Webstrings and The Natural
Systems Thinking Process
Do you, like many other people,
think paragraphs 1-8 below are the most important news you have
read since Earth Day 1970?
Recently, some people did Natural
Systems Thinking Process webstring activities on our courses.
The following repeatable, teachable, discoveries resulted with
respect to living in balance and peace with people and the environment.
If you use and teach the readily available Process, you can enjoy
Think about what Earth and
our personal relationships would be if many people learned to
do these short nature reconnecting activities:
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."
Your earlier questioning of the work place sounds so familiar
but we have our cultural story that 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
"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."
"The experiences expressed in the above paragraphs may even
be some of the most important since Earth Day 4 1/2 billion years
ago. They are at least important for anyone in our possession-addicted,
often destructive culture to contemplate. It is significant that
the nature-connect activities help us make such breakthroughs."
........Dr. Mark Brody, Psychologist
"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."
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."
morning I was battling the remnants of some depression I had
been feeling about my family and life "stuff". I was
doing the attraction activity, looking around enjoying the day,
the breeze, the sun, the beautiful trees and the sounds of birds
chirping. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"I trust that when I go
out into nature, gain permission, and experience positive attractions
to certain aspects of nature, I can consciously connect those
positive attractions as a mirror of myself. This is a challenge!
Shifting realities as well as a way of thinking is an interesting
feeling. This activity re-educates that part of me that tells
me to be afraid of new ways of thinking or doing, all those wranglers
and labels that itch to control me. 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
"Through the study I found
myself feeling profoundly grateful when I identified my strong
attraction to my wife as part of the web of life. It broadened
that feeling. I experienced the sun more warmly, the grass under
my feet more gently. My respect for nature in general was enhanced.
It made my heart open to my surroundings and to care for them.
To survive, our environment, and people, too, need and deserve
this kind of recognition".
"RWN has certainly helped
me overcome my anxiety about being in the ocean. It's easy to
sit on the shore and enjoy it's sound and beauty, however being
in the waves and being knocked over by them feels stressful.
After being submerged a few times and running back to the safety
of the sand, it occured to me to ask for consent before entering.
I tried, gave thanks, and had a delightful time playing with
the waves instead of fearing them. I learned from my husband
and stepdaughter how to bounce with them, and to risk going out
farther where they formed but didn't break against me. It feels
good to be in the water and feel part of something so immense."
My wife and
I were engaged on a mountain in the Sierra Nevada. We spent our
honeymoon canoeing the lakes of the Quetico north of Minnesota.
We spend a lot of time on vacation sea kayaking some of the beautiful
parts of the northwest together. These are the events that bring
us together. A mutual love and attraction for nature. We spend
most of our time apart from this-and as a result we find fault
in each other because we remain disconnected from the unity that
brings us together. It is difficult to find community without
unity-all that's left is comm. What is comm without unity?
"I think I am learning
to trust more without knowing it. Actually, today I woke up and
did not want to go sit in the office at the Alzheimer's Association
where I am doing my practicum. It seems silly to me to have to
remain inside all day, cut off from nature. It occurred to me
to bring nature inside to me, and try to feel webstring attractions
with other people in the office. The result was one of the best
days I have had there! Of course, I would rather be outside or
out and about...but if I have to stay in somewhere, at least
I can work with my situation to recognize webstring attractions
between all of my co-workers and me as well as the world! Thank
God this will save my sanity!!!!! :-)"
"I entered the activity
after receiving permission trying not to have any preconceived
notion about holding my breath again. I inhaled, and was
amazed at how long I comfortably held my breath, trusting nature
to cue me on when to release it. I did release it, and
felt very trusting and whole within nature. It was eerie
how long I could hold my breath, because I have never been one
to do that for any length of time."
"I would also like to share an encoraging
experience. I was meeting with a corporate planning team to set
up programs for high level corporate execs. I took a chance and
asked each member to find a natural place, gain consent, listen
without words and thank the natural object. The activity was
a great success. The ones who were most skeptical had some great
experiences, even though they joked about things. Just to put
this in perspective, I later tried to explain holistic management
and got beaned (BIG TIME) by this same group."
"When genetically altered
crops such as BT corn were shown to kill Monarch butterfly caterpillars,
it created a world-wide uproar that stopped the exportation of
these transgenic seeds to the European Union and other countries.
It was an deep rooted archetypical love of butterflies that raised
the consciousness of the world to realize the dangers that these
multinationals corporations were threatening us with. Even though
bioengineered tinkering with the world's food supply had been
debated for years as a threat to human health, it was not untill
this technology threatened butterflies that the world took action.
I have long said we, as human beings, are in denial of threats
to our own well being, but will respond with more passion when
things such as butterflies, dolphins, whales, and ancient forests
are threatened. There is a whole new nature
oriented psychology that is at work here. "