Biocommunication - primary perception what is it?

Primary perception is a term which Cleve Backster came up with after his extensive research into the field of biocommunication.

According to Wikipedia the study of paranormal phenomenon Plant perception has come to mean a belief that plants are sentient, that they experience pain, pleasure, or emotions such as fear and affection, and that they have the ability to communicate with humans and other forms of life in a recognizable manner.

Cleve Backster (born 1924) is a polygraph expert known for his controversial experiments with biocommunication in plant and animal cells using a polygraph machine in the 1960s which led to his theory of "primary perception".

Plant respond - Biocommunication

In July 1997 The Sun published an article called: The Plants Respond - an interview with Cleve Backster.

The first part of the article talks about Backsters first discovery of plants respond - biocommunication:

Sometimes it happens that a person can name the exact moment when his or her life changed irrevocably. For Cleve Backster, it was early in the morning of February 2, 1966, at thirteen minutes, fifty-five seconds into a polygraph test he was administering. Backster, a leading polygraph expert whose Backster Zone Comparison Test is the worldwide standard for lie detection, had at that moment threatened his test subjects well-being. The subject had responded electrochemically to his threat. The subject was a plant.

Since then, Backster has conducted hundreds of experiments on biocommunication demonstrating not only that plants respond to our emotions and intents, but so do severed leaves, eggs (fertilized or not), yogurt, and human cell samples. He’s found, for example, that white cells taken from a persons mouth and placed in a test tube still respond electrochemically to the donor's emotional states, even when the donor is out of the room, out of the building, or out of the state.

40 years of research

For almost 40 years has has done extensive research on biocommunication between cells and if it can be detected by instruments.

He worked for the CIA on interrogation tactics and was an expert on lie detectors (he was Director of the Keeler Polygraph Institute). Back in 1966 he wanted to test out if plants reacted to the polygraph instrument.

He discovered that a polygraph instrument attached to a plant leaf registered a change in electrical resistance when the plant was harmed or even threatened with harm. This was to start of his biocommunication research.

The polygraph recording pen moved rapidly to the top of the chart when Cleve's thought and intention was "to burn the leaf." As a result of this intriguing response, Cleve became obsessed with a desire to understand the cellular communication process which he called primary perception - biocommunication.

Cellular memory and bio communication

From the website - - William C. Gough, Chairman of the Board - FMBR - Foundation Mind Being Research (where science and consciousness provides wisdom) tells the story about how Cleve Backster discovered cellular memory and cellular communication - biocommunication:

Have you ever wondered about our instinctual response to life processes and events? There are times when we no longer function under the rational logic of the cognitive brain, but rather we respond intuitively relying upon the instincts encoded within our body.

Are we observing the original way that life had of knowing and surviving? Could this be how the simplest form of life responded to a threat? The process of life started when the first living system, the cell, appeared about 3.5 billion years ago. It was about a half billion years ago before the first multi-cellular organisms appeared on earth. However, it was only in the last few million years that human beings appeared. The human body can be considered a community of cells — about 100 trillion, with 200 different types, that need to live in harmony. To accomplish this feat a very effective cellular communication/ biocommunication process essential to the survival of these more complex life forms must have evolved.

What evidence do we have today that cells can join together, form cellular communities, communicate and share their awareness and thereby become more adapt at survival?

Cells and survival instinct

Gough goes on to talk about of how individual cells can cooperate and uses an example with an amoeba named Dictyostelium. This is a single cell organism that feeds upon bacteria.

When these amoeba are under stress due to food shortage, about 100,000 individual cells form a mound about the size of a grain of sand. The mound then begins to act as if it were an organism and develops into something like a crawling slug form. The slug now goes through another change — the back end catches up with the tip, and the slug turns into a blob. The blob then grows into a slender stalk carrying spores. Later these spores split open and free the individual amoeba to start their life process anew.

Cellular memory

Cells may have a survival instinct but is there such a thing as a cellular memory?

The medical profession is becoming increasingly aware that the cellular structure of transplanted organs carry with them a memory content to a degree never before considered possible. After heart implants, food and music likes and dislikes sometimes change dramatically, a persons behavior such as their approach to sexual activities can suddenly be modified, and recipients occasionally even use words they never spoke before.

Other researchers has tried to replicate Backster work on biocommunication - some has succeeded, but others have failed.

Backster believes there exists an "experimenter effect" in this type of biocommunication research. Hence he suggest that the connection or bond between the experimenter and the life form being monitored must be eliminated.


Gough believes that both plants and human cells appear to discriminate between a thought that you do not really mean and a thought that is "for real."

He goes on to say:The model that Dr. Bob Shackeltt, Dr. Dean Brown and I put forth predicts that all cells are linked to a non-local spaceless-timeless continuum that we have called the Absolute. The cells therefore can access the wisdom of the interconnected web of the whole. Since you can not deceive the all-knowing Absolute, your cells and those of a plant "intuitively" perceive when your intent is not sincere. This "primary perception" (biocommunication) and instinctive knowing of the cells in your body is the reason it is important for healing to use visualization and sincerely "talk" to your body. It is also why you say "thank you," since you are interacting with the Absolute - some would say God.

Primary perception (biocommunication) is likely going on all the time and that knowledge will have a profound impact on how we perceive all living material around us.

If for instance plants are sentient - i.e have the ability to feel or perceive subjectively - it will certainly change the way we should be thinking and feeling about plants, animals and humans - incl. ourselves.

If we are sending out negative thoughts and vibrations to our surroundings it will affect all living things around us because all cells are linked to a non-local spaceless-timeless continuum - referred to as the Absolute, the Everything, The All, The Source, The Power, The Unified field or God.

Ultimately it will of course also effect ourselves since all our cells detect what we think and feel. Hence the importance on being and talking in a positive matter. Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) confirms the importance of using positive words when you talk about yourself. Words have power and seen in the context of primary perception (biocommunication) and Backsters research words and thoughts will influence al the cells in our body.

The Mentawais and harmony with nature

In certain isolated cultures people are praising nature and living in harmony with it. The Mentawais in Sumatra in Indonesia live together with nature. They respect nature. When they need to cut down a tree they ask the tree for forgiveness. They touch the tree and "talks" to the tree before cutting it down. They live in pact with nature and are very much in touch with the universal laws and the Source of it all.

In our civilized part of the world we seem to have forgotten all the beautiful living creations around us. Plants, animals and humans are all beautiful creations but we, unlike the Mentawais and other cultures like them, are too busy rushing away to work to earn more money in this hectic schedule we have put onto ourselves. We have forgotten to be part of nature and the universe - we have forgotten who we are. To talk about biocommunication and plants responding to our thoughts seems far fetched in our hectic business world. However we should all realize that we have forgotten our ability to "read" and respect nature like the Mentawais.

The world around us and the world within

In his book "The Divine Matrix" Gregg Braden refers to a talk he had with a Native American wisdom keeper in the New Mexico desert who had come their to listen to the voices of his ancestors. He shared a story about the old world with Mr.Braden:

A long time ago, our world was very different from the way we see it today. There were fewer people and we lived closer to the land. People knew the language of the rain, the crop and the Creator. They even knew how to speak to the stars and the sky people. They were aware that life is sacred and comes from the marriage between Mother Earth and Father Sky. In this time, there was balance and people were happy. Then something happened. No one really knows why, but people started to forget who they were. In their forgetting they began to feel separate - separate from the Earth, from each other, and even from the one who created them. They were lost and wondered through life with no direction or connection. In their separation, they believed they had to fight to survive in this world and defend themselves against the same forces that gave them they life they had learned to live in harmony with and trust. Soon all of their energy was used to protect themselves from the world around them, instead of making peace with the world within them

We have forgotten the world within - the world we visit in our dreams every night. As such Cleve Backsters research on primary perception (biocommunication) might turn out to be the greatest discovery ever. It will set humans back on the track to be One with nature, One with the source, with the Creator, with the unified field or One with God as some people would call it.


If we learn to appreciate all living things our lives would be one of wonders. We will start seeing all the beauty that we are surrounded with.Our life here on Earth would be one of harmony with fellow humans, animals and plants.

BUT in order to appreciate everything around us we need first to look inside and appreciate ourselves and the life we have been given. Once you are content with yourself you will start noticing all the wonders of nature and all the positive sides of your fellow humans. You will realize that you are UNIQUE and you can make a difference in this world.

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