Dicken Bettinger: From Stress and Chaos to Peace and Wisdom

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Episode Summary

In this conversation, Dicken shares how understanding the nature of the human experience leads to deepened states of peace and wellbeing in addition to expanded creative potential.

In such a crazy and chaotic world, people are running around pointing fingers at one another for causing suffering.

Dicken shares the one true cause of all suffering, and contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with anything outside of yourself.​

Throughout this conversation, we are pointing to the 3 principles - the teachings of Sydney Banks.

Takeaways include...

  • Feelings come directly from thoughts inside, not the outside world

  • Cycles of high moods and low moods are natural for every human being

  • Wisdom and creativity are accessible regardless of feelings

  • Health and Wellbeing is our inherent set point 

We only scratched the surface of how this understanding can support one in navigating the trials and tribulations that are inevitable in life. I do hope to have Dicken back to speak more about how an understanding of the 3 principles can impact and enhance day to day life.


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About Dicken

Dicken Bettinger, Ed.D., received his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and began his career teaching high school students.  Many students came to Dicken with problems that they were experiencing.  This began his search for something to teach people that would increase their well-being.  He received his Master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his Doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Boston University.  He became licensed as a clinical psychologist in 1983 and retired his psychotherapy practice after working as a psychologist for 31 years. Twenty-eight years ago he met Sydney Banks who had an enlightenment experience where he realized the Three Principles that underlie all human experience. Dicken had finally found universal principles that he could teach anyone.  He was grateful to find something that was simple in nature yet had the profound effect of raising the quality of a person’s life.  He feels fortunate that for 23 years he was able to learn directly from Sydney Banks.  In 2008 Dicken received a Certificate of Competency from Mr. Banks authorizing him to teach the Three Principles. 

Dicken co-founded and was the director of a center in Vermont that was the first center in the Northeast to teach the Three Principles.  He served as one of the original nation-wide Core Faculty and is currently a faculty member for the Three Principles Global Community.  In 1996 Dicken joined Pransky and Associates, a Three Principle-based institute in La Conner, Washington.  Dicken was instrumental in developing and teaching leadership and staff development programs for universities, hospitals, publishing companies, defense contractors, health departments, banks, and non-profit organizations. He teaches company employees what it takes to be resilient and agile in the face of today’s business challenges and rapidly changing environments.  He mentors CEOs and their leadership teams in raising the bar on their productivity, teamwork, and business success.  He also specializes in teaching individuals, couples, and families, as well as leading group seminars on the Principles and their relationship to psychological well-being.

In January of 2012 Dicken founded Three Principles Mentoring to guide individuals, groups, and organizations in deepening their understanding of the Three Principles.  He offers 4-day retreats for individuals, couples and families; Skype distance learning programs; supervision; individual coaching; group seminars; and business consultation.

Dicken enjoys public service work and has worked with refugees from South and Central America. He was an integral part of the Tibetan Resettlement Project in Vermont.  Dicken has been married for 44 years and loves teaching people about what it takes to create healthy, thriving relationships. He has two adult children and plans his day around when he can be with his two grandchildren.  He enjoys photography, hiking, canoeing,  traveling, and his golden retriever. 

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