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How we can come to our senses: what they don't teach you at Harvard or Yale

Practical information for person and planet well being that we ignore because our society denys it is prejudiced against nature.

Michael J. Cohen et al






"Ishi, (the last hunter-gather Native American) was sure he knew the cause of our discontent. It stemmed from an excessive amount of indoor time. 'It is not a man's nature to be too much indoors.'"

.....- Theodora Kroeber


"It is quite clear to me after several years in the environmental movement that all physical problems of man's impact on the environment - pollution of the air and waters, the desecration of the land, the contamination of the food chain - all start within the environment of man's mind."
.....- Maurice Strong,
.....Founder or the United Nations Environment ....Program,
.....Co-chair of the Commission on Global ....Governance,


"Whole-thinking people recognize that if you take a section out of the side of a ball, you make both the section and the ball dysfunctional; neither ball nor section will roll with the same perfection as when the ball was whole. We seem unaware that this holds true for our relationship with Planet Earth."
.....- Michael J. Cohen



We are born as part of nature. From the beginning of humanity's time on Earth we have embodied nature's ability produce and enjoy its balance and beauty. However, our Society is extremely separated from nature. Our socialization disconnects us from nature and we learn how to produce our troubles for neither nature nor nature-centered people display them.

To our loss, using money, power and prestige, our society's prejudice against nature rewards us for disconnecting from nature's restorative perfection.

To understand how and why we remain disconnected, consider the following intelligence test question, a question that helps determine a person's mathematical aptitude to qualify for a better job or higher salary:

If you count a dog's tail as one of its legs, how many legs does a dog have?

"Five," of course, is the correct answer on a math examination. Intelligent people say "five" because it is valid in mathematical systems and contemporary thinking. Math is highly regarded and rewarded by our society. It is a core of scientific thinking and method.

However, we don't solely live our lives or think in mathematical systems. Our natural sense of reason can consider what we know from our actual contact with a real, normal dog, too. That's when our multitude of 53 other natural senses come into play: senses of sight, touch, motion, color, texture, language, sound, smell, consciousness, community, trust, contrast, and love.

Each of these senses provide us with further information. Each helps our sense of reason make more sense and more informed decisions. They enable our thinking to register that a tail is different than a leg, that a dog has four legs, not five, no matter what is correct in mathematical logic.

It is a grave mistake for us not to take seriously the difference between 4-leg and 5-leg ways of knowing and our learned prejudice for the latter. As our book, The Web of Life Imperative, shows, when these ways are not in balance the schism between their different means of registering the world often produces destructive relationships, stress and conflict within and around us.

Four-leg knowing is a magnificent psychological and physiological phenomenon with deep natural system sensitivity roots into the eons, the heart of Earth and our psyche. It brings our widely diverse multiplicity of natural senses and sensory ways of regiestering the world into our awareness. We are built to know and relate to the world through them, as does the rest of nature.

Five-leg knowing produces important awareness through abstract imagination, labels and stories. However, like a movie playing in our mind, it is a shortcut. It is not real, rather it abstracts reality. When it does not also seek and think with 4-leg knowledge, it results not only in our desensitization but in the separation of our thinking from the balanced restorative powers of Earth's natural systems within and around us. This profound loss produces the many destructive side effects of our artificial world that we can not readily solve with disconnected 5-leg thinking.

Nine-leg knowing produces a whole-life, intelligent and balanced re-connection between our 4-leg and 5-leg thinking abilities. It also brings to our consciousness our inherent connections with and love of the beauty and restorative ways of natural systems. This, to our benefit, helps us co-create more harmoniously and sustainably with nature and each other.

Our most challenging personal, social and environmental problems result from our 5-leg thinking's destructive disconnection from 4-leg knowledge. The disconnection makes us try to "make nature wag its leg or scratch its ear with its tail."

Limited thinking is detrimental. We might kill or hurtfully stress a dog if we make it run too fast or far because we think that it has five legs. However, that is exactly what we are doing to ourselves and the environment. The destructive results speak for themselves in the deteriorattion of emotional, psychological and biological systems within and around us.

To our benefit, nine-leg thinking enables us to bring nature's balancing and restorative powers into our mind and heart.

"Upon arrival the play of fresh wind, waves and colors on the rocky shoreline filled our senses. A loving feeling of awe and belonging soon unified us when only minutes before we were angrily competing for status and to be winners"

- Project NatureConnect participant



In 1959, Dr. Michael J. Cohen founded a camp and school program based on nine leg thinking and relating. The National Audubon Society and many others called it the most revolutionary school in America. They said it was "utopian" and "on the side of the angels" because it produced cooperation on every level and it did not display or cause troubles that normally plague contemporary society.

...........The 9-leg secret to each participant's success, as well as the success of the school, was to learn how to thoughtfully learn while incorporating 4-leg natural sensations and feelings that arose from their newly regrown sensory roots in ecosystems of which they were part. These sensations acted as nature's guiding voice. They replaced the voice of our "normal" destructive ways that ordinarily played in their mind even while in natural areas.

The value and rewards of doing this freed the participants' senses from their bonds to questionable 5-leg stories. It re-bonded them to their 4-leg sense of reason in congress with 52 other rejuvenated natural senses while these senses were connected to their nurturing origins and home in nature. This resulted in bonding to consensus-based 9-leg thinking, literacy and relating that included information from, and the regenerative healing powers of, natural systems. Each participant held nature in awe and reverence.

To many 5-leg thinkers, this whole way of thinking sounds ideal or impossible, but year after year the beneficial results of nine-leg knowing speak for themselves. They improve relationships and reduce stress, conflict, dysfunction and a wide range of associated disorders. It is the addictive 5-leg prejudice against nature that we each carry that prevents us from enjoying this process and its rewarding outcomes.


Can we help our thinking reasonably help us come to our senses?


In this article, three stars *** signify that you should carefully consider the question in the article before reading the paragraphs that follow the question.




"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
.....- John Burroughs

A responsible society acknowledges its destructive effects and acts to eliminate them. The destructive effects of industrial civilization are undeniable with respect to its impact on the web of life.

The web is nature itself, a biological, connective, balancing, natural system process that the natural world and people's inner nature (subconscious "inner child") hold in common.

Our basic 5-leg relationship with nature has been to conquer nature and be rewarded in the name of economics, progress and survival. We have done this so successfully that we are in denial that the rewards have psychologically conditioned or addicted us to abusive, unsustainable ways of thinking and relating. For this reason, our personal, social and environmental problems have become runaway. We no longer know how to stop assaulting nature around and within us although we know we should. With respect to our relationship with the web of life, we must go back to basics. We must dissolve our addictions and learn how to be part of the web in a constructive way. For too long, in spite of great wisdom to the contrary, our prejudice against nature has lead us down our detrimental path.

"The purpose of life is to live in agreement with nature."
.....- Zeno, circa 520 BC


"Wind over the lake: the image of inner truth."
.....- I Ching circa 1200 B.C.


What is the web of life?

Experts often depict the web by gathering a group of people in a circle. Each person is asked to represent some part of nature, such as a bird, soil, water, etc. A large ball of string then helps members of the group see the interconnecting relationships between things in nature. For example the bird eats insects so the string is passed from the "bird person" to the "insect person." That is their connection. The insect lives in a flower, so the string is further unrolled across the circle to the "flower person." Soon a web of string is formed interconnecting all members of the group, including the one or two who represent people.

Dramatically, people pull back slightly and sense how the string peacefully unites, supports and interconnects them and of all life. Then one strand of the web is cut signifying the loss of a species, habitat or relationship. Sadly, the weakening effect on all is noted. Another and another string is cut. Soon the web's integrity, support and power disintegrates along with its spirit. Because this activity reflects the reality of our lives, this has brought some participants in the activity to feelings of hurt, despair and sadness.

Earth and its people increasingly suffer from "cut string" disconnection, yet we continue to cut the strings.

Something to think about:
To my loss, do I unknowingly cut or injure strands of the web of life within or around me? Do I know how to stop myself from doing this?



Every part of the global life community, from sub-atomic particles to weather systems, is part of the web of life. The intelligent process by which they interact produces nature's harmonious, supportive ways and prevents our runaway disorders from occurring in nature. The process nature uses consists of interacting while in contact with the whole of the web through its web attraction strings. As part of the Web, we, along with everything else, are born with this 9-leg ability. Our troubles begin when we don't recognize or use it, deny its existence or hurt it. It usually remains alive in us but it becomes subconscious to protect us from constantly feeling its frustration or hurt.

Something to think about:
Am I aware of the strands of the web of life that I was born with and still contain? Do I enjoyably use them and their ways to build responsible relationships with people and places? Have I been taught or forced to make them subconscious?



Dr. Cohen often asks the web of life activity participants if they ever went into a natural area and actually saw strings holding things together there. They say"no, that would be crazy." He responds, "If there are no strings in nature, what then are the actual strands that hold the natural community together in balance?"

It is always very, very quiet.

Pay close attention to this significant silence. It flags the missing link in our thinking, perception and relationships that produces many troubles. The web's strings are a vital 4-leg part of survival, just as real and important as the plants, animal and minerals that they interconnect, including ourselves. The strings are as true as 2 + 2 = 4, facts as genuine as us. As part of nature, we are born with the natural ability to know them (4-leg thinking and awareness) but we learn to seldom recognize or exercise this ability. Without 4-leg seeing, sensing or respecting the strings in nature and our inner nature, we break, injure and ignore them. Their disappearance in our consciousness produces a subconscious void, an uncomfortable psychological emptiness in our thoughts and lives that we constantly try to fill. We want, emotionally and materially, and when we want, there is never enough. We become greedy, stressed and reckless as we try to gain webstring fulfillment. This places the Earth, others, and ourselves at risk.

Now, the NSTP's nature reconnecting activities enable us to bring webstrings ­ natural sensory attraction relationships ­ back into our lives. Their presence in our thinking helps reinstate balanced 9-leg personal and environmental relationships.

"Speak to the Earth and it will teach thee."
...........- The Bible, Job: 12, 7

Something to think about:
Am I aware of the strands of the web that lie within and around me? Is it important to me to stop thinking in nature-disconnected ways that place Earth and its people at risk?



Source Of The Strings

The strings are biologically of, by and from nature. Since you are part of nature, the strings are in you and you can learn to nurture them and relate harmoniously to them through a nature-centered self-improvement process that helps us let the strings consciously teach us their knowledge. Many people disbelieve this because we are 5-leg taught to conquer, not respect, nature including the webstrings. We have also learned that the strings, which manifest as dozens of senses in natural systems within us (our inner nature, child, self or being), are taboo, flaky, subjective, spiritual, unscientific, bad, wrong, etc. Thus, many webstring senses can have hurt attached to them, hurt that blocks the webstrings from freely entering our consciousness, where they can be felt and enter our values and thinking. Often, out of hurt and frustration, the strings disappear rather than support us when we need them.

Something to think about:
Is my 5-leg thinking prejudiced against the strings and nature's ways to the point that it influences my relationships?



To connect with nature our thinking must include a sensory 4-leg way of knowing. Our senses connect us with the living Earth around us in every moment. If we don't understand our interdependence and relationship to nature, it is because we have 5-leg disconnected our senses from their source. We have dismissed them as irrelevant. We have forgotten their significance. Yet, throughout history, many people have cherished their webstring senses and recognized their importance, as follows:

"We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers our actions run as causes and return to us as results."
.....- Herman Melville

"There is one common flow, one common breathing, all things are in sympathy."
.....- Hippocrates circa 450 B.C.


Scientifically, it is clear that natural systems organize themselves with webstrings. Moment by moment, systems are 4-leg attracted to create additional strings and connections that increasingly weave, balance and repair the web of life. This is not done haphazardly; rather it forms an attraction intelligence that produces nature's optimum of life, diversity, cooperation, balance and beauty. It is worth remembering that the process is inclusive and caring enough to globally produce and sustain the web of life without creating garbage. At the macro level, nothing is left out, unattached or unwanted ­ a way to describe unconditional love.

"And the true order of going, or being led by another, to the things of love, is to begin from the beauties of earth."
.....- Plato circa 400 B.C.

Something to think about:

Can I allow myself to believe that natural relationships contain, or are, a form of unconditional love?



Attraction Energies

From subatomics to solar systems, common sense and experts, including Albert Einstein, and Jonas Salk recognize that all intact relationships, physical or otherwise, must be held together by something. Without this glue, they would fall apart. That "something" is an essence of nature, the natural attraction energies Cohen calls webstrings. By definition alone, this makes sense. What we call repulsion can just as easily be recognized as attraction to something more immediate and important. For example, when in a dangerous situation do we run away in fear (repulsion) or run for (in attraction to) our life? Both are survival attractions. Was the "big bang" a profound explosion or a profound attraction to growth?

"From atoms and molecules to human beings with developed consciousness, all entities feel attraction for one another. . . . attraction is the law of nature."
.....- P.R. Sarkar


Elements of Regeneration

Attraction energies in nature are the heart of its recycling and purification process. These unifying forces are the power in natural systems that reconnect detached natural attractions and thereby eradicate contamination and pollution. This helps Nature sustain its wellness, balance and beauty. For example, nature purifies contamination through attraction energies that beckon air to flow through people and natural areas. In so doing, air nourishes people and nature with each other's "waste" products. In the process, air also recycles its own purity as well as strengthens the diverse integrity of the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms.

It is most significant that on atomic as well as global levels nature's recycling of air is fueled by attraction energies, a fundamental binding force that some might consider spiritual.

Something to think about:
Can I believe that nature is a perfection of its own, that it nurtures person and planet and does not produce any garbage/pollution because it consists mostly, if not only, of attraction relationships?



Whenever we safely make contact with attractions in nature, they trigger our brain to release Dopamine, a neurotransmitter that produces the good feelings that we constantly seek. These good feelings are a vital gratification reward. They help our thinking become aware that a beneficial survival connection to natural attraction energies has been made, a connection that contributes to replenishing, regenerating and sustaining all of life. Thus, each attraction sensation, feeling or emotion in nature is a rational, sensory, rewarding way of knowing and relating that we biologically inherit from and hold in common with nature.

Neuroscientists identify attractions as Freud's "drives" that they call "seeking urges." Each encourages and shapes good citizenship and recycling in the global life community. Sensing and appreciating the role these attraction energy webstrings play is 5-leg thinking at its finest. Reasoning that includes them is 9-leg thinking.

"This world - the shadow of the soul, or 'other' me - lies wide around. Its attractions are the keys which unlock my thought and make me acquainted with myself."
.....- R. W. Emerson, 1860


Something to think about:
How much do I believe that nature's encouragement of my natural attractions in natural areas is an origin of my ability to feel good?



Properly designed nature-connecting activities help us create moments that let genuine contact with natural attraction energies realign and recycle the misguided 5-leg attachments in us that draw us into destructive relationships and dependencies.

At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine, breathe into me.
Close the language door and open the love window.
The moon won't use the door, only the window.
.....- Jedaluddin Rumi, 1207-1273


A major solution to many problems is to genuinely enable our thinking to 4-leg return, backyard or backcountry, to the "Garden of Eden," and use its natural attraction wisdom to help us recycle our destructive thinking and to co-create a brighter 9-leg future for the Garden and ourselves.

"Life is a finely woven net in which all worlds are joined - ancestors, spirits, humans, animals and the natural universe - bonded by the timeless eternal spirit of that which has always been and is."
.....- T. C. McLuhan


Need for connection

We are mentally, more than physically, isolated from the natural world. The 5-leg disconnected way we think is polluted and produces behavior that pollutes natural and social systems. We seldom recognize the need for our thinking to be genuinely connected with nature and thereby heal, purify and contribute to life's welfare as part of nature's restorative processes. This misjudgment produces a hurtful omission in our reasoning that pollutes and disables our ability to think through attractions, like nature works.

"Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well.....Why, Nature is but another name for health."
.....- Henry David Thoreau

Something to think about:
If nature is guided to its balanced ways and well being by natural attraction energies, am I willing to let them influence me?



Because we are so disconnected from nature, our leaders seldom recognize that our sensory appetite for air (our desire/attraction to breathe) is a webstring sensation and wisdom we can respect and learn from. Neither do they recognize that we need webstrings to help purify faulty thought processes, heal and simultaneously contribute to life's welfare as part of the natural recycling process. Conflict and suffering result from this omission.

"The indescribable innocence and beneficence of Nature-of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter-such health, such cheer, they afford forever!"
.....- Henry David Thoreau


Something to think about:
Do some of my problems stem from a hurtful omission in my reasoning that has led me to enter destructive relationships?


The attractiveness of God

Attraction energy reasoning recognizes that many issues and differences between various beliefs regarding God are today, as through the ages, a major source of human conflict, death and suffering as well as joy. Each person or group is so strongly attracted to his or her God that they are at times willing to argue, fight, shed their life or take the lives of others to honor their God relationship. This along with the passionate forms of worship people practice strongly suggests that one of God's major qualities is attractiveness. God is naturally very attractive.

Natural attractions are an observed essence of the materials and energies in the natural systems of our universe, nature, Earth and ourselves. This suggests that God created this universe from His/Her attractiveness. He/She may have made other universes from His/Her vast knowledge, power or size. If, however, we are to be true to ourselves and trust our senses, rationality and experiences, it becomes reasonable to consider that the community of our universe and nature is constructed of God's attraction energies. For us to know God while ignoring nature is devisive; it subconsciously creates conflicts and disorders that we suffer.

"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."
.....- Frank Lloyd Wright

Something to think about:
Is there room in my thinking to know, or accept that some people know, natural attractions as an expression or essence of the Divine that we hold in common with the natural world? What difference do I see between natural attractions and pure love?


Natural systems and nature-centered people don't display the runaway war, abusiveness, pollution and mental and environmental disorders that plague our lives. These problems arise because our estrangement from nature prejudiciously and addictively deprives our thinking from sensory contact with webstrings, their intelligence, nurturance and energies. (If you don't believe this is a psychological addiction, just try to get a group of people to make genuine contact with webstrings.)

We spend, on average, less than 12 hours per lifetime in conscious sensory contact with nature. How well could you read, write or think if you only spent 12 hours of your total life learning to do it? Without ongoing conscious sensory contact with and satisfactions from our sensory origins, for example, our thinking still foolishly lets us sell and smoke cigarettes while fully knowledgeable that they contain poisons. In addition, our "stringless" solutions for runaway personal and global problems are as ineffective as the warning labels on cigarette packages.

"There must be the generating force of love behind every effort that is to be successful."
.....- Henry David Thoreau


An essence of separation:

It is common knowledge that, with the exception of humanity, no member of the web of life relates, interacts or thinks through words. The web is a non-verbal "illiterate" experience consisting of in-the-moment direct webstring attraction relationships, not words, stories, videos or images. No plant, animal or mineral string of nature's ancient web consists of literary communication or attachments to it.

Language is a great asset to human survival when we use it to help make and sustain sensory contact with the web and its intelligent ways. Language, however, is usually a shorcut consisting of abstractions of real relationship. It becomes a source of our problems when, through nature-disconnecting stories, it excessively removes our thinking from our sensory origins in the web and its balanced wisdom. For example, sensory discontents initiated by our separation from nature psychologically addict us to the story that we must conquer nature to fulfill our natural senses: hunger, thirst, taste, love etc. Since we are nature, we addict to conquering the webstrings of each other and ourselves thereby producing mental anguish and war. To find lasting peace, we must heed a new story: "Learn how to reconnect your ruptured sensory webstrings with their brilliant, fulfilling origins in the lifeweb."

Something to think about:
Am I a victim of thinking in 5-leg language and stories that isolate me from the unifying web process that peacefully holds the global life community and people in balance? Do I have symptoms of this, such as undue loneliness, sadness, stress, excessive wants, depression, lack of attention, insensitivity, abusiveness or underlying anger?



In contemporary society, 99.99% of our feeling and thinking being separated from nature painfully dismembers our psyche from its origins. Our psyche silently suffers a profound loss of contact with its nurturing sensory and sensibility roots in nature's webstring ways and intelligence. We contain this bag of hurt. Any word or incident that reminds us of our psychological dismemberment, of our abandonment, breaks the silence. It releases the emotional pain of dismemberment into consciousness and we feel and react to it. How we feel colors how we perceive our relationships.

As reflected by the state of the world, indoors or outdoors, our mentality is often guarded, stressed, ill, wanting and destructive in response to our pain. We suffer from a deficiency of nature's attractive perfection. a deficiency of the peace wisdom, and restorative powers inherent in the natural world. We become "ecozombies;" our thinking is deadened to the ways and values of natural systems within and around us.

Something to think about:
How much of the hurt I experience is due to my environment actually not supporting me and how much is pain subconsciously triggered by memories of my dismemberment from nature?



Restoration through reconnection

NSTP enables us to reverse many of our troubles because it effectively addresses their source. The process starts by having us learn how to consciously make enjoyable, non-verbal, sensory contacts directly with the authentic life web and its members, backyard or backcountry, not with substitutes for them. With respect to the perfection of nature's eons of experience, there is no substitute for the real thing. These sensory contacts enable us to consciously and sentiently reattach the strings within us to their nurturing origins, the strings in the web. We can feel and enjoy the connection; it is an attractive experience in nature.

The process then helps us safely translate our sensory attraction feelings into verbal language and share them. This lets our sensory connections with the web feelingly validate themselves in nine-leg words that register in the thinking and reasoning part of our psyche. It is important to recognize that without this verbalization and sharing, NSTP is like an engine without gasoline; it can but doesn't produce action.

"Nothing is more indisputable than our senses."
.....- Jean Le Rond d'Alembert


By using NSTP as a tool, we help nature guide our thinking to work like nature works. We sensuously enjoy nature's harmonious wisdom and support as it enters our relationships. In this nature-reconnecting process, the natural world, be it potted plant or wilderness, becomes our classroom, mentor and library. It helps us peacefully co-create a sustainable future with the global life community.

Something to think about:
Does it make sense for me to want to learn through contact with natural systems? Have I prejudicially learned that doing this is "flaky" or "fuzzy thinking" and may make me look foolish like a "hippy" or "Earth Muffin" so I won't do it?



NSTP helps us recognize that the strings are actually natural attractions. Every atom and its nucleus consists of, expresses and relates through natural attractions. All of nature, including us, contains these attractions.

As suggested earlier, webstring attractions feelingly register in our consciousness as sensations we call senses. For example: as natural loves for being conscious, for sight, touch, and sound; as our attractions to water (including thirst); color and community; as attachments for nurturing, belonging and trust; as affinities for reason and contact with nature; for wholeness. Senses of place, gravity, pain, motion, spirit, temperature, and trust, are each attractions that, when energized, register and help guide our conscious thoughts.

Something to think about:
Wouldn't my relationships be more rewarding if I could learn to increase my sensitivity to natural attraction energies in people and places around me?



People and things think and love through at least 53 different sensory attraction strings, not just five as we are usually taught. Each string is an intelligent way of knowing that inherently attracts to and blends with other strings to build and be guided by the common good.

"The senses, being the s of the world, open the way to knowledge."
.....- Maria Montessori

Nature helps create, sustain and balance life through these powerful 53 sensitivities in concert. To our loss, our excessive separation from nature addicts us to think and relate with less than six of them. The loss of this sensory wisdom unbalances our thinking.

"The moment my inner attraction string for color touched the color string of this woodland, I experienced a special joy."
.....- Raymond Sierra


A metaphor concerning seven blind wise men touching and 5-leg arguing about an elephant conveys the dilemmas of our blindness to nature and our natural senses. In the story, each blind man argues his case based upon what part of the elephant he is touching. While one calls the elephant a pipe (the tusk), another says the elephant is a snake (trunk) or like a rope (tail).

Such differences often lead to demoralization hate and war because we psychologically bond to, and fight for, stories we know to be "the truth." We seldom reconcile our 5-leg differences by making further common contact with the 9-leg integrity of the whole elephant or whole of the web of life. Satisfying many of their additional natural attraction senses would have led each wise man to further explore the elephant and further discover the diverse integrity of the animal, each other and themselves.

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


Something to think about:
Has my extensive disconnection from nature unknowingly blinded me to the existence and value of my sensory attraction strings?



Our thinking blindly loses contact with the truths that it needs to recover from the absence of these truths. That is why, in our nature-estranged society, it is best to learn NSTP by doing it. The Process helps you let your 53 natural webstring senses plug directly into their attraction origins in nature and energize. This 4-leg recharge brings the web's supportive string signals further into your consciousness, thinking and being. This helps you let contact with nature increase your 9-leg sensibility, balance and wellness. In addition, you give natural attraction energies a chance to recycle and purify on their own as only they can do. This restorative power in nature helps you feel better and your outlooks and relationships improve. Anybody who has had a good experience in nature has enjoyed this phenomenon, yet they are unaware of its significance. Through NSTP, these moments and their benefits become available at will.

Too often we forget that we are addicted to being conscious of the movies that run in our mind, not the real world around and within us. Even when immersed in the wild beauty of a natural area, our mind most often is thinking about our problems, relationships and rewards elsewhere. As you learn it NSTP enables us to break this 5-leg addiction and choose to bring webstrings to our thinking no matter where we are.


Something to think about:
Have I taken for granted that it is normal for my awareness to be out of contact with the immediate moments of my life rather than recognize that this phenomenon is a rewarded addiction to 5-leg stories of past or future?



Verbal reconnection

"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name."
.....- Confucius

Through NSTP, each of our natural senses is identified by their 9-leg right name, "Webstring: A seamless sensory attraction energy string of the global web of life community within and around us." Webstrings feelingly help us bring nature into our awareness and thinking at will. No offense intended, but to call the webstrings anything else, as we are often 5-leg trained to do, (senses, feelings, God, instincts, needs, drives, spirit, desires, blessings, beliefs, subjective, bias, angels, attractions, energies) tends to keep our thinking disconnected from the wholeness of the web of life and its ability to establish and restore balance.

In our nature-separated society, we are bonded to think and know through 5-leg words that produce separation. That disconnection is the psychological heart of many insurmountable personal and global problems.

"There's nothing either good or bad...but thinking makes it so!"
.....- William Shakespeare


Something to think about:
Am I missing contributions that my natural self can make to my relationships? Was I trained to 5-leg deny my natural self?


Guidance from Attractions

The success of NSTP and the webstring model is its accuracy. It helps us recognize a secret aspect of how nature works, a secret we too often learn to ignore or conquer. The secret is that webstrings are attractions; nature primarily works by attractions. This means that each webstring we experience as a non-attraction (for example, fear, pain, spiritual distress, or excessive thirst, hunger, temperature, motion etc) is actually also an attraction, a natural love for the survival of our life. It attracts us to find more rewarding natural attractions ­when danger lurks, to seek safety. For example: we become aware of attractions to coolness when a fire becomes too hot, or to less painful areas when thorns are sharp. These 4-leg warning messages are attractive. We would not survive without them. It is when we don't, or can't 9-leg heed them that trouble arises.

"The laws of the universe are not indifferent, but are forever on the side of the most sensitive."
.....- Henry David Thoreau


Something to think about:
Do I negate or demean the contributions that some webstrings make because they interfere with my immediate plans, wishes or enjoyment? Have I been trained to see them as negative, or overcome them and thereby upset a natural balance?



Sensible education

Making space in our lives to do activities that genuinely reconnect us with nature has proven to produce responsible relationships. Once you learn how to do a reconnecting activity, you we own it and can teach it to others.

The web of life only exists today because yesterday, through attraction contacts, every component of the web consensually "educated" its neighbors about how its attractions to them supports them and vice versa. This basic consciousness process occurs moment by moment in nature; it is an essence of all life relationships and survival. People are part of nature, it is true in humans, too. To our loss, our nature-separated lives remove this knowledge from our thinking.

Cultures that exist today only exist because they are successful in educating their members about how the culture works and its value; the members, in turn, carry on the culture. Today, globally, the Internet empowers people to engage in the webstring education process by enjoying and teaching webstring connected consciousness through distance learning activities, courses and communication. In local communities, person-to-person webstring activity education occurs as well.

"One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin."
.....- William Shakespeare

Considering the vital natural and cultural survival value of webstring education, it is no surprise that, genetically, our mind and bodies, our inner nature, learns only 15% of what we read but 90% of what we teach. If you want to personally and globally come into balance, teach what you have read here: thoughtful, continuing, consensually shared, sensory reconnecting activity attractions in natural areas bring into our consciousness the webstring connections with Earth that help us build balanced relationships within and around us.

Our sensory webstring of reason demands that we engage in the webstring activities. We shape our destiny by choosing, or not choosing, to do what our sense of reason demands.

Earth and its people are at risk. Isn't it time that we come to our senses by letting the 4-leg attraction strings bring us to them through enjoyable nature reconnecting activities? The strings can do this because they are natural sensory loves, an essence of life itself. D. H. Lawrence validated this when he said:

"Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was made personal, merely personal feeling. This is what is the matter with us: we are bleeding at the roots because we are cut off from the Earth and sun and stars. Love has become a grinning mockery because, poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the Tree of Life and expected it to keep on blooming in our civilized vase on the table."
- D. H. Lawrence

By thoughtfully learning how to become conscious of webstrings and teach this awareness, we reattach our ability to love to its roots in nature. This restores love to its fullness and heals our bleeding.

Something to think about:
Do I want to professionally and personally further my life and all of life by learning to let contact with Earth itself nurture my inner nature's isolation, hurt and fear of additional rejection? Can I really get to know who I am and help people and Mother Earth if the thinking part of me seldom conscisously registers, validates or reconnects my inner nature and the web of life?


Confucius say: In the web of life model, if you 9-leg call each of your senses and feelings a "webstring attraction" you will help your life and all of life improve because the word webstring signals "a guiding web of life attraction" rather than "an isolated sensation." In the web of life model, webstrings are as real and true as 2 + 2 =4.

The Web of Life Imperative book identifies natural attractions or webstrings or webloves as NIAL strings meaning Nameless, Intelligent, Attraction, Loves. People who can't make sense of some situations are often found to be in DeNIAL (of their addictions to destructive substitutes for webstrings).

Something to think about:
Does my 5-leg tendency to call my sensuous experiences "senses' and "feelings" deprive me from consciously knowing and enjoying the 9-leg wisdom of respecting them as attraction energy strands of the web of life and thereby rewardingly connecting my thinking with the Web?


As the examples below demonstrate, readably available sensory activities that produce conscious connections with Earth make a difference. The sense (webstring) of reason signals that it is rational for us to engage in these activities. They help us enjoy and promote nineleg thinking.

Something to think about:
Nine-leg thinking has demonstrably helped people strengthen economically and environmentally sound personal growth and social justice. Why am I not tapping into the the benefits and powers of webstrings to help me bring them into my community and nation? How can I help our leaders use and promote nine-leg thinking?



Connecting with nature, 9-leg webstring examples:

(1) RE: Stress:

"This morning I was battling the remnants of some depression I had been feeling about my family and life "stuff". I was doing the sensory attraction activity, looking around enjoying the day, the breeze, the sun, the beautiful trees and the sounds of singing birds. In a flash of good feeling, I realized that these feelings are what is so good about living on earth at this time. It was enough, if for no other reason, to be here, to experience the beauty of this planet. This was a major breakthrough for me, because I battle the reason for being here quite a bit in my recovery work. This happened before noon, and it is now 6 pm, and I still feel great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to share this because I am so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


RE: Materialism and environmental deterioration:

Participant A: "As I continued this special forest activity, I found myself attracted to the various songs of the birds and then gradually to the various stones and nuts and shells in the path. I would stop in the path, pick up the stone, admire its beauty and then feel clearly called to return it to its appropriate place. So often other times I have felt I needed to put it in my pocket and carry it home. Now, through the activity, I had a real sense of appreciating each rock, each shell, each leaf in its place for the time I was there. I felt suddenly freed from the need to possess something. I had a growing sense of letting things be and to just be still and glory in the fullness of the moment. As I allowed myself to connect, appreciate, thank and move on with so much of what surrounded me, I felt a letting go into being present. In this transformation, I began to feel I was part of the scene more, not my other self that needed to possess. I learned that I do not need to possess something to have the joy of it."

Participant B: Your earlier questioning of the work place sounds so familiar but we have our cultural story that it needs to maintain in our society. I find daily that I am changing things and getting back to more basic life choices. I think each little one counts. These changes feel so good. I find that I want less material things these days.


RE: Peace and Support

"I was never taught to ask permission to relate to people or the environment. I just take that for granted, as we all do. However, this activity required my senses to learn how to ask an attractive tree covered area for its consent for me to walk through it. The area continued to feel attractive, but something changed. It was the first time in my life that I totally felt safe. It felt like Earth's energies were in charge of my life, not me. It gave me a wonderful feeling of having more power to be myself. I felt in balance with nature and the people here because I could distinctly feel their energies consenting to support me. I never experienced nature and people that way before. It was like a powerful law protected not only my life, but all of life. I felt very secure and nurtured as I walked under those trees. I learned that when I seek permission from the environment and people I gain energy and unity, I belong."


RE: Chemical Dependencies

"I want to share with the group that I feel different from when I started this course. I have always struggled with chemical addictions, and these last few weeks, I find I hardly have cravings at all anymore. At times I do, but then I can go into nature, right outside my backdoor, and feel a connection that is real. I have been through therapy as well as currently working a twelve step program, and I feel these nature activities have really helped me, more than I have words for. This is definitely an attraction, I cannot label it, I do not have words for it, yet I know in my heart something has changed."


RE: Global intelligence

"My how my mind does chatter with words that can mislead me. When I make contact with nature and think with nature's intelligence, it guides me with a wisdom that helps me keep in balance. The contact is non-verbal because nature does not communicate with words. As I worked through the Introductory Course, I began to use the RWN book's methodology to quiet my mind. As I went through the activities I began to sense a subtle, but perceptible, shift in my ability to attain a non-verbal awareness. Then one day, as I was doing one of the activities that asks us to "jam" the verbal mind with a word ("unity" in my case) I suddenly connected, WHAM, there it was - non-verbal awareness. No naming, no concepts, just being. What a relief! It didn't last long but it did change my life. Since then I have extended my abilities to just be. Now my "mind chatter" is only a murmur when I ask it to be. This has opened up experiences so far beyond anything I even dreamed of a few years ago."


RE: Healing and Wellness

"The activity helped me become aware of my attraction to the crescent moon as it hung over two hills near my home. Soon, its mellow glow, framed by peaks and trees, embraced me in a wordless, ancient primordial scene. Timeless power, peace and unity swept me up. I just wanted to stay in that state of awe, I felt in balance with all of reality. I was simply "BEING." No tension, no pressing goal, just truly belonging to the global community. This natural energy captured my stress laden pulse and seduced it to the rhythms of Earth. The sleeping disorder I have battled all my adult life dissolved in this power. For the first time in decades, I gently fell asleep after dark and arose shortly after dawn. I celebrated the breakthrough and I thanked nature. I thanked the activity, too, for it lets me reconnect whenever I choose."


Something to think about:
Wouldn't my health and happiness improve if my mentality and relationships felt like I feel when I'm having a good experience in nature?


ANSWER: If you want to reach this goal, you may start by remembering good experiences you have had in nature. Then apply the information in this essay to each of those experiences.

The most practical and powerful way to strengthen your ability to apply and benefit from nine-leg thinking is to call Mike and take the online Orientation Course using the book the Web of Life Imperative.


The Web of Life Imperative offers more tools, knowledge and personal power for good than most therapies and spiritualities. It enables us to reverse our destructive relationships by empowering us to make thoughtful sensory connections with genuine nature. This connection responsibly satisfies the aching, ever-wanting hole in our psyche that has been produced by our excessive separation from nature, a hole that leads us astray"

- Susan Chernak McElroy,
Award winning, N. Y. Times best selling author of Animals as Teachers and Healers and Heart in the Wild.


"We dramatically increased our program's effectiveness by adding the Natural Systems Thinking Process to it. It enables our participants to connect with their sensory origins in nature and use that peaceful power to improve their disorders and their relationships with self, society and the environment."

- James Rowe, Ph.D.
Director of the Outward Bound School in Costa Rica


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Dr. Larry Dossey, M.D.
Researcher and bestselling author of RecoveringThe Soul: A Scientific and Spiritual Search.


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The Nature Of Nine Leg Knowing. How Do We Belong and Heal?


"Ishi, (the last hunter-gather Native American) was sure he knew the cause of our discontent. It stemmed from an excessive amount of indoor time. 'It is not a man's nature to be too much indoors.'"

- Theodora Kroeber

"It is quite clear to me after several years in the environmental movement that all physical problems of man's impact on the environment - pollution of the air and waters, the desecration of the land, the contamination of the food chain - all start within the environment of man's mind."

- Maurice Strong,
Founder or the United Nations Environment Program,
Co--chair of the Commission on Global Governance,

Because we live in a nature-separated society, we seldom learn that it is the personal and collective relationship of our mind with nature that determines our sanity, our future and the future of the earth. Much has been written about how we need to help the planet regenerate itself. Too often we overlook that restoring it is the lasting means to improve the environment of our mind, our wellness and our destiny.

How conscious are we about the interactions of our mentality with the natural world? How do we passionately incorporate nature's intrinsic health and recuperative powers into our sense of self, other and livelihood? Do we acknowledge this deep and penetrating partnership in a renewable path to sustainability that serves people, the environment and peace?

These are compelling questions for us as our society is in denial of our mentality's relationship with nature and we face a most precarious future.

We Lose What We Most Love
As nature's resources are diminished so is the quality of our lives as part of nature. As the quality of our lives diminish, we become desensitized and fearful. We further lose touch with our natural ability to connect to the web of life within which we are so intricately bound. It becomes a cycle of loss. The nurturing link between our human lives and our earthly home gets broken. We are driven to seek more and more satisfaction in the material world, which means we consume more and more of the resources we need to sustain natural world and our inborn love of it. We get further and further away from our innate sense of meaning and being. We lose what we most love-about ourselves, the world to which we belong and our sense of the sacred in everyday life.

Nature's Saving Grace
In these difficult times, we are virtually on the edge of losing our ability to save both ourselves-and our earthly home. Yet the saving grace is simple: We will save what we love. And when we learn how to stop long enough to genuinely reconnect to the nurturing sustenance of nature, we emotionally reconnect to what is most deeply satisfying in our human experience-belonging. We re-learn to love the very essence of who we are as living breathing perfect beings on a living breathing perfect planet. It is a generative partnership that happens when we reawaken and enliven all our senses with the awareness of nature's grace, intelligence and sustenance. We find and feel that we, too, are part of the very grace and intelligence we celebrate in nature. We belong. Because this reconnecting process is often foreign to contemporary life, an enabling tool has been devised to help us engage in the process.

Restoring Our Sensory Connections To Nature's Renewing Powers.
Project NatureConnect, a pioneering process in environmental psychology and education, has developed an ecopsychology program that is first of all committed to helping us-as individuals-restore our connection to our place in nature's transcending grace. Then, through its sensory nature-connecting, ecotherapy activities, we learn how to genuinely unite our thinking to the web of life that is always around us, always nurturing us, always waiting to help us wake up. We help ourselves bond to living in awareness and equilibrium with nature, in hope and in love. Living in that organic awareness we create a lasting future for our loved ones and for our extended human and ecological family.

The Organic Science of Nature's Regenerative Ways.
Backyard or back country, the idea and goal of Project NatureConnect is special because it is doable by choice. It offers a web of possibilities-for everything from personal growth, stress management and depression recovery to professional gain. It is based on the NatureConnect work developed by Michael J. Cohen over a span of 50 years of studying, teaching, writing about and experiencing the regenerative power of our natural experience in the natural world. His work is a science and an art, the result of decades of practice working with communities of people in natural areas, all culminating in a process that helps us recover what it is we have forgotten, what it is we love, what it is we can save. (www.ecopsych.com)

Healing Our Relationships
It is time for us to come out from behind the addictive socializing and economic forces that keep the environment of our mind disconnected from the Earth and each other. It is time to re-learn how to let the wisdom and renewing energies of nature transform our destructive patterns into balanced and loving relationships that can help restore both personal worth and global harmony.

  "The indescribable innocence and beneficence of Nature-of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter-such health, such cheer, they afford forever!"
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

- from Janet Thomas Author, The Battle in Seattle

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The Essence of the Nine-Leg Equation

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It rejuvenates anxiety burnout suffering disorder abnormalities that deteriorate mental health social justice peace community trust economics and cooperation.

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How does the Nine-Leg Balance of Life Equation help you improve the quality of your life and all life?

-Enjoy 53 sensory parts of nature, like thirst, each a distinct way of knowing and relating that, when intact, helps us sustain the wellness, balance and resilience of natural systems in us and the environment.
-Transform the abnormal, desensitized corporation economics and other omissions in the way our nature-disconnected society teaches us to think.
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-Master how to reconnect your mentality to its nurturing origins, to the regenerative vigor, sustainability and integrity of nature.
-Help yourself, and those close to you, benefit from the renewal that lies in the magnificence of a beautiful day, the wisdom of an ancient tree and the fortitude of a weed.
-Through life experience discover how to let the "higher power" in nature's healing energies help your thinking transform your stress, disorders, suffering and harmful bonds into constructive personal, social and environmental rewards.
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-Research and restore forty-eight inherent sensory intelligences into your awareness that we normally learn to deny and subdue so they deteriorate.
-Enjoy community ways of knowing and relating that, when intact, sustain the wellness, peace, balance. health and resilience of natural systems within and around us.
-Quadruple the power of your vote.
-Realize more completely your hopes and values.
Increase your resilience, support, social justice and friendships.
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Add important new self-improvement dimensions to counseling, healing and citizenship relationships.

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Nature's Grace: A Nine-Leg Equation Provides an Answer to Hopes, Prayers and Dreams.

Dear Editor

The lack of finding inner peace, sustainable economics, trust, social justice and personal and environmental wellness had alarmed me. I sought and finally found a tool that transformed my depressing stress and anxiety into responsible stability. I thought I was stressed because the more I became aware of the destructive things happening to Earth and to people and places I loved, including myself, the greater became my lack of hope and feeling either mad, sad or depression. This divorced me from both my spirit and partner. I felt anger with God and beauty, a fear and disrespect of God for letting so much war, suffering and environmental deterioration occur that I was powerless to change. In time, I became aware that I was in denial. I denied that I, like many others, had an addiction to immediate rewards from my dysfunctions. They robbed me of the resilience to tolerate what I could not change. In fear, I came upon the description, on this page, of an amazing equation that combines the genius of Albert Einstein and Henry David Thoreau. Lost in depression, I only paid attention to it because it received super positive reviews from many conferences, spiritualities and publications that I respected, especially Psychology Today, Humanistic Psychology and the Journal of Environmental Education. In retrospect, it was a love answer from nature's grace and beauty to my hopes, prayers and dreams.

Mr. Editor, Does writing about this make sense to you? Isn't it something your readers can benefit from?

Charles Drew, Acton

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The Equation for Personal Growth and Self-Improvement

A Sensory Education and Counseling Tool Strengthens Holistic Health, Inner Peace and Sustainability

Although we are part of nature, we are normally educated to spend, on average, over 95 percent of our time and 99 percent of our lives thinking and feeling while separated from nature's grace, beauty, and restorative powers. Our mentality's profound loss of nature divorces us into apathy through denial. We deny that we are rewarded for fearing and exploiting, rather than embracing, the supportive ways of our planetary mother and her kingdoms. We deny that we are psychologically addicted to nature-disconnected thinking that creates our personal, social and environmental dysfunctions.

Contemporary society has taught us to be experts in conquering nature, including the balanced ways of our natural self and its love of nature. The result: because we don't protect what we don't love, nature, our collective sustainability and our personal wellness suffer. To stop this insanity the Einstein-Thoreau Equation makes readily available the means to genuinely connect our thinking and feeling to Mother Nature's recuperative powers, perfection and love of us as her children. Using the Internet as a learning tool, we tap our psyche into nature's beautiful sane and balanced web of life that produces an optimum of diversity and benefits without producing garbage, a web some people call God (www.ecopsych.com).

Through easily learned, nature-connected Organic Psychology methods and materials, the Internet makes it possible for any individual, or 600 million people, to think in ways that invigorate resiliency and spirit and that reduce our addictive trespasses, denial and apathy. By genuinely reconnecting our thinking to natural systems we restore and trust more than forty-five natural senses that have been numbed out of our consciousness by our extreme disconnection from nature. The self-improvement renewal of these senses increases our sensitivity, sensibility and love energies. This ecopsychology helps unbalanced parts of our minds and hearts benefit from nature's ability to rejuvenate and balance itself, including us, for we are part of nature. We reduce our stress, depression and abusiveness. We transform our apathy into constructive participation. Backyard to back country,-we strengthen our life, our organizations and global society.

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An Equation Helps Us Meet Our Great Challenge

"Our body, mind, spirit and ability to love come into the world through nature. They are part of nature's beautiful perfection, wisdom and restorative powers. However, the extreme disconnection of our thinking from nature injures these attributes. Like tearing a leg from a live rabbit, we wound and damage our ability to think clearly. Its dysfunction deteriorates our wellness, our inner peace and the environment.

Our bonding and denial present us with great challenges. To replace our lost gratifications from nature, our socialization rewards our disturbed psyche to attach or addict to contemporary ways along with their destructive side effects. Our greatest challenge is that we learn to deny that the self-improvement means is available to reconnect our thinking with nature's regenerative powers and thereby co-create ourselves and the world in a peaceful balance that eliminates these side effects."

- Michael J. Cohen


Mood Disorders: Are You Suffering from Denial of Your Separation from Nature?

  Excessive separation from nature produces the discomforts of fatigue, apathy, stress, anxiety, depression, hopelessness, anger, mood swings, mistrust, loneliness, broken relationships, destructive dependencies and sleep, eating, learning and attention disorders
1. Contemporary society and its citizens are in denial. We are aware that we are part of nature and that although we are disconnected from nature, we deny that this separation bears ill effects upon our physical or mental health and inner peace. We are also in denial if we know our separation from nature is producing destructive personal, social and environmental disorders but we don't use readily available nature-reconnecting tools to help us treat these disorders.

2. Because we are members of a nature-disconnected society in denial, we are psychologically bonded to our society's ways and we each suffer from and perpetuate the dysfunctions, insanity and discontents of our society.

3. Many people display mood disorder symptoms or other discontents that are not normally found in nature-connected people. These individuals are usually in denial that they suffer because they are, or have been, excessively separated from nature and its regenerative healing and restorative powers. The symptoms these individuals endure include the discomforts of fatigue, apathy, stress, anxiety, depression, hopelessness, anger, mood swings, mistrust, loneliness, broken relationships, destructive dependencies and sleep, eating, learning and attention disorders.

4. Contemporary society consciously and subconsciously socializes us to believe that nature is an enemy to overcome, conquer or develop.

  - We are in denial that we mistakenly consider it progress and economically sound to subdue natural systems within and around us and thereby lose the resilience and immunity provided by the recuperative powers of these systems.

- We deny that if disconnection from nature produces discontents, that authentic reconnecting with nature enables nature's renewing powers to help us transform our discontents into happier, more reasonable, ways of being and relating.

- We deny that nature-reconnecting tools are readily available to us and that we that can use them to help ourselves reverse our disorders.

5. An individual that only addresses their personal dysfunctions without addressing the nature-disconnected roots of these dysfunctions too often furthers their and our problems as time passes.

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Although each of us is part of nature, our socialization erodes our personal, social, spiritual and environmental relationships because it excessively separates us from the recuperative qualities of nature. This disconnection causes us to lose the benefit of the purifying powers in nature that would ordinarily help us rejuvenate and regenerate our presently deteriorating thinking. Our relationships with ourselves, others and the environment would improve.

We live over 95 percent of our lives indoors, separated from nature; over 99 percent of our thinking is disconnected from how nature works to produce its non-polluting perfection. To our great cost, we omit nature's grace from our personal, social, spiritual and environmental lives.

At www.ninelegs.com a spectacular nature-reconnecting tool gives us the nine leg ability to tap into the unifying recuperative aspects of nature that sustain its balance and beauty.

Nine leg thinking and relating restores our power to co-create and sustain ourselves in balance with all of life.

The nine leg tool helps us reconnect ourselves to the nurturing biological and psychological origins of our mind over the eons. This improves our ability to think sustainably and improve our health and integrity. We raise our consciousness and can produce more rewarding, cooperative life-supportive relationships.

In as little as fourteen days most people can learn how to enjoy the benefits of thinking like nature works. Surely, this is as important and revolutionary as Einstein's e=mc2 or the discovery by Copernicus that Earth and we are neither the center nor most important thing in the Solar System.

"Even though I'm a nincompoop, I'm not very special at all. Any dumbell can see the reason our major problems don't subside. It's because our leaders don't resolve conflicts or issues by using the extraordinary unifying and strengthening powers of nine-leg thinking and relating. I don't use them because I'm an idiot. But, what's their excuse, or, dare I ask, what's yours?"
- Alfred E. Newman.



"I find that being stupid makes me really feel left out and different all the time. I just can't register all the wonderful things that technology and the media provide for the normal person. For example, I'm so retarded that I couldn't even understand that E.T. was an extraterrestrial like Spielberg and the movie and the stories said. To me, the powers E.T. had were the same as those of Earth, he was just like the plant animal and mineral community. Llike them, he was very vulnerable to technology. But I'm so dumb that I thought then, and I still think today, that E.T. was a terrestrial; he was Planet Earth. He was in no way so special as to become a movie star. After all, doesn't Earth all the time do what he did if we let it? Nine leg thinking lets us do that, too.
- Alfred E. Newman.


QUESTION: What is so important about nine-leg thinking?

ANSWER: Nine-leg thinking is a supportive, therapeutic key to creating personal happiness through a rewarding and sustainable future for all people and the planet.

To understand the momentous significance of nine-leg thinking, consider this intelligence test question regarding mathematical aptitude:

"If you count a normal dog's tail as one of its legs, how many legs does a dog have?"

"Five," of course, is the correct answer.

Intelligent people answer "five" because it is valid in mathematical and scientific reasoning. Society applauds and economically rewards us for giving correct mathematical or technological answers. But something is radically wrong with this answer; something is missing. Because, somehow, even a dog knows that a dog has four legs.

Our sense of reason recognizes five as correct only until we are greeted by our friendly family dog, or the mean mutt down the street. Five legs only works in theory. When we experience a real dog, or a wolf, or a centipede, or any other natural being, many of our inherent natural senses come into play: our senses of sight, touch, motion, color, texture, language, sound, smell, fear, consciousness, community, trust, contrast, love, reason and recognition. Are you aware we have 53 natural senses?

No matter how conceptually clever we are with our five-legged thinking, it is our four-legged sensory awareness that grounds our experience in the true nature of reality. That reality knows any normal dog has no more than four legs and no matter how you look at it, a tail is not one of them.

When it comes to supportively relating in balance to nature and its systems around and within us, we rarely think in 9-leg (4-leg plus 5-leg) ways. We can kill or hurtfully stress a dog if we make it run too fast or too far because we think that it has five legs. Isn't that what we are doing to ourselves and the environment?

Nine-leg thinking and relating helps us come back into personal and environmental balance by revitalizing our multitude of natural senses through genuine contact with authentic nature.