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VOLUME  2  NUMBER  2012-2013                                                               Dr.  Michael J. Cohen, Editor

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Natural Attraction Ecology: A New Copernican Revolution Helps Us Remedy Destructive Illusions

- Michael J. Cohen
    Also see this publication's companion Higgs Boson article

This article describes a love-energy life dance that  blends medical, mathematic, science and religion processes to produce a therapeutic counselor, coach and healer "God particle" nature-connection. Doing this Applied Ecopsycology dance helps remedy denial, wrath or controversy about it.


July 4, 2012: The scientific CERN discovery and identity of the Higgs Boson as attraction energy makes indisputable the peer reviewed methods, materials, self-evident facts and outcomes of Educating Counseling and Healing With Nature.

"WARNING: Reading this article may shake everything you've known to be true."

- Theresa Sweeney, Ph.D.   

In 1543 A.D., with excellence in applied science and mathematics, Copernicus made the revolutionary discovery that the sun was the center of the solar system, not Planet Earth. In addition he determined that Earth was not the center of the Universe.

Copernicus also recognized that the greatest authorities and powers in the math, science, politics, medical and religion communities were mistaken about how the solar system worked.  He realized that his discovery was an inconvenient truth that would confront them and bring their denial, shame and wrath upon him. Having no love for such a reprisal, Copernicus held off publishing the results of his research until he knew his life was ending. His book was released on the day he died.

Sixty years later, Galileo was jailed and later placed in house arrest for the remainder of his life. His crime? Agreeing with the findings of Copernicus. Heresy!! (He suffered for our "sin" of science-based thinking and relating) Others whose findings have strongly differed with authorities and dominant paradigms of their time have suffered similar fates, as exemplified by Wilhelm Reich in 1947.

I recognize the potential risk involved in this article, as described above, when one applies its "inconvenient but accurate" scientific findings, methods and materials.  Readily accessible to all, they help anybody make a presently missing, but potent scientific sensory contribution to personal, social and environmental well being, a powerful gift that is much needed
(5).  When applied, these findings create a Copernican nature-connected wellness revolution of momentous proportion.  How and why it works along with its beneficial effects are already described in my peer reviewed book "Educating Counseling and Healing With Nature" (ECHN) (1) and the indisputable With Justice for All (16).

Here's the critical problem we face:  it is commonly recognized that there is little or no practical use of the July 4, 2012 confirmation of the identity and role of the Higgs Boson "God particle" that was discovered by physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research laboratory in Switzerland.  They identified the Higgs Boson as the fundamental natural attraction "clumping" energy in the Big Bang birth of the Universe 14 billion years ago. Like an invisible net of attraction "stretchable glue," it holds thing together but, in contrast to cooling that manifested the material world, it can only be seen as a particle when heated to more than ten billion degrees. 

Without the "Boson attraction energy net," things can't hold together and be things, from atom to galaxies. Living things can't be alive.  Albert Einstein and other scientists had already theorized that from its beginning, some unidentified original unifying attraction existed to cool, transform and grow into our universe today.
(13).  UPDATE: On March 20, 2014 an explosion of Gravity (also an attraction energy) was tentatively verified as being part of the life of the Big Bang further substantiating my findings in ECHN.

There is no place that natural attraction cannot be found. It continues to create time, space and atoms as it keeps on transforming and growing, moment by moment.  It is manifesting itself as
our living planet and us this split second and into the next instant (7).  It is manifesting itself, too, as our thoughts, feelings and senses while we are attracted to read or write these words for we are part of the life of our universe and we are part of it being us as it makes its own time and space moment-by-moment (9).

Until 2012, the Higgs Boson (and 2014 Gravity) were the missing, but predictable, natural attraction sub-atomic energy and particle that made our universe possible by attracting/clumping/unifying other particles together and giving things mass.  The idea that its discovery/affirmation has no practical value is nothing short of astounding. It concretely demonstrates the immense disconnected and detrimental separation between how we learn to think and feel and how nature actually works. This ecological shortcoming in Industrial Society, including our therapies and "green" technologies, prevents them from fulfilling their potential.  We can't change for the better because, excessively disconnected from the values and powers of nature's unifying natural attraction dance, our mentality is like a fish out of the water.    

There is an underlying reason that most folks believe that there is no practical value in the Higgs Boson identification, even though its science and math complete the standard scientific explanation of how the life of the universe, Earth and we inherently can live harmoniously in balance. The discovery is devalued because the Higgs Boson inconveniently disrupts the ways of those of us who are addicted to the hurtful, short-sighted, destructiveness that produces our disorders (10, 16). Sadly, this includes most of us.

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us -universe-, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us."

- Albert Einstein

Grand Unification: By not incorporating central Natural Attraction in his deliberations, Albert Einstein was limited and unable to "prove" or demonstrate his Grand Unification Field Theory with Physics and mathematical equations. He seemed unaware that his heroic desire, self-defense and attempts to do this was "Unification Field attraction" expressing itself in and through him, moment by moment.

Our challenge, as was Einstein's is to let ECHN help us act based on the self-evident, unifying properties of natural attraction (NNIAAL) rather than attach our NNIAAL to contradicting and limited stories along with their detrimental results (6)."

Individuals trained in ECHN will enable the world to build peaceful, green, relationships and economies because Higgs Boson is us (7, 8). If you want to best register and know what it is and you are attracted to reading to the end of this sentence, this attraction is NNIAAL in action as your personhood.

The delusion that the Higgs Boson is impractical
exists because Industrial Society socializes us not to think, feel and act like the balanced perfection of nature's attraction dance aliveness operates, in and around us (10).  Instead we are taught to excessively separate from, exploit and conquer that dance to gain profits, power and progress.  Over 99 percent of our time, thoughts and feelings are disconnected from, and out of tune with how nature's balance, renewing and healing virtues operate. 

Our society denies that although we are part of nature, our self-created prejudiced-against-nature way of thinking socializes (brainwashes) or indoctrinates us to fight a cruel, undeclared war against nature and its life-sustaining attraction dance, in and around us. I'll risk stating this heresy.  The stressed, conflicted and deteriorating state of our planet and its people results from the madness of our denial that we hold this prejudice (3).

The remedy for the war against nature and the natural along with its destructive results is the sensory process of Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature (ECHN) rather than against it.  It enables us to apply the tried and true science of Natural Attraction Ecology (NAE) (4).  The in-the-moment art of its ways and means helps people make conscious sensory contact with their purifying, balancing and self-correcting natural attraction origins, in and about them, while visiting a natural area backyard or backcountry (8).

Some major things that the Higgs Boson discovery validates through the application of ECHN and NEA:
  • The unifying essence of natural attraction is alive. This means that the entire universe consists of a wide variety of slow and fast forms of life, large and small. This reduces the fear of death and its harmful consequences because there is no such thing as the end of life, only transformation into other life forms that continue to support, and be supported by life.
  • We achieve the personal ability to make peace and prevent war by creating conscious sensory contact with natural attractions in natural areas. They activate the powerful but omitted unifying, peaceful, natural attraction embrace that we genetically inherit with each other and our plant, animal, energy and mineral planet community
  • Accurately interpreted "Now" moments spent dancing with authentic nature's balance contribute a presently missing but effective form of therapy and mental health. It interlaces our body, mind and spirit with the fundamental purifying and self-correcting powers of nature to help us remedy and prevent most disorders.
  • Reasonable, self-sustaining satisfactions are enjoyed through rewarding nature connections that create moments that let Earth teach. These instants replace our stressful, excessive and expensive dependencies on technologies, chemicals and other destructive relationships.
  • A massive reduction in money spent for medical assistance, social services and life-protection officers is achieved through the formation of communities that embrace the homeostatic and organic relationships of the web-of-life along with their ability to recycle themselves.
  • The balanced, self-governing ways of nature replace our excessive dependence on laws that thwart rather than support safe organic solutions to problems.
  • The mental reminder of NNIAAL as a means to help us think, feel and relate in mutually supportive relationships with nature, rather than in ways that enhance the conquest and exploitation of the natural world.          

Getting our mentality into the moment is what most effective counseling and therapies help people do. However, they often attach our 54 natural senses not to nature's ways in the moment, but instead to the imaginary stories and warped relationships of our wayward society along with their adverse side effects (6).  These therapies neither value nor know how to help people create immediate moments that let nature's healing natural attraction energies come into play and make their "miraculous" contribution. 

"A surgeon can reattach an amputated arm to the alive body that it came from. However the arm doesn't function until the attraction powers of nature's healing flow, atom by atom, moment by moment reconnect the arm with the life essence of the living body and its attraction to survive. The surgeon and doctor can't make that attraction connection, only nature can."

"When we act from incomplete information the results can be calamities as exemplified by weapons of mass destruction in Iraq having yet to be found or the Aryan race not scientifically shown to be superior"

- Michael J. Cohen

Studies have long reported that engaging in ECHN dramatically benefits individuals and nature as time progresses (5).  However, too often we forget that it is the scientifically substantiated ways of the Big Bang universe seed including its Higgs Boson "God particle" attraction essence, that creates and sustains time, as well as space and us.

Through the applied science and mathematics process initiated by Copernicus, we have continued to use the properties and attributes of nature to create our high-tech, indoor world. The results have produced dangerous pollution and imbalances seldom found in nature.  This has resulted because our applied science has, until now, not identified the missing Higgs Boson natural attraction unification element that gives the life of nature its organic purity, equilibrium and restorative powers.  

FLASH. The same excellent applied science that has produced our high tech quality of life has now also identified Gravity and the Higgs Boson missing element that is the natural attraction essence our universe. That its discovery is considered impractical begs the question "In what universe is our mentality, senses and and society if it does not include the Higgs Boson and ECHN?" To omit them is to purposefully choose to continue to live in and support the destructive delusion that increasingly places at risk our personal, social and environmental well being.  ECHN eco-therapy is a preventative and antidote for this madness.

UPDATE. It makes sense to immediately require the inclusion of ECHN in every aspect of contemporary life if we expect life as we know it to survive. As a matter of life and death it makes sense to make it illegal to continue to omit NAE where it can beneficially make a contribution. The time has come to let nature's unifying eco-intelligence help us remedy our disorders via ECHN. Individual or class action suits for negligence may be possible where damage can be shown from the purposeful omission of NAE. Practioners take note.  

Natural Attraction Ecology has been controversial since its inception in the early 1970's.  The strife has centered around the then unverifiable theory that the Big Bang was actually an immense,
orgasmic, natural attraction, hot energy "seed" that contained all the homeostatic attraction unifying powers that it needed for it to cool, transform and grow over the eons to become the self-correcting, attraction based, moment by moment universe of the immediate present that includes Earth, us and our psyche, thoughts and feelings (11). 

"AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: if your mentality is in this universe (rather than in a fabricated illusion) the sense/sensation of thirst (attraction to water) is as real, true and indisputable a fact as is water (the attraction/thirst of hydrogen for oxygen).  This is equally true for 53 additional natural senses that enable us to accurately register the standard universe/nature and relate to it in balance. Each sense is a seamless attraction continuum of nature (6).

We learn that we think and know with five senses  Think about this: which one of the five is thirst?

Our senses are considered to be 'subjective,' not scientific.
This means we are taught to think critically with only 15 percent of what we inherently sense and know. The deteriorating state of nature, in and around us, reflects the dualism of this disastrous omission."

- Michael J. Cohen

Today, due to the 2012 identity of the Higgs Boson and Graviity (2014), what NAE does and how it works is no longer theoretical. It continu
es operating now, as of old. We can trust the story of how and why it works as much as we do the sun being the center of the solar system.  

We have always known on some level that benefits from connecting with nature are facts simply because we experience these facts and their restorative powers when we quietly visit a natural area. They register on our senses (4).

The therapeutic sensory connections made during conscious nature experiences provide us with empirical evidence that, for our survival in balance, our natural senses are inherently attracted to reason, think and feel via regenerative attraction-contacts in natural areas (2).

Because the Higgs Boson is the purifying and healing natural attraction essence of the universe that has been "missing" all these years, today's scientific identification of it and what it does, makes a far greater contribution to well-being than the proof by
Copernicus that the sun is the center of the solar system.

The scientific affirmation of the Higgs Boson and Gravity as the authentic natural attraction essence of our universe helps interested parties produce a subversive, but major, Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature (ECHN), Copernican-type Revolution (15).  One suggestion has been to call the revolution "eco-copernication."  That term can't be found in the search engines, but we can conspire to share it with folks we know who will appreciate it and use it wisely via  Our strategy would be to use 
eco-copernication like we use the word "lap."  Our lap does not disappear when we stand up, rather it pops out behind us under an assumed name and it is available when we need it. In 2014 "Eco-copernication" was replaced by GreenWave-54.

Shhhhh. The good news is that there are billions of people who have had wonderful nature-connected balancing and belonging experiences that they treasure. They already have an elementary awareness of the validity and power of ECHN. Some of these individuals:
  • will appreciate learning how to let Project NatureConnect help them strengthen and improve their experiences.  
  • will want to help others benefit from these experiences as ECHN enables anybody to create moments that let Earth teach and purify. 
  • will want to become ECHN practitioners or obtain accredited course credit or degrees for what they already know about the therapeutic and psychological cleansing value of connecting with nature.
In general, people will be naturally attracted to how they can learn and teach others to benefit from NAE contact with the NNIAAL essence of nature and its corrective and balancing powers (12).  Maybe Project NatureConnect should call the boson, the "NNIAAL Boson."  Another wonderful fact is that funding for these individuals to help others benefit from ECHN is available. 

Let's help eco-copernicating help us. Let's keep it alive but safely underground as long as possible so that if and when it is discovered, unlike Galileo, there will be enough of us to protect it from conquest or punishment by misguided parts of the dominant culture.  Let's help Natural Attraction Ecology continue make its monumental practical contributions to person and planet well-being (14).  

If nothing else, the Higgs Boson is an irrefutable anchor that concretely affirms the references listed below. This is especially true of Reference 1, Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature: the sensory science of Natural Attraction Ecology along with five other "How to do it" books.

“I believe that the universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same natural attraction energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole. … The whole is in all its parts is so beautiful, and is felt by me so intensely in earnest, that I am compelled to love it and to think of it as divine.”

-Robinson Jeffers (with natural attraction added via the Higgs Boson and Gravity Explosion discovery)

I invite you to discover or explore your Copernican Revolution natural attraction powers through the natural attraction activity at 
Online Natural Attraction Trail at

  • Learn how to benefit from and strengthen the NAE Copernican Revolution. Make a potent contribution by building mutually beneficial relationships through conscious sensory contact with authentic nature's attraction singularity rather than via relationships to dualistic stories, images and rituals about nature.
  • Social Network this page and/or quotes from it: Facebook, Twitter etc via press release#1 or press release#2 
  • Sign and strengthen our Natural Attraction Ecology petition
  • Help yourself and others experience and benefit from NAE by taking our accredited, online Orientation Course. Natural attraction experience is the best eco-copernication teacher.   


Until proven otherwise, since the beginning of time, all things, sub-atomics to the universe, including humanity's body, mind and spirit, have been held together and unified in pure, balanced integrity by the life of nature's orgasmic attraction dance. This means:
  • Everything is a dancer.
  • Whenever we excessively separate our thoughts, feelings or actions from the dance, we disrupt it and ourselves. This disconnection produces problems that the dance and we can't solve.

  • NAE is the art and science of creating moments that let the life of the authentic dance reconnect our stories to itself.

  • No surprise, solutions that don't do what Natural Attraction Ecology helps us do produce additional personal, social and environmental problems.

On the Beach at Night, Alone
                ---Walt Whitman circa 1860

ON the beach at night alone,
As the old mother sways her to and fro, singing her husky song,
As I watch the bright stars shining—I think a thought of the clef of the universes, and of the future.

A VAST SIMILITUDE interlocks all,
All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons, planets, comets, asteroids,
All the substances of the same, and all that is spiritual upon the same,
All distances of place, however wide,
All distances of time—all inanimate forms,
All Souls—all living bodies, though they be ever so different, or in different worlds,
All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes—the fishes, the brutes,
All men and women—me also;
All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages;
All identities that have existed, or may exist, on this globe, or any globe;
All lives and deaths—all of the past, present, future;
This vast similitude spans them, and always has spann’d, and shall forever span them, and compactly hold them, and enclose them.


1. Cohen, M. J. 2008, Educating Counseling and Healing With Nature  Illumina Publishing.

2. Cohen, M. J. 1995, Education and Counseling With Nature: A Greening of Psychotherapy. The Interspych Newsletter, Vol 2, Issue 4

3. Doherty, T. J. 2010, Michael Cohen: Ecopsychology Interview Ecopsychology Journal, Vol 2 No.2. Mary Jane Liebert Publishing.

4. Project NatureConnect 2007, Natural Attraction Ecology

5. Project NatureConnect, 1996, A Survey of Participants

6. Project NatureConnect, 1990, Connecting With Nature, World Peace University Press

7. Project NatureConnect, 1986 New Vistas Dawn: The Only Life of its Kind That We Know, “Reconnecting With Nature”, Ecopress 1997

8. Project NatureConnect 2008, How to Transform Destructive Thinking Into Constructive Relationships.

9. Project NatureConnect 2007 Whom Am I? Who or What is Your Natural Self?

10. Project NatureConnect 2005  Thinking and Learning With all Nine Legs

11. Project NatureConnect 2007  Challenge: The Considerations of a Nature Expert

12. Project NatureConnect 2007  Who, What or When is the Acronym NNIAAL?

13. The Higgs Boson Discovery

14. Project NatureConnect Adds a Nature-Love Practioner's Cooperative to its Natural Attraction Ecology Program.

15. Project NatureConnect, 2012  The Magic of Something From Nothing

16. Project NatureConnect, 2016  With Justice for All

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About the Author:

Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, Applied Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.(audio interview), 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 acted like a living organism and, based on this observation, he founded sensory, Gaia rooted, degree granting Environmental and Expedition Education outdoor programs independently and for the National Audubon Society and Lesley University.  He conceived the 1985 National Audubon Society International Symposium "Is the Earth a Living Organism," at the University of Massachusetts and established the science of Natural Attraction Ecology.  He is the Editor of the Journal of Organic Psychology and Natural Attraction Ecology and an award winning author of ten books 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, on San Juan Island, Washington, traditional music programs using guitar, banjo and accordion for the U.S. National Park Service, the Cask and Schooner Public House and the Skagit Valley College Road Scholar program.

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