Faith Escudero, MEd, CAGS, LMHC

Teaching the Principles of Optimal Mental Well-being

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       These psychological elements were uncovered in 1973 by a gentleman named Sydney Banks while residing in western Canada. The three psychological principles are

  •   Mind,
  •   Thought,
  •   Consciousness.

      Whether they are referred to as principles (nature's laws) or elements (all else is a compound), they are our innate operating system, the original innate operating system. Another way to say it is what we create with these elements while standing in the same circumstance may be different – separate realities. How we create the reality we are experiencing in that circumstance is the same. Depending on how one uses these incredibly powerful elements in the moment results in whether the individual experiences happiness or unhappiness, peace or stress, security or insecurity. Below is a brief introduction of each psychological element.

        Mind powers Thought. It is the life force energy that flows through the brain and body. It  powers their functions, for example, neurotransmitters are Mind. Very simply, in the moments we live in a better feeling, we allow our mind to be open. In the moments, the feeling inside lowers we are choosing to close our mind. Mind also has higher capabilities such as insight, intuition, instinct, synthesis and creativity when used properly. In the moments it is left alone, free of Thought, it is unencumbered, clear, still. The feeling inside elevates. Some refer to this feeling state as peace of mind, love, or bliss. This state of mind is a meditative state of mind or a beginner's state of mind. In these moments, higher states of well-being, vitality, healing, and high quality solutions emerge.

        Thought is an idea, a spoken word, a written word, a decision, a dream, a prayer. It is the element we use to create the reality we experience from one moment to the next. Soon as a person believes a Thought, he or she feels it. Thought is the origin of a perspective, an emotion, a behavior. And please understand, positive and negative thought is only a piece to understanding Thought. Greater awareness of the nature of Thought allows an individual to use this essential life tool, the tool you are using each moment, in a healthier and wiser manner.

        Consciousness makes Thought appear real. It is awareness. One can live in different levels of awareness or consciousness in the moment. One can be more aware in the moment or more present. One can be less aware in the moment or more preoccupied. One can also have different levels of consciousness or understanding about something such as plumbing, the country of Andorra or how to golf. The greater or deeper one’s understanding of Thought, the more an individual uses this powerful psychological element in a helpful, wise manner. for oneself and those around him or her.

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