TOPIC:The Opportunity of
Thinking and Feeling With Nature and Earth
Organic Psychology and the
Natural Systems Thinking Process in Action.
NOTE: The anonymous posts on this Blog,
painstakingly edited for accuracy by Michael
J. Cohen, recount the backyard, garden or backcountry nature
experiences of a wide range of people who emailed them to their
online Organic Psychology training
course classmates. To read the posts, select topics of interest
in the left column under Recent Posts and
The journal entry quote that
appears below is valid and unadulterated evidence for your consideration.
It comes directly from the field journal of a person who experienced,
first-hand, the events described in the quote.
activity helped me become aware of my attraction to the crescent
moon as it hung over two hills near my home. Soon, its mellow
glow, framed by peaks and trees, embraced me in a wordless, ancient
primordial scene. Timeless power, peace and unity swept me up.
I just wanted to stay in that state of awe, I felt in balance
with all of reality. I was simply "BEING." No tension,
no pressing goal, just truly belonging to the global community.
This natural attraction captured my stress laden pulse and seduced
it to the rhythms of Earth. The sleeping disorder I have battled
all my adult life dissolved in this restorative power. For the
first time in decades, I gently fell asleep after dark and arose
shortly after dawn. I celebrated the breakthrough and I thanked
nature. I thanked the activity, too. I'm attracted to it because
it helps me reconnect whenever I choose."
Although the journal entry
goes against our cultural bias to discredit, exploit or conquer
nature (including its natural systems and their intelligence
around and within us) the entry conclusively demonstrates how
sensuously tapping into natural systems helps the writer reduce
his or her sleep disorder. The posts on this blog consist
of many similar journal entries from young and old in all walks
Significantly, this blog guarantees we can substitute for the writer's
sleep disorder any other dysfunction, trouble, disorder, conflict,
stress, syndrome or dependency, and, by using any one or more
of 130 organic psychology activities, we will produce and enjoy
similar, lasting, beneficial effects.
On these blog pages, the postings
demonstrate that organic psychology activities are tools that
help us tap into the grace and restorative powers of natural
systems within and about us. They show that this process provides
us with potent, cost-free antidotes for many troubles. To our
loss and to our cost, these antidotes are missing in our excessively
Our contemporary consciousness
is presently not thoughtful or aware enough to invoke organic
psychology into every facet of our existence. This is because,
with respect to nature, contemporary thinking is historically
be-wildered, meaning: "estranged from wilderness values."
Organic Psychology Education
helps us address our nature-disconnected consciousness because,
being organic, it works with nature, not against it.
Haven't we been taught, or
aren't we living, the great lie? The lie says we can't
increase our well-being and enjoy a greater level of happiness
by learning how to connect our thinking and senses to nature.
This blog helps us discover
and trust strong confirmations from first-hand experiences. The
phenomenological evidence it presents conclusively demonstrates
lie is definitely a lie.
Nature-connected thinking does improve our health, spirit and
relationships. "Things go better with nature."
In addition, this blog offers
us the means to learn, enjoy and teach how to connect our mind
with the beauty of nature's grace, balance and regenerative powers.
This Applied Ecopsychology training can lead to a hobby, job
or career in Organic Psychology or nature-connected counseling
and education. We can beneficially add this skill to any aspect
of our lifes.
This blog is interactive. We
invite you to respond or add to the experiences it reports.
NOTE: All posts are reached
through their titles that are listed in the left column; no new
posts will appear below this one.
"This blog is for individuals
who recognize that when you slice off part of a ball, you make
both the ball and the slice dysfunctional. Neither will roll
with the same perfection as when the ball was whole."
- Project NatureConnect
The entries on this blog are
by and for people who recognize that the hurtful results from
slicing things apart also occur when we slice our thinking from
our biological-psychological-spiritual home in nature.
our loss of integrity
Do you recognize that our excessively
nature-separated lives hurtfully slice our mind, heart and spirit
from our "ball," from our living planet, Earth, and
that we suffer accordingly?
Our slicing helps explain why,
with respect to natural systems around and within us, our thinking
is seldom "on the ball;" why the way we think produces
most of our great personal, social and environmental dysfunctions.
Be alarmed. On average, our
psyche is out of conscious contact with nature's life-supportive
grace, balance and restorative powers for 99 percent of our lifetime.
Although our mind is part of
nature, we spend, on average, over 95 percent of our time indoors.
We live closeted and estranged
from nature. Our nature-separated lives disconnect our
mentality from the intelligent ability of natural systems, within
and about us, to cooperatively produce unpolluted optimums of
life, sanity, diversity and peace, as they do on a planetary
level and with practically all species.
Results from our dis-integration
Our normal, but immense and
continually repeated, disconnection from nature builds a bad
habit in our thinking. Our mentality becomes conditioned or programmed
to remain consciously separated from nature's sensory wisdom.
This is true even when we are thinking about other things while
in natural areas, even when we become aware that nature's loss
in our thinking is destructive, even when we know that our mental
omission of nature is unreasonable.
We are at a point where most
people believe the
big lie. They don't think
it is even possible to genuinely and beneficially connect our
thinking with nature. That idea is considered "fuzzy thinking."
However, this blog unquestionably demonstrates that the connection
can be made and that it provides us with important benefits.
Can you remember a good experience you have had in nature, -with
a flower, a pet or the beach- and how it felt?
The Natural Systems Thinking
Process (NSTP) is an organic psychology tool, a sensory science
whose activities help us authentically reconnect our psyche with
the grace and balance of nature's perfection. It gives us an
antidote to many of our troubles. It connects us with the
greater whole of life and its renewing powers so that we can
apply them to ourselves and our society
Nine-leg thinking and
relating: an essence of happiness
To understand how NSTP and
this blog work, consider the following intelligence test question.
It is a type of question whose answer ordinarily helps society
determine our mathematical aptitude and qualify us for a better
job, more respect or a higher salary:
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 on a math examination if you want to pass,
get ahead and receive an increase in salary or prestige. Intelligent
people say "five" because it is valid in mathematical
systems and contemporary thinking, and "that's where the
money is." Math is highly regarded and rewarded by our society.
It is a core of scientific method, an excellent means to identify
However, "A dog has four
legs" is neither incorrect nor a lie; it is the right answer
if you trust your sensory experiences, and your ability to count,
with regard to a real dog. A tail is not a leg. Yet, in
too many ways, the truth eminating from this way that we naturally
think and feel is not honored or rewarded in our nature-exploitive
We have a choice. We don't
have to solely live our lives or think in stories, in mathematical
systems and their 5-leg thinking and relating limits. 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 natural senses
come into play: senses of sight, touch, motion, color, texture,
language, sound, smell, consciousness, community, trust, contrast,
reason and love.
Our many senses together signal
that no matter what some authority, story or philosophy logic,
like mathematics, might say, our natural self registers and knows
that a tail is not a leg; that a dog has four legs, not five.
That truth is a whole-life story, not just a separated part of
Each of our natural senses
is a logical and sensible means to experience natural attractions
in the world and the good feelings they produce. Our inherent
multitude of natural senses provides us with enhanced information.
Each of them helps our sense of reason make more sense, to be
more sensible so we may enjoy the value of making more informed
Conclusion: Genuine contact
with a real dog informs us it has four legs, not five, no matter
what is correct in the "as if" world of mathematical
"5-leg" thinking and other theoretical or abstract
ways of knowing.
"No, calling a tail a
leg does not make it a leg."
- Abraham Lincoln
To our great loss, due to our
extremely nature-separated lives, natural "4-leg" information
that comes from genuine multi-sensory contact with nature and
life is habitually omitted from the way we normally think. Remember,
99 percent of our daily thinking is out of conscious sensory
contact with nature's eons of knowledge, balance and restorative
ways and benefits.
thinking and relating is more honest and truthful. It consists
of making whole-sense by thoughtfully blending authentic, pure,
nature-connected sensory information with our often ingrained
and culturally biased, abstract story way of knowing. It
helps us come into balance with the totality of life on Earth
and the eons.
Whole, nature-connected thinking
enables us to benefit from the often omitted, life-supportive
grace, balance and restorative powers of natural systems within
and around us. This improves the ability of our thinking to sustain
our health and guide us in more sensible ways. It helps us make
more sense of our lives.
This blog offers unique value.
It helps us counteract the overwhelming majority of our socialization
that binds us to inaccurate 5-leg stories and removes us from
4-leg information from nature's creative intelligence.
"It is difficult to get
people to understand something when their salary (or other reward)
depends upon them not understanding it."
- Upton Sinclair
How this blog works:
Remember, natural systems exist
around and within us. This blog shares the journaled thoughts,
feelings and experiences people have had while doing whole-thinking
nature-connecting activities with attractions in natural systems,
within and around them.
The ecopsychology activities
enable us to obtain sensory information from nature that we may
add to our cultural stories. In this way we gain the ability
to think and relate in more balanced ways. Whole, nine-leg thinking
helps us come to our senses and into more supportive and friendly
relationships with the environment, individuals and society.
Note that from sub-atomic particles
to weather systems, nature is held together and produces its
non-polluting grace and perfection through binding natural attractions
and sensitivities (4-leg), not through our abstract-theoretical
story way of knowing (5-leg). However, it is the latter, in isolation
from nature, that our thinking uses to manage natural systems
globally and within ourselves. It is the limits of this way of
thinking that produce our greatest troubles.
Because we are conditioned
to think and believe in nature-disconnected ways we often see
and relate to the world incorrectly, as if it is a dog with five
This blog, like nature, is
based on consciously connecting with natural attractions. We
will add to this blog new, journaled, anonymous experiences of
our online students who have made a sensory connection with an
attraction in natural systems around or within them, backyard
to backcountry. We invite you to visit these posts and
react to them by selecting them, by topic, from the left column
in the recent posts and archives
In the comments or email section
of this blog, you are welcome to add to the posted experience,
your thoughts, feelings and experiences with attractions you
have found in their posting, and/or with attractions in natural
systems in places and people familiar to you.
To enjoy the greatest benefit
and understanding from this blog, please read the essay at The Organics
of Psychology and the Web of Life
do the activity Attraction
with all Nine Legs
The best way to become proficient
in obtaining and promoting the rewards of whole life thinking
is to take the 'free' online Orientation
Course Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship.
If you are interested in a
job, career, training, courses or a degree in the whole life
thinking and relating used in Organic Psychology, visit our Homepage and follow links
All programs, grants and scholarships
start with the Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship
This course has proven so effective that it is a quick, legal
and powerful way to dramatically increase the well-being of individuals,
society and the environment.
An excellent, money-saving
goal is for us to petition the Congress, the U.S. Department
of Education and other agencies to insist that every high school
and college student be required to take and then teach this Course. Schools that
refuse would be ineligible for government/taxpayer funding. The
Department imposes this strict policy now for the required 24,000
hours of 5-leg, half-truth, K-12 and college courses in our developmental
years that have brought us to the crises we face today.
To be fair and increase balance, the Department should immediately
make this same requirement include 9-leg courses that empower
us to repair the damage we have inflicted on the natural systems
in ourselves and places.
Thanks for visiting the posts
in the left column, and for adding your natural attractions in
the Comments Section to make this blog more attractive.
The links I have posted, above,
will answer most of your questions. If you don't find answers
there or on our web site,
feel free to email or call me.
Owls and Howls,
can be contacted at 360-378-6313, email
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"Tu mereo potissimus et natura verus perfectus. Non illigitimus carborendum." ......