The Missing Link in the
Way You Think:
Discover and Recover it.
A psychologically valid personal
and global turning point
Michael J. Cohen
"Oh, what a catastrophe, what a
maiming of love when it was made personal, merely personal feeling.
This is what is the matter with us: we are bleeding at the roots
because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars. Love
has become a grinning mockery because, poor blossom, we plucked
it from its stem on the Tree of Life and expected it to keep
on blooming in our civilized vase on the table."
- D. H. Lawrence
"By thoughtfully learning how to
become conscious of 53 hidden natural senses we reattach our
ability to love to its roots in nature. This restores love to
its fullness and heals our bleeding."
- Michael J. Cohen
Most people are deluded. We believe that because our thinking
can identify balance, it can produce balance. Such thinking has
thrown the world and us out of balance. Isn't it time to think
Our destructive personal and environmental imbalance uncontrollably
produces war, abusiveness and dependencies. Although we despise
them, they don't readily change for, subconsciously, we have
psychologically bonded to the ideas and values that produce them.
We each hold psychological addictions that our thinking neither
recognizes nor treats as such. Without appropriate treatment
for these addictions, we and consequently Earth, remain unbalanced.
The good news is that our addiction to imbalance responds
to proper treatment. The bad news is that, like any addict, we
deny we are addicted or need treatment. Chances are your psyche
is caught in this dilemma, you think others, not you, need help.
Biologically and psychologically we are part of nature and
nature is part of us. Survival demands that we and Mother Nature
mutually fulfill each other's needs. However, we live in extreme
separation from nature and its balanced ways.
The severance of our natural emotional fulfillments in nature
produces addictive cravings that we must gratify elsewhere, no
matter their ruinous effects. They distort our thinking. For
example, despite having experienced attractive relationships
and feelings, in nature, very few of us think that we can fulfill
our cravings and restore balance by feelingly reconnecting to
nature. Such denial is typical of addicts.
We have become so bewildered (wilderness separated) that we
try to resolve our problems by using the same nature disconnected
thinking that produces them. Many have recognized this:
"I go to nature to be soothed and
healed, and to have my senses put in order."
- John Burroughs
Today, most experts accurately portray nature and the web
of life by gathering a group of people in a
circle. Each person is asked to represent some part of nature,
a bird, soil, water, etc. A large ball of string then demonstrates
the interconnecting relationships between things in nature. For
example the bird eats insects so the string is passed from the
"bird person" to the "insect person." That
is their connection. The insect lives in a flower, so the string
is further unrolled across the circle to the "flower person."
Soon a web of string is formed interconnecting all members of
the group, including somebody representing a person.
Dramatically, people pull back, sense, and enjoy how the string
peacefully unites, supports and interconnects them and all of
life. Then one strand of the web is cut signifying the loss of
a species, habitat or relationship. Sadly, the weakening effect
on all is noted. Another and another string is cut. Soon the
web's integrity, support and power disintegrates along with its
spirit. Because this reflects the reality of our lives, it triggers
feelings of hurt, despair and sadness in the activity participants.
Earth and its people increasingly suffer from "cut string"
disintegration, yet we continue to cut the strings.
Every part of the global life community, from sub-atomic particles
to weather systems, is part of the lifeweb. The intelligent,
globally conscious process by which they interact produces nature's
unified balance and prevents runaway disorders.
Natural beings relate while in contact with the whole of the
web through its strings. As part of nature, we are born with
this ability. Our troubles result when we disconnect it, deny
its existence or hurt it. Pulitzer-Prize winning sociobiologist
Dr. Edward O. Wilson, of Harvard, affirms that people have an
inherent biological need to be in contact with nature. He says
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive,
and even spiritual satisfaction.
Recently, I asked web activity participants if they ever went
into a natural area and actually saw strings interconnecting
things there. They said no, that would be crazy. I responded,
"If there are no strings there, what then are the actual
strands that hold the natural community together in balance and
It became very, very quiet.
Are you quiet, too?
Warning! Pay close attention
to this silence. It flags the missing link in our thinking, perception
and relationships that produces many troubles. The web strings
are a vital part of survival, just as real and important as the
plants, animal and minerals that they interconnect, including
ourselves. The strings are as true as 2 + 2 = 4, facts as genuine
as us. As part of nature we are born with the natural ability
to know them but we learn to neither recognize nor exercise this
ability. Without seeing, sensing or respecting the strings in
nature and our inner nature, we break, injure and ignore them.
Their disappearance produces a void, an uncomfortable psychological
emptyness in our lives that we constantly try to fill. We want
emotionally and materially, and when we want there is never enough.
We become greedy, stressed and reckless while trying to gain
webstring fulfillment, placing ourselves, others and Earth at
Today, newly researched nature reconnecting activities enable
us to bring webstrings back into our lives. Their presence helps
reinstate balanced personal and environmental relationships.
The strings are biologically of, by and from nature. Profound
disbelief registered on many faces when I told the participants
that since they were part of nature, the strings were in them
and they could learn to relate harmoniously to them through a
nature connected self-improvement process (3).
Addictively, they disbelieved this because we are conditioned
to conquer, not connect with, nature. We have learned that the
strings in us, our inner nature (inner child, inner self ), are
taboo, flaky, subjective, spiritual, unscientific, bad, wrong,
impulsive, unthoughtful etc. They have hurt and fear attached
to them. That blocks them from freely entering our consciousness,
communication and thinking. They are probably as alien to you
as were the "Indians" to many frontiersmen. (4)
"We cannot live for ourselves alone.
Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and
along these sympathetic fibers our actions run as causes and
return to us as results."
- Herman Melville
Scientifically, it is clear that natural systems communicate
and organize themselves with the string. Moment by moment they
create additional string and connections that increasingly weave,
balance and repair the web of life. This is not done haphazardly,
rather it forms an intelligence that produces nature's optimum
of life, diversity, cooperation, balance and beauty. The process
is inclusive and caring enough to globally produce and sustain
the web of life without creating garbage or pollution. Nothing
is left out, unattached or unwanted, a way to define unconditional
Natural systems and nature centered people don't display the
disorders that plague our lives. Our problems arise because our
estrangement from nature prejudiciously, addictively, deprives
our thinking from making conscious connections with the string,
its intelligence, nurturance and energies. We spend, on average,
less than .000022% of our lives in conscious sensory contact
with nature. Our "stringless" solutions for our runaway
personal and global problems are as ineffective as the warning
labels on cigarette packages.
"There must be the generating force
of Love behind every effort that is to be successful"
- Henry David Thoreau
It is common knowledge that, with the exception of humanity,
no member of the web of life relates, interacts or thinks through
words. The web is a non-verbal, preliterate experience consisting
of sensitivity attraction webstring relationships, of loves,
not words. A bird's love for food (hunger) is a webstring. So
is the tree's attraction to grow away from gravity and its roots
attraction toward it. The fawn's desire for its mother and vice-versa
"From atoms and molecules to human
beings with developed consciousness, all entities feel attraction
for one another. . . . attraction is the law of nature"
- P.R. Sarkar.
The webstrings are actually communication and relationship
building through natural attraction sensitivities. Every atom
and its nucleus consists of, expresses and relates through natural
attractions. All of nature, including us, contains these attractions.
Verbal communication is a new string of the web used mainly
by humanity. It is a great asset to human survival when we use
it to help our thinking sustain sensory contact with the web
and its intelligent ways. However, our literacy becomes a source
of our problems when through nature disconnecting stories, it
removes us from our origins in the web and its wisdom.
A new science, the Natural Systems Thinking Process, reverses
many of our personal, social and environmental troubles. It expertly
addresses our addictive disconnectedness by tangibly reconnecting
our psyche to nature's webstrings.
The process starts by helping us recognize it is reasonable
to reconnect with nature. We learn how to safely and consciously
make enjoyable, non-verbal, sensory contacts directly with the
lifeweb's strings, not media substitutes for them (5).
These webstring contacts in natural areas enable us to sentiently
reattach the strings within us to their origins, the strings
in the web of life(6).
We feel, enjoy and trust the connection, it is an uplifting experience,
not just another fantasy.
The Process then helps us translate these sensory attraction
feelings into verbal language and share them. Our sensory connections
with the web feelingly express and validate themselves in words
that help guide our reasoning and relationships (12)
Because we mostly think in words, the string reconnections
enable us to think like nature works. We enjoy nature's balanced
wisdom as it enters our relationships. Support replaces destructive
competition and greed (7).
The natural world, backyard or backcountry, becomes our classroom,
teacher and library (8).
It helps us peacefully co-create a sustainable future with the
global life community (12).
"Nothing is more indisputable than
- Jean Le Rond d'Alembert
Webstring attractions feelingly register in our consciousness
as sensations we call senses. For example: as natural loves for
sight, touch, and sound ; as our attractions to water (including
thirst), color and community; as attachments for nurturing, belonging
and trust, as affinities for reason and contact with nature,
for wholeness. Senses of place, gravity, pain, motion, temperature,
and trust, are each attractions that, when energized, register
and help guide our conscious thought.
"The senses, being the explorers
of the world, open the way to knowledge."
- Maria Montessori
Natural people and things think and love through at least
53 different sensory attraction strings, not just five as we
are taught (2).
Each string is an intelligent way of knowing that inherently
attracts to and blends with other strings to build and be guided
by the common good. Nature helps create, sustain and balance
life through these powerful 53 sensitivities in concert. To our
loss, our excessive separation from nature addicts us to think
and relate with less than six of them.
"The moment my inner attraction
string for color touched the color string of this woodland, I
experienced a special joy."
- Raymond Sierra
A metaphor about seven blind wise men touching and arguing
about an elephant conveys the dilemmas of our blindness to lifeweb
attraction strings and our natural senses. In the story, each
blind man argues their case based upon what part of the elephant
they are touching. While one is conscious of the elephant as
a pipe (the tusk) others say it is a snake (trunk) or like a
rope (tail). Such differences often lead to disconnection, hate
and war because we psychologically bond to, and fight for, what
we know to be "the truth." We seldom reconcile our
differences by making further common contact with the integrity
of the whole elephant or whole of the web of life. Satisfying
many of their natural attraction senses would have led each wise
man to further explore the elephant and further discover the
diverse integrity of the animal, each other and themselves.
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