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Three of my favourite 3 Principle Resources.


This link goes to the resources page on the website of Jenny and Rudi Kennard. Lots of good stuff there but if you’re new to The Principles I recommend checking out the movie section for a good variety of interviews with experienced facilitators from around the world.


This site contains the recordings of the annual Three Principles conferences. Again, you’ll find a very wide selection of presentations by a selection of very experienced, international facilitiators who work in a variety of areas.

On this site you’ll also find a variety of videos of trainee facilitators leading group meetings and supervised by Aaron Turner. Lots of interesting perspectives and audience questions answered.


Interesting site covering The Principles at work in the community, headed by Ami Chen Mills-Naim. I particularly enjoy the recordings that can be found here.

My all time favourite book relating to The Three Principles is “Somebody Should Have Told Us” by Jack Pransky.

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It’s day 4 of  ’30 Writes in 30 Days’ and the more discerning among you will have noticed that there didn’t appear to be a “write” for Day 3. Except, of course, you probably never gave it a thought, your having your own lives and all that.

This is what I was aiming for myself, not having to “give it a thought” but simply letting the writing arise.  However, yesterday I fell off the wagon, so to speak. Suddenly I was thinking and thinking about needing to write something. The whole experiment had become an object in it’s own right, a “thing” to be thought about and controlled. And, not surprisingly I found no inspiration. Maybe I’ll put that on a painting:

“Thinking is an Inspiration Killer!”

I even woke up in the night thinking about what not writing or writing meant and thinking about thinking. First thing I dashed off an email to a friend who has joined in the challenge saying:

“I seem to have turned this ’30 Writes in 30 Days’ into a thing. Kept waking up in the night and thinking about it. It’s not supposed to be like that at all. It’s just supposed to flow!

I seem to be trying too hard to think of something to write. Dog with a bone stuff.

Am going to have a shower and wash my hair. Then breakfast and then maybe a bit of vacuuming and, hopefully, it will lose it’s grip and I’ll feel inspired again. But I guess the trick is being Ok with not feeling inspired . . . except that’s just a load of different thinking. Sigh!

Back to basics . . . I seem to be stuck in my thinking but it’s OK. It will pass.”


That last sentence is the key. It’s one of the valuable lessons I have learnt from the Three Principles:

  1. once I really get caught up in thinking about a particular problem/situation I won’t find a way out through my thinking and
  2.  if I just let it be, the thinking frenzy will pass of it’s own accord and peace and inspiration will return.

This morning I have shown that to myself again. Just the shower was long enough to let my thinking settle. I didn’t need the breakfast or the vacuuming! Inspiration has returned and “write” number 3 has pretty much written itself.

This is what I’m noticing more and more. It really is OK to let things just unfold. Inspiration is always there, waiting to be acted upon. More and more I’m noticing how simple, wonderful and exciting life can be when I pay less attention to the thinking that’s accompanied by stressful feelings and more attention to what I feel inspired to do when my thoughts are calm.

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The Three Principles And Art

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Oh my goodness! It’s been over 2 years since I last wrote a blog post. It’s fun to be back!

I find myself writing again because there are a couple of really interesting things going on that I think are worth sharing. One is my experience of working with The 3 Principles or living from the inside out and the other is my experience of starting to play around with paints, collage and creative stuff generally.

I’m not so good at explaining the former so I’ve put up a Three Principles resources page where you will find links to loads of good stuff and good people who are far more eloquent than I on the subject. At this point, suffice it to say, that The Principles have had a huge impact on my life. Nothing has changed but everything is different and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.

And then there’s the painting etc. I’m finding that the way I “do Art” is turning out to be a brilliant metaphor for the way I’d like to live my life.

And here’s how it all began . . .

A good friend of mine is a professional artist. One day when looking at her art I thought “I fancy having a go at that”. So the next time I visited her I asked if I could give it a try and found myself playing around with all her lovely paints and mediums and beads and stamps and wire and . . . and . . . all sorts of yummy goodies. And I loved it. And that was interesting to me. This seemed to be an experience where it was easy for me to play. No ‘tortured artist suffering for her art’ stereotype for me.

I definitely had an opinion about whether or not I liked what I was producing but I noticed that it seemed to change. One evening I’d think “that looks like something a kindergartener would do” and then in the morning I’d think “I quite like it”.


Art is not something I’ve spent much time thinking about – other than to think I’m no good at it! And, before my visit to my friend’s studio I hadn’t picked up a paintbrush since I was at school. I’d never painted on canvas. Consequently, I don’t have a lot of internal rules or structure around what I should do, or how it works, or what it means, and I’m finding the whole experience incredibly liberating.


And this is how I’m living life more and more. Letting go of preconceived ideas, dropping rules I’ve made up, learning to live with not knowing and being OK with that. Just showing up and watching it unfold.

And this too is incredibly liberating . . .

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