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"In conscious sensory connection with nature is the unification and healing of the world"

- Michael J. Cohen

Project NatureConnect Petition Requests That the UN Enlist  

Assistance from Nature to Increase Personal, Social and

Environmental Health and Wellness

You may read this critical issue petition below, or read it and sign it at our
Petition Site

January 10, 2010

Since 1994, this website has been the home of a controversial but momentous discovery. It's truth today is beyond reasonable doubt. 

It is this:

The fictional, 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 g
raciously 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.


A 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 Counseling and Healing With Nature, an Applied Ecopsychology degree program online.

The 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 backcountry.  


This page describes a funded Mother Earth sensory research science in action. It is a new, holistic, organic psychology tool whose sensory activities act like a 
'Pandora-Na'vi connection relationship' and give us the opportunity to improve health wellness and counseling. By enabling our thinking and feeling to connect with and safely tap into the nature's grace, balance and restorative powers we benefit from and strengthen our inborn love of nature in and around us. Participants master alternative therapist coaching, stress release management and holistic spiritual psychology.


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A Petition to the UN to Include the Process of Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature in all Relationships


AVATAR 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 presently suffer. 

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 or backcountry.

Please sign 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:

This petition is directed to the UN Secretary-General and to all others of good faith who want to increase personal social and environmental well-being.

We the 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:

The 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 disorders.

The 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 disorders.

Every 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 us.

As 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. 

To 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)

Please 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 our Petition Site, too.  Please sign this petition there.)

NAE is a hands-on process rooted in these empirical truths:

1. 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 responsibly. (http://www.ecopsych.com/insight53senses.html)

4. 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

6. 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 intelligence. http://www.ecopsych.com/webstrings1000.html

Backyard 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

We 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.

Thank you for your attention to this crucial element for improving the health of our personal, social and environmental relationships.


Overview Article<http://www.ecopsych.com/hallucinatearticle.html>
Process Synopsis<http://www.ecopsych.com/transformation.html>
Fundamentals <http://www.ecopsych.com/mjcohen22.html>


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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 healing 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 


"Avatar 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."


"I 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 that everything is right in nature and that I'm a part of it has created a great calm inside me."


"The sky 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."


"-Natural attractions are my primal sparks of life – each attraction adds to the richness of me and my life.  My life is living expression of sensory delights.
-I am as much the natural attraction as the attraction itself.
-The doorway of love is opened by natural attractions."


I 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 of 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 to rest, to reflect, to stay "inside" and weather the storm.  Even 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!


I 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 experience!

I am very grateful that nature is there to teach me and that I am willing to learn! :)

with the trees, Charlie


In 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.


"I 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 the canyon air would have whooshed through here without obstruction.  There are patches left here and there and now my eye scours those bits of native grasses and sage brush with some sort of awe.  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"

"No 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 called 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!

So, 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"...
'I 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.'
I 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 then...Peace,


"I am 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 creatures!

I get good feelings when being near the ocean. The movement and flow of the water reminds me to be open and flexible.....
fluid 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."


"I 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."


"As 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?"


"It is 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, and so 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.  This meditation was something I gathered from this class."


"Even 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 been exchanged."


"Pain has a way of cutting one off from life.  When I finally whipped 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 body was more relaxed."


"I 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."


"Before 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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"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."

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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 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.

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