3Ps versus Inner Compass
September 29, 2019

When did I (Liz) come across the 3Ps?

It was back in 2012 when I first came across the Three Principles. A coaching friend of mine recommended I take a look.

At the time I was a coach and an avid reader and consumer of psychological theories, ideas and books.

I loved to collect tools for my coaching toolbox. The 3Ps looked like another tool and I bought books and started to watch videos online.

It soon became apparent that the 3Ps was not ‘another’ tool or technique. It wasn’t a new concept to ‘learn’ and apply.

The more I explored the more I became intrigued, but the less able I was to explain it to others.

Stu started to notice a difference in me. I was more chilled and calm. He kept asking me what the 3Ps were, but I didn’t really know how to describe what I was learning.

All I knew is that I was beginning to have a more easeful experience of life, but I didn’t know why.

Over time Stu became curious and he started to explore more too.

What has been our journey with coaching and the 3Ps?

Between myself and Stu we’ve read many principles-based books, been to Salt Spring Island to the 3Ps school, studied with Michael Neill, Jamie Smart and Garret Kramer.

We’ve run retreats with Elsie Spittle, been on retreats with Dicken Bettinger and Keith Blevins.

We’ve run numerous conferences with some of the key people from the Inside-Out/3Ps understanding and we continued to be inspired by each experience, conference and talk we’ve attended.

We’ve been drawn to non-duality teachers like Rupert Spira (and been on his retreat). We’ve loved  books from Eckhart Tolle and Mooji.

All of these teachers and fellow explorers  have pointed us to the deeper intelligence behind life.

The way we (Liz and Stu) describe this deeper intelligence (True Self) is through the metaphor of the ‘Inner Compass’.

I am always grateful for my introduction to the Three Principles, it completely changed the direction of my life. I’ve attached a PDF document I wrote some time ago answering questions about the 3Ps and where they originated. See resources section at the bottom of the page.

So why do we talk about the Inner Compass rather than the 3Ps?

Over time, and after listening to some of Syd Banks early recordings (before he spoke about the Three Principles) we’ve found that the Inner Compass is the metaphor we find most helpful to describe our True Nature.

In the early days, when we talked about the 3Ps, people would often ask ‘What are the Three Principles?’ We would then try to describe them as best as we could. People would intellectually try to comprehend these principles, but they would get stuck on the words, rather than looking towards what we were pointing to.

Now we talk about the Inner Compass and that the Inner Compass is pointing to our True Nature. We find that it is a simpler metaphor for us (than the Three Principles) to describe what we’re pointing towards.

Ultimately it doesn’t matter what metaphor or words we use and there are many like:

  • Three Principles
  • Inside-Out
  • Non-duality
  • Inner Compass
  • Innate Health
  • Consciousness
  • True Self/True Nature

When we start to experience a deep knowing of something beyond our human experience, then we are on a journey of awakening. The concept we use doesn’t matter.

Here are some of the resources we have enjoyed and we invite you to browse.

Resources:

What are the Three Principles? Why not download this PDF 3 Steps to the 3Ps

Inner Compass – Seven-day audio course

Innate Evolution is a wonderful resource and back in 2018 Stu and I were asked by Rudi Kennard to describe the 3Ps in Three minutes. Here’s what we came up with 

Michael Neill: A great author with many books – we recommend the ‘Inside Out Revolution’

Rupert Spira: If you enjoy the non-dual understanding you’ll enjoy this

Syd Banks: The man who articulated the Three Principles 

 

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Liz Scott & Stu Newberry are trainers, coaches and speakers. They work with individuals and groups across the UK. They also help develop coaching cultures (founded on wellbeing) within schools and organisations.

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