This whole life article describes a funded Mother Earth sensory science that stops detrimental hallucinations and deceit about how nature works. It explains an organic psychology tool that helps us prevent a fantasy or religion whose deceitful story contains misleading lies about nature that deceive us. It helps improve health, wellness and counseling by enabling our thinking and feeling to safely tap into the nature's purifying balance and restorative powers. Participants benefit from and strengthen their inborn love of nature as they master the use of ecotherapy for alternative therapist coaching, natural stress release and management and holistic spiritual psychology.
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Increase Well-Being: Stop Our Detrimental Mass Hallucinatory Fantasy
Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.
"A drunk one night lost his watch in the middle of a city block. He never found it because he searched for it at the street corner where the light was much brighter."
In industrial society, isn't the light we see misleading us? Do we even know what we are really looking for?
The normal way we think and feel today uses 50 percent more "resources" than our planet can replace and we claim that don't know how to stop
Most of our populace and all of our leaders deny that they are not reacting appropriately to a mass, hallucinatory, prejudiced against nature fantasy in which:
* the megatons of waste that we dump in our rivers and bays are not poisoning the water, our body or our spirit.
* the hydrocarbons we pump into the air are not changing the climate of the world, our natural security, or deteriorating our health.
* over-fishing is not depleting the oceans, over-consumption does not hurt the environment.
* living in estranged literate ways that disconnect us from the balance in nature's grace and self-correcting powers does not reduce our resilience or result in our dysfunctions
* fossil fuels will never run out; the loss due to our fossilized thinking that demeans nature, in and around us, does not motivate our excessiveness, abusiveness and greed.
* our 53 natural sensitivities and sensibilities are not part of the way natural systems work; disconnecting them from sensory literacy about nature does not make us excessively want so that we feel we never have enough, or that we never are enough.
* wars that kill masses of civilians are an appropriate way to keep our hands on what's left and the economy rolling; wars against people do not result from an undeclared war we wage against nature and the natural, in and around us.
* we are not desperately overdrawn at the environmental or emotional bank; we are not conditioned to be prejudiced against nature or against the free, renewing ways of our living planet and its systems.
* sensory activities that connect our thinking to nature's healing powers don't help us increase our well being; our separation-from-nature wanting, excessiveness and greed do not place our natural resources or our economy at-risk.
* and really, although by the age of seven our kids bond to this mass hallucination, addict to questionable technologies and need to be drugged, they are all right.
- Barbara Kingsolver (extended)
"We suffer because Industrial Society teaches us to be 'terraists' (sic) against the natural world, nature's dance around and in us. We deny that our hidden prejudice against nature socializes and motivates us to sabotage "Spaceship Earth," just like suicide bombers are trained to blow up airplanes while they ride them. We monetarily profit from this insanity instead of learning how to think with the free purification power of nature's self-correcting beauty and cooperation."
- Project NatureConnect
If you, the reader, have ever had a good experience in nature, you will find it helpful now to remember how it made you think and feel. Does the memory help clear your mind, remove stress or connect you to a welcome wholeness that was previously missing? Do you feel renewed?
Does the truth of your experience in that natural area - land, sea, air or backyard - tend to confirm the points that this article makes?
The reason we unwillingly continue to suffer our most pressing problems is because, like a drunk, our thinking is unbalanced. We are disturbed because Industrial Society won't admit that it contains an irrational and disconnecting bias against nature's dance, against the cost-free, purifying flow and self-correcting powers of the natural, in and around us.
The Sin of Omission
Because we prejudicially believe that the way we think in Industrial Society is "far advanced," we can't find in our thinking process the unreasonable, nature-conquering and exploiting parts of psychology and education that cause our personal and environmental troubles. They have recently been identified. We must now use the appropriate tools that are available to address them.
Indisputably, we inherit from nature the ability to sense attractions like the color of a flower, the grandeur of a mountain or the invigorating scent of a fresh breeze. Like the self-evident fact that you are reading these words at this very moment, when we are in a natural area, backyard or backcountry, each of these natural attraction sensibilities is also a self-evident experience, a renewing and motivating sensibility that registers directly on our senses, an experience that we own forever.
Each experience in nature is a unique and absolute empirical truth about our personal life in conjunction with nature and all of life on Earth.
Our thinking learns to omit information we obtain through and about our natural attraction sense and sensibilities. This lie desensitizes us and is misleading. The result is that we suffer from a deceitful deprivation of our natural sensation fulfillments. For example, we seldom keep in mind that each atom in the world almost entirely consists of space filled with natural attraction energies. We and the world, almost 100 percent, consist solely of space filled with attraction. Attraction interconnects, binds and unifies everything, including us. Our psyche registers it as 53 natural attraction senses, sensations like "hunger," our natural attraction to eat food and survive, and "excretion," our attraction to remove toxic wastes from our body as well as nurture the rest of nature.
When we fulfill our natural attraction senses, we feel good and experience an increased degree of happiness because the fulfillment naturally triggers the release of neurotransmitters such Endorphins and Dopamine. They are naturally therapeutic and they emotionally reward us for connecting to our natural surroundings and relating to their callings.
In and around us, natural attraction creates, sustains and recycles nature's perfection, nature's desire to remain healthy and grow stronger.
We suffer because we learn to disconnect our psyche from nature's pristine perfection. We, instead, excessively gain rewards from nature-substitutes, from questionable lingual stories and relationships that often posture us against nature.
Nobody can take a self-evident truth, such as "hunger," away from us because this attraction is real. It has expressed itself. It has happened and registered in our consciousness. It is a trustable fact, one that our sense of reason can consider, once we consider hunger to be reasonable rather than "subjective" "flakey" or "touchy-feely."
Each accurate natural fact helps us think more clearly. Each enables us to more effectively increase personal, social and environmental well-being. This explains how and why a short walk in the park helps us connect our senses to their natural attraction origins, how it "clears our head," and temporarily renews us. Too often, we learn to take the significance of this experience and its good feelings for granted. We demean it when we identify it as "getting away from our problems."
Learning by Connecting
There is no doubt that our thinking improves when what we register emanates from direct sensory contact with nature itself, with natural attractions in a natural area. This is because nature is the fountainhead of authority about its perfection. It is the supreme expert about how its attractions have worked in balance over the eons, about how it has produced the attractiveness of life on Earth in optimums of cooperation, diversity and well being that seldom produce our physical or mental garbage, or our disorders.
As part of nature we inherit the self-correcting attributes of natural attraction motivations and systems, but we learn, and get paid, to disconnect from them. To reverse this irrationality, the organic felt-sense way of thinking in the science of Natural Attraction Ecology enables us to make genuine sensory contact with natural areas and systems. This helps our thinking and feeling interlace with, and benefit from, the restorative ways and wisdom of natural attractions.
Who Are We?
We seldom learn that our human body contains ten times more cells of other organisms than human cells. Over 115 different species, alone, live on, and help maintain, our skin. Our genetics include the genetics of plants and animals and more than half our body weight is that of the non-human cells of "foreign organisms."
Few of us are aware that every five to seven years, through natural attraction, every atom in our body is replaced by an atom from the environment, and vice versa. We become the environment, it becomes us. This is because, via natural attraction, humanity is part of the nature's web of life, the global ecosystem, and it is part of us. We are kin. We must recognize that, to our mutual benefit, in our psyche, and materially, we and nature flow into each other; that what we call "garbage" or "excrements" for one thing is actually food or support for something else.
Industrial Society usually forgets to teach us that in order to be part of the global ecosystem, or any system, our thinking must somehow be in communication with the system. Without some form of inter-communication, we detrimentally trespass the system and it, us. This form separation and disrespect is like our amputation from a major source of sanity. It creates many disorders in us and the global ecosystem.
Since we are part of the perfection of nature's global ecosystem, it means that, inherently, we are in communication with it, that somehow its renewing ways speak to us. We usually overlook that we have experienced that communication, we rarely know how and why it happens.
Industrial Society's well-kept secret is that the global ecosystem communicates with us, as part of itself, through at least 53 natural senses and sensitivities. For example, the sense of thirst intelligently "turns on" to tell our awareness that we need water. In addition, it intelligently "turns off" when we have enough water and feel satisfied. At least 52 additional natural senses and sensitivities sensibly provide us with similar motivating information. They include our natural attraction senses of community, gravity, reason and trust; smell, place, consciousness and color; balance, motion, belonging and sound.
It is unreasonable for Industrial Society to identify these sensitivity intelligences of nature as the "fuzzy thinking," "non-scientific" "subjective" mentality of "hippy" folks who are "Earth Muffins."
Each one of our 53 motivating sensory sensibilities is a self-evident, basic, love-of-life, kinship experience that we own, a unique and absolute truth about our life in conjunction with nature and life on Earth. However, Industrial Society socializes us to think and relate with only 15 percent of our natural motivating attraction sensitivities. The loss of 85% of our ability and motivation to naturally make sense explains why we think up our non-sense and suffer accordingly.
Hidden Global Consciousness
Very few of us realize that the hidden origin of our runaway disorders is Industrial Society's bias against the natural, its refusal to help our multiple natural attraction senses connect with their nurturing origins in nature. As part of Industrial Society's conquest of nature, most of us learn to reject these supportive connections yet they give our psyche the means think and act while in genuine sensory contact with the healing grace of nature's self-correcting peace, balance and beauty. That's why a walk in a natural area momentarily clears our mind.
The brutal truth is that we suffer our greatest troubles because, on average, Industrial Society's prejudice against nature has taught us to disconnect over 98 percent of our time, thinking and feeling from nature's renewing and supportive ways. This habitually isolates our psyche and thoughts from the balance and beauty of how nature works. It stops the flow of natural attractions from recycling the garbage or pollution too often found in our mind and heart.
Being severely disconnected from the gratifying motivational rewards of nature's self-correcting benefits distorts how we think and feel. With these profound contributions missing in our lives, we want, and when we want there is never enough. Our unfulfilled wants spawn our greed, stress and abusiveness as well as our excessiveness, lack of self-worth and disorders.
The discipline of Natural Attraction Ecology recognizes that our prejudicial, excessive disconnection from the web of life is the problem. Reasonably learning and teaching how to authentically motivate and reconnect our thinking with the web of life is the solution. The therapeutic, mutually beneficial familiarity our reconnecting produces is the best remedy for our unreasonable prejudice against nature.
The application of Natural Attraction Ecology (NAE) is a powerful way to increase personal, social and environmental well-being. The conclusive research found in the web-of-life sensory exploration book, Educating, Counseling and Healing with Nature (http://www.ecopsych.com/ksanity.html) and its synopsis at http://NaturalAttractionEcology.com scientifically validates this observation. It empowers us to use the NAE antidote via on-line courses and degrees.
Although it makes a unique contribution, NAE is not alone in its nature-connected reasoning. Echoing advanced thinkers throughout history, Psychologist Stephen Aizenstat has noted that,
"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."
"We are dysfunctional socially and environmentally because we are cut off and isolated from the world of nature and the natural."
- Albert Gore,
Vice President, USA
Author, Earth in the Balance
"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."
- Mahatma Gandhi
By strengthening our natural values, hopes and dreams, NAE provides extraordinary leadership and guidance to ourselves and our community. To enable ourselves in this regard, and to increase the public's trust in Environmental Education, it makes sense to learn to use the Organic Psychology of Natural Attraction Ecology as a tool to help us reverse our dilemmas. To this end, its dedicated efforts and benefits are readily available in an introductory online course "Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship" The course begins a healing process that enhances wellness in the industrial world. It helps caring individuals help their community to live in reasonable balance with people, habitats and the web of life. It enables us to beneficially add NAE to our personal, academic or professional life and transitioning.
For those who question the validity of Natural Attraction Ecology, again, think of at least one good experience that you have had in nature, backyard or back country; mountain, forest or field; brook, ocean or shoreline, pet, garden or aquarium. Can you remember colors, sounds, aromas, textures or flavors that might have been part of the experience. Does the experience contain comforting motions or attractive feelings of joy, community, trust or place? Do you feel it was enchanting, self-enhancing or spiritually pleasing, that it reduced stress? Is it supportive, peaceful or both? Does it help you feel renewed or purified, or that you were part of a greater whole or being? These are some of the results that many individuals have reported from remembering their attractive experiences in nature, experiences they would welcome repeating. NAE holds this motivating truth to be self-evident.
Many individuals have also conveyed that they did not need a teacher, class or book to teach them to have an attractive nature experience; its qualities seemed to be innate, some could remember wonderful experiences from early childhood.
In your heart you know that if you invented an inexpensive one-a-day pill that produced these values while it increased environmental well-being, you'd be a bazillionaire in a week. We suffer our madness because, instead, we get paid to excessively subdue and exploit these unique properties of authentic nature, rather than sensibly learn how to connect with them.
For those of us who have had a good experience in nature, doesn't that experience tend to confirm the things that this article has suggested? If we don't trust our own experiences what can we trust? Isn't the NAE Organic Psychology process a worthwhile tool to add to how we relate to the world locally and globally? Won't it help us make a difference?
Supportive Reading Online:
1 Cohen, Michael, Editor (2001) The State of Planet Earth: Results of Ecozombie Thinking (http://www.ecopsych.com/zombie2.html)
2. Cohen, Michael, Education and Counseling With Nature: A Greening of Psychotherapy. Interpsych Journal of Mental Health.
3. Cohen, Michael, Nature Connected Psychology: Creating moments that let Earth teach GREENWICH JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Vol No 1, June, 2000
4. Cohen, Michael, How to Treat Natural System Dysfunction (NSD): The Restorative Powers of Organic Psychology.
5. An Introduction to Natural Attraction Ecology
6. The Organics of Psychology
7. A Survey of Participants: Reactions to NSTP and Studies of Effects, The Web of Life Imperative, Victoria, B.C. Trafford.
8. The History of the Webstring Natural Attraction Model and Prejudice Against Nature (http://www.ecopsych.com/ksanity.html)
9. Thomas, Janet (2005) On All Nine Legs - Teaching Outdoor Love to an Indoor World, Taproot, SUNY Cortland, NY, Coalition for Education in the Outdoors.
10. Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature.
11. The Essence of Ecotherapy and Natural Attraction Ecology (http://www.ecopsych.com/journalessence.html)
Additional methods and materials are available at http://www.ecopsych.com/annotatedpages.html
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