FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
Who is this program for?
This program is for anyone who wants to experience a deeper connection with their true nature through learning from original students of Sydney Banks sharing their current understanding of his teachings, currently known as the Three Principles. It is equally beneficial for people with very little knowledge on the Three Principles to attend as it is for those with in-depth prior knowledge and experience who who want to deepen their understanding. (For all the answers include the first three lines and then a link to read more that leads to the separate page)
What are the Three Principles?
Three universal principles explain the thinking process: Mind, Consciousness and Thought. Simply put, Mind is the energy of life, the fact that we are alive. Thought is our ability to create forms or ideas from that energy. Consciousness is our ability to experience what we think as real. In other words, we are born thinking. We think our way through life. We see life through our thoughts as we go, and the quÅality of our thinking determines the quality of our lives (how we see things moment-to-moment).
√Three universal principles explain the thinking process: Mind, Consciousness and Thought. Simply put, Mind is the energy of life, the fact that we are alive. Thought is our ability to create forms or ideas from that energy. Consciousness is our ability to experience what we think as real. In other words, we are born thinking. We think our way through life. We see life through our thoughts as we go, and the quality of our thinking determines the quality of our lives (how we see things moment-to-moment).
Awakening to those principles sets people free from attachment to the contents of any particular thinking with the knowledge that thoughts naturally come and go. It frees people to see their state of mind, their felt response to perceived reality, as an indicator of the moment-to-moment quality of their thinking. A stressed or negative feeling state or state of mind produces a low mood and increasing tension, a feeling of insecurity, or dis-ease. That feeling warns us to allow our thinking to quiet.
As people learn to trust their state of mind as a guide through life, they catch themselves earlier and earlier in the process of insecure thinking that can lead to chronic stressful states of mind and worse. Recognising the signal to quiet down, people can leave negative thoughts alone and allow them to pass. As our minds quiet, our feelings change and our perceived reality changes. We naturally regain our ability to address life circumstances and challenges from a wiser, more optimistic and hopeful perspective.
Once people recognize that innate health is constant and always accessible, they are able to navigate the ups and downs of their thinking without frightening themselves with their most negative thinking or deceiving themselves with their most positive thinking. We are able to be grateful in moments of exhilaration and graceful in moments of distress, and to experience the rich landscape of all our thinking as the gift of life.
By Judy Sedgeman
What is your refund policy?
A full refund is available up to 30 days before the program begins. After 30 days there are no refunds available.
What if I can’t attend all the weekends?
While we encourage you to attend all weekends in person, if you miss a weekend , there will be raw footage available for viewing afterwards.
How long will I have access to the recordings?
The availability of recordings of the weekends, webinars, and office hours will expire at the end of March 2019.
How can this program help me in my business?
The teachings of Sydney Banks allow one to experience a deeper connection with the Authentic Self and to experience the innate potential that resides inside of each one of us. This makes it easier to navigate the human emotional ups and downs more gracefully and tap into the innate resilience that allows us all to bounce back. This connection also facilitates listening to and following through on one’s wisdom in all areas of life, including business.
How can this program help me in my relationship?
The teachings of Sydney Banks have helped many people in their relationships. The understanding helps one to connect with innate well-being and wisdom. This is emotionally stabilizing and allows for greater perspective in all areas of life, including relationships.
How is this series different that USM’s Soul-Centered Living Program?
This series as based on the teachings of Sydney Banks. There is a common understanding that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. The teachings of Sydney Banks do not, however, include techniques and practices. This series is not affiliated with the University of Santa Monica and does not include the the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology trademarked by the University of Santa Monica. Here is the link to their programs. https://www.universityofsantamonica.edu/
Are the teachings of Sydney Banks the same as Mindfulness or other spiritual teachings?
In this blog post Sydney Bank’s Contribution to Spiritual Teaching, Dicken Bettinger shares how the teachings of Sydney Banks are similar to and different from other spiritual teachings. Link http://dickenbettinger.blogspot.com/2014/11/sydney-banks-contribution-to-spiritual.html
Can I join the program late?
If there is space available, it is possible to join the series after the first weekend, but it will not be possible to join the series once the second weekend has started.
Is this program being offered again?
There is no plan to offer this series again at this time.
Does this program help with mental health issues?
This series is not a form of therapy. It is not intended to replace or be an alternative to psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychiatric, or other medical services provided by trained, licensed professionals. It is an educational series sharing a spiritual understanding. The understanding does not take people into their past or teach people how to control or manage thinking, feelings, or behavior. It shares an understanding of spiritual principles to help people experience the power behind their human psychological functioning so they can have insights that support them with experiencing their true nature more fully. The by-product of this is living a life with more well-being, greater connection to others, and less suffering even in the face of adversity.
What do I need to bring to the weekends?
Bring yourself and an open mind. There will be light snacks and refreshments provided throughout the weekend.
How can I get the most out of this series?
Engaged participation is the best way to get the most out of the series. Attend all of the weekends in full with an open mind. Attend the webinars and office hours live when possible and when not, listen to the recordings.
Can I sign up for only certain weekends?
No, this is a closed group. It is designed this way to promote connection and community within the group.
Is financial assistance available?
There is no financial assistance available. If you would like to discuss payment arrangements, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where should I stay if I am traveling in from out of town?
The workshop is being held in the heart of Santa Monica. The closest airport is LAX. There are numerous hotel and Airbnb options available close to the venue. For a selection of accommodations visit Trip Advisor https://www.tripadvisor.com/SmartDeals-g33052-Santa_Monica_California-Hotel-Deals.html Or Airbnb https://www.airbnb.com/s/Santa-Monica–CA–United-States/all?place_id=ChIJGQCRws6kwoARq_Uj_7UKF7Q&query=Santa%20Monica%2C%20CA%2C%20United%20States&refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Ffor_you
Is there a maximum class size?
Yes, the maximum class size is 40.