally different feelings. My spirits soared. If I had been creating my own disappointment, upset, anger, worry, distress — then I could also be creating my own joy, enthusiasm, compassion, confidence.

Like thousands of others across all walks of life over the past 30 years, I was fortunate to be mentored by the man who saw the profound spiritual truth of the Principles through an extraordinarily powerful insight, and devoted his life to sharing what he saw with everyone who would listen. His life purpose was to awaken wisdom and happiness in all people. Sydney Banks, philosopher, friend, educator and genuinely enlightened person, died at the end of May, 2009, leaving behind uncounted numbers of people who had received and then shared the gift of understanding how the Principles demonstrate the fact of our natural, innate resilience. Like so many others, I dedicate my life to sharing this work and pointing others in the direction of their own insight, spirit, innate resilience.

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