The common view of therapy is that people with problems seek therapy to get help solving their problems. Three Principles practitioners are unique in that the goal of our work is not solving particular problems or helping clients get over them, but rather, finding happiness and peace of mind regardless of external circumstances. We assist clients to find their innate resilience and power to address any life situation. The Principles elicit understanding of states of mind/levels of consciousness in our lives, and explain why and how our life looks different to us as we become aware of that. When clients learn to trust quiet moments of wisdom, they see how to navigate the ups and downs of life.
Therapists working from the assumption that external events create our anxiety and suffering take it upon themselves to help clients solve problems, change their lives, or figure out new ways to adjust to circumstances. In the process, without meaning to, clients can become dependent on their therapists to deal with their lives, and therapists can become exhausted as problems pile up. They feel they have to help clients get stronger. Three Principles therapy helps clients see that they are already strong, and helps them discover how to tap into their own wisdom and common sense. Both therapist and client are off the hook, and therapy is hopeful and uplifting as clients start to have insights.
As we understand more how our thoughts create our moods, and how our moods are a barometer to the quality of our thinking, we are less and less frightened by our low moods. Although it appears as though they are “caused” by people or events around us, they are actually just the shadow of our thinking. Moods lose their importance when we see that they are just as illusory as our ever-changing thoughts. As our thoughts change, our moods change. Being afraid of our moods and thinking about them more trying to figure ourselves out is what holds them in place.
There’s an expression in the Mental Health field: “Flight Into Health.” It describes a sense that dramatic improvement in a person’s level of mental well-being can’t last. People are often confounded when others have an insight that results in a shift in consciousness — for example, realizing that they are spending a great deal of time analyzing their negative thoughts, thus becoming mired in them. If they set themselves free from that habit as a result of that insight, their level of well-being shifts. It is a true shift into a higher level of understanding that is life-changing.
Because we have become accustomed to mental illness being difficult and complicated to diagnose and treat, the idea that all diagnoses arise from a common problem, the innocent misuse of our power to think, seems ridiculously simple. But the Principles reduce the complexity of all the thinking that has been done about our psychology and ourselves to the simplicity of creation: we are born through the energy of creation and we use that energy to create thoughts that consciousness brings to life as our perceived reality. Once we see this, we cannot be frightened by our own thoughts.