Primary Perception – Extraordinary Ability We All Possess

Primary Perception by Cleve Backster is one of the most important books to be published.


Like, you should get it immediately. I’m not kidding.

I’m sure you’ve heard about those kooky experiments from the 60’s and 70’s where people tried to talk with their plants and did things like playing classical music to help the plants grow.

And those things DID help, silly as they might sound.  And they produced measurable results.

Primary perception is a term coined by researcher Cleve Backster who was one of the first researchers to begin studying the communication between different life forms. His work was written about in the classic bestseller “The Secret Life of Plants,” but Primary Perception is the only book he’s written about his own work. The full title of his book is Primary Perception: Biocommunication with Plants, Living Foods and Human Cells, and it’s published by White Rose Millennium Press. It came out in 2003.

From a review by Paul Von Ward:

“My plant read my mind!” — On February 2nd, 1966 this realization forever changed the life of the FBI and CIA’s foremost polygraph researcher and reintroduced modern science to the sentient nature of our universe. On that date the brilliant and disciplined mind of Cleve Backster conceived an irrefutable paradigm-busting scientific protocol. With straightforward electronics that a student or garage-level scientist can replicate, he proved to humans that their thoughts and emotions affect the behavior of their own and other living cells.

Another excerpt:

This new book is the first extensive and progressive account of Backster’s work, which is more innovative and potentially useful to humanity than that of most who receive Nobel prizes in life sciences. By Cleve Backster himself, it includes well-designed graphics and historically valuable photographs that portray a lifetime of ground-breaking research. Backster explains to the reader how plants perceive and react to human thoughts about them. He then illustrates how electroded eggs react to other eggs being dropped into boiling water. And how plants react to the eggs’ reaction to the experimenter’s intentions. He shows how yogurt cells communicate with one another and other species. Backster then describes the collection of human cells (leukocytes and blood) and the instrumentation that records their reactions to the thoughts and emotions of their donor.

Backster’s work is ground breaking because he has not only proven that all living things are interconnected and constantly responding to one another, but he teaches a relatively simple way to set up your own machine for testing these responses. Never does he insist that he is a guru or a master of advanced physics. Instead, he simply shares his own research with enthusiasm and clarity.

But the implications of his work for all of humanity are astounding.

Can you in this very moment, from your current place of looking at things, deal with the concept that YOGURT CULTURES have intelligence and feel pain?

Can you handle the concept that when you take a head of broccoli out of your refrigerator and cut it up for dinner, the potted plant sitting on your dining table is going through real stress as it senses its plant cousin being consumed?

That’s what Backster’s work is showing.

It’s mind-bending stuff.

You can read his book quickly the first time and you’ll be intrigued by what you read.

But it’s after you’ve finished the book that you start thinking in a different way.

All indigenous traditions have long held the belief that everything in creation is sentient, alive, and aware, and that we are all connected through a field of energy that is sometimes referred to as Great Spirit.

But we modern thinkers usually set those notions off to the side and rarely bother to consider them.

And yet, the basis for this awareness is hidden in some of our everyday traditions.

Why do you think some people like to say “grace” and give thanks before eating a meal?

Is it simply a process of giving thanks to a bountiful Creator for the food on your table?

Or is is more a loving acknowledgment of the living elements of your dining experience – the animals who have become your main course, the vegetables, grains and fruit which will be consumed throughout supper?

Because if each of those elements is (or once was) alive and sentient, fully aware, it puts a new spin on things.

If your broccoli can feel pain – not just when you consume it, but FROM THE MOMENT IT BECOMES AWARE THAT IT IS GOING TO BE CONSUMED (as Backster’s work suggests,) – that changes things a bit, doesn’t it?

I believe that understanding primary perception is very important. It’s not about chasing after extrasensory perception or elusive psychic abilities. He’s talking about something very basic, very instinctual, and very real that every living thing on this planet possesses.

And if we aspire to anything greater in our evolution, and if we want to live at peace with others in our environment, we have a lot to learn about honoring the many living creatures who are accompanying us on this journey.

And it’s by making those distinctions – becoming more aware, more compassionate, more conscious of the needs and responses of others – that allows us to overcome the hypnotic sleep the Custodians have put on us. They’ve lured us into believing that we are “chosen” beings, better than animals, greater than plants or minerals, and it turns out it’s just another line of bullshit they’ve fed us.

Because we’re all in this together – every stinking living thing. And we’d better learn to honor this and to take it into account as we travel through life, even if it’s a whole hell of a lot easier to remain asleep and dumb.