The Natural Systems Thinking
a recovery tool for people and the
"We cannot win this battle to save species
and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves
and nature as well - for we will not fight to save what we do
- Stephen Jay Gould
THINK FOR YOURSELF: If you are intelligent enough to recognize the importance
of emotional bonds in sustaining responsible personal and environmental
relationships, this web site will help you reach your deeper
goals and ideals. .
Do you know your Emotional Bond IQ?
What number represents your
agreement with Stephen Gould's quote above?
partially agree...........................fffully agree
If you agree that we need to forge emotional
bonds with people and nature, this site gives you a scientific
psychological tool that enables you to build them and teach others
to do the same.
Research at the Institute of Global Education shows that,
using a nature reconnecting process, even a child can safely
build, and teach others to build, the emotional bond with nature
described above by best selling author, Dr. Stephen Jay Gould,
The Institute's readily available education and counseling
process trains and pays people to build connective bonds with
nature independently, or in conjunction with others. Through
this accredited process, natural systems and people help each
other recover from contemporary society's abusiveness by transforming
it into supportive relationships.
Why the Process works:
In the global life community
two major things are true that we tend to overlook: nature
is survival and everything loves to survive.
Because people are part of nature we are each born loving
nature, loving to survive, loving life.
With respect to Dr. Gould's observation, we do not have to
forge an emotional bond with nature. Rather, as part of nature,
we inherit that that love bond. As in every other living thing,
it is a critical component of our biology, psychology and spirit.
To our loss, in contemporary society we don't learn to nurture
our inborn love of Nature. Instead, due to our society's excessive
conquest and exploition of the natural world, we are rewarded
to learn to disown and disconnect from nature. This emotionally
slashes our love of nature so we seldom feel or express it. It
hurts. To reduce the pain, our body buries it in our subconscious.
There it psychologically contaminates our thoughts, feelings
Psychological problems demand psychological solutions. To sustain
responsible relationships, we must engage in an effective, nature
reconnecting, education and counseling psychological process.
It must help us nurture, restore and sustain our love of nature
in our consciousness and thinking. This process must become a
significant part of each skill we develop, relationship we build,
and issue we face, personally, locally or globally.
Each of our trespasses ultimately results from our psychological
suppression of our love of nature. We have yet to address this
Pulitzer-Prize winning sociobiologist Edward
O. Wilson, Ph.D., of Harvard, affirms that people have
an inherent biological need to be in contact with nature. He
says we have a basic affinity for nature (Biophilia) and its
instructive and healing properties; nature may hold the key to
our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction.
OUR GREAT CHALLENGE:
Because it is subconscious,
we seldom recognize the destructive psychological link in the
way we think. Its absence prevents us from solving our greatest
Most of us have become Ecozombies, desensitized, environmental
deadheads. On average, society conditions us to spend over 95%
of our time and 99.9% of our thinking disconnected from nature.
That is equivalent to brainwashing. Nature's absence leaves us
wanting. We feel we never have enough. We greedily, destructively,
consume and, goaded by advertising, we can't stop.
Nature no longer helps us recycle our destructive thoughts
into constructive relationships. Instead, its loss in our emotional
lives produces a hurt, hungering, void within us. That void bullies
us into our dilemmas.
"It is difficult to get people
to understand something when their salary depends upon them not
- Upton Sinclair
Most key leaders and professional people are super ecozombies.
Their insensitivity to nature-love is an unstated requirement
for being leaders in our nature detached society.
As the state of the world shows, our leaders often lead us
HOW TO MEET THE CHALLENGE
heart of our unsolvable problems is psychological. We are in denial. We
deny that we are addicted to a false story that says: 'For us
to live we must conquer, exploit and subdue nature.'
Every other being in nature survives in cooperative balance
through attractions that build consensual, mutually supportive
relationships. NSTP enables us to think and act this way, too."
-Michael J. Cohen
In the past decade, research has produced a simple, nature-reconnecting
process, that, like a card game, anybody can learn, teach and
enjoy. It is a psychological science called the Natural Systems
Thinking Process (NSTP). It enables any person or organization
to rehabilitate our inborn love of nature. The increased energies
of that love reduce the stress and disassociation that underlies
a wide variety of our behavioral, learning, and wellness disorders.
In any natural area, backyard or back country, NSTP empowers
a person to make conscious sensory contact with nature's intelligence,
balance and beauty and incorporate it in their thinking. This
therapeutically nurtures our 53 (not just five) natural senses
that inherently register and convey our love of nature. They
strengthen and increasingly remain in our awareness. People enjoy
and bond with them. They help us think sensitively, in more balanced,
responsible ways, as nature intended.
The Natural Systems Thinking Process is used by environmentally
caring counselors, teachers, and students; physicians, ministers
and non-professionals. It contains 127 teachable nature connecting
ecopsychology activities along with books, articles and courses
that explain how and why the activities work.
Those of us that have not added NSTP to our lives or profession
are not doing all we easily can do in the service of personal
and global sanity
"We have 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 relationships with self, society and the environment. "
- James Rowe,
Director, Outward Bound School, Costa Rica
"The results of using NSTP were even
happier, more practical and lasting than those from the "Survivor"
TV shows. We did not compete for a million dollars but what wealth
we gained! Using local natural areas, we learned how to sustainably
live in supportive balance with each other and the environment.
We were all winners, as will be those with whom we share the
nature reconnecting process."
- Carol Biggs, Counselor-Naturalist,
For the wellness of people and our planet home, learn and
teach NSTP. Rehabilitate nature's responsible, loving, intelligence
that lies in yourself and others.
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"At root, ecology is an erotic attitude of closeness, relatedness
and care. We have made it into a rational/activist project and
lost sight of its heart."
- Thomas Moore
We live in troubled times. For this reason we urge you to
take advantage of the nature reconnecting benefits of NSTP. They
enable you to meet your need for belonging, peace and wellness.
Help produce sustainable personal and global sanity by freeing
our innate love of nature from its imprisonment in our mentality.
In turn, NSTP will help you increase your effectiveness, marketability,
"The timely sound theory and
well grounded experience of this program demands its use by enlightened
people. I find its personalized, sensory-focused activities gently,
safely lead adults and children back outdoors. In our struggle
to find connectedness and meaning it allows the natural world
to nurture a responsible growing edge of culture."
- Bill Hammond, Director
of Curriculum Services,
Florida Advisory Council on Environmental Education.
Full information: http://www.ecopsych.com/homepage.html
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.degree programs, financial aid, and activities.
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THE BEST WAY TO LEARN AND TEACH
THE NATURAL SYSTEMS THINKING PROCESS:
ORIENTATION COURSE: Psychological
Elements of Global Citizenship
The Science of Connecting With
the Web of Life
The Art of Thinking With Nature
An exciting, inexpensive ($35), three-week,
blend of shared, online activity, information and training with
credit optional. Learn by doing. Become a practitioner anywhere.
This is a free course if it meets your needs, a transferable
prerequisite for additional courses, degrees and participation. The course is our best,
most complete and useful way to help nature restore genuine humanity in contemporary society. It opens
new vistas in academics, counseling, spirit and wellness that
recycle and purify destructive thinking.
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World: Natural Attractions, Intelligences and
Sanity A non-fiction, metaphor, book
and reading course. It helps you reverse ecozombie disorders
while at home. You can take it, teach it and be paid, too. Credit
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"Until mankind can extend the
circle of his compassion to include all living things, he will
never, himself, know peace."
- Albert Schweitzer,
Nobel Peace Prize, l950
Institute of Global Education
Special NGO consultant
to the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Department of Integrated Ecology
P.O. Box 1605 Friday Harbor, WA 98250