biocommunication plant perception

Cleve Backster and biocommunication. 

Cleve Backster biocommunication plant perception

Biocommunication is also referred to as primary perception, a term Cleve Backster (1924 – 2013) came up with after extensive research into this field, but what is it?

It´s the belief that plants are sentient. In other words, that they experience emotions like pain pleasure, fear and affection. And that they have the ability to communicate with humans and other forms of life in a recognizable manner. 

Backster studies this phenomenon for decades and in 2003 he published the book Primary Perception — Biocommunication with Plants, Foods, and Human Cells. It describes 36 years of his work. 

Cleve Backster was an interrogation specialist for the CIA and worked as a polygraph expert. He was Director of the Keeler Polygraph Institute. 

Backster was 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

The Plants respond - An Interview With Cleve Backster

The Sun The Plants Respond - an interview with Cleve Backster.

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

Cleve Backster biocommunication plant perception

For almost 40 years Backster did extensive research on biocommunication between cells to see if it could be detected by instruments. 

In 1966 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.

The polygraph recording pen moved rapidly to the top of the chart when Cleve's thought and intention was "to burn the leaf". He said: 

"At thirteen minutes, fifty-five seconds chart time, the thought entered my mind to burn the leaf. I didn’t verbalize the idea; I didn’t touch the plant; I didn’t touch the equipment. Yet the plant went wild."

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. This was the start of decades of research into this field. Below is a video where he explains how it all started:

His work didn´t go UNNOTICED

Mellen-Thomas Benedict

Backster´s work did not go unnoticed. One person who was “told” that his work was very important was Mellen-Thomas Benedict who experienced a near-death experience in 1982.

He was suffering from terminal brain cancer and died. He was "dead" for one hour and 30 minutes - his monitor showing no vital signs.

During his near-death experience, Benedict was given the names of several people whose discoveries would one day be seen as equally important as those of Newton and Einstein.

One of the names given to him was Cleve Backster. Benedict said that approximately 200 years from now Cleve Backster will be seen as a pioneer and “saint" to the Gaia-based spirituality which will dominate society at that time. 

Foundation Mind Being Research

Cellular memory and biocommunication

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 co-operate and he´s referring to 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 have tried to replicate Backster´s work on biocommunication - some succeeded, but others failed. 

Backster believed in the "experimenter effect" in this type of biocommunication research. He suggested 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 cannot 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." 

We´re all part of The Field or The Absolute, and as such we are all connected. Since everything is connected to The Field it make sense that anything living can access this field.

So, if primary perception (biocommunication) is real it would mean that we influence all living things around us with what we think.

If, for instance, plants are sentient and have the ability to feel or perceive subjectively - it should certainly change the way we´re thinking and feeling about plants and other living things. 

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 - also referred to as the Absolute, the Everything, The All, The One, The Unified field or God. 

The Mentawais and harmony with nature

The Mentawais living in pact with nature

In certain isolated cultures people are praising nature and living in harmony with it. The Mentawais, in Sumatra in Indonesia, live in close relationship 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 Absolute.

In our civilized part of the world 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 is easy to dismiss since it seems so far-fetched in our busy lives filled with more and more techno-gadgets and endless online presences.

It would hurt to spend some more time in nature and show some gratitude to Mother Earth. 


If we learn to appreciate all living things our lives would be one of wonders.

We would start to see all the beauty that surrounds us.

Our lives here on Earth would be one of harmony with each other and with animals, plants and all living things. 

Keeping an attitude of gratitude is the way to go.

Appreciate life. It´s here and now - in all its glory.

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 that you can make a difference in this world