FOUND: A unique, nature-connecting
learning tool that enables your psyche to authentically tap into
the wisdom and purifying powers of nature. This sensory science
helps you rejuvenate 48 subdued
natural intelligences that heighten your awareness and increase
Backyard or backcountry, this book's practical process empowers
you to improve your health, inner-peace and self-esteem.
Learn how to replace the destructive blocks in your thinking
with dynamically balanced ways of knowing.
Counteract your education's omission of a much needed organic
Master how to genuinely reconnect your reasoning and senses to
their nurturing origins in the dance of nature's restorative vigor, sustainability
Help yourself, and those close to you, benefit from the renewal
that thrives in the magnificence of a beautiful day, the wisdom
of an ancient tree and the fortitude of a weed.
Let the higher power of nature's healing energies help your thinking
transform your harmful stress, disorders and addictive bonds
into the rewards from responsible personal, social and environmental
Strengthen your inborn natural genius. Grow from hands-on, Biophilia-in-action,
classes, essays, friendships, activities, research, scholarships,
ethics, counseling and healing.
Enjoy a satisfying, Earth-friendly, job, career, internship or
teaching certification. Take advantage of online scholarships,
courses and degree programs.
The process of nature-connected
To understand how and why the
organic psychology in this book will work for you as it has for
so many others, consider the following key intelligence test
question, one that ordinarily might help assess a person's mathematical
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 for a math
Intelligent people say "five" because it is valid
in mathematical systems and contemporary thinking and it is highly
regarded and rewarded by our society. 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. They each provide further information and
help our sense of reason make more sense and a more informed
decision. 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 anyone
not to take seriously the difference between 4-leg and 5-leg
ways of knowing and our learned prejudice for the latter. As
this book shows, when they are not in balance the schism between
their different ways of registering the world produces destructive
relationships, stress and conflict.
Four-leg knowing is a magnificent psychological
and physiological phenomenon with deep natural system roots into
the eons, the heart of Earth and our psyche. It brings our widely
diverse multiplicity of natural senses and sensory experiences
into our awareness.
Five-leg knowing produces important awareness through abstract
imagination, labels and stories. However, it is a shortcut. When
it does not find it reasonable to also seek and think with 4-leg
knowledge it results not only in our desensitization but in the
separation of our thinking from the dynamically balanced regenerative
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.
Four-leg versus 5-leg discord creates an entrenched conflict
in our psyche between how we
think and how nature works. This is a point source of the stress
and contamination our society produces in the integrity of people
and the environment. It generates disorders and troubles that
are seldom found in nature or nature-centered people.
It is important to recognize that by financially and socially
rewarding us for getting "good grades" or for "making
the grade" by using nature-isolated 5-leg thinking, our
socialization habitually bonds, conditions, programs or addicts
us to 5-leg thinking. In the process, 5-leg thinking often learns
to demean 4-leg reasoning as childish, unscientific, or environ-mentalist
(tree hugging, airy fairy, earth muffin, fuzzy thinking.) The
result is that we become dependent on 5-leg knowing and relating
as well as go into denial about its senselessness. For example:
"Aristotle thought there
were eight legs on a fly and wrote it down. For centuries scholars
were content to quote his authority. Apparently, not one of them
was curious enough to impale a fly and count its six legs."
The Natural Systems Thinking
Process (NSTP) reverses this psychological schism and its harmful
personal and environmental effects. It helps us reasonably
gather information from both 4-leg and 5-leg sources. This lets
us be winners by enjoying a whole, healing, 9-leg thinking process.
The vital secret of NSTP is that by carefully following its instructions,
we can enlist nature's restorative powers to overcome our bonded
conditioning to half-truth 5-leg thinking. In time, 9-leg thinking
becomes a habit, as healthful as brushing your teeth.
History of the Natural Systems
In 1959, Dr. Michael J. Cohen founded a camp and school program
based on reconnecting with nature. The National Audubon Society
and many others called it the most revolutionary school in America.
They said it was on the side of the angels. Participants traveled
and thrived by camping out in 83 different natural habitats throughout
the seasons. They learned to honor their thoughts and feelings
and to live out their commitment to have open, honest relationships
with the natural environment, each other and with indigenous
people(s), researchers, ecologists, the Amish, organic farmers,
anthropologists, folk musicians, naturalists, shamans, administrators,
historians and many others close to the land. The experience
deeply reconnected their 53 senses to their natural origins.
They 9-leg reconnected their thinking and selves to the whole
The students loved to educate themselves this way and its effectiveness
showed in its results:
- Chemical dependencies, including
alcohol and tobacco, disappeared.
-Destructive social relationships were challenged and healed.
-Personality and eating disorders subsided. Violence, crime and
prejudice were unknown in the group.
-Academics improved because they were applicable, hands-on and
-Loneliness, hostility and depression subsided.
Group interactions allowed for stress release and management;
each day was fulfilling and relatively peaceful.
- Some students using meditation found they no longer needed
to use it. They learned how to sustain a nature-connected community
that more effectively helped them increase their resiliency to
stress and disease. Others found the school experience increased
the benefits of meditation by attaching it to the peace in global
- Participants said they felt they knew each other better than
they knew their families or best friends; they knew themselves
better than they ever had before.
- Participants felt safe. They risked expressing and acting from
their deeper thoughts and feelings. A profound, inborn sense
of social and environmental responsibility guided their decisions.
- When vacation periods arrived, neither staff nor student wanted
to go home. Each person enjoyed working to build this supportive,
balanced living and learning utopia. They were home.
- Students entered right livelihood professions.
All this occurred simply because community members made sense
of their life by developing supportive, multiple-sensory relationships
that restored contact with attractive callings from the natural
systems within and around them.
The 9-leg secret to each participant's
success was to learn how to thoughtfully learn through 4-leg
natural sensations and feelings that arose from their newly regrown
in ecosystems of which they were part. These sensations acted
as nature's guiding voice.
The value and rewards of the 9-leg process
freed the participants' 53 natural 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 consensus-based 9-leg thinking, literacy
and relating that included information from, and the regenerative,
healing powers of, natural systems. To many 5-leg thinkers, this
sounds crazy, but year after year the beneficial results still
speak for themselves as they improve relationships and reduce
stress, conflict and a wide range of associated disorders.
* * *
From 30 years of travel and study in over 260 national parks,
forests and subcultures, Cohen developed a repeatable learning
process and psychology that anyone can use at home, work or school
today. It unleashes our suppressed 4-leg ability to grow and
survive responsibly with natural systems in ourselves, others
and the environment. By documenting that it worked and could
be taught, he earned his doctoral degree and the school became
a nationally recognized graduate and undergraduate degree program.
From 1985-92, Cohen translated his nature-connected psychology
program into the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) for
public use, backyard or back country, via the Internet or in
conjunction with local study groups in real time.
Through NSTP courses, people recover their natural senses and
integrity by sharing their attractions to hands-on, sensory, nature-reconnections
at home, work or school. This is done best with small study groups
either over the Internet or in person.
Any reasonable person understands full well that we can't resolve
our unsolvable problems using the same, nature-disconnected,
5-leg thinking that produces them.
The critical contribution of NSTP is that it empowers individuals
to create moments that let Earth teach in its sensory voice.
It helps us responsibly unify 5-leg and 4-leg thinking. This
9-leg amalgamation is a healthy, natural, super-intelligent way
of knowing and relating. Its how nature works. It provides us
with a missing essence of wellness, sustainable living and peace
that we can enjoy personally, socially and globally.
For further information visit www.SaneEarth.com
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About the Author:
Recipient of the 1994
Distinguished World Citizen Award, Ecopsychologist Michael
J. Cohen, Ed.D. is a Director of the Institute of Global
Education, where he coordinates its Integrated Ecology Department
and Project NatureConnect. He also serves on the faculty of Portland
State University, Akamai University and the International University
of Professional Studies. Dr. Cohen has founded sensory environmental
education programs independently and for the National Audubon
Society and Lesley University (AEI), conceived the National Audubon
Conference "Is the Earth a Living Organism," and is
the award winning author of Reconnecting With Nature, Einstein's
World, and How Nature Works. He is an accomplished
folk song artist and contra dancer who presents traditional music
programs for the U.S. National Park Service and Elderhostel on
San Juan Island, Washington.
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