The regenerative grace,
balance and beauty of nature give it, or make it, a wise intelligent
perfection of its own for which no match has yet been found.
To date, the artificial substitutes or improvements that we invent
to replace nature usually generate waste products, our excesses
or other destructiveness. This results in our troubles, troubles
that are foreign to nature and detrimental to our happiness and
nature's perfect ways.
generated by our substitutes for nature suggest that with regard
to nature there is no substitute for the real thing. To our benefit,
organic products and processes enable us to benefit from this
realization. Rather than overcome or supplant nature, organics
work with nature's profound ways and wisdom to help us meet our
survival goals. (1)
a key role in organics and, in turn, organics neither produce
nor suffer the problems generated by our surrogates for nature.
psychologies and learning processes of our nature-separated thinking
are prejudicially designed and rewarded for conquering or exploiting
nature rather than nurturing, embracing and revering the natural
world. In this way, contemporary processes often help produce
and continue the problems they are designed to solve. (2)
with nature rather than against it. However, most contemporary
processes are not organic in nature. Rather, they are products
of our isolated way of thinking, a limited form of consciousness
that arrogantly declares that it is the greatest intelligence
on Earth. That consciousness teaches us that, for our survival,
it is our duty to relate to nature as a resource for implementing
how and what we think. We learn to relate to nature as a commodity
rather than respect it as our community.
of our wayward, but normal, thinking process is to provide mechanisms
and rewards that habituate us to the destructive non-organic
ways of thinking and relating that create our problems. This
conditioning of our mentality this way describes insanity; it
helps to explain our society's madness.
"The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different
..........- Benjamin Franklin
"We can't solve problems by using the
same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
..........- Albert Einstein
recognizes that we are part of nature and that, like the rest
of nature, our psyche and ability to think contain nature's perfection.
is that our psyche has become painfully disconnected from nature
and thereby polluted by hurtful, non-organic aspects of our culture
and socialization. This occurs because we separate nature's perfection
within us from its continually nurturing origins in the natural
world. Like pulling a plant out of the soil, we have lost our
grounding and we suffer the effects of non-organic substitutes.
Parts of our
society have long recognized and reported this detrimental disconnection.
But our social rewards for exploiting nature for a profit, have
prejudicially addicted our thinking to ignore our disconnection
problem so, to our loss, we remain disconnected.
The excessively stressed, abusive
and polluted state of the world produced by the genius of contemporary
thinking clearly shows that our mentality is often dysfunctional.
It is also clear that nature's restorative powers are not healing
this dysfunction as they would normally in nature. This is simply
because we live extremely nature-separated lives.
On average, over 99 percent
of our thinking is not in tune with nature; over 95 percent of
our time is spent indoors.
How can nature even begin to
help us heal our disorders when we are disconnected from its
healing ways and receive socioeconomic rewards to applaud this
disconnection as progress?
Organic Psychology in Essence
The science of Organic Psychology
addresses our disconnection dilemma in the same way organics
have successfully addressed other environmental and social problems.
Consider, for example, the great benefits we gain when we compost
pollution and other waste materials.
Composting works by working
with nature, by making space and time for garbage to naturally
transform itself into products that support the whole of life.
The decomposition process may not glamourous but it supports
humanity. It is nature's way of sustaining health and balance,
it's free and it's purifing.
We become what we think. Organic
Psychology (OP) gives our thinking the rewards and value of "composting,"
our mind pollution, the mental garbage our society's sickness
dumps in our psyche that creates our stress and troubles. To
our benefit, OP enables us to safely orchestrate fusions of our
thinking with the self-correcting intelligence of nature's grace,
balance and restorative powers. This transforms our mental garbage
into constructive, more holistic, thoughts and acts.
By joining our psyche with
natural systems and their perfection, our belief systems and
activities become more organic.
Our thinking increases our
well-being when it has the OP ability to guide our disorders
into environmentally sound ways of relating on personal and global
levels. OP helps us correct the dilemmas caused by our nature-disconnected
socialization, education and consciousness.
OP works because it empowers
us to create Organic Consciousness Moments (OCM). OCM connect
our consciousness, thinking and acts with the regenerative intelligence
and love in nature's self-organizing perfection (3)
A key to organic thinking is
being able to recognize that a walk in the park refreshes us
not just by getting us away from our problems. It, in addition,
immerses our psyche in the renewing powers of nature's grace,
balance and beauty.
The benefits of OP parallel
the great values we already receive from organic food production,
organic medicine and organic acts of courage.
By sharing the who, where,
when why and how of what is taking place with OCM. We discover
what OCM can beneficially add quality to our lives. (4)
This is more practical than the usual procedures for social and
environmental improvement. Ordinarily we learn to first present
an idea to the public and its leaders and get them to accept,
fund and then apply that idea. Positive change only occurs if
the original idea is holistic enough and it is not compromised.
For example, we still don't raise and eat organic foods although
the possibility of doing so has long been known. Another example:
ancient knowledge written from contact by Moses with the burning
bush or from Jesus's forty days in the wilderness has yet to
reach its potential in our civilization.
What Organic Psychology does
is seek and present information that helps us, at will, go directly
to the burning bush or wilderness and beneficially connect our
thinking with the consciousness and intelligence found there,
backyard or backcountry. This is doable and believable because
most of us have already done it. We have enjoyed a good experience
with nature, backcountry, backyard or with our pet, or with the
wind, sea or stars. On some level we already recognize nature's
potential for healing, for increasing our peace of mind and our
reverence for all of life. (2)
Therapy and education that
includes us learning how to create and enjoy OCM help us further
validate and trust what we naturally sense and feel in good nature
The Journal of Organic Psychology
recognizes that we must, in the now of life, deal with the detrimental
anti-nature prejudice and addictive conditioning that results
from rewarding our nature-disconnected socialization. The Journal
also recognizes that these destructive emotional forces seldom
respond to ideas and information alone. To nurture ourselves
and become healthy the Journal helps us add OCM to every aspect
of our life. Moment by moment, it helps us let nature's regenerative
"higher power" recycle the erosive bonds and prejudicial
ways we habitually think and act. This is vital because, at this
late date, our thinking is hurtfully nature-deficient, as is
1. M.J. Cohen How
You Can Come to Your Senses
3. Project NatureConnect Secrets
of Natural Attractions Trail
4. Project NatureConnect Survey