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The Restoration of Our Integrity:
Michael J. Cohen
Attracted to the joyful chorus
of spring peeper frogs as they sang their praises to this chilly
March night (4), I sought their consent to help me express a
compelling reason for adding a nature reconnecting component
to the practice of meditation (14). As if in response to my request
they sang more attractively and I felt this meant they agreed
to participate. I let my mind drift with their music and the
bright stars to see what might come to mind . Here are those
thoughts and experiences.
"I and the frogs are alike
in many respects, citizens of our global community and living
planet (1). One difference is that I'm like a frog from a group
of eggs that ware washed into a well. I was born and raised living
in that hole. That's quite the opposite of living in a countryside
pond, like these little singing folks. My "well life"
is actually a disease that has me in a hole so I'm unwhole. My
unholy surroundings have trained me to be content and protective
of my cut off, limited environment and relationships in the well
bottom (6). "
I didn't fully divest myself
of my nature disconnected life and fully commit to come out of
the well until my thirtieth birthday.
A story about a family in good
health in Maine comes to mind. They could not get a permit to
extend their house because their property did not meet the building
code. Their problem, said the Health Department, was that their
septic tank had long ago been installed too close to their well.
That was now illegal . So they fixed the problem with the Health
Department's assistance. At great expense they moved the septic
tank to the other side of the house.
Soon another problem arose. The well went dry.
Like myself, most of us are
unknowingly born and raised in the environment of a nature-separated,
polluted, well (shouldn't it therefore be called a sick?). It's
all we know so we think the problems we face are normal. This
is little different than a frog living at the bottom of a well
and thinking that the sky is a plate. That makes perfect sense
to the frog. From the bottom of a well, it sees the sky as a
small round sometimes light, sometimes dark, circle above it.
Although this error in interpretation might bring little harm
to the frog, if we contemporary people thought the sky was a
plate it would further corrupt our thinking. It would also further
corrupt our relationships with the world and each other (13).
- Our explanation for where
water and air came from would be wrong.
- The value of the wind, landscape
and ocean would be unknown to us.
- Thoughts of Earth and Nature's
balance and beauty might be considered a form of insanity.
- We would have a corrupt view
of how the world worked and would relate to each other accordingly.
For example, the goal of our society might be to train frog slaves
to be strong enough to throw garbage out of the well so the slave
owners could own more toys.
This is not just idle imagination.
There are well known, profound, often lasting, effects upon organisms,
including people, that live in nature-separated places. Limited
sensory stimulation there de-energizes many natural growth and
relationship sensitivities. Animals in caves lose the ability
to produce pigment in their skin and eyes. Children brought up
in a closet often die when removed from it. Healthy young people
subjected to sensory deprivation (blindfolded, ears sealed, immersed
into luke warm water, etc.) develop hallucinations and delusions
and lose their sense of who they are after a few hours. People
living in canyons have distorted long distance perception (8).
Most of us spend our lives,
womb to tomb, in a psychological and spiritual "well."
It consists of cultural ways of thinking that excessively separate
us from the natural world (9). On average, over 95% of our time
and 99.9% of our thinking is sensuously disconnected from Nature.
We describe this sensory dismemberment of our ourselves from
our Earth Mother along with its associated problems and suffering,
as "normal," "progress," and "excellence
in education" rather than "desensitizing psychological
and spiritual dismemberment (2)."
Our minds, hearts and consciousness
are out of tune with the natural systems that operate the world,
even though we are part of these systems. Our Nature disconnected
everyday environment and its ways additively attach and mold
us to its disconnected ways by rewarding us with survival and
immediate perks. For example:
- You perceive the words you
are now reading but seldom perceive the the individual letters
that form them. However, as a child, it was the letters that
were important. Now that I've brought this to your attention
you can see the letters, but before long, the words will addictively
- If I ask you what do you see
that's very important to you as you read this sentence, how long
would it be before you mentioned your nose? You always see your
nose; isn't it important?
- Did you notice the word "the"
was doubled in the first button sentence above or did you overlook
it because you have learned, like your nose, to take "the"
We are not immune to our surroundings;
our environment molds us into who we are. If you live in the
illusion that you are "The captain of your fate and master
of your soul," decide to hold your breath for ten minutes,
Captain. You'll soon discover something else is in charge. Or
consider this experiment: people played a card game in which
they randomly selected cards. They were paid a dollar reward
whenever they received a card with the Figure 1 image below.
They forfeited a dollar whenever they received the Figure 2 image-card
......../////..Figure 1 ..............................................Figure 2
After an extended period, the
players were shown Figure 3 below. Most of them easily recognized
Figure 1, the money winning figure but Figure 2 was often very
difficult for them to perceive.
....xz..........((Fig .1.....Fig. 2
With respect to this example
on average contemporary people spend less than twelve hours per
total lifetime rewarded by life for being genuinely in tune with
Nature, with our origins in its demonstrated biological and psychological
perfection. Thus Nature is Figure 2 and the extreme number of
hours of our disconnection overwhelms our ability to think freely.
Similar to brainwashing, it fixates us on our nature estranged
ways of thinking and relating. Is it any wonder then that most
of us are in denial, that we deny that we are addicted to our
nature destructive ways of thinking and relating, deny that we
should treat them as addictions if we want to change them? As
Upton Sinclair observed "It is difficult to get people to understand
something when their salary depends upon them not understanding
When you swim
for a long time in a sea of pollutants, they pollute you and
your every thought, including those about how to escape or change
your situation. It pollutes the value of swimming in an unpolluted
sea, of getting out of the well when possible. This is similar
to a broken computer not being able to repair itself no matter
how smart it is.
By far the best way to judge the value of any way of knowing
or relating is by noting its short and long term effects(10).
Quite obviously, while we have made great strides in furthering
some aspects of our nature-disconnected, down-in-the-well society,
the destructive effects of our continued disconnection on the
environment and people leaves much to be desired. This holds
just as true for people who meditate as for those who don't.
As did the healthy well owners in Maine, through meditation,
some of us wisely make ourselves less vulnerable to our nature
disconnected society and its discontents. However our contamination
largely remains intact; for some meditators it actually increases.
Their meditation success helps them become stronger and more
powerful. They may then, with pride and applause, drive a Cadillac
when a bicycle would do, or pat themselves on the back for living
a cloistered life in a polluted world.
By definition, nature disconnection immediately subsides when
you choose to add a nature connecting component to your meditative
practice. The connection automatically enables you to intentionally
uplift yourself to out of the well. Then you meditate where the
peace produced by eons of the balanced, diverse, attractions
and integrity of the sun, sky and landscape touches you and helps
brighten your thinking. You benefit and grow accordingly, in
conscious, sensuous thankfulness for Nature's contribution because
it feels attractive and right. Your thinking becomes unmistakably
aware of the value of reconnecting, of removing yourself and
others from the shortcomings of polluted, isolated life in the
well (5). The availability of nature connecting activities enables
anyone to make this choice.
The effects of living in the well long ago made me hard of hearing.
Yes, I can still hear the Spring Peepers but I've become deaf
to the ideas, stories and relationships of most contemporary
thinkers. I'm too aware that these products usually come from
the polluted minds of nature-disconnected folks whose thought
process has been contaminated by living too long in the disconnected
hole we daily dig deeper. Sadly I am also deaf to some folks
I know who meditate. My suggestion that they might simply add
a genuine nature connecting component to their meditation practice
seems as foreign to them as to anybody else (11). Sometimes it
seems even more foreign because they think they already have
an answer in disconnected meditation, so why change a good thing?
Regretfully, there is then nothing more I can say. I retreat
with my good wishes for them and an inner hope that authentic
nature will do the best it can do for itself as they meditate.
Some won't even believe that a readily available science that
enables us to genuinely reconnect our thinking with Nature is
possible, no less exists(2). To learn how to use it is unthinkable
to them. Sometimes it takes extra motivation like mid-life crises
to extend their thinking in this regard.
Truth to tell, I was motivated to write this discourse only because
some of the students in my nature-connected outdoor programs
have shared with me that they gave up meditating while on the
program(12). They said meditation there felt superfluous, it
pulled them away from things that assumed more importance, things
that happened while they were in greater contact with Nature
in the environment, each other and themselves. I've also heard
this from folks regarding their religious beliefs, too. Perhaps
nature connected meditation offers greater peace and therefore
a soulution (sic) to the strife in the Middle East and the other
fifty wars being fought that we seldom hear about. Each can be
seen as the effects of disconnection, of a war that rages within
us as we excessively estrange ourselves from our global life
A Note From the Pond
In daylight I returned
to the pond just now to discover if anything else there wanted
to be said. A wild goose with an arrow through its neck met me
at the pond entrance. The arrow stuck out from both sides of
its neck and banged noisily against its wings as it took to flight.
It deeply saddened me. A local gardener, upon hearing about the
goose, expressed her disgust:. "It's terrible what some
people will do," she said to me as she to me while she was
applying weed killing chemicals to her lawn.
If the purpose of meditation
is to become conscious of the cosmos, to know ourselves to be
a part of it and realize our unity with all of it, are we not
injured like the goose or ecosystem if our meditation is restricted
in reality to the isolated well-bottom and does not include the
means for authentic Nature to speak for itself? Sunlight, soil,
water and air systems are vital, active, supportive parts of
our origins and daily being, including our consciousness. To
realize our unity with all, shouldn't we include them by tearing
down the well walls within and around us that separate us from
the true Nature of the cosmos and ourselves? Won't we benefit
by using a newly researched social technology to connect with
Nature as part of meditating(7)? The very least you can do is
learn how to ask the Cosmos to help you answer this question(14).
Maybe a pond, some Spring Peepers, a goose and neighbor will
then be of service to you in this regard.
Consider the state
of the world, its people and ecosystems and you can conclude
that our thinking regarding Nature has become traumatically amputated,
desensitized and bewildered (meaning removed from wilderness)
(3). Is this why most people ignore the suggestion that we include
nature connecting activities as part of our practice of meditation(4)?
Have we become like the Professor
who wanted to learn the effects on a frog's performance from
the loss of a limb? To determine this, first he measured how
far a frog could jump when he frightened it by shouting. Then,
in the name of science, he cut off one of its legs, shouted,
and measured its jumping ability, noting it was less. Scientifically
trained to be oblivious to the pain, morality and ethics involved,
he repeated this experiment three additional times, each time
removing another leg. Then he shouted at the poor limbless frog
to jump yet again. Noting that it did not jump, he concluded
that removing all of a frogs legs made it deaf.
Is this not similar to how
we have become deaf to Nature's non-verbal ways? Are we not injured?
Is it not time to reconnect (7)?
your meditative practice with Nature and note the effects. Most
people obtain greater benefits.
"My how my mind does chatter
with words that can mislead me. When I make contact with nature
and think with nature's intelligence, it guides me with a wisdom
that helps me keep in balance. The contact is non-verbal because
nature does not communicate with words. As I worked through the
Introductory Course, I began to use the RWN book's methodology
to quiet my mind. As I went through the activities I began to
sense a subtle, but perceptible, shift in my ability to attain
a non-verbal awareness. Then one day, as I was doing one of the
activities that asks us to unify the verbal mind with Nature,
I suddenly connected, WHAM, there it was - non-verbal awareness.
No naming, no concepts, just being with Nature's wholeness. What
a relief! It didn't last long but it did change my life. Since
then I have extended my abilities to just be. Now my "mind
chatter" is only a murmur when I ask it to be. This has
opened up experiences so far beyond anything I even dreamed of
a few years ago."
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