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Although recent discoveries have been published about the Higgs Boson they omit a vital contribution to the welfare of humanity and our planet.  Perhaps the omission of this important gift once seemed too hypothetical or remote.  This is no longer true.

The gift is a major, yet presently unused breakthrough.  If it was available as a one-a-day pill it would win the Noble Prize many times over.  

Evidence of the Higgs Boson (HB) and its role has been identified.  Scientific methodology verifies that the essence of our universe is the sub-atomic "God Particle" of the Big Bang.  Significantly, that "particle" consists of natural attraction energy originally holding other particles together and continuing to grow with them moment by moment through the eons to become our universe today, including humanity.    

The name given to the Big Bang attraction "seed" and its growth into becoming the cosmos is "nature."  For this reason, critical thinking individuals can't help but recognize that HB natural attraction is the essence of how unadulterated nature works, including you and I.

Nature's natural attraction perfection purifies, corrects and balances itself and we are part of it.  We suffer our great disorders because how we think and feel in Industrial Society is extremely disconnected from the way nature works.   

At Project NatureConnect, the therapeutic science of Natural Attraction Ecology has long identified the core of the universe to be natural attraction, the essence of love. Although the project's practical methods and materials have been viewed as "too flaky" for most scientists and editors, since 1965 this social technology has helped people make conscious sensory contact with the restorative and healing power of nature's fundamental attractions, in and around us. Applying the Natural Attraction Ecology art of educating, counseling and healing with nature
 increased personal, social and environmental well being while reducing things like stress, dishonesty, depression, fraud, duality, vice, and overweight disorders.

With the established identity of the Higgs Boson's unifying function, the Natural Attraction Ecology process of thinking and feeling with nature is scientifically and psychologically affirmed.  This explains why it makes a potent contribution to increasing personal, social and environmental well-being.

The release, below, deserves your attention on behalf of your readers because it is sensible to help them benefit from it. It will be a big scoop to report it now.

It is important to recognize that we need to make a major personal and environmental paradigm shift to produce a healthy and sustainable balance in our thinking and relationships. It is even more crucial to help our society identify and use a tool that enables us to accomplish this monumental feat, even if it is an inconvenient truth.

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Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.

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Nature Professor Offers Antidote for the Higgs Boson Omission in our Thinking that Corrupts Our Planet, Economy and Wellness

San Juan Island, Washington, July 20, 2012:  "New scientific evidence for the existence and clumping properties of the Higgs Boson atomic particle further affirms that a fundamental attraction energy gave birth to the Big Bang and attractively grew into a tangible essence of the material and non-material world that we enjoy today." This is the conclusion of an article appearing in Project NatureConnect's Journal of Organic Psychology entitled:  "Those Who Are Attracted to Discover Higgs Boson Have Already Found It."

The article validates that, like everything else in the universe, our senses, feelings and psyche are a natural attraction continuum of our Higgs Boson Big Bang beginning. Our senses consciously register and connect the balanced wisdom and purifying powers of the universe to our body, mind and spirit for supportive connection is nature's healing way.

To our loss, we suffer because our socialized, nature-disconnected story way of knowing in Industrial Society excessively separates our reasoning from the Higgs Boson's self-correcting and restorative energies in and around us.

The Journal article's author, Dr. Michael J. Cohen, a Project NatureConnect program director at the Akamai University Applied Ecopsychology Institute says that for the survival of life, including our life, it is normal for our  53 inherent natural senses to think with and help us maintain balanced relationships using information obtained by genuinely connecting with natural attractions in natural areas, backyard or backcountry.

"What is abnormal," Cohen says, "Is that we omit our inherent sensory wisdom of the eons from our thoughts and feelings. We label natural sensations to be subjective, flaky or environmental passions and reject them. 

The result of our 'sin of omission' is a mentality warp that increasingly corrupts our planet, economy and wellness."

Cohen, an Applied Ecopsychologist and author of "Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature" says, "To our benefit, doing activities that help us make sensory contact with authentic natural areas enables our thoughts, feelings and spirit to consciously interlace with natural attraction and its purifying powers.  Anybody who has had a beautiful, renewing experience while spending quiet time in nature knows this joy full well." 

Considered to be a maverick genius, Cohen developed and taught courses based on Planet Earth acting like or being a living organism in 1965, thirteen years before the Gaia hypothesis was published. He (correctly)  envisioned the Higgs Boson to be a fundamental natural attraction energy as early as 1975 and questions even now if it is really a particle or simply pure attraction energy manifesting itself, as per his Web of Life model.

"We are excessively destructive because we are not in tune with natural attraction and its powers," says Cohen.  "We spend, on average, less than twelve hours of our total life span in conscious sensory contact with nature in and around us. This means that although we largely control nature, over 99 percent of our life our thoughts and feelings are out touch with how nature functions and survives in its perfection. 

The deterioration of nature's health and wellness, around and in us, demonstrates that we are like a lobster operating the control tower of O'Hare International Airport.

To fully benefit from Higgs Boson 'God particle,' attraction relationships we must acknowledge the natural attraction paradox noted by St. Francis and others, 'What we are looking for is doing the looking.'  This is the same phenomenon that enables a Rorschach ink blot test to make its contribution."

The pioneering mission of Project NatureConnect is to help our thoughts and feelings tap into nature's renewing natural attraction love energies that flow in, around and through us.  The online program's funded and accredited training courses, along with associated degree programs, empower individuals to activate 53 natural senses that we inherit for conscious sensory contact with the life-nurturing attraction energy in natural areas. Its Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature (ECHN) process helps us apply the hands-on science of Natural Attraction Ecology. 

ECHN provides us with the ability to activate, strengthen and benefit from nature's regenerative powers by making Ecopsychology connections in natural areas.  Some participants have called ECHN the "Unified Field Theory in action."

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Biography of Michael J Cohen:

Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, Applied Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D., Ed.D., is a Program Director of the Institute of Global Education where he coordinates its Integrated Ecology Department and Project NatureConnect.  He also serves on the faculty of Portland State University and the Akamai University Institute of Applied Ecopsychology whose program he initiated and has directed since 1990.  In 1965, Dr. Cohen discovered that Planet Earth acts like a living organism and from this he founded sensory, Gaia based, degree granting Environmental and Expedition Education outdoor programs independently and for the National Audubon Society and Lesley University.  He conceived the 1985 National Audubon International Symposium "Is the Earth a Living Organism," at the University of Massachusetts and established the sensory science of Natural Attraction Ecology in 2008.  He is the Editor of the "Journal of Organic Psychology and Natural Attraction Ecology" and an award winning author of ten books and many published periodical articles dealing with Applied Ecopsychology including "Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature," "The Web Of Life Imperative" and "Reconnecting With Nature."  Dr. Cohen is also an accomplished folk song artist and contra dancer who presents traditional music programs accompanied by guitar, banjo and accordion for the U.S. National Park Service and Skagit Valley College Elderhostel Roads Scholar program on San Juan Island, Washington.

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- Anonymous Project NatureConnect Participant

"Since the beginning of time, attraction powers of the Higgs Boson (HB) have held the universe/nature together in its perfection. Personal and environmental disorders arise simultaneously whenever we excessively separate the HB in our senses, thoughts and feelings from HB in nature."

- Michael J. Cohen

As living beings we are all tied closely with the natural world. What appears to be a simple relationship is indeed a complex interplay of environmental, biological and climatological factors whose essence is natural attraction. Ecosystems involving humans has always fascinated me because we build houses, wear clothes, preserve food and as such are not often directly impacted by such factors as daylight hours or predators. Food scarcity doesn’t impact modern humans much, especially those in first world nations.

That said, humans are inextricably drawn to the natural world. Humans are attracted to the forest, to the sea, to meadow lands. Green spaces in cities are notorious for bringing down crime rates and reducing domestic violence. Modern humans have built for themselves a utilitarian ecosystem of concrete and asphalt, but it is parks that preserve our sanity. We have built homes from every imaginable material, but each of them still has windows because we are drawn to the outdoors.

Nature provides for us attractive natural stress relievers. The sonic waves from the waves crashing on the beach penetrate us and provide a calming effect on us reducing depression and stress. The extra oxygen available in a forest allows us to function cognitively at a more optimal level. We clearly crave that effect. That is the only explanation for indoor plants. We crave that calming effect and seek to recreate the serenity of the forest in our homes and our offices and places of great stress. Aside from religious venues, most people and published periodicals say that they are relaxed and refreshed by being in contact with the natural world. Camping as a popular activity also supports this. The psychological and physiological benefits from regular expose to the natural world are well documented from lower stress and thereby cortisol levels, to above average vitamin D levels and reduced needs for dishonesty, fraud and vice have been well demonstrated.

However, sometimes this attraction is not healthy for us. Tornado spotters often don’t have a healthy respect for nature and sometimes can get too close to actually dangerous situations. Rock climbers also can encounter situations that are rapidly changing and can escalate quickly from routine to extreme. As we are freed from the struggle for daily survival often times we as humans begin to challenge ourselves against nature and as in the aforementioned examples, unless we control for all situations and prepare or all possible circumstances then issues, including overweight, can arise that endanger our well-being and indeed or very lives. The number lost on Mount Everest every year would attest to that.

Although we have managed to conquer nearly every terrestrial environmental condition on our planet we have not done it through hypothetical evolution. We have done it through adaptation. We have done it through warmer clothing, through the creation of boats and submersible vehicles, through aids that provide necessary oxygen levels. Since we have not evolved we become increasingly dependent on our attraction to adaptations. We no longer worry as we did even a century ago about the survival of our offspring. We expect that all of us will live a natural lifespan and the only reason it would be cut short would be issues relating to our own actions; our diet, our lifestyle, and our activity levels.

We as a species would benefit from more attractive competition to be cooperative in our environment and more direct exposure with the natural world. We would get back within the carrying capacity of the planet. We could halt massive deforestation. We would no longer worry about water wars or the melting of the polar ice caps which threaten to submerge our lowest lying cities. We are no longer subject to the effects of evolution and we would benefit from being subject.

While the natural world provides us with benefits such as stress reduction and beauty it can also be deadly and harmful when we are not attracted to respect it. Marginal environments can cause constant struggles for survival. Using Natural Attraction Ecology as a tool, we should once again live inside the complex web of an ecosystem and rely less on the human created web of production and distribution. It would benefit us as a species and as a planet.

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