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lifelong communion with trees allows me to know them without sight or
language. The beautiful elucidation of fifty-three senses, below, has
given me gorgeous language with which to tell this story, one I have
struggled to share my whole life. I don’t want to ever sound
mysterious, or other worldly. For me this communication has just been a
fact of life. But how to explain it to others? I still feel there is an
element of my understanding that is nameless, and so loving it needs no
words. But to have a natural sense, new brain language to describe this
experience in a way others can understand, is lovely, just lovely."
SYSTEMS LEGACY: Identify and benefit from fifty-three natural
attraction senses (Webstrings) you have learned to forget to remember.
With Nature and Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature
by Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.
Between the years of 1961-1978,
researcher Guy Murchie made an exhaustive inquiry. He painstakingly
scrutinized scientific studies about natural senses, studies
that appeared in many
hundreds of books and periodicals during those 17 years.
In 1986 Murchie told me that scientific methodology and research had identified
over eighty different biological senses/sensitivities which pervade
the natural world. He said he additionally verified this through
authorities at the Harvard Biological Laboratories. All these
senses, he said, he clumped together as 31 senses for literary
convenience in his book The Seven Mysteries of Life published
by Houghton Mifflin in 1978.
Murchie's dedicated efforts deserve
our applause, thanks and confidence.
From Murchie's original collection,
I identified 53 natural senses that my students and I had experienced
during my 26 years living and teaching outdoors. I have listed
them below. Each is an inherent natural attraction string in the web of life, a genetically rooted webstring
that helps to hold the world together, including people, through
universal natural attraction communications, guidance and
motivations. A 54th sense, "natural attraction" has recently been added.
are, of course, many additional natural sensitivities found in nature
that humans do not naturally need to register for survival, ultra
violet light and high frequency sounds being prime examples.
misunderstood are the naturally attractive contributions of the
discomforting senses like pain, distress and fear. We often
forget that we might seriously burn our hand on a hot stove if pain did
not signal and motivate us to
immediately find some other attractive place to place our hand.
Each of these senses (25-27) serves as an attractive and welcome
motivating signal from nature to find additional webstring attractions to support our lives (See Chapter 13 in Reconnecting With Nature).
Although Ames, Gesell, Pearce,
Rivlin, Gravelle, Samuels, Sheppard, Sheldrake, Spelke, LePoncin,
Wynn and many scores of other researchers
have, since Murchie, further validated our multisensory nature,
the full significance of it has yet to be recognized by contemporary
society. Our prejudicial addiction to our nature-separated lives
and thinking keeps webstring natural
attraction senses and their value hidden from our immediate awareness. For
this reason they and we are frustrated with unfulfillment and very challenging problems.
Our economy fuels itself by
keeping our webstrings discontent, further irritating them through
advertising and then selling us products that satisfy our irritation.
However, when unadulterated, our
natural attraction webstring senses are an essence of nature in action.
Each of them attracts our consciousness to the whole of the natural webstring
world and its self-correcting ways, and this includes the natural systems in ourselves
and other people. Each is an intelligence that helps us feel Planet Earth as our other body and mother.
good experiences in natural areas demonstrate, our natural senses when
connected to nature, produce fulfillments, sensory satisfactions that
and its related disorders. In addition, the connection's "side effects" increase
social and environmental well-being rather than deteriorating it.
Any individual who invented a pill that produced these results would be
a billionaire. However, the pill can't be created as there is no known
substitute for Nature's Dance of the eons, in and around us.
Whenever our society encourages our
new brain to conquer nature and the natural, we learn to conquer
and subdue our natural senses and their expression of our genetic makeup. Our 5-leg, abstracting, nature disconnected sense of reason, exalts the few senses that
our stories use to take over our other natural senses and the natural world.
We exploit and demean the remaining 45 natural senses that their 4-leg, sensing/feeling ways tell us about how the natural
world works its perfection and enable us to participate in the
Overwhelmed and numbed, our
webstring senses are a vast missing part of a responsible story
about Earth, ourselves, community and about how and when to act
where. Without webstrings registering in consciousness we are
"half vast." As Carl Jung and others have noted, our
abstract thinking is no more reasonable or discriminating, logical
and consistent than are our feelings.
Nature has taught me that our
abstract 5-leg thinking in conjunction with conscious sensory
4-leg contact with attractions in natural areas can be the 9-leg
way we learn to put our natural senses into culturally reasonable
words. Our challenge is recognize that the excessively nature
separated parts of ourselves and our culture are unreasonable.
We desperately need to think
with nature's wise ability to maintain and restore life, without
producing our problems. That wisdom prevents and stops our society's destructive
actions against ourselves others and the environment.
The absence of more than 45
webstrings from our conscious thinking is the mother of our collective
madness, of our runaway wars, pollution, dysfunction, disease, mental
illness, apathy, abusiveness and violence. Without experiencing these webstrings,
our consciousness abandons our natural sensory "inner child," and
the inner child in other people and species. It disintegrates
the creative passions that normally bring about community, balance
and positive change peacefully.
Anybody can choose to help reverse
this destructive situation by choosing to learn and teach how,
via the Web of Life Imperative, to
reconnect with webstrings and nature.
I offer the following list of 53 natural senses with this important
reminder: Each sense is a distinct 4-leg webstring attraction
that in nature has no name for itself, for nature does not use
names. Each webstring can awaken many natural parts of us when
we use it to connect with the natural world in the environment
and people. That touchy-feely, hands-on, connecting experience,
not this list of senses, catalyzes personal wisdom, growth and balance.
This list only provides information in 5-leg language. It brings
it on our screen of consciousness and feeds and guides our senses
of reason and language, our story way of knowing. However, without
passion (apathy), 5-leg reason and language are ineffective when
it comes to disengaging our destructive bonds and enjoying responsible behavior, growth and change.
For example, even though cigarette labels and research show cigarettes
to be harmful, many people continue to smoke them. Reason and language are
only 4% of our inherent means to know and love nature, life and
each other. Our 51 other 4-leg sense groups complete the process.
Without them awake and well in our consciousness, we experience
apathy and hurt, we don't participate and our problems continue.
Nature centered 9-leg thinking uses the list of senses, below,
in conjunction with visiting natural areas and with exposing
our indoor conditioning to the many natural senses in us that we may awaken in
nature. To do this is reasonable, for after we experience
a natural sensory attraction, knowing and speaking its right name places that sensation
in our new brain consciousness. There we can think with it and be motivated by it. This
process non-verbally connects, rejuvenates and educates us. It
extends us to safely reach into the natural world in order to
more fully sense and make sense of our lives and all of life.
It works because once we experience the perfection of nature's restorative process and wisdom,
we own it. We never fully return to our former way of knowing.
The Fifty Three Natural Webstring Senses and Sensitivities
The Radiation Senses
1. Sense of light and sight,
including polarized light.
2. Sense of seeing without eyes such as heliotropism or the sun
sense of plants.
3. Sense of color.
4. Sense of moods and identities attached to colors.
5. Sense of awareness of one's own visibility or invisibility
and consequent camouflaging.
6. Sensitivity to radiation other than visible light including
radio waves, X rays, etc.
7. Sense of Temperature and temperature change.
8. Sense of season including ability to insulate, hibernate and
9. Electromagnetic sense and polarity which includes the ability
to generate current (as in the nervous system and brain waves)
or other energies.
The Feeling Senses
10. Hearing including resonance,
vibrations, sonar and ultrasonic frequencies.
11. Awareness of pressure, particularly underground, underwater,
and to wind and air.
12. Sensitivity to gravity.
13. The sense of excretion for waste elimination and protection
14. Feel, particularly touch on the skin.
15. Sense of weight, gravity and balance.
16. Space or proximity sense.
17. Coriolus sense or awareness of effects of the rotation of
18. Sense of motion. Body movement sensations and sense of mobility.
The Chemical Senses
19. Smell with and beyond the
20. Taste with and beyond the tongue.
21. Appetite or hunger for food, water and air.
22. Hunting, killing or food obtaining urges.
23. Humidity sense including thirst, evaporation control and
the acumen to find water or evade a flood.
24. Hormonal sense, as to pheromones and other chemical stimuli.
The Mental Senses
25. Pain, external and internal.
26. Mental or spiritual distress.
27. Sense of fear, dread of injury, death or attack.
(25-27 are attractions to seek additional natural attractions in order to support and strengthen well-being)
28. Procreative urges including sex awareness, courting, love,
mating, paternity and raising young.
29. Sense of play, sport, humor, pleasure and laughter.
30. Sense of physical place, navigation senses including detailed
awareness of land and seascapes, of the positions of the sun,
moon and stars.
31. Sense of time and rhythm.
32. Sense of electromagnetic fields.
33. Sense of weather changes.
34. Sense of emotional place, of community, belonging, support,
trust and thankfulness.
35. Sense of self including friendship, companionship, and power.
36. Domineering and territorial sense.
37. Colonizing sense including compassion and receptive awareness
of one's fellow creatures, sometimes to the degree of being absorbed
into a superorganism.
38. Horticultural sense and the ability to cultivate crops, as
is done by ants that grow fungus, by fungus who farm algae, or
birds that leave food to attract their prey.
39. Language and articulation sense, used to express feelings
and convey information in every medium from the bees' dance to
40. Sense of humility, appreciation, ethics.
41. Senses of form and design.
42. Sense of reason, including memory and the capacity for logic and
43. Sense of mind and consciousness.
44. Intuition or subconscious deduction.
45. Aesthetic sense, including creativity and appreciation of
beauty, music, literature, form, design and drama.
46. Psychic capacity such as foreknowledge, clairvoyance, clairaudience,
psychokinesis, astral projection and possibly certain animal
instincts and plant sensitivities.
47. Sense of biological and astral time, awareness of past, present
and future events.
48. The capacity to hypnotize other creatures.
49. Relaxation and sleep including dreaming, meditation, brain
50. Sense of pupation including cocoon building and metamorphosis.
51. Sense of excessive stress and capitulation.
52. Sense of survival by joining a more established organism.
53. Spiritual sense, including conscience, capacity for sublime
love, ecstasy, a sense of sin, profound sorrow and sacrifice
54. Sense of unity, of natural attraction as the singular mother essence and source of all our other senses.
This list explains how, sense
by sense, nature 9-leg connects with itself in us, through us
and to people and places around us. It suggests that we can consciously
engage in this process. It validates Dr. David Viscott's proposal
that feelings are the truth, that we don't live in the real world
when we ignore what we are feeling. Our nature-separated lives
disengage and de-energize these senses. Applying the organic
psychology of the Natural Systems Thinking Process allows nature,
the mother of these senses and feelings, to nurture and strengthen
them, to rejuvenate them to normal. The process gives them enough
energy to appear on our nature desensitized screen of consciousness
and green our thinking.
The Senses at Home in Nature:
experience I’m recalling is a trip I took with a friend to Mt Lemmon in
Tucson. After a half mile hike back into the forest at the 9,000 foot
in elevation level we found a mammoth rock. It was the size of a house
and half buried in the earth. We both laid on our brother rock for
about 20 minutes. It was a cool sunny (cloud) day and we were
surrounded by a forest of massively beautiful pine trees.
rock was oh so warm and comforting to embrace as the sun shone on my
body.The contrast of the warm rock and the cool breeze was so
wonderful. Wind softly blowing in my ears. The ultimate reward was
loosing all my stress and anxiety from my entire body. A physical
therapist would have charged me $150 to do what nature did for zip.
senses registered colors, sounds, feelings, aromas, sensations, moods,
contracts, textures, sizes, distance. I stopped controlling the
world and let mother earth breath for me. I felt the texture of the
rock and the sensation of holding up the world on my back. It was
weightless and comforting to support. The sounds of the nearby creek
and the many bustling creatures were a symphony of natures’ voices all
welcoming me to stay as long as wanted. The smell of pine was in the
air. All senses were on maximum open channel and I melted into moment
It was only my natural sensory attraction
connections to the natural area that provided these rewards. I have
never, in all my years of public or higher education been taught
anything about what I just experienced.
AN ACTIVITY FOR SENSING THE SENSES
20 years experience with outdoor education and adventure based
learning, I have facilitated "willow in the wind" activities many
times. A person stands stiff in the center of a circle of people, close
their eyes and leans over as if to fall down. The people in the circle
prop up the middle person to prevent falling and state the name of the
natural sense they represent that is supporting the person.
Unfortunately, I could not form a group at this time so I decided to
improvise as follows:
is a long circular trail that runs through thickly forested high ground
overlooking the Chattahoochee River. I used this trail to replace the
circle of humans called for in the classic "willow in the wind"
activity, and used natural attractions as the "pushers" and my sensory
responses as the "catchers". I respectfully sought permission to
do the activity and began walking along a narrow dirt and gravel road
toward the trail-head a short distance away. As I walked along
the road, slowly cleansing my lens of perception by turning my
attention from things artificial to the vast natural area surrounding
me, something in my peripheral vision compelled me to stop and look. I
saw a large, beautifully formed, yellow and brown acorn, and as I
continued to scan the ground , I saw many more. Senses
that responded: sense of color; sense of moods and identities attached
to colors; sense of season; senses of form and design.
Reaching the trail-head, I turned off the road and continued
my slow walk with senses now more attuned to the purpose. I had not
gone far when once again my peripheral vision alerted me to stop and
connect with a small bush growing along side the trail. A single,
dime-sized, brilliant red fruit attached to the bush stood out from the
muted colors of its background. The fruit's red, thick skin stoodopen
and appeared as a five petaled flower with a shiny red seed attached to the base of each petal. Senses
that responded: sense of color; sense of season; sense of moods and
identities attached to colors; sense of season; senses of form and
design; sense of emotional place, of community, belonging, support,
trust and thankfulness; aesthetic sense; sense of humility,
appreciation, ethics; sense of self. Continuing on the trail, I
came to a huge, recently fallen, oak tree that lay across the trail and
blocked it. Always interested in such scenes, I stopped and started my
analysis of the visible evidence when suddenly a close by and
unexpected sound of rustling leaves startled me. Looking around
for the source, I saw nothing, and turned my attention back to the tree
only to be startled again by the same sound followed by another and
another. Finally, I had the answer: large acorns sporadically dropping
from tall oak trees crashed into the thick layer of dry leaves that
covered the ground surrounding me. Senses that responded: sense of hearing; sense of fear; sense of physical place; sense of humor.
From this point, the trailed climbed steeply to the high ridge top and
a view of the river flowing swiftly far below. As I slowly made my way
up the steep trail, I realized the activation of yet another sense. Sense that responded: sense of weight, gravity and balance.
After reaching the top, I paused to spend a few minutes admiring
the view, but before I could focus on the river, a slight motion on the
ground near my feet grabbed my attention. I stared down at the tiniest
snake I have ever seen. Because of its small size, it took awhile to
identify it as a snake. Its amazingly tiny forked tongue and lack
of legs finally convinced me. Keenly interested in this fellow
being, I admired its beautiful color: dark blue with a thin bright
yellow line encircling the body just behind the head. Senses
that responded: Sense of light and sight; sense of color; sense of
moods and identities attached to color; sense of emotional place, of
community, belonging, support, trust and thankfulness; senses of form
and design. As I looked down at the ancient river below, these
same senses remained engaged. From this point, I continued on the trail
back toward the road near my starting point.
discovered that properly functioning senses are essential for a
meaningful and appropriately balanced life and require maintenance
through frequent and experiential interaction with the natural world.
characteristics of western culture tend to diminish and distort the
proper functioning of natural senses, which in turn distorts the
accuracy of perception.
experience with nature shows me that I am a person who gets good
feelings from being outdoors in a natural area and who enjoys
exercising my senses by interacting and connecting with natural objects
in a natural area. I get pleasure from seeing a tiny snake using
its tiny tongue to sense the area around it. I would be deeply
distressed to lose my ability to experience being in tune with nature."
Experiential and Literature Observations
by Project NatureConnect graduate students, for each of the 53 natural
senses, validate the senses, as exemplified in the descriptions of the
three, below, none of which is one of the "five senses."
SENSE 18 SENSE OF MOTION
movement separates animals from plants. The ability to quickly detect
and respond to movement determines an animal's survival. Am i attracted
to flee from danger or fight it out? In particular, the directional
aspect of movement is most important. Motion in and of itself captures
my attention and triggers my brain to make a danger assessment. If a
potential of danger is perceived, then the direction of motion of that
danger determines my action. For example, I will move 90 degrees
from the track of a severe storm such as a hurricane or tornado. Or if
a cougar comes my way, I may move 90 degrees straight up a tree. Of
course, to initiate motion, I need some form of motivation. In the case
of potential danger, that motivation is the sense of fear and my
attraction to be out of harms way.
direction of movement or lack of in response to the movement of another
animal may trigger a direction of movement in the other animal. If I
move towards an animal, I exhibit predator behavior and the animal may
run away from me. If I'm attracted to run from an animal, I behave like
a prey and the animal may chase me. If I be completely still, I become
invisible and the animal continues to move along a general course.
Animal's visual anatomy often reveals whether the animal is primary a
predator or prey. Predator eyes of moving food sources lie in front of
their heads for precise focus in tracking prey. Prey eyes lie at the
sides of heads for seeing predator moving up from behind. Some animals‚
visual sense is primary motion. Frogs and some small simple vertebrates
only have retina cells that are receptive to motion and therefore only
sees an object if it moves.
have a sense of motion within and without. I perceive my motion
internally through my kinesthetic sense that gives me an awareness of
my muscle effort, of joint and limb movement and of positions of body
parts relative to each other. Stretch receptors of joints and
muscles respond to movement and position of various parts of the body.
perceive motion externally through my brain. The eyes sees a series of
stills and directions of movement of sequential points. The brain fuses
them together as a seamless stream of pictures. It is possible to see
with eyes but be blind to motion without the part of the brain devoted
to analyzing and intergrading directions of movements pickup by the
magnocellular neurons or M-cells in retina (Montgomery, 2006). Motion
in a particular direction activate M-cells that transmits impulses to
the thalamus where the information is then relayed to an area of the
visual cortex. For example, as I drive in my car and view out the front
window, directions of movement steam outward from the center of my
eye's image. Viewing out the rear-view mirror, directional lines of
motion flow inward toward the center. The brain constructs a view of
the world from many bits of information and at the same time triggers a
survival response if so determined, all of this within a very short
period of time that makes the difference of between health or injury.
Thus, neural connections for transmitting motion information are highly
specialized and a dedicated area of the cortex is reserved for
analyzing motion. Like the visual qualities of form, color and depth,
motion corresponds to specific sensory receptors and mental processes.
Therefore, color (sense 3), form (sense 4), depth (sense 6) and motion
(sense 18) are distinct senses. The combination of many senses into the
sense of sight devaluates each of the combined senses. I would define
any unique sense as any sense that have specific receptors and mental
processes. Therefore, the sense of my own motion (kinesthetic sense) is
a separate sense from my visual sense of motion. Distinct senses, while
being independent, join with other senses to help the brain make better
sense of the world out of a greater sense of survival.
brain must rapidly process sensory motion inputs of many directions at
the same time and output a perception of motion. When a specific
direction of motion is steadily inputted to the brain over span of a
half minute or more, adapt to that direction of motion occurs and the
outgoing signal is decreased. If the visual focus is suddenly shifted
upon a stationary object, the output of the opposite direction of the
moving object becomes stronger against all other directions and the
stationary object will appear to move for the few seconds in the
opposite direction of the moving object. For example, if I stare
steadily at the falling waters of a waterfall for 20 seconds and then
gaze upon a stand of trees, the trees will momentarily move upward.
This waterfall illusion or motion after-effect was demonstrated at the
Museum of Science in Boston. The audience stared at a rotating wheel
that spiraled inward. After about a half minute, we looked at young man
standing still on the stage and laughed when we saw the illusion of him
expanding upward and outward. I experienced another motion illusion
while parked with the car's motor running. The car next to me started
to back up that gave me the illusion and the unsettling feeling that my
car was moving forward. I instantly hit the brakes.
me, my eyes sense my motion relative to my immediate surroundings, my
inner ears sense my motion relative to gravity and the motion receptor
of my muscles and joints sense specific motion of parts of my body. All
this sensual information is feed to my brain that makes sense of it and
triggers musuosketaltal movements to keep my motion coordinated,
balanced and efficient, quite a large undertaking for my busy brain
that handles 100 million messages every second. I can train my brain to
activate new, specific movements. By repeatedly practicing the same
movements over and over, I condition my body and rewire my brain to
perform exact movements instantly without my conscious awareness. I am
comforted to know that the brain continually changes and develops
throughout life. Not only can the elderly learn mentally, physically
and spiritually but the continual stimulation of the brain throughout
life is the way to long life. The body-mind seems to want to go on with
life when there is a reason to continue. The November 2005 issue of
National Geographic Magazine highlighted cultures with centenarians.
The common reason given by centenarians for long life is having a
strong sense of purpose and doing that which makes life worth living.
The other longevity factors of genes, physical activity and low
caloric, high quality diet follow. However the luck of the genes will
not offset an unhealthy lifestyle. An elder who replaces anticipating
with reminiscing quickens his aging. Movement is captured in the past
by memories and is freed in the present by senses. Life begets movement
and movement beget life. Any change, be it physical or nonphysical, is
movement. Change is not only good but essential to life.
is what gets my attention given that my brain has my conscious
attention to begin with. Is this change something I need to act on or
not? My central nervous system perceives change through numerous sense
receptors. When the change becomes constant, my body-mind adapts and
the sensory stimulus diminishes as my brain now treats the sensory
information as insignificant for further action.
of motion is a major source of recreation, entertainment and amusement.
Movement, in physical or musical form, is self expression that
transcends all peoples. Movement is very individual yet very universal.
Skillful, beautiful movement portrays the human soul. Movement diverse
people together in peace. Movements can also bring people together for
a common purpose for improving the human condition. Movement is life.
Movement is good. Movement is my joy.
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16, 2006 from the World Wide Web:
SENSE 24 HORMONAL SENSE SUCH AS PHEROMONES
the top of nature's priority list is the survival of the species. The
principal method to assure species survival is to facilitate mating and
propagation of the species. The pheromone sense is often the trigger to
this process. In the non-human animal world, an adult female emits her
scent into the air that is picked up by nearby male and his receptor
cells lining two sacs of the vomeronasal organ in the upper nasal
cavity. Proteins bind to a specific pheromone, making it soluble to be
transported in the blood. The vomeronasal system is distinct, and
separate from the olfactory system. Activated receptors send signals to
the accessory olfactory bulb that process and relay the information to
the amygdala, preopic area and hypothalamus that in turn trigger
immediate hormonal changes and instinctive sexual behaviors. In the
non-human animal world, mating and reproduction is wired in the brain
to occur automatically. Pheromones carry information between
individuals of same species. Hormones carry information within the
individual. The olfactory bulb mediates between the two.
abounds with diversity. There is no one way. So it is with the sense of
pheromone and how it is received. For example, in the world of moths,
the males antenna are covered with sensory hairs that receive the
female‚s scent signal and trigger a chain of behaviors. The male
emperor moth can detect just one molecule of the scent of a female
three miles away that immediately sets him flying upwind to her (Bruce,
1997). Now here is a male that listens and responds to a female and
places her ahead of everything else. Both male and female salt marsh
moths send out scent signals that result in a group meeting where the
female makes her choice of mate. Both sexes of cotton leaf moth produce
pheromones, the female using the emitted scent to attract the male and
the male, first on the scene, using his scent to deter other males.
insects such as ants mark trails and some animals mark territories with
pheromones. Some insects when attacked release pheromones that trigger
group flight or fight behavior. Certain plants when grazed upon emit a
pheromone to trigger tannin production in adjacent plants, rendering
them less appealing. Aggregation pheromones bring some species together
such as the Japanese beetles who are drawn by the hundreds to my roses
and chokeberries for feeding and breeding. Odors from the damaged
plants attract even more beetles.
have a vomeronasal organ system, although not as elaborate as other
organisms, for detecting and responding to pheromones and apocrine
sweat glands for producing pheromones. The apocrine glands open into
hair follicles of axillary, anal and perigental areas. The message of
attraction pheromones bypasses the cerebral cortex for conscious
awareness and goes directly to the area of brain tied to emotions and
feelings. Odorless pheromones reveal their presence by their hormonal
and/or behavioral effects.
feminine practice of shaving axillary and pubic hairs for appearance
sake injuries the pheromonal sense or the natural chemical attraction.
Marketing and retailing perfumes with pheromones insults nature and
sex pheromone may be the ultimate human match-maker, attracting persons
to their soul mates. Something that is already set in nature does not
need conscious thought and choice. I believe that the perfect meeting
of pheromones produces the amazing Œchemistry‚ and magical feelings
between to strangers destine to live out their lives together.
may help strengthen the human bond between mates for the relative long
years of childrearing. Certainly a very pleasurable feeling of peace
and contentment is experienced by cuddling with one‚s mate. I believe
that couples who sleep together in the same bed as opposed to separate
beds have a much greater chance of staying together.
emit a calming pheromone. When Dr. David Berliner of the University of
Utah stored human skin extracts in open vials, people working in the
lab became more friendly and relaxed (Corliss, 1993). When the vials
were covered, the calming effect disappeared .
pheromone has only been isolated and named as such only 50 years ago
although the sensing structure was identified 300 years ago. The late
identity of the pheromonal sense may be a result of its unconscious
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SENSE 33 SENSE OF WEATHER CHANGE
humans in contemporary culture miss the richness and depth of life due
to insensitivity. There is much more to life than what we are conscious
of. This is especially true of weather. Over 95 percent of our lives
are spent indoors and in climate-controlled vehicles. We tune into the
Weather Channel rather than our built-in weather senses to find out
what is going on. Our weather senses are undeveloped like buds on a
plant. The nuances of weather makes each day unique, to be experienced
like no other day. How many ways can you see the rain or perceive the
wind? The Japanese language reflects the culture's high degree of
sensitivity and awareness of weather. A large number of expressions
describe various experiences of rain (Takemura, n.d.). Wind and its
sensual identity has over two thousand versions. Weather in the moment
can be perceived from the macro to the micro. Weather changes in subtle
ways from second to second that adds up to big changes hour to hour.
Significant change captures the attention of the brain as something to
be mindful and responsive.
sensitivity to weather is not so much the specific weather conditions
but the change in weather. We can indirectly sense and predict a
significant weather change a few days in advance. Through the sense of
sight, we can observe the types of clouds and know generally when
precipitation will begin, the lower the cloud, the sooner the
precipitation. The high cirrus group of clouds forebodes rain within 15
to 30 hours. The medium alto- clouds foretells rain within 10 to 20
hours. The sense of temperature and its significant increase indicate
passage of warm front, a day or two before the passage of a cold
front/storm system. The visual sighting of wind interaction and its
direction tells whether a storm system is advancing or retreating. The
sense of pressure and the rapidly falling atmospheric pressure predicts
an advancing storm and/or strong frontal system. The sense of feel of
increased wind speeds is an effect of rapidly falling or rising
pressure. The sense of humidity and its significant increase indicate
the likelihood of future precipitation.
can also directly sense weather change. The sense of pain and the sense
of mental distress commonly foretell an advancing weather system.
'Human barometers can feel a major storm system as much as three days
away. Nature's purpose for pain is to get our attention to take action,
to follow attractions that may or may not save us from near-future
injury or death. Nature takes us out of our comfort zone and moves us
to seek future comfort and safety. Certainly the sense of weather
changes was more critical to our survival in the past but even today,
persons with chronic illness are most vulnerable to life-threatening
severe and/or bitterly cold weather. As life-loving nature would have
it, the chronically ill are most sensitive to weather changes. The
greater the change in weather, the greater the degree of pain.
Therefore, chronic pain patients know in advance both the day of
arrival and the severity of a storm system. Pain sufferers manage pain
by taking preventive action through medication or therapy in
anticipation of significant weather change.
to weather changes is real enough for the Weather Channel to produce a
daily Aches and Pains Index Map. Above normal levels of discomfort are
associated with an approaching strong low pressure and/or cold front
and accompanying falling atmosphere pressure, rising humidity and
increase wind speeds. Quiet, dry warm weather bring the least
discomfort. Much colder weather, often with rapidly rising barometric
pressure, can also illicit pain.
change is a major trigger of migraines. Of 494 migraine patients, 62
percent of migraines were triggered by stress and 43 percent, by
weather changes (Robbins, 1994). Rapidly falling barometric pressure
acerbates vasodilatation in cranial blood vessels that causes migraine
and the inflammation of brain tissue. Falling barometric pressure also
worsens swelling and pain in arthritic joints.
Anonymous Field Study Report
"To experience the 53 senses, I hung out with the clouds today.
began this morning when Dave came back from his run saying that it was
going to be a pretty sunrise. Sure enough, he was right. We could not
stay content to view it from the inside of the house. So, we bundled up
and went out on the deck (sense of season).
sky was filled with pink multi-dimentional clouds that seemed to
radiate out from the mountain tops toward us, above us and all around
us (sense of light and moods attached to colors, space/proximity sense,
sense of form and design). Absolutely incredible!
"Wow!" I said to Dave.
"It seems to be radiating right toward us."(language and articulation
sense & sense of self including friendship, companionship, &
couldn't contain myself on the deck and found myself running through
the crisp morning air (sense of temperature,) to the top of the
ballfield behind our house to get a clear view (sense of motion and
space and awareness of ones own visibility).
sang out my thanks and called out my request for permission to do the
nature-connecting activity (sense of emotional support, belonging, support, trust,
thankfulness). As I twirled on the bal lfield, arms outstretched, the
sky turned from pink to gold (sense of motion, play, pleasure,
laughter, place, coriolus sense or awareness of effects of the rotation
of the Earth). The rising light danced off the expanding shapes.
called out loud, "Thank you dear clouds for helping us to feel our
connection to all things and to all living beings!!!!"(sense of
appreciation, humility, and ethics)
Dave called back from the deck his expressions of appreciation as well.(aesthetic sense, appreciation of beauty)
felt as if we were being sent a message that we were being watched over
and supported. (sense of intuition, deduction, sense of mind and
"Yahweh not only was, or expressed the original desire to be, Yahweh
may also he the source of the exclamation 'Yahoo!' We consider God to
be the essence of life and the word essence can mean 'to be more fully."
When I experience these 53 senses and I write about my experience and share my writing I know I am being supported. This enhances my self-esteem and trustfulness of nature. It re-educates me to the fact that the power that flows through nature, including me, cares....it cares about me.
I awoke next morning feeling a greater trust in life.
In the trustable space in my mind, I will put an image of me twirling under an
expanding pink and gold sky- to remind me of the sense of freedom and
awareness of support that comes from dancing in the 53 senses.
Love you guys so dearly. Thanks for giving me your ears and hearts to share with."
Takemura, S. (n.d.). A sense for reading the atmosphere, Retrieved November 8, 2006, from the World Wide Web:
L. (1994, April). Precipitating factors in migraine: A retrospective
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The Nature Of Nine Leg Knowing. How Do
We Belong and Heal?
"Ishi, (the last hunter-gather
Native American) was sure he knew the cause of our discontent.
It stemmed from an excessive amount of indoor time. 'It is not
a man's nature to be too much indoors.'"
- Theodora Kroeber
"It is quite clear to
me after several years in the environmental movement that all
physical problems of man's impact on the environment - pollution
of the air and waters, the desecration of the land, the contamination
of the food chain - all start within the environment of man's
- Maurice Strong,
Founder or the United Nations Environment Program,
Co--chair of the Commission on Global Governance,
Because we live in a nature-separated
society, we seldom learn that it is the personal and collective
relationship of our mind with nature that determines our sanity,
our future and the future of the earth. Much has been written
about how we need to help the planet regenerate itself. Too often
we overlook that restoring it is the lasting means to improve
the environment of our mind, our wellness and our destiny.
How conscious are we about
the interactions of our mentality with the natural world? How
do we passionately incorporate nature's intrinsic health and
recuperative powers into our sense of self, other and livelihood?
Do we acknowledge this deep and penetrating partnership in a
renewable path to sustainability that serves people, the environment
These are compelling questions
for us as our society is in denial of our mentality's relationship
with nature and we face a most precarious future.
We Lose What We Most Love
As nature's resources are diminished so is the quality of our
lives as part of nature. As the quality of our lives diminish,
we become desensitized and fearful. We further lose touch with
our natural ability to connect to the web of life within which
we are so intricately bound. It becomes a cycle of loss. The
nurturing link between our human lives and our earthly home gets
broken. We are driven to seek more and more satisfaction in the
material world, which means we consume more and more of the resources
we need to sustain natural world and our inborn love of it. We
get further and further away from our innate sense of meaning
and being. We lose what we most love-about ourselves, the world
to which we belong and our sense of the sacred in everyday life.
Nature's Saving Grace
In these difficult times, we are virtually on the edge of losing
our ability to save both ourselves-and our earthly home. Yet
the saving grace is simple: We will save what we love. And when
we learn how to stop long enough to genuinely reconnect to the
nurturing sustenance of nature, we emotionally reconnect to what
is most deeply satisfying in our human experience-belonging.
We re-learn to love the very essence of who we are as living
breathing perfect beings on a living breathing perfect planet.
It is a generative partnership that happens when we reawaken
and enliven all our senses with the awareness of nature's grace,
intelligence and sustenance. We find and feel that we, too, are
part of the very grace and intelligence we celebrate in nature.
We belong. Because this reconnecting process is often foreign
to contemporary life, an enabling tool has been devised to help
us engage in the process.
Restoring Our Sensory Connections
To Nature's Renewing Powers.
Project NatureConnect, a pioneering process in environmental
psychology and education, has developed an ecopsychology program
that is first of all committed to helping us-as individuals-restore
our connection to our place in nature's transcending grace. Then,
through its sensory nature-connecting, ecotherapy activities,
we learn how to genuinely unite our thinking to the web of life
that is always around us, always nurturing us, always waiting
to help us wake up. We help ourselves bond to living in awareness
and equilibrium with nature, in hope and in love. Living in that
organic awareness we create a lasting future for our loved ones
and for our extended human and ecological family.
The Organic Science of Nature's
Backyard or back country, the idea and goal of Project NatureConnect
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the regenerative power of our natural experience in the natural
world. His work is a science and an art, the result of decades
of practice working with communities of people in natural areas,
all culminating in a process that helps us recover what it is
we have forgotten, what it is we love, what it is we can save.
Healing Our Relationships
It is time for us to come out from behind the addictive socializing
and economic forces that keep the environment of our mind disconnected
from the Earth and each other. It is time to re-learn how to
let the wisdom and renewing energies of nature transform our
destructive patterns into balanced and loving relationships that
can help restore both personal worth and global harmony.
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of summer and winter-such health, such cheer, they afford forever!"
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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powerless to change. In time, I became aware that I was in denial.
I denied that I, like many others, had an addiction to immediate
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A Sensory Education and Counseling
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Although we are part of nature,
we are normally educated to spend, on average, over 95 percent
of our time and 99 percent of our lives thinking and feeling
while separated from nature's grace, beauty, and restorative
powers. Our mentality's profound loss of nature divorces us into
apathy through denial. We deny that we are rewarded for fearing
and exploiting, rather than embracing, the supportive ways of
our planetary mother and her kingdoms. We deny that we are psychologically
addicted to nature-disconnected thinking that creates our personal,
social and environmental dysfunctions.
Contemporary society has taught
us to be experts in conquering nature, including the balanced
ways of our natural self and its love of nature. The result:
because we don't protect what we don't love, nature, our collective
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a web some people call God (www.ecopsych.com).
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"Our body, mind, spirit
and ability to love come into the world through nature. They
are part of nature's beautiful perfection, wisdom and restorative
powers. However, the extreme disconnection of our thinking from
nature injures these attributes. Like tearing a leg from a live
rabbit, we wound and damage our ability to think clearly. Its
dysfunction deteriorates our wellness, our inner peace and the
Our bonding and denial present
us with great challenges. To replace our lost gratifications
from nature, our socialization rewards our disturbed psyche to
attach or addict to contemporary ways along with their destructive
side effects. Our greatest challenge is that we learn to deny
that the self-improvement means is available to reconnect our
thinking with nature's regenerative powers and thereby co-create
ourselves and the world in a peaceful balance that eliminates
these side effects."
- Michael J. Cohen
Mood Disorders: Are You Suffering from
Denial of Your Separation from Nature?
1. Contemporary society
and its citizens are in denial. We are aware that we are part
of nature and that although we are disconnected from nature,
we deny that this separation bears ill effects upon our physical
or mental health and inner peace. We are also in denial if we
know our separation from nature is producing destructive personal,
social and environmental disorders but we don't use readily available
nature-reconnecting tools to help us treat these disorders.
from nature produces the discomforts of fatigue, apathy, stress,
anxiety, depression, hopelessness, anger, mood swings, mistrust,
loneliness, broken relationships, destructive dependencies and
sleep, eating, learning and attention disorders
2. Because we are members of
a nature-disconnected society in denial, we are psychologically
bonded to our society's ways and we each suffer from and perpetuate
the dysfunctions, insanity and discontents of our society.
3. Many people display mood
disorder symptoms or other discontents that are not normally
found in nature-connected people. These individuals are usually
in denial that they suffer because they are, or have been, excessively
separated from nature and its regenerative healing and restorative
powers. The symptoms these individuals endure include the discomforts
of fatigue, apathy, stress, anxiety, depression, hopelessness,
anger, mood swings, mistrust, loneliness, broken relationships,
destructive dependencies and sleep, eating, learning and attention
4. Contemporary society consciously
and subconsciously socializes us to believe that nature is an
enemy to overcome, conquer or develop.
||- We are in denial
that we mistakenly consider it progress and economically sound
to subdue natural systems within and around us and thereby lose
the resilience and immunity provided by the recuperative powers
of these systems.
- We deny that if disconnection from nature produces discontents,
that authentic reconnecting with nature enables nature's renewing
powers to help us transform our discontents into happier, more
reasonable, ways of being and relating.
- We deny that nature-reconnecting tools are readily available
to us and that we that can use them to help ourselves reverse
5. An individual that only addresses their personal dysfunctions
without addressing the nature-disconnected roots of these dysfunctions
too often furthers their and our problems as time passes.
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Although each of us is part
of nature, our socialization erodes our personal, social, spiritual
and environmental relationships because it excessively separates
us from the recuperative qualities of nature. This disconnection
causes us to lose the benefit of the purifying powers in nature
that would ordinarily help us rejuvenate and regenerate our presently
deteriorating thinking. Our relationships with ourselves, others
and the environment would improve.
We live over 95 percent of
our lives indoors, separated from nature; over 99 percent of
our thinking is disconnected from how nature works to produce
its non-polluting perfection. To our great cost, we omit nature's
grace from our personal, social, spiritual and environmental
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In as little as fourteen days
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nature works. Surely, this is as important and revolutionary
as Einstein's e=mc2 or the discovery by Copernicus that Earth
and we are neither the center nor most important thing in the
"Even though I'm a nincompoop,
I'm not very special at all. Any dumbell can see the reason our
major problems don't subside. It's because our leaders don't
resolve conflicts or issues by using the extraordinary unifying
and strengthening powers of nine-leg thinking and relating. I
don't use them because I'm an idiot. But, what's their excuse,
or, dare I ask, what's yours?"
- Alfred E. Newman.
"I find that being stupid
makes me really feel left out and different all the time. I just
can't register all the wonderful things that technology and the
media provide for the normal person. For example, I'm so retarded
that I couldn't even understand that E.T. was an extraterrestrial
like Spielberg and the movie and the stories said. To me, the
powers E.T. had were the same as those of Earth, he was just
like the plant animal and mineral community. Llike them, he was
very vulnerable to technology. But I'm so dumb that I thought
then, and I still think today, that E.T. was a terrestrial; he
was Planet Earth. He was in no way so special as to become a
movie star. After all, doesn't Earth all the time do what he
did if we let it? Nine leg thinking lets us do that, too.
- Alfred E. Newman.
QUESTION: What is so important
about nine-leg thinking?
ANSWER: Nine-leg thinking is
a supportive, therapeutic key to creating personal happiness
through a rewarding and sustainable future for all people and
To understand the momentous
significance of nine-leg thinking, consider this intelligence
test question regarding mathematical aptitude:
"If you count a normal
dog's tail as one of its legs, how many legs does a dog have?"
"Five," of course,
is the correct answer.
Intelligent people answer "five"
because it is valid in mathematical and scientific reasoning.
Society applauds and economically rewards us for giving correct
mathematical or technological answers. But something is radically
wrong with this answer; something is missing. Because, somehow,
even a dog knows that a dog has four legs.
Our sense of reason recognizes
five as correct only until we are greeted by our friendly family
dog, or the mean mutt down the street. Five legs only works in
theory. When we experience a real dog, or a wolf, or a centipede,
or any other natural being, many of our inherent natural senses
come into play: our senses of sight, touch, motion, color, texture,
language, sound, smell, fear, consciousness, community, trust,
contrast, love, reason and recognition. Are you aware we have
53 natural senses?
No matter how conceptually
clever we are with our five-legged thinking, it is our four-legged
sensory awareness that grounds our experience in the true nature
of reality. That reality knows any normal dog has no more than
four legs and no matter how you look at it, a tail is not one
When it comes to supportively
relating in balance to nature and its systems around and within
us, we rarely think in 9-leg (4-leg plus 5-leg) ways.
We can kill or hurtfully stress a dog if we make it run too fast
or too far because we think that it has five legs. Isn't that
what we are doing to ourselves and the environment?
Nine-leg thinking and relating
helps us come back into personal and environmental balance by
revitalizing our multitude of natural senses through genuine
contact with authentic nature.