The Mind – Brain – Body Connection

Why an Understanding of the MIND is Vital to our HEALTH


The Problem

Chronic mental stress, (e.g., guilt, resentment, unresolved grief, feeling driven, worry, over-analysis, investment in what others think about us, and frustration related to the inability to control others’ behavior) leads to the chronic activation of the body’s emergency stress response. This response is designed to be called upon for up to 30 minutes to assist us to survive life-threatening emergencies.

When prolonged, this response manifests in massive shifts in hormones, a powerful inflammatory reaction and reallocation of internal resources, such as the immune system, away from their usual function of ensuring growth, health and optimal functioning.

The body alerts us to chronic activation of the stress response through progressive internal feelings of dis-ease and physical symptoms. If these symptoms are not understood as helpful alarms, additional progressive physical deregulation and “illness” (i.e., a louder alarm) often occurs.

The Solution

An incremental understanding of Mind, the formless energy that uses our brain is both preventative (a vaccine) and curative.

Being aware of this understanding produces an internal experience of life that is gentler, more joyful, more loving, and more present.

This leads to  a higher level of emotional, psychological and physical health.

This health is incrementally independent of past painful experience, present challenges, and future uncertainty.

Bill has a gift for making the medical sciences accessible and showing how past and current research harmonizes with the logic of the Three Principles.  During this program, Bill will weave his personal story, vignettes from over 50 years of clinical experience, and a store of medical knowledge into a practical understanding of the healing nature of the Three Principles.

The Format

This six week course will consist of 6  two hour video calls held weekly on Tuesdays from September 10th – October 15th from 12 pm – 2 pm MST  (Time Zone Converter) on the Zoom platform with a 10 minute break in the middle.

Each call is 2 hours and structured with interactive learning, as well as time for questions.

The calls are recorded and recordings will be downwloadable, technology willing.

A Private Facebook group for participants will help further delving into topics, and questions can be posed as you think of them. Interest areas expressed here will be used to customize the content for the course.

Week 1 - September 10th
– One Cause, One Cure
– Universal Mind and it’s role in health
Week 2 - September 17th

– Genes Heredity and Biochemical Imbalance
– Adverse Childhood Events – brain effects?

Week 3 - September 24th
– Physiology of Stress and Resilience
– Allostatic Load (both the physiological and psychological burden) and other measurements
Week 4 - October 1st
– Alarms: Mood/Tension/Physical Symptoms
– Coping Mechanisms – Addictive Behaviors, Suicidal Thoughts, Mania, Psychosis
– Depression
Week 5 - October 8th
– Inflammation
– Anxiety
Week 6 - October 15th
– Pain – Chronic and Acute
– Traumatic Brain Injuries
– Universal Mind

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About Your Presenter

Dr. Bill Pettit

Bill Pettit has shared the Three Principles within his psychiatric practice for more than 35 years. Bill was mentored personally for over 26 years by Sydney Banks, and his direct experience with Syd’s teaching closely informs his work. His most recent speaking and coaching work has focused on overcoming trauma, and the understanding that there is just one cause—and one cure—for mental illness. Bill is board-certified in psychiatry and holds an M.D. from University of Illinois College of Medicine and a B.A. from Creighton University, and has been previously board-certified in mind-body medicine, and twice certified in addiction medicine. He presently holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine. Bill also served as a physician in the United States Navy for more than 9 years, including 3 years as a Navy Flight Surgeon and 3 years as Chief of Psychiatry of the Navy Nuclear Submarine base at Groton, Connecticut.

Since 1983 Dr. Pettit has been a student and sharer of the Three  Principles, presenting at many national and international programs and conferences, and consulting clients, individuals and organizations both locally and abroad.

Bill and his wife, Linda, now live in Phoenix, Arizona, where Bill continues to practice psychiatry two mornings a week, and devoting the rest of his time and energy sharing the Three Principles through as many avenues as possible.

What Others Are Saying About This Course

I just wanted to thank you for the amazing Mind, brain, body course!!
I went straight to doing some research into the connection between the Principles and pain relief!  My chronic back pain has gone and I wanted to see if I could recreate this in others and am having great results.  As your course went on I realized that no amount of medical knowledge, however impressive to others, can give me the confidence to do this, it comes from within and in my conversations with these volunteers they have all said how they somehow knew deep down that I just want them to get well and that has shifted something in them. Amazing!

Chana Studley Three Principles Practitioner, Transformational Coach, Speaker and Author

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