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The mandate of Project NatureConnect is to help the public learn, use and teach the Organic Psychology (described below) for the betterment of people and planet.


The A-B-C of Personal and Environmental Wellness: the Organic Psychology of the Natural Systems Thinking Process.

If you recognize its truth, why not use it to your advantage?


  • "Surgical patients have shorter hospitalizations, less need for pain medications and fewer complaints about discomforts when they have hospital windows that overlook trees rather than brick walls."
  • "Police report lower crime rates in areas of public housing that have a density of trees."
  • "Contemporary people who live in environments that are more natural live longer."
  • "Post-traumatic stress victims recover by connecting in natural areas to "something larger than themselves"
  • "Nature-centered people and cultures seldom display or cause the problems that trouble industrial society."

Edited from:
-Irvine and Warber: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine Sept-Oct 2002 Vol 8, No. 5
-Frumpkin, H. MD American Journal of Preventative Medicine
Volume 20 No. 3, April 2001
-Cohen, M.J. The Web of Life Imperative



Back to A-B-C basics that include consciousness of natural systems

A. You and I are part of nature and vice-versa. Water, air and nature's vital life energy flow through us as they do all of our living planet. People are a seamless continuum of natural systems and their ability to sustain wellness. To be a conscious part of a system our consciousness and thinking has to be in communication with the system and vice-versa.

B. We don't expect a natural born rabbit or other organism to function normally if we cut it in half or confine it to a closet. However, although our ability to think is part of nature and produces our destiny, it is normal for it to be disconnected from nature over 99% of the time. We learn to spend over 95% of our time indoors, closeted from authentic nature. This causes nature to disappear from our conscience and consciousness.

C. Like a disconnected rabbit, our separation from our restorative origins in nature deteriorates our wellness and intelligence. The loss of nature's rejuvenating powers and beauty in our daily lives misguides our thinking and senses.

Like opening a destructive floodgate, without awareness of nature's everpresent guidance in natural systems, the disconnected way we think produces our greatest troubles along with progress and its discontents. Nature's absence in our thinking has us believe that our problems and nature's absence are normal. We have lost contact with the level of consciousness and regenerative powers we need to sustain wellness in ourselves and the environment.


The natural system's A-B-C, above, explains why the nature-reconnecting activities offered on this website help us reduce dysfunctions while improving wellness. The activities enable us to consciously bring nature's restorative powers back into our thinking, psyche and spirit. This helps us transform our detrimental bonding into constructive relationships. To omit these activities in self-help, education, therapeutic, environmental or social programs is like trying to build a life boat without the instructions and with one hand tied behind our back. Those of us who omit them are too often part of the problem we are trying to solve.

Our great challenge is to overcome our nature-disconnected conditioning. It tells us, falsely, that we cannot connect of our psyche with natural systems, that we cannot learn, grow and heal through that ecologically sound union.

"What we are looking for is what is doing the looking"
............-St. Francis of Assisi.

"It is difficult to get people to understand something when their salary depends upon them not understanding it."
............-Upton Sinclair


About Organic Psychology and the Natural Systems Thinking Process

The Organic Psychology of the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) is a readily available, accredited, easily learned, educational tool, an enabling social technology and organic psychology that has been researched and developed by Project NatureConnect at the Institute of Global Education (IGE). The purpose of NSTP is to provide education that helps the United Nations meet its peace manifesto for environmentally sound personal growth and social justice.

Organic Psychology enables the thinking of contemporary people to make genuine sensory connections with authentic Nature and its energizing, rejuvenating properties, backyard or backcountry. It helps an individual benefit from the healing and health-sustaining balance of natural system relationship-building powers. As part of nature we biologically and psychologically inherit 53 sensory connections with these powers but we learn to hurt and suppress these senses in our separation from and conquest of nature. They become subconscious.

The pain and frustration from our excessive sensory severance from nature makes us want and when we want there is never enough. This irritation underlies greed and many other discontents and disorders.

Internationally, across the Internet, NSTP enables us to reverse this phenomenon by choosing to, at will, reconnect our thinking with nature. Online training, degree programs and livelihoods are available in this regard.

The best way to learn NSTP is through our distance learning Orientation Course and its training books.



After you obtain information about the Project NatureConnect program from the web site by using the Navigation guide (left column), a free, helpful 15-minute discussion by phone with a faculty member is the most efficient way to customize the program to your goals.


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The Natural Systems Thinking Process

Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Director

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All programs start with the Orientation Course contained in the book
The Web of Life Imperative.