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Out of habit, most of us suffer disorders because, from early childhood on, our leaders socialize us to believe a critical lie. Do you, or others you know, suffer from this practice? A remedy for this hurtful distortion is readily available.
This page offers valuable rewards to individuals who recognize four basics of Organic Psychology:
1. We are part of nature and it sustains the global life community without producing our garbage, disorders or abusiveness.
2. Natural systems pervade nature and are self-correcting. They recycle, purify and nurture wherever they flow.
3. We excessively suffer our disorders because we don't connect with nature's grace, balance and restorative powers to help us remedy our troubles.
4. We spend, on average, 98 percent of our life indoors, separated from nature. To our loss, our thinking and feeling are extremely disconnected from nature's healing ways.
THE NATURAL ORIGINS AND REMEDY FOR OUR STRESS EPIDEMIC
An Organic Psychology Report from an Online Course Participant
That evening, when I started to do an Organic Psychology activity, I was attracted to a flying squirrel in the oak tree in my front yard. The squirrel was such a busybody, working hard to get home before dark and its antics made me laugh quietly a number of times. I thanked it for bringing me joy and then sought and obtained permission from an acorn on the ground to pick it up as a memory of this evening.
Next week I was in the Emergency Room when a 40 year old female patient came in with chest pains. The patient was experiencing the pains from the night before and she had extreme difficulty breathing. The MD and I did all that we could.
I became so stressed out because I was alone with the patient after the MD left to attend another patient. Concerned, I took my blood pressure, it was, as usual when I'm stressed, 134/90. I held the patient's hand with one hand and used the other to touch the acorn I kept in my pocket. I took a deep breath. I took two more deep breaths. The patient watched me and I fell into rhythm with her breath. Stroking the acorn, I remembered how peaceful and humorous it was when I watched the squirrel, and I became calm almost immediately. I know that stroking the acorn reduced my stress drastically because I felt a relief to my chest. I was able to quietly and calmly hold the patient's hand, and provide care with a clarity that was absent when I was feeling extremely stressed out. I checked my blood pressure fifteen minutes later, and it was a good S/D 120/80.
I investigated this nature-connected "collected-sample" process, and taught it to five other Emergency Room nurses. Four of them attained similar stress reduction using a variety of natural things they placed in their pockets after completing the activities. I now teach this process to nurses as a stress management tool and I used the research for my Doctoral project.
As the experience, above, demonstrates, nature can be far more than we ordinarily learn to believe. For example, we are not alone in our ability to build things. The fossils found in geologic records indicate that, in naturally balanced, non-polluting ways, beavers were building dams, ponds and fields long before people were present on earth. Scientific research also indicates that, throughout the eons, the intelligence and life-spirit of natural systems built and maintained the natural world. It is that world that biologically evolved humanity and our psyche. We seldom recognize that, like all creatures, we are children of nature.
As demonstrated by the wilderness of North America, before the mass arrival of Western Culture, natural systems intelligently self-organized and corrected themselves to support, modify and purify each other. They did this in regenerative ways that left nothing out and that and enhanced life and well-being. Without creating garbage, they produced nature's balanced optimums of life, cooperation, peace and diversity. They sustained nature's minimum of abusiveness, pollution. insanity, violence, illness and dysfunction.
We may conclude that the natural system relationships of the biosphere are our uncelebrated non-human womb of life. Throughout our embryonic and post-natal lives these relationships nurture, sustain and restore our human nature us as they flow through and around us. With few exceptions, we, including our mind are them, and they are us. It, then, is the exceptions that erode personal, social and environmental well being. We must learn how to educate them to help us be better citizens of the world. We may accomplish this by understanding their origins:
Biologically and culturally, humanity evolved in the tropical environment of Africa. Because seasonal changes there, in "Eden," were minimal, the availability of warmth and food was constant.
Natural People: As ancient humanity migrated into areas with dramatically changing seasons, most cultures socialized to stories that said: "We must seek and respect new signals from this place. They will help us survive through its fluctuations." Survival depended upon expertly sustaining sensitivity and gratitude to life-supportive "communication" with natural systems and their changes.
Tropicmakers: Contemporary cultures socialized to a different story. It said: "To survive, we must create artificial tropic-simulating 'closets.' Living in them, we may protect ourselves from seasonal changes and enjoy a constant warmth and food supply, as if we were in the tropics. Our survival depends upon our leaders' creativity and intelligence to develop 'tropic-making' techniques. We must use natural areas as a resource to produce imitations of tropical life: warmth, indoor space, agriculture, medicine, food storage, entertainment and transportation. We must control or replace nature's fluctuations."
Increasingly disconnected from the beneficial ways of natural systems, the thinking of contemporary people addicts to rewards from nature-exploitive stories, profits, power and prestige. Constant blessings from God-stories replace the natural rewards from expressing our inborn gratitude to nature and its pulsating life-spirit.
The key to our tropicmaking survival has become nature-disconnected thinking and feeling stories that often stress and deteriorate well-being. Unfortunately, as these stories nurture the authority of industrial ways they also feed our disorders.
Delusion: During our first six years of childhood we socialize youngsters to change from their birth as natural beings into tropicmakers. Our tropicmaking socialization leads us to believe that the disconnection of our thinking from nature's grace, balance and restorative ways is progress, that it is benign, that it does not underlie the falsehoods, psychic wounds and nature-isolated lifestyle that stresses us. However, it is not possible to amputate away a valuable part of an organism and not have that organism hurt and want so that it senses that it never has enough and it always wants more.
Isn't our tropicmaking mentality like a computer unplugged from an electric socket, unable to see what's wrong or re-plug itself in?
Both the antidote and preventative for our the dilemmas caused by our exceptions to the ways of natural systems is to first recognize their source. Then the story of how to remedy them becomes apparent: "Use an organic tool that helps you replace what's missing. Plug your thinking and feeling into natural systems to enjoy the safe and lasting satisfactions they provide. Otherwise, your thinking remains hurt and wanting."
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"Human behavior is rooted most deeply in nature's intentions and desire. The rhythms of nature underlie all of human interaction: religious traditions, economic systems, cultural and political organization. When these human forms betray the natural psychic pulse, people and societies get sick, nature is exploited and entire species are threatened."
In industrial society our excessively nature-separated lives mold us to betray the natural psychic pulse. We learn to block from our thinking over 98 percent of the wise sensory callings and fulfillments we normally receive from natural systems and their eons of experience. Our subconscious hurt and frustration from the severed disconnection of these senses underlies our greatest troubles.
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