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 aware of our experience in any moment. In the abstract, this capacity can be described as Consciousness – that within us which sees. 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; it is the space where miracles happen.

While Consciousness itself is universal and includes the potential for any and all experience, our personal level of being awake to that potential expands and contracts based on our current level of understanding of how things work.

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!


Every year since 2016, I’ve been leading a three week light-hearted deep dive into the Three Principles/Inside-Out understanding called “The Advanced Course”. (You can do the Basic Course in Living from the Inside-Out for free by clicking here.)

This year, I’ll be offering The Advanced Course in two parts. Over three weeks in May, we’ll focus in on the fundamental truth that the principles point to of a spiritual reality behind the scenes of our everyday lives. In our second three weeks together in July, we’ll hone in on our personal experience of that truth and its implications for the wider world. I’ve designed this year’s program so that you can do either part on its own AND  you’ll get the most from the program if you do both!

Part One: Mastering the Fundamentals

April 29th - May 17th

Week One: The Three Principles

There is one singular energy behind all of life. When we focus on its intelligence and power, we call it divine (or “hidden”) Mind. When we attend to its capacity to know and experience itself, we call it divine Consciousness. When we look to its creative potential, we call it divine Thought.

This week, we’ll be exploring and experiencing these three gifts both as their formless nature and the infinite forms in which they hide.

Week Two: The Inside-Out Understanding

There is one truth about the human experience that pretty much everyone misses and pretty much everything changes when we see it – that in the words of the physicist David Bohm, “Thought creates our world – and then says ‘I didn’t do it.'” In other words, we create our world via the gift of Thought, and then do our best to navigate that world as if we’re at the mercy of it.

During this week’s exploration, you’ll start to recognize yourself as the creator of your own personal reality and find a new found freedom in the safe harbor of your innate unbreakable core.

Week Three: It’s Not a Theory

Some things are just true. That is to say, they’re true whether we know about them, believe in them, or have an opinion for or against them.

This week we’ll learn to discern the difference between “spiritual facts” (things that are just true about life and the human experience) and explanatory theories. We’ll also embark on the journey from intellectual understanding to experiential knowing, unleashing our own innate wisdom and the power to uncover what we already know deep inside.

Part Two: Going Deeper

July 1st - 19th

Week One: A Case of Mistaken Identity

There is one singular energy behind all of life. When we focus on its intelligence and power, we call it divine (or “hidden”) Mind. When we attend to its capacity to know and experience itself, we call it divine Consciousness. When we look to its creative potential, we call it divine Thought.

This week, we’ll be exploring and experiencing these three gifts both as their formless nature and the infinite forms in which they hide.

Week Two: The World of Deeper Feelings

Take a moment right now to go inside and find the nicest feeling you can find. It might be a pleasant sensation, like a warmth or a tingling; it might be a more robust feeling you could call gratitude, peace, or love.

Over the course of this week, we’ll dive deep into our own well-being and get familiar with the best of what we have inside us.

Week Three: Changing the World

Syd Banks, the enlightened Scottish welder, said that if as few as 100 people wake up to the reality of who and what they are, the consciousness of the planet will change forever.

In our final week together, we’ll explore what it means to be one of “the hundred”, not as a responsibility or duty but as a possibility and opportunity to fill up to overflowing with love and understanding and see what happens in the world.

Here’s how each course works:

  • We’ll meet on zoom 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.
    • All sessions will be recorded and the audio will be available for streaming or download. We’ll also have an exclusive group for participants of both courses.
    • You’ll be able to use our  “Caffeine for the Soul” app to listen to the recordings, and interact with the community on your smartphone!


    Part One: Mastering the Fundamentals – April 29th -May 17th

    Part Two: Going Deeper – July 1st – 19th


    To make them as accessible as possible, the cost of our three week programs is only $99, OR grab your place on both three week programs for only $179.

    With all my love,


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    I’ve had an understanding of the 3 Principles under another name for some time, however I’ve only really embraced part of that understanding. These last 3 weeks have been amazing and I feel I’m starting to wake up on a whole new level.

    Something I realised, which is really awesome, and may even make me awesomer, is when the other day I was walking along and I noticed I’d been caught up in thinking. My old course of action would be to bring myself back to the present moment by noticing what’s going on around me, my attention outwards, to take me away from my thinking. The difference this time was that I actually turned my attention inwards as well to see how I was feeling, not to create a story, just to ask myself the question and observe. In the past I’ve had a tendency to ignore how I was feeling and just get on with things which I’m seeing is possibly just another form of distraction.

    I am so grateful to Michael, Lynne and everyone who has shared, helping me along the way. I’m excited to be on this exploration / conversation with you all and the liberation and connection with my deepest self is out of this (illusionary) world.

    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.

    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.

    This course has been the most profound of all the Advanced Courses I have attended.

    I think the missing piece for me after all the “seeking” has been the playful bit of the joyous and it is now playing out exactly as it should.

    Thank you to everyone who has shared. So much love for you all.

    This has been the best advanced course ever for me. The expansion of my seeing and feeling this understanding is indescribable. I’m feeling the oneness, even when my thoughts try to pull me away and I do feel awesomer! I love seeing other people light up as they share and see more. I was laughing to myself yesterday thinking about how enlightened I thought I was, but seeing now how much my thinking is still creating the narrative in the role I play each day. I’m remembering more and more to rely on the kindness of the design, as Michael calls it. So, I’ll go to my business luncheon, show up as me, and spread this awesome feeling that is overflowing from me! So thankful for the exploration together! 

    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.

    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.

    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