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EDUCATING, COUNSELING AND
HEALING WITH NATURE:
AN AVATAR CONNECTION PROCESS.
"In conscious sensory connection with nature is the unification and healing of the world"
- Michael J. Cohen
Project NatureConnect Petition Requests That the UN
Assistance from Nature to Increase Personal,
Environmental Health and Wellness
may read this critical issue petition below, or read it and sign it at our Petition
January 10, 2010
1994, this website has been the home of a controversial but momentous
discovery. It's truth today is beyond reasonable doubt.
It is this:
but balanced and restorative "Pandora-Na'vi" way of relating that is portrayed in James Cameron's AVATAR
film is readily available through our accredited process of
Educating Counseling and Healing
with Nature (ECHN).
Individuals who choose to learn
to use ECHN and teach
its use to others graciously empower themselves to help increase
personal, social and environmental well-being.
ECHN is a transformative, sensory science that helps us interlace
our psyche with the renewing wisdom and joy of this planet's remaining
"Garden of Eden," backyard or backcountry. It enables us to walk
together, hand in hand, in the real-life beauty,
cooperation and peace of nature's amazing grace.
2010 New Years and new decade petition to the UN Secretary General and
all people of good faith proposes that they make use of a core
international counseling and
social technology, Educating
Healing With Nature, an Applied
Ecopsychology degree program online.
holistic art and science of this nature-connecting program enables
individuals to increase health and wellness by reducing our
environmental madness and our personal and social depression. This is
accomplished by making sensory connections with the restorative peace
and renewing paradise of nature and earth, backyard or
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It is a new, holistic, organic psychology tool whose sensory activities act like a 'Pandora-Na'vi connection relationship'
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personal social and
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SUPPORT OUR UNIFYING CONNECTION PROCESS: EDUCATING,
HEALING WITH NATURE
SIGN THIS DOCUMENT
AT OUR PETITION
A Petition to the UN to Include the Process of Educating, Counseling
and Healing With Nature in all Relationships
IN ACTION: This 1000-year-old Mimbres
culture pottery design portrays a naturally balanced connective relationship between
the environment and our psyche. The connection guided the thoughts and
feelings of earlier humanity. It helped prevent them from
producing the garbage, pollution, abusiveness and disorders that we
have lost this critically important relationship. James Cameron portrays it
in "Avatar" as being a function of fictional "Pandorans." But it's not
fictional. It is real and alive on this planet. However, its "Garden of Eden" is stricken and injured in
and around us for we have excessively conquered and exploited our sensory connections with nature and their value.
This petition promotes a powerful, educating, counseling and healing
with nature tool (ECHN). It gives us an effective scientific process that we can use to recuperate our nature-connected
thinking abilities and reverse today's personal, social and global madness.
On average, 98 percent of our time, thoughts and feelings are separated
from nature's regenerative flow in and around us and others. For this reason our
scientific and creative stories contain nature-disconnected illusions.
They omit how the perfection of nature's paradise nurtures us. They
don't produce the healing that is readily available to us from
direct, conscious, sensory contact with nature's balance and beauty. Its loss to us
produces the greed, stress and abusiveness that deteriorate our
relationships and ecosystems. Our lives miss the monumental joy and
nurturing of our natural senses and sensibilities. They gain
responsible fulfillment from us making sensory attraction connections with nature, backyard
this Petition. Instruct our leaders to support the
nature-connecting sensory technology that empowers us increase
personal, social and environmental well-being.
A short press release about the Petition is available online.
What the Petiton States:
petition is directed to
the UN Secretary-General and to all others
of good faith who want to increase personal social and environmental
undersigned request that through the accredited, key process of
Educating, Counseling and Healing with Nature, you increase personal,
social and global well-being on Planet Earth (emulating "Pandora," in
Cameron's film "AVATAR").
We make this request for crucial reasons:
calm and joy of a quiet walk in a natural area is well known. A new
sensory science helps us strengthen this power and reduce most
essence of Nature's perfection is its self-organizing ability to
peacefully maintain pristine optimums of life, diversity and
cooperation in balance and beauty. Its cyclic ways don't produce
destructive garbage or pollution, or our excessiveness, abusiveness, wars and
five to seven years the purifying flow of nature, through, in and
around us, replaces every molecule in us. We become/are nature, it is
part of nature we inherit the ability to think, feel, resonate,
communicate and heal through the way nature's perfection works. (http://www.ecopsych.com/2004ecoheal.html)Sadly,
for excessive profit, we socialize our thinking to conquer or exploit,
rather than support nature, in and around us. This biases our
thinking to demean or fear nature. It wounds our psyche and
reduces nature's restorative abilities,As
we dismiss nature's self-correcting and restorative powers, they can't
help us correct the troubles that our misguided thinking creates.
counteract this folly, engaging in sensory nature-connecting
activities, backyard or backcountry, revitalizes nature's flow through
us. Its healthy streaming helps to heal and renew our injured
rational, emotional and spiritual self. It releases Dopamine. We feel
rewarded and in good spirit.
From five decades of research and
experience, a sensory scientific tool, Natural Attraction Ecology
(NAE), enables our excessively nature-disconnected thinking to benefit
from nature's recycling and transformative powers.
NAE helps us increase wellness in the whole of life on Earth and each other. Without it, our destructive ways continue. (http://www.naturalattractionecology.com)
use, teach and promote the art and science of Natural Attraction
Ecology at Project NatureConnect. Its sensory based, educating,
counseling and healing with nature Applied Ecopsychology activities
enable nature's restorative flow to recycle and purify the pollution in
our psyche. It helps our thinking co-create relationships that are
happily integrated with natural systems in and around us.
(Continued below, and at
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NAE is a hands-on process rooted in these empirical truths:
The flow of natural attraction "love" is everywhere. From between
sub-atomic particles to the Universe, space is filled with natural
attraction energy that holds things together, that grows, heals and is
aware of itself. We call it Love or Whole Spirit (holy), Tao, Reiki,
Chi or Ki. (http://www.ecopsych.com/reiki.html) 2. Humanity can be seen as the eons of natural attraction flow manifesting itself as us. (http://www.ecopsych.com/thesisquote6.html)3.
Natural attraction consciously registers in us as least 53 intelligent
and rewarding natural senses. For example, our need/attraction for
water is communicated by our sense of thirst. It wisely turns on
when we need Earth's water cycle to flow through us and it
intelligently turns off when we don't need water. Our sense of
excretion tells us to feed nature our waste water, a perfect food that
we make that nurtures nature. Our other 51 natural attraction
senses connect in exactly the same balanced way. They
include our senses of place, touch, community, taste, music, sight,
literacy, happiness, reason, respiration, consciousness and
belonging. Each gifts us with its special joy when we fulfill it
Nature and Earth are a non-literate way of knowing and being. Although
their minerals and creatures communicate and cooperatively coordinate
their attractions with each other, they don't do this through the
literacy of our written or spoken words, labels, stories or mathematics.5.
On average, industrial society's story teaches us to spend more than 95
percent of our time indoors, and 99 percent of our thinking and feeling
while separated from authentic nature and its non-literate,
attraction-sensitive intelligence. Our scientific and creative stories
about life are too often nature-disconnected illusions about how
natural attraction works. To our cost, we addictively train ourselves
to think with these deceptions. Many problems result. http://www.ecopsych.com/nineleg.html
Our stories and science of nature are seldom fully true because they
are abstract, shortcut, vicarious ways of knowing. In contrast, real
nature, including us, is not a stable laboratory. Nature is alive, an
ever-changing, ever-growing act, the flow of attraction connections in
the present moment. 7.
Nature is the fountainhead of authority on how its natural attraction
essence works. If natural areas were literate they might describe
themselves as a cathedrals of attraction in support of life on Earth. 8. Most substitutes for authentic nature are imperfect and produce adverse side effects.9.
Natural sensory perceptions are the most tangible, true and unifying
things that our thoughts and feelings register. To our loss, society
pays us to think while suppressing the empirical, nature-connected
facts that our natural senses place in our mentality.10.
We cannot solve our personal and global problems if our thinking
disengages us from the unifying natural attraction wisdom that we hold
in common with each other and the web-of-life. To reverse our
disorders, we need to think and feel with the powers of this missing
or backcountry, NAE enables us to enjoyably resonate, intermingle and
fulfill our 53 natural sense sensibility with the renewing ways of
natural attractions. By strengthening their flow through our psyche, we
enjoy good experiences in nature. This enables us to think more
clearly. Please explore the process: http://www.ecopsych.com/giftearthday1.html
Please learn more about NAE through books, online courses and degree programs linked to http://www.ecopsych.com
urge you to help the public add the NAE process to their personal and
professional lives. This is critical if we are to transform our
chaos into mutually beneficial relationships with the whole of life.
you for your attention to this crucial element for improving the health
of our personal, social and environmental relationships.
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The quotes that
are included, below, are from the field study
journals of participants in Project NatureConnect's online NAE courses
and degree programs. These are sponsored in part by Akamai
University's Institute of Applied Ecopsychology, Portland State
University Extended Education courses, and the Institute of Global
Education. The quotes come from students who are learning how to apply
and teach the alternative integral ecology of educating, counseling and
with nature. The quotes testify to the value of this process. Learn how they and you can become real-life Earth avatars
You may also read testimonials about the petition by it signers
misses the point. We don't need a fictional blue braid of 'Pandoran'
sensory fibers from our head in order to connect and bond with the
planet, our home and life-support
system. I was able to experience intimate contact with all beings by
rediscovering the 53 senses we share with the rest of the natural
world. Balanced, life supporting information flows
through these natural sensitivity connectors."
felt swallowed up in the vastness of the beauty I found myself in the
center of. My attractions and vibrations pulsed and felt very
empowered in such a wondrous environment. Having the sense
everything is right in nature and that I'm a part of it
has created a great calm inside me."
told me their is always space for me. The stars told me to always shine
in the darkness. The sky welcomed me in happiness. I found happiness in
the dark of night. To find it in nature and myself brought an
inner happiness. Not the happiness that is fleeting but a
happiness I have with me always. I am thankful for this connection."
attractions are my primal sparks of life – each attraction adds to the
richness of me and my life. My life is living expression of
-I am as much the natural attraction as the attraction itself.
-The doorway of love is opened by natural attractions."
am a shadow, and I have shadow cast upon me in my relationship to the
natural world as I experience it in the great out doors, and in my
relationship to myself and others. I see that the shadow part
me is something to recognize and appreciate in the same way that I value
the clouds, the night, the dark mists. Shadow time is a time
rest, to reflect, to stay "inside" and weather the storm.
organisms need darkness to process, to rest, to feel safe.
I had the most incredible experience. It may seem
unbelievable to many, but I'm sure folks in this group will believe it.
I was out in nature - searching for answers - I closed my eyes hoping
for resolution. In closing my eyes I could hear things I shouldn't have
been able to hear - ants crawling, bugs munching on leaves of plants,
leaves falling, branches swaying in the breeze - and things many can
hear - branches rubbing together, woodpecker pecking, bees
buzzing, etc. At first each of these sounds seemed to be performing a
solo, each taking their own turns. Then, they all joined together to
create an almost deafening cacophony, finally ending in a crescendo. I
opened my eyes and my hearing was "normal" again. But let me tell you -
my eyes were opened from that moment on to things I never knew before.
I haven't stopped since!
was talking to a friend about how tree bark is like our organs and I
remembered a part of the reading at the end of chap 3 that talked about
salt. It goes on to say that when we listen to nature's nonverbal
communication it is saying love. It goes on to say that each natural
attraction is a message of love or form of love. So, when I was asking
the trees and stream what the are without their name, I felt love.
When I asked myself who i was without my name I felt exactly the same
way! It moved me to tears. I realized how this is who I am really and
that all other experiences are not "me". This directly translated into
an experience with my girlfriend. She was upset with me because i was
not paying attention to her and I was on the computer. Her expression
was to attack me verbally (just giving me a hard time at first). I
became defensive and acted out of that.
The next day I
realized that it was really bothering me (it had been a little thing).
I realized it by noticing that neither of us was acting out of love or
our natural attraction. For me, that would have been to say how it
really felt in the moment. I talked with her about it in a natural area and we
reconnected! It was a healing moment that was produced by my
feeling/sensing the incongruousness of the situation or the
disconnected feeling. When we talked we produced a natural attraction
I am very grateful that nature is there to teach me and that I am willing to learn! :)
with the trees, Charlie
my own experience, I have used the NSTP activities (tools) to decrease
my depression and increase my positive mental outlook. Now why would I
need this? I experienced a stroke on the right side of my brain on
December 31 of 2008. This left me with a mostly paralyzed left side
upon discharge from the hospital. Due to my slow recovery, I have lost
my employement as a computer systems engineer. Most right brain
affected strokes experience some level of depression due to the brain
not producing the same amount of neurotransmitters as prior to the
stroke. I was fortunate enough to come across to eco-psychology
information and was able to join a online class which facilitated my
learning NSTP activities. As a result, I no longer, feel the need for
seeing a psychologist. Now I know that some of my mental improvements
have indeed come from my continued recovery. Yet is easy enough on a
daily basis, to distinguish how much better I feel as a result of
practicing even just one NSTP activity a day.
watch where I was born change as developers push every square inch into
structures, I know what it would have looked like right here in "my
yard". There would have been sage brush - a lot of it -- and
canyon air would have whooshed through here without
There are patches left here and there and now my eye scours
bits of native grasses and sage brush with some sort of
Craving to know what was there, these little strips give me a glimpse.
I feel assaulted by this and feel that I am one who assaults, yet I
live here, comfortably, and wonder how I can be so comfortable.
I crave the architecture of the natural and have since I was a child"
one asks permission from nature to plow and pillage. Nature
begins to break down the artificial structure immediately and hence we
are always repairing our homes and buildings. And this is
progress! There is a false sense of rightness when we call it
progress. It makes it acceptable."
"This long weekend was my first time I actively
"connected" with nature and gained the understanding that what I
experienced all along when I was in nature, other people did as well. I
was drawn to drink some water from the mountain stream in order to
fully connect. A day later on my way home, I had an experience where I
just seemed to spread out farther & farther as though my molecules
were separating apart. I was "told" that it was because the energy of
the wild water was flowing through me. I mixed with all of
nature... the rocks, into the earth, the sky & clouds... it was
incredible. I "knew" what it felt like to be the rock because I was
part of the rock at that moment."
"I was feeling uptight on this particular
day, tired and trying to fend off a cold/virus. I wished I didn't have
an assignment looming over me to add to the already irritating feeling
I had. When I arrived home, after a long day at work and being lucky
enough to have just experienced the pleasure of a massage, I
noticed the moon on my way in the house). Wow! She was striking!
when it came time to this activity I went out to the backyard, which
has trees and, in fact, is adjacent to a park I couldn't find
anything that attracted me more. For, it was the moon who kept calling
for me - but she was in the front of the house (I couldn't see her from
the backyard). So, out to the front I went.
When I asked what are you without the name "moon"? Here is what I "heard"...
am the beacon that lights your way. I am the place clouds pass by and
sometimes obscure your view of me. I am among the stars because I
belong here. I belong to you, too. I am the place you long to sit
within reading a book curled up in my embrace. I am among the
sattlelites. I am mystery. I am grandmother. I am that which keeps you
connected to those who are far away. I am that which waxes and wanes
just as the tide ebbs and flows. I am what brings out the owl and the
wolf and coyote. I am peace in the night.
Who am I?
I am daughter
of the Earth. I am health and vitality. I am conscious. I am alive. I
am educator and athlete. I am laughter and joy. I am sorrow and pain. I
am hugger of trees and singer of the stars. I am silence. I am life.'
loved this exercise! It brought me to a place I'd never been before. I
will go there again and again - with different aspects of nature. I am
always amazed at the awesomeness of what comes out of being engaged
with nature in the way these activities cause us to be. I can't wait to
hear more from your experiences and have more of my own! Until
house/dog sitting in a little old weather warn jungle cottage only a
few feet from the ocean here on the isolated jungle side of the
island......it is miraculous. This morning when I hiked along the
black lava rock beach I saw three humpbacks breeching and spouting not
far off shore!! It brings so much joy to see such magnificient
I get good feelings when being near the ocean. The movement and flow of
the water reminds me to be open and flexible.....
in thoughts and actions and how I move through the world. The vastness
and deepness allows me to feel free and reminds me there is plenty of
room for everything.....experiences, emotions, etc. The ocean is the
source of life and helps me stay connected to what is real."
feel I could be content to just be a constant witness to nature's
awe-inspiring beauty! I have a secret dream to be a
photographer/videographer's assistant for National Geographic. Give me
the downpours, the mud, the light packing...I'd sit forever...waiting,
watching, listening, feeling."
I was walking along a water stream watching the small fishes, I sensed
the breeze, listening to the songs of birds and breathed the smell of
air. The longer I watched and sensed it, my mind started to have a
different feeling and suddenly I found a new life and I was totally
refreshed. My mind felt free of all the worries and I felt much
lighter. This new life made me realize something which cannot be
explained. This new refreshing experience is there everywhere and
everyday but we are unaware of it. Now whenever I am not doing anything
I feel like going back to the refreshing part of life that I have
found. Although I cannot explain exactly what happened within me, I
know that there is something that's changed inside me. This is the gift
of nature. What is life without this feeling?"
very healing for me to realize my breathing is connected to air, which
is part of Earth's atmosphere, which extends into
the more external layers of our orbit, then outward,
on. I love this because it is a very real immediate sensory
experience that becomes a profound, loving meditation in harmonizing
and connecting with all of life, one that I can do anywhere.
meditation was something I gathered from this class."
though I'm thinking of cutting down 2 Locust trees, it feels like I'm
treating nature honorably by asking it how I can support it rather than
coming in with some preconceived ideas of what is good. This
process feels more like working in community than isolation.
After thanking that area and going back inside I feel like energy has
has a way of cutting one off from life. When I finally
myself into doing this activity from my couch, I had a transformative
few moments with the trees outside my window. My heart and soul were
attracted to a tangle of trees to a point of love. My hurting
back had driven me to a low point in mood; gazing out the window to the
trees put me outside my pain and crummy mood and my whole
was more relaxed."
sensed the Blue moon was about to breach the mountains to the east. I
asked my wife to join me outside. We held each other and watched the
birth of a relative. The joy and connection I felt in those
moments…cannot be put into words (I choose)…it was felt. Emanating from
my heart, extending through my limbs, into and through my wife’s being,
into the Earth, the moon, reaching to the distant edges of creation,
and beyond. I gave thanks and appreciation…for the love each of these
connections brings to my senses. And it loved me back."
I began this activity I was feeling stressed for time...I grabbed a
couple of hours today and drove to one of my beloved spots along the
Carson River. I was delighted to discover I was to be alone in this
Sanctuary of Cottonwoods and Healing Waters. As I approached the first
Grandma Cottonwood I asked permission to engage with her in her
family home. Her rustling leaves were given as assent. I allowed myself
to drift down the secluded green and golden leaf strewn shoreline path
mirroring the golden leaves floating on the all but still water. No
labels, only connection, connection...look, connect, smell, connect,
feel, connect, hear, connect, touch, connect. I felt the bonds of Love
grow between us as I moved slowly, as in a dream of color and movement
and Peace. Stress evaporated. Time stood still. Only Peace and Beauty
exist in this moment."
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strengthen your professional interests, or your hobbies or pastimes, by
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increase personal and global well being.
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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
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 share with natural systems and their eons of experience. Our
subconscious hurt and frustration from the severed disconnection of
these senses underlies our greatest troubles.
from learning to enhance the natural psychic pulse within and around
us. Add the sensory ecoscience of Organic
your life and livelihood.
research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is
determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for the action
is what stands the
test of experience."
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