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How to Navigate Stress in Changing Times and New Paradigms


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Posted by CCFWD: Project NatureConnect MJ Cohen on November 20, 1998 at 16:23:34:

I thought everyone would benefit from some sage advice?

Blessings,
CC

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Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 07:37:15 -0800
From: Project NatureConnect MJ Cohen
Subject: Re:Bandwagon/Leading Edge????


Hi Ed and all,

Seems to me that the anger stems from the hurt of the old brain having been
stressfully disconnected from nature and programmed to depend upon the new
brain to sustain its comfort. When the new brain can't do this (it doesn't
have the wisdom if it doesn't hear the old brain and nature), the stress
brings old hurts to the surface and directs them at the immediate trigger.
This is little different than global peace issues or personal problems
caused by disconnective stories we carry with us. What helps
is relating through the natural systems thinking process old brain - new
brain nature connected psycholology. Interesting how the process has been
ignored in the rush for more other means to pain relief and instant peace.
My thinking tells me that that person has not learned his/her lesson and
the next irritant will produce similar results because this individual does
not have an effective process to deal with the irritant. This is rare with
folks who have developed high GBT scores.

Recently, some people with high Globally Balanced Thinking Scores (GBT) did
a Natural Systems Thinking Process activity. The following repeatable,
teachable, discoveries resulted with respect to living in balance and peace
with people and the environment. You can use and teach the Process and
produce similar results.

Consider what Earth and our personal relationships would be if many people
used these transformative activities:

1. Consumerism/materialism:
"As I continued the special forest activity, I found myself attracted to
the various songs of the birds and then gradually to the various stones and
nuts and shells in the path. I would stop in the path, pick up the stone,
admire its beauty and then feel clearly called to return it to its
appropriate place. So often other times I have felt I needed to put it in
my pocket and carry it home. Now, through the activity, I had a real sense
of appreciating each rock, each shell, each leaf in its place for the time
I was there. I felt suddenly freed from the need to possess something. I
had a growing sense of letting things be and to just be still and glory in
the fullness of the moment. As I allowed myself to connect, appreciate,
thank and move on with so much of what surrounded me, I felt a letting go
into being present. In this transformation, I began to feel I was part of
the scene more, not my other self that needed to possess. I learned that I
do not need to possess something to have the joy of it."

2. Peace:
"I was never taught to ask permission to relate to people or the
environment, I just take that for granted, as we all do. However, this
activity required my senses to learn how to ask an attractive tree covered
area for its consent for me to walk through it. The area continued to feel
attractive, but something changed. It was the first time in my life that I
totally felt safe. It felt like Earth's energies were in charge of my
life, not me. It gave me a wonderful feeling of having more power to be
myself. I felt in balance with nature and the people here because I could
distinctly feel their energies consenting to support me. I never
experienced nature and people that way before. It was like a powerful law
that protected not only my life, but all of life. I felt very secure and
nurtured as I walked under those trees and spoke to people. I learned that
when I seek permission from the environment and people I psychologically
gain energy and unity, I belong."

Stress:
"This morning I was battling the remnants of some depression I had been
feeling about my family and life "stuff". I was doing the attraction
activity, looking around enjoying the day, the breeze, the sun, the
beautiful trees and the sounds of birds chirping. In a flash of good
feeling, I realized that these feelings are what is so good about living on
earth at this time. It was enough, if for no other reason, to be here, to
experience the beauty of this planet. This was a major breakthrough for me,
because I battle the reason for being here quite a bit in my recovery work.
This happened before noon, and it is now 6 pm, and I still feel
great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to share this because I am so
happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take care, and thanks for listening to the
great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

A reaction:
"The experiences expressed in the above paragraphs may even be some of the
most important since Earth Day 4 1/2 billion years ago. They are at least
important for anyone in our possession-addicted, excessively destructive
culture to contemplate. It is significant that the nature-connect
activities help us make such breakthroughs."
Dr. Mark Brody, Psychologist

You may learn how to enjoy and teach, free of charge, the Natural Systems
Thinking
Process at http://www.ecopsych.com/

The Globally Balanced Thinking Score (GBT):
Earth and its people are at risk. Most of our personal and global problems
don't readily improve because we are emotionally bonded to the destructive
way of thinking that produces them. Our dilemmas are psychological
addictions. When treated as such, they improve.

The Natural Systems Thinking Process provides a psychological key to
personal and environmental wellness. It helps us make conscious sensory
contacts with nature that replace our destructive subconscious bonds with
responsible ways of relating. Learning the process also produces a GBT
score that you can improve.

You may learn the Process and obtain your GBT score by participating in an
online GBT study. The study numerically indicates the amount of trust you
can place in a leader, a friend or yourself with respect to building
responsible relationships. Would you, or others you know, be interested in
participating in the Study for about 30 minutes? You would not only make a
contribution to evaluating psychological and natural system knowledge. In
the process, you would gain the means to apply and teach the process. You
may also link your website to the study. We invite you to visit the GBT
study at http://www.ecopsych.com/millecopsy3.html

A Participant's Reaction
"Through the study I found myself feeling profoundly grateful when I
identified my strong attraction to my wife as part of the web of life. It
broadened that feeling. I experienced the sun more warmly, the grass under
my feet more gently. My respect for nature in general was enhanced. It made
my heart open to my surroundings and to care for them. To survive, our
environment, and people, too, need and deserve this kind of recognition".

For Constructive Passion,

Michael J. Cohen

For additional validations of the Process please visit:
http://www.ecopsych.com/millecopstrand.html
http://www.pacificrim.net/~nature/survey.html


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Portland State University

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1-888-285-4694 (toll free)
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