You probably believe that animals are sentient beings like we are.  But it’s possible you do not comprehend the depth of how well animals can think, reason, and feel just like we can – there is a body, mind and spirit just like us.

However, before you would explore and absorb this world of animals on this profound level, it’s important to consider things from another form of life.  Yes, a different life form, perhaps already living with you now.

And this may shock you.

But if you can understand how this ecological sentinel can adapt to human wishes, communicate with humans, and exhibit empathetic and spiritual relationships, then this has the incredible opportunity for you to really grasp not only the abilities of animals, but of yourself as well, and what this really means for the world.

When I (Kim) was a young child in Houston, my brother and I went to a huge home and garden expo with our grandparents. One vendor was giving away a 45 record of loving words to play for your plants. We thought it was crazy but took one. How little did we know then the power of the plants!

Recently, I became aware of the book, The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, written in 1973.  Wow is all I can say!

Animals know that plants (and other life forms) are fellow sentient beings and want us to grasp this on a much deeper level.

Several scientists in the 1960’s conducted experiments with plants and proved that they communicate and have attributes of soul.

This is fascinating information, based on some of the teachings in the above book, that may open your eyes to possibilities:

  • Cleve Backster, America’s premier lie-detector examiner of the time, worked with a house plant called Dracaena massangeana.  In 1966, he decided to attach electrodes from his lie detector to the leaf of his dracaena plant.  The best way to get the galvanometer/polygraph to jump with a human is to threaten harm.  Backster thought about burning the leaf in his mind and pictured a flame.  Before he moved to get the match, there was a dramatic change in the graph.  This indicated that the plant was tuning in to his thoughts.
  • When he actually went to get matches, he found another surge on the chart.  When he reluctantly set about burning the leaf, there was a lower peak of reaction, and when he pretended he would burn the leaf, there was no reaction.  The plant apparently could tell the difference between a real threat and a pretended one.
  • Across the country, other collaborators tested more than twenty-five varieties of plants and fruits.  This resulted in similar observations that Backster had made.
  • Backster then conducted new tests on different plants.  He got the same results when a leaf was removed from the plant, trimmed to the size of the electrodes or even shredded and placed between the electrode surfaces.  The plants reacted to not only threats from humans, but also to a dog that appeared in the room.
  • He even demonstrated at Yale that when a spider’s movement was restricted, the plant reacted.  When the spider was allowed to get away, the reaction stopped.  The plant seemed concerned about the well-being of another life form.
  • When a physiologist visited Backster to see his work, the plants tended to pass out or play opossum.  Backster wondered why this happened and the physiologist shared that his research involved terminating the plants by putting them in an oven to get their dry weight for analysis.  When the physiologist was headed to the airport and had been gone forty-five minutes, Backster’s plants returned to normal.   The plants seemed to have felt threatened with great danger when the physiologist was present.
  • To see if plants had memory capability, Backster had two plants.  One plant was to be stomped on and destroyed and the other plant was to be hooked up to the electrodes as a witness.  Six blindfolded students drew from a hat and one was to commit the act in secret.  Nobody knew who it would be, only the surviving plant.  Afterwards, Backster had each student walk into the room with the surviving plant, one at a time.  There was no reaction from the plant with five of the students, and the meter went wild with the guilty party.  The plant knew who had committed the crime.
  • Backster noticed that plants could have a special bond with their caregiver.  His plants reacted to him when he was in the next room, down the hall, buildings away, or among thousands of people.
  • When he cut his finger and put iodine on it, the plant reacted right away.  Wondering if there was cellular consciousness, he attached electrodes to amoeba, paramecium, blood, yeast, mold cultures and even sperm.  All produced results just as interesting as those of the plants.  Sperm cells even seemed to recognize their donor.  Backster said that sentience does not seem to stop at the cellular level, but may go down to molecular, atomic and even subatomic levels.
  • To show that plants tune in to other life forms without their caregivers present, Backster placed three Philodendron cordatum plants in three separate rooms.  A device was set up to randomly pour brine shrimp, a tropical fish food, into boiling water.  Other dishes were programmed to pour plain water without the shrimp.  The plants reacted strongly to the death of the shrimp in the boiling water.  They knew when life was being destroyed.  When this research was published and an article appeared in National Wildlife, it had readers wondering would an oak tree quake at the approach of an axman or a carrot shiver at the sight of a rabbit.

The book is almost 400 pages and I haven’t finished it yet.  What I wrote to you above is from just the first 15 pages!  There’s so much amazing research that shows how plants, and other life forms, are sentient beings, just like animals.

If we can fully comprehend that all life is sentient, we will understand how connected we are to all of life, that we are all united.  We will understand the impact that our thoughts, feelings, emotions, words and actions have not only on ourselves, but all life forms.

If everyone in the world could understand this and take this to heart and soul, our world would be a very different place.

Sentient Life Blessings!

Kim & Allison


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