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THE BENEFITS OF EDUCATING,
HEALING WITH NATURE
Special Earth Day
Nature-Connected Degree and Career Program for Organic Healing Arts
Spirit, Reiki, Energy Healing, Tao, Healing Touch, Qigong,
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Earth Day, April 22, 2010, a special funded Ecopsychology, sensory
community, organic degree and course program will be offered that includes life experience and prior training
in holistic health and healing arts and energy. Its purpose is to heighten
individual and community contact and connection with authentic nature
and strengthen the natural healing arts of Tai Chi, Reiki Energy
Healing Touch Therapy, Qigong and the Tao of Body Mind Spirit.
program's hands-on whole earth and whole life activities provide the
opportunity to improve health wellness through the science of sensory
ecology processes. Its education and training enables our
thinking and feeling to consciously connect with the unadulterated dance
of nature's grace, balance and restorative powers, in and around us,
backyard or back country. Energy Healing, Reiki, Ki
and Tai Chi students and professionals alike, benefit from
additionally attaining Applied Ecopsychology degrees or nature-connected Organic Psychology certification.
program's quantum course work experience strengthens each
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Earth Day, April 22, 2010:
The Subsidized Educating, Counseling and Healing with Nature Organic Degree and Career Program for Healing Arts Practioners
- Barbara Huning and Michael J. Cohen
In August of 1995, Dr. Michael J.
Cohen, the Applied Ecopsychologist who founded Project NatureConnect at
the Institute of Global Education, was set back on his heels. He
learned, to his dismay, that the board of directors of an international
organization, the Philosophical Society of Metaphysics and Religion,
(renamed for this article) was going to participate in the opening
session of his holistic and alternative nature-connecting and contact
workshop. The Society's leaders had attended to explore Cohen's
accredited and award-winning Natural Attraction Ecology process of
Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature (ECHN). These
authorities were very learned individuals in a discipline where Cohen
had very little training. In fact, he'd never before heard of the
To level the playing field, Cohen opened his workshop
with a humerous but brash challenge to the board members. He said
"I'll bet that you can't correctly answer a critically important
question I'll pose to you. In addition, I bet that you'll agree with my
answer to it when I offer it. Here's the question: "What is the
greatest truth in your life that you can trust, and the answer is not
God, honesty, love, nature or spirit."
Taken aback when they
realized that Cohen was serious, the Board, with humor, agreed to
participate. One member offered that the answer was the stars.
"Wrong," said Cohen. That produced a bit of frustration in the board
member. Others said, "Air," "The Sun," "The Universe," "Jesus,"
"The Bible," "The New York Times." Each, in turn, was
emphatically rejected by Cohen. Frustration intensified and humor
Just before folks got downright angry,
Cohen said, "OK, here's the correct answer. I guarantee you'll agree
with it. Ready?" They were very ready. Cohen continued, "The greatest
thing in your life that you can trust is that you hear the sound of my
voice at this moment, you can feel the seat you are sitting on, and
that you know you are wearing a shirt. Nobody can talk you out of
these truths once you validate them. They will last
After a bit of discussion, the Board agreed
with Cohen's response. They also agreed with the many other examples
that Cohen gave of often ignored powers of the immediate moment,
the "Now" of life. For example, only when we are experiencing the sense
of Now can we know the past or future, or experience attractions, or
connect with reality. The Now is the only time we can make healing
touch therapies work, make changes, or modify relationships.
It is also the only time when energy and nature actually exist and
operate, and can register in our consciousness.
Centering on the Now, Cohen then took the group through his Reconnecting With Nature workshop at a nearby natural seashore area.
the workshop, Cohen helped the board members to repeatedly notice that
an attraction registering on their senses, found in the Now of
nature at the seashore, was a great trustable truth and that they could
find it anywhere else in nature, too. They agreed on this. The evidence was
irrefutable, and this discovery unified them with Dr. Cohen and with
each other. They were delighted to find that through the activity's
empirical process of making contact with and through sensory attractions, they
could obtain answers to questions that satisfied them completely rather
than leading to additional questions.
The workshop was successful. By
its end, one board member insisted that she could see a natural
attraction in a tree with her blind right eye. Cohen says, "I
know this happened because I was there in the Now. I heard her
say what she saw as we both focused on the glowing treetop in the
sunlight. That was fifteen years ago, yet today in the Now, I can still
see and remember in my "mind's eye" exactly what she/we registered.
Most of the board members acknowledged that she, a Tai Chi and Healing
Touch practioner, had, for years, been blind in that eye. Until
more evidence is gathered, her "blind eye can see" experience remains a
fact that is at least as true as 2 + 2 = 4."
It is fascinating
that "facts" and the "material world" and "matter" hold something in
common. A definition for each of the three is that they are
real because they register in our senses. This registration can
only happen in the Now; and each of our natural senses is a
manifestation of love with which we build relationships.
the reasons given above, and to "get real", let us point out that it is
an indisputable truth that you are reading these words this moment, in
the Now. They register in your awareness through your natural senses,
some of which are your loves of shape, size, sight, motion, color,
consciousness, reason, literacy, place, distance, trust, time, self,
temperature and community.
We have omitted another sense that is very important. Do you know what it is as you register it right now?
is..............your love to breathe air, though you have probably not
noticed that you are aware of the air that right now sits between your
eyes and these words.
in Developmental Psychology and other related fields
discloses that we
inherit from nature an additional 38 natural attraction senses that
help us experience the world. We are gifted with at
least 53 natural senses
in all. When some of them are numb, we can't correctly experience the
Now. We distort it and suffer from nonsense (non-sense), insensitivity
and many other disorders as a result of our sensory deprivation.
Backyard or backcountry, as we
experience the Now in natural area, our senses are nurtured and
supported by coming into contact with their origins in nature.
Like a breath of fresh air, this feels attractive as we experience
it. Energized in and by nature, our natural senses come to life.
While our senses are connected with the dance and flow of nature's renewing and
restorative powers in a natural area, they become strong enough for our
psyche to register, strong enough to think with and to feel.
a shopping mall is designed by experts to be attractive, the
rejuvenation of our senses seldom occurs there in a good way, meaning
"to the benefit of all." Often, we instead experience fatigue.
contrast, nature offers a truly attractive experience. The renewal of
our natural senses is the reason why a short quiet walk in a natural
area relieves stress and diminishes disorders. As we walk, nature
automatically begins to recycle the garbage in our thoughts and
feelings. The clarity of mind that we sense and feel is
Because nature is non-literate, the dance of nature
has no name. In human language, we may label it "Chi,"
"Love", "Tao", "Reiki", "Qi Gong," "Quantum Energy, "Whole Spirit, (Holy), "Ki" or "Natural
Attraction." These labels are synonymous. They each attempt to identify
in words the essence of nature's unadulterated dance. However,
since nature is non-literate, the dance and its essence is nameless. As
the Tao suggests, the dance and its powers are not labels.
often forget that it is the dance, not the labels we give it, that
produces the perfection of nature's balanced, beautiful,
self-correcting love relationships in and around us. The labels are not
"real". They do not register on any of our natural senses except the
sense of literacy. It is the dance itself which registers on our 52
other natural senses, and which is therefore real.
can't know the dance by a label assigned to it, we can sense and feel
that the dance's life force (which we depend on for our survival) is
attractive. The reason for this simple; we love life and we love to
Nature's nameless dance in the Now produces nature's
non-literate utopia, its optimums of life, diversity and
cooperation. Nature recycles itself. It doesn't produce garbage or
pollution. It seldom creates our greed, isolation and abusiveness. The
peaceful dance of nature in the Now feels attractive.
and Internet website, Cohen describes how our
attraction senses function supportively in conjunction with how
nature's dance works:
"Our need or attraction for
water is communicated by our sense of thirst.
wisely turns on when we need Earth's water cycle to flow through us and
it turns off when we don't need water. Our sense of
excretion tells us when to feed nature our waste
perfect food that we make and that nurture's the web-of-life as it
purifies us. The innate intelligence of our other 51
natural attraction senses in non-literate community operate in exactly
the same balanced and nurturing way as do thirst and excretion."
The few of us who have resisted
being desensitized into ecozombies by contemporary life, are
called to action by Dr. Cohen's challenging assertions. He points
out that before humanity arrived on the scene, nature's restorative
quantum energy dance sustained the earth in non-polluting perfection and
purity for eons. He urges us to strengthen our natural healing and
spiritual practices by using Educating,
and Healing With Nature (ECHN)
to connect our thinking and feeling in the Now to nature's authentic
healing flow of natural areas, backyard or backcountry. Instead
of binding our thoughts to our profit-motivated, artificial, half-truth
stories, films, books, goods and technologies with their
nature-disconnected, toxic side effects, we can return to a reliance on
the real thing, the wise essence of nature.
Cohen says, "Our
media may describe nature's flow. However, it can't give us the powers
of the dance. It is not the dance, it is a story about it. Nor can
we get these powers from ourselves alone because our lives and the way
we think are distorted. They are extremely separated from the Now of
nature from the time we are born in a hospital and its technologies.
From womb to tomb, more than 98 percent of our time, thoughts, feelings
and spirit are disconnected from, and out of tune with how the dance of
nature in the Now works to produce and sustain nature's perfection."
facts of life and the truth of how nature and Earth work to sustain
life in balance, health and beauty is available in the Now of a natural
area. We are ceaselessly troubled because, on average, over 99.9
percent our time thinking and feeling in the Now is spent separated
from the authentic dance of nature, and the ability of our 53 natural
senses to work their perfection in connection with that dance.
continue to endure our problems because Western culture
erroneously distinguishes itself as being different from and smarter
than nature. We are socialized to fear nature and to try to "improve
on" and "rise above" nature in ever aspect of our lives.
attempt to heal using nature-disconnected stories, approaches,
philosophies and technologies results in a short circuit. The
nature-disconnected way of life lived by most people in the western
world is rapidly and simultaneously deteriorating our physical,
emotional and spiritual health, and the health of the natural world.
We are not isolated islands. We can't live or think in balance when the culture that conditions and guides us is unbalanced.
Our use of the healing arts can also result in a short circuit.
We think that we are connecting with the entire flow of Reiki Energy,
Chi, Love, Tao, Ki, or Body Mind Spirit wisdom when we mostly connect through
stories, images, technologies, substances, labels, books and the like.
forget that the media is not reality. It is called "media"
because it is a mediation of the truth. We are so disconnected from the
whole life dance of loving wisdom in nature that we think the best we
for must come from man-made methods. We don't understand that our use
of media, however inspired, is only a reflection of what is possible
through direct, consensual, sensory interaction with nature's healing
beauty and wisdom.
We can't solve our vast problems with a vast
array of half-truths. Some identify the latter as a "half-vast solution."
We are part of a living planet. We need to be in
contact with the whole truth of our planetary Now, not just stories, if
we are to produce whole life remedies and solutions.
challenge is that we suffer because we have become dependent on media,
not the way of nature's healing dance and its quantum attraction powers.
When a nature-disconnected idea or healing "works," it tends to
reinforce our unseen prejudice that we don't need nature. The message,
"Today's nature estrangement is tomorrow's habitat endangerment"
is as ineffective as the warning labels on cigarettes.
says, "Getting rewards from connecting to media and other substitutes
for nature's dance addicts us to nature-separated beliefs and
technologies along with their destructive side effects. Are we
really going to solve our problems by continuing, in the Now, to engage
in the same nature-disconnected thinking and spirituality that causes
Educating, Counseling and Healing with Nature (ECHN) is a social technology. Because
it enables us to connect with nature it helps us use the great
trustable natural truths in the Now of our lives to remedy the
disorders that we suffer from. It empowers us to intermingle our
thoughts, senses and feelings with the Now of nature's authentic dance
and its intelligence. Nothing less than this will work to get us out of
the rut we are in. Like most ruts, every moment we stay in it, we
deepen it. Consider the present state of the world.
nature, through the truth of its profound love for life in balance,
knows how to recycle the waste products of our psyche and bring the
powers of nature's healing ways into our thoughts, feelings and acts.
Nature alone is the trustable fountainhead of authority about how it
works. The Now of ECHN enables us to tap into that vital wisdom.
Since 1948 the contemporary world has praised the words of eden ahbez in his hit song Nature Boy:
"The greatest thing you'll
ever learn is just to love and be loved in
believes this sentiment is misleading. He notes that we are born
knowing whole-life love but we are hurtfully socialized to bury it in our
subconscious. He says, "The
greatest thing we can learn is how to let nature help us reduce our
hurt, recycle our thinking and recover and renew our natural ability to love in a good
way...to the benefit all including Earth's plant, animal and mineral community.
have added ECHN sensory activities to various forms of
meditation, Reiki, Qigong, Tai Chi
or body, mind spirit healing. They report that it helps them strengthen
thinking and life experiences:
me a strong sense that I was connecting with something universally
tangible, whole and real, not just an idea or belief."
knew from how my distress had subsided that I
had received a healing gift from this forest. It was not simply another story about
things, a story that my many non-literate senses could not
comprehend. I could feel the gift was from the forest itself,
like the forest was alive and could speak or embrace me. It loved me like I loved it, it was in my heart.
It attracted my gratitude without me having to think about being
grateful and it remains part of me, I feel it now as I write this while at home."
have to imagine the dance of life and spirit in my mind's eye.
It was there. It was as real as the flowing river itself."
nature's and my own spirit in attractive natural things that I love
gave me greater wholeness and energy. It has supported me and helped me be a
increases the good effects of Reiki. It makes me think and feel like I
am in the Garden of Eden and embraced by it."
I felt when I finally connected with the aroma of this wild plant led
recognize that when I am separated from sensory contact with nature's
balance and beauty, the Chi or Tao feels like a thin or
unwarranted escape from heaven on Earth. ECHN helps me enjoy
true love, from and for this plant, even though I don't know what
thing that I am experiencing is ECHN and Reiki are very complimentary;
my ecopsychology work is bringing me deeper into my Reiki practice and
my Reiki practice is bringing me deeper into my ecopsychology work."
the healing arts reverse our disconnectedness and its
accomplishes this by utilizing proven medical procedures. For example,
good medical thinking and research have created surgical techniques
that reattach an amputated arm back to the body. If reconnected
properly, the arm will, in time, function normally. Part of this art is
the surgical technology our clear thinking, research and science has
devised to bring the arm back in proper contact with the body. The
remainder of the procedure is trusting that once this reconnection is
made, nature itself has the wisdom to heal the rupture and rejoin the
arm and body as one integrated organism. We don't know how to do that
depth of healing. However nature does it continuously for that is the
way of its dance. Good medical thinking respects that nature has this
extraordinary regenerative power and it taps into it. It provides the
proper environment and time for nature to heal, as only nature can.
activities help spiritual and energy medicine also heal in the "Now of
life" especially with respect to providing remedies for our extremely
nature-separated psyche and thinking. The activities enable us to
tangibly place ourselves in reasonable physical, psychological and
natural sensory contact with natural attractions in natural areas. This
allows nature to help us catalyze conscious, sensory, psychological and
spiritual healing. As we learn to empower ourselves to overcome three
major effects of disconnection from nature, we rebind our mind to the
balanced ways and wisdom of our natural origins. Our three great
To recognize that it is reasonable to want to create space in the Now
that gives authentic nature the opportunity to heal our psyche and
improve our thinking.
To have ECHN activity tools and support readily available to help us
transform the hurt that we carry from our disconnectedness into the
desire to reconnect with nature and let the Now recycle the source of
To use ECHN activities to help us think in sensory, nature-attraction ways. These enable us to address or avoid the often hidden
personal and social blockades that, for profit, try to addict us to
unreasonable aspects of our excessively nature-disconnected society.
(wilderness separated) when we believe that healing occurs in a
good way as we connect mostly to technologies, stories and
media. They are foreign to, and seldom fulfill, our natural
senses with respect to the integrity of the whole of life. If
they were really a good way, the natural world today would be
flourishing rather than
"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 is 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
ECHN provides the tools we need to create moments that let Earth
teach and that
help nature heal in and around us.
you attracted to what you have read here? Do you sense that learning
ECHN could help you to tap the direct source of nature's wisdom, beauty
and love to empower your practice of the holistic healing arts? If your answer is "Yes", the first step is to enroll in our online, accredited Orientation
Course. After completing this 10-week course, you may then continue on in one of the subsidized training, certification or degree program
which will further strengthen, deepen and broaden your ability to apply
the ECHN fundamentals to your practice of the healing arts.
A press release that can help you on this path is available for your distribution or publication.
Results from the Tao of Reiki, Tai Chi and Natural
Sensory Attractions in conjunction with Educating Counseling and Healing With Nature.
Below, are some
field report examples and results of sensory attractions to
nature as they embrace
people, places and things. The quotes come from Reiki, Energy Healing, Tao and Tai Chi
students who are learning how to apply
and teach the integral ecology of educating, counseling and
Each field report is an experience and a
testimonial, a fact
and a cause for hope. Each makes a sensible contribution to ECHN and
ECHN is important
because it empowers us to create moments that let earth
teach and nature heal. It enables us to teach this skill to
others, too. It
us grow, think and feel like nature's purifying and balanced perfection
The quotes, below,
are taken from the field study
journals of participants in Project NatureConnect's online courses
and degree programs. The latter are sponsored in part by Akamai
University's Institute of Applied Ecopsychology, Portland State
University Extended Education courses, and the Institute of Global
"Walking into this natural area, after obtaining its permission to
visit it, I was greeted by the glorious blue of a wild
forget-me-not. As suggested by the activity, I began to hum until
I felt as though the forget-me-not, the sound and I were all resonating
on the same vibration. It was amazing to feel the vibrance, and
truth of the forget-me-not. A chord was struck within which resounded
into the universe.
In the next activity, I began to hum
how I felt and walked around until I felt a tree that matched my sound.
There was a distinct melding of the tree and I – a most enriching and
uplifting feeling. I did not move away from this tree – I just sat
allowing the resonance to wash over and in me as it was doing for the
tree. I was sitting in a fountain of colour being energetically
recharged. I sensed an incredible harmony with everything I laid my
eyes upon – we were all in perfect accord.
I discovered that
resonating with a rock, person, plant or animal brings about an
incredible sense of harmony and to find a sound or imagine a colour
that fits something in Nature brings a deeper understanding of the
plant, rock, animal or person. Once I found the sound of how I felt and
the tree that fitted the sound and feeling – the gateway was formed to
resonate with all of Nature.
Natural senses of sound, colour,
feelings, smell, light, form, shape etc all vibrate to their own
frequency, which play like a mighty orchestra when we are in balance
with them, or we may feel like an out of tune trombone when we are
isolated and out of sync with them. For this reason, harmony is
possible to attain every minute of the day when we resonate with
Nature. After all, the song of the Universe has played for millions of
years and is the structure of our DNA.
If somebody now took this
experience away from me, I would feel stressed, discordant and ill. It
enhanced my self-worth and trustfulness in nature's essence, a
spiritual union which made me feel wondrous. I learned a new way
to deal with stress or being out of sorts."
experienced more letting go of myself as the initiator of the
activity. I have learned to let nature
teach. This has
been the most beautiful healing for me. I
my entire life has been nature-centered, but, with me at the center.
up what looks like a tiny hawk feather, and decide I must be
here. I ask permission from some large pine trees, and soon
a big waving me in. I recall the lucid dream I had
to this moment, a dream that initiated my move to Washington
State. Now, I stand inside what looks like a circle of very
pine trees. I feel my solar plexus sharing natural
with these trees. I feel ancient, I feel their
I walk so that I can feel myself in the very center of this ring of
trees. I connect more deeply by thanking them for
incredible loving, wise connection, I realize and feel that there is no
center. They are all natural attractions being together, they
one, including myself as I am with them in the Now and attracted to them"
come to this park looking for a particular spot for my activity today.
As attractions I considered the open vista, the monstrous live oak
trees, the water geyser in the pond and the camellia bushes. But it was
the sprightly yellow that drew my attention and gives me pause to sit
amongst these bobbing, innocent heads of a daffodil patch. “Who are you
without your names and labels?”, I ask.
“We are shoots from the
Earth heralding the arrival of Spring. We are gold reflecting and
absorbing the sun’s radiance. We are blossoms of the Earth and glitter
from the sky pronouncing “Love! Love! Love! Love your life in all its
glory right now. Now is all you have. Isn’t it golden?” green and
gold…we are awaiting spring!"
Who am I without names and labels?
I am a mystery from The Great One seeking connections to sustain myself
in balance and harmony. I too come from the Earth over a long spell of
evolution and seek love and a desire to share it in more than human
terms and form. I am all there is now and forever. I so agree, we are
As I return my glance to these yellow stars they seem
more vivid and embolden by our communion. Perhaps they are a celestial
choir come down from the sky and assembled before me. The
less perfect ones are no less precious then a pristine stem.
activity made me search for just the right locale and drive ten minutes
up to the park. Little did I know I would commune with such divine
essence. Many concepts and sentences from the reading stir my knowing
at a profound level and by doing the activity I regain much of what is
other wise muted consciously and unconsciously until an opportunity
arrives to expose such truth. Everything in its time.
feel refreshed from coming outside to breathe clean, spring air and
listen to birds and the water geyser. My heart is replenished from a
sense of restriction by giving and receiving with the yellow trumpets..
It is from relationship that we understand ourselves. Agreed, one
understands self then others as self.
I would be sure to
regret any withdrawal of my ability to experience this relationship,
but only for a moment as I am certain a different attraction would
replace it even from a different dimension. This is a deep
thought. I do agree that nature is in all things as well as
dimensional. Thank you for sharing this and bringing the thought
I trust my experience of daffodil is real – sheer
petals, ruffled rims, haphazard faces and buds yet to open. I am
Yellow is the color associated with the
third chakra located at the solar plexus of the huiman body. The
element is fire as in fire in the belly ( digestive system) , and our
affirmation of life experience and willingness to achieve..It is from
here that we absorb solar energy which nourishes our
ethereal body , thereby vitalizing and maintaining our physical body.
The third chakra relates to our willingness to act, with self
confidence and vision for growth and expansion.. I am sweetly
reminded of these dynamics from these delicate flowers. For
myself it is worthwhile to claim this interpretation towards my own end
and value its worth, my own in gold.
Interesting natural attractions that connect the ideas of the chakra and nature.
stood in silence for what was just a natural attraction moment. I felt
love pour in me and through me as messages of wisdom were carried with
the wind. This is like my experiences with Reiki. Similarly, the messages carry
higher, subtler levels of energy and this is the experience I am seeking to rip
through my veil of illusion and connect with all my senses, heart and
soul. I am grateful for this gift.
Mentally we can disconnect
but our cells and our essence never really disconnect. That’s what
brings so much hope to our decadent society.
None of us, even
the greediest, more destructive people of the planet, are ever
disconnected from the nature matrix. We all breathe, drink water and
sustain ourselves through the gifts of connectedness. All we need to do as we
master nature connection activities is to help
educate other minds, so that they open up and fully enjoy this gift as well,
learning in the process to make other decisions that may restore
harmony on this plane.
Our cells and very essence belong to nature.
I am anxious or I am doubting myself....I've had several occasions when
an eagle or hawk will suddenly come to me and comfort me.
amazing the connection with nature when we open our eyes to see and our
heart to seek wisdom! Who ever talked of a lonely world? We are all as
lonely as we make ourselves to be. The unison we can experience from
the natural world around and within us is always available ~ unless we deny it to ourselves.
went to an area like a swamp for what I had to explore anyway for a
workshop in June about our biorhythm and time management. I love to
revise my workshops with ECHN. It keeps me focused on how nature works
and learn from it. And give me a possibility to invite people to
re-connect themselves; even when it is a little, it can make a change.
was a cold rainy day and a lot of water all around me. To disconnect my
thoughts about the workshop I made contact with the water by feeling
the drops on my head, hair and face. The cold breeze in my face,
disconnected me immediately from my thoughts. My natural webstring
senses woke up. While walking in this area and saying the word
'unity' several times I only received new words and stories like;
travel, guidance, bounds and food supply for what I saw around me. As I
started thinking again about the new words I received. I could see that
I was analyzing. Even how beautiful this analyzing was, I had to let it
go and start following my senses.
I was attracted to a tree
with green fresh moss, laying on the ground. I sensed the smell of the
fresh green color, the openness, honesty and inner wisdom of the
tree. It invited me to look around with my senses. I followed my
intuition and curiosity, what the green grass
further away brought me to. I came by a natural bridge,
green, soft, safe, inviting to cross. I felt I was led through the area
by nature's unity.
In this activity, I learned how to be a
student with nature and not to explain and analyze 'words and
stories' so much anymore. I learned that to stay with my sensory
self is the only way to stay united.
When we are analyzing
everything we see, read, hear, sense, it disconnects us from our
natural thinking so we can't be united with all. The water
disconnected me from my thoughts and opened the path to my senses to
become one with nature. Following our natural senses instead of trying
to find or analyze them, can bring us to the bridge of
This activity re-educated my way of
giving workshops in nature. I learned to trust on the unity of nature
and the people and let the experiences there be facts for each
participant to consider."
was a lot I was attracted to that gave me consent to visit these trees,
but what I sensed the most was the space, the silence...the just being,
the letting go. I let myself completely go....feeling my thoughts
quiet, feeling the tension melt and my body dissolve. Eyes closed I was
space, I was silence. I could feel the movement through me...I felt the
breeze from the geese wings blow through my heart, I felt the curves of
a tree excite me. I felt the mountains and the valleys fill me. I felt
individuality and unity. I felt expression and impression. I felt so
much that there was no me.
I love this spacious feeling
because it is so calm, so peaceful, so open, so full of opportunity and
possibility, of expression and creativity. It reminds me and helps me
be unstuck, to release, to radiate.
In this activity,
similar as to what I was taught to perform and work with in Reiki
(energy work), I ask in silence or out loud for permission
attraction in nature to make contact with it. I have been using this in
all situations, especially at work before I give a massage. When I
enter the room I seek, and ask consent from nature's attraction dance,
in silence. This has made each and every session better than the last!
attractive to learn to trust the process and sensations in this
nature-consensus experience because they are safe, supportive, earth
linked, sustainable, in balance and they feel good
consual support from nature itself is what I am trying to
children. My son is catching on a little more than my daughter and I
think this nature consent activity is exactlly what I need to do with
her. She is hitting some challenging times with friends and being told
to do things she does not want to but she has actually done a few
things thinking she would lose those friends. We have been talking a
lot about her trusting in herself in what she feels and why, to be
strong and stand by her word, as my attractions to trees have taught me
I can stand strong in the darkest of nights and weather any storm.
This ECHN program is the foundation that I have been lacking and looking for to
take me to my next step. With ECHN I hope to deepen my existing
connection with nature and to integrate this connection into my daily
spiritual practice. This program is
giving me the
understanding and confidence to convey this connection with nature and
its importance to others, allowing me to integrate this knowledge into
my Reiki classes, herbal workshops and eventually ecopsychology
workshops/retreats. After what I have gained through taking this Orientation Course,
I am excited to be continuing on and deepening my experiences."
this amazing connection time I went outside and wandered around until I
found a large bush that seemed to invite me over. I felt it's
energy and it seemed to glow within the other plants. I
then asked permission to connect and that was granted, along with a
nice place to sit on some wood scraps (the ground was cold and
wet). As I began the activity I could really feel the connection
between me and the bush as I held a branch. As the process
continued, this energy just became normal and we took turns taking care
of each other. I began to notice my breath and how it was flowing
deeply in and out of my navel area. Since I practice yoga, I used
a deep yogic breath out of this area, first filling the upper, then mid
and finally lower lungs, extending the diaphragm down and opening the
navel area. On the exhale, I released the air beginning with the
navel point and through the mid and upper lungs. As I connected, my
mind was focused on my breath and the exchange I was having with the
plant. I inhaled the plant's life energy, the source that allows
me to breathe. And on the exhale, I gave the plant what it needed
to survive. I felt so in sync with nature and was marveled at how
I have managed to go through life, this long, and never sat and
experienced this connection with the breath and the greenery around
us. I was reminded, again, how important and necessary it is to
be outdoors and realize the role I play in mother nature.
is so important. For our health and happiness, we must critically
evaluate our labels and stories by their effects. "Respiration
means to re-spire, to re-spirit ourselves by breathing" Many times we
allow our emotions to run our breath...if we can gain control of our
breath, we gain control of our emotions. In addition,
connecting with nature through this process is amazingly theraputic!
learned that I still am moving too quickly and that nature really is
very welcoming. I really benefit from just sitting in nature,
even when it is cold outside. My attraction to nature happens
once I am outdoors sometimes, not from sitting inside. A daily
spiritual practice is not enough if it takes place inside....go outside
I discovered that Nature allows me to
stop and clear my mind and relax my senses and that plants have the
ability to send love and energy, along with a sense being
welcomed here on the earth. Connecting with nature allows me to realize
how important my role is as a human, I have the ability to protect and
make choices for mother nature. I can allow her to work through
If this experience were taken away I would feel less
energized and more disconnected from the world I live in. This activity
enhanced my ability to trust that I am welcome here on earth and that
the earth supports me and meets my needs.
I have been
re-educated in the sense that I have to move closer to my source.
Closer to the world which holds me and allows me to be here...We really
live in an insaner world as we connect with it less...WOW....this
course continues to amaze me. I really am shocked at our state of
being here on this planet! Good news, we have ECHN to heal us and
spread it to others....Thank You!
to read fifteen additional quotes from the field work of healing arts
students who are learning ECHN.
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