Elements of Sensory Loss
Contemporary people, being blinded to 48 of our natural
senses, today, are no different than the blind
Governing Council of an island society
that once consisted entirely of non-sighted people. Citizens on that
island were content and adequate in their uniquely adapted ways,
even though an incurable disease had totally numbed each person into blindness
by the age of two years.
One day, Gulliver, a shipwrecked
castaway, half-dead, washed up on the island. Compassionately,
many community members of the blind society nurtured him to full
recovery. Then, because he was sighted, he became the bane of their existence. He demanded
things unknown to them in their blindness: windows, lights, books,
television, painted colors and sunglasses.
The Governing Council investigated
and discovered Gulliver's trouble. Gulliver had eyes that could
The Council, in their wisdom, solved their problem; they took Gulliver's sight away. They surgically numbed his optical
nerves in the same way theirs were numbed by their early
Although Gulliver adjusted to his
loss, he emotionally hurt whenever he thought about how
him lose his precious sense of sight.
Over time, Gulliver noticed that when
he visited natural areas, in compensation for his blindness, many of his remaining 52 natural senses
became stronger and more intensely registered in his awareness. This was
similar to the mental renewal provided by a simple walk in the park
or along a beach. The contact with nature invigorated him and improved how he thought and felt.
Gulliver invented a science that consisted of activities in nature that
helped him strengthen his nature-reconnecting, sensory
enhancing process. As he practiced it, his connections to the
restorative healing powers of natural systems within and around him
increased. Slowly his eyesight un-numbed, recovered and returned.
introduced his blind friends to his activities that improved the
resilience, energy and sensibility he had gained along with his delight
in improving his sight, life and health. They learned to use his
applied science, thrilled to similar results and helped others do the
time, most of the society of the island community regained sightedness
and increased their well being, pleasure and ability to think in whole
ways. In the process, with gratitude and thoughtful passion they became
protective of nature because their innate love for it had been
reinforced in their consciousness and rewarded. That made sense, felt
right and further helped them heal. They became more happy and
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Restoration and recovery
Although humanity is born part
of nature, a seldom recognized disassociative process makes contemporary
people as blind as Gulliver's sightless islanders to important
values of the natural systems that flourish within and around
us. We deny it, but we learn to be prejudiced against nature and the free sensory rewards that it provides.
We plant the seed of blindness-to-nature
in children by, as noted above, rewarding youngsters for living
indoors, separated from nature, over 95% of the time. This indoctrinates them to perceive
that people are different from, and better than, nature. We nurture this seed by
applauding youngsters for spending 24,000 hours of their developmental
years being educated indoors, and learning to expertly think
and relate through abstract words, stories and technologies that
are foreign to nature and that often make us demean or conquer natural
systems as they flow in and around us.
we produce is an adult whose mentality, 99.9% of the time, enjoys
rewarded emotions, sensitivities and thinking that have been
addictively disconnected from nature. They are desensitized and thereby
unable to register, relate to, or benefit from cooperative ways and
wisdom of nature's grace and regenerative powers. They instead
receieve satisfaction from the often-questionable artificial rewards
they received from artificial stories, beliefs and technologies....to
which, by repetion, they become addicted.
our benighted, nature-numb state, we claim to be king of the global
life community, an advanced form of intelligence and consciousness.
Like a cancer, from our loss of nature's balanced fulfillment we
continually demand more and more of everything. We overrun, pollute and
destroy natural systems in people and places while fully knowledgeable
that these systems support our life and sanity. If somebody shows us
how we are prejudiced against nature and reacting in ways that are
harmful to the global life community, our society and ourselves, we
deny it. Our senses can not tolerate such insensibility. It is "normal"
and we have been rewarded to be "normal." In our denial, we offer
progress, God's will and economic growth as rationale for our injurious
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Seven Blind Leaders and the Elephant.
concerning seven blind leaders touching an elephant and arguing about
what it is conveys the dilemmas of our society’s blindness to Planet
Earth and our natural senses. In the story, each blind leader describes
the Elephant based upon what part of her they are touching as they
stand by her. While one calls the elephant a pipe (the tusk), another
says the Elephant is a snake (trunk) or like a rope (tail) etc.
They stop there in confusion. Each goes back to their followers where
the senses and feelings of the latter in time addict to the story of
their blind leader. The story becomes the dogma of their leader’s
Institution with a passion that leads to stronger unity in their
community. However, this is accompanied by misunderstandings,
stalemates, arguments, fights and wars with the other leader’s groups.
The same story as above
with a happier ending is that each blind leader, not knowing about the
others, follows his or her attraction to learn more about the Elephant.
With the elephant’s non-verbal consent that she conveys by attracting
them to visit her (by attractively dancing), they crawl all over her,
discover many new things and meet each other in the process.
Doing this exploratory connection “dance” they happily recognize from
the experience that they feel healthier and while they are there each
of them is attracted to what is happening including the Elephant, she
cooperatively helps them be there. They thank the Elephant for her
consent to let blind people explore and learn about her through their
senses. They also bond to each other from the delightful meeting and
agree that the major difference they can sense between the Elephant and
themselves is that when they speak to each other the Elephant does not
understand what they say, it is non-literate. When they return to
their followers, their group is attracted to them. They also easily
unify with other groups and the Elephant, too, for they all hold the
unifying Dance of their mutually shared attraction to her and each
other in common.
Attraction is the unifier in this story, because by definition unification is what attraction/(love) does in word and deed.
To be part of a system
a thing has to be in communication with the system. Otherwise things
trespass each other and deteriorate into toxins/garbage rather than
balance into stronger, unified and pure systems.
The Elephant, Leaders
and Followers are all expressions of Earth’s/Nature’s Standard Universe
system whose dance communicates and unifies in purity by attraction.
However, the Leaders mostly communicate by Literacy/Language that the
Elephant does not understand and vice versa.
The goal of this course
is for our Literacy to learn how to articulate natural attraction so we
may communicate with and join the Earth/Nature Attraction Dance to the
benefit of all.
learn how to articulate by doing it in natural areas, one supportive
moment after another. Each natural area moment makes a safe space
for the Elephant along with its non-literate web of life to teach our
special ability to articulate what it has to know to be a better
dancer. This increases well-being for all.
A source of hope
Educating, Counseling and Healing with nature is a remedy for our disorders. It science of Natural Attraction Ecology helps us think and feel via
nine legs. It enables contemporary society
and people to recover from their blindness and its discontents,
as did Gulliver.
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