My first glimpse of the potential and possibility of the Three Principles understanding was during the Nepal earthquakes in 2015. In the midst of a volatile, uncertain time I found an inner source of resilience, resourcefulness and ease.
I'd only begun my explorations a few months before that by watching videos from the Three Principles Conference in London. When I found myself shaken and afraid, I realized this was going to be a defining moment- I was going to find out whether people are the victims of circumstance or whether we really do have freedom in any situation like these teachers were saying.
What I found was that my internal life of feelings and experience was independent of the external happenings in my life.Read more
When I try and remember how life was before I came across The Principles, I think my fundamental belief was: "Life is difficult, but how we think about it can make a difference - and we have to work at that in order to counteract the hardships out there."
I studied (and taught) Tai Chi so that I could interact with life with as much ease and grace as possible - trying to remain centred amidst inevitable stresses. I studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism because its teachers seemed to have all the answers to life's mysteries. These studies helped to maintain a positive attitude in the midst of challenges, but in addition, I wanted something which would help me interact with life in a more practical, day-to-day way. I thought I had found what I was looking for in NLP, where I developed new cognitive strategies, uncovered and transformed core limiting beliefs, and particularly loved working at "identity-level" change - change which transformed how I fundamentally perceived myself and how I operated in the world.Read more
(A note from CSC: Paul's testimony clearly shows that the Three Principles can help veterans with PTSD. Learn more about CSC's programs for veterans and make a donation here.)
My name is Paul Dean, I am 53 years old as I write, and suffered with chronic PTSD as diagnosed by a psychiatrist who had spent six years in the United States working with Vietnam Veterans. This is my personal experience of The Three Principles with regard to my PTSD.
I spent twelve and a half years (the half is really important! LOL) in the British Army as an infantry soldier and later in my career with the Royal Corps of Transport. During this time, I served three tours in Northern Ireland during the 1970s and early 1980s both as an infantryman and as an armoured ambulance driver. I joined at the tender age of 16 years old.
As far as I am aware, I first visited my G.P. in 1998 with "mental problems" and was initially diagnosed with "depression." It was, in fact, the beginning of twelve years of torture with PTSD.
Bill Pettit: I headed up an adolescent unit in a state hospital in North-West Iowa for just under two years, and it was a 30 bed unit with ages eight to 18 – it had 12 female beds and 18 male beds. And you have to burn some bridges you know, in order to get into the state hospital system. But I agree totally with you (Sue) that we're much more alike than we are separate and what really hit me which I knew already, is the saying, "People do not care what you know, until they know that you care." If that's true of everybody, which I think it is, it's especially true of adolescents. They've had so many people innocently telling them what to do and which way they should look and putting all kinds of directives and shoulds, on them, and it hasn't worked out very well, and so to have somebody who truly cares and also sees the health in them – they're more than open to that, they really want that.Read more