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 At the simplest level, there are three fundamental principles or “forces” in play behind any and every experience a human being can have…

Universal Mind

There is a oneness to life – an energy that runs through everything like an animating spirit, invisibly bringing things to life like the electricity that stands ready to power any device we might choose to plug into it. It is pure potential, indiscriminately empowering whatever thoughts we drop into it like the lamp of a projector indiscriminately projecting the shadow of whatever passes in front of it onto a screen.

In this work, we describe this invisible ever-present energy as Mind, and the intersection of that universal force with our individual biology as “the deeper mind”. While it sometimes seems as though it exists outside of us, we can no more be truly separate from it than an individual wave from the ocean

Universal Consciousness

There is a capacity in every human being to be more or less awake to our experience, and to experience it at different levels. In the abstract, this capacity can be described as Consciousness. It is like a mirror, reflecting whatever passes in front of it without being affected by it. It is the sky through which birds fly and inside of which clouds come and go; the space where mircacles happen.

While Consciousness itself is universal and includes the potential for any and all experience,  our personal level of “awakeness” to that potential expands and contracts based on our moment by moment level of understanding of how things work. Consciouness is that within us that sees.

Universal Thought

There is a pure creative potential in the universe which brings form out of the formless like, in the words of Syd Banks, “a magical paintbrush”. Thought is the spiritual energy through which both our habitual thinking and inspired ideas come to mind. It is the playdough of the universe, and we use it to create monsters and demons and heavens and angels with equal frequency.

Thought can create stress in the midst of a field of flowers in the middle of a sunny day or carve windows and doors into the edges of our world.  Simply put, thought is the missing link between the formless potential of Mind and the separate realities we all live and work inside of.

The basic course in the inside-out understanding is simple:

Our experience of life is 100% thought created, moment by moment and thought by thought.

The advanced course is equally simple, if harder to see:

No, really!

The first four iterations of the Advanced Course sold out and this is the only time I’ll be running the program in 2020. Each day we’ll look behind the curtain of our experience together and see what we can see about the principles and how they create our day by day and moment to moment experience of reality.

Here’s what some of our students had to say about the program:

Michael I have really enjoyed this course! It is making such a difference, and providing a lot of insights. I come prepared with questions to each call, and then find they fall away. So I enjoy just listening with a beautiful feeling. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I’ve bloody loved this course. Thank you to everyone on here and a massive thank you to Michael Neill. What a beautiful exploration with Michael’s gentle guiding hand at the helm. I don’t have a specific takeaway but I know I am having a greater depth of understanding.

My heart feels full and I have found myself swimming in the ocean of oneness more frequently over these last few weeks. Loving all of you.

The 3 weeks of 3Ps is a deep dive indeed, I have changed, deepened my seeing. Reminding myself not to grab for the butterfly as it passes but to wait and let it find me. Thank you MN, it is a gift.

It’s been a wondrous journey over the last three weeks… I had amazing insights at the beginning and then lost my way through illness and pain, ending with a life changing conversation with Michael yesterday. For that I am so very grateful. I see that my moments of being in deeper wisdom and letting go of thought around pain eases my suffering.

A new journey is beginning.… I’m so excited! Thank you Michael with all my love to you XX

In this year’s iteration, the aptly named Advanced Course 2020, we’ll be once again exploring three brand new themes as part of our deep dive into the inside-out understanding:

Week One: The Original Point

After an event some years ago, I was approached by an “old-timer” who had spent many years studying with Syd Banks directly back in the day. She kindly but conspiratorially asked me if I was open to a bit of feedback. What she then whispered in my ear has changed the way I think about and teach the principles to this day:

“There are a lot of very well-meaning people teaching a lot of wonderful things that really are helpful,” she said. “But it’s not what Syd was up to.”

In our first week together we’ll do our best to go back to what I see as the original “point” of the principles – that is, the direction to which they are pointing. By seeing through the illusion of our Thought-created realities, we get see through to the deepest part of ourselves – our divine, impersonal nature. This is the world of spirit where, to paraphrase Syd, “We are not God, but God we are.”

Week Two: The Space Before Thought

There has been a huge resurgence in the past decade or so in the fields of both meditation and mindfulness. This is because when people are able to even temporarily quiet their insecure thinking and overactive imaginations, they gain immediate access to inner wisdom, common sense, and a deep and abiding sense of peace and well-being. 
But what if all of these benefits were available to us right now, without practicing anything ancient or learning anything new?
During our second week together, we’ll look to what it actually takes to quiet our own minds and rest more in the infinite space before thought – the place that Syd and spiritual teachers throughout the ages called “home”.


Week Three: Keeping it Real

There’s a deeper feeling that comes with looking in the direction of these principles – a kind of inner awareness I imagine as being similar to a wire somehow becoming conscious of the electricity running through it. People love this feeling, and once they’ve touched it and associated it with learning about the principles, they often want to learn even more.

But because the principles themselves are so basic and our intellects love complexity, those of us who teach about them in the world have a tendency to speak as much or more about the implications of a principles-based understanding of life as we do about the principles themselves. And yet, the more we get into the implications of living in a Mind, Consciousness, and Thought-created reality, the further away we seem to get from the very feeling which drew us into the conversation in the first place.

In our final week together, we’ll dive in to the world of deeper feelings that draws people into and back to this conversation on a regular basis with the deliberate intention of “keeping it real” – living from the best and deepest place inside us on a day to day basis regardless of whether or not we can ever explain it to ourselves or anybody else.

My journey: from understanding to realisation, from fog to floating and a deeper understanding of who I am. Loving myself instead of self judgement and knowing I can reach a gentle and peaceful space to replenish my soul. Whenever I feel the need. Thank you Michael and everyone who listened and shared.

Thank you so much for this wonderful course, to Michael, Lynne, and all the participants. My head is full to bursting and I’m really looking forward to some time sitting in the silence and letting it all settle. Then I might know what I will take forward from it : ). Very grateful to have had this opportunity.

Here’s how it works:


  • We’ll meet by video conference for an hour each day, Monday to Friday, at 8am pacific/11am eastern/4pm UK. I’ll get us started with a few “insight catalysts” and then we’ll dive in to our exploration, sharing what we see and don’t see with the intention of seeing more deeply and bringing both lightness and depth to our exploration.
  • By the end of the three weeks, you’ll be seeing the Three Principles in action everywhere, and instead of studying the implications in theory you’ll have the opportunity to experience them at play in your daily life.
  • All sessions will be recorded and the audio will be available for streaming or download. We’ll also have an exclusive Facebook group for participants that will open up on the 29th of June.


Dates: July 6th – July 24th (Monday to Friday)

Cost $99 

With all my love,

This course has been a delight and a privilege. Thank you so, so much Michael for this extraordinary opportunity and to everyone who participated, especially all of the people who magically asked the exact questions that arose for me! I have loved this time with everyone, hanging out with the cool kids and having a life-changing conversation.

When I signed up for this course (which I was only able to do because it was so affordable, thank you!) my hope was that it would help me to actually live more insightfully rather than just understanding the principles in an intellectual way. I wanted the experience, not just the concept. My hope has been answered beyond all my expectations. So that’s my takeaway; I’m living more of it and it’s a joy!

This course has given me a priceless gift. My cup runneth over. Thank you.

For me, it has been a very enlightening three-week exploratory quest in the Amazon jungle. I felt that all of us were feeling our way around, sensing sounds and movements with different sensations, conscious perhaps of the personal gear we’re carrying, expecting perhaps different experiences. But we were all exploring what makes the beauty and majesty of the whole ‘jungle experience’, and how far Thought can take us and free us, to be in Mind, if we only let it.

All the while, the mighty river was running its course. We may have sensed it differently, but isn’t that what personal exploration is all about?

Sometimes, ‘thank you’ carries gratefulness that this most ordinary phrase we say hundreds of times a day is much too lame to convey. This is one such ‘thank you’, Michael and Lynne, with much love. My love and gratitude go also to everyone for all that energy and presence we all felt throughout the journey, whether thoughts were shared, or stayed floating in our personal minds.