"What we are looking for is what is doing the looking" - St. Francis of Assisi
The Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) was developed by Michael J. Cohen is at the heart of Project NatureConnect’s Applied Ecopsychology and Eco-Art programs.
Natural attraction relationships hold everything together from sub-atomic particles to systems in our body to environmental ecosystems. The NSTP is a framework for how the natural universe communicates its non-verbal, multi-sensory intelligence through the Web of Life and how humans can reconnect to learn, receive counsel, balance and healing wisdom.
The Greensong Guidelines in ecopsychology practices incorporate the NSTP steps.
Following the NSTP steps assists us to tune-in, to become more receptive and mindful as we explore multi-sensing and receptive relationships. The 'intent/contemplative' section and 'creative expression' stages are altered according to the intent of the season, event, space/location, individual or group.
The Natural Systems Thinking Process methodology provides a resonating, multi-sensing inquiry into the presence that embodies our natural world, and of that which we are intrinsically a part of.
The 54 Natural Senses are an essential part of this practice also. They open up a whole deep intricate multisensory world that is always there that we often have not explored in detail before.
Eco-Art is often the focus of Greensongs creative expression, this is where you do what feels good to you, dance, music, poetry... It is where we feel our Earths multi-sensory energy manifest as intuitive creative energy desiring some action.
Being in Nature naturally releases endorphins, dopamine and other hormones which produce good feelings; they feel like a natural reward for us.
Research demonstrates that interacting with bacteria in soil stimulates our immune system. Nature provides us with many gifts, all we truly need! There are so many other researched benefits. The beneficial effects of nature result not only from touching the ground, or what we see or hear, but from what we experience through our 54+ natural senses and sensitivities.
We are at all times engaging on many sensory levels with many non-human entities, they too are seeking engagement with us. Many forms of fungi and bacteria live in and on our body and we each survive due to the interconnected relationships with each other. From the smallest to largest systems in our world, we only need to tune in and become a conduit to 'hear' (sense) the multi-sensory reciprocal world surrounding and within us.
Greensong respectfully acknowledges the traditional people of the land and waters on which we live, work and play. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded and pay respect to Elders past, present, and emerging. We also acknowledge with gratitude, the more-than-human beings within our world and seek respectful nurturing relationships that benefit the whole.