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The following is an article written by Judy Sedgman during the 1990s explaining the principles when the understanding was known by the name of Psychology of Mind and Health Realization. Please enjoy!

What is Psychology of Mind? The clarity and simplicity of principles that explain all human psychological functioning -- healthy and unhealthy -- distinguishes Psychology of Mind as a new paradigm in the field of human understanding. Seeing the functioning of three principles -- Mind, Thought and Consciousness -- at the heart of moment-to-moment human life, demystifies the enormous range of emotions and feelings that make up the continuum of human experience, from incapacitating fear and distress to liberating good will and calm. Regardless of any person's state of mind in any moment, it can be understood and addressed through recognition of the principles in operation. The profound meaning of the principles is that the ability to form thoughts and to make thoughts appear real via consciousness is the true nature of human psychological functioning. Moment-to-moment, people continually create thoughts. Consciousness, through the five senses, brings those thoughts to life so that they appear to the person as reality. Every person's reality is linked, one-to-one, with their thoughts in that moment. Each person's use of the ability to think determines the quality of each person's experience of life. Psychology of Mind has thus shifted the focus of mental health away from the content of thinking and onto the very process of forming thought. As a result, Psychology of Mind does not try to change or deal with already-formed thoughts (memories, beliefs, ideas, fears, feelings, prejudice, bias, etc.), but rather teaches people to understand the thinking process at the source of life, so they can improve the quality of their own thinking at any moment, and so they can gain perspective on memory. Understanding the principles allows people to lose their fear of their own thoughts. Understanding the process of healthy psychological functioning as an always accessible human capacity allows people to see how to improve the quality of their own lives, permanently. The focus of therapy in Psychology of Mind--on the realization of people's inborn ability to think in a healthy way, makes it a health model, rather than an illness model of intervention and treatment. Psychology of Mind, in essence, strengthens people's mental immune system, rather than treating the ever-recurring symptoms of mental frailties resulting from lack of understanding of how the immune system can be consistently improved. Because of the expanded vision of the possibility of human health and well-being revealed by this understanding, Psychology of Mind also offers hope for raising the standards of calm, well-being, good will and happiness for society as a whole. It offers the promise of a new definition of peace of mind, productivity, and contentment for all humanity, even those who are considered, by today's standards, highly functional. Psychology of Mind is an approach that depends on each person's own realization of the resiliency and health potential within his/her own psychological make-up. Thus, Psychology of Mind practitioners and teachers are not presenting others with ideas or methods for self-improvement or for coping with life. Psychology of Mind practitioners and teachers must themselves live at healthy levels of mental well-being. They share the power and vision of that experience in order to draw it out in others. Inherent in the experience of healthy levels of mental well-being are the faith, clarity and creativity to see the most effective means of assisting others. Thus, in therapy settings, Psychology of Mind practitioners see the health potential in their clients, and listen insightfully and deeply to discover how to explain the client's thinking processes more clearly and teach the client to access healthy psychological functioning. As clients move towards higher levels of health and well-being, they gain perspective on their life problems and circumstances and find themselves buffered from their own dysfunctional thinking and increasingly able to think in healthy ways. Clients walk away from Psychology of Mind therapy with a deeper understanding of their own psychological life that serves them permanently across-the-board, providing a consistent flow of responsive ideas about their day-to-day living. In community settings, Psychology of Mind is called Health Realization. Here, trained leaders share with others how easily people can become trapped in the content of their own negative thinking and remain in discouraged, reactive states. They teach groups to recognize their innate ability to rise above their circumstances and their past and think in healthy, effective, productive ways that lead to solutions and constructive action to bring about change. As people learn more and more about the non-contingent human capacity for wisdom, common sense and creativity, they take charge of their lives and their communities and generate positive change from within. This dynamic community power, and the individual leadership capacity, born of understanding, have shown unprecedented results in troubled urban areas throughout the United States, from the infamous ghettos of the Bronx in New York, to South Central Los Angeles, in California. In business organizations, understanding leads to the capacity to embrace and participate in change, to resolve difficulties, to erase "politics" and insecurity from the background of corporate endeavors, to achieve teamwork and synergy and to envision a future that transcends problems once considered insoluble. The companies that have thus far become fully engaged in change from within via accessing this unrecognized human resource, have leaped beyond their competitors and created vastly improved work place morale and good will, employee involvement at all levels, and enjoyment and enthusiasm for their work beyond their most optimistic hopes. In any Psychology of Mind setting, the "teacher" and the "client" are on the same team, looking together, to evoke, nurture and understand the nature of the healthy thought process and to learn from their own insights. Innate health is a constant human potential which can emerge at any moment. The discoveries that have evolved, and continue to evolve, through the practice of Psychology of Mind, have led Psychology of Mind practitioners to the certainty that innate mental health, which is always accessible, is more likely to emerge when distressed persons become calm, feel more secure and are able to stop re-hashing problems and troubles. Thus, Psychology of Mind is practiced, regardless of the setting, in an atmosphere of consistent rapport, good will and respect for client's states of mind. Psychology of Mind depends upon teaching the principles, and a logical conceptual framework to clients who are able to listen and take things to heart. Then clients begin to experience their own insights and they are on the road to ever-increasing psychological health. "The ultimate benefit of Psychology of Mind, is people's realization of the gift of thought, and their power, as the thinkers of their own thoughts, to create the life of their dreams." - Judith A. Sedgeman, M.A.