I’m still in Portugal working on the 2nd edition of CLARITY. I talk a lot in the book about the inside-out understanding, so one of the things I’ve decided to do in the new edition is define “inside” and “outside” as clearly as I can.
I describe “inside” as being the 3 principles, and “outside” as being everything else. Here’s a snippet from the new version of Chapter 4, The Power of Principles (it comes just after I’ve introduced readers to the principles of Mind, Thought & Consciousness, first articulated by Sydney Banks. Here’s the snippet:
These 3 formless principles are the “inside” I’m referring to when I say your experience is being created “from the inside out”. The 3 principles are “inside”; everything else is “outside”.
The formless principles of…
- CONSCIOUSNESS (your true identity)
Everything else including…
- Time, space and matter
- Personality / self-image / self-concept
- Beliefs, thoughts and concepts
- Physical bodies
- Current circumstances
- Past and future
- Feelings and emotions
Once again, I’m not saying “you create your own reality”; I’m saying that your own unique experience of reality is being created from within, moment to moment, using the principles behind clarity. We spend our lives moving through a dizzying variety of experiential realities, many of which bear little or no relation to any objective reality (if you doubt this, just cast your mind back to your last sexual fantasy).
It’s rare that I hear anyone other than Syd Banks draw the line as sharply as I’ve drawn it here, so I’d love to know what you make of it.Do you agree? Disagree? See how it fits with other things? Wish I hadn’t asked?
Q: How does my distinction between ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ strike you?
If you want to let me know you can comment on this post in the Facebook group here.
Article: The Thought Revolution Manifesto (chapter 2)
A decade ago, I wrote something called “The Thought Revolution Manifesto” and include excerpts from my book CLARITY. Here’s one of its chapters where I introduce the 3 principles as articulated by Sydney Banks
Video: Schizophrenia, Stress & Depression: 1 cause & 1 cure with Dr Bill Pettit
Bill Pettit is a board-certified psychiatrist, and he’s shared the principles behind clarity with people who have very severe clinical diagnoses, often with seemingly miraculous results. So much so, that I went out to my tribe before doing this interview, and got people to submit their question for me to discuss with Bill, so we covered topics as diverse as schizophrenia, depression, panic attacks, stress and anxiety, and even psychedelics. Our conversation ran for nearly two hours, and this is one you may want to listen to more than once, because there’s so much in it.
You can watch our full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX6Vf5qkF40
Podcast: If you’d prefer to listen to my conversation with Dr Bill Pettit, you can find it on the podcast here:
I’ll be back in the UK next week but until then, I’m head down, working on the new book. Have a beautiful weekend!
Jamie Smart, Sunday Times Bestselling Author, Speaker & Coach