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Out of the “Burbs” into the natural world

Friday, June 25th, 2010

I have a neighbor, a very nice lady from the “burb” mentality.  We live on a really pristine lake.  Lots of fish and wildlife with a healthy littoral zone.  However, she had decided that the way nature had designed the shore was not very aesthetic.  There should be no weeds and there should be a white sand beach like the picture of perfection in her head.  The “burb” idea of perfection.  She was also afraid of what might live in the weeds.

One summer day I coaxed her to come into the water with me and help clean out a small spot.  A spot where the boats had already shaded out the emergent weeds.  Being a real sport she joined me.  This brief little encounter allowed her to dispel some of her fears.  Funny thing, I haven’t heard her complain as much about the weeds since.

We can raise our future generations in a way that alleviates many of their fears.  The same fears they try to overcome in video games.  Teach your kids that we harm wildlife and are only rarely harmed by it.  Your car is the most dangerous thing in your life. Cars are more lethal than guns.  (We do not consider vehicular suicide). This way may sound radical but it could make a difference.  Take your kids camping and leave the electronics at home.  You parents too!

Teach your kids to feel as comfortable in nature as they are in your car.

Michael Rebel LMHC



Friday, March 19th, 2010

Perfection is not a human function. It is beyond the scope of human possibility. It is a natural process controlled by the universe and practiced by nature through the eons. It would be best said, “If one wants something done right, turn it over to nature”.  It is of note to me that throughout history man’s attempts to run the earth better than nature we have a deplorable record.  It seems that the only management exercises that have been consistently productive have also  incorporated removing man’s influence from the system.

To me this includes alterations to all systems, even families, couples, groups, intrapsychic systems, and human behavior.  I believe nature has a way of solving all problems. That is if it is allowed to function.  We just refuse to accept that one of nature’s primary tools is demise and renewal.  We try to stop the natural processes instead of learning to co-operate with the flow.

Here is a video forwarded to me by Matilda.  I think it is an example of allowing nature to function without our interference.



Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Life in our culture is just one big drama.  300,000,000 million people trying to turn a boring life into something to talk about.  Something that will interest us enough to energize us enough to keep us out of boredom and despair.

Our society has developed a maize of supports to protect the general population from itself and the natural flow.  The net result of this protective infrastructure has left us naive and hollow.  Sky divers jump out of planes so they can encounter danger and yet they would kill a spider because it might hurt them.  We have to create risk because we avoid life.  We are already living in some cyber world that doesn’t feed our development.  It has even begun to retard our growth toward self empowerment.

Our children our drawn to horror shows because they need fear to develop certain aspects of their brain.  The horror movies are dramatic substitutes for the wolves that used to live in the woods.  One only has self esteem as long as one frequently faces some form threat and over comes it.  If we create a safe life we become the weak victim of that very same life. We use false threat and irrational fear as a dramatic substitute for the real challenges of life.

As a society we complain about our youth’s sense of entitlement.  We complain about their lack of incentive and discipline and yet we are the ones that have become fundamentally weak.  Our weakness manifests in our over protection of them so we do not have to face the risk of losing them. We do not have the fortitude to instill even the slightest Spartan characteristics in our children and ourselves.

Drama ….drama…..drama…….its everywhere.

Walk into the forest.  Spend one weekend there without technological support and find out just how weak and frightened you really are. You’ll see that most things you now fear are irrational, dramatic episodes.

They are about meaningless drama not survival!

Michael Rebel LMHC, Human ecologist.


News Flash “Eco therapy and Art therapy”

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Eco therapy is not a new fad therapy.  It is the oldest known form of stress reduction and personal growth. It was done thousands of years ago by our ancestors.  It was common around fires, in caves, on high places, by the water.  Places where man found solace in his connection with nature.  Places where he could be reminded of the wonders of life itself.  Rewards that made his often painful experiences worth living.  It has returned to remind us that what we create is not miraculous.  It is to remind us that what we have been given to create with is a land of plenty.

Art therapy has been the oldest and most recognized aspect of early eco therapy.  It is believed that this form of eco connection evolved before man had a formal language.  Art seems to indicate our desire to commune with nature in a spiritual fashion with color, form and shape.  This expression allows us to feel spiritually whole.

Michael Rebel LMHC

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Stay out of the way.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It has been my experience that our world seems to fare best when human interference is at its least. Our better ideas always seem to fall short because the number of potential variables is greater than we can calculate and because of human’s personal fears cause prejudice in determining the desired outcome. Nature on the other hand is an equal opportunity administrator. It does what needs to be done whether we like it or not. Our survival will ultimately be determined by our skill in avoiding destruction rather than diverting natures course. It seems to me that our technology only speeds the processes that are already negatively altering our lives.

A wise teacher once told me that the degree of our success is more greatly influenced by staying out of the way than by what we try to make happen.

Michael Rebel LMHC