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chapter of my life is of great value to me and the continuance to learn
more is foremost important to me. I feel better. I get good
feelings from what some may call the simple things of life but to me
these things are life and are more important than the most complex of
things. I have said thanks to nature for this learning and sharing, I
say thanks to you for this learning and sharing."
activities identify the ancient form of Nature within
me. Thanks for sharing your insights with us. I just can’t
express my gratitude in words. This is a wonderful service to
am sleeping much more soundly each night because of my nature
connection. It offers so much to me and I consistently offer
it a return of good energy.
Thank you Dr. Cohen for all that you have done to create this reminder
for me to give thanks for my nature.
My 5 year old went
to school and told her kindergarten teacher that there were more than 5
senses. When the teacher asked how she knew that she said
'Because I sense it.' "
experienced an avenue to the eternal moments in life and how we connect
with nature in order to get there. It has so much potential
beyond our own personal experiences, it reaches to all who are in need
of a conscious shift towards total wellness. If person by person
this shift happens the colossal shift that is needed to change our
destructive course with the Earth will happen. This is what I wanted to
take away from this class: an amazing tool that will help shift
unconscious minds internally so that externally the world is healed."
activities are actually changing me, and they are changing the way I
manage stress and anger. My self worth is directly
affected by this because I feel I am not only a part of nature, I
am nature, I am part of its natural attraction essence that has brought
so much healing."
am so very grateful for Project Nature Connect, because it has helped
me to realize my deep connection with nature, has helped me to connect
with other people who think the way nature works, helped me to find the
words to explain my non-verbal way of being, and has guided me to a
deeper understanding of how to stay healthy and happy, and how to be a
been four years now, and I have never regretted once having my
degree in Applied Ecopsychology...there is nothing better."
"It's amazing to
witness our growth, all of us together, in
this awareness as we change the way we think of Nature."
feel connected to the earth and its creator in a way I have
never felt before. This connection has caused a profound
awakening inside me that has launched me into a life
transforming journey of healing and consciousness that has only just
begun. The experience has been so profound, so sensory, I
struggle to find words that can honor my experience. It's as if
reducing my experience to words would be an injustice. I realize
this struggle is gloriously appropriate and precisely the
mysterious blessing of our sensory experience of nature... that it
simply cannot be reduced to words. One must experience it to know
it. I am eternally grateful for my experience in this
course. Thank you, Mike. Thank you, Soaring Ravens study
has commented on how this course found us, when we
opened to awareness
of the need for it in our lives. Poof- look, the perfect course! I
didn't know at all when to expect on so many levels, and continue to be
so impressed by what it does to those participating."
think I never fully knew what was missing in my life, I never fully
realized the void until I was introduced and given a new screen of
consciousness. A new screen that is placed there by nature,
through nature, and with nature. All of a sudden one is
of the void and conscious that before a deep understanding of one’s
connection with nature is expressed, life seems a lot more duller and
unfulfilled. For me it was like I new that I wanted to get
point A (my lack of presence, fulfillment, and completeness) to point B
(a state of peace, joy, love, and total presence with the eternal
now). Reading books, having conversations, journaling,
specific movies all inspired me but nothing gave me a specific avenue,
a gateway to link these two points until my moments with nature in this
course. It was as if a link that was severed is being
and that link was my lifeline to myself and a more holistic
understanding of the world around me. Like a spider web that
torn and is being put back together link by link, slowly awakening me
to parts of myself I never fully tapped."
"These courses and
people like you are the great experiences
of a lifetime and my life. No need for meds, just healing along the way
with nature connecting buddies."
husband is going through many of these walks with me as a part of my
preparation to start nature tours here and overseas. I am so thrilled
with how these activities have proven to HIM that they can stop our
arguing and often we can walk in peace if we consent to be attracted to
nature's essence, (NNIAL)."
can't believe all that has happened in a few weeks of time. My broken
bones have healed and my heart has become more full and whole along
with the mending of the bones, because of global connections to nature
that have been made through the great gift of this course. We have
touched each other's natural spirits and we will never be the
same. Thank you everyone! Peace and joy as we continue the
class has helped me arrive to depths of thought I never could have
dreamed from my foggy societal thinking. I am so grateful for all
of you, that I can share safely and feel I belong. Thank you all
have gained so much from the orientation course - more than I think I
have learned in any other class I have taken in all of my years of
schooling (2 masters)! I've made huge steps in my personal growth
and am so excited to continue learning, including how to mentor and
"This course is
intended to make us whole again in a world that is divided. Being given
the chance to let my heart speak and let go of old thinking patterns
makes me thankful. Self-examination while doing the course was an
important part for me. I noticed that there were parts of me
who didn't trust this whole concept and wanted to make me
that I already know what I need to know. However, to
really connect with the web of life, we have to let nature help us
let go of our preconceived
opinions and convictions first. Thus we are fully open to the
lessons nature wants to teach us."
"This way of honestly exchanging energy with
Nature is the fastest route to mental healing that I have ever experienced."
am just starting to introduce Ecotherapy into my work and the results
have been fantastic with both staff and clients . What a drug
seeker seeks is found naturally in nature at "no cost or loss', all we
have to do is connect."
am just thrilled at the perfect alignment I am feeling and
understanding more and more everyday. The results of the course are
kind of sneaking up on me since they are illuminating from inside out -
very very subtle, while also showing up in my life more concrete than
ever. I am so happy to be able to support our consort in this process
and am amazed at the life changes coming into focus for everyone."
light does shine in the darkness and the dark cannot put it out.
Webstrings are the glimmer of hope I have been waiting for. This world
needs them desperately."
program here at PNC is incredible. All my early years of psychology
always left me feeling void. I never felt like there was ever a
connection. The only true connections that I ever had with patients
were on two separate occasions during my internship. The first was a
psychosocial center and the other was during recreational activities
like pottery (indoors) and shuffleboard and basketball (outdoors). I
always wondered why we never held outdoor counseling sessions. These
activities are making me more aware of nature in all healing
sentiments. It is more than just being a part of her. It is a
connection unlike any of psychology. I have rushing thoughts of
empirical research studies."
course has been enlightening and life changing since day one, the
attractive value for myself and others was how in a very easy, simple
yet powerful and deep way it helped me reconnect with my true self,
reminding me of who I really was, no matter what others said who I
should be by gaining a sense of increased self worth, acceptance, love
and belonging. It definitely enriched my personal life by helping me
live again the love and energy for life, it enriched my relationships
because I was no longer looking for something or someone outside of me
to fulfill needs, and in my work, I could reflect all this attributes
of unconditional love, belong and perfectness to my students and
coaching clients and it helped them also shine their beauty and
true inner light. If I could sum it up in a sentence I would
say “It helped me and others find the way back home”
"I celebrate what PNC has taught
me about this new kind of story and way of living in connection
with Nature. These stories are based in reciprocal
Relationship between me and Nature, including my experience and
the sensory information of Nature."
have begun my assignment for ECO508, along with intense study of
Mike’s extra book he sent: How Nature Works. All I can say
is all the reading is absolutely mesmerizing to me…I have so
much to write and say about my feelings and how PNC has changed my
"The course has helped me reflect on my biography to realize that my
strong connection to nature had been lost only to be rediscovered.
Through this course I have been able renew my reverence for nature and
discover the soul giving qualities it offers."
divine bonding experiences I had with nature in this course are amazing
to no end and I have recommended it to several friends. They have
noticed I became a more happy and vibrant person from it and tapping
into my 53 natural senses helped me rewrite and finish my children's
book. This course is a wonderful way to release stress while enjoying
the free beauty that keeps on giving."
you thank you thank you for all the kind words! I don't think I deserve
all of them! But I was happy and glad to be a part of the course, I had
a wonderful experience and gained a lot of new insight from taking the
course a second time in comparison to what I learned before. It is
amazing how much you can learn by doing the same activities over again!"
course supports my confidence in myself, that I have a connection that
is important. It offers me access to others who think like me. And that
is something I much appreciate."
I created a moment to let earth teach, I had a homecoming of sorts! As
I watched the snow falling peacefully and beautifully from the night
sky, I felt happy tears of coming home. For the first time in years...
I felt validated! I felt sane! I felt awakened! I felt confident
I thought... I know what I sense and I know what I
feel and it's real, damn it! I'm tired of feeling otherwise...
full of doubt, etc. I felt completely validated by the reading
and activity in this program... Wow, it felt wonderful!"
am seeing a cumulative effect of the work after facilitating the
courses several times. There is an evening, an embrace of nature and
thus self and life that occurs over time. This is something to be
grateful for and I believe it rests in the harmony of new brain
reasonable perception and old brain tangible sense of belonging where I
"I have to say before my eyes
to stay open any longer that this
best class I have ever taken, I think one of the main reasons
participants. You all give so much to the course work and
truly have your hearts
in it and it shows. Your individual passions and commitment
make it an honor to be a part of this group. Thank you."
"This ECHN course was
an absolutely powerful and amazing experience
for me. I can't fully express or thank you for the gift it has
and how it has helped open my eyes to a whole new world."
want to use this opportunity to tell you that I am really happy and
thankful for the work and commitment of you all. It has really made a
very important and deep impact in my life! I have been in the personal
development path since I am 14 (now I am 33) however this is the first
time I find a discipline, that is not cognitive or run by gurus, and
has outlasting deep results in my inner state, way of life and thinking
process and brings the power back to myself. Thank you again for your
commitment and work!!"
wife has experienced a profound psychic and intellectual change as
she’s done your coursework, and I’m extremely grateful!"
has been a delight for me to experience this deep reconnection with
Mother Earth; every day is like a brand new experience when I look at
her through my window or when I go to my backyard or have any kind of
contact with her. It is a total admiration to her beauty and
perfection. I just seat or stand in awe, enjoying the bliss of been in
her presence. What a miracle it is to have these experiences and this
"Thank you for your loving support. I love you all for this."
"My destiny may
be influenced by how I have learned to separate from and
think about nature and its values in that I am missing out on the
essence of life. But, oh, how that has changed forever thanks to
bringing me home! I'm awake! I'm inspired! I'm
empowered by the
validation and support from this learning process."
to taking this course, I nearly died from stress induced illnesses.
Taking this course has provided me with the strength and resiliency to
manage stress effectively and live a more sustainable life."
my course work using the NSTP model and connecting to nature's
attraction essence over and over again I realized I had connected to
the soul energy of Earth. Through these deeply loving and respectful
interactions my soul was healing and was welcomed to truth, love and
unity with all my relations. I have been involved with Project
NatureConnect for 3+ years and they have been the most powerful and
insightful and fruitful healing times in my life.
awakening to the other side of my past sadness is my enlivened soul
that now greets each day in joy, excitement, connection to all and
playfulness. My imagination has been fueled and my creativity
past weekend I was at a gathering of native and non-native woman in
ceremony for healing water. It was an incredibly powerful experience to
experience a tradition where "human" and "nature" are one. i found
myself practicing asking permission of rocks, land, people, ancestors,
and more as I went about my time there. I was so grateful to have
learned the practice of asking permission. It has really afforded me a
tangible sense of relationship and granted the experience of being able
to use my intuition in regard to nature. I really felt the sense of
birds talking to me, trees making their desires known, rocks asking for
attention. Beautiful. The teaching of permission-asking is powerful!
And it's so simple and accessible for all of us who have not grown up
taught to behave that way. Thanks, Mike et al., for this teaching!"
is the second class that I have undertaken in my quest to become
proficient in the nature connection process. The more that I meditate
upon the concepts of Natural-Attraction Ecology, the more perfect sense
it makes. In fact, nothing I have ever learned in my life has ever made
more sense; my entire life has been enriched by this material."
cannot fully express in words how enjoyable the PNC experience has
become in words. I can say with certainty that thinking reasonably
about the statements. Even in this short interval PNC has helped me
improve my relationship with the environment and I agree that
significant positive change would occur if a large segment of the
population became involved in this process. Getting to know myself
in a fresh way has not only created the opportunities for wellness and
inner growth, but has helped me bring a measure of relief to the
physical and mental suffering of the people I interact with (that have
chronic emotional and physical pain). "
"The value of the course for me
is that it supports my attraction to use my fifty-three senses to know
and feel webstring
sensory connections to my ecosytems. It is very attractive to me
because it allows me to communicate with other people about our shared
webstring sensory understandings and feelings experienced in our unique
bioregions. I feel more alive and I am supported in making
choices about bringing my daily life into more sustainable personal and
value of the course for others seems consistently to include a greater
sense of belonging on their home planet, a sense that they are not
alone in needing to be more deeply connected to nature and a sense that
it is possible to create positive human community."
am from the Yoruba speaking part of Western Nigeria, in Africa. I am 35
years old, married with two lovely, adorable and beautiful daughters.
I work as a special assistant to the governor of Ekiti state government
and I am also a politician hoping to champion the cause of nature in my
country in due course.
this Nature guided course, I have hugely been enriched. My sense of
self-worth has been restored back to its origin in nature after taking
previous NSTP organized course. Project Nature-Connect is indeed
veritable vehicle to living a nature centered life and achieving a
reasonable lasting relationship between man and nature. I hope to
impact the knowledge I gained from this course to others and the
society in general. I shall strive to ensure that mankind is
reconnected with nature within and about the environment. It is my
sincere joy to be
part of this richly blended set of people."
activities continue to daily enhance my practice of meditation and my
trust of Nature and myself (as an
integral part of Nature), and this, simultaneously, increases my sense
of self-worth. I find that the information that I am learning
during this course is the most Natural, beautiful, harmonious
information that I could possibly be learning. It adds the critical
dimension that is missing from our relationships and fits in so
perfectly with my other studies and interests, with my whole life,
really, that I am almost constantly astounded. I am, indeed, constantly
grateful for the webstring attractions that led me to Project
in a new state of non-verbal language enables me to focus on the
attractions to nature that help me release my creative abilities, to
discover new ideas, and new ways to relate to life challenges.
What peace I have found away from all the busyness and noise.
"I have a client I've
been working with for two years. She is
diagnosed with debilitating personality disorder and psychotic
episodes. She is a remarkable woman. Despite having suffered profound,
unbelievable and repeated trauma as a child, she remains kind, wise and
powerfully committed to living a healthy life. And this is on a social
security stipend that gets cut every ten minutes. She needs to decide
in any given month whether she gets eggs, or gas for the car to go to
PNC and fifty-three senses and NIAL through
nature connect have eased her in a way nothing else did (I worked with
her for two years as a therapist supplementary to her main psych doc
before we switched over to an educational interaction). She is
coherent thought processes, able to do daily functions and able to grow
meaningful relationships with me, nature, and a few people in her
community. Nature is healing this woman and your wisdom about
connecting in nature is her main self empowerment in this healing.
know it is important to make a strong, big social impact - that is so
true. And I also count each alleviation of a personal suffering for
someone as about as big as any three social movements. This woman is
suffering less and I feel very attracted to that for her. Thanks for
your brilliance and growth of this work."
to Dr. Mike's central tenets about the nature separation trauma and our
willingness as a species to go on trashing our living membrane of
life. And it makes me a fierce advocate to protect and nurture
this PNC program. It is one of the few places on Earth (and I know this
not only from my long term therapeutic practice in many mainstream and
alternative practices, but also from my Elders gift to me of the
capacity to walk the globe in the dream time and perceive life in many
places) where there is enough of a human environment of the natural
practice of Earth based kindness, that anyone who is healing could get
a reflection of healthy nurture by both nature and humans in
nature. An experience without which we simply cannot heal our
nature separation trauma.
I grew up using this, not having any particular name for it other than
intuition, but being able to be part of a community developing and
validating this, validating Nature in each other, that was what had
been missing in much of my life. This course has given me that."
course has changed my life and it came at the perfect time. I am
happier and understand myself now. I am more confident in my beliefs
about nature and I understand what I had been feeling for so long.
That disconnection was way to long and painful."
"Crossing paths with
Dr. Cohen's work and the
Natural Systems Thinking Process has been a great blessing in my life.
This course came into my awareness at a time when I was feeling
disconnected from my environment, the Earth, and ultimately my own
being. Granted it was winter in the Pacific Northwest, which many
people claim to be the soul source of their depression, but it was
clear to me that the disconnect I felt was based in a broader sense of
separation regarding myself and Life as a whole. Engaging in the NTSP
activities has been such a practical, enlightening, and enjoyable way
to get back in touch with the web of Life and I can only see this
relationship deepening over time. In the process of letting the Earth
teach I felt that I was visiting natural spaces for the very first time
that I had been to many times before."
find a lot of value in making space in my life for enjoying sensory
connections directly from and in natural areas. Just yesterday as I
walked through the woods, I saw a buzzard flying over me. I stopped to
look at it, and feeling the sensory connections made me feel at peace.
Just the fact that now I become more aware of this as I go through the
course book and learn more about the webstrings and sensory
connections, makes it all more worthwhile. The buzzard is still the
same bird as before, I see it almost every day, but knowing about the
sensory connections makes me feel different, I look at things
differently, I'm more aware of what is going on around me when I walk
through the woods."
love hearing how we were all drawn to this course and the meaning we
are finding in it – For me it is an intellectual and spiritual and
purely natural adventure – a neat package that is, in other words, very
holistic. I am so very appreciative of it all!"
"Connecting with nature has made a great difference in my life. And the
best part for me is that I didn’t think of it, it just naturally flowed
in my daily life. It appeared as needs to change things. I produce less
garbage as now I use a lot of my wastes to create compost for my
plants. I spend more time outdoor with my pet, friends, garden. I
became less needy of material things, and less attached to my
possessions. My world became a world of possibilities and abundance. I
spend a lot less money as a result of finding the right things to
connect in natural ways."
course as a whole is nearly impossible to summarize in words. I just
hope that my articulation of it can convey my sensory experiences so
they shine through with the passion, love, and gratitude I have for the
opportunity to share the course with such an amazing group of people.
Because of this course, I feel blessed and more connected with nature
have been training a coaching class. It is 8 days class, divided in two
modules of 4 days each with 2 days off in between. I usually don’t work
with big groups and this group was a group of 16 people from different
places in Argentina and Latin America. You all know my personal changes
in the way I feel and how my state has been really stable and centered
and happy since doing these activities, and when I felt off I would go
back to nature to reconnect. It is hard to put this into words… but
working with this group and being myself in a different way of
thinking, and connecting with the beauty, potential and connecting with
them from a complete different place, maybe it was a literate
transaction but I
felt this same feeling I get when I connect with nature, and they did
too. I had ceos, managers, consultants lawyers, etc, who started the
training really stiff and they told me by the end they were other
people… that I had helped them reconnect with their true nature, their
passion for life and with the beautiful things in life. The material
was the same, but I was different. And thinking of it, they had the
same feeling I had while connecting with earth. They felt respected in
their own individuality and contribution, and we all really connected
to each other in this way, we awakened the healthy webstrings that
connected us as people, it has been the best group and experience I
have ever had as a trainer in the last 15 years. They all took care of
each other’s well-being and it was beautiful to see them blooming, kind
of shining and finding their way back home to who they really are and
want, forgetting about their pre-conceived stories and we all
celebrated this sacred space! It is so hard to put into words this
experience (it is very emotional for me and my smile is soooo big!!!)
but if I had to put some words of what we lived was connection, love,
beauty, respect and real LIFE! Now I realize how this training not only
has helped me reconnect, but also how it enriches and makes my
relationships healthier and much more better transcending me
have found that this course has significantly helped me, especially in
communicating with the nature. I had almost lost touch with that side
of me and became restless and stressful due to my work. But thanks to
the short activities provided by Dr. Cohen and PNC, I could make enough
time for connecting with nature. Previously, I was known for my sudden
short temper but now I hardly find myself getting irritated or losing
temper at others. My family and friends have noticed this change in me
and they are a lot happier by the change that this course has brought
about. In addition, it has raised my confidence and self worth, making
me more reliable than before."
have been teaching a lot of the activities in this course as we have
been going alone. The feedback has been really great. People are so
appreciative to be able to connect to nature. They say that it makes
them feel good. That makes me feel great."
learning the process of appreciation, permission, relation, and
acceptance, I have been able to create moments that lets Earth teach.
After a long frustrating and emotional day in today’s society, I
struggle to make sense out of things we are “supposed” to
understand. Immediately I go to nature to clear my mind. There I
ask Earth to help me with my confusions and by the end of this
activity, I am content and balanced."
am so grateful with these experiences that have brought to my conscious
mind the connectedness I have to Mother Nature and, most important,
this sublime sense of Unity, wholeness and even holiness in me."
"It gives me hope that
healing can occur. The connections, I feel when being in nature and
around others make me feel stronger, more content and more
loving. I have begun to trust my sensory attraction feelings
would like to share these feelings with others I see
can see myself using these methods professionaly both in my
as a school teacher and yoga teacher."
teaching from each member in the
community, and nature itself, has
been the highlight of this program for me. When I read the responses of
my class mates in ECO 501, I feel sensory receptors awaken along my
skin, in my eyes, in my solar plexus. Similar to the experience of
being outside in nature. Their contributions are that heartfelt and
open, that even though we are not physically present to each other, we
are somehow creating a network that includes some kind of sensing -
that actually does create a physiological response."
"I am 61 years young and growing younger and stronger each day.
When I was in high school I decided that I would become an educator and
challenge the way education too often hurt and broke society instead of
supporting and reaching the heart of society. It has been a long, long
process. PNC has come at a wonderful time and has pulled many of the
pieces together. I discovered PNC a year ago and it has taken hold on
my heart and life style. As a pnc partner said, the soul of the program
is in teaching experientially … for students to experience nature and
its wisdom in a fuller way. From now on, wherever I am I will be able
to have a support group of empathic and wise helpers that guide me as I
regain lost understandings and past sensory learnings. I also continue
to bring the webstrings of PNC into the school setting, making
education a safer and more holistic environment."
don't exclusively own our natural attraction webstring senses and
sensitivities. Rather, they are a voice we share with every
species and mineral. They attract the natural community, the web of
life, to beneficially flow through us and us through it, atom by atom,
moment by moment. That makes earth like our other body, our
"This is absolutely one
of my favorite aspects of this course. It comes closest to expressing
for me the sheer reverence in being alive. How is this possible? We are
so separate and yet simultaneously irrevocably of and within our
environments! Sheer genius. And I appreciate Dr. Mike's ability
to see this and express it in terms that help me understand it. All my
life I have been able to slip easily into feeling one with life, with
the nameless, natural attraction, essence of nature, what many perceive
as God. And to be able to share this knowledge through these words is
such a gift. This is what those moments of unity and peace feel like,
that my molecules are in exchange with all of life and at one with all
of life and that is natural and eternal. This moment is great natural
and eternal, I have to think in this way forever if I want to make
nature appreciate how I care about it."
was like a dream when I received a message that I was to start the
orientation course. I didn’t know what the course would teach me by the
end, I found it is the best course I have ever attended. I am far more
myself when with nature, it has has opened my eyes, I can talk
nature-friendly language. I have found joy in myself and peace as an
the eastern part of the country where I came from, a cat is regarded as
a devilish animal, some says it is very poisonous and nobody keeps it
as house pet and this creates animosity for cats in my tribe. My mum
and I went to harvest cassava in our farm land, behold! On
getting there what I saw was a snared cat and the fore limbs have been
fractured I stood akimbo staring at the cat not knowing that my mum
have gone to carry a heavy stone to kill the cat based on the
industrial stories she is fed with but I rushed and pulled a way the
stone from her. And I went and un-tied the cat from the snare and I
abandoned my mum and the harvesting tools in the farm for that day and
left for veterinary clinic for treatment. After which I brought the cat
home and put it in a cage. When my mum came back from the farm and saw
the cat, she was asking me if am crazy, didn’t I know that cat is very
poisonous, devilish and harmful and I told her to eradicate such
thought from her mind that it is just an industrial stories and
thinking and for quite some days she is becoming friendly with the cat.
She is even helping to feed the cat when I am not around. I then thank
nature for proving industrial stories and thinking wrong. I also thank
and appreciate nature for eradicating wrangling of all sorts in my mum
and i. nature also appreciates me by providing me with the
feelings of friendliness, unity and humility.
I deserve to have this gift because I
don’t take nature for granted and I obey its principles."
am so very grateful for Project Nature Connect because it has helped
me to realize my deep connection with nature, has helped me to connect
with other people who think the way nature works, helped me to find the
words to explain my non-verbal way of being, and has guided me to a
deeper understanding of how to stay healthy and happy, and how to be a
conclusion from taking this course is that The Natural Systems Thinking
Process is the most effective non-verbal communication link we have
with our psychic center and the universal healing power of the planet."
easily and effortlessly all this Natural Systems Thinking Process has
seeped into our consciousness and beneficially influenced us. It is
almost like a re-awakening of our lost connections with Earth, each
other, and ourselves. It just happened because we followed the activity
instructions and then shared the results with one another. Wow! It
amazingly profound and in many ways never ending in terms of the
discoveries available for us. We can simply go deeper and there is
always more. The same goes for talking about it. We all describe what
happens with our own perspective but when we read each other's
descriptions the shared experiences are so accessible that we are
brothers and sisters in the circle of existence and consciousness.
Blessings to you and your part of the planet and let us keep this
beauty of reconnecting with nature growing in
expansive energy sometimes gets the best of me along with that
tree-chopping pioneering spirit. My vision is firmly fixed on the
process made available through Mikeīs diligent work over so many years.
His courageous articulation and nature-re-connecting methodology
validates my own experience and rather than isolating me, offers the
best opportunity of reconnecting not only with nature, but with others
who feel like I do. Itīs ironic that in the process of reintegrating
our psychologically dismembered selves with nature, we often have to
disavow our distorted egos. This process requires a great deal of
humility and even that can be best modeled in nature, for example, the
humility of a blade of grass, the tolerance of a tree, both completely
devoid of any sense of false prestige!"
dream time was good and although it offered a much needed rest and
renewal, it did not change my good feelings towards my attraction
exercise. I do see a significant change in my sleep patterns with
respect to NSTP! Thank goodness! Nature has offered me a physical
healing as well. I put this new found acknowledgement of the validity
of NTSP into my uncontaminated space in my mind. When the time is right
I will offer it as a resource to others."
has propelled me into the present, gave me a deeper image of who I
truly am, a void filling experience. Nature is a part of me
am a part of nature, and my senses are alive in my moment to moment
class has taught me more about my inner nature than I ever new before,
to become my own teacher, to know the sacredness of nature, and to be
attune always in order to be responsive and communicative in the right
ways to others. Emma, you put it beautifully in one of your
posts, “The activity enhanced my sense of me. It taught me more about
myself. I have learnt to look to nature, not only to learn by what I
see outside of myself, but by learning through looking at who I really
am. I am learning from myself.” The class opened my old brain
to understanding and working in balance with the new brain, becoming
full and whole again. "
I am aware of my 53 senses it is like a dance between them
become aware of my sense of movement for example and this awareness
triggers awareness of another sense and so on. As the
of all my senses increases and expands to include more and more I
become more and more in the present as I build up more and more
awareness of different sensibilities."
is refreshing and delightful to find others of like mind in this
class. So many of our ordinary daily encounters are dull at
but our sharing here is heartfelt, sensed, and warming. When
was a child, I was brought up in nature and never lost that connection
with my natural life, even though I did pull away for a time. Now I am
repairing that I am now revamping back to nature. I
wanted to say thank you all from my heart, and senses, that we as an
online tribe are helping me heal, and healing yourselves, while finding
our true Nature within our Mother Earth. We have discovered that we can
all find real balance. We are all part of it."
is a stately dignity and wild exuberance from this outdoor arena and a
resolve in my being towards completeness. It is as if in spite of my
self the wilderness inside seeks a reflection from the outside. I am in
awe and gratitude for the measures these senses sought to confide
humility and endurance amongst seasonal splendor. I am love seeking
natural attractions to fulfill itself, me and the universe moment by
have noticed over the past few weeks that as I become more comfortable
BEING that my relationships with others are shifting in a profound
way. I’ve had wonderful deep conversations with my mum that
wouldn’t have been possible before this course, my relationship with my
sister has improved and I find myself coming from that loving place of
no language – of realizing that I am OK with who they naturally are and
they are OK with who I am and I don’t need to fix anything. This is by
far one of the richest epiphanies I've had working with these nature
activities. It is a life lesson that I cannot really condense or
translate here for our written purposes."
"Before Project NatureConnect, I had a constant
struggle to fit in with
my surroundings other than nature. I could never put my true
into this weird thing called 'language.' This frustrated me and
feel very insecure in my skin. But Project NatureConnect found me
me realize that I'm natural, I do belong and the way I am is natural,
pure, whole, and healthy. I am happy to have this connection without
labeling it with words."
soloed on this activity in a favorite area overlooking the beautiful
vista of pinons, ponderosa, juniper, yucca plants, hills, and distant
mountain peaks. The day was warm and breezy, birds chirping. I closed
my eyes and began to explore the area. I felt plants, rocks, trees and
tasted a few as well. The scent of vanilla from Ponderosa pines filled
my senses. I felt very relaxed and soon lay down on my back, solidly
contained and supported by the planet mother. I felt love and beauty,
alert and finely attuned to my surroundings. Birds, insects and the
wind all sang their distinctive songs. I felt unique spongy textures,
textures I would not have even imagined using sight alone. I heard the
wind and traveled with it. So many senses intensely came to life:
trust, community, place, gravity, compassion. Prior to doing this
exercise, I was plagued with all sorts of projects I had lined up for
the day. I felt overworked, overwhelmed and somewhat out of control.
But I did force myself to move away from these stress related chores
and go into nature. Soon my stresses began to shed and I started to
relax and felt welcomed- as if coming home to the Self. A Self that
feels whole when in contact with Nature."
"The separation of my twin sister and I is
equivalent to the feeling of a plant
being removed from its ground, roots out of soil. The love I share
with my Fly Trap and Bamboo is really comforting and pulling me
through these emotions. PNC will never leave my side. This is
my way of life."
did this activity in a natural area with rocks, a stream, and lots of
trees. At the first place I asked consent from the area to visit it, I
assumed permission would be granted. But when I asked, a cool wind came
up, the rocks seemed more forbidding, and the attraction went away.
Surprised, I moved on to other areas, and found myself feeling
profoundly grateful when I did receive welcoming sensations. - I asked
for permission from a rock-hill. First I received nothing; then as I
asked its consent to move more deeply into the rock formation, I
experienced the sun more warmly, the moss under my feet more gently,
and the hill showed me a comfy place to sit. My respect for nature in
general was enhanced with the realization that I cannot simply assume
permission to visit will be granted - I must do the "obtain consent"
activity with my whole heart open to whatever happens. To survive, our
environment needs and deserves this kind of respect."
colored leaves gave me a feeling like I was a small child playing with
Kaleidoscope. I was completely lost and felt great relief as my
childhood memories came back. Nature indeed taught me a great lesson
and welcomed me back with open arms. I felt rejuvenated as I started
walking back to my class."
"The activity helped me become aware of my attraction to the
crescent moon as it hung over two hills near my home. Soon, its mellow
glow, framed by peaks and trees, embraced me in a wordless, ancient
primordial scene. Timeless power, peace and unity swept me into awe. I
felt in balance with all of reality. I was simply "BEING." No tension,
no pressing goal, just truly belonging to the global community. This
natural energy captured my stress laden pulse and seduced it to the
rhythms of Earth. The sleeping disorder I have battled all my adult
life dissolved in it. For the first time in decades, I gently fell
asleep after dark and arose shortly after dawn. I celebrated the
breakthrough and I thanked Earth. I thanked the activity, too, for it
enables me to reconnect whenever I choose."
800 additional life experience, field study testimonials and
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independent nature-connection research may be found on the pages, below (often in
the middle of them.)
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Blog #2 with additional links
well as quotes in Einstein's
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