Monday, September 8, 2014

Did You Know Plants Read Your Mind?

Did You Know Plants Read Your Mind?

In the 1960's, Cleve Backster discovered that plants could sense his thoughts and emotions. The "Backster Effect" was born. Scientists repeated his experiments and they did not like the results they saw. The public was interested though - and still is! 

Has science finally caught up with Mr. Backster? 

Recently, research shows that plants communicate with each other, perhaps by chemical means. In addition, scientists found that plants communicate with animals, using various means. Does this mean that plant-human communication is possible? 

Many years ago, Mr. Backster connected a device called a "Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) Sensor" to various plants. He detected and recorded plant's reactions to his thoughts and emotions. He was amazed and told others. Others were amazed, as well. 

The GSR was a portion of the Polygraph (Lie Detector) of which Mr. Backster was and is an expert. Then and now, Polygraph equipment is not readily available to the public. Thus, the public could not easily experiment with the Backster Effect. 

Today, the public can continue with Mr. Backster's research, using Home Biofeedback Devices. A Home Biofeedback Device measures emotional stress to teach people how to manage stress better. 

Who says you cannot connect a Home Biofeedback Device to a plant and do your own research on the Backster Effect? 

With the suggested equipment below, the tone changes to signify emotional state. In addition, you can see emotional changes on a computer screen. With this equipment, you can give your plant a "voice". 

You do not need any special training or education to experiment with the Backster Effect.
Here is one way you could do your own research:
  1. Review the work of Cleve Backster and others in this field. Some resources are below.
  2. Buy or make a Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensor. The public can buy these as Home Biofeedback Devices. Perhaps you could start with the "Complete GSR2/Temp2X Calmlink Pro System (with remote electrodes and software)", listed below.
  3. Experiment with your own self to become familiar with the equipment. Use it for its intended purpose of monitoring your emotional state. Watch how the device responds to your stress level.
  4. Next, connect the GSR sensor to a plant. Try it with a Philodendron, as Mr. Backster did. Build on the work of previous researchers. The experimenters in the past attached the GSR electrodes (sensors) to each side of a plant leaf with light pressure clamps. They used sterile gauze to help support the leaf with attached sensors. Between the leaf and sensors, they used agar gel. Today maybe you could use electrode cream, used for medical tests. Use your imagination and invent your own plant attachment system.
  5. Repeat Mr. Backster's experiments and see how the plant responds to your thoughts and feelings. Keep a journal so you can see your progress, just like a scientist.
  6. Share your findings with the world, so others can build on your work. Encourage others to do their own research. Social media, like Facebook, might be particularly helpful. Include your ideas on practical applications, e.g. medical diagnosis, telepathy, etc. Consider making an Internet Collaboration Tool, e.g. Wiki, for everyone to pool information.
As you learn about the Backster Effect, you will soon see how experimenters also tested trees, eggs, yogurt, body fluids, etc. and again found startling results. Some enhanced the effect using hypnosis. Others used their equipment to pick up life signals from outer space (Project LUCAS). What are you going to test? 

Maybe this year is a good time to initiate contact with the Plant and Animal Kingdoms on our own Earth. It is time to get to work! 

Takeaways -
  • Plants seem to be able to sense our thoughts, but we do not know how yet.
  • You can do your own research in plant-human communication. Anyone can.
  • You do not need to be a professional to do research.
For more information -
  • Skin Conductance (GSR) explained -
  • "Plants - The Key to Mental Telepathy" by Joachim, Leland; Probe, the Unknown; no. 47329, Dec. 1972, pp. 48-52.
  • Plant-Animal Communication by H. Martin Schaefer, et al., Oxford University Press, 07 April 2011
  • Primary perception: biocommunication with plants, living foods, and human cells by Cleve Backster, White Rose Millennium Press, 2003
  • The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins et al., HarperCollins, 1989
  • Plant mysteries: a scientific inquiry by Anne E Cusack et al., Messner, 1978
  • Facebook - CLEVE BACKSTER Primary Perception -
GSR devices available to the public:
Disclaimer - This article is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.

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