From: Project NatureConnect
Published November 10, 2004 10:55 AM

Personal Intervention Web Site Offers an Environmental Tool to Reduce Our Addiction to Destructive Technologies and Relationships

A new confrontational web site at Project NatureConnect notes that out of fear or self-loathing, most criminals deny that they are guilty of their crimes. The site says that normally most of us experience the same denial with respect to our abusive trespasses of nature, the natural systems around and within us.


The web site describes how and why it offers a readily available environmental tool to constructively intervene with our society's denial of its destructive environmental and social relationships. It says:


"Whole-thinking people recognize that if you take a section out of the side of a ball, you make both the section and the ball dysfunctional; neither ball nor section will roll with the same perfection as when the ball was whole.


Similarly, although people are part of nature, our society is excessively separated from nature. We live extremely disconnected from the perfection beauty and regenerative powers of that ball of nature we call our planetary home, Earth. On average, we spend over 95 percent of our time indoors, estranged from the balancing and purifying ways nature.


In our separation from nature, we disconnect our mentality and senses from their nurturing and healing origins in nature. This breach prevents our mind from thoughtfully enjoying the health, purity and balance of nature's wholeness. Over 99 percent of our daily thinking is disconnected from and out of tune with authentic nature and its restorative powers.


Bewildered (meaning wilderness-separated), we seldom acknowledge that nature seldom displays our disorders. It harmoniously produces its optimums of life, diversity, cooperation and peaceful transformation without producing pollution. We also ignore that as part of nature we inherit this ability but our problem is that we don't nurture it.


Nature's absence in our lives causes our mentality to suffer dysfunctions that limit our thinking and produce the insanity of our civilization's personal, social and environmental disorders (1). In our disconnection we lose nature's ability to help us reverse these psychologically based malfunctions.


Our nature-disconnected reasoning is painfully unable to admit that it creates the immoral, abusive, pollution, stress, isolation and war that we cause due to the severance of our mentality from nature's sane and supportive ways. In addition, our thinking denies that in its disconnection from nature's restorative powers it is to blame for our dilemmas. In denial, we call this disorder "progress," "normal" or "economic growth."


We must address our denial if we are to live in the well-being of personal and environmental balance.


You, dear reader, are a member of our nature-disconnected society and I suggest you recognize your personal problem. Please forgive me for your possible discomfort from my intervention here, but you, too, like all of us, are in denial of the role your addicted thinking and relationships play in our dilemma (2). You can't escape being part of our problems if, like most of the rest of us, you deny your addiction to what causes them. (3).


As a member of a society that is in denial, you deny that through rewarded repetition your mind is psychologically bonded to our culture's environmentally and socially harmful technologies, substances and relationships. You also deny that they can't responsibly satisfy your sensory needs and that, over time, they produce many discontents.


You deny that nature designed your psyche to enjoy environmentally sound fulfillments in nature's attractions and recuperative powers, not in our detrimental substitutes for them. Why deny the truth of any good experience you have had in nature? Surely it demonstrates these powers of nature.


While in denial, like a vast majority of us, you: - deny that to reduce your destructive relationships it is imperative that your nature-disconnected addiction must obtain psychological treatment because addiction is a psychological problem.


-deny that genuinely reconnecting your psyche to nature helps you find the rewarding psychological satisfactions and solutions you need to recuperate from your addiction.


-deny that what you need to help your situation is an effective nature-reconnecting tool that is easily accessible to you. Offered on line by Project NatureConnect, the tool enables you to benefit from genuinely reconnecting your thinking to natural systems in order to strengthen your resilience hopes and wellness, and to help others do the same. This intensifies your love for life in people and places and we best protect what we love.


And if, perchance, you think you are not in denial about your, and our, addiction to detrimental technologies and relationships, how do you explain that you are not now, unlike others, using the long-available Project NatureConnect tool to enjoy life in a less stressful and more supportive way?"


The NatureConnect web page at www.ecopsych.com/ninelegdenial.html concludes that most personal, social and environmental problems result from the disconnection our thinking from nature's ways. It demonstrates that we can solve these problems by using an Internet tool that helps us reconnect our thinking to nature. The tool is located at www.ecopsych.com


FOOTNOTES:
1. Our civilization can be seen as an ancient addictive story that says "For our survival we must conquer nature and grind it into economic resources and values such as money." That story rewards and empowers us to abuse and exploit natural systems that flourish everywhere, in wilderness, habitats, native peoples, men, women, children, foreigners, protestors, independent thinkers, the poor and the planet.
2. Although it can be uncomfortable, intervention confronts addicts in order to bring into their awareness their denial of their addiction and the detrimental effects of their addiction on themselves and their relationships.
3. Denial is the primary psychological symptom and automatic unconscious component of addiction. Addicts are often the last to recognize their disease and they blame everything but their addiction for their problems and their destructive effects. Denial makes recovery from addiction ineffective. We cannot work on a problem unless we accept that it exists.
For more information, contact:
Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
Director
Institute of Global Education, Project NatureConnect
360-378-6313
nature@interisland.net
www.ecopsych.com


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