"It does not take a Green
Party genius to recognize from the state of the world that our
contemporary consciousness is in strong denial. What we deny
on personal and global levels is Gregory Bateson's observation
that, 'Our greatest problems are the result of the difference
between how people think and how nature works.'
As part of our denial, we deny
that we excessively crave substitutes for the tragic absence
of nature's grace and wisdom in our daily lives. We also deny
that by artificially fulfilling these cravings we produce our
most challenging personal, social and environmental troubles.
Foremost of our troubles is
that we don't use or vote for a proven nine-leg green antidote
for them that is readily available. The antidote works by reversing
the destructive separation of our thinking from the regenerative
love, beauty and balancing powers of nature within and around
- Michael J. Cohen
As a Green do you recognize
the good news in the statement above? Let me emphasize it:
There is now an extraordinary,
readily available, nine-leg Green antidote for our denial and our most challenging dysfunctions and disorders.*
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Separation from wholeness
Most Green Party voters recognize
that although we and our mentality are part of the balance, restorative
powers and beauty of nature's eons, we live excessively nature-separated
lives. We suffer because we, on average, mentally
spend over 99% of our time -and physically
spend over 95% of our lives- disconnected from the beneficial
gifts and wholeness of our origins in nature.
Do you recognize that in nature,
the recuperative and unifying powers of natural systems produce
the natural world's optimums of life, cooperation and diversity
without producing garbage or our excessive stress and abusiveness?
To our loss, our society including Green Party voters, accept as normal
that our mentality spends
18,000 to 24,000 formative school hours indoors, separated from
nature. And while in school we learn to control and exploit nature
and its self-organizing perfections within and around us. Our
inability to solve our discontents results.
our mental environment
Any Green voter worth the name can recognize, as have many other
experts, that the detrimental results of our estrangement from
nature have lead us astray. Slowly, without realizing it, our
estrangement has driven us to bond or addict to replacement-for-nature
technologies and beliefs. They have taken over the sensibility
and well being of our mental environment: It is this anomaly
that causes us to create our disorders.
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Maurice Strong, the Canadian
multimillionaire who founded the United Nations Environment Program
and is co-chair of the Commission on Global Governance, the blueprint
for world government says, "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
Mr. Strong echo's the assertion
of Vice President Albert Gore that we are dysfunctional socially
and environmentally because we are cut off and isolated from
the world of nature and all that is natural.
Pulitzer Prize recipient, E.
O. Wilson, of Harvard, agrees with Strong and Gore, noting that
nature's absence erodes many essential parts of our lives.
Similarly, Nobel prize recipients
Albert Einstein and Albert Schweitzer insist that for better
tomorrows we must learn to embrace nature.
Recent medical research by
Dr. Howard Frumkin and many others indicates that exposure and
connection to nature helps restore health and wellness.
Hundreds of additional experts
support the findings of these leaders.
"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
"We have repressed far more than our sexuality: our very
organic nature is now unconscious to most of us, most of the
time, and we have become shrunken into two dimensional social
or cultural beings, aware of only five of the hundreds of senses
that link us to the rich biological nature that underlies and
nourishes these more symbolic and recent aspects of ourselves.
- Norman 0. Brown
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Consciousness and mutually
In democratic societies like
ours, it is the depth of our collective consciousness --and our
mutually supportive kinship with the world-- that determines
our posture in the world and its effects. This consciousness
and kinship determines how we think, relate and vote-whether
for a candidate or a future.
To our cost, our indoor consciousness
and disassociated kinship has created a dire predicament for
the individual, humanity and the environment. We know that we
must transform our destructive relationships, personal or global,
into constructive ones, but a potent Green Party means to accomplish
this transformation is not being fully utilized.
This is because we deny our
nature disconnection problem as well as its readily available
A practical process
Through Project NatureConnect,
over a period of 47 years, Dr. Michael J. Cohen--described as
a "maverick genius" -- has produced a practical procedure
that enables our thinking to easily tap into the presently missing
powers of natural systems within and around us. However, most
of us have been trained to deny this process is a practical tool
to help Greens meet their goals. Many of the tools of Cohen's
trade are free, all are accessible, aesthetic, reassuring, illuminating,
inspiring and always available through the Internet and training
What the Green Party needs
to make things right is to suport and use this powerful mind
and consciousness tool so that we may act in partnership with
nature. The process helps us beneficially expand our limited
indoor ways and, backyard or back country, help nature more fully
return to our lives.
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Profound social technology
Cohen's "social technology"
translates into a simple nine leg tool. Greens can learn it,
apply it and benefit from its immediate and long term stress
management and personal and professional rewards.
The nine-leg process can help
the Green Party and its voters turn the tide of greed, exploitation,
apathy, dependencies and dysfunction that has become the namesake
of our times. It helps us get people back to mutually supportive
kinship with one another and all the rest of our earthly-home
companions. This has been demonstrated at Project NatureConnect.
And by using the nine-leg process the Green Party can do it,
* A significant fact
that we learn to deny:
experiences in nature are a basic and inherent form of love.
As noted in
his book The Web of Life Imperative, Mike Cohen insists
that the testimonials of over five thousand people who have had
at least one attractive experience in nature make a monumental
statement not to be ignored.
individuals of all ages and walks of life say that they have
inherited from nature or the Creator their ability to enjoy their
attractive nature experiences; they were not "taught"
how to have them. They report that they had not, nor did they need a book, mentor, guide or
instructor in order to discover and on some level love their
attractions in natural areas. They say their ability to attractively
register nature is "built in" because some of these
experiences occurred when they were extremely young.
"Every individual has the innate capacity to consciously
be attracted to nature at some level. The benefits of Nature's
unifying attraction world is readily accessible to those who,
rather than deny its existence, seek it. It is the wildness that
Thoreau identified as 'A civilization other than our own.'"
Cohen has placed
a sampling of these individual's nature descriptions on the
and welcomes additional descriptions.
asserts that anyone who has had an attractive experience in nature,
backyard or back country, recognizes on some level that this
ability is inborn, not culturally learned.
in nature have been some of the most memorable parts of my childhood
and early adolescence. During those years I was fortunate enough
to love sitting alone at sunset on a hill looking out across
the fields, the early night air filled with he sound of crickets
and the smell of hay. Those warm summer days were spent watching
the changing clouds with endless fascination for they seemed
to speak to me in a language that I somehow understood."
Education Student, Project NatureConnect
is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures,
but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life."
1984, p. 22
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*Ray, Paul and Anderson, Sherry
(2002). Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing
the World. New York: Three Rivers Press, pp 218-219.