Before coming to the 3 Principles Understanding my definition of an insight would be; a good idea or understanding of something. These days my understanding of insight is very different.
An insight to me now means that you have seen something for yourself on a deeper level, a deeper understanding than the intellect is capable of having. A more profound truth that you know with your very essence, have seen with the sight within.
I’m aware that there’s only so much one can convey through the written word so if you can, please listen to the feeling that sits beyond these words as you read it ……and I know this may sound a bit weird but don’t try and understand it with your head!
I’m going to describe to you how it felt when I had my first insight into the 3 Principles understanding. It was my first weekend on the One Thought 3 Principles Practitioner training and we were encouraged by our mentors to sit back, relax and let their words wash over us and after a few hours of listening to them talk we listened to a recording by Sydney Banks. (Click here to hear Kaye and I introduce Sydney Banks)
Our mentors and Syd Banks were sharing their understanding of how life works and of the system that sits at the essence of all human beings, and whilst I honestly couldn’t tell you what either the mentors or Syd Banks said that day something in their message spoke directly to my soul and a couple of hours later I was experiencing my own deep insight.
I was walking down a busy street in London with Kaye, and I was literally stopped in my tracks, full of emotion and felt a deep sense of gratitude and relief. What I absolutely knew in that moment without a shadow of doubt was that life happens from the inside out and EVERYTHING we experience comes from within us. We make it ALL up.
Later that day I caught a glimpse of the 3 Principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness and I felt the transient nature of them and the flow between them.
At the time it felt like my whole world had changed….and everything looked completely different. Not in a strange way though, in a very familiar “oh yeah of course!” way. What then followed that evening was a very calm, peaceful feeling and I actually felt like I was glowing – lit up. I absolutely knew without a shadow of a doubt that what I’d realised was absolute truth, with no exception, and not just for me but for everyone.
I saw that we’ve innocently fallen into a trap of thinking that life comes at us from the outside in. It’s just a simple misunderstanding that we’ve grown up to believe. And now I saw with absolute clarity that all we can ever experience, moment to moment, is through the lens of our own thinking.
I’ve had more insights since then, but none have felt quite so powerful as that first one. I hope the feeling I have in this moment in sharing this with you comes across….that’s the other amazing thing about insight; when you share an insight with others, they can feel it.
How cool is that? Sharing insight brings communication with others to a whole new level – it’s soul to soul. My experience of this deeper level communication comes when I’m open to hearing something new and listening to another with nothing, or at least not much, on my mind. What I then see is mine, my insight is my gift for life.
I’ve seen that there are two types of insight; personal insight and universal insight.
Personal insight appears to apply only to me and gives me new solutions or new thoughts to things I may be puzzling over or have ‘looped’ thinking about. For example, if I’m experiencing an ongoing health issue it may occur to me out of the blue to try something new or do something different….this is my wisdom showing me how to heal myself. It’s helpful to me in that moment.
Universal insight is what I experienced in the insight I shared above, i.e. it’s universal wisdom showing me something that it true for everyone.
Insight seems to show up when we’re not in ‘thinking’ mode and when we’re not looking for it – how many times has something occurred to you in the shower or on the way to work? It just pops into your head seemingly ‘out of the blue’….that’s an insight.
Another word for insight is realise or realisation, I love this one in particular as it reminds us that we’re seeing something for ourselves with our “real eyes”, not something we see in the world of form with our physical eyes, but with our spiritual eyes on a deeper level.
Another cool thing about insight is that if I am feeling a bit lost at sea and feeling caught up in negative thinking and insecure feeling, my insight is like a compass, guiding me to calmer waters again. I’ve felt this many times for myself and witnessed others guiding themselves back to what they know to be true and once pointed back to this insecurity dissolves.
I’m so grateful for what I’ve seen for myself in this last year and a half and I know that if I keep looking in this direction more insight will come. It’s never ending; the more I realise, the richer my experience is and the more understanding I have for myself and others, and the more understanding I have the more I want to share with others and when I share with others I see more…..what a lovely ripple effect.