THE SOUL-CENTERED SERIES
and the Teachings of
Are you looking to experience more peace of mind, wellbeing and inner freedom in your life?
This six-month series is designed to deepen your connection with your true nature so you can experience more inner freedom and a deeper enjoyment of your life. The program fosters greater well-being and authentic success.
“If the only thing people learned was not to be afraid of their experience that alone would change the world.”
~ Sydney Banks
Rohini Ross is delighted to co-facilitate this program with original students of Sydney Banks. Never before have these master teachers participated in a program focused purely on an experiential knowing of the true self through sharing the depth of their understanding of Sydney Banks’ teachings.
Dicken Bettinger – October
The Spiritual Nature of the Teachings of Sydney Banks
Dicken Bettinger, Ed.D., received his doctorate in counseling psychology and practiced as a licensed clinical psychologist for 32 years….Read More
Bill Pettit – December
The Intersection of Psychology and Spirituality
Bill Pettit has shared the Three Principles within his psychiatric practice for more than 35 years. Bill was mentored personally…..Read More
George & Linda Pransky – January
Psychological Freedom and Spiritual Understanding
George and Linda have taught the Three Principles for over thirty years to individuals, couples, businesses, and colleagues…..Read More
Live Webinar Facilitators
There are ten live webinars, two per month, facilitated by:
In addition to co-facilitating the weekends, Rohini Ross will be holding weekly group drop-in office hours to support assimilating the understanding into everyday life, both personally and professionally.
The six-month time frame allows for integration and deepening in the understanding. This will be a closed group to provide the space for connection, community and support.
Sydney Banks was a welder with a 9th-grade education who had a spontaneous enlightenment experience.
What was revealed to him is at the core of every spiritual teaching.
After his profound realization, he spent the rest of his life generously sharing what he saw in order to reduce human suffering and support people with waking up to their true nature.
The number of practitioners sharing this understanding, currently called the Three Principles, is growing exponentially in the world today.
What is different about Sydney Banks’ teaching? He shared his insights with the least form and packaging possible.
His teaching is NOT about …
Managing or changing thoughts being more aware of thoughts or witnessing thoughts
Focusing on positive thinking or reframing negative thoughts into positive thoughts
Processing emotions and exploring the past learning meditation techniques or spiritual practices
So what is it? It is about waking up to the illusory nature of thought and, as a result, naturally dropping into the experience of your true nature and allowing insights and transformation to unfold from there. This program will stay true to the essence of his work and point to the living truth that is alive inside of each one of us. There will be no content to learn, no techniques to master — simply the invitation to relax and surrender to your true nature. You are already awake. There is nothing for you to do other than wake up to the truth of who you are more fully.
What is Included:
Six In-Person Weekend Workshops (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday)
with Rohini Ross and first generation students of Sydney Banks
Ten One-Hour Monthly Live Interactive Webinars (two per month)
Twenty-two Weekly Office Hours via Zoom with Rohini Ross
2019 – 2020
Dates to be determined
Friday 7 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Santa Monica, California
and via Livestream worldwide
Noushin, Jimmy, and Jessie share their experiences
Soul-Centered Series Overview:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This program is for anyone who wants to experience a deeper connection with their true nature through learning from students who learned directly from Sydney Banks. They will share their current understanding of his teachings, currently known as the Three Principles. It is equally beneficial for people with very little knowledge of the Three Principles to attend as it is for those with in-depth prior knowledge and experience who want to deepen their understanding.
Three universal principles explain the thinking process: Mind, Consciousness, and Thought. Simply put, Mind is the energy of life, the fact that we are alive. Thought is our ability to create forms or ideas from that energy. Consciousness is our ability to experience what we think as real. In other words, we are born thinking. We think our way through life. We see life through our thoughts as we go, and the quality of our thinking determines the quality of our lives (how we see things moment-to-moment).
Awakening to those principles sets people free from attachment to the contents of any particular thinking with the knowledge that thoughts naturally come and go. It frees people to see their state of mind, their felt response to perceived reality, as an indicator of the moment-to-moment quality of their thinking. A stressed or negative feeling state or state of mind produces a low mood and increasing tension, a feeling of insecurity, or dis-ease. That feeling warns us to allow our thinking to quiet.
As people learn to trust their state of mind as a guide through life, they catch themselves earlier and earlier in the process of insecure thinking that can lead to chronic stressful states of mind and worse. Recognising the signal to quiet down, people can leave negative thoughts alone and allow them to pass. As our minds quiet, our feelings change and our perceived reality changes. We naturally regain our ability to address life circumstances and challenges from a wiser, more optimistic and hopeful perspective.
Once people recognize that innate health is constant and always accessible, they are able to navigate the ups and downs of their thinking without frightening themselves with their most negative thinking or deceiving themselves with their most positive thinking. We are able to be grateful in moments of exhilaration and graceful in moments of distress and to experience the rich landscape of all our thinking as the gift of life.
By Judy Sedgeman
A full refund is available up to 30 days before the program begins. After 30 days there are no refunds available.
While we encourage you to attend all weekends in person, if you miss a weekend , there will be raw footage available for viewing afterwards.
The availability of recordings of the weekends, webinars, and office hours will expire at the end of March 2019.
The teachings of Sydney Banks allow one to experience a deeper connection with the Authentic Self and to experience the innate potential that resides inside of each one of us. This makes it easier to navigate the human emotional ups and downs more gracefully and tap into the innate resilience that allows us all to bounce back. This connection also facilitates listening to and following through on one’s wisdom in all areas of life, including business.
The teachings of Sydney Banks have helped many people in their relationships. The understanding helps one to connect with innate well-being and wisdom. This is emotionally stabilizing and allows for greater perspective in all areas of life, including relationships.
This series as based on the teachings of Sydney Banks. There is a common understanding that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. The teachings of Sydney Banks do not, however, include techniques and practices. This series is not affiliated with the University of Santa Monica and does not include the the Principles and Practices of Spiritual Psychology trademarked by the University of Santa Monica. Here is the link to their programs. https://www.universityofsantamonica.edu/
In his blog post, Sydney Bank’s Contribution to Spiritual Teaching, Dicken Bettinger shares how the teachings of Sydney Banks are similar to and different from other spiritual teachings.
People often ask if the 3 Principles are the same as or different from current and popular spiritual teachings, or Buddhism, or any of the world religions. In this blog I will attempt to answer this important question.
The 3 Principles refer to the essence of spiritual truth. This truth lies at the core of all of life or we would not refer to it as truth. It has revealed itself to people throughout history.
This truth is not the sole province of any person, or spiritual understanding, or religion. Principles in this context do not refer to any concept or idea, but refer to that which is most fundamental to life. That which is most fundamental is the energy of all of life, whether in form or formless.
Another way of saying this is that out of pure, formless energy everything in all the universes arises and takes form. Since any and all form is composed of that same energy, there is an inherent unity or oneness in life. Everything is the same energy, whether in form or formless. This truth has always been true, even long before humans came along.
Syd Banks was fortunate enough to have had a realization of this truth in its starkest simplicity. What revealed themselves to Syd in 1973 were the 3 Principles in their formless essence. It was clear to him that they lie before the forms that they have taken in different religions and cultures. Therefore, Syd asserted that the 3 Principles are found at the formless, spiritual core of Buddhism and at the core of every religion. He also pointed out that often the essence of truth gets more and more covered over by concepts, ideas, beliefs, insights, values, doctrines, advice, practices, and techniques as time goes by.
Syd was concerned with the way in which the simplicity of truth can be diluted by human beings as they mix the principles with personal concepts and practices. He knew that this was a danger within the community of people calling themselves 3 Principle practitioners.
Syd was doing his best to invite all of humanity to look toward the essence of every spiritual teaching and religion. He honored and had great respect for all religions. He encouraged religious people to stay with their religion. He invited people to strip away the complexity and return to simplicity. He knew that every single human being has the ability to realize truth. He knew that if people gained a deeper realization of the essence of their religion that it would enhance their understanding of that religion and would help raise the level of understanding in the world.
So the real question may not be how the 3 Principles are different than other spiritual teachings, but can we recognize the 3 Principles at the core of all spiritual teachings and learn to separate them out from all that is a conceptual elaboration?
Syd believed that he did not create or discover these Principles. They are eternal Principles that revealed themselves to him. The formless nature of spirit and our intimate connection to that world is what Syd shares in common with other spiritual teachers and teachings. But every spiritual realizer brings their own emphasis, interpretation, and explanation to their teaching.
Syd Banks’ teaching of the 3 Principles is, in my opinion, an enormous contribution to the world. I would like to identify what I see as his important contributions:
1) Sydney’s spiritual awakening happened through spontaneous insights. Because of this Syd never recommended, or felt the necessity of, spiritual practices, disciplines, or techniques. This in my opinion truly sets Syd apart from the vast majority of spiritual teaching. The very first point Syd makes in his book Missing Link is: “One of the greatest misconceptions ever is the belief that ‘It takes years to find wisdom’….The achievement of mental stability and peace of mind is one thought away from everyone on earth…” The accessibility of this has given hope to countless thousands of people.
2) Syd articulated the 3 fundamental life forces that he called Principles that are the universal common denominators of all human psychological experience. The identification of these 3 universal Principles brings a clarity and simplicity that immediately cuts through differences of race, culture, status, and age. He always pointed people toward simplicity rather than complexity.
3) He defined the essence of the Principle of Thought as formless and included Thought in his trinity along with Mind and Consciousness. He often called Thought the “missing link” for humanity, because a lot of spiritual teaching focuses on the Principles of Mind and Consciousness and they don’t highlight Thought as an equal Principle. Thought is the link that connects the spiritual with the psychological worlds.
4) Syd insisted that 100% of all feeling and experience was created from the Principles and that we are all lived by the same principles, no exceptions.
5) He was emphatic that no person is wiser or more spiritual in their essential nature than anyone else. Therefore he felt that everyone already has everything they are looking for. His notion of innate health completely undermines the long-standing trend toward self-improvement or self-development.
6) Syd’s certainty that if you touch the inner space prior to our conceptual mind, the state of no thought, that it must manifest as a positive feeling and/or a higher order of thinking.
7) He consistently pointed out the danger of being a follower of a teacher, rather than trusting your own wisdom and following your own common sense.
By Dicken Bettinger
If there is space available, it is possible to join the series after the first weekend, but it will not be possible to join the series once the second weekend has started.
There is no plan to offer this series again at this time.
This series is not a form of therapy. It is not intended to replace or be an alternative to psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychiatric, or other medical services provided by trained, licensed professionals. It is an educational series sharing a spiritual understanding. The understanding does not take people into their past or teach people how to control or manage thinking, feelings, or behavior. It shares an understanding of spiritual principles to help people experience the power behind their human psychological functioning so they can have insights that support them with experiencing their true nature more fully. The by-product of this is living a life with more well-being, greater connection to others, and less suffering even in the face of adversity.
Bring yourself and an open mind. There will be light snacks and refreshments provided throughout the weekend.
Engaged participation is the best way to get the most out of the series. Attend all of the weekends in full with an open mind. Attend the webinars and office hours live when possible and when not, listen to the recordings.
No, this is a closed group. It is designed this way to promote connection and community within the group as well as support the integration of learning over time.
Yes, there is a limited amount of tuition assistance funds available for those with financial hardship. The intention for these funds is to foster the group being an economically diverse and multicultural group of participants that will enrich the experience of everyone involved. The funds are only available to in-person participants. Scholarship attendees may be asked to help with tasks during or after the event. To access the application form click here.
The workshop is being held in the heart of Santa Monica. The closest airport is LAX. There are numerous hotel and Airbnb options available close to the venue. For a selection of accommodations visit Trip Advisor or Airbnb for Santa Monica, California. The Courtyard Santa Monica and The Hampton Inn Santa Monica are walking distance from the venue.
The maximum class size is 65.
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