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101 identifies our learned distaste for, and prejudicial
fear of nature as the cause of NADS. Those feelings lead
us to spend over 95% of our time indoors and over 99.99%
of our time thinking out of tune with natural attractions
nature- disconnected way of living, due to its cultural
support, becomes ingrained and amputates beneficial natural
attraction energies from our consciousness and relationships.
This contaminates our inherent ability to think holistically;
it causes us to relate to the vast wholeness of life in
a 'half vast way'.
To its credit, the course enables participants to recognize
that, in order for us to realize our deeper hopes and
ideals, we must have an effective process that enables
us to implement them. To this end it offers and engages
us in the tried and proven Natural Systems Thinking Process
(NSTP), a psychological approach to a healing social technology
that empowers us to transform NADS into a recovery of
our amputated natural senses. As we discover, enjoy, and
think with our multitude of senses, we return to our full
sensibilities. NSTP is an exciting Applied Ecopsychology
antidote for NADS, a preventative that any person can
enjoy and teach (Cohen 2002; Scull 1999).
an online article "Who is the Boss of You" by
Dr. Mardi Jones, Integrity 101 shows that although NADS
is reversible through NSTP, it persists because we are
trained to regard NADS as a normal part of contemporary
life and thought rather than as an anomaly. Everybody
suffers from NADS to some extent. This makes our hurt,
amputated thinking shrug, "That's life," which
produces feelings of helplessness, greed and fear. Unquenchable
wants, hurt and stress from our sensory amputation produce
our never ending need for artificial replacements and
therapies. Because these compensatory addictions fuel
our economy, produce our paycheck, and give us a sense
of social inclusion, they make us change-resistant. As
Upton Sinclair suggests in the course curriculum, "It
is difficult to get people to understand something when
their salary depends upon them not understanding it."
Dr. Cohen is the author of the book Reconnecting With
Nature and many other publications on the subject. In
agreement with recognized experts such as E. O. Wilson,
Dr. Cohen submits, "We and our mentality are an intrinsic
part of nature. Similar to the harm we would suffer from
accidentally unplugging a respirator that our life depends
on, our excessively nature-separated lives unplug our
thinking from our origins and nurturing attraction energy
connections in nature. The pain from severing the seamless
attraction energy continuum of natural systems within
and around us stresses our intelligence, psyche and spirit."
Dr. Cohen notes: "Through this Internet course, NSTP
enables us, at will, to genuinely interlace our senses
and sensibilities with the recycling powers intrinsic
in natural attraction energies. Because we are part of
nature, once we are reconnected and whole, nature's purifying
powers safely decontaminate our mentality and reverse
NADS. Hundreds of irrefutable studies and experiences
document what a short walk in the park succinctly tells
us: our thinking and health dramatically benefits from
nature's restorative ways." Some of these studies
include those by Irvine and Warber 2002 and Frumkin 2001.
Although our culture conditions us to prejudicially separate
from and conquer nature, this course and others (at www.ecopsych.com)
show that our personal, societal, and environmental salvation
lies in individuals who are motivated to use NSTP to help
us reconnect our psyches with natural attraction energies
in intact natural systems.
Integrity 101: The Remarkable Benefits of Thinking and
Learning with Nature (located at http://www.ecopsych.com/integrity101.html)
is presented by The Institute of Global Education's Project
NatureConnect in cooperation with Portland State University
Extended Study courses and other degree programs.
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