How educating and counseling with nature
restores our 53 natural senses and helps conflict management build responsible,
interpersonal, web of life relationships.
We, and all of Nature, basically consist
of attraction bonds within and between atoms and solar systems. In us, at least
53 of these attractions register as biophilia, a conscious love of
nature that our excessively nature disconnected culture deteriorates.
To peacefully preserve species, human dignity and environments we need
a holistic conflict management process that enables us to restore this love -for
we don't fight to save what we don't love. This need is met by the
scientific, nature reconnecting, ecopsychology process in "Einstein's
This One Credit (30 hours) course can be completed
in two weeks or less. It may be incorporated in most academic or
professional programs and is approved for one unit of credit by the
Extended Studies Division of Portland State University.
ATTRACTIONS, INTELLIGENCES AND SANITY
CI 408/808 1 Credit (Curriculum Instruction)
COUN 408/808 1 Credit (Counseling)
K3225BAU Undergrad...K3225BAG Grad
instructions 6-I, below, for obtaining credit from PSU upon the
completion of the course.
Faculty: Dr. Michael J.
Cohen, P.O. Box 1605, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-6313
Faculty Assistant: It could be you.
NATURAL ATTRACTIONS, INTELLIGENCES AND SANITY
Course Description Discover how to
prevent contemporary society's nature-separated thought process from
deteriorating personal growth and responsible relationships. Increase
your conflict resolution marketability, effectiveness and global citizenship by educating
and counseling with nature using the Natural Systems Thinking Process.
"Until mankind can extend the circle
of his compassion to include all living things,
he will never, himself, know peace."
Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace
Using the book Einstein's
World, participate in the Introduction
and Chapters 1-9
[The book, until in bookstores, is
available by mail from the IGE PO Box 1605 in Friday Harbor, WA 98250
for $19.00 including postage. Email your order to
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-360-378-6313. Book is sent out with
an invoice that is payable by check.]
1. Read a Chapter for content.
2. Read the Chapter a second time and, in
a journal, copy seven or more statements or concepts in this Chapter
that you find attractive. Important: be sure to bypass all statements
that you do not find attractive. At the end or the
course, your journal may be requested for review by the
Accompany each attraction statement you
copy with a paragraph or two that explains
A. Why the statement is attractive to you
B. What attraction ("sensory webstring")
in you the statement touches and how it relates to your experiences.
3. Read the opening quote by Albert
Einstein in this Chapter and explain how you think it relates to the
statements you found attractive in the Chapter.
4. Optional: To build and connect with a
wider circle of friends, learning, and support, sign up on the course to be interactive by email. Share and respond to attractions you
find in the course and the emails you receive from other students on
5. Upon completion of the assignments
for the introduction and nine chapters in 1-3 above, complete the
evaluation procedures in A-F below.
A. Consider where NSTP would make a
contribution to real life situations
locally and globally
B. Observe the effects from the thinking and activity process described
in the course text
C. Seek input from others as to any noticeable effects the course may
have had upon you.
D. Using Chapter 10 in the book, research the experiences of others who
are engaged in NSTP.
E. Report the values of identifying natural senses through contact with
F. Write three paragraphs that identify the learning value of the
attractions process (Course Procedures 2 and 3 above) utilized by the
6 Upon completion of 5 above:
G. Write a three page paper that
describes important attractions you have to the course, why they are
important, and what you might do with them.
H. Write and send a letter to an editor
or leader about the value you see in NSTP with respect to some
I. Call or email Dr. Cohen and obtain
the address (postal mail or email) to which you should send him a copy
of G and H for your grade. Your grade is based upon the ability of your
papers to be convincing and make sense. You may later be asked to
submit your journal for review.
If you want academic or professional
training credit for the course from Portland State University, please
request that a Credit Application Form be sent to you. You may obtain
one credit at a cost of $47.00 U.S.
Instructional Steps, Format and Topic
This course follows a twelve part
schedule based on one Chapter being completed every 5 days or less.
Please read the Evaluation Section above. You may start the evaluations
once you have completed Part 4
explore your attractions in the Introduction and Chapter One of
The Natural Systems Thinking Process
supportively relate peacefully in Earth's playground.
The Lie of Omission
How nature's intelligence is missing from the way
we learn to think.
Part 2 The Great
Webstring Mystery: explore your attractions in Chapter 2 of Einstein's
.......Making the space
needed to discover the unknown
Part 3. Sensing Hidden
Truths: explore your attractions in Chapter 3 of Einstein's World.
Part 4. The Intelligence
of Sensory Fulfillment: explore your attractions in Chapter 4 of
reality through unadulterated contact with it.
Part 5. The Sensory
Web: explore your attractions in Chapter 5 of Einstein's World.
webstrings into conscious thought
Part 6. The Truth of
Experience: explore your attractions in Chapter 6 of Einstein's World.
webstrings validate themselves
Part 7. The Wisdom of
Gaining Consent: explore your attractions in Chapter 7 of Einstein's
Creating respectful relationships with nature
Part 8. Attraction
Distraction: explore your attractions in Chapter 8 of Einstein's World.
disconnection and prejudice
Part 9. Sprit of the
Strings: explore your attractions in Chapter 9 of Einstein's World.
Part 10 References and
Resources: explore your attractions to two references in Einstein's
.......Making the space
needed to discover the unknown
Part 11. Complete
Evaluation procedures in 5 above
Part 12. Complete
Evaluation procedures in 6 above
Required Text: Einstein's
World by M.J. Cohen
Distributed by Project NatureConnect
P. O. Box 1605, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-6313,
Prerequsite: By telephone
conversation with the Instructor or the Faculty Assistant, explore how
you can best learn and use the course material and process.
Instructor: Michael J.
Cohen, Ed.D. founded Project NatureConnect, chairs the Integrated
Ecology Department for the Institute of Global Education and Greenwich
University. He received the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award for
his 34 years of developing Applied Ecopsychology programs, books,
articles and courses.
"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."
"Our task must be
to free ourselves from (our) prison by widening our circles of
compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in
- Albert Einstein
By the end of this course students will
be able to access and teach, via the internet or locally, basic
concepts and activities of the Natural Systems Thinking Process as
described in the assigned text "Einstein's World" by Michael J. Cohen.
1. To introduce the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) into any
facet of society that seeks to build more responsible relationships
with people and the environment.
2. To learn communal, interspecies ways of thinking critically that
reconnect with and heed natural attractions within ourselves, others
and natural areas.
3. To learn how to self-regulate by letting sensory nature connections
nurture the balanced spirit, wisdom and unity of nature within and
4. To scientifically learn how to let our natural connectedness
regenerate and rejuvenate the hurt and abandoned parts of our inner
5, To identify and follow 53 natural sensory attractions that enable us
to thoughtfully let Earth teach.
6. To learn how to speak to Earth and let it teach us, to know nature
as nature knows itself.
7. To distinguish the major conflicting characteristics of the old
brain and new brain and know how to let tangible contact with nature
8. To network with others who personally or professionally organize,
facilitate and introduce the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) to
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO:
Increase you expertise in the Natural
Systems Thinking Process. Upon completing the Einstein's World course
described above, take the following activity based, online, 3-week
Psychological Elements of Global
...The Science of
Connecting With the Web of Life
...The Art of
Thinking With Nature.
For information Select
Institute of Global Education
Integrated Ecology/Project NatureConnnect
Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Director
Chair: Akamai University Applied Ecopsychology
Faculty: Portland State University Extended Studies
P. O. Box 1605,
Friday Harbor, WA 98250