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Tri-Energetics (TE) is like a recipe for simplifying relationships and situations.
Six ingredients: "Needs, Wants, Intentions, Flexibility, Compassion, Curiosity."
Simple method: ”Know what you need, say what you want, have clear intentions. Be flexible, compassionate, and curious.”


Practicing TE, putting it into action, is like using the recipe to prepare a meal.
TE activities look and feel like the practices involved… similar, yet as different as silence is from screaming. To be effective, practices have to meet the needs, wants, and intentions of the individuals or group in their unique situation. TE practices are rich and varied — no-gossip, non-violence, singing, dancing, yoga, personal work — to name a few.

Experiencing TE is like enjoying a wonderful meal — it’s multi-dimensional, and even better when shared with friends. A meal involves many senses, and a TE experience involves the whole YOU — body, mind-emotions, spirit. (“Body” = physical body. “Mind-emotions” = personality and all that jazz, “Spirit” = whatever else there is.) 

TE groups may look like group therapy or mantra chanting or theatrical expression or something different. They stem from a recipe that is remarkably simple (if not always easy). They center around connection and inner peace.


Teaching Materials

PDF Downloads:


  • Q&A - 2014 TE MasterClass
    Divided into chapters: see the following links below.
    for German translation — Deutschen Aufzeichnungen & Studienfragen zu den TE MasterClass 2014 - PDF Download (zip-file)

  • Chapter 1, The Beginning of Tri-Energetics Time: 6’46
    1, What does it mean for the ego to be completely gone and to trust? Trust what?
    2, Why is it important to stand up to the teacher?
    3, What is the relation between social responsibility and spirit in Tri-Energetics?


  • Chapter 3, Sufi Song & Exercise Time: 6’56
    1, What is the purpose of singing and dancing a sufi song?
    2, What are the text and melody of Rickie’s sufi song, “Wake Up, Wake Up?”
    3, What are some benefits of happiness?
    4, What is considered to be essential for long-term happiness?


  • Chapter 4, Know What You Need Time: 10’25
    1, According to MacLean’s theory of the triune brain, in what sequence did needs develop?
    2, What does it mean to “pet the lizard, feed the mouse, hug the monkey”?
    3, How can this triune brain perspective be used to help someone?
    4, How close are you to accepting that you will die? How do you deny or avoid this fact?
    5, What needs do you need to satisfy in order to be ready to die?

  • Chapter 5, Say What You Want Time: 5’05
    1, What qualities are needed to be able to say what you want?
    2, Why do people often “want something, get it, and then not like it"?

  • Chapter 6, Have Clear Intention Time: 8’42
    1, In what sense is intention a projection into the future, and in what sense is it happening now?
    2, How does not-thinking help to have a clear intention?
    3, What are some ways to stop thinking? What methods work for you?

  • Chapter 7, Flexibility Time: 4’32
    1, How is flexibility an asset in relationships, society, and evolution?
    2, How does flexibility relate to spiritual awareness?
    3, What are the seven stretches?

  • Chapter 8, Tolerance and Compassion Time: 6’18
    1, What is the relation between tolerance and compassion?
    2, What is the relation between happiness and compassion?
    3, What is the difference between empathy and compassion?

  • Chapter 9, Curiosity Time: 16’44
    1, Discuss what it means to say, “Without curiosity and flexibility mindfulness does not exist.”
    2, How can curiosity help keep a relationship alive?
    3, What does search for meaning have to do with curiosity?
    4, What are examples of the undesirable extremes of curiosity?

  • Chapter 10, Waking Up Time: 9’08
    1, Discuss what this means: “Wake up to the consciousness that is you.”
    2, What are some examples of “being aware” in relation to the environment?
    3, Discuss how the TE formula can be a guide to waking up.
    4, What does it mean to say, “We are all one, and we need connectedness?”
    5, What does it mean to say that we are pure consciousness in a physical body?

  • Chapter 11, Habits and Attention Time: 9’35
    1, If you want to change a habit, do you need to replace it? If so, with what?
    2, Give some examples of the how distraction affects people today?
    3, How can our habits and distractions effect us in a negative way?
    4, Give an example of a habit that can reduce the negative effects of distraction?



  • Chapter 12.3 - Differences Between Coaching and Counselling 3 Time: 8’48
    1, What does it mean for a coach to “lead from behind” rather than to “point the way”?
    2, What is the significance of the coaching client visualizing a positive plan for an inspired future?
    3, Discuss: “Counseling emphasizes confidentiality; coaching emphasizes engaging all stakeholders.”

  • Chapter 13 - Conclusion Time: 13’57
    1, What are the limits to the themes a Tri-Energetic Coach could address with a client
    2, Which of the following does a Tri-Energetic Coach need to know: counselling, personality styles, basic human nature, the TE formula?
    3, Why are mind and emotion closely linked in Tri-Energetics?
    4, Give some examples of how a coach might work with a seriously disturbed client?

© 2017 Henry Marshall

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