"The human need for nature is linked not just to the material exploitation of the environment but also to the influence of the natural world on our emotional, cognitive, aesthetic, and even spiritual development."
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"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 mind."

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"The environmental crisis is an outward manifestation of a crisis of mind and spirit. There could be no greater misconception of its meaning than to believe it is concerned only with endangered wildlife, human-made ugliness and pollution. These are part of it, but more importantly, the crisis is concerned with the kind of creates we are and what we must become in order to survive."
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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.
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"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."
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"We are dysfunctional socially and environmentally because we are cut off and isolated from the world of nature and the natural."
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"Nurture your felt love for nature. Never deny it. That love is nature's voice, our origins in nature, the eons, the purifying intelligence, beauty and diversity of natural systems sustaining us in the spirit of their perfection and wellness."
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The Hidden, Unified-Field Voice in Natural Systems:

Why Counseling, Learning and Relationships Work Better When Connected to the Web of Life

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"Good Morning, Mr. President, Isn't it Time to Wake Up and Smell the Roses Again?"

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
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The Hidden, Unified-Field Voice in Natural Systems: Why Counseling, Learning and Relationship Advice Work Better When Connected to the Unified Field and Web of Life.


ABSTRACT:

A broken computer cannot repair itself if its malfunction prevents it from making the repair. Similarly, we suffer our personal, social and environmental dysfunctions because we have "broken" our computer, our ability to think clearly with regard to our human relationship with natural systems.

Our broken thinking creates and sustains our dysfunctional relationships because, without help, it can't repair itself.

Nature can be seen as an prime energy of life and we are part of nature. Normally, nature's creative intelligence and basic powers of love produce the non-polluting perfection and healing ways of natural systems within and about us. But we live excessively nature-separated lives. Our separation removes our thinking from nature's universe of grace, balance and restorative power. This loss creates a wanting natural system void in our psyche, an emotion and information frustration that produces dysfunctions in our thinking.

We must replace this loss by connecting our psyche with nature for our thinking is our destiny.

Today, an organic, nature-reconnecting education and counseling tool is readily available on the Internet. It enables us to genuinely tap our psyche into natural systems and think like nature's perfection works. The tool helps us remedy our mental dysfunctions by inviting nature's regenerative ways to constructively fill the void we have produced in our mind and heart. Through this process we compost, recycle and renew our polluted and misguided thoughts.

This Article suggests that our thinking has become so dysfunctional that, without help, our thinking may not appreciate or use the new nature-reconnecting tool and the opportunity it presents. However, the Article also empowers you, your friends and your supporters to provide the help our thinking needs to use the tool.

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"Nurture your felt love for nature. Never deny it. That love is the eons, the purifying intelligence, beauty and diversity of nature sustaining us in its perfection. Our disconnection from this love and its advice produces our hurt, greed and destructiveness. We must reconnect and restore its peaceful voice in our thoughts, soul and surroundings."

- Michael J. Cohen
.........Author, The Web of Life Imperative

 

"We are dysfunctional socially and environmentally because we are cut off and isolated from the world of nature and the natural."

-Albert Gore, (edited).....
.........Author, Earth in the Balance

 

Since the publication of his 1992 book, Earth in the Balance, we have heard little from Al Gore about how to deal with the destructive dysfunctions he identifies in our society, dysfunctions produced by our excessive disconnection from nature.

In 1990, I personally described to Senator Gore an easily applicable social technology that empowers us to genuinely connect our mind with nature and reverse our dysfunctions. In addition, I gave him the published blueprint of this nature-connecting tool and he included it in the bibliography of his book Earth in the Balance. Today that tool is readily available. The burning question is "Are we, including Al Gore, too dysfunctional to appreciate and use the tool?"

Here is what our mind does not want us to hear. With rare exception, the mentality of industrial society is walking a self-destructive treadmill of denial. We unnecessarily suffer our troubles because we deny that our thinking is prejudiced against nature and therefore dysfunctional and we deny that a readily available, nature-connecting tool enables us to transform our prejudice into constructive relationships.

Converging Evidence and Process

Significantly, in the past decade the often opposing physical (7), biological, social and environmental sciences have discovered a body of evidence upon which they agree. In addition, this evidence also agrees with findings in ethics (10), philosophy and spirituality (9). During this same period, the fields of education and psychology have produced a learning tool that enables any individual to access this validated knowledge and use its advice to build human and natural relationships that improve self, society and the environment (3).

The evidence mentioned above authenticates what outdoor researchers like myself distinctly sense in natural areas. A fundamental, binding, energy underlies every aspect of the world we know (13). Be it a basic, organic form of the Power of Love or the Unified Field so highly sought in physics (and affirmed in 2012), a cohesive natural attraction holds together, sustains in balance, and is an essence of communication for relationships, be they sub-atomic, human, or global (8, 6).

Natural attraction connects everything into a system, a subsystem or "thing" so that everything belongs, nothing is isolated or not wanted. For this reason, nature produces no garbage.

Natural attraction roots

Nature grows from seeds and roots, past to present. The existence of an original natural attraction throughout nature is consistent with how nature works. It makes perfect sense. If the Earth yesterday and today was not held together by natural attraction, it would fall apart, which it hasn't and doesn't. Rather, its natural systems are attracted to increase in growth, diversity, resilience and in their ability to support and renew life in balance without producing pollution.

To physically see one of our body’s atoms we’d have to enlarge it to the size of a 16 story building. In this building the nucleus would be the size of a grain of salt. And somewhere in the 16 story "empty" space would be the electrons orbiting the nucleus – these would be 2000 times smaller than the nucleus. If the building was a hydrogen atom, there would only be 1 electron in the "space." Yet, the building holds itself together. So what are it and we made of? We are 99.999999999% space filled with attraction.

Even the nucleus and each of its subatomic particles are packets of attraction that are immerging from a universal ocean of the unbroken wholeness of attraction. This is also true of the electron. Every atom in our body – though there for a relatively short time, was once born somewhere in the universe in the heart of a star. Atoms are formed from raw materials in stars that are attracted to form nuclear explosions that occur millions of times a second.

The atoms in our body are ancient. Each is recycled and being exchanged with other atoms from around us. Each has been in many places in the earth, they are shared. They belong to no one. They visit temporarily to be you or me, they then leave and become a part of the rock, the tree, our neighbor.  This flow is the attraction intelligence that drives and manifests our body mind and spirit, it is who we and the web of life are before our story world socializes or civilizes us.

We are attractive

All material and non-material "things" in nature, including people, consist of natural attraction relationships. Thus, as natural attraction produces us, it manifests itself as us, as our molecules, body, mind, sensations, feelings and spirit. This acts like an "attraction sensitivity symbiogenesis" that operates to develop new atoms and molecules and continues to play a role in the development of new genes and species.

On our first real birth day, together, all members of nature's plant, animal and mineral kingdoms "love" us so much that they are attracted to physically and spiritually become us. They supportively flow their eons of balancing life attractions, wisdom and experience through us. In time, they birth us out of our human mother and into the more supportive and universal womb of Mother Nature, so that, as part of the natural attraction process, we help support all of life as it helps support us. We are born as contributing planetary citizens with unique attraction contributions. We are also born as equals; every other member of the global life community has the same natural origins.

Our senses are not sterile. Like everything else they, too, are natural attraction expressing itself. For our survival our senses intelligently give us advice. They help us consciously, feelingly, register nature's ways as they seek fulfillment from their attractions to their origins in nature. For example, our sense of thirst intelligently "knows" when we are dehydrated as well as knows to bring to our consciousness our attraction to water. This attraction (sense of thirst) brings us to water and, in addition, helps us survive in balance with at least 52 additional natural intelligence senses that we register: hunger, community, trust, place, companionship. Nature's attraction sensitivity way of knowing and communicating makes up our older "horse brain," about 90% of our mentality.

Effects of disconnection

Biologically, humanity is a seamless continuum of nature and natural attraction. However, a contemporary person mostly lives indoors and thinks over 99% of the time while disconnected from their natural attractions and their fulfilling origins in natural areas. This profound disconnection corrupts our thinking to the point that we consider this severe dismemberment normal. We often applaud it as progress even as we suffer its abnormal effects upon ourselves and on the environment.

Disconnected, the missing attraction rewards in our nature-disconnected sensibilities and emotions produce our wants and greed. The latter arise from our severed, frustrated natural attractions. This stressful void makes contemporary people the only organisms on Earth whose mentality destructively produces garbage, pollution, war, mental illness, loneliness, excessive stress and abusive relationships. These maladies, with rare exception, are absent in nature or people in tune with authentic nature.

Scientific shortcomings

The objectivity and science of disconnected contemporary thinking dismisses as subjective most of the natural attraction sensitivities that nature and we hold in common. For example, sensory attractions to water (thirst), life (survival), appetite for air (to breathe), home (place), safety (trust) and belonging (community) are not even included in the five senses that we say we learn and know from. Because they are missing, satisfactions and advice from our natural attraction to pets, friends, family, lakes, wind, hills, sky, peace, sunshine, justice and community seldom play a key role in forging our self-esteem, economics and technologies.

In our nature-isolated thinking, we learn to view at least 45 natural attraction senses and feelings as unimportant, as non-measurable, childish or unreasonable loves (12). We condition ourselves to become sensuously sterile and oblivious to them. To our loss, we omit them from most thinking and equations. This corrupts us. Our thinking and resilience lose nature's essential, unifying energy, our inherent natural attraction way of knowing and relating that peacefully holds the natural world in a mutually supportive, cooperative, equilibrium. Disconnected from this common bond, we and Earth are becoming increasingly dysfunctional (4) (11). We can't adequately think or relate to the whole of life with 90% of our capacity to do so missing from our psyche.

From womb to tomb, for profit, we are socialized to excessively transform our inherited natural love of life into "McLove" of burgers and the rest of what we appropriately call our "Gross National Product."

Life's hidden purpose

The absence of natural attractions from our thinking leaves us to conclude that life systems, including ourselves, operate by the laws of chance and are without purpose. However, any thoughtful person may observe that, locally or globally, a life system does have a purpose. It is to survive by following its natural attraction to grow in support of life. Throughout nature, minerals, plants and animals achieve this purpose and perfection by fulfilling a multiplicity of natural attractions that resonate and beneficially modify each other. Things in nature thereby intelligently, by "consensus" (many sensitivities together), unite as transpersonal global citizens to their mutual benefit. The "fittest" are those that best sustain mutually beneficial cooperative relationships with their neighbors and environment.

As part of nature, when our senses and feelings are not thwarted by nature-conquering stories, artificial substitutes or social pressures, they attract us to responsibly support life. Each time we do they reward us with joys that keep us on that path.

Restoring disconnection

Considering our mental loss due to our disconnection from nature, it is not surprising that most therapies, healing, and learning work better and produce greater cures and responsibility when connected to natural attractions in nature. It is no longer heresy to say that the greater a person's natural attraction desensitization or disconnection, the greater are the problems that person suffers and causes. Conversely, sensuously reconnecting with attractions in nature is our salvation. The connection enables us to benefit from the real thing, the unique supportive and regenerative powers of nature. They, in turn, help us transform our disorders into unifying, constructive relationships (5A-E).

To help us repair our mentality's destructive disconnection from nature, at the Project NatureConnect a newly researched Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) and GreenWave-54 application provides a psychologically organic tool, a missing link. To our "normal" way of thinking, the tool enables us to do what seems impossible. It helps us safely make thoughtful, conscious, sensory contact with healing natural attractions in nature, backyard or backcountry. Through this purifying connective process, we invite natural systems to "compost," or recycle or renew, polluted or injured parts of our psyche. This is not unreasonable. We simply tap into the normal ways of natural systems and let them do what they usually do best. Through NSTP we reduce our dismemberment stress and improve our thinking and ways of relating. We dissolve "mind pollution" and its destructive effects. The sensory information that registers from contact with natural systems helps us think and co-create with, rather than against, nature (3).

This authentic reconnection with our natural attraction origins renews at least 54 inherent natural attraction sensitivities in us. It energizes them to register in our consciousness as attractive felt senses and logic (3).

The presence of these additional senses in our normal awareness enables us to enjoyably think and speak with and through them, to make greater sense and thereby improve our relationships with ourselves, each other and the flow of natural systems through, within and around us. This regenerative process feels good. It becomes very attractive, therefore repeated, and thereby lasting (2).

In summary, by enabling us to genuinely connect our mind with nature NSTP helps anybody restore the inherent joy of our culturally suppressed natural attractions. Senses of community, trust, place, compassion, reason, belonging, consciousness, global citizenship, empathy, literacy, humor, spirit, relaxation and sustainability, along with our forty-one additional natural senses, come into play in congress. This helps us to come into balance as our thinking rationally registers and integrates nature's natural attraction to uncontaminated reason, peace, spirit, community and Higher Power.

Conclusion

It is neither sensible, necessary nor attractive for us to remain sensuously disconnected from nature and to continue to produce the destructive effects we and Earth presently suffer. To help us end this deterioration, NSTP is readily available through holistic online grants, courses, degree programs and training for nature-connected education, counseling and leadership. NSTP empowers caring individuals to help people, nations and religions share with each other what they deeply hold in common, an innate ability to make conscious sensory contact with natural attractions in natural areas and reap the unifying rewards. This unification improves personal, social and environmental relationships and restores peace. To knowledgeably omit this supportive nature-reconnecting process from any endeavor simply reinforces our dysfunctions.

 

"Personal transformation is best cultivated by partnering with the supreme agent of change, the Earth. Life is change, and nature is the wizard who enlivens its magic cycles."

-Philip Sutton Chard

 

"Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for the action of people."

-Albert Einstein

ADDENDA

The Growth of Attraction

Through the Webstring Natural Attraction Model, we see that:

1. In the beginning of time, in what was to become our universe, a resonating/dancing attraction "seed" appeared. It was aware that it was attraction but had no name for itself since, as far as we know, literacy had not yet been invented.

2. In this original resonating attraction different resonances of itself were attracted to connect and duplicate their connection. This was an attractive thing for attraction to do because it created greater attractiveness as it danced with an attractive partner. To grow attractively was the nature of its life.

3. As additional resonating attraction partnerships were produced some of their unique variety of dancing resonances were attracted to build new attraction attachments to each other, split off, and become more bonded concentrations of attractive identities. A diversity of bonded attraction attachments attractively danced into being. They grew from and with the natural attraction and intelligence that they held in common to increase dancing individuality and diversity.

4. All these interconnected yet differing attachment relationships were attracted to the stability that their interconnections and diversity produced. Stability was attractive because it enabled them to enjoy the attractiveness of their attachments for longer periods of time.

5. The attachments were attracted to continue to follow steps 2, 3, and 4 with each other because doing so grew greater diversity, attraction and attractiveness. This process continued for 14 billion years. It produced the attractive grace balance and beauty of nature's atomic particles, atoms, elements, molecules, landscapes, kingdoms, weather systems and all other natural things/relationships great and small, including life as we know it. Humanity was produced as part of this dance about two million years ago.

6. Today, as through the eons, every aspect of the natural world's web of life consists of, is connected to, and is held together by diverse webstring attractions. We know this from experience. We rarely, if ever, see things fall apart by themselves. Instead, see that things are attracted to be the relationships that is/are themselves or that they are attracted to. For example, when we split apart the nucleus of an atom the attractions that formerly held the nucleus together release themselves as nuclear energy. Similarly, Earth is attracted to stay in its orbit around the sun. Human, plant or animal parents are attracted to nurture their children. In the presence of sunlight, produced by the attractions of atomic fusion, life is attracted to survive, flow and grow in life supportive diversity.

7. Through the flow and cycles of natural systems, in concert and connectedness all things on planet Earth form and perpetuate the perfection of nature's resonating river of diversity, the attraction river of plants animals and minerals in the web of life all dancing in community.

8. Everything is a resonating attractive current in this river as well as flowing into and being part of the river's greater current.

9. Because everything is attractive and wants a dancing partner, nothing is left out. For this reason the river doesn't produce garbage or pollution as it grows its optimums of life, diversity, cooperation and well-being.

10. Human thinking and feeling are living currents in the river They register natural attraction as an essence of all natural things and relationships, We thoughtfully sense it as our need to be in attractive relationship, as our natural love of life.

11. As demonstrated in the web of life circle activity, each interconnected filament of the web of life is a conscious natural attraction webstring. There are at least 53 webstrings that we can register, sense and feel because life is attracted to give us the survival knowledge in these webstrings in support of our attraction to survive. Each webstring is an expression of the dance of life.

The webstring attraction natural systems story, above, is a rewarding means to help us see and feel:

- how webstrings register in our consciousness as attraction sensations that connect and coordinate our thoughts and acts with the balanced and renewing ways of nature and its systems.

-how and why natural systems, through attractions, either do not produce garbage or pollution, or purify them when they appear.

-how, through webstring attractions, everything naturally belongs, how nothing is left out.

-how natural systems and their grace attractively organize, preserve and perpetuate themselves in nameless, self-correcting ways whose attractions purify each other.

-how nature produces optimums of life, diversity, intelligent cooperation and peace.

- how nature sustains its perfection without producing the excessive abuse, stress, and disorders that we suffer in our disconnection from it.

- how nature/wildness has important rewarding values that our disconnection from it makes us overlook, that the closest wilderness to us that we can think and learn from is within ourselves when we are connected to and dancing with webstring attractions in natural areas.

 

Further information about NSTP is available at http://www.ecopsych.com and in the companion books The Web of Life Imperative and Reconnecting With nature (Ecopress).

 

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1. Bloom, Howard. (2000.) Global Brain. New York. John Wiley and Sons.

2. Cohen, Michael (2005) A Survey of Participants: Reactions to NSTP and Studies of Effects, The Web of Life Imperative, Victoria, B.C. Trafford.

3. Cohen, Michael (1997) Reconnecting With nature: Finding Wellness Through Restoring Your Bond with the Earth, Eugene, OR, Ecopress

4. Cohen, Michael, Editor (2001) The State of Planet Earth: Results of Ecozombie Thinking (http://www.ecospsych.com/zombie2.html)

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13. Thomas, Janet (2005) On All Nine Legs - Teaching Outdoor Love to an Indoor World, Taproot, SUNY Cortland, NY, Coalition for Education in the Outdoors,

 

Reviewed material

Other materials that appear in this article are drawn from Michael J. Cohen's professionally reviewed publications in:
The Journal of Humanistic Psychology,
Journal of Environmental Education,
Interpsych Journal of Mental Health,
Greenwich University Journal of Science and Technology,
Councelling Psychology Quarterly,
Proceedings of the North American Association for Environmental Education,
Journal of the Oregon Counseling Association,
The Trumpeter,
U.S. Department of Education Educational Resources Information Center,
Outdoor Communicator,
Clearing Magazine,
Nature Study,
Between the Species,
Cooperative Learning,
International Journal of Humanities and Peace

 

About the Author

Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D. is a Director Project NatureConnect and also serves on the faculty of Portland State University, Akamai University and West Coast University. Dr. Cohen has founded sensory outdoor 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 Web of Life Imperative, 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 San Juan Island, Washington.

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