In contrast, to ecoanxiety, ecoparalysis and global dread, when the human-nature relationship is spontaneous and mutually enriching (symbiotic) we experience a state of ‘eutierria’. As indicated above, I define eutierria as a positive feeling of oneness with the earth and its life forces. Eutierria now exists as an alternative to what has previously been described within religious and spiritual writings as “that oceanic feeling”. This feeling is one where the boundaries between self and the rest of nature are obliterated and a deep sense of peace and connectedness pervades consciousness. As indicated above, I have always had a strong affinity with the land (terra) so for me, it has always been “that earthly feeling” that best captured an emotion or state of being that I would now like to call eutierria.
Alexander von Humboldt described this experience thus: