A non-profit NGO special consultant to the
United Nations Economic and Social Council
Department of Integrated Ecology
Post Office Box 1605
Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
Sensory ecology activities, courses,
Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Director
M E S A
a proven, psychologically based force for personal and global peace. It
improves the Earth estranged way we learn to think by tangibly plugging
our psyche into the wisdom, balance and beauty of how nature works.
- discussion groups,
- self-guiding trails,
- professional training vacation resort,
- Ph.D., M.S. and B.A. degree programs.
Select Here for a short Synopsis of
the extensive MESA website and its links.
MESA exists because we recognize
that an unseen, undeclared war underlies our personal, social and environmental
dilemmas. The preliterate natural world, (including the sensory
90 % of our mentality that is not verbal) is being uncontrollably abused,
conquered and managed by a globally disconnected, but technologically self-empowered,
part of the literate world (The 10% of our mentality that thinks
in words and stories and acts from them) (1).
(Numbers in parenthesis link to documentary studies and
further information on the topic)
MESA recognizes that over the eons
of creation preliterate communication between all beings has reigned. This
has beautifully produced the optimums of life, consensus, diversity and
balance found in nature. It has done this without creating the garbage,
pollution, war, abusiveness or insanity produced by the literate world.
MESA recognizes that biologically and
psychologically we inherit this preliterate, Earth bequeathed, wisdom.
Our great dilemma is that part of the literate world has addictively
empowered itself to take over our consciousness and deny the value of the
preliterate world. It omits the preliterate world from our thinking by
burying it under a word/label into our subconscious.
MESA finds that on average, we spend
less than .000022%, of our lives in conscious sensory contact with nature.
The extreme sensory deprivation produced by our separation from our preliterate
origins has produced a blind spot in our mentality, one that short circuits
our thinking. It bewilders us (separates us from wilderness) to the
point that we try to resolve our problems by using
the same nature disconnected thinking process that causes them.
The average "civilized" person spends over 95% of his or her
time indoors, disconnected from tangible sensory contact with the web of
life. Unlike us, other species and nature connected people seek, rather
than repudiate, sensory contact with the web of life. The result is that
they neither demonstrate nor produce our runaway dilemmas. They nurture,
rather than deteriorate, Mother Earth and each other.
MESA asks two vital questions
Is any part of you concerned that the literate way you have been addicted
to think is so destructive that it is placing Planet Earth and its people
Do you recognize that until this changes, moment by moment the way you
think helps create the problems that plague us?
The purpose of MESA is:
Purpose 1. To identify and bring into political and institutional
leadership positions consenting individuals who have learned to think and
relate in globally balanced ways. These individuals are not necessarily
people interested in holding high office. Rather, they are people who have
demonstrated the skill to help our literate thinking plug into nature's
preliterate world. This skill dissolves our psychological bonds to nature
disconnected stories, substances and relationships that deteriorate Earth
and ourselves (7).
MESA recognizes that consenting
support for globally balanced leadership is refreshingly different than
the runaway hunger for power and money that governs us today.
Purpose 2. To make readily available to the public a Natural Systems Thinking Process
that lets sensory contact with nature help us restore in our thinking
the preliterate, Earth bequeathed, intelligence, peace and wellness that
every species, including ourselves, inherits. Individuals who learn to
promote and teach the Process are sought and supported in leadership positions.
Where do you fit into MESA
The answer depends upon how you think. Does your thinking recognize
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