“I would urge anyone to pick up a copy of this book and digest and explore the contents with openness and curiosity. Within its pages lies the opportunity to realise a better life, whoever you are, or wherever you are right now. Caroline expertly guides the reader to explore via realisation a wonderful new understanding of the mind, using a blend of her own experiences and what she’s learned from others along the way. It may well be the most transformative book you ever pick up.”
“Caroline has written a deeply personal yet highly practical account of her own ongoing journey of exploring the Three Principles understanding, and she provides many relatable examples highlighting the difference between how we experience life with an understanding of these principles versus without an understanding. Often it is only in hindsight that we can see how we are handling life differently than before, and Caroline makes this subtle process visible to us through her own insightful reflections and the thoughtful questions she poses for the reader to consider.
I tried to read Caroline’s book quickly at first, and found that I couldn’t because I kept needing to pause for reflection! I can recommend it wholeheartedly, especially to those who are new to the Three Principles and looking to gain a deeper understanding. If you take your time with this book, you’ll find yourself not only learning about the principles, but experiencing the truth that lies behind them coming to life inside you all by itself. And that’s how we really get to grips with this understanding – not by ‘getting our heads around it’, but through our own reflections & realisations, which Caroline’s words will help to stimulate. “
“What Caroline has captured in this book is the essence of three principles, a way of understanding the human relationship with reality as she works with them on her retreats. She explains things in a way that just makes sense and then uses her own and other’s stories to illustrate what she’s saying to help you see how fresh thinking reveals the possibility of life-changing experiences.
The principles Caroline shares are easy to understand and so it can be tempting at first to dismiss them because it can’t really be that simple. But they are powerful beyond words and I would urge you to read this book with an open mind and an open heart because when you do, and as the insights begin to arise, as they will, you too will find yourself on the road to change and transformation.”
“I’ve just finished your wonderful book. Your voice comes through clearly. It was as if you were reading it out loud!
There’s so much that I enjoyed, particularly from your unique perspective, including insights and references to your own life, which had me smiling. I like the way you weaved stories through the book, making them relevant to the points you were making.
I think you have more to say, Caroline, and although you are probably relishing the relief that ‘More than you think’ has been published, I’d say your friendly, engaging, informed and creative style will be enjoyed by many people AND they will be looking forward to your next book I know I certainly am.”
Coach Facilitator Trainer
“This book took me back to Caroline’s retreat I attended a few years ago. I felt like I was sitting in the lounge of Belfield House listening to Caroline explain the 3 Principles and how cluttered thinking can limit our ability to be here and now in the present moment. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about the 3 Principles and how our thinking works, or to anyone who already is familiar but would like a resource to help recentre themselves. This book does not replace the experience of attending a retreat, but it is a good introduction or refresher.”
Sally Watts, attendee Liberate Your Thinking Retreat,
“I came to the book with an open mind; this proved to be a good start. On first reading, I struggled with the language and concept of the spiritual principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought. Still, the author led me gently on a pathway of understanding, assisted by an occasional reference to a dictionary.
As my understanding of ‘The Three Principles’ of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought deepened through the description of how the ‘spiritual’ mind works before the interface with the physical brain, I began to reflect on my own life’s experience. On first reading, this reflection filter, overthinking as the book would describe it, prevented me from gaining that more profound understanding of the magic that lies beyond our personal thinking. Intrigued, I wanted to understand better how the ‘The Three Principles’ helped with an understanding of the power of thought and its ability to make us believe anything; it’s not the context of our thoughts but the fact that whatever you think is what you experience. Mentally prepared, I re-read the book from a philosophically based understanding, rather than an intellectual one; the answers we seek are always inside of us and not outside.
The focus of the book is on ‘that we think’ and, more importantly, that we overthink. The argument is that ‘what we think’ is already formed through our own personal consciousness filter, influenced by your ego. The mind is continuously powering the creation of new neutral thoughts that we can learn to pause when we have a negative conscious view of the thoughts and WAIT for a more positive conscious view. A period of Reflection slows things down and allows you to consider the feelings within.
The ego, which provides us with a sense of ‘self’, gives a nuanced shape to our consciousness; the influence of the outside-in on our own inside-out conscious view of everything, our consciousness transforming our thoughts to reflect the way we might want others to think of us and see us. If we can learn to let our neutral inner thoughts be shaped by our own consciousness, to be ourselves and let the outside world see us as we truly are, then we will be much happier.
Our consciousness means that we experience our thinking differently from one moment to the next; feeling a bit low then reflect and wait for a different creative thought to come along. We can’t control our thoughts, but we do have a choice about whether or not to believe them and give them more meaning, they will change in a moment; that is just the nature of thought. It’s not the context of our thoughts but the fact that whatever we think is what you experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and it has influenced the way that I think. I am noticing the influence of The Three Principles everywhere I look. At a recent ZOOM conference, I was reminded that our anxieties are built-in; we are always subconsciously looking for threats and in my case opportunities. This anxiety absorbs the majority of our ‘thought’ energy, making us tired and making it difficult to concentrate. The ZOOM message is that the complexity of the ‘outside’ needs to be minimised, keep the background simple. This leads onto thinking of well-being, and a growing awareness that the answer to well-being lies in not overthinking, doing less not more, in the simple not in the complex. It makes little sense to struggle against or try to control the flow; relax, understand that we are designed to thrive, whether we know it or not, it will be OK.
A recent television programme looking at patients with debilitating, undiagnosed illnesses found that several of them had no physical cause; the conditions being rooted in the mind. Our mental well-being is a primary factor in determining our physical health, productivity, and quality of life. At the very least, it is becoming much clearer that our mental and physical health are interdependent.
‘You are more than you think’ and there is a magic that lies beyond our personal thinking. Settle down, slow down and reflect on ‘The Three Principles’ of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought. You might not be fully persuaded, but the book will influence the way that you think beyond this moment.”
Doug Pigg, Retired Bridge Engineer & Local Government Official