You are not your thoughts.

The less people care what they have on their mind, the better life gets. The more deeply they understand the human experience, the simpler life becomes.

More than 2000 years ago, the Greek scientist Archimedes famously said “Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand and I can move the world.”

While most coach training focuses on finding longer levers (i.e. techniques and strategies to create “leverage”), transformative coaching gives us a place to stand. We call that place to stand our “grounding”.

Each short-form lecture and mini-course in this section is focused on deepening your understanding of the principles behind the inside-out understanding, often referred to as “the Three Principles”, or 3P’s. “Understanding” in this sense is not an intellectual achievement, but something you get in the same way as you get a joke. Being able to explain why a joke is funny doesn’t really help anyone. If you laugh, it means you got the joke. 

The equivalent of laughter in the transformative conversation is insight – those light bulb moments that suddenly allow us to see our problems, challenges, and circumstances in a new light. While most insights are more Homer Simpson saying “Doh!” than Moses hearing the voice of God, they are inevitably accompanied by a feeling of quiet, clarity, and spaciousness.

“Do not try to understand the words of the wise from an intellectual perspective. Listen for a positive feeling.“ – Syd Banks


Explorations of Grounding

Living and Coaching


Course Content

  • Understanding
    • What is the Point? (42min)
    • The Meaning Of The Word ‘Grounding’ (13min)
    • Elsie Spittle: Listening to Wisdom and Sharing What You Know (7min)
    • Cathy Casey on Grounding (9min)
    • Grounding and Common Sense (6min)
    • Exercising Wisdom Makes it Stronger (2min)
    • The Feeling Does the Work (4 min)
    • The Creative Power of Thought (3min)
    • Mind is Spiritual – The Brain is Biological (2min)
  • Explorations of Grounding
    • Dicken Bettinger (1hr 24min)
    • Aaron Turner (1hour 33min)
  • Living and Coaching
    • Grounding Explained (3min)
    • Beyond Imagination (8min)
    • Commitment, Freedom and the Space Where Miracles Happen (8min)
    • Engaged Presence (9min)
    • Difference Between Ideas From Others And Insight (6min)
    • Beyond Grounding (1 hour 13min)
    • The Aliveness of Insight (7min)
  • Impact
    • The Source and Changing the Game (19min)
    • Impact, Grounding, Presence (15min)
    • Elsie Spittle: Insight – Presence – Impact (3min)
    • We Tend to Evaluate Impact Off How We Feel (1min)