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Self-Evidence Works: How to Relate to Each Moment as if Planet Earth is not Dead.


Undeniable and Certified Organic:  The life of Planet Earth, including humanity and its 54 senses, is an attractive, self-correcting "being" sometimes called Organism Earth, Gaia or Pachamamma.  When we are in a natural area, our life improves the moment that any of our 54 natural senses register that we enjoy an attraction there through the whole life art and science of Educating, Counseling and Healing with Nature (ECHN).  The improvement occurs because that connection is the time and place that the life of Earth loves and supports its life as us.

Dr. Michael J. Cohen 

For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2015

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Self-Evidence Works: How to Relate to Each Moment as if Planet Earth is not Dead.

Friday Harbor, WA. October 20, 2015: The Director of Project NatureConnect, Dr. Michael J. Cohen, notes that, “Even though we may be far apart in this instant, both you and I know the truth of this fact: ‘You are reading these words right now.’  That sentence is a unifying and self-evident form of truth. It's a vital anchor that to our loss, we are taught to overlook.” (14)

Cohen, a pioneering Applied Ecopsychologist (6), is convinced that the widespread omission of self-evidence has produced today’s catastrophe for the life of Earth (13). It is a tragedy that leaders of objective science, technology and education refuse to take responsibility for, even though they invented it and continue it.

Cohen says, “Applying self-evidence is critical because it is indisputable. When we think, feel and build relationships with it, our mind, body and spirit know the following critical facts are accurate.


1. Planet Earth is not dead.
The fact that we treat it as dead results in its increasing deterioration.

2. Our hidden prejudice against the life of our Planet pays us to act from misleading stories that make us excessively conquer, abuse and exploit Earth’s aliveness (1)
- We have bankrupted our Planet’s resource reservoir, polluted its life, given it a fever and created runaway miseries (13).

- Our loss of Earth's aliveness makes us want and when we want there is never enough.

- A remedy for our prejudice exists: the whole life art and science of Educating, Counseling and Healing with Nature (ECHN) (15) .
3. We each inherit a 54-sense self-evident means to unify relationships (10) and resolve the disastrous personal and global conflicts that our “dead Earth” thinking continues to produce (7).

4. We suffer from our disorders because our stories seldom let us think, feel and act like the undeniable moment-by-moment whole life way that self-evidence works. (8).

5. It is reasonable for any individual to think and relate based on the self-evident facts that:
A. Any and all things are held together by natural attraction, “Held together” and “natural attraction” and “the essence of love and life/survival” are identical. 

B. Other than humanity, nothing else that is part of the life of our planet has the ability to articulate or understand stories. “Organism Earth” is non-literate.

C. We inherit 54 natural senses, 85 percent of whose intelligence and balanced information our science and technology activities ignore (12). Although sensation is an obvious fact of life, it is “subjective” and therefore taboo to scientific objectivity. It is sometimes recognized as  phenomenological evidence.

D. We live in the aliveness of Earth, not on our planet. The dance of our life is a part of and enveloped in the dance of Earth’s life. The desire of Earth’s dance to survive is its and our greatest motivating force (5).

E. The life of Earth organizes itself into an attractive optimum of self-correcting diversity, balance, cooperation and peace that does not produce garbage. All things belong and transform into more attractive relationships that support the Planet’s life. The fittest are those things that are the strongest cooperators with other things.

F. Earth’s life dance is unified. Each attraction moment of it is attached to what came before it and to what comes after it.

G. We have the ability to increase personal and global well-being by reasonably enabling the life of our 54 natural senses to create conscious connection moments in natural areas that let Earth teach. In them our senses tap into Earth’s aliveness and it lovingly mentors them as would any wise and caring mother. This enables our scientifically untrue stories to interlace with their origins in Earth's life, transform, and recycle into connections that support the life of our planet paradise. 

Cohen insists that, “
The power of self-evidence enables any of us to solve the unsolvable. It immediately brings into play 54-sense, regenerative life energies of Earth that we inherit but repress”.  He has spent 50 years exploring this phenomenon with people in natural areas and written ten books on the subject that include potent nature-reconnecting activities (2).

Through self-evidence alone, in 1965 Cohen discovered that far beyond reasonable doubt Planet Earth is a living organism. Since then he has tried to get Earth protected under the Endangered Species Act.  “After all our planet is the only life of its kind that we know,” he says.  He believes the Act would legally force us to act and this would reverse climate change as well as eliminate the other miseries that our assaults on Earth’s life produce.

The culprit, says Cohen, is our nature-disconnected stories and relationships. The are like a foreign body within us (11). Too often they relate to the free and loving life support that we obtain from our planet’s life as if it was either our enemy or a delusion.“

“We’d be thrown in jail if we treated our pet like we treat Organism Earth,” offers Cohen. “The way we act is insensitive cruelty, a form of stupidity and insanity that has given our planet a fever and plagued us with the problems that our misled prejudice against nature have created.” 

Earth overuse research shows that we now need four more Planet Earth’s to hook up with the life of our planet in order to remedy the increasing exploitation, illness and injustice that our excessive separation from Nature produces in the USA (13).  This results from our 54-sense thinking and relationships being out of tune with Earth’s integrity over 99 percent of the time, a circumstance that can be easily corrected.

“There is a cure for this dilemma but it is short circuited,” says Cohen, “A readily available remedy for our madness exists.   It is the whole life art and science of Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature (ECHN) (3).  It works beautifully because it only works with self-evidence from our 54 natural senses while we are in direct contact with the integrity of Earth’s life in a natural area, backyard or backcountry (4)

ECHN is an organic tool for recovery, a social technology that invites us to use the life forms and energies of Earth’s paradise as higher power when we need it "(9).

Very few people apply ECHN and they are mostly nature lovers. This is because our Society seldom acknowledges that a tragic problem exists.  Our planet and ourselves are a single life and it is in trouble because we learn to eviscerate it, in and around us, for profit and power.  We are in denial that ECHN reverses this epidemic through 54-sense conscious contact with Earth’s healing abilities in a natural areas. We also deny that the legitimate information and stories that result from how ECHN nature-reconnecting experiences empower scientific thinking to increase personal, social and environmental well-being. 

ECHN gives any reasonable individual the ability to create learning moments in a natural area. That space is where the authentic life of Earth gives us exactly what we need to sensibly come into balance. Wonderfully, the side effects of ECHN strengthen, rather than weaken, the life of Earth that our negligence deteriorates (13).

Contact: Dr. Michael J. Cohen 

Best background article online:

ECHN antidote in action:

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1.  Cohen, M. J. 1995, Education and Counseling With Nature: A Greening of Psychotherapy. The Interspsych Newsletter, Vol 2, Issue 4

2.  Cohen, M. J. 2008, Educating Counseling and Healing With Nature  Illumina Publishing.

3.  Project NatureConnect 2012 The Magic of Something From Nothing:

4.  Project NatureConnect, 1996, A Survey of Participants

5.  Project NatureConnect 2007 Whom Am I? Who or What is Your Natural Self?

6.  Doherty, T. J. 2010, Michael Cohen: Ecopsychology Interview Ecopsychology Journal, Vol 2 No.2. Mary Jane Liebert Publishing.

7.  Project NatureConnect 2007  Who, What or When is the Acronym NNIAAL?

8.  Project NatureConnect 2005  Thinking and Learning With all Nine Legs

9.  Project NatureConnect 2008, How to Transform Destructive Thinking Into Constructive Relationships.

10.  Project NatureConnect, 1990, Connecting With Nature, World Peace University Press

11. Project NatureConnect, 2013, The Hidden Organic Remedy: Nature as Higher Power

12. Project NatureConnect 2014, The Ultimate Intelligence Test Inventory

13. Project NatureConnect 2014, The State of  Planet Earth and Us

14. Project NatureConnect 2012 Healing With the Life of Nature and Planet Earth

15. Project NatureConnect Action: Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature (ECHN)


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