In an intuitive, creative way, I help people around the world grow spiritually and psychologically through the Three Principles understanding. I’m a priestess-at-heart to the Love behind life.

In an intuitive, creative way, I help people around the world grow spiritually and psychologically through the Three Principles understanding. I’m a priestess-at-heart to the Love behind life.

About Dr. Linda Sandel Pettit

Personal Impact of the Three Principles

I know there is a mysterious Spirit, or God, behind life, invisible to my eye. I feel it animating everything. I sense its benevolence. I see its beauty and Truth everywhere. The Three Principles understanding affirmed my knowing.

I sense the guidance of this Spirit, or God, in intuitive energy, synchronicity, dreams, and in feelings of contentment and love. I follow a “way,” of love and a creative flow. I feel the wisdom of God at my back. The Three Principles understanding made this more accessible.

Yet, there have been times when I felt separate from this flow.  God felt veiled, hidden, despite my attempts to find it in beliefs that seem contradictory and in rituals performed mindlessly. Life was harder and I felt abandoned by the God. The Three Principles understanding explained what was happening.

When I felt separated from the flow, I struggled with severe anxiety and depression. I searched religion, cosmologies, theologies, and psychology to understand how it could be that God felt “on again” or “off again.” The Three Principles understanding shed light on my struggles.

I honor intuition, creativity, spirituality, artistry, empathy, and wisdom.  I respect research and empirical data. I respect my scientist-practitioner training and scholarship as a psychologist. The Three Principles understanding provided a logic for integrating these values.

In the Principle of Mind, I have found an understanding of God, or Spirit, or Self that is formless, beyond beliefs, concepts, and rituals. In the Principle of Consciousness, I have found an understanding that when my soul took a body, I was given a mystical opportunity to see both the human and spiritual sides of life. In the Principle of Thought, I have discovered a logic for understanding how I use a spiritual power to create an experience of our material, natural world.

In my unfolding understanding of the Three Principles I have found robust psychological health, oodles of love and understanding, awe for the profound mysteries of life, and joy at being alive.  And, best of all, I have a language for sharing what I have seen with others.  High levels of hope, faith, trust, safety, peace, joy, and love are our birth-right.  The Three Principles showed me how we can find them no matter what we’ve been through, are going through, or will go through.

Professional Bio

Dr. Linda Sandel Pettit

A priestess-at-heart, I have on-line conversations with people around the world about the Three Principles. I engage in these in an intuitive, creative way that blends my psychological training and spiritual understanding.

I am most interested in longer-term work with men and women willing to become apprentices to the silence within, the wisdom within, so that they can release intuition, depth, authentic expression, mystery, and magic into the creative work of their choice. I call these client-centered spiritual partnerships “The Apprentice’s Way.”

I also work session-by-session with individuals and couples around personal concerns, and I mentor helpers (psychologists, counselors, social workers, physicians, nurses, teachers, clergy and religious, among others.)

I have studied and shared the Three Principles for fifteen years. I have practiced counseling and psychology for 37 years. I have studied indigenous wisdom, especially that of Native Americans. I admire the depth and breadth of the work of Carl Jung. I have been deeply moved by storyteller and Jungian psychologist Clarissa Pinkola-Estes who wrote the book, “Women Who Run With the Wolves” The integration of these loves informs my work.

I have an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University, an M.A. in Counselor Education from Siena Heights University, and B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University.  My mental health career has included work in addictions, criminal justice, community agency (child and adult), private practice and academic settings. For five years, I served as director of a counselor education program and dean of a graduate college. I am a retired counseling psychologist.

My husband, Bill, a psychiatrist, and I offer Three Principles-based speaking, practitioner training and consulting internationally to individuals, couples, and groups in business, academia, mental health, and the public.

We live in Phoenix, Arizona and spend summers in Minnesota. We enjoy the company of five children and their significant others, and ten grandchildren ranging in age from one to 21 years!

Dr. Linda’s Approach to Mental Health

Fresh Understanding. Deeper Love.

When we are at our best, we tap into an inner well of power, courage, intuition, creativity, love and compassion.  That well is our natural mental health; our resilient spirit. It’s available always, no matter what we have been through, are experiencing or will encounter.

The Three Principles understanding shows us how the well works. Whether we pump the well is up to us; the understanding shows us how to prime the flow.  When we drop the thinking that we are anything but love, then love can flow in. Even a trickle will change us; a continuous stream can transform our lives, families and communities.

I can help you hear the formless spiritual wisdom that guides you, heals you, and keeps you safe through every human experience.

I can also help you find a purer flow of intuition, presence to synchronicity, and satisfying expression of your creative fire and potential.

I will listen quietly for the wisdom within you and help you listen to your Self.

If you are a mental health professional, I can help you see beyond neuroscience, trauma-informed care, mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches and all other psychological theories to a new paradigm for understanding the human experience. Insights to the nature of the Three Principles transformed my understanding of case conceptualization, diagnosis and treatment and brought new hope, confidence and evidence that I could help people to a degree beyond anything I had previously experienced or dreamed of.


Who I Work With

I will work with anyone who wants to understand the nature of the Three Principles. The aim of my sharing is to be, and to help you be, an apprentice to the way of Beauty, Truth and Love. I engage with others as co-equal spiritual apprentices. Our work together is grounded in an understanding of the Three Principles as they were described by Sydney Banks.

My clients are diverse and include individual women and men, couples, and helping professionals from all disciplines (counseling, psychology, social work, coaching, nursing, medicine, teaching, clergy, religious, etc.).  I have a soft spot for working with women. I love to walk with people who are in transition (divorce, retirement, mid-life, elder-life). I welcome work with those who are finding their way through grief, loss, and/or depression.

Most, but not all of my clients resonate with being spiritual seekers.  Many, but not all have an interest in intuition, holistic health, wellness, and non-traditional understandings in their respective fields.

Clients may book appointments with me for psychological or spiritual consultation one session at a time. 

My “Apprentice’s Way” packages offer discounted opportunities to work with me every other week for six months or a year.  These are not apprenticeships to me, they are apprenticeships to the silence, the Truth, the spiritual wisdom behind life. Apprentice’s Way walks are client-directed.  Sometimes we study the work of Sydney Banks, sometimes we mutually read spiritual writings of other authors, sometimes we co-write, sometimes we “dance in the moment” and talk about whatever comes to mind. The aim is spiritual seeing for its own sake.


How I Can Help You

If you are totally new to the Three Principles, and are seeking relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, compulsions, relationship concerns, or other symptoms of chronic mental stress, I’ll walk alongside you, and provide a roadmap uncovering the impact of this understanding. If you are a practitioner, we’ll work together to explore the source material of Sydney Banks, seeking a deeper understanding, and exploring the implications of sharing a practical understanding of the Three Principles with a wide variety of clients. I can also help you explore practical strategies for growing your business as a practitioner.

Dr. Linda’s Blog



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What People Are Saying…

Powerful transformative insights are what become available to people who sit with Bill and Linda Pettit. Give yourself the gift of allowing them to be your guides." — Major Brad Gallup, USMC, USAF | California

Powerful transformative insights are what become available to people who sit with Bill and Linda Pettit. Give yourself the gift of allowing them to be your guides." — Major Brad Gallup, USMC, USAF | California

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