Rationale: modeling how
"I go to nature to be
soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
- John Burroughs
For the past forty years, I
and many experts have tried to meet the challenge of reversing
contemporary humanity's disorders. Our goal is to help the public
understand and become involved in how unadulterated nature prevents
our disorders from occurring in natural systems within and round
us. This consists of sensory experiential learning, not verbal
information alone, for nature knows and conveys itself non-verbally
(6). The warning labels on cigarette packages exemplify the ineffectiveness
of verbal information alone.
Conceptually, we depict nature's
web of life by letting people model it. This evokes Self-Evidence.
We gather a group of people in a circle and 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.
Thoughtfully, people lean back,
sense, and enjoy how the string peacefully unites, supports and
interconnects them and all of life. This evokes feelings of belonging, integrity
and unity, these are valid Self-Evidence. 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. People tell of environmental
and social trespasses they have witnessed or know about. 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 Self Evidence 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. Few dispute
Every part of the global life
community, from the spaces between sub-atomic particles to weather
systems, is part of the web of life. Everything consists of,
and is relationships held together by webstring attractions.
The intelligent, globally conscious, webstring process by which
webstrings interact produces nature's balanced, unified ways
without our runaway disorders.
When I ask web activity participants
if they ever have visited a natural area and actually seen strings
interconnecting things there, they say no, that would be crazy.
I respond, "If there are no strings there, what then are
the actual strands that interconnect and hold the natural community
together in balance?"
It becomes very, very quiet.
Are you quiet, too?
That silence flags a significant missing link in our thinking,
consciousness and relationships. Without knowing, sensing or
respecting the strings that make up nature and our inner nature,
we break, injure and ignore them. This is the core of our most
tenacious troubles. It is an addictive and destructive prejudice
against the strings that only subsides when psychologically treated
Until I identify the strings
as natural attractions that people can sense, people don't recognize
them and their value, they have no idea what they are. Once they
experience the strings, people not only acknowledge them, they
also acknowledge that since childhood they have always known
them as sensations and feelings. Like a little red wagon painted
blue, they suddenly recognize that the nature separated way we
learn to think hides the strings and their benefits from our
consciousness and reasoning.
The disappearance of the strings
from our awareness and relationships is exemplified by Sharon,
an adult woman.
Sharon negatively reacted to
a blue piece of wood she selected, sight unseen, from a bag of
mixed objects. She blindly choose the wood because its shape
and smoothness attracted her when she groped and explored in
the bag by touch. At first she did not know why she didn't like
the wood when she saw it. In time, she realized it was a subconscious
reaction. The wood was painted the same shade of blue as the
walls of her room where, as a child, she had been abused.
As with Sharon, in contemporary
society's conquest of nature,
we hurt the strings as we conquer and separate them from their
nurturing origins. To escape feeling the pain consciously, our
inner nature reasonably places them in our pre-conscious or subconscious
mind (20). Thus the strings seldom enter our thinking or restrain
our destructive conquest of nature around and within us.
Webstring Attraction Loves:
Webstrings are natural attractions,
forms of love. Nature consists of wordless webstring loves (7).
A bird's love for food (Sense of Hunger) is a webstring. So is
the tree's love to grow away from gravity and its root's attraction
toward it (Sense of Gravity). The fawn's loving desire for its
mother and vice-versa are webstrings (Sense of Nurturing).
"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. Tarker.
Every atom and its nucleus
consists of, expresses and relates through webstring attractions.
People inherently experience those we need for survival as 53
or more Self-Evident natural sensations(26). In contemporary
society we often learn to control, injure or ignore them. They
end up frustrated or hurt in our subconscious until, as with
Sharon, associated experiences trigger our hurt back into consciousness.
Then we may need psychological assistance.
"Nothing is more indisputable
than our senses."
- Jean Le Rond d'Alembert
Webstrings feelingly register
in our consciousness as senses or natural love (attraction, attachment,
affinity, desire,) for being reasonable, love for sight, touch,
and sound; for water, color and community; for nurturing, belonging
and trust; for sex, contact with nature, and wholeness and love
for 41 other attractions including consciousness and verbalization
(26). When supportively, safely, connected in nature, each webstring
attraction is energized and fulfillingly enters, registers and
plays in our awareness (5). Each becomes Self-Evidence, a truth
of ourselves and the environment. The Sense of Thirst, our love
for water, is a fact as correct as 2 + 2 = 4, as real and true
as water, even though it is not one of the five senses that in
1500 BC Aristotle posited during the cradle of our nature disconnected
"The senses (webstrings),
being the explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge."
- Maria Montessori
Each webstring inherently attracts
to and blends with other strings forming a common sense, a globally
balanced consciousness and unity as depicted in the web of life
model. When we don't recognize Self-Evidence, we can't recognize
that what we call Nature is a process that creates, recycles
and wisely guides ecosystems and their inhabitants through more
than 53 attractions
in concert. To our loss, our separation from nature leaves us
to think and relate using less than eight webstring senses.
Verbal language communication
is a webstring enjoyed by humanity alone. The stories our literacy
webstring produces are a great asset to human survival when used
to help sustain sensory contact with the web and its intelligent
ways. However, literacy becomes a source of our problems when
we psychologically bond to nature- conquering, demeaning or disconnecting
stories. Whenever we are aware of nature as a non-sensory label
or story, we lose contact with sensory Self-Evidence. To our
loss, this disassociates us from our biological origins and attractions
in the web of life, its balance, wisdom and rewards (7).
Source Of The Strings:
"There must be the generating
force of Love behind every effort that is to be successful"
- Henry David Thoreau
Webstrings are biologically
of, by and from nature's proclivity to consummate attractions.
Profound disbelief registers on many faces when I tell the web
of life activity participants that since they are part of nature,
the strings are in them and they can learn to relate to and with
them through a psychological, nature reconnecting, self-improvement
process. They disbelieve this because webstrings have prejudice,
hurt and fear attached to them. They are often as alien to us
as were the "Indians" to many frontiersmen and for
similar reason: they are to be conquered along with the rest
of nature. Indeed, if we did not conquer the strings, they would
prevent us from conquering natural systems simply because it
would not feel right.
"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
Self-Evidence suggests that
natural systems organize themselves through webstring attractions.
Moment by moment they create additional webstrings and connections
that increasingly weave, balance and repair the web of life.
This is not done haphazardly, rather it forms a intelligence
that produces nature's optimum of life, diversity, cooperation,
regeneration and beauty. The process is inclusive and caring
enough to globally give rise to the web of life without creating
garbage, death, violence and destructive dependencies as we know
them. Everything transforms to the betterment of the whole. Nothing
is left out, unattached or unwanted, a way to define unconditional
love. Any person who could build sustainable relationships this
way would be considered to be extremely intelligent. However,
in many nature-disconnected New Brain circles, calling nature
intelligent is considered blasphemy.
The Natural Systems Thinking
Process is effective because it identifies the source of our
troubles to be our thinking's disconnection from Self-Evident
webstrings in nature (10). The Process scientifically addresses
this problem by
A. Having our New Brain reasonably
engage people in sensory nature reconnecting webstring activities
via the internet or in person.(6, 8, 12).
B. Thoughtfully obtaining consent
in a natural area to sense and enjoy Self-Evidence webstring
attractions there. This psychologically reattaches the webstrings
in our Old Brain to their nurturing origins, the strings and
wisdom in the web of life (7).
C. Enabling us to feel, enjoy
and trust Self-Evidence. It produces joy and rewards us to continue
D. Validating the connection
experience by safely translating our webstring attraction feelings
in nature into accurate, reasonable, verbal language, the New
Brain way we culturally think and communicate.
E. Verbally sharing our webstring
connection experiences with other people, and growing from what
we learn in the process as they share their experiences. We are
rewarded by further establishing gratifying, supportive relationships
with people and the environment.
F. Thinking with Self-Evidence
through the thoughtful words and feelings that illuminate our
G. Bringing our rejuvenated
webstring energies safely into consciousness and thereby overcoming
apathy by motivating further participation in life. We begin
think and relate responsibly, like nature works.
H. Enjoying good feelings and
greater sense of self that promotes mental health (11). Our grounding
in nature replaces destructive competition, dependencies and
greed as it rewardingly restores global consciousness.
"It is difficult to get
people to understand something when their salary depends upon
them not understanding it."
- Upton Sinclair
Contemporary society teaches
us to fight an undeclared war against nature. We get paid to
conquer ecosystems for profit (9). For this reason, conscious
multisensory contact with nature's lifeweb becomes controversial
or taboo, like cavorting with the enemy. Our thinking loses contact
with the webstring truths that it needs to recover from the absence
of these truths (13). For this reason the Natural Systems Thinking
through activities that enable us to let nature, not culture
alone, teach and reward us (7). This increases our sensibility,
balance and wellness. Stress fades, we feel better, and our outlooks
and relationships improve (7). Part of us reattaches to nature.
We become empowered as individuals for once you learn how to
do a nature reconnecting activity you own it and can teach it
Consider the intelligence test question below regarding mathematical
aptitude. It is a type of question that helps determine who is
successful, who gets the greatest economic and social rewards
in contemporary society:
QUESTION: "If you count
a dog's tail as one of its legs, how many legs does a dog have?"
"Five," of course,
is the answer. Intelligent people say "five" because
it is valid in mathematical systems and thinking and we are rewarded
accordingly (1). However, our sense of reason only recognizes
five as correct until we additionally validate what we know from
our, or other people's, contact with a real dog (2). Then, many
of our multitude of inborn natural senses come into play: senses
of sight, touch, motion, color, texture, language, sound, smell,
consciousness, community, trust, contrast, and love. Each of
these senses helps our sense of reason make more sense. We sensibly
recognize that a tail looks, feels and acts differently than
a leg; a normal dog has four legs, not five.
OUR CHALLENGE: In contemporary
society, on average, over 95% of our time and 99.9% of our thinking
is sensuously disconnected from authentic nature.
The examples above suggest
that we are often rewarded for thinking incorrectly. The rewards
bond and attach us to inappropriate relationships so that we
can't easily change. For this reason, if we want to change, to
think clearly and resolve our most challenging personal or global
problems, we must thoughtfully address our attachment bonds.
This article helps you do that. It decribes a process, a readily accessible
social tool that reverses this psychological schism and its destructive
personal and environmental effects. The tool enables us to reasonably
gather information from both 4-leg and 5-leg sources. This lets
us enjoy a whole, healing, 9-leg thinking process.
vital secret is that by carefully following its instructions,
we can enlist nature's restorative powers to overcome our bonded
conditioning to destructive 5-leg thinking. In time, 9-leg thinking
becomes as ordinary and healthful as brushing your teeth.
Today, globally, via the internet
and local training sessions, the 9-leg Natural Systems Thinking
Process enables people to enjoy and promote lifeweb connected
consciousness, individually, or through distance learning activities,
courses and degree programs. They have shown to improve the wellness
of our mentality, being, and ecosystems (10).
"We are nature, long have
we been absent, now we return."
- Walt Whitman
Along with empirical studies,
thousands of email journal entries, such as the following, validate
the webstring reconnection process (11).
"This morning I was battling
the remnants of some depression I had been feeling about my family
and life "stuff". I was doing the webstring attraction
activity, looking around enjoying the day, the breeze, the sun,
the beautiful trees and the sounds of singing birds. In a flash
of good feeling, I realized that these feelings are what is so
good about living on earth at this time. It was enough, if for
no other reason, to be here, to experience and protect the beauty
of this planet. This was a major breakthrough for me, because
I battle the reason for being here quite a bit in my recovery
work. This happened before noon, and it is now 6 p.m., and I
still feel great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to share this because
I am so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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