farmer could not distinguish between two horses, Zeke and Zack.
Frustrated, he spent days measuring and comparing every aspect
of each horse. Finally, he discovered that the back molar of
the gray horse was a millimeter wider than that of the chestnut
of Gulliver's Troubles
Like the limiting effects of
the farmer's color blindness, our excessively indoor society
numbs our senses, thinking and feeling with regard to natural
systems within and about us. In this way, contemporary people
are no different than the fabled Leadership and Wisdom Council
of an island society that consisted entirely of non-sighted
people, including the council members. Citizens on that island
were content and adequate in their uniquely adapted ways, even
though a disease optically numbed each person into blindness
during the first year of their life.
One day, Gulliver, a shipwrecked
castaway, half-dead, washed up on the island. Compassionately,
many community members of the blind society nurtured him to full
recovery. Then he became the aggravating bane of their existence.
He constantly nagged for things that were reasonable to him but
unknown to the islanders in their blindness: windows, lights,
books, television, painted colors and sunglasses.
Upon due consideration, the
Leadership and Wisdom Council discovered Gulliver's trouble.
Gulliver had eyes that could see. During their profound considerations,
the Council solved the problem; they removed Gulliver's sight.
They surgically numbed his optical nerves so his life became
similar to their own.
To the delight of the island,
Gulliver became less of a problem. With sadness, Gulliver adjusted
to his loss of sight and his emotional hurt when he thought about
the removal of its delights from his life.
One day Gulliver accidently
noticed that when he visited natural areas a few of his senses
and sensitivities became stronger; they more energetically registered
in his awareness. He seemed to be able to hear better, feel more
relaxed, joyfully smell color and touch beauty. This was similar
to the renewal anybody today experiences from a refreshing walk
in the park or along a beach. Gulliver's discovery invigorated
him; it sharpened his thinking as he became more sensitive.
Over time, Gulliver scientifically
developed a true nature-connecting art. It consisted of a series
of safe, sensory self-help activities that created contact moments
in which he could let natural systems reach into his mind and
heart and strengthen his integrity as part of strengthening themselves.
Otherwise, without the activities, his mind often drifted to
social issues while he was in a natural area. As he improved
his activity process, he increased his contact with the true
grace, balance and restorative mental health powers of nature
within and around him. Slowly his eyesight un-numbed and returned.
Gulliver told his blind friends
about his new safe connections with nature, sharing with them
his delight in boosting his sensitivity and general well-being.
However, when they and the community organization center learned
that this connection was bringing back his sight, they became
angry and alarmed. He had gone against their thinking, their
authority, will and law; he might again become a nuisance. It
was as if Gulliver had committed a illicit act or become a dangerous
offender. He was fined and served jail time, all to no avail,
for he continued his nature-contact explorations, as was his
right under island law.
Cautiously, with education,
some islanders learned and used Gulliver's self-help nature-connecting
process. They noticed that they did not become a nuiscance, rather
they thrilled to its safe, holistic benefits and taught others
how to gain its rewards.
As additional members of the
island community increased their sightedness and health, they
felt and acted in thankful ways that further supported nature
and its systems. In time activities were developed for use by
the newborn and this often reduced or prevented "normal"
With gratitude and thoughtful
passion the islanders became protective of natural areas. Consciously,
unashamedly they expressed their love for nature within and around
them and celebrated being it.
"Our religion keeps reminding
us that we aren't just will and thoughts. We're also sand and
wind and thunder and rain and the seasons. All those things.
You learn to respect everything because you are everything. If
you respect yourself, you respect all things."
...- Least Heat Moon
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The Myth and the Parallel
Industrial society blinds us
from seeing that the birth of our life is a momentous gift from
the natural systems of Earth's global community.
On our first real birth
day, together, all members of nature's plant, animal and mineral
kingdoms "love" us so much that they are attracted
to physically and spiritually become us. They supportively flow
their eons of balancing life attractions, wisdom and experience
through us. In time, they birth us out of our human mother and
into the more supportive and universal womb of Mother Nature,
so that, as part of the natural attraction process, we help support
all of life as it helps support us. We
are born as contributing planetary citizens with unique attraction
contributions. We are also born as equals; every other member
of the global life community has the same natural origins.
Almost completely separated
from nature, our mentality suffers a nature-defecit of great
magnitude with respect to the natural systems that flow through
and around us. To our loss, the nature-exploitive demands of
industrial society require that our consciousness disconnect
from the systems that help form and nurture our awareness. We
no longer think or benefit from the balanced ways and wisdom
of nature's perfection, even though we are born with it and as
We have been blinded to nature
and the natural, like Gulliver's Leadership Council was blind
to the value of his sightedness. For example, we are blind to
the fact that the love we have for our pets, and they for us,
is the normal way their natural community works. When we "tame"
them, what we really do is teach them to trust us and accept
us as one of them. They welcome us into the unifying attraction
way they would ordinarily live their natural system lives. When
we are with them, we sense and feel our loving origins in action.
Our nature-disconnected thinking
rejects the scenario, above, until we ask ourselves "If
nature is so horrible, why are our pets so attracted to it that
we must keep them leashed or caged? Is there a greater love out
there?" Most nature-connected people(s) say "Yes."
These people seldom cause or suffer our major problems.
The reason we exploit natural
systems is to fill the hurt and wants that arise because we have
excessively removed nature's deeply satisfying attraction ways
from our lives. Our participation in Earth's natural attraction
community is replaced by our excessively indoor lives. Our leadership
rewards us for learning this bad habit. It is civilized, progress
and good economics for us to lose the unity of natural community
and become competitors in the business community or science,
art, education or sports community. Because we become wanting,
we can always be sold something. Money replaces the natural attraction
love that gives life its quality. A side effect, however, is
that our whole-thinking
We grow up absurd, we can't
think correctly with regard to natural systems. By placing 99
percent of our thinking out of contact with nature, natural systems
and senses appear as dangerous foreigners to be feared and conquered,
Can you see why so many experts over the centuries
say that our dysfunctions result from the loss of nature and
the natural in our mind, heart and spirit? Do you see value of
bringing nature back into our thinking, of not trusting leaders
who are nature-disconnected, (and that's most of them)
To reverse our dilemma, we
must provide continual support for learning how to enjoy the
happiness of co-creating with natural systems. To this end I
have formed a sub-cultural holistic self-help community that
I call Natural Attraction. Anybody may enjoy it and help
it achieve its goals by adding it to their life and thinking.
The unique power of the Natural
Attraction sub-culture is that it enables interested people anywhere
to learn how to genuinely reconnect with intact natural systems
and accomplish what Gulliver accomplished. Dedicated people and
whole thinking, not nature-disconnected stories, lead, teach
and mentor in Natural Attraction.
Natural Attraction folks commit
to introducing, whenever possible, nature-connection tools that
help people transform dysfunctional thinking into constructive
relationships and increased mental health. The holistic tools
empower those of us who want to live sanely to walk our talk.
We dedicate ourselves to help folks who are attracted to personal
and global sanity benefit from learning to use the nature-connecting
Although over 130 nature-connection
tools are readily available, only expertise in two of them is
necessary to be Natural Attraction. As we learn how to use and
invoke these two, we simultaneously join others doing the same.
To remain part of Natural Attraction, it is taboo not to invoke
these two tools when the opportunity arises.
The rationale of Natural Attraction
is like any sub-culture: "My extraction is Natural Attraction."
"I am of Natural Attraction."
Anybody can add Natural Attraction
to any aspect of industrial society because that's how natural
attraction works. It's attractive so it rewards those involved.
And it's not necessarily new age, rather it's definately age
Natural Attraction folks look
forward to playing the role of Gulliver. We educate others how
to beneficially connect with nature and enjoy personal and environmental
rewards. We find the answers that we seek because they are "blowing
in the wind." With our enabling tools we help each other
discover and apply them.
"Until mankind can extend the circle
of his compassion to include all living things, he will never,
himself, know peace."
...- Albert Schweitzer
...Nobel Prize recipient