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SUBJECT: Our unbalanced ways are a form of insanity
The madness of our insane society must be treated as such if we are to
cure it. I invite you to use and teach its antidote:
Reduced Economies, Inequality and Health Disorders Result From Our Hidden Prejudice Against
Nature: A Remedy is Available
SAN JUAN ISLAND, Wash., Oct. 4, 2011 -- Project NatureConnect
announces the publication of a trailblazing article by Michael Cohen,
Ph.D. in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of Organic Psychology.
The article explains how we globally suffer from a profound prejudice
against nature (PAN) that disturbs our personal and collective psyche.
The mental imbalances created by PAN produce stress
disorders that deteriorate personal, social and environmental
well-being. Eighty percent of the public seeks treatment for them. They
cause our social inequality, ill health and unemployment problems
because they are an addiction. They addict us to using 150 percent more
resources each year than our planet produces. We are giving our living planet a fever.
The Organic Psychology Journal article describes a practical remedy for our
addiction and PAN. Are you using and teaching it?
Mental health disorders demand mental health treatments. As
demonstrated by the past sixty years, good information alone is not
Dr. Cohen, author of ten books on reducing PAN, is the founder and
director of online courses and degrees at the Akamai University
Institute of Applied Ecopsychology, Portland State University and the
Institute of Global Education. He shows that we suffer PAN mental
dysfunctions because we seldom keep in mind that our ancestors
biologically, culturally and spiritually evolved in the tropics, the
so-called Garden of Eden.
As our ancestors migrated for food and shelter they encountered
stressful, non-tropical situations. This made their tropical-based
body, mind and spirit face new challenges for survival, challenges that
prejudiced them against nature's "whims." In response to them, they
developed and emotionally bonded to techniques that created supportive,
artificial solutions. They loved and heralded them. For
example, new tools and agriculture rewardingly provided food when its
availability in nature waned.
Cohen says, "Today, our socialization encourages us to continue,
unabated, our ancestor's addictive PAN thoughts and feelings. But as
habitually we gain satisfactions from excessive media, shopping and
technologies we and Earth also suffer their adverse 'side effects'.
Our exploitive thinking and conditioning seldom acknowledges that it is
out of control, extremely disconnected from, and emotionally bonded to
prejudice against, nature, in and around us.
We deny that we alienate ourselves from nature's organic wisdom and
gratifications that include balance, peace and happiness. That denial
is the point source of our unsolvable problems."
"There is hope." says Cohen. "The remedy
and preventative for our disorders is the Natural
Attraction Ecology science of Educating,
Counseling and Healing with Nature (ECHN). This
tool enables us to reverse our addictive PAN thoughts and feelings. It
helps us make conscious sensory contact with the restorative powers of
nature's self-correcting essence, backyard or back country"
The article concludes that ECHN works because, "It lets nature provide
our psyche with the means to compost our PAN addiction bonds and
recycle them into constructive relationships. The phenomenal
results speak for themselves."
Read the article at
For further information visit http://www.ecopsych.com
Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D. 360-378-6313, email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Online Study Responses from Anonymous Project
am a life long "youth pastor" who loves working with people of all ages
and all faiths. I currently work as a Licensed Addiction Counselor in a
locked facility for clients that are "committed" to treatment by
counties and the state. I am slowly but surely introducing Eco therapy
into this locked facility. I hope to conspire with other like minded
individuals to grow a new system of meeting the natural needs of our
clients that have been over looked and ignored for way to long. Most of
our clients are dual diagnosis with mental health issues which are
complicated by the addiction. I love what I do and I love watching the
light come on in people's eyes as we work together and all of a sudden
they get something.
find that in this course material we are doing that the light comes on
in my eyes repeatedly and then I can't help but share it with someone
else. I know that is true for you as well and I look forward to the
sharing and growing.
I have been on the path officially with Mike
for 3 years now. I was introduced to the possibilities of Nature as
Therapy through an article by MIND a United Kingdom social services
organization that highlighted the great results available through
Nature Therapy as I was doing research and Graduate work for my
Master's in Addiction Counseling. I was amazed and awe struck that
something so simple, natural and inexpensive could make such a
difference for so many people. It was like duhhhh!! Why aren't we doing
more with this? So I am and I am learning from others, LIKE
YOU, who are too. I see my addiction work as a continuation of
youth ministry as so many of our clients are psychologically frozen and
just beginning to thaw out."
decided to do the blind walk activity while walking my dog. After
asking and receiving permission from all of nature around me. I began
to put one foot in front of the other, I could feel the tugging of my
dog immediately while he was walking in front of me on his leash. I
could hear the sound of his paws pouncing on the side walk and his dogs
tags making a jingling sound. I was also worried about running into a
tree even though I was walking verrry slow, which kind of distracted
me, I could feel the ground below me it felt kind of lumpy, bumpy from
the soil and grass roots. I could hear the ducks making a low toned
quacking sound as if they were warning the others that my dog was near.
I could hear the sounds of the ducks pulling up the grass roots and the
sound of them walking through the grass, they sounded like they could
have been humans walking while my eyes were closed.
strange! It is like everything had become more pronounced. I
began to feel insecure about my surroundings and wanted to open my
eyes...and I did it was very weird and it gave me a feeling of
insecurity and uncertainty. I thought to myself how many times have I
made nature feel this kind of insecurity and uncertainty, how many
times in general do humans make nature feel this way when we violate
and disrepect nature with our brutality.
have learned is that nature is capable of opening my "eyes" even when
they are closed and is always there to enlighten and to teach. Some of
nature's greatest lessons are the simplest ones and the same feelings
of uncertainty that I can experience, nature can experience too. My
multisensory relationship with nature manifests itself in a many
aspects of my life, nature is my direct teacher. By recognizing
nature's feelings nature has helped to be more in touch with my own
feelings and feelings of others. Nature is welcoming despite human
ignorance toward nature.
I decided to focus on my
surroundings with my eyes closed. As I focused on my natural
surroundings I asked for permission from nature and after receiving
permission I began to take in all of the nature around me. I noticed
the mimosa trees are green and will be bearing flowers before long and
looking up at the night sky and the half moon. I also felt the how
chilly it was, I then closed my eyes and noticed the chilly weather was
more pronounced than when my eyes were opened. When I opened my eyes
again, I noticed that the chilly feeling was less. When I closed my
eyes again, I noticed the chilly feeling right away. So amazing how my
perception changed from a simple change, from closing and opening the
I discovered that simple changes can make a big
difference toward how I perceive things and Nature's ability to teach
is truly without limits in the most unexpected ways! Nature
not only multisensory but multidimensional too."
have a very specific and intense memory in mind of something that
happened to me over 20 years ago. I spent many hours in a car
with my family driving from Illinois to the mountains of
Montana. During the drive the weather went from "sunny and warm"
to "gusty and snowy" as my four kids became anxious to arrive at our
destination. When we finally reached the foothills of the
mountains in Glacier National Park, the sun was shining and the
incredible blue sky was dotted with white clouds. We decided to
stop to stretch our legs, and I will never forget stopping the
car, opening the door, and being surrounded by that glorious fresh
clean smell of mountain air! With the sun on my face, I found
myself breathing deeply again and again, trying to fill myself with
that incredible mountain scent as I marveled at the many shades of
green, dotted with unique wildflowers that my eyes were
unaccustomed to seeing in the Midwest. Those mountains reaching
up to touch the sky, the smells and the colors were "love" at first
sight for me. Along with those wonderful smells, I sensed the
density and diversity of the mountains unfolding before me. I
felt strong, beautiful and spiritual in that moment, and remember my
legs feeling rooted to the place where I stood. Twenty years have
not dulled that incredible moment for me. I am filled with good
feelings to be able to share it with all of you."
"We do indeed belong here. The earth is more than just a home,
it's a living system and we are part of it." - James
have been noticing that since doing simple changes in my daily routine,
such as asking natural areas for permission to enter and reverently
requesting nature's wisdom to teach me, I have been more relaxed,
in a more optimistic space personally, and able to freely apply
effective problem solving to some stressful situations on my job.
Working with addicts is very challenging. I have a general
feeling of well-being that seems to be fairly constant since beginning
this course. As soon as I feel a lessening attraction for an
assignment, I sleep on it, without trying to push myself and that has
been very important in developing my stronger feelings of self
I just spent the entire day with my
grand daughter enjoying a natural area together. We climbed a
fallen tree, found wild flowers blooming in November (very unusual for
our area), and hiked around a lake together. We were actually
teaching each other, because her joy and reverence for nature is so
fresh and uncomplicated, she easily brings out my inner child. I
am looking forward to bringing my clients into natural areas in the
information: contact Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.
you to visit www.ecopsych.com
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