Nature-Connecting Holistic Psychology Health and Wellness Degrees,
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Nature connections in natural areas reduce health service and medical insurance healthcare costs because they help people tap into the self-correcting and restorative ways of the flow of the web of life in and around us. Educating, counseling and healing with Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy activities increase and green the value of group health services as well as provide a HMO and medical care benefit through Organic psychology. They provide outdoor student health insurance plans and activities that improve wellness and counseling. The process is a form health care and insurance from teachers, counselors and therapists that is based on strengthening our their inborn love of nature while producing, careers, jobs and degrees online. It reduces health service costs as it strengthen stress release, stress management and holistic spiritual psychology.
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Project NatureConnect offers nature-centered distant learning that enables its participants and teachers to add the benefits of nature-connecting methods and credentials to their degree programs, careers and/or their skills, interests and hobbies. Job opportunities and financial subsidies assist health care insurance plans, benefits and services.
We honor your prior training and life experience by providing grants and equivalent education credit for it.
You may take accredited or professional CEU coursework and/or obtain a Nature-Connected Degree or Certificate in most disciplines or personal interests. A partial subject list is located at the bottom of this page.
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The Environmental Core of Personal and Global Well-Being
"Why not provide a powerful remedy rather than a band-aid for our troubles?"
- Reconnecting With Nature
The root of our most challenging problems has been identified. It is this: an unreasonable and bonded bias in our thinking encourages us to deteriorate the prime source of our personal, social and environmental well-being.
Our bias pays us to ignore that:
- the flow of natural systems, in and around us, has biologically and psychologically designed us to be supportive citizens of the global life community, not conquers of it.
- nature's supportive ways nurture, purify and restore us.
For more than 99 percent of our lifetime our thoughts and senses are disconnected from nature's restorative flow. Our excessive separation of our psyche from nature's intelligence creates problems that we can't solve. It makes us lose our inherent ability to think and feel like nature's self-correcting powers work.
When we wisely choose to reconnect our psyche with nature, we benefit from participating in the wellness of the web-of-life and its ability to recycle our contaminated thinking. This is demonstrated by the renewal that results from even a quiet walk in park.
In our excessively nature-separated lives, it is the absence of nature's wisdom that underlies our great personal and environmental dilemmas.
Learning how to make lasting sensory contact with nature enables our thinking to bind with nature's healing ways and increase well-being. The process is a unique ecological science. It gives nature the space it needs to help our thinking transform our misguided bonds into sane personal and environmental relationships. A powerful tool to this end is available at http://www.ecopsych.com.
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FIELD REPORTS from anonymous participants in the Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature ecopsychology program:
Born as Part of Nature
I have been feeling disconnected from people and the world in general, in retrospect, since the beginning of July and I am trying to overcome a difficult situation. I needed and felt attracted to the unconditional love/nurturing of nature. I know this may seem very child like, but I really believed the hospitals here in the USA were in business to care about and heal people, especially in rural areas. So when my husband lost his contract and the hospital breached his contract without cause and also did the same thing in June to a world class Epileptologist they had just brought here six months ago from the Cleveland clinic, I felt our family was betrayed. I felt traumatized and confused.
Therefore I needed, in my mind to experience a “real” defined sensory experience for health. While I was at shores of the ocean, I stood out on my balcony listening to the roar of the ocean and its waves. The music of the ocean was my constant companion for five days and six nights. I felt a connection that was a magnetic energy, real time, a nameless sensory attraction experience. I was reminded that the human heart has seven muscles that form a torus. The torus and the shape of the human heart are the shape of the earth’s magnetic field……and oddly enough a shape that has been replicated in many crop circles. My heart may have therefore be connected and shaped to the very essence of life and nature.
I knew in these ocean, restoring moments that my heart is connected to the very ground that I walk on and that my energy is attracted and attached to this planet and the infinite universe. This is why when we say “my heart is broken”, or “my heart is not in it”, or “my heart feels burdened” that we feel disconnection, because we are disconnected at that moment.
Then as my nature connection grew stronger and healthier, I noticed these crows calling out day and night to the point that my husband and daughter heard there ‘almost screams’ for attention. So I went out to the balcony and decided to answer these strange calls….just in case they were meant for me. Two feet in front of my clear ocean view on the cliffs of the ocean shore/sands was a tree with huge branches. As I acknowledged their presence, one by one the crows landed on this branch that almost touched the balcony. There were five in all.
I asked permission to converse with them and as I did these crows went silent as I spoke of my pain of injustices. One at a time to various questions, a single crow would chirp. I felt reassured, protected and comforted that I our lives (my family and I) were on the right track. They were like a group health care plan for us. My husband, the black and white traditional physician, witnessed this event and would not have believed it he said, if he had not seen it. So now he refers to me as the “bird whisperer.”
In his book Reconnecting With Nature, Dr. Cohen says in chapter eight that “at birth, every human being is born as part of nature” (p.70) and in using the example of the coral reef, he further states that “organisms in these communities communicate with each other and disseminate information throughout the colony” (p. 72). And to me, the universe was attempting successfully to help me and guide me using my non-literate natural attraction senses of communication….just like the coral reef.
Sensitized to the Details in my Life.
I used my familiar garden space for this activity. I wrapped my hand in towel with my eyes closed and began to feel the bamboo with the wrapped hand and with unwrapped hand. I tried this with our holly tree as well. Then, I worked on the activity with my eyes open, traveling around the garden doing my daily chores. One wrapped hand, one unwrapped. I picked up dog poop, took out the trash, picked tomatoes, and did a little watering.
I noticed the following about my wrapped hand: I felt disconnection due to not being able to feel the cool breeze. Confined due to the wrapping around my thumb and fingers. Desensitized to the feelings sharp, rough, feathery, or picky. Disconnected to the experience of the chores I was completing. Anxious that something was wrong with my hand.
The readings helped me realize that
-like nature itself, an infant is born out of love, not fear.
-Nature does not teach an infant to destroy natural areas, or to create garbage, war, or insanity.
-Too often, our civilized walls protect us from contacting and feeling firsthand the pain of our harmful effects.
-Nature cries for help by creating the pain and disorders of today;s world and our lives.
-Our excessive separation form nature hold each of us hostage.
I learned several important things from this chapter and activity, that the cushions of my walls desensitize me to nature's wisdom and that if I feel bad, I should go to nature for her advice. I sensed the anxiety I felt, that something might be wrong with my hand, even though I consciously knew that I had wrapped it for the assignment. It shows me how powerful the mind and habits are. It makes me think that if I make myself stay in the house, I might convince myself that I need to be there. When actually, I don't.
My experience in nature shows me that I am a person who gets good feelings from experiencing nature through touch and from feeling the air across my skin. It demonstrated to me that I prefer the honesty of a sharp poke or splinter than the cloak of deceit. Without this experience I would not have thought about how important touch was in my daily life. Even when I am not thinking about touching things, it is part of the whole experience. It is an insurance or health service, it makes me trust that the sense of touch is more than I really know. It is powerful.
This activity helped me identify and re-educate the authority or person in me who is sensitive to the details in my life.
Getting Back to Normal
I went to the backyard for my activity. The backyard is a very reliable friend which I visit almost everyday as a health care service that I practice. I didn't grow any plants there, my host parents take little care of it because of their busy work. It's a very big yard with lots of tall trees and flowers, obviously those flowers are not planted by my host family. I was standing in the center of the yard, couldn't help wondering where these little tiny pretty flowers came from? Did the birds help spread the seeds and finally choose our yard? Is that also nature's way of making our lives more beautiful without costing us anything? The wisdom of nature, I said "Thank you." to the flowers, nature and all those that cheered me up.
I started doing my activity. I felt uncomfortable once my left hand was wrapped with a towel. It's a big soft towel, a little wet because I just used it to wash my face. I felt like my whole hand was fixed and I couldn't move any finger. I was sad and upset, a little angry at my stiff left hand. A sense of being isolated and abandoned came into me. I closed my eyes, moved slowly and tried to touch something. The sunshine was warm, it was on my head, my face, my body, and my right hand. I could feel the sunshine, the power of it made me at ease. I lifted my left hand, wanted to get some power from the strong sunshine. NOTHING. All I felt was the wet, a little bit rough surface of the towel, my left hand was like someone who is trapped in a dark and breathless cave, the more I struggled, the more terrible I felt. I walked forward. Something is in the way. It smelled fresh, then touched my nose and my face. I touched it with both of my hands. My right hand, immediately told me it was a branch. My left hand, to my disappointed, could only feel the rough wet towel, and it was so hard to hold the branch because of the towel restricted the movement of the fingers. I tried several times, felt so frustrated and had to give up in the end. Once I finished this activity, it took my left hand a couple of minutes to get back to normal.
I kept asking myself the question after the activity, Which hand do I prefer? I have no hesitation to choose my right hand. It's hard to imagine if I just read the guide without any activity, and I believe people have different idea about this choice. What I know is that I totally lost my sense of feeling if I use my wrapped hand. I was in an unknown place, felt so confused and insecure, my inner desire to feel, tell and judge was nothing but a dream. At first, it seemed to be safe that my left hand was "protected" by the towel, later it appeared to be that this protection kept me away from reality, made me numb and lost my sensory webstings.That is definitely NOT what I want. Being separated from nature is a serious warning that everyone needs to reflect and take action.
Losing connection with nature is like being put into a well, all we can do is sitting in the well and looking up for help. But the fact is that most of us are not aware of being trapped in this "well". Once my hand was wrapped, I realized that how important my senses are and how terrible if I could lose them. It's we human beings who break the integrity and the balance of the global community, though we always deny it and tend to blame others.
The comparison of feelings between two hands are quite clear, I felt very lucky and grateful that I was inherent nature's wisdom, I was not abandoned and isolated. I'm willing to make this connection with nature and it feels good. It enhanced my natural sense of self-worth. I much appreciate nature's gifts that I'm able to do lots of things, to enjoy the natural beauty and to do something to make it better.
I am Cute
I did this activity in a park area. I knew I had gained consent from this area when a pair of chipmunks on a large desert rock stood up on their back feet clasping their front paws together in a praying position while facing the sun. I gave them space as I watched them. Then one dashed away hiding under a small desert plant while the other entertained me. I thanked chipmunk, this area and all my relations.
The rodent in this natural area that I like is chipmunk; I like it because when I am involved with it I feel love, it is cute, enjoys life, happy, playful, spunky, funny, entertaining, and spontaneous.
I applied this observation to myself: I like myself because when I am involved with me I feel love; I am cute, enjoy life, I'm happy, playful, spunky, funny, entertaining, and spontaneous.
I realized that reconnecting with nature is a form of healthcare that recycles your opinion of yourself and that living in harmony with all our relations begin with feeling love in and for our inner nature.I see that, like nature, my inner nature is constantly changing.
When reconnected with nature unconditional love is anyone's for the asking and fulfillments in nature fill a void in our inner nature. I learned how to accept my inner nature. I recognized and felt a deeper sense of respect for self, others, and nature.
This nature connection helped me address the wrangler inside me who convinces me I'm not cute.
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