Archive for the ‘Foundations’ Category

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


Emily Dickenson Poem

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
Much Madness is divinest Sense --
To a discerning Eye --
Much Sense -- the starkest Madness --
'Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail --
Assent -- and you are sane --
Demur -- you're straightway dangerous --
And handled with a Chain --


Yesterday’s session

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Experiencing spirituality is not about finding some new part of self.  It is about unconditionally accepting all parts of self.”

“Once one has been ‘touched’ by the light one will never be able to hide from the light again.  All will be illuminated all of the time.  No escape will work for long.  One will see the proposition clearly whether they want to or not.  From that point on one will no longer be able to find comfort hiding within the masses and the masses will shun their revelations.”           From yesterdays session.


Zen and NA Programs

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Zen: Definition: According to Zen Buddhism, it is possible for a person to attain enlightenment in this life through the practice of meditation and development of mental and spiritual discipline. Zen was originally developed in China but it was later stressed by Japanese Buddhists such as Eisai and Dogan. Zen simply means “meditation” and is the Japanese equivalent of the original Sanskrit term dhyana. The emphasis on meditation in Zen Buddhism is often misunderstood by people in the West. It isn’t simply a matter of sitting still – relaxing bubble baths while sipping green tea cannot qualify as proper Zen meditation. Instead, meditation is a rigorous practice designed to reveal things to you about yourself which are necessary for the purpose of attaining enlightenment. By releasing conscious, directed thinking, you allow random, unrequested thoughts to arise to awareness – a torrent of ideas which reveals a chaotic universe normally hidden from us. It requires courage to face such thoughts and it requires real effort to become detached from it all, learning how our own thoughts are a source of our suffering which must be let go in order to achieve genuine peace and harmony.(

Natural Awakenings Programs: A similar process to Zen but spoken and expressed through a western paradigm. It also parallels the spiritual awakening practices of our Native American and worldwide indigenous cultures.  NA is presented to open the minds of our western indoctrinated travelers.  Those seeking inner peace even in this mechanistic, technological society can find a sense of inner nirvana by making the biological and philosophical connection to nature’s way.   Cleansing the self by recognizing and accepting all aspects of self and its relevance to the function of natural processes are possible.  The process includes meditation as well as expressive practices to cleanse the body of old pain.  Brenda uses play, and Michael uses paradox, like Eisai used his riddles, to divert the mind. NA also provides didactic information to assist in the journey as well as a safe natural forum for expression of old pain and doubt.  It is usually presented in a rustic natural setting but can be used in any environment because of the miracle we call imagination. If you wish to know more contact us through Michael Rebel LMHC



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.