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Anyone who has ever enjoyed a good experience with nature --back country, backyard or with their pet, or with the wind, sea or stars-- has the power to benefit from nine-leg thinking...if they don't deny it."

- Michael J. Cohen



"In Scotland, while farmers are overturning their hay bales to exterminate rats that live beneath them. A trio of rats tries to flee but, unlike the other fleeing rats, these three stay closely together which limit their ability to escape. This attracts the farmers. Upon investigation, they find that the middle rat of the three is bliind; its companions are guiding it to safety. Deeply moved, the farmers do not kill these rats. Instead, in awe, they respect them."




Problems, Issues and Remedies for our Mental Dilemma.

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Subconscious Denial

"It does not take a genius to recognize from the state of the world that our contemporary consciousness is in strong denial. What we deny is Gregory Bateson's observation that, 'Our greatest problems are the result of the difference between how people think and how nature works.'

As part of our denial, we deny our destructiveness and that that we crave substitutes for the absence of nature's restorative grace and wisdom in our lives. We also deny that artificially fulfilling this craving produces our most challenging personal, social and environmental troubles. 

Foremost of our troubles is that we presently don't use a proven nine-leg antidote for them that is readily available. The antidote works by reversing the destructive separation of our thinking from the regenerative love, beauty and balancing powers of nature within and around us."

- Michael J. Cohen


As caring intelligent person, do you recognize the good news in the statement above? Let me emphasize it:

There is now an extraordinary, readily available nine-leg antidote for our denial and our most challenging dysfunctions and disorders.*

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Separation from wholeness

We do not need to be exceptional to recognize that although we and our mentality are part of the balance, restorative powers and beauty of nature's eons, we live excessively nature-separated lives. We suffer because we, on average,  mentally spend over 99% of our time -and physically spend over 95% of our lives- disconnected from the beneficial gifts and wholeness of our origins in nature.


In nature, the recuperative and unifying powers of natural systems produces the natural world's optimums of life, cooperation and diversity without producing garbage or our excessive stress, dysfunction and abusiveness. To our loss, our society sentences our mentality to spend 18,000 to 24,000 formative school hours indoors, separated from nature. There, we usually learn to control and exploit nature and its self-organizing perfections within and around us.


Destructive estrangement of
our mental environment

Any good citizen worth the name can recognize, as have many experts, that the detrimental results of our estrangement from nature have lead us astray. Slowly, without realizing it, our estrangement has bonded or addicted us to technologies and beliefs that have taken over the well being of our mental environment: It is this anomaly that causes us to create many personal, social and environmental disorders.

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Expert testimony

Maurice Strong, the Canadian multimillionaire who founded the United Nations Environment Program and is co-chair of the Commission on Global Governance, the blueprint for world government says, "It is quite clear to me after several years in the environmental movement that all physical problems of man's impact on the environment - pollution of the air and waters, the desecration of the land, the contamination of the food chain - all start within the environment of man's mind."

Mr. Strong echo's the assertion of Vice President Albert Gore that we are dysfunctional socially and environmentally because we are cut off and isolated from the world of nature and all that is natural.

Pulitzer Prize recipient, E. O. Wilson, of Harvard, agrees with Strong and Gore, noting that nature's absence erodes many essential parts of our lives.

Similarly, Nobel prize recipients Albert Einstein and Albert Schweitzer insist that for better tomorrows we must learn to embrace nature.

Recent medical research by Dr. Howard Frumkin and many others indicates that exposure and connection to nature helps restore health and wellness.

Hundreds of additional experts support the findings of these leaders.

"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

"We have repressed far more than our sexuality: our very organic nature is now unconscious to most of us, most of the time, and we have become shrunken into two dimensional social or cultural beings, aware of only five of the hundreds of senses that link us to the rich biological nature that underlies and nourishes these more symbolic and recent aspects of ourselves. "

- Norman 0. Brown

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Consciousness and mutually
supportive kinship

In democratic societies like ours, it is the depth of our collective consciousness --and our mutually supportive kinship with the world-- that determines our posture in the world and its effects. This consciousness and kinship determines how we think, relate and vote-whether for a candidate or a future.

To our cost, our indoor consciousness and disassociated kinship has created a dire predicament for the individual, humanity and the environment. We know that we must transform our destructive relationships, personal or global, into constructive ones, but the means to accomplish this transformation is not being fully utilized.

This is because we deny our nature disconnection problem as well as its readily available solution.




A practical process

Through Project NatureConnect, over a period of 47 years, Dr. Michael J. Cohen--described as a "maverick genius" -- has produced a practical procedure that enables our thinking to easily tap into the presently missing powers of natural systems within and around us. Many of the tools of his trade are free, all are accessible, aesthetic, reassuring, illuminating, inspiring and always available through the Internet and training books.

What we need to make things right is to use this powerful mind and consciousness tool so that we may act in partnership with nature. The process helps us beneficially expand our limited indoor ways and, backyard or back country, help nature more fully return to our lives. 

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Profound social technology

Cohen's "social technology" translates into a simple nine leg tool. You can learn it, apply it and benefit from its immediate and long term stress management and personal and professional rewards.

The nine-leg process helps us to turn the tide of greed, exploitation, apathy, abusiveness, dependencies and dysfunction that has become the namesake of our times. It helps us get back to mutually supportive kinship with one another and all the rest of our earthly-home companions. This has been done at Project NatureConnect. And by using the nine-leg process you can do it, too.



A significant fact that we learn to deny:

Attractive experiences in nature are a basic and inherent form of love.

As noted in his book The Web of Life Imperative, Mike Cohen insists that the testimonials of over five thousand people who have had at least one attractive experience in nature make a monumental statement not to be ignored.

These multinational individuals of all ages and walks of life say that they have inherited from nature or the Creator their ability to enjoy their attractive nature experiences; they were not "taught" how to have them. They report that they had not, nor did they need a book, mentor, guide or instructor in order to discover and on some level love their attractions in natural areas. They say their ability to attractively register nature is "built in" because some of these experiences occurred when they were extremely young.

Cohen says: "Every individual has the innate capacity to consciously be attracted to nature at some level because its a function of human survival. The benefits of Nature's unifying attraction world is readily accessible to those who, rather than deny its existence, seek it. It is the wildness that Thoreau identified as 'A civilization other than our own.'"

Cohen has placed a sampling of these individual's nature descriptions on the Internet and welcomes additional descriptions. He asserts that anyone who has had an attractive experience in nature, backyard or back country, recognizes on some level that this ability is inborn, not culturally learned.

"My experiences in nature have been some of the most memorable parts of my childhood and early adolescence. During those years I was fortunate enough to love sitting alone at sunset on a hill looking out across the fields, the early night air filled with he sound of crickets and the smell of hay. Those warm summer days were spent watching the changing clouds with endless fascination for they seemed to speak to me in a language that I somehow understood." 

Environmental Education Student, Project NatureConnect


"Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life."

- Edward O. Wilson,
Biophilia, 1984, p. 22 



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The Nature Of Nine Leg Environmental Socialization. How Do We Belong and Heal in Natural Areas?


"Ishi, (the last hunter-gather Native American) was sure he knew the cause of our discontent. It stemmed from an excessive amount of indoor time. 'It is not a man's nature to be too much indoors.'"

- Theodora Kroeber

"It is quite clear to me after several years in the environmental movement that all physical problems of man's impact on the environment - pollution of the air and waters, the desecration of the land, the contamination of the food chain - all start within the environment of man's mind."

- Maurice Strong,
Founder or the United Nations Environment Program,
Co--chair of the Commission on Global Governance,

Because we live in a nature-separated society, we seldom learn during our socialization that it is the personal and collective relationship of our mind and senses with nature and natural areas that determines our sanity, our future and the future of the earth. Much has been written about how we need to help the planet regenerate itself. Too often we overlook that restoring it is the lasting means to improve the environment of our mind, our wellness and our destiny.

How conscious are we about the interactions of our mentality and senses with the natural world attractions? How do we passionately incorporate nature's intrinsic health and recuperative powers into our sense of self, other and livelihood? Do we acknowledge this deep and penetrating partnership in a renewable path to sustainability that serves people, the environment and peace?

These are compelling questions for us as our society is in denial of our mentality's relationship with nature and we face a most precarious future.

We Lose What We Most Love
As nature's resources are diminished during socialization so is the quality of our lives as part of nature. As the quality of our lives diminish, we become desensitized and fearful. We further lose touch with our natural ability to connect to the web of life attraction within which we are so intricately bound. It becomes a cycle of loss, unlike the water cycle. The nurturing link between our human lives and our earthly home gets broken. We are driven to seek more and more satisfaction in the material world, which means we consume more and more of the resources we need to sustain natural world and our inborn love of it. We get further and further away from our innate sense of meaning and being. We lose what we most love-about ourselves, the world to which we belong and our sense of the sacred in everyday life.

Nature's Saving Grace
In these difficult times, we are virtually on the edge of losing our ability to save both ourselves-and our earthly home. Yet the saving grace is simple: We will save what we love. And when we learn how to stop long enough to genuinely reconnect to the nurturing attraction sustenance of nature, we emotionally reconnect to what is most deeply satisfying in our human experience-belonging. We re-learn to love the very essence of who we are as living breathing perfect beings on a living breathing perfect planet. It is a generative partnership that happens during socialization when we reawaken and enliven all our senses with the awareness of nature's grace, intelligence and sustenance. We find and feel that we, too, are part of the very grace and intelligence we celebrate in nature. We belong. Because this reconnecting process is often foreign to contemporary life, an enabling tool has been devised to help us engage in the process.

Restoring Our Sensory Connections To Nature's Renewing Powers.
Project NatureConnect, a pioneering process in environmental psychology and education, has developed an ecopsychology program that is first of all committed to helping us-as individuals-restore our connection to our place in nature's transcending grace. Then, through its sensory nature-connecting, ecotherapy activities, we learn how to genuinely unite our thinking to the web of life that is always around us, always nurturing us, always waiting to help us wake up. We help ourselves bond to living in awareness and equilibrium with nature, in hope and in love. Living in that organic awareness, we create a lasting attraction future for our loved ones and for our extended human and ecological family.

The Organic Science of Nature's Regenerative Attraction Ways.
Backyard or back country in natural areas, the idea and goal of Project NatureConnect is special because it is doable by choice. It offers a web of possibilities-for everything from personal growth, stress management and depression recovery to professional gain. It is based on the NatureConnect work developed during socialization by Michael J. Cohen over a span of 50 years of studying, teaching, writing about and experiencing the regenerative power of our natural experience in the natural world. His work is a science and an art, the result of decades of practice working with communities of people in natural areas, all culminating in a process that helps us recover what it is we have forgotten, what it is we love, what it is we can save. (www.ecopsych.com)

Healing Our Relationships
It is time for us to come out from behind the addictive socializing and economic forces that keep the environment of our mind disconnected from the Earth and each other. It is time to re-learn how to let the wisdom and renewing energies of nature attraction transform our destructive patterns into balanced and loving relationships that can help restore both personal worth and global harmony.

  "The indescribable innocence and beneficence of Nature-of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter-such health, such cheer, they afford forever!"
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

- from Janet Thomas Author, The Battle in Seattle

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The Essence of the Nine-Leg Equation

This tool offers a powerful process that deals with the problems of inspiration hope and integrity through books degrees and courses online

It is a health improvement formula that strengthens your vote, conflict resolution and nature healing as well as restores balanced relationships free of stress and dysfunction to earth, peace and environment workers.

This power equation contains the genius and support of Albert Einstein and Henry David Thoreau for use in self-help and supporting hope, cooperation, research psychologists, naturalists and good government,

It acts as a health and life experience intelligence that increases resilience, friendships, love wellness ethics education awareness counseling citizenship transformation and constructive bonding.

It rejuvenates anxiety burnout suffering disorder abnormalities that deteriorate mental health social justice peace community trust economics and cooperation.

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How does the Nine-Leg Balance of Life Equation help you improve the quality of your life and all life?

-Enjoy 53 sensory parts of nature, like thirst, each a distinct way of knowing and relating that, when intact, helps us sustain the wellness, balance and resilience of natural systems in us and the environment.
-Transform the abnormal, desensitized corporation economics and other omissions in the way our nature-disconnected society teaches us to think.
-Rejuvenate natural life sensitivities and Earth-integrated, whole ways of knowing
-Master how to reconnect your mentality to its nurturing origins, to the regenerative vigor, sustainability and integrity of nature.
-Help yourself, and those close to you, benefit from the renewal that lies in the magnificence of a beautiful day, the wisdom of an ancient tree and the fortitude of a weed.
-Through life experience discover how to let the "higher power" in nature's healing energies help your thinking transform your stress, disorders, suffering and harmful bonds into constructive personal, social and environmental rewards.
Strengthen your inborn natural genius.
-Use powerful tool and process books, degrees and courses to tap into potent self-help healing and conflict resolution powers of nature.
-Research and restore forty-eight inherent sensory intelligences into your awareness that we normally learn to deny and subdue so they deteriorate.
-Enjoy community ways of knowing and relating that, when intact, sustain the wellness, peace, balance. health and resilience of natural systems within and around us.
-Quadruple the power of your vote.
-Realize more completely your hopes and values.
Increase your resilience, support, social justice and friendships.
-Reduce stress, anxiety, burnout, dysfunction and loneliness.
-Improve your ability to think clearly and implement the power of love.
-Strengthen personal, environmental, coaching and government wellness.
-Produce cooperation and responsible professional opportunities and ethics.
-Discover environmentally sound directions goals and satisfactions
-Enjoy nature-connected education, psychology and healing courses and degree programs
-Increase personal and global peace and inspiration while reducing dysfunction.
Add important new self-improvement dimensions to counseling, healing and citizenship relationships.

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Although each of us is part of nature, our socialization erodes our personal, social, spiritual and environmental relationships because it excessively separates us from the recuperative qualities of nature. This disconnection causes us to lose the benefit of the purifying powers in nature that would ordinarily help us rejuvenate and regenerate our presently deteriorating thinking, as does the water cycle. Our relationships with ourselves, others and the environment would improve.

We live over 95 percent of our lives indoors, separated from nature; over 99 percent of our thinking is disconnected from how nature works to produce its non-polluting perfection. To our great cost, we omit nature's grace from our personal, social, spiritual and environmental lives.

At www.ninelegs.com a spectacular nature-reconnecting tool gives us the nine leg ability to tap into the unifying recuperative aspects of nature that sustain its balance and beauty.

Nine leg thinking and relating restores our power to co-create and sustain ourselves in balance with all of life.

The nine leg tool helps us reconnect ourselves to the nurturing biological and psychological origins of our mind over the eons. This improves our ability to think sustainably and improve our health and integrity. We raise our consciousness and can produce more rewarding, cooperative life-supportive relationships, like the water cycle.

In as little as fourteen days most people can learn how to enjoy the benefits of thinking like nature works. Surely, this is as important and revolutionary as Einstein's e=mc2 or the discovery by Copernicus that Earth and we are neither the center nor most important thing in the Solar System.

"Even though I'm a nincompoop, I'm not very special at all. Any dumbell can see the reason our major problems don't subside. It's because our leaders don't resolve conflicts or issues by using the extraordinary unifying and strengthening powers of nine-leg thinking and relating. I don't use them because I'm an idiot. But, what's their excuse, or, dare I ask, what's yours?"
- Alfred E. Newman.


"I find that being stupid makes me really feel left out and different all the time. I just can't register all the wonderful things that technology and the media provide for the normal person. For example, I'm so retarded that I couldn't even understand that E.T. was an extraterrestrial like Spielberg and the movie and the stories said. To me, the powers E.T. had were the same as those of Earth, he was just like the plant animal and mineral community. Llke them, he was very vulnerable to technology. But I'm so dumb that I thought then, and I still think today, that E.T. was a terrestrial; he was Planet Earth. He was in no way so special as to become a movie star. After all, doesn't Earth all the time do what he did if we let it? Nine leg thinking lets us do that, too.
- Alfred E. Newman.


QUESTION: What is so important about nine-leg thinking?

ANSWER: Nine-leg thinking is a supportive, therapeutic key to creating personal happiness through a rewarding and sustainable future for all people and the planet.

To understand the momentous significance of nine-leg thinking, during socialization consider this intelligence test question regarding mathematical aptitude:

"If you count a normal dog's tail as one of its legs, how many legs does a dog have?"

"Five," of course, is the correct answer.

Intelligent people answer "five" because it is valid in mathematical and scientific reasoning. Society applauds and economically rewards us for giving correct mathematical or technological answers. But something is radically wrong with this answer; something is missing. Because, somehow, even a dog knows that a dog has four legs.

Our sense of reason recognizes five as correct only until we are greeted by our friendly family dog, or the mean mutt down the street. Five legs only works in theory. When we experience a real dog, or a wolf, or a centipede, or any other natural being, many of our inherent natural senses come into play: our senses of sight, touch, motion, color, texture, language, sound, smell, fear, consciousness, community, trust, contrast, love, reason and recognition. Are you aware we have 53 natural senses?

No matter how conceptually clever we are with our five-legged thinking during socialization, it is our four-legged sensory awareness that grounds our experience in the true nature of reality. That reality knows any normal dog has no more than four legs and no matter how you look at it, a tail is not one of them.

When it comes to supportively relating in balance to nature and its systems around and within us, we rarely think in 9-leg (4-leg plus 5-leg) attraction ways. We can kill or hurtfully stress a dog if we make it run too fast or too far because we think that it has five legs. Isn't that what we are doing to ourselves and the environment?

Nine-leg thinking and relating helps us come back into personal and environmental balance by revitalizing our multitude of natural attraction senses through genuine contact with authentic nature.

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Nature's Grace: A Nine-Leg Attraction Equation Provides an Answer to Hopes, Prayers and Dreams.

Dear Editor

The lack of finding inner peace, sustainable economics, trust, social justice and personal and environmental wellness during socialization had alarmed me. I sought and finally found a tool that transformed my depressing stress and anxiety into responsible stability. I thought I was stressed because the more I became aware of the destructive things happening to Earth and to people and places I loved, including myself, the greater became my lack of hope and feeling either mad, sad or depression. This divorced me from both my spirit and partner. I felt anger with God and beauty, a fear and disrespect of God for letting so much war, suffering and environmental deterioration occur that I was powerless to change. In time, I became aware that I was in denial. I denied that I, like many others, had an addiction to immediate rewards from my dysfunctions. They robbed me of the resilience to tolerate what I could not change. In fear, I came upon the description, on this page, of an amazing equation that combines the genius of Albert Einstein and Henry David Thoreau. Lost in depression, I only paid attention to it because it received super positive reviews from many conferences, spiritualities and publications that I respected, especially Psychology Today, Humanistic Psychology and the Journal of Environmental Education. In retrospect, during my socialization it was a love answer from nature's grace and beauty to my hopes, prayers and dreams.

Mr. Editor, Does writing about this make sense to you? Isn't it something your readers can benefit from?

Charles Drew, Acton

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The Equation for Personal Growth and Self-Improvement

A Sensory Education and Counseling Tool Strengthens Holistic Health, Inner Peace and Sustainability

Although we are part of nature, we are normally educated to spend, on average, over 95 percent of our time and 99 percent of our lives thinking and feeling while separated from nature's grace, beauty, and restorative attraction powers. Our mentality's profound loss of nature divorces us into apathy through denial. We deny that we are rewarded for fearing and exploiting, rather than embracing, the supportive ways of our planetary mother and her kingdoms. We deny that during socialization we are psychologically addicted to nature-disconnected thinking that creates our personal, social and environmental dysfunctions.

Contemporary society has taught us to be experts in conquering nature and natural areas, including the balanced ways of our natural self and its love of nature. The result: because we don't protect what we don't love, nature, our collective sustainability and our personal wellness suffer. To stop this insanity the Einstein-Thoreau Equation makes readily available the means to genuinely connect our thinking and feeling to Mother Nature's recuperative powers, perfection and love of us as her children. Using the Internet as a learning tool, during socialization we tap our psyche into nature's beautiful sane and balanced web of life and natural areas that produces an optimum of diversity and benefits without producing garbage, a web some people call God (www.ecopsych.com).

Through easily learned, nature-connected Organic Psychology attraction methods and materials, the Internet makes it possible for any individual, or 600 million people, to think in ways that invigorate resiliency and spirit and that reduce our addictive trespasses, denial and apathy. By genuinely reconnecting our thinking to natural systems during socialization we restore and trust more than forty-five natural senses that have been numbed out of our consciousness by our extreme disconnection from nature and natural areas. The self-improvement renewal of these senses increases our sensitivity, sensibility and love energies. This ecopsychology helps unbalanced parts of our minds and hearts benefit from nature's ability to rejuvenate and balance itself, including us, for we are part of nature. We reduce our stress, depression and abusiveness during socialization. We transform our apathy into constructive participation. Backyard to back country during socialization we strengthen our life, our organizations and global society attractions to natural areas.

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