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Missing today is the self-correcting flow of natural systems in the personal and collective psyche of contemporary society. Our major disorders result.

Less than one percent of our population has the environmental and social consciousness and dedication that our disorders desperately need. It is only these few individuals that can be given the tools to help us enjoy the well-being inherent in the grace and restorative powers of natural systems and their flow within and around us.

Are you one the special few? If so, Organic Psychology training is available to you. It gives you holistic tools and rewards that enable you to dramatically improve personal and environmental health, locally and globally.



 Who's the Boss of You?

How nature-connected Organic Psychology helps people overcome personal and environmental disorders.

Michael J. Cohen with Mardi Jones



Life naturally sustains its healthy optimums of wellness, purity and diversity because natural systems are self-correcting. As natural systems flow through every molecule of nature, including our psyche, they recycle wastes, heal disorders and improve health.

When we separate from nature we stop making conscious sensory contact with natural systems within and about us. We stop the corrective flow of these systems in the life of our mind. This produces irrational disorders in our thinking and feeling, insensitivities that deteriorate personal, social and environmental well-being.

Our thinking and feeling are our destiny. Organic Psychology provides sensory nature-connecting educational tools that help us renew the regenerative flow of natural systems in our psyche. By working with nature instead of against these tools give us the ability to thoughtfully correct our disorders and their destructive effects.



Empirical and circumstantial evidence suggest that our denial of our psychological addiction to nature separated thinking and relationships fundamentally underlies contemporary humanity's most challenging personal, social and environmental disorders. This peer reviewed article documents an easily accessible Applied Ecopsychology, the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP), a hands-on Organic Psychology program created by Dr. Michael Cohen and his workers at the Institute of Global Education. NSTP empowers people to genuinely reconnect their thinking with natural systems, backyard or back country. There, nature's healing qualities help people resolve addictive, otherwise unsolvable, disorders. Nature contains unifying attraction powers that recycle, regenerate and purify destructive aspects of itself. As part of nature our psyche enjoys this benefit when we authentically reconnect our thinking to nature. The grace and restorative powers of natural systems transform our destructive bonds and addictions into constructive relationships and mental health. Sample activities are offered and their results described.

This Article links to an additional 164 references in a companion article.

Making sense

Our culturally-biased, nature-separated thinking is too often like that of a factory manager who was losing money and sought advice:

"Improve how you hire people," a business analyst told the manager, "Ask prospective employees, 'How much is 2 + 2 and hire the person who gives the best answer."

The first candidate that the manager interviewed for a new job answered "2 + 2 = 22,"

The second candidate said "2 + 2 = 5."

The third said, "The answer to 2 + 2 could be 4 or 22 depending upon your meaning," and then added, "I love gathering complete information and considering long term effects to produce the best possible solutions."

The manager selected the second candidate who said 2 + 2 = 5.

"But, why?" asked the astounded analyst.

"She's the boss's wife," came the reply.

For over fifty years Dr. Michael J. Cohen, a Director of the Institute of Global Education, has lived and researched year-round in natural areas with adult student groups that successfully educate themselves to create communities that meet their members' deeper ideals, values and hopes. His work helps people build responsible relationships by addressing a prime addiction factor. Like 'the Boss' in the story above, this factor causes our thinking to short circuit, suffer and unreasonably produce our current social and environmental disorders (Cohen,1997, 2002a; Jones 2001, Part One).

Cohen's work shows that we are unknowingly addicted to and contaminated by a destructive, hidden Boss. 'The Boss' in this case is that part of our nature conquering society that rewards our thinking for ignorantly detaching itself from its nurturing, supportive roots in natural systems and instead, attaching itself to the cultural myth that says it is reasonable for our thinking to conquer, separate and distance ourselves from nature."

Cohen shows that, like most addicts, we are in denial. Even when faced with clear evidence to the contrary, we deny that we are addicted, that our thinking is polluted, and that 'the Boss' is a destructive element in human systems (Cohen, 1993; 2002o; Jones 2001, #8, 1). To help us think with greater clarity, Cohen has developed a nature reconnecting organic psychology he calls the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP).


How nature recycles pollutants

From empirical evidence in nature, Cohen designed NSTP to address our disconnection from natural systems (Cohen, 2000). It works beautifully because it is steeped in the self-evident truth that, from sub-atomic particles to solar systems, all intact relationships physical or otherwise, are held together by the natural attraction energies in natural systems (Einstein, 1997; Jones 2001 #3). These unifying forces are the recycling and purifying power in nature that reconnects detached attractions, dissolves destructive associations, eradicates pollution, and helps nature sustain its wellness, balance and beauty. The Natural Systems Thinking Process enables humans to create moments in nature that let genuine sensory contact with attraction energies realign, compost and recycle destructive natural attraction bonds (Cohen, 2002p, x) .

Cohen is a pioneer in the field of nature-connected psychology, now called Applied Ecopsychology (Scull, 1999). The roots of this psychology are the attraction energies in natural systems. For example, we can scientifically recognize as well as personally experience that in the atmosphere nature's attractions (those to, in, and from air) fuel the oxygen cycle. Attractions beckon air to flow through people and natural areas and in so doing, air nourishes people and nature with each others waste products. In the process, air also recycles its own purity as well as strengthens the diverse integrity of the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms.

"It is most significant," says Cohen, "that on atomic as well as global levels nature's recycling of air is fueled by attractions, a fundamental binding force that some might consider spiritual."

When we make safe sensory contact with attractions in nature they trigger our brain to release Dopamine, a neurotransmitter that triggers good feelings. These good feelings are a vital gratification reward. They help our thinking become aware that a beneficial survival connection to natural attraction energies has been made; a connection that contributes to replenishing, regenerating and sustaining all of life. The fact that we feel good when we take a breath of fresh air is how the global life community encourages us to continue to support it, and ourselves. The proof of this statement is demonstrable. Simply stop the process by holding your breath. You can feel the natural attractions demanding that you breathe (Cohen, 2002v; Jones, 2001 #4).

Because it is so disconnected from nature, 'the Boss' seldom recognizes that our sensory appetite for air (our desire to breathe), is a sensation-wisdom we can respect and learn from. Neither does the Boss recognize that we need nature to help purify faulty thought processes, heal and simultaneously contribute to life's welfare as part of the natural renewal and recycling process (Cohen, 2002m; Jones, 2001 #14). Conflicts, disorders and suffering results from this omission.


Recycling is reasonable and intelligent

While extensively living and teaching outdoors, Cohen became aware that we biologically inherit 53 natural senses, attraction energy sensitivities that operate as a cohesive intelligence (Jones, 2001 #2). Each attraction, sensation, feeling or emotion is a rational sensory way of knowing and relating that we biologically inherit from, and hold in common with, nature. For example, the sense of thirst intelligently signals our awareness that our body needs water or when we have had enough water. It intelligently attracts us to drink water. Intelligent attraction senses/sensations also include hunger, excretion, suffocation, sight, reason, color, nurturing, community, trust, joy, taste, place, smell, pain, consciousness, belonging and fear along with 37 others. Through these wise attraction sensitivities working in congress, Nature intelligently produces its perfection (Jones, 2001 #6).

When we are in a natural area, or with a cherished pet for that matter, our natural sense of reason can recognize that our rewarding sensory-attraction experiences in nature are not fantasies. Rather, like our love for a pet, they are genuine, gratifying facts of life as real as any other scientific fact. Our appetite for Air is as real as the atmosphere, the sense of Thirst is as much a fact as is water. The feeling of Trust is as vital as a large rock, our sensation of Beauty as true and authentic as a sunset. Our sense of Reason registers in our sense of Consciousness that fulfilling these natural senses through connections to natural systems is rewarding and rational; they are nature's way for us to make sense. The rewards nature gives our sense of reason for this contribution psychologically help us replace our less rewarding, emotional bonds to our destructive stories and technologies.


Trustable information

Cohen elaborates, "Somewhere on humanity's road to survival 'the Boss' taught itself to forget that our mentality mostly consists of natural senses, of attraction-energy sensations, feelings and emotions that, like the atmosphere, we cooperatively share with nature. Over 85% of our mentality, the ancient mammalian brain, biologically thinks and knows through these senses (Cohen, 2002t; Jones, 2001 #6)."

Cohen believes that, for survival in balance, these beckoning attractions provide our sense of reason with trustable information and vitality, with empirical knowledge and feelings about and from our relationship with plants, animals and minerals. That we experience these sensitivities at birth (or before) demonstrates that we inherit from nature, not society, the ability to enjoy and register them. Everything in nature displays these sensitivities in some form. People(s) that culture them flourish in balance. Thus, the empirical knowledge provided by our attraction sensitivities to natural systems is a vital essence of rationality, wellness and science (Frumkin 2001; Jones, 2001 #9). It can teach the Boss that we are just as much psychologically and emotionally part of nature's ways and wisdom as we are biologically part of them. That wisdom can motivate us to live cooperatively with natural systems in nature and each other (Farb; Jones, 2001 #20).

The reconnection of our thinking to nature is a significant, but overlooked, effect of the deep breathing most psychotherapies and healers use to relieve anxiety or produce relaxation. Our current cultural beliefs prevents the therapeutic community from seeing is that each of our other fifty-three natural attraction senses has similar reconnection powers. Unaware of this, we think we must fulfill these senses artificially. We have lost sight of a more rewarding path nature freely offers.


The nature of mind pollution

"Although we are part of nature," Cohen points out, "we suffer our greatest troubles because 'the Boss' actually embodies a vicious circle. There is a cultural short circuit that disassociates our thinking from contact with the rewarding, intelligent, attraction energies and purifying powers in natural systems. This diverts our thinking from recycling in nature. It pollutes our minds by addicting us to rewards from environmentally questionable artifacts and beliefs that we invent."

From his own observations and studies by others, Cohen figures that over 99.99% of our thinking is disconnected from nature's profound ability to create, purify, recycle, regenerate, cleanse and heal our mind, body and spirit. We spend, on average, 95% over our time indoors. When presented with this dilemma we seldom change our ways for as Upton Sinclair noted: "It is difficult to get people to understand something when their salary depends upon them not understanding it (Jones, 2001 #8) ."


Destructive substitutes

Although we are naturally attracted to nature, current cultural bias applauds and bonds us to think and communicate through word and image abstracts without insisting upon empirical information from sensory contact with nature. Our abstract thinking usually overlooks that abstracts are never the same as the things they abstract. Abstracts function solely as artificial mental shortcuts for fully knowing the world around and within us (Bohm 1993; Jones, 2001 #10). Nature on the other hand, being non-literate, rarely engages in our abstract verbal way of reasoning and relating while producing its perfection.

Because abstracts are substitutes, they present us with a major problem. With respect to nature and the eons, there is no known substitute for the real thing and its perfection. The substitutes we design usually have destructive side effects. For our thinking to only abstract nature is to lose conscious contact with vital parts of nature that we need to relate reasonably. To resolve our problems and addictions we must consciously incorporate nature's rewarding natural attraction process into our thinking. Through NSTP, doing this is fun, possible and practical.


The knowledge missing in polluted thinking

To correct our polluted thinking, Dr. Cohen and colleagues have sought, identified and introduced NSTP into contemporary thinking as an organic nature reconnecting mental and social skill. It enables us to reattach our disconnected psyche to its origins in nature in exactly the same way that a surgeon reattaches a dismembered arm to a person's body. The surgeon brings the arm and body together. This allows nature to regenerate itself, to biologically heal the separation and hurt as only its attraction energies can(Jones, 2001 #15). Cohen demonstrates that, when people include the use of the Natural Systems Thinking Process in their thinking, they perform better and successfully relate to the great questions that face us (Cohen, 2002e; Jones, 2001 #12).

The cornerstone of the NSTP is to accept that it is reasonable, that it makes perfect sense to no longer trust polluted sources of information in making decisions or building relationship. Cohen states, "The critical question is: Since our polluted mathematics, language and perceptions are abstracts that distort empirical evidence, what is the greatest truth in your life that you can trust? (hint: it is neither God, love, honesty nor nature)"


Non-polluted information

The disconnected, 'polluted' story we hold that describes who and why we are is threatened by the Natural Systems Thinking Process. As a result, the ego considers connecting with nature impossible, flaky or dangerous "fuzzy thinking." The current cultural attitude furthers this thinking by denying that we have more than five senses and that the information and energies we desperately need have always been safely available in nature. It denies that sensory knowledge may be found within a dandelion as well as in the information imparted by unifying sensory attraction experiences with a Dandelion (Cohen, 2002s; Jones, 2001 #16). Since the latter is usually omitted by the bias of "objective" science, we suffer from the omission (Wilson 1993). As one father put it at a nature reconnecting workshop, "I don't even listen to my children; why should I listen or respond to the callings of this weed?"

The regenerative perfection of natural systems peacefully produces nature's optimums of life, cooperation and diversity without producing garbage, pollution, abusiveness, war, mental illness, isolation, or most of our other great troubles (Wald 1985; Cohen, 2002z). As part of nature we can learn to be truly civilized and increase our wellness by making thoughtful sensory contact with these rewarding attraction systems as they flow through and around us (Frumkin 2001, Cohen 2002g, r). NSTP empowers any caring person to become more civilized by directly plugging their thinking into Nature's fountainhead of authority. As Henry David Thoreau noted in Walden: "What we call wildness is a civilization other than our own."

Although controversial, Cohen is considered a maverick genius. He has not only seen through n-disconnected thought processes and discovered how nature produces its perfection through attraction energies, he has also devised NSTP, a scientific, easily accessible, vehicle for the public to supportively relate to the environment and each other (Jones, 2001 # 25) .

The organic psychology of NSTP applies well established psychological techniques to natural systems outside as well as within us. In 1965, long before Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis, natural attraction-energies enabled Cohen to sense and reason that Earth acted like, and therefore no doubt was, a living organism (Jones, 2001 #13).

The sensory science of NSTP is currently available to responsible schools, therapies and social systems (Cohen1997, 2002 ). Any organization or person has the ability to enjoy it by choosing to learn and use the process. It empowers lay people or leaders with a social technology that works as well in backyards and local parks as it does back country, sometimes better. As practical as it is effective, NSTP is available in five books written by Cohen (Cohen, 2001) . In addition, NSTP basics can be mastered in less than six weeks via the Institute's interactive Project NatureConnect classes on the internet. (Cohen, 2002)



Obviously the sentences you are reading in this article carry the same nature disconnected abstractions that this article suggests are shortcut substitutes for how nature works. Following is an applied ecopsychology process that demonstrates how to directly experience natural attractions energies and learn empirically from them:

A. With your right hand gently stroke your face or left arm in a manner that produces comfortable sensations or feelings that might attract you to continue gently caressing yourself because it feels good and/or rewarding.

B. Repeat "A" above but this time pinch your arm or face hard enough so that the pain you generate, or your sense of reason, or both, tell you to desist, to instead do something that is more attractive, sensible and rewarding.

C. Note that you can do A and B and experience their results without identifying them in words or stories. Instead, you directly sense and feel them occurring; you thoughtfully, empirically, register and validate them as specific senses and feelings. The natural energies of A and B alone, non verbally, sensuously, register in your consciousness and become part of your awareness. They are not abstracts, rather they are sensory facts. You know they happen or happened through self-evidence, through your personal experience, contact and inherent sensitivities, including your sense of memory. They provide you with trustable, empirical evidence and knowledge.

D. Note that it would be difficult if not impossible for some person, book or leader to convince you that A, B, and C did not happen to you, that they did not exist, that you fabricated them.

E. Note that what registered in A ,B, and C is not something that you had to be taught by a book, class or leader. What registered in you, along with your ability to register it, is built into your natural being as well as into everything else in nature on some attraction sensitivity level. It is part of your natural sensitivity, the ability of your thinking to register and follow natural attractions and thereby constructively participate in, and be supported by, nature's global community.

F. Note that you are not alone in your ability to non verbally register yourself or contacts with yourself or your environment. This ability not only exists throughout humanity, but in some form in every other species, and minerals, too.

G. Note how you might think, feel and act if somebody who had the power to take away your A, B and C ability decided to do so. What might life be like without your sensory self, your ability to fully experience and feel the rewarding enjoyment of sensory attractions? Aren't they attractive?

H. Note that you have the natural ability to integrate A-H into your thinking and relationships. You may be doing this right now as you consider this activity, its effects, value and potential.

I. The ABC process when applied to attractions in natural areas enables your thinking to recycle and purify itself through 53 different natural sensory intelligences rejuvenated there (Cohen 2002b). Although you may not have recognized them, at least twelve attraction senses were involved in A-C above.


Learn from experience

To experience A-I in nature you might do what Dancing Coyote, a Native American told Dr. Cohen to do. He said:

"Mike, my people had no word for 'environment' Living in nature we only had what you are calling 'natural attractions,' no such thing as indoors. Why don't you try this? Think for two minutes now about an attractive experience you've had in a natural area, an experience that attracts you to want to have it again. What made it worthwhile? How did it feel? What was attractive about it? What were you sensing?"......................"Now, after these two minutes, notice how you feel: more content, peaceful, more self satisfied and alive? Doctors say lower blood pressure and less stress, strengthens the immune system, too. And that's just from bringing memories of natural attraction energies into your thinking. The real experience in nature was far more potent, that's what made it memorable. But what you ordinarily learn to do is disconnect from nature and find a substitute product instead. You bottle and sell something that produces similar results. Soon you are psychologically addicted to the bottled stuff and producing its profits and environmental side effects, too, rather than returning to, and giving added value to, the real thing, nature."

Mmmmm. You know, me telling you this this makes my chest tighten up. I still feel the stress from, sixty years ago, being dragged from my desert family to the government indoor school (Cohen 2002 y). Makes me think you and I must be brainwashed to spend most of our life indoors. But, then again, your thinking was born and raised indoors. Maybe you just don't know any better (Cohen 2002 o). You were so young you can't remember the pain. But, it shows up in your stress, and in your fear of nature, and in your bigotry against us 'Indians' too. Unlike us, you applaud this crazy way of thinking."


Take this opportunity to experience NSTP, the real thing. If you are so attracted, here is an NSTP activity you can do (Cohen 2002 w):

A. Go to an attractive, convenient, real natural area or thing, a park, backyard, potted plant, pet etc, the more natural the better. Find a natural attraction there that you like or love. (wind, moon, tree, flower, sound, color, scent, etc.)

B. Decide what is that you like about this attraction and then complete this sentence:

I like or love this:....... (name the attraction) .......
because: ......(write why you like or love the attraction) ..........

For example, if you find a rock that attracts you, write
I like/love this... (rock)....
because......( it is strong and feels warm).....

C. Be sure to write down your "because" sentence.

Then visit http://www.ecopsych.com/giftearthday1.html and follow the instructions there.


Another Organic Psychology activity is available online at


The Process

The Natural Systems Thinking Process empowers anybody to use ABC to discover for themselves practical, rewarding answers to our destructive ways. (Jones, 2001 #15). To accomplish this NSTP books and courses offer 130 sensory nature reconnecting activities along with their rationale and effects. As exemplified above, each activity helps us more authentically be with a natural area. Each enables us to connect our abstract thinking to natural attractions in ourselves while they are connected to those we non-verbally sense and register in natural area: colors, motions, sounds, textures, scents, memories, contrasts, quietude, community, trustfulness, beauty, joy, light. Translating these attraction experiences into words and thinking with them, sharing them with others and then sharing what you learned from others and the activity completes the process.

Cohen has designed an exceptional online NSTP Orientation Course that provides its participants with activities that they do in an attractive local area. It also provides an experienced online person as a guide and course facilitator, a guidebook, and a few people who also do the activities and, online, share what they learned with and from you. As you participate in it, each thing you learn you own and can use and teach. The benefits include increased wellness, mental health and resiliance. (Cohen, 1991; Jones, 2001 #17).



Pollution can be defined as anything that prevents the perfection of natural systems around and within us from operating normally. Our current cultural mind-set pollutes our thinking by insisting we deny ABC, and instead trust and bond to nature-conquering abstracts inherent in the dogma of our society ((Jones, 2001 #17). NSTP empowers anybody to use ABC to discover for themselves practical, rewarding answers to our destructive ways. (Jones, 2001 #15). It enables us to seek these answers by thinking with A, B and C while in conscious sensory contact with attraction energies in natural systems found in ourselves, other people and natural areas. Translating these experiences into words, thinking with them and sharing them with others completes the process (Cohen, 1991; Jones, 2001 #15, 17).


Anti-nature prejudice

Due to culturally generated mind pollution, most people don't recognize that personal or professional relationships that are genuinely connected with attractions in nature are more enjoyable, successful and responsible than those isolated from nature. "For almost three thousand years our culture has been aware of nature's value but 'the Boss' has prejudicially rewarded us for conquering it," explains Cohen. "For example, Zeno in 520 B.C. said: 'The purpose of life is to live in agreement with nature.' Over time, our culture has moved away from that truth and the results have been disastrous (Cohen, 2002z)."

From the masses to the masses
The most Revolutionary consciousness is to be found
Among the most ruthlessly exploited classes:
Animals, trees, water, air, grasses.

- Gary Snyder

We are part of nature's global life community (Wilson,1993). The more we disconnect from, conquer and injure nature, the more we do the same to ourselves and suffer. NSTP helps us reverse this anomaly. However, since the Boss's bigoted thinking defines "intelligence" to be its abstract, disconnected way of knowing and relating, the intelligent leaders we appoint usually support our wayward path. What is hopeful is that NSTP empowers each of us to purify our mind pollution, become immune to the Boss, and further establish environmentally sound education, mental health and social justice ( Cohen, 2002f; Jones, 2001 #17) .



People learning to use NSTP online have, within six weeks, said the effect is like removing a pair of dark sunglasses. They experience and appreciate the world in its own clear, unpolluted brilliance (Cohen, 2002). In the light of enjoying ABC in nature, destructive relationships with people, places and substances almost effortlessly diminish as they are replaced by responsible, non-polluting rewards from natural sensory attractions that previously lay hidden. For instance, we have for decades had an abundance of affordable alternative technologies, social processes and models that would significantly increase our compatibility with natural systems and each other. These improvements lie idle because we have not restored the ABC consciousness necessary for motivating the public to insist upon their use (Jones, 2001 #19).



Cohen designed NSTP while in the balance and beauty of bright stars and 87 different habitats in North America's National Parks and Forests ((Jones, 2001 #13). "It helps us bring our thinking back to basics," explains Cohen, "so we may travel a more sensible path in co-creation with natural systems. NSTP adds a valuable dimension to creativity, counseling, mental health, healing, conflict resolution, family life, social work, and environmental education."

Thousands of gratifying nature connected personal and community experiences during Cohen's fifty five years in natural settings convey the value of NSTP (Cohen, 1997; Jones, 2001 #18). So do the beneficial effects of thousands of other peoples' transformative experiences in nature 2001 (Jones, 2001 #21). "The documented benefits speak for themselves but only to minds willing to listen,' insists Cohen. "Every year over 250 million people pay to visit our National parks alone, and most people have had a least one rewarding ABC experience in nature. This reflects the need, availability and potential of NSTP."

Good experiences in nature have shown to be the major reason that people care about the welfare of the environment (Chawla 1998). Conversely, each time we solve a problem without NSTP being part of the solution, we unknowingly dig ourselves deeper into our unsolvable problems (Cohen 2002y).



Information that tells alcoholics to not drink and drive is no more effective than telling nature-disconnected people they should love their neighbor, be that a person, rock, or insect. To be effective, in addition to awareness messages we must offer a potent psychological recycling process that enables a person to achieve these goals by enjoying more responsible relationship satisfactions and bonds. The more profound rewards and punishments in reasonable relationships outdo, and thereby replace, our destructive bonding to 'the Boss' (Jones, 2001 #21). We seldom recognize that, what we call cultural loves or bonds, are actually natural sense attraction-energies in us that have established cultural attachments, be they constructive or destructive.

Cohen shows that many great thinkers over the millennia have concluded that, to be reasonable we must embrace and support the environment (Cohen, 2000u). However, without having experienced decades of year-round, conscious sensory connections to natural attraction energies in nature, these thinkers seldom offer, and often disregard, a empirical, nature reconnected, thinking process, one that enables our polluted consciousness to identify, resist or change our destructive bonding (Jones, 2001 #22). NSTP is effective because its process goes beyond the abstracts of books and words. It is a vehicle we ride to reach our goals more responsibly, an instrument we use, a hands-on, enjoyable experience, a recycling tool that we own. It empowers us to create safe, supportive, moments that let sensory rewards in authentic nature help us reverse our addiction to mind polluting disconnection. NSTP says that in addition to abstracting we may thoughtfully tap into the non-verbal, purifying, world of the eons and learn from its perfection through sensory experiences with natural attraction energies that constructively transform 'the Boss.'

Compassion is a natural sense, a community enhancing attraction energy. Nobel Peace Prize winners, Albert Schweitzer and Albert Einstein said in effect that, until mankind can extend the circle of his compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty, he will never, himself, know peace (Schweitzer 1996, Einstein 1997).

Einstein also noted: "We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive."(Einstein, 1997). He, however, neither identified or implemented that manner of thinking. Cohen does(Jones, 2001, first paragraph).

2 + 2 = 5? NSTP empowers us to recycle our destructive nature-disconnected addictions by encouraging each of us to seek responsible rewards in nature for our sense of reason and for our soul.



Mardi Jones, Ph.D., is an environmental educator, writer and counselor who has pioneered the use of NSTP in her private practice in Washington State, USA.

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D., is an award winning author who directs several university programs in Applied Ecopsychology. He conceived and developed the 1985 International Symposium "Is the Earth a Living Organism", and is the recipient of the Distinguished World Citizen Award.

For further information visit the NSTP website (www.ecopsych.com) or contact the authors



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