the Boss of You?
Organic Psychology helps people overcome personal and environmental
Mardi Jones with Michael
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.
links to an additional
164 references in a companion article.
nature-separated thinking is too often like that of a factory
manager who was losing money and sought advice:
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).
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."
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).
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.
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).
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.
is reasonable and intelligent
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.
"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
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).
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
of mind pollution
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) ."
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.
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.
missing in polluted thinking
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).
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)"
'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?"
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
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) .
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).
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)
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
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.
A-I in nature you might do what Dancing Coyote, a Native American
told Dr. Cohen to do. He said:
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."
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
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,
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"
Then visit http://www.ecopsych.com/giftearthday1.html and follow
the instructions there.
Another Organic Psychology
activity is available online at
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).
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).
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
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) .
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).
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."
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
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
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
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.'
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).
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.
Ph.D., is an environmental educator, writer and counselor who
has pioneered the use of NSTP in her private practice in Washington
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.
information visit the NSTP website (www.ecopsych.com) or contact
Bohm, D. (1993) in Keepin, W. Lifework of David Bohm - River
of Truth, ReVision, Summer http://www.shavano.org/html/bohm.html
Cohen, M. J. (2002). The
Web of Life Imperative. POB 1605, Project NatureConnect,
a. Introduction p.1
b. Appendix p 8
c. Prerequsites Survey p1 http://www.ecopsych.com/survey.html
d. Orientation Course Description p1 ...http://www.ecopsych.com/orient.html
e. Major questions, Course Description p2 ...http://www.ecopsych.com/orient,html
f. Prerequsites Survey p2
g. Prerequsites Survey p13 Davies ...http://www.ecopsych.com/survey5.html
h. Prerequsites Survey p14 Cohen ...http://www.ecopsych.com/survey6.html
i. Reference p1-1
j. Appendix p.1-2
k. Supportive reading Ch.1 p1-7 webstrings ...http://www.ecopsych.com/insight.html
l. Process Ch. 1 p.8
m. Perceptions Ch. 2 p1 ...http://www.rockisland.com/~process/5grpercept.html
n. Rewards Ch. 2 p4 http://www.rockisland.com/~process/
o. Karen Ch. 2, p.6-7 ...http://www.rockisland.com/~process/5grnchkaren.html
p. History Introduction, p.2
q. Good feelings Ch.3 p.2-3
r. Germine Ch.3 p.2-3
s. Permission respect Chr-p1
t. Ch. 4 Color Chart
u. Intelligence Ch. 5
v. Respiration Ch. 6 p.1-9
w. Attractions Ch. 7 p.1-2 ...http://www.ecopsych.com/naturelov30greet.html
x. NSTP Process Ch. 8 pp2-3
y. Shock pp
z. State of Earth Appendix p3-6
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