Do Plants Feel?

Every living thing is intimately attuned to its environment. When any stress, suffering or death occurs, all the life-forms in the surrounding area have an immediate electrical response—as if they all share the pain.

Cleve Backster left the CIA after Leonarde Keeler, his partner and a pioneer in the use of the polygraph, had passed away. During the development of the polygraph in February 1966, Baxter discovered a reaction that changed the history of science forever—and the impact still hasn’t yet reached our common, public awareness.

He discovered that when the questions he would ask caused the person to feel threatened and anxious, the electrical activity in their skin became much stronger. He then continued with further experimentation, ultimately hooking electrodes up to his newly purchased plant, in order to see if it would react by threatening it’s well-being.

Baxter knew that if you wanted to catch someone lying, you first have to confront them about whatever they might be hiding. If your questions then cause them to feel threatened and anxious, the electrical activity in their skin gets much stronger. If they did commit the crime, that question threatens their well-being and produces a reaction that shows up on the chart.

Baxter tried dipping one of the leaves into a cup of hot coffee. Nothing. He tapped one of the leaves with his pen. There was hardly any response. The next thing that occurred to him while standing 15 feet away from the plant was the thought of burning one of its leaves.

The very moment the imagery of burning the leaf with a match entered his mind, the polygraph pen moved rapidly to the top of the chart. No words were spoken, no touching the plant, no lighting of matches, just his clear intention to burn the leaf. The plant recording showed dramatic excitement.

The reaction grew stronger when Baxter went to pick up the matches, but then would calm back down after he returned them to the desk. He showed this to another associate who became fascinated, but he never again did any experiment that involved the threatening of plants.

After his initial discovery in 1966, Backster found out that once you start taking care of a plant, it seemingly tracks your thoughts and feelings. During plant monitoring sessions, when he left the lab to run an errand, he found that the moment he decided to return to where that plant was, the plant often showed a fairly significant reaction—especially when his decision to return was made in a spontaneous manner.

Backster used synchronized watches to prove that the plant was responding at the exact moment he made the decision.

In another case, Backster set up a plant experiment in New York and traveled to Clifton, New Jersey, with his associate Bob Henson, who was unaware that his wife had set up a surprise party for their wedding anniversary. Backster noticed several strong reactions in the plant as they went through various phases of their trip—including the time they approached Port Authority, the time they boarded the bus for Clifton, the time the bus entered the Lincoln Tunnel, and the time they made the final part of the trip out to Clifton.

Right at the moment they entered the house and everyone yelled, “SURPRISE!” the plant definitely felt it. Backster said, “There was a big reaction from the plant at that exact time.”

Backster began leaving plants connected to his polygraph without trying to do anything—just observing their reactions and then trying to figure out what might have caused them. One day he found a very strong reaction—and eventually realized it happened right as he poured a pot of boiling water into the sink in his lab.

Later tests revealed that his sink was loaded with bacteria—somewhat similar to the cantina scene from Star Wars—and when the bacteria suddenly died from the scalding hot water, the plant perceived a threat to its own well-being—and “screamed.”

Backster later designed an experiment to try to standardize this effect. He tried to think of the most expendable living creature he could find—and he chose brine shrimp, which are commonly used as fish food. He invented a machine that would dump the shrimp into boiling water at a random time.

The plants did indeed react, strongly, as the shrimp died—but only if the experiment was done at night, when no human beings were around in the lab. Otherwise, the plants seemed to “lose interest” in the shrimp; the energy fields from an average person were much stronger.

Skeptics later attempted to repeat this experiment—but they did not follow Backster’s protocols. As best they could determine, the people trying to replicate really didn’t understand how to automate human consciousness out of an experiment. They thought you could go to the other side of a wall and watch the experiment unfold through closed-circuit television. That wall meant nothing as far as the plant-to-human attunement was concerned.

This study was given a brief column-and-a-half write-up in ElectroTechnology Magazine—and a stunning 4,950 scientists wrote Backster to request more information.

How this came to be?

What we think we see may be nothing more than the product of a collective decision we are all making to see it that way—a form of mass hypnosis. While under hypnosis, we can walk, talk, and interact with the world, travel out of body and make accurate observations, and may or may not have any conscious memory of what we did after we’re brought out of trance. We can also be given posthypnotic suggestion is to act, think or behave a certain way after we wake up. These suggestions are apparently powerful enough to make a human being utterly invisible to us while we are in an otherwise normal state of consciousness.

When we discover that ordinary people can be hypnotized like this, we typically write it off as the work of the “subconscious mind”—but we still don’t understand what, exactly, this is, or why it works. The subconscious seems to automatically obey hypnotic commands—generally without question—as if it were quite accustomed to hearing orders and acting upon them.

After his university training, Cleve Backster eventually joined the U.S. Counter-Intelligence Corps, and lectured on the potential danger of foreign powers using hypnosis to extract classified information from overseas government personnel. Backster took a huge risk to demonstrate the seriousness of this subject to a high-ranking military officer. With her permission, Backster hypnotized the secretary of the commanding general of the Counter-Intelligence Corps. While under hypnosis, he asked her to remove a highly classified document from the general’s locked file cabinet—and she willingly obeyed. Backster told her she would not remember what she had done when she awoke—and sure enough, she had no idea she had just leaked very sensitive information when he brought her back.

“That night I secured the document in my locked file and the next day presented it to the General. I explained to him that I might be risking a court martial, but hoped instead to expedite further consideration of the importance of my research. Rather than a court martial, on December 17, 1947, I received a very favorable letter of recommendation from the General, stating that my research was ‘of high importance to military intelligence.’ Then positive things started to happen.”

*Wilcock, David. The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies.

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