Shrewsbury, The Key to Mental and Emotional Health

  • The Cut Conference & Event Venue 193 Abbey Foregate Shrewsbury, England, SY2 6AH United Kingdom

The Key to Mental and Emotional Health

A one-day workshop with Ian Watson

Saturday 4th March 2017, Shrewsbury


In the UK, one in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem in any given year. The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in ten children (age 5 - 16) has a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder such as anxiety, depression or some kind of behavioural issue. One out of every twelve to fifteen children are thought to deliberately self-harm.

In 2014, over 57 million prescriptions were issued for antidepressants in England alone - a 500% increase since 1992. Around 1.2 million prescriptions were issued for children to treat 'hyperactivity disorders'. Psychiatric drugs are now routinely prescribed to treat an ever-widening range of problems including weight control, sleep disorders, low confidence and mood swings.

The provision of mental health services currently costs around £7 billion annually in the UK, and the wider economic costs are estimated to be at least £70 billion annually.

Against this backdrop of ever-increasing numbers of people suffering despite the widening range of treatments available, it is becoming apparent that something fundamental to our understanding of mental and emotional health has been largely overlooked.

Some Commonly-Held Assumptions

It is important to keep in mind that every kind of psychological treatment, intervention or self-help technique is based upon a set of assumptions about what the problem is and what are the likely causes. Some of the prevalent assumptions that are widely held to be true would include:

  • Mental & emotional problems are caused by disturbances in brain and body-chemistry
  • External 'stress-factors' produce long-lasting changes in how people feel
  • Early childhood trauma creates lifelong psychological suffering
  • Some people are predisposed towards mental illness due to personality traits or inherited genetic tendencies
  • Modern life is inherently stressful, and the best we can hope for is an effective 'coping strategy' to help us along
  • Some people are more resilient than others

Given the variety of supposed causative and contributory factors, it is unsurprising that there are literally hundreds of different treatment approaches, even for the same kinds of suffering. The fact that the different 'schools' of psychology, psychiatry and self-help tend to contradict each other is a reflection of the lack of basic, fundamental principles upon which a coherent model for practice could be built.

As human consciousness evolves, new discoveries emerge periodically that show previously-held assumptions to be partially or wholly untrue. Despite initial resistance from the establishment of the day, eventually the newly-uncovered truth becomes widely accepted because it enables new and more effective solutions to be found for what seemed like intractable problems. What was thought to be impossible according to existing theories suddenly becomes possible in the light of a new understanding.

In his seminal work The Principles of Psychology, first published in 1890, William James drew attention to the fact that the field of psychology did not yet have any true principles to rest upon, likening it to the fields of chemistry and physics in medieval times. He postulated that one day, when such psychological principles had been discovered and realized on a large scale, it would be the most important advancement in human consciousness since the discovery of fire.

A New Paradigm for Understanding Mental & Emotional Health & Resilience

In 1973, a man named Sydney Banks uncovered the 'missing link' in our understanding of how our psychological and emotional experience of life gets created. Through his own direct insight, Sydney Banks was freed from chronic insecurity and was able to articulate the principles that underpin mental and emotional health in a way that others could grasp and thereby free themselves from their own suffering and life struggles.

The radical new understanding that Sydney Banks stumbled upon began to spread via word of mouth under various names, including Health Realisation, Psychology of Mind, Innate Health and the Inside-Out understanding. Today, it is most commonly referred to as the Three Principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness, and it continues to transform people's lives throughout the world.

In contrast to the complexity and contradictory nature of so many existing psychological theories, the Three Principles provide a simple, consistent foundation that explains what psychological and emotional well-being and resilience really is, how it can seem to get lost or damaged, and how it can be regained at any stage in a person's life.

On 12th November 2016, I attended a Three Principles workshop with Ian Watson, and my life changed forever!

I’d go as far as to say, he saved my life. Not from suicide, but from the tyranny of my own thinking. My life used to be a disappointment of what it wasn’t. Now it’s a celebration of what it is.
— Frank Foley

What This New Paradigm Means

Some of the key implications that arise from an understanding of these principles include:

  • Everyone has psychological well-being and resilience on the inside, no exceptions
  • Peace of mind and well-being is the natural state of all human beings
  • The past has no power to create ongoing psychological suffering
  • True, lasting psychological and emotional healing occurs via insight and a shift in consciousness, not from techniques, practices or prescriptions
  • Changes in body chemistry are a reflection of a person's state of consciousness, not the cause of it
  • Life events and circumstances cannot create stressful feelings in and of themselves
  • Other people have no power to create your feelings - only you can do that!
  • Destructive behaviours and habits arise in response to internal distress, and fall away naturally by themselves when inner peace is restored

After a lifetime working in the field of well-being and personal transformation, the Three Principles understanding has formed the basis of all my work since 2011. I was fortunate to train with two of the pioneers in this field, Dr Mark Howard and Cathy Casey, and was inspired by the simplicity, consistency and sustainability of a principles-based approach.

“I can honestly say that the workshop was probably the most profound I’ve ever attended.”

— Claire Stilling, London

In this workshop, Ian will share his understanding of the simple principles behind the human experience that answer all of the above questions, and many more besides. Whether you would like to learn these principles for your own benefit or to help others, you will find this transformational new paradigm will be invaluable.


Abbeygate Hall
The Cut Conference & Event Venue
Shopshire Wildlife Trust
193 Abbey Foregate

The venue is located directly opposite Shrewsbury Abbey, and is a beautiful 13th century building set in its own grounds.

Click here for travel directions and further information on the venue

Workshop Fee: £75 including refreshments

Use the button below to enter the number of places required and book and pay online using a debit or credit card. If you prefer to pay via bank transfer please email requesting our bank details.

All enquiries please contact Ian Watson or the local organiser Paula Hiles

Subject to places being available, we can offer a limited number of concessions to those who are unable to afford the full fee - please contact Paula Hiles tel 07896918993 for further information.

Ian Watson is the founder of The Insight Space and teaches the principles of innate well-being to individuals, groups and organisations throughout the world. He is a faculty member of the Innate Health Centre in London and is currently part of a team delivering a well-being and resilience programme to school children.