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The Relevance of Sydney Banks' Role

The Relevance of Sydney Banks' Role

By Ana Holmback
This podcast was born out of a deep feeling. It consists of a series of conversations with individuals who met Sydney Banks in person and who were his students/mentees and also with individuals who never met him in person and still consider him their teacher/mentor. Its focus is mainly on the relevance of Sydney Banks’s role within the Three Principles understanding. And furthermore, there is a question to explore, certainly understanding the relevance of his role, as, why is it crucial?
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Elsie Spittle - "An Insight, an Everyday Miracle."
This is our last podcast conversation for this series and our guest is again, Elsie Spittle. What a beautiful way to end Season 1 of a podcast that was born out of a deep feeling. She mentioned in this episode how Syd pointed that an insight, an enlightenment experience, could happen to any of us, bringing the Mystery and the Mystical to our everyday experience. For Elsie, that is the relevance of Sydney Banks. About Elsie Spittle - From homemaker, to global consultant and mentor of leading Three Principles practitioners, Elsie Spittle has devoted her life to sharing this transformative mental health paradigm with the world. Elsie had the privilege of receiving “on the job” training directly from Mr. Banks, traveling with him to address mental health practitioners, educators, and others seeking a deeper understanding of life. She is considered the first formal teacher of the Principles, after Sydney Banks. She is highly regarded as a public speaker and in her ability to reach the audience, large and small, via a “feeling” that touches the heart and soul. Married for 56 years, with a loving and supportive family, she has her own private business and is co-founder of the Three Principles School, located on Salt Spring Island, BC. Elsie is the author of 6 books; the latest is Nuggets of Wisdom II, 2020. Elsie’s website:
December 31, 2020
Marty Lipsky - "A New Life Experience"
On this episode, we had a light and refreshing conversation with Marty Lipsky, one of the original students of Sydney Banks. In this conversation, he relates his story on how he met Sydney Banks 45 years ago, and how that event changed his life. ou can find more information about Marty on his Facebook page,                                                                                                                        "Thought carried through time" - Sydney Banks
December 30, 2020
Dr. Bill Pettit – “Far Beyond”
On this magnificent episode, we had the honor to speak with Dr. Bill Pettit about the relevance of Sydney Banks' role. I encourage all listeners to really hear the different areas Dr. Bill touched on in regard to Mr. Banks. I remembered when we recorded this episode back in June and how I experienced so many different emotions while I was engaged in this conversation. From Dr. Bill Pettit, "I’m a board-certified psychiatrist who has spent the majority of my career awakening mental health, and sharing the understanding that there is just one cause — and one cure — for mental illness." For more information on Dr. Bill Pettit, you can go to,
October 12, 2020
Mette Louise Holland - "The Feeling of Who You Really Are."
On this episode, we talked with a friend and colleague, Mette Louise Holland. She is licensed psychologist who lives in Denmark with her husband and children. We had a delightful conversation, I loved her story of being introduced to The Three Principles and Sydney Banks. Enjoy it! From Mette Louise, "An understanding of the principles of innate health has made all the difference in the world to me. It has changed my life upside down for the better and I have never enjoyed my life, my relationship, my children and my job more than I do now – honestly, there’s not a single spot in my life it hasn’t affected in a way far beyond my imagination. And as for my work life as a psychologist, I feel so much more light, enthusiastic and hopeful for every human being I meet in my practice now, and my mind doesn’t waste a fraction of the energy I used to innocently invest in insecure thinking prior to this understanding." For more information on Mette Louise, please go to 
September 09, 2020
Brooke Wheeldon-Reece – “A Calming, Peaceful Place”
After a short summer break, we continue with a new episode titled "A Calming, Peaceful Place." Our guest is Brooke Wheeldon-Reece, President and CEO of the non-profit organization called The Spark Initiative.  We had this deep and clear conversation about Sydney Banks' relevance as she described how her understanding of the Three Principles has helped her with her kids and her feelings about spirituality. Brooke Wheeldon-Reece, MBA, is the President/CEO of The SPARK Initiative, Inc. She is the co-author of the S.P.A.R.K. (Speaking to the Potential, Ability and Resilience inside Kids) Mentoring Programs which are currently being taught to 1,000’s of children in Tampa and around the world. Prior to her work with The SPARK Initiative, she was a national trainer for the Mendez Foundation’s nationally recognized Too Good for Drugs and Violence prevention programs. She also spent time as a business consultant and curriculum developer for Verizon and For more information on Brooke, please go to
August 24, 2020
Dr. Judith Sedgeman – “Listening for Wisdom”
Welcome to another episode and our guest today is Dr. Judith Sedgeman. It was an honor to have as a guest as I listened to her story when she first met Sydney Banks and how that encounter impacted her.  "What I know for sure is that nothing can break the human spirit, although we can think ourselves into feeling temporarily dispirited. The gift of the Principles is that change comes through our own insight. We have infinite potential to break free from the limits of our thoughts." Judith Sedgeman For more information on Dr. Judith, you can go to
July 17, 2020
Dr. Mark Howard - "It Is Already Within You."
On this new episode, we have as our guest Dr. Mark Howard. This conversation was soft and full of a feeling of love and understanding. Dr. Howard points us to, “…not so much the person but where the wisdom is coming from. It is for us to wake up to that nice feeling…” For more information on Dr. Howard, you can go to
July 04, 2020
Dr. George Pransky – “Why is it Crucial?”
On this new episode, we had as our guest Dr. George Pransky. I asked Dr. Pransky, why is it crucial Syd's role? His answer covers several points that make it so clear for anyone who feels touched by the Three Principles and for whomever will  find out about  them in the future. It is definitely one of those conversations that stay with you and brings you to a reflective place, it did to me. For more information on Dr. George Pransky, go to
June 23, 2020
Jonelle Simms – “Beauty, Simplicity and Humor”
On this episode, we have as our guest, Jonelle Simms. This is a conversation that is fresh, clear, humorous, and deeply simple. She talks about a profound insight she had and how her life changed. She has a facebook page at            in which she describes it as, "A creative place for sharing little bits of what has occurred to me along my journey since coming across the Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought as shared by Sydney Banks, and since gaining a tiny glimpse into the deeper truth of life." For more information on Jonelle, go to
June 15, 2020
Dr. Keith Blevens – “A Historic, Monumental Work”
On this new episode, we have as our guest Dr. Keith Blevens. This conversation brings a sense of honor and respect to what was uncovered by Sydney Banks. Listen till the end, it was a full hearted conversation. Keith Blevens, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a B.A. degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. He has been an adjunct faculty member at nine universities, Clinical Director at the Minneapolis Institute of Mental Health, Director of the Baylor University Psychological Services, on the staff of Pransky and Associates and now owns his own Consulting firm with his spouse of 41 years, Valda Monroe. He has served as a Three Principles educator, trainer and consultant to executives, businesses, organizations, helping professionals, individuals, couples and families for over 43 years. He is certified by The Three Principles Foundation to teach the Three Principles as discovered and taught by Sydney Banks. Dr. Blevens is currently working on a book with Valda Monroe at the request of the late Sydney Banks. This will include text specifically written by Mr. Banks only for this work. Prior to Syd's death he wrote this endorsement for the book's cover: "One of the main reasons I am honored to see Dr. Blevens write this book is that it may bring hope to those who are suffering needlessly and bring answers to helpers looking for the missing link psychology and psychiatry have been searching for."   Sydney Banks For more information on Dr. Keith, you can go to
June 03, 2020
Linda Pransky - "Honesty"
On this new episode, we shared a conversation with Linda Pransky. She spoke about her meeting Sydney Banks and how her consciousness started to shift by seeing through insight. Honesty is  brought to light when pointed to Syd Banks' teachings. A unique conversation. Linda Pransky went to graduate school at The University of Washington in 1975. She specialized in psycho-social nursing, because she had an interest in learning how people change. She learned techniques and approaches to helping people, but nothing seemed long lasting and beneficial. When she met Sydney Banks in 1976 she saw a way for people to really change. Her vision became one of helping people seek real and long lasting change. Linda is currently on the executive committee of the Three Principles Global Community, past faculty member for the One Thought Institute and Partner at Pransky and Associates. For more information on Linda, go to
May 28, 2020
Harry Derbitsky – “The Impersonal Message”
On this episode with spoke with Harold (Harry) Derbitsky. He had met Sydney Banks in 1976 and he became his only teacher as he deeply felt Mr. Banks was an enlightenment man.  This conversation brings a unique flavor from someone who had a unique experience on his path to his spiritual growth. About Harold Derbitsky: President of ACT (Advanced Coaches Training) Inc. specializes in projects and training's in these major areas:  Heavily Addicted and Low Income/High Risk, Indigenous (Native American), Mentoring, Zoom Rooms and Sessions worldwide including North America, Europe & South America. His understanding is expressed via his insights regarding the Three Universal Principles of Mind,  Consciousness and Thought, as uncovered by his teacher Sydney Banks, who stated in the book  'The Missing Link':  All human behavior and social structures on earth are formed via Mind, Consciousness and Thought. For more information on Harry, go to
May 13, 2020
Barb Patterson – “The Impersonal Coming Through Us”
On this episode, we spoke with Barb Patterson. This was a kind, soulful and enjoyable conversation with somebody who didn't meet Sydney Banks in person but expressed such a feeling of respect for him and her teachers who "Stay the Course." At certain point in the conversation she expressed, "He (Sydney Banks) brought the depth of the feeling, meaning the truth of who we are... invisible yet essential."  About Barb: As someone who has moved overseas to pursue opportunities in my past, as well as years of running a successful coaching & consulting business of my own. I understand how to navigate transitions gracefully, take risks, and make big life changes. I know what it takes to create a business that has wide-spread impact and leverages expertise and passion in service to others. In addition to building a successful consulting and coaching business, I mentor and train other coaches and consultants to build their own practices, and teach the same principles that were the catalyst for my own transformation. For more information on Barb, go to
April 30, 2020
Jacquie Forde – “Simplicity Comes With Inclusiveness”
On this new episode, we have as our guest, Jacquie Forde.  She is a dear friend whose life when from "Searching to Knowing" once she stumbled upon Sydney Banks and the Three Principles. A lovely, simple and deep conversation. About Jacquie Forde - Jacquie brings a spirited personality and vivacious, humorous attitude to her work as a coach and mentor who regularly works with politicians, organizational leaders, entrepreneurs, disadvantaged communities, fellow coaches and women of all ages who want to discover clarity in their careers, the secret to success, improve their resilience, intuition, power and capabilities to live their best lives. For more information on Jacquie,  go to 
April 23, 2020
Julian Freeman - "Two Sides of the Same Coin - The Whole Picture"
On this episode, we talked with Julian Freeman. He is a social filmmaker who has a deep feeling on Sydney Banks as a level of consciousness and how,  Sydney Banks together with the Principles, are just one. And, when we see both together,  we get the whole picture.  Julian Freeman's bio: In 2010 Julian’s life took sharp turn when he nursed his Mum through her terminal illness. Life was different after that, new business, new partner, new home and he found the Three Principles along the way too. In 2010 he picked up a video camera and hasn’t put it down since. Julian was fortunate to help Elsie Spittle and Chip Chipman make the video, "Genesis of the Three Principles." This was a great honor and a wonderful journey of understanding that helped him, a man who never met Sydney Banks, connect ever more with his own understanding. As a social filmmaker he makes films that show just what we are capable of and this continues to be a journey full of passion and curiosity. For more information on Julian, go to
April 11, 2020
Christa Campsall – “Human Dignity and Hope”
A beautiful episode in which Christa Campsall, a  teacher who met Sydney Banks in the seventies and became as family, tells stories of her learning of the Three Principles together with her interaction with Syd. Enjoy it, it was very touching! Christa Campsall is a pioneer in bringing Three Principles to K-12 education. Since 1975, this has been the foundation of her work as classroom teacher, special education teacher and teacher-leader. Sydney Banks granted her a certificate to teach the Three Principles. Christa has a BEd and a DiplSpEd from University of British Columbia and a MA from Royal Roads University. She and her husband live on Salt Spring Island. For more information on Christa, go to
April 02, 2020
Natasha Swerdloff - “The Nature of Thought, Form and Formless - One”
On this episode, we spoke with our dear friend Natasha Swerdloff about her life prior to finding the Principles and some of the changes she experienced as she is able to "see" more and more into this understanding. " Divine Mind is manifested through Thought" - Sydney banks Natasha Swerdloff is a Three Principles Facilitator and Consultant with a background in psychotherapy who lives in beautiful Denmark with her husband, John. Since an early age she has been curious about how the mind works. Today she shares her understanding with people all over the world in a clear, light-hearted and inspirational way. She loves traveling, being in nature, and connecting with her friends and family. For more information on Natasha, go to
March 26, 2020
Christine Heath - "It All Comes from the Feeling"
On this episode,  we spoke with Christine Heath about her meeting Sydney Banks and her journey afterwards during more than 40 years. She described us  what is the feeling that Sydney Banks talked about and emphasized the importance of it. This was a revealing and easy conversation with someone who felt so lucky to have stumbled into this understanding and what has brought in to her life. Christine Heath, the co-founder and executive director of the Hawaii Counseling and Education Center since 1985, has nearly 37 years’ experience as a marriage and family therapist. She met Sidney Banks in 1981 and has been sharing her understanding of the Three Principles since then. She was instrumental in setting up one of the first Three Principles-based clinics in the world. Christine developed HCEC’s Three Principles-based domestic violence/anger management, outpatient substance abuse, adolescent anger management and victim impact programs. She is certified as a substance abuse counselor and she is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She provides training programs for graduate and postgraduate therapists. She offers training, coaching, consultation and seminars based on the Three Principles locally and internationally to professionals and lay people alike. She has served on the Board of Directors of the 3PGC since its inception and dedicates her life to sharing the Principles with the world.  For more information,
March 18, 2020
Jan & Chip Chipman - “The Power Behind the Fact that that Experience Occurred to Him”
On this episode, we have a beautiful conversation with Jan & Chip Chipman. Sydney Banks' change is so relevant to this story as Chip narrated that it is best described in the book, Genesis of the Three Principles, "... It wasn't about Syd Banks, the man, it was about an unbelievable experience that can't be defined, an experience that happened to him... When you listen to his story, when he talks about his experience you hear him try to explain that Sydney Banks, as a man, basically disappeared for a moment, and the wisdom of all ages rushed into his consciousness. If we ever forget that that's how it started, then, we will lose the power behind this or we’ll diminish the power behind this, because the Three Principles – Divine Mind, Divine Consciousness, and Divine Thought – have profound implications for humanity, profound implications for understanding the psychological functioning of human beings.  So, it's true that that experience Syd had, had those implications, but the implications aren't the thing... but I can say this: without the recognition of that fact, that that’s what happened, we do lose something; we do lose something." Jan and Chip Chipman's bio: Chip and Jan had the honor of being mentored by Sydney Banks from 1975 until 2009. From 1994 to 2004 they conducted retreats with him in Europe and North America. His guidance during these events about sharing in as deep and simple a manner as possible, guides their work to this day. They currently share their understanding though speaking engagements, retreats and webinars worldwide. From their base on Salt Spring Island, they offer one on one Skype sessions as well as retreats for individuals, couples, and groups. The books and recordings of Sydney Banks are fundamental to all their work, helping countless people find happiness and understanding after being touched by those original materials. Chip is President of the Three Principles Foundation, and in 2008, co-founded the Three Principles School on Salt Spring Island, dedicated to sharing the simplicity and purity of the Three Principles, “As discovered and taught by Sydney Banks”. For more information on Jan & Chip, go to
March 10, 2020
Dicken Bettinger - "We are Bringing Hope to the World - A Real Story"
For our second episode, we had a deep, felt, and beautiful conversation with Dicken Bettinger. He explains in such a simple and profound way, Syd's revelation and its' psychological and spiritual implications to humanity.  Dicken Bettinger, Ed.D., is a retired licensed clinical psychologist. His career has focused on psychological well-being. In 1986 he met Sydney Banks and the Three Principles. Dicken co-founded a Three Principle training, counseling, and education center in Vermont in 1991. Dicken was a senior staff at Pransky and Associates in La Conner, Washington for 16 years, where he developed and led corporate and university leadership trainings, team development, and executive coaching. In 2012 Dicken founded 3 Principles Mentoring. He offers 4-day immersion retreats for individuals and couples; practitioner development; and individualized training programs. He enjoys leading group seminars in the US and throughout Europe. Dicken is the co-author of a book on the Three Principles called Coming Home. Dicken has been happily married for 49 years. He has two adult children and three adored grandchildren. He enjoys photography, hiking, canoeing, and traveling the world. For more information on Dicken, go to
March 03, 2020
Elsie Spittle - "He Went All the Way Through"
As an introduction to our podcast, I talked with Elsie Spittle. She was a dear friend of Sydney Banks and his first formal student. She founded, along with Chip Chipman, the Three Principles School located in Salt Spring Island, BC.  In this episode, Elsie tells us about some of her early experiences with Sydney Banks to then touched on the source of insight. You will hear what she feels is the relevance of Syd’s role as this understanding continues to  expand globally. About Elsie Spittle - From homemaker, to global consultant and mentor of leading Three Principles practitioners, Elsie Spittle has devoted her life to sharing this transformative mental health paradigm with the world. Elsie had the privilege of receiving “on the job” training directly from Mr. Banks, traveling with him to address mental health practitioners, educators, and others seeking a deeper understanding of life. She is considered the first formal teacher of the Principles, after Sydney Banks. She is highly regarded as a public speaker and in her ability to reach the audience, large and small, via a “feeling” that touches the heart and soul. Married for 56 years, with a loving and supportive family, she has her own private business and is co-founder of the Three Principles School, located on Salt Spring Island, BC. Elsie is the author of 5 books; the latest is The Path to Contentment, 2018. Elsie’s website:
February 25, 2020