Source: (2002) Paper presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In this session, Officer Michael Johnson of the St. Paul Police will discuss the Health Realization (HR) model of principle-based psychology, which he believes fits “hand in gloveâ€? with restorative practices. The three principles of mind, thought and consciousness lead the student to an understanding of how behaviors that don’t work well are generated by uncomfortable feelings, created by negative thoughts. Negative thoughts can become habitual, and from this hopeless perspective, it makes sense to use violence and illegal drugs to replace pain with pleasure. The Health Realization model teaches that thoughts are of our own creation. With free will, we can build a reality that works for us. When this insight becomes internalized, people live life in the moment, experience a quiet mind, are more stress free, and are open to common sense and wisdom as a guiding force.