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Contact: Michael J. Cohen
In his updated book, Reconnecting With Nature, and at the Institute of Global Education web site, Ecotherapist Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D. describes how natural systems in the biosphere beneficially flow through and nurture all forms of life including the life of our psyche, of how we think and feel.
Cohen demonstrates that, to our loss, our excessive disconnection from nature separates our consciousness from registering natural systems along with their self-correcting and purifying ways.
"Blithely," Cohen says, "We spend, on average, 98 percent of our life thinking and feeling while estranged from the satisfying grace, balance and restorative powers of natural systems within and about us."
Because, through our disconnection, we stop the flow natural systems in our psyche, we lose their capacity of to recycle industrial society's contamination of how we think and feel. For this reason we suffer great personal and environmental troubles especially since society sells us expensive tranquilizers and remedies while free antidotes are readily available by reconnecting with nature.
Nature connecting activities offer organic learning and relating that empowers us to remedy our hurtful disconnection from our natural origins. These activities are advanced social tools that help us make conscious sensory contact with natural systems within and about us. Our thinking and feeling benefit from the cost-free flow of the renewing and regenerative energies of these systems.
Contact: Michael J. Cohen 360-378-6313 firstname.lastname@example.org http//www.ecopsych.com
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Hands-On Sensory Natural Science Book
Book Release: Reconnecting With Nature 2007 teaches Organic Psychology, a hands-on science that helps individuals increase personal and environmental well-being. Natural systems are self-correcting and purifying. Learn how to think and feel with their grace balance and restorative powers. Renew yourself. Help nature recycle hurtful contamination from industrial society out of your psyche and relationships. http://www.ecopsych.com/
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Environmental Thinking and Feeling
Book Review: Dr. Michael Cohen's updated book, "Reconnecting With Nature" helps us stop living an environmental lie that starts in early childhood. The lie has us believe we live on the surface of Planet Earth. But we don't. We live 300 miles deep in our planet, imbedded in its biosphere. The lie leads us to spend, on average, 98 percent of our time, thinking and feeling while estranged from the self-correcting and purifying ways of natural systems in the biosphere. This detachment stops the grace, balance and restorative powers of natural systems from recycling industrial society's contamination of how we think and feel. It results in us suffering our greatest personal and environmental disorders. To our benefit, the Organic Psychology techniques found in Reconnecting With Nature empower us to let natural systems help us remedy our disorders. http://www.ecopsych.com.
6. A short article, (320 words), below, that you may publish or link to it at http//www.ecopsych.com/newbookshortartcle.html
The Deterioration of Well Being
"Most people believe that we live on the surface of Planet Earth. But do we?"
- Reconnecting With Nature, (Ecopress, 2007)
Our troubled lives result from us learning to believe the opposite about life from what we directly experience by being part of life. As this breach grows it creates a destructive conflict deep in our psyche. It deteriorates our trust in how we think and feel. It weakens our identity.
Today, the stress from this conflict is epidemic. It underlies most health, social and environmental disorders
A source of our conflict is that our society teaches us to believe we live on the surface of Planet Earth. This opposes our experience. Our experience says we live imbedded in the Earth, not on it. We see and know that we live 300 miles under its atmosphere, beneath its air, clouds, rain, snow and flying creatures. Yet, it feels strange or foreign to say, "We live in the Earth."
The person-planet clash in our thinking is secretly destructive. It troubles our senses of self, place and trust. Our senses of peace, community and belonging also deteriorate along with many other sensitivities. Bewildered, we think this discord is natrual because most of us don't feel centered or grounded.
Our loss of healthy fulfillment from and for our natural senses stresses us. It makes us want. For this reason we excessively accept satisfactions from unreasonable drugs, relationships and technologies. This undermines our peace, the environment and our well being.
To reverse our troubles we need strength and answers, not conflict, from our place and relationships in nature and the cosmos. We best obtain this support by using a potent tool that helps our thinking and feeling genuinely tap into, and benefit from, nature's grace, balance and restorative powers.
At http://www.ecopsych.com, research, books and degree training programs provide a funded, nature-connecting remedy for our personal and environmental disorders. Its accredited sensory process helps us improve any relationship or discipline.
At http://www.ecopsych.com, research, books and courses provide a funded,nature-connected remedy for our personal and planet-home troubles. It can be added to any relationship or discipline.
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I MUST BE HONEST TO HOPE FOR HEALING
An Organic Psychology Report from an Online Course Participant
Here's why I signed up for this online nature-reconnecting course. One mid-December a few years ago, I was living in Northern Arizona. While the weather had turned blustery and cold during November and early December, suddenly on December 10th, I woke up to warm sunshine. The snow had melted away, and the rich red earth and mesquite trees gave off a heady aroma which filled first my nostrils and then my body and my heart, and then awakened an urge to submerge myself in this delicious and beautiful feeling. I decided to camp overnight at the back of my favorite box canyon nearby. I left at noon, parked and began the hour walk back into the canyon with everything I needed on my back.
First, the trail was flat, with the high cliff walls rising around me. Gradually, it began to ascend, high desert plants and trees gave way to alpine pines, the narrow trail opening gradually while the cliffs surrounding closed in around my path and the tall, narrow pines. At the back of the canyon, the trail tipped me up into a little bowl, spiraling in like a seashell. I followed it, staying on the path and spiraling with it until I was at the very tip- a narrow ledge jutting out from a natural niche in the rock. It was just my size, and I felt it was meant for me, like I belonged to it.
I gathered wood for a small fire and made my bed, and watched as the sun descended down behind the tight rock walls. The bowl of the canyon's beginning was formed from what felt like living stone in the shape of any creature of natural form one wished to find. It felt truly alive, and the formations in the stone seemed like people. The trees around me, the little forest plants, the rock itself felt so safe, so quiet and enduring, and so very welcoming. As the light faded into dusk, I was aware that though someone might have felt nervous and alone out in the back of a canyon in the dark, I felt entirely at home, safe, protected, and invited. That was the most profound part of it- I felt invited.
Darkness descended and I lay in my cozy nook with my senses filled with magical beauty. The rock was cool and smooth beneath my hand. The red soil felt clean and fresh. The air seemed rarified and pure, and the heady aroma of the pines that had drawn me there filled me and nourished me like a good meal. After a while, the coyotes began calling to each other on the cliff-tops hundreds of feet above my head. My heart filled with joy to hear them- to be near them- to be a part of their neighborhood, even for a short while. Then, a large owl hooted not far away, and I felt excited to be near it. I imagined its powerful body and stately coat of feathers and was in awe. I dozed off and on through the night, resting deeply and awakening now and then with clear alertness.
Deep in the night, I awoke to a sky strewn with brilliant, glittering stars. I felt at peace and at home in a way that I never felt at home in my own house. Here, I felt at home. Before it had gotten dark, I had seen faces in the rock, and giant people, and massive intelligent animals, and now in the dark, I felt like they were close all around me, there to welcome and support and assist and just be with me. The wind blew through the canyon now and then, whistling, singing, sighing. It felt very full and rich and beautiful.
In the morning, the dawn came softly, quietly, like a slow inspiration that lifted the hues of the rock-shadows, changing the shapes I saw. A little bird sang- so sparkling, fresh and friendly. I felt changed. I felt more at home with myself. I felt secure in a deeper way. I felt like the world was different now, somehow. I knew that I would always have this place- that it was my place, that I belonged there- that the place was family to me.
My deeply meaningful and nurturing experience of connection to nature that night is an inborn part of me. There is a level of my being which recognizes home, and that being "deeply embedded" in nature like I was that night was like being alive after being something like a robot or a person in a dream. My heart feels right, well, strong, and happy in these moments; outside of these moments, my experience of life is almost two-dimensional in comparison. This was a moment of real life.
There are so many ways that I knowingly and unknowingly cut and injure strands of the web of life, both within and around me. Some things I do to satisfy my own comfort level- like using air-conditioning in my car- because I am so conditioned to living in a certain way. Other things I do because I do not yet know how to stop doing them without cutting or injuring my connecting strands with people I love and with people to whom I am tied.
I lose sleep at night over the waste and consumption, and the emotional dissonance I feel at participating in an excessively large house that my family gave to me, something which feels like harmful ignorance. Telling them I am moving to my own house terrifies me, because they will feel I am incredibly foolish and ungrateful, and that I am wasting the precious time and energy they spent building this place, which seems to them a lush and beneficial home for my son. These conflicts are no small things. It is a dilemma with which I struggle a lot. Taking this "nature-reconnecting at home" course is part of my effort to find ways to heal my relationship with nature, with myself, and with my culture.
The experience I described above was one moment in which I clearly felt a loud and clear knowing- that I was invited. Feeling invited made me happy in a way that nothing else ever has. Noticing and remembering that nature holds that invitation to me at all times in all places gives me hope for a truly happy life.
I have lived this way, feeling "the magic of nature", all my life. What I feel when open and experiencing nature is pure love. The gift of natural attractions which nature gives also feels like a gift given out of pure love, and a gift of pure love.
I feel I am a victim of thinking with stories that isolate me from the unifying web-of-life process that peacefully holds the global life community and people in balance. I have symptoms of this, such as undue loneliness, sadness, stress, excessive wants, depression, lack of attention, or underlying anger. I suffer from this. I have to acknowledge that it is my own thinking (not simply struggles with other people who think differently) that results in stress and painful feelings. If I was more connected, I would know better how to gracefully assert my sense of what works, and be calmer and more confident in making choices which feel right.
"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name." - Confucius
This statement is so meaningful to me. So often we hold on to views which so obviously feel wrong, illogical- yet we feel we must provide "objective" proof of our knowing and that proof is not always easy to come by through scientific "verification". When the measurement device omits subjectivity, it is built on faulty principles. How can it possible find the truth?
I am missing contributions that my natural self can make to my relationships. I was trained to deny my natural self.
More and more, as I get older, I bring my natural self and natural senses into my relationships. When with people who are very nature disconnected, I still react with a great deal of fear to their opposition and revulsion with Nature and the natural in me. I hide myself, and sometimes find myself contorting to present a façade with which they can feel comfortable. This comes at great cost, and I am aware that I must learn how to let nature help me feel good about being honest if there is to be hope of healing.
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"Human behavior is rooted most deeply in nature's intentions and desire. The rhythms of nature underlie all of human interaction: religious traditions, economic systems, cultural and political organization. When these human forms betray the natural psychic pulse, people and societies get sick, nature is exploited and entire species are threatened."
In industrial society our excessively nature-separated lives mold us to betray the natural psychic pulse. We learn to block from our thinking over 98 percent of the wise sensory callings and fulfillments we normally receive from natural systems and their eons of experience. Our subconscious hurt and frustration from the severed disconnection of these senses underlies our greatest troubles.
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