Without a paradigm:
Consider the following two equations in Figure 1:
The discriminator used in the above equations is “A new thought will give you a new reality.” Therefore, when you don’t have a new thought, your reality will say the same. There is nothing there that suggests anything about feelings.
It’s a very desirable thing to have, “A NEW REALITY!” If I could have a new thought, then I can have a new reality!!!! It’s also a great way to get people interested in the Three Principles, after all, who doesn’t want a new reality? Especially if they are struggling and would like a change.
The Problem with "New Thought":
Every person is living in a reality that is happening in this moment. As we are living in a world of thought in this moment, the idea of a new reality must be a thought happening in this moment. This rules out the idea of a new reality happening in some moment other than this moment.
This is not to say that you won’t have a new reality in a future moment. We are dealing with this moment. We are dealing with what’s happening now, in this present moment.
The temptation to get drawn into the idea of desiring a new reality can be egotistical. The ego likes to come up with a new scenario that’s much more desirable than the one we are having now. As we begin to get more involved with this new scenario, we get drawn into it because the feeling that is associated with the new reality is much better than the one we are having now. The better feeling becomes the attraction, and we send more of our energy in that direction. We spend more time in that feeling. It doesn’t take long for us to come back to earth with a bump and and once again face the current circumstances in the present moment. The circumstances didn’t change during the trip into a better feeling, as much as we wish it did.
Are you afraid of the feeling?
Sydney Banks said the following stopper:
I started to think paradigmatically. The definition of the inside-out paradigm is “feelings are coming from thought in the moment”, and the definition of the outside-in paradigm is “feelings are coming from something other than thought in the moment.” I followed these two paradigmatic logics.
Since all feeling is coming from thought in the moment, my current feeling must also be happening in this moment. I saw that if I’m having a feeling in this moment, then I must be experiencing thought in this moment too! Suddenly there is a clash of how experience works – am I feeling thought in this moment, or am I feeling something in the future in this moment?
I realised that if I want a better feeling, I must also be not wanting the feeling in this moment – avoiding the way I already feel in this moment. It is no wonder then, that I need to find another moment to find. I’m escaping this moment. I’m getting away from “in the moment.” That was interesting to me.
Getting away from this moment means there must be some fear of this moment or the attraction of a better feeling in some other moment. Maybe both.
But if my feeling is coming from thought in the moment, I had to come face to face with the logic of how the Three Principles works.
I saw that looking for a better feeling was happening because I was absorbed in the idea that some future moment can make me feel that way i am in this moment. In other words, I was realising that I am not inside-out, I’m having an outside-in experience. My in-the-moment feeling was coming from a future moment, not thought.
Facing the idea that my feeling is actually coming from thought in the moment – even when it looks like it does not, the logic of the inside-out gave me the chance to think paradigmatically. It was then I realised via insight that the future moment must be happening through Thought in the moment! I saw that it was my thinking about the future moment that was taking me away from the present moment. It looked like it didn’t have anything to do with Thought in the first place!
Thought was suddenly factored in, and my thinking of wanting or avoiding any particular feeling no longer made any sense to me. This is a great relief – not having to think about wanting a better feeling any more. I felt much lighter, quieter and more peaceful as a result. I realised:
Another way of saying the same thing is:
No wonder Sydney Banks’ quote rings true. My world was changed from insightfully seeing where I think my feeling is coming from.
Ruling out "New Thought"
We can now conclusively eliminate the second equation as redundant – The logic of the Three Principles has defeated that equation as being illogical. (figure 2)
While I cannot speak for Sydney Banks, I propose that what he was trying to say was this: (figure 3)
It explains that the Principle of Thought is indeed the “Missing Link.”
Since it’s possible to have an experience that looks like it has nothing to do with thought, we have two ways of thinking about experience. One that reveals how feelings actually work and the other that reveals how it doesn’t work yet it has its own deception makes us believe that feelings work in some other way that does not involve Thought.
Comparing Thought with what?
Addendum (September 1st, 2019)
After further reflection, it’s also apparent to me that the second equation in figure 1 “has a nice feeling,” so we get drawn into looking more narrowly there instead of the overall picture, losing sight of the first equation. We follow the feeling instead of the logic. This has the consequence that the equation provided by Sydney Banks no longer gets the attention that I believe it should have. Also, it becomes very difficult to compare “Thought” with “New Thought,” after all, they both could be the same, and we don’t learn anything new about the principle of Thought.
Secondly, in figure 3, there isn’t an equation that “tries to grab your attention”, and instead promotes a reflection of the differences between the two equations. At some point you start to realize just how much Thought is already in play in your everyday life, because it’s not possible for you to have “no reality” in any moment in your life. Figure 3 is therefore a more effective direction to understand for ourselves more deeply, “What is Thought?” For starters, “Thought” and “No Thought” is as different as chalk and cheese, with no prospect of thinking they could be the same! As a result, there is an enormous scope to learn insightfully about the principle of Thought from figure 3.
As a paradigm:
Seeing where we think our feeling is coming from is much more helpful than seeking any particular quality of feeling. We can now be more precise and rigorous about these equations. We also see that Sydney Banks was indeed absolutely correct in the use of his equation – all he was trying to do was get us to see that our reality in the moment had to include the Principle of Thought.
We are therefore no longer interested in “New Thought.” We are now much more interested that “Thought” must already be included. The Three Principles embraces the logic in its entirety, and deals only that Thought must be present to have an experience/reality/feeling of any kind, no matter how beautiful it is. I propose the following: (figure 4)
We can now add the final touch to these equations and put them all together, like so: (figure 5)
We have also now established the paradigms of human experience. (figure 6)
Sydney Banks, even though he never used the word paradigm, was clearly describing a paradigm. This is a stunning revelation. He had been talking about the Three Principles paradigmatically all along! We now have the 3 core elements that make up all varieties of experience. Sydney Banks has given us the gift of thinking precisely and rigorously how experience works, so that we can go beyond our own ego and live a more meaningful, and inside-out, life.
Comparing and contrasting each of the paradigms give us the chance to have a much easier time of living with our own feelings. The two equations help you to identify what we were experiencing, and helps you to self-correct and evolve because of what is actually going on that is not subject to any idea that feelings have power.
If we “use” feelings, then the logic of the Three Principles as a Paradigm is much harder to follow. This does not mean to not have feelings. It is not possible to have a feeling-less experience in any moment. We all have feelings moment to moment, every moment, whether we know about them or not. When we see the logic of the Three Principles Paradigm, it explains why we have these feelings and the feelings will therefore not have any power over you. This is psychological freedom.
A question for you:
I’d love to have a dialogue on this website. So I’m going to ask you a question.
Given a choice, would you want a new thought, or see that your feeling is coming from thought in the moment? Please say why you think that way.
Please write in the comments at the bottom of this page.
Thank you so much for reading, it’s my first blog! Love, Brett