"The human need for nature is linked not just to the material exploitation of the environment but also to the influence of the natural world on our emotional, cognitive, aesthetic, and even spiritual development."
- Edward O. Wilson
Harvard University Pulitzer Prize Recipient (To the American Psychological Association National Convention)
We seldom live and think organically. Most of us unnecessarily suffer from Natural System Dysfunction (NSD) because we live excessively nature separated lives. Over 95 percent of our time is spent indoors. Over 99 Percent of of thinking is out of tune with the restorative workings of natural systems within and around us. Fortunately, Organic Psychology enables us to reverse this disorder
..- Michael J. Cohen
.. .Author: Web of Life Imperative
"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."
"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."
"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
"Our religion keeps reminding us that we aren't just will and thoughts. We're also sand and wind and thunder and rain and the seasons. All those things. You learn to respect everything because you are everything. If you respect yourself, you respect all things."
...- Least Heat Moon
"The environmental crisis is an outward manifestation of a crisis of mind and spirit. There could be no greater misconception of its meaning than to believe it is concerned only with endangered wildlife, human-made ugliness and pollution. These are part of it, but more importantly, the crisis is concerned with the kind of creates we are and what we must become in order to survive."
...-Lynton K Caldwell
"Nurture your felt love for nature. Never deny it. That love is nature's voice, our origins in nature, the eons, the purifying intelligence, beauty and diversity of natural systems sustaining us in the spirit of their perfection and wellness."
...-from The Web of Life Imperative
"He looked upon us as sophisticated children -- smart but not wise. We knew many things, and much that is false. He knew nature, which is always true."
...-Saxton T. Pope (said of Ishi, America's ...last hunter-gather Native
"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."
Founder: the United Nations Environment Program
Co-Chair: U.N. Commission on Global Governance
"Our task must be to free ourselves from (our) prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
...- Albert Einstein
"In order to achieve more effective environmental protection and conservation, internal balance within the human being himself or herself is essential."
...- Dalai Lama
"Until mankind can extend the circle of his compassion to include all living things, he will never, himself, know peace."
...- Albert Schweitzer
...Nobel Prize recipient
"Wilderness is the ultimate encyclopedia, holding answers to more questions than we have yet learned how to ask. That's the magic in you. You've got it; let it out."
...- David Brower
"Over the years, I've spent a lot of time fighting. Fighting against logging, pollution, nuclear power...as long as we fight all the time there's going to be a winner and a loser...(we must) build bridges across to the people who are fighting."
...- David Suzuki
"At root, ecology is an erotic attitude of closeness, relatedness and care. We have made it into a rational/activist project and lost sight of its heart."
...- Thomas Moore
"Sensory experience, we might say, is the way our body binds its life to the other lives that surround it, the way the earth couples itself to our thoughts and our dreams. Sensory perception is the glue that binds our separate nervous systems into the larger, encompassing ecosystem. For the senses are our most immediate access to the more-than-human natural world."
...Author, Spell of the Sensuous
"Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries."
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Natural System Dysfunction (NSD): the disorder, its origins and remedy
Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D
In 1955, Dr. Eric Fromm concluded that modern Western society was indeed insane because we consensually validate our vices. "The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues...and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane." (Fromm, The Sane Society, Routledge, 1955, pp.14-15) "
The core of our insanity is our Natural System Dysfunction (NSD). This nature-separation disorder conditions us to unnecessarily disconnect 99 percent of our thinking from the sanity and perfection available in the grace, balance and restorative powers of natural systems within and about us.
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OVERVIEW AND HISTORY:
Project NatureConnect, at the Institute of Global Education (IGE), a special NGO consultant to United Nations Economic and Social Council, has identified a debilitating mental ailment, Natural System Dysfunction (NSD), as well as an antidote for it.
Natural System Dysfunction diminishes wellness in industrial society. It deteriorates natural systems within us and this reduces our resilience to other disorders we suffer. NSD keeps us unhealthy and our health costs high.
Any disorder is a condition in which there is a mental, physical, or psychological disturbance of normal functioning; one that perturbs us, makes our psyche uneasy or causes us undue distress, worry or alarm. NSD is a pervasive disorder that we usually deny.
NSD produces sensory deprivation that seldom registers in our awareness. It harms us by rendering us incapable of registering and thinking with the full range of inborn protective and supportive natural senses that are normally part of natural systems within and about us.
Our natural senses are vital immunity and resilience functions of our natural systems. When they are unavailable or impaired, our thinking is forced to make less sense for it has less data to work with when our natural senses are removed. This produces a void in us that distresses our mind, body and spirit. It makes us more dependent on, as well as vulnerable to, detrimental products and relationships.
By blocking us from enjoying our natural ability to register the grace, balance and healing ways of natural systems, NSD fuels our disorders and reduces the effectiveness of their treatment. Because NSD stops us from thinking and acting with nature's recuperative powers our troubles continue.
We are part of nature. NSD injures us by preventing our thinking from registering sensory messages sent by natural systems that sustain our well-being as nature sustains its well being.
Echoing advanced thinkers throughout history, Psychologist Stephen Aizenstat has noted,
"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."
Due to NSD, our thinking betrays the natural psychic pulse.
IGE has produced a readily available remedy for Natural System Dysfunction. It is an easily learned online Organic Psychology that enables us to strengthen the vigor of natural systems within and about us. It helps us bring to consciousness and revitalize our deteriorated natural systems; this greatly improves our resilience.
We suffer many troubles because NSD conditions us to unnecessarily spend over 95 percent of our time indoors and disconnect 99 percent of our thinking from the regenerative functions of natural systems. Plagued by this deficit, our lives and mentality are seldom organic. To our loss, we suffer because we work against nature instead of with its grace. balance and restorative powers.
The science of Organic Psychology empowers us to think with nature. It helps us improve our health by enabling us, at will, to tap our mind into the supportive and renewing ways of natural systems within and around us.
"Nature is an ever-present power of recuperation."-Richard E. Dodge in a 1915 Journal of Geography
Natural System Dysfunction (NSD) Disorder: Its Origins and Remedies
"We are dysfunctional socially and environmentally because we are cut off and isolated from the world of nature and the natural."
-Albert Gore, (edited)
...Senator, United States
...Author, Earth in the Balance
Natural systems self-organize nature's and Earth's energies into more stable, mutually life-supportive, cyclic relationships. These systems purify themselves and the world they touch as they transform pollution and disorders into beneficial interactions.
Some of the thousands of natural systems, whose flows sustain the global life community, register in our consciousness as senses and sensations. For example, the natural system of the water cycle registers itself in us as thirst and as excretion. With regard to excretion we even say "I hear nature calling."
What Natural Systems Do
The way the natural systems of earth work to sustain the health of themselves and the world is exemplified by the water cycle and the way it registers in us as thirst and excretion. As its flow of water nurtures plants, animals, air, soil and us, it composts, recycles and renews destructive impurities and disorders, when possible. This restorative process sustains the well being of all of life including the thinking and sensory life of our psyche for it, too, is a working part of many natural systems globally and within us.
As with any other form of pollution, when our thinking is polluted, until it recovers or is restored, it pollutes the natural systems of which it is part. For example, if our senses of thirst, excretion and reason foolishly allow our thinking to place dioxins in rivers, the rivers become polluted with dioxins. Dioxins then further pollute us.
"If you slice off part of a ball, you make both the ball and the slice dysfunctional; neither will roll with the same perfection as when the ball was whole.
We are in denial that this phenomenon also holds true for our 'normal,' but excessively indoor way of life. The way we live slices our mind and heart from the grace, balance and and restorative powers of the global ecosystem, our living planet, Earth. We and the 'ball' suffer accordingly.
Today, the destructive impact of our disconnection of our lives from the Earth is obvious. It far exceeds our historical futile denial that the Earth was round, not flat, or our denial that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of the solar sytem."
- Michael J. Cohen
A mental disorder known as Natural System Dysfunction (NSD) pollutes our senses and thinking and, in turn, the environment. Although it is easily prevented and remedied through holistic Organic Psychology, today it unnecessarily harms many millions of people in all walks of life. NSD deteriorates the health and soul of our society.
NSD harms us because it renders us incapable of registering and thinking with the full range of inborn protective and supportive natural senses, like thirst and excretion, that we inherit at birth. As described above, these senses are vital information, immunity and resilience functions of natural systems and Earth, within and about us. When our natural senses are impaired, our thinking and feeling make less sense. It omits important information.
Our NSD disorder makes our mind, body and spirit more dependent on, as well as vulnerable to, detrimental products and relationships. For example, as described above, pure water and the sensation of thirst are products and part of natural system relationships. However, in our separated-from-nature society, advertising bombards us with the notion that sweet-tasting "Koke Kola," not water, is "the real thing" that satifies our thirst. Koke (sic) brings its sweetness and questionable chemicals, emotional bonds and sugar or its substitutes into our body and mind. Koke becomes something we think and feel we must buy for survival. As it becomes part of the world's economy and jobs it also brings execessive sugar into us and steel cans, plastic bottles and polluting chemicals into the environment.
"What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?"
-Ursula K. LeGuin US author, "The Princess"
In our transformation from water to Koke, our sense of thirst no longer serves as a conscious, thoughtful connection with the supportive perfection of nature's ways. Our sense of thirst, our attraction for or love of water, instead becomes a marketing target, a desire, bond and dependency on Koke along with its detrimental effects to natural systems in and around us.
In our thinking, our sense of thirst is bonded to Koke and the like, not the immense value of the clear pure water in a fresh spring, river or rainfall. We pollute them because our thinking has lost contact with their value so without embracing them we do not protect them.
People as cultural objects
In this destructive transformation process, part of who we are, -a portion of our identity and self-esteem as a natural human being and Earth citizen- becomes a wanting cultural object. It and we transform into a puppet that dances to fulfillment from Madison Avenue and the nature-exploitive profit motive. In this process, our mentality loses sensory and intellectual contact with knowing and appreciating nature, earth and sun as the true source of our survival, as our other body, as the nurturing and renewing womb of our adult life and all of life.
One result of becoming like a puppet is that natural systems and their purifying ways become more expendable as does our natural self as part of them. We reduce our roles as contributing citizens of the global life community to being like soldiers in industrial society's undeclared war against nature and the natural. This is a war from which our sensory nature hides for since it is nature, it is vulnerable to the conquest of nature. Our sensory nature mostly knows and seeks the peace of mutual attraction support from everything it touches, not from conflict.
In this example, along with our loss of nature's rejuvenating ways in Earth's water system, we also lose some of our natural integrity and resilience, some of our immunity, mental health and well-being, that comes from the water cycle. We become more like bonded cultural subjects or lifeless objects, like consumers dancing to the tunes of materialism and profits. This game places a financial toll booth between our every natural attraction and its fulfillment. We are left unfulfilled. For example, no matter how rich or poor a person is, they usually feel that they need 15% more income. In this process, we lose part of our true self and its fulfilling natural integrity. For this reason we become more vulnerable to depression, stress, anxiety, loneliness, greed and disorders. We addict to money and will cheat, steal or murder for it.
We feel bad about all this and we seek therapy. No surprise, when vacation time comes, we flee (vacate) to natural areas for temporary re-creation.
To be whole with natural systems within and about us, water and thirst must be purely reunited in our thinking. More pure water in and from natural sources would result for our thinking guides our lives. This is equally true for each of 45 additional natural senses that we thwart to the point that we deny their existance and value.
Brain research demonstrates that when an area of the brain is stimulated, the subjects report that they become conscious of specific past places or situations as well as of the senses and feelings that are part of that experience. Our mentality, by design, stores and thinks with both experiences and the sensations that accompany them. To separate one from another reduces our thoughtfulness and produces dysfunctional thinking and relationships. Scientists and Philosophers tend to do this by dismissing our senses and feelings as being "subjective."
Our lack of holistic connection with nature has us habitually march to the adverse effects of NSD. For example, today Koka Kola profits soar from the sale of purified tap water in plastic bottles. Many folks can no longer distinguish their sense of thirst from their sense of hunger or fatigue.
"America is an insane asylum run by the inmates."
An Extreme Example?
Of course, this all sounds quite extreme to those of us who accept this as the normal way of industrial society. We perceive the disruption of natural systems and nature as progress and economic growth rather than as the result of our thinking suffering from Natural System Dysfuction. We psychologically bond to this perception by the age of seven years of age.
Can we really trust the nature-disconnected way we think today? NSD warps our perception. Doesn't each of us suffer from that warp.
Because it is only one example, the pollution of the water cycle along with our sense of thirst can be considered extreme.
However, be very afraid.
Reality dictates that we multiply this same example fifty times over. At least fifty of our other natural systems and senses similarly suffer NSD deterioration due to the nature-conquering ways of industrial society. This includes senses of belonging, trust, community and place; of friendship, consciousness, reason, peace and language.
Is it any wonder that we suffer our troubles and have difficulty reversing them?
Natural people see our deteriorating situation quite clearly; it hurts and saddens them. However, most of us who suffer from NSD simply shrug off our dilemma. We deny our addiction to its hurtful outcomes, to the negativity it produces and to our inability to change it via tradional education and politics. We feel apathy because we are helpless, we have been given neither the know-how nor power to deal with our situation, with NSD.
Through our dysfunction rooted in a detachment from the natural world, we have become sick, an ailing humanity that dominates and seeks external gratification and wealth through exploiting what it considers to be weak; the paradox, though, is that while destroying what appears to be a natural non-feeling clump of matter, our strongest links to the greatest intelligence, life and unconditional love are disappearing. We have a disorder that compels us to think in ways that destroy what gives us life.
- Albie Clemmer
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.... I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends ... and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it."
-John Lennon, Interview BBC-TV (June 22, 1968)
The Source of Our Hope
But, something, somewhere within each of us is hope. Hope recognizes that our thinking is our destiny. It also knows that if the unthoughtful NSD separation of our consciousness from the ways of Earth's natural systems produces and sustains many problems, it makes perfect sense that the genuine reconnection of our natural senses to the grace, balance and restorative powers of natural systems will powerfully help us un-bond and improve our misled thinking and reverse our troubles.
The splendor of renewal, rejuvenation, regeneration, recuperation, revitalization, purification; that's what natural systems and Planet Earth naturally do best for natural things, including our psyche and natural senses. Isn't that attribute one of the things that attracts us to the spirit and beauty in a seashore, mountain, park, garden, lake, woodland or sunset?
Organic Psychology is an antidote to our NSD disorder and apathy. It helps us genuinely connect our natural senses to their nurturing origins in natural systems. It thoughtfully adds the restorative powers of natural systems to most forms of education, healing, treatment, spirituality and therapy. The result is that each of these disciplines work 30-70 percent more effectively.
Ethics and the legal profession take note: it is criminal to have readily available the means to easily help a life at risk and not offer that help. In light of the critical state of the life of Earth and the life of many people, it is criminally negligent for any of us not to learn, use and teach Organic Psychology, a powerful antidote for the deterioration of life.
SUMMARY: Causes and Effects of NSD
The needless sensory loss that results from NSD disorder reduces our ability to identify our true self and and its inherent ability to support long term personal and environmental well being. We lose sight of Earth as a planetary womb for all of life. We reduce our sense of self and self-esteem along with its ability to sustain mutually supportive interactions. This fuels many disorders, retards our recovery from them and reduces our well-being.
Most of us unnecessarily suffer from NSD disorder because we live excessively nature separated lives. Over 95 percent of our time is spent indoors. Over 99 percent of of thinking is out of tune with the workings of natural systems within and around us.
Our education and counseling during our developmental years is disconnected from nature. We habitually estrange our thinking and feeling from healing powers of the natural systems in our planet, psyche and soul. This is an ignored source of our personal and environmental health problems.
Natural System Dysfunction results from us bonding to limiting or inaccurate nature-disconnected stories. Destructively, they omit our natural senses and sensitivities to how natural systems work to produce and sustain nature's perfection within and around us. This deficiency initiates depression and stress. It erodes our health, wellness, self-esteem, rationality and happiness.
Natural Systems: how they normally function.
What is nature?
Nature can be seen as an attraction fulfillment process. In this process natural attractions organize, integrate, correct and regenerate themselves as systems and their sensitivities that grow through mutual support. In this way nature's organization produces optimums of life, balance, preservation, cooperation and diversity without producing garbage and with minimal abuse, stress, pollution and dysfunction.
What are natural systems?
Natural systems are the self-organization of natural attractions into more stable, mutually beneficial, life-supportive, cyclic relationships that nuture and purify themselves and the world.
What do all things and life have in common?
They all consist of and are part of natural systems and their perfection.
Can anything be part of a system and not be in some kind of communication with that system?
No, with one exception.
When a car goes through a car wash, it is touched by it. We know connections occur because the car's contact with brushes, rags, soap, water, hot air and pressure register how the car then looks or works.
The car demonstrates or "signals" that the contact has taken place. It has changed and become cleaner; more of its original self shines through. If the car was/is conscious, it would know/register it was in a car wash and how the wash was affecting it.
Similar to a car entering a car wash, when we enter a natural area, or any other area, we register in our consciousness our contact with this new environment including its natural systems. This is because our senses and thoughts are designed by nature to help our mind chronicle and become aware of an area's colors, motions, sounds, pressures, temperature, relationships and a host of other attributes. This awareness has survival value. It lets us know where we are and what gifts or dangers the area brings us.
Our environment registers in our consciousness. There, we can include it in our thinking. As it does for all natural systems, awareness of an environment helps us more sensibly relate to the area and the world, including the people in our world.
Obviously, our thinking and perceptions are affected by our sensory contacts with natural systems within and about us. We can be sensibly naturally guided by them and by thoughts that develop around them.
Registering Natural Systems
In my natural systems organic remedy education workshop I write the symbol H2O on the blackboard and ask the group what it represents. Most participants recognize H2O as the chemical formula for water, that H stands for hydrogen, and O represents oxygen. Participants acknowledge that they neither sense nor see hydrogen or oxygen, that the formula informs them about these things that they do not concretely experience.
I then familiarize participants with the following water cycle:
water -> evaporates from the sea,-> becomes clouds that bring water -> as rain to the land where it goes through -> plants and animals, including people, and then continues -> on into lakes or rivers -> to the sea which then starts the -> evaporation cycle again.
I ask participants what it is about their bodies that draws water into them and through them in a regulated way so that the flow does not result in too much or too little water in us. "Can you define or describe the arrow -> that attracts and regulates water as it runs through people?" I ask them.
Usually, nobody comes up with the correct answer, even though they have all experienced that arrow (->) continually throughout their lives. "H2O" they know from their education and acculturation, but their personal lifelong experiences with water are often suppressed from their thinking.
The Unseen Arrow
As previously noted, the -> of attraction that brings water into our bodies is the sense of thirst; the arrow represents an attraction/sensation to water, a sense, a sensation, thirst, that we inherit from the natural world in order to help us know and relate to the water in the world. Thirst is our innate ability to register in our consciousness and thinking, our attraction/need for water. It is one of our 53 or more natural senses
Sea and lake creatures probably do not experience thirst. Thirst is the way natural systems remind us that, as land creatures, we must connect with (drink) water, where life originated, if we are to survive on the land.
Thirst is also a sensory attraction intelligence that "reads" our body and then turns itself on and off appropriately in our awareness. It attracts us to drink water when we need it, or to stop drinking when we don't. Similarly, the sense of excretion intelligently attracts us to excrete harmful water that is in us.
Neither of these senses would exist if water did not exist. They are an often overlooked part of water cycles and systems because they fluctuate as life demands. Objective science and thinking omits them because they are "subjective." They fluctuate, die or disappear when placed in the "standard conditions" of a laboratory. They control us, not vice versa, and our game is one of control and management of, not co-creation with, natural systems.
It is important to note that each of us is very familiar with the sensory attraction, thirst, that the arrow represents, for we have experienced it many times. It registers in our consciousness. What is frightening is that we often forget that we know it until someone helps us put it into the right words to describe it. Otherwise, we tend to overlook or omit it in our reasoning. When this happens, our sense of reason loses some of the power and wisdom of natural systems ability to survive and produce optimums of life, diversity and cooperation without producing garbage or excessive disorders.
"About 35 percent of the American public can no longer distinguish the difference between being hungry or thirsty. Many report they have lost their sense of hunger and that they forget to eat unless reminded by the clock or some other stimulus."
- Web of Life Imperative
We often register water systems as additional senses and attractions such as wetness, rain, flow, motion, design, sound, taste, trust, temperature and color. These, however, are not included in the five senses we are taught that we know and learn from. For example, which of our five senses is thirst? Touch? Taste? Smell? Sight? Sound?
We do sense thirst. Why don't we teach and learn that we do, teach that it is one of our senses? What results from our thinking losing the value of the sense of thirst along with the values of an additional 46 natural senses and systems that we learn to disregard?
"Surgical patients have shorter hospitalizations, less need for pain medications, and fewer complaints about discomfort when they have hospital windows that overlook trees rather than brick walls."
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine September/October 2002
"The senses, being the explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge."
What causes Natural System Dysfunction?
To help us thoughtfully survive as part of nature, we are born with the ability of our consciousness to register in sensory ways how natural systems and their eons work. We experience this knowledge as natural senses and feelings that our thinking incorporates to produce stories about how the world works, stories that we co-create with nature.
We and our natural senses and feelings are part of nature. Natural System Dysfunction (NSD) occurs when when our society's unwarranted and hurtful exploitation of nature makes our natural senses and feelings hide in our subconscious so they may escape further injury and hurt from society's conquest or exploitation of them. Their loss to our consciousness prevents us from including their eons of nature's balanced grace and wisdom in our thinking. This loss results in us producing and suffering painful discontents and disorders. In this way NSD erodes our lives and, in turn, all of life.
An Antidote for NSD
NSD is caused by an artificial, non-organic way of thinking. The antidote for NSD is an enabling Organic Psychology remedy and education tool, the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) that can be learned online in a month. It empowers us to genuinely reconnect our consciousness and thinking to the grace balance and regenerative powers of authentic natural systems in us and the environment.
The science of Organic Psychology makes it possible for us to think with nature. It helps us improve our health by enabling us, at will, to tap our mind into the supportive and renewing ways of natural systems within and around us. They help us compost and recycle our mind pollution, the hurt and destructive aspects of our thinking.
This organic connection safely helps us become conscious of our suppressed natural senses, we become more sensitive to life and this improves our thinking ability. It helps us make better sense of our lives and more effectively heal our disorders. It enables us, like natural people(s), to be emotionally supported by natural systems and to build mutually supportive, peaceful relationships with the world of people, places and things. We experience ourselves as important parts of a vibrant global life community.
To knowingly refrain from applying and sharing the readily available Organic Psychology of the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) could be considered to be negligence under laws that make it illegal to not help people in trouble when we can. By not acting, we unnecessarily and willfully restrict the full rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of many individuals and classes. We also help place pointless costs and deterioration on the health and welfare of our society and environment. Isn't that a way to describe shameful ethics and morals?
The only sure way to become proficient in Organic Psychology is to learn and practice it.
"I will always be thankful for my classmates insights and feedback, and for the unconditional receptiveness to each posting--even on rather bad day, difficult postings. This course modeled what nature does: inspires, accepts, embraces, teaches. It demonstrated, without equivocation, that the course of one's life can change for the better, can be healed, can be saved, can be freed, through direct nature sensory experiences. This individual change will ultimately change the world."
- Albie Clemmer
Natural System Dysfuction (NSD) consists of our denial that our thinking is psychologically addicted to excessively nature disconnected ways of knowing, ways that diminish our natural health and senses, our resilience and the environment. Organic Psychology reverses NSD by thoughtfully helping our consciousness connect with and register natural senses and systems. It enables us to increase our well- being by including the balance, grace and restorative powers of nature in our thinking and relationships.
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Other materials that appear in this article are drawn from Michael J. Cohen's professionally reviewed publications in:
The Journal of Humanistic Psychology,
Journal of Environmental Education,
Interpsych Journal of Mental Health,
Greenwich University Journal of Science and Technology,
Councelling Psychology Quarterly,
Proceedings of the North American Association for Environmental Education,
Journal of the Oregon Counseling Association,
U.S. Department of Education Educational Resources Information Center,
Between the Species,
International Journal of Humanities and Peace
About the Author
Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D. is a Director of the Institute of Global Education, where he coordinates its Integrated Ecology Department and Project NatureConnect. He also serves on the faculty of Portland State University, Akamai University and West Coast University. Dr. Cohen has founded sensory outdoor environmental education programs independently and for the National Audubon Society and Lesley University (AEI), conceived the National Audubon Conference "Is the Earth a Living Organism," and is the award winning author of Web of Life Imperative, Reconnecting With Nature, Einstein's World, and How Nature Works. He is an accomplished folk song artist and contra dancer who presents traditional music programs for the U.S. National Park Service and Elderhostel on San Juan Island, Washington.
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