Chapter 1

Could all space, time, energy, matter, biological life and consciousness in the Universe be the product of a Source Field? Is it possible that the ancient spiritual teachings and philosophies are correct when they say “As Above, So Below”? What if everything we see in the visible universe is ultimately a crystallization of a vast Mind–which has a singular identity and awareness? Might we be living in amnesia–going through experiences that will eventually guide us through a full awakening into the vastness of this infinite consciousness?

The Source Field Investigations must begin with compelling evidence that consciousness is not strictly tapped within our own brain and nervous system. We would need to see tangible proof that our thoughts are constantly interacting with our environment–and having an effect upon our surroundings. If our concept of a Source Field is correct, then Mind would become an energetic phenomenon that is not confined to biological life-forms, but can pass between them–through allegedly “empty space.”

A variety of scientists and scholars in the Western world have made discoveries that reveal the existence of the Source Field–including controversial figures like Wilhelm Reich, who was a protege of Dr. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychology. Here, our Source Field Investigations will begin with Dr. Cleve Backster–who summarizes his fascinating life’s work in his recent book Primary Perception.

The Stunning Power of Hypnosis

Two anecdotes of hypnosis. Wilcock draws from Backster, who is well-featured in The Secret Life of Plants, and Michael Talbot’s The Holographic Universe, both of which I am intimately familiar with. He also cites Harold Sherman’s How to Make ESP Work For You. In order to save time, and my fingers from carpal tunnel, I will eschew as many anecdotes as I can in order to focus on big-picture themes and scientific experiments.

Tom’s hypnotized mind could see right through his daughter as if she didn’t even exist–and he could read detailed written inscriptions from a pocket watch. If true, this challenges everything we think we know about solid matter–and suggests there is a part of our minds with vastly greater capabilities than most of us are ever aware of. What we think we see may be nothing more than the product of a collective decision we’re all making to see it that way–a form of mass hypnosis. Remember–we can walk, talk and interact with the world under hypnosis, travel out of body and make accurate observations, and may or may not have any conscious memory of what we did after we are brought out of trance. We can also be given posthypnotic suggestion to axct, think or behave a certain way after we wake up. These suggestions are apparently powerful enough to make a human being utterly invisible to us while we’re in an otherwise normal state of consciousness. When we discover that ordinary people can be hypnotized like this, we typically write it off as the work of the “subconscious mind”–but we still don’t understand what, exactly, this is . . . or why it works. The subconscious seems to automatically obey hypnotic commands–generally without question–as if it were quite accustomed to hearing orders and acting upon them.

After his [Rutgers University] training, Cleve Backster eventually joined the U.S. Counter-Intelligence Corps, and lectured on the potential danger of foreign powers using hypnosis to extract classified information from overseas government personnel. Backster took a huge risk to demonstrate the seriousness of this subject to a high-ranking military officer. With her permission, Backster hypnotized the secretary of the commanding general of the Counter-Intelligence Corps. While under hypnosis, he asked her to remove a highly classified document from the general’s locked file cabinet–and she willingly obeyed. Backster told her she would not remember what she had done when she awoke–and sure enough, she had no idea she had just leaked very sensitive information when he brought her back.

“That night I secured the document in my locked file and the next day presented it to the General. I explained to him that I might be risking a court martial, but hoped instead to expedite further consideration of the importance of my research. Rather than a court martial, on December 17, 1947, I received a very favorable letter of recommendation from the General, stating that my research was “of high importance to military intelligence.” Then positive things started to happen.”

Early Pioneer of the Polygraph

After giving ten days of hypnosis and sodium pentothal “truth serum” demonstrations at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., Backster began working for the Central Intelligence Agency as of April 27, 1948. Shortly after joining the CIA, Backster studied with Leonarde Keeler–a pioneer in the use of the polygraph.

“In addition to other classified activities, I was a key member of a CIA team that was prepared to travel to any foreign location to analyze the possible use of unusual interrogation tactics, including my original areas of concern, mainly hypno-interrogation and narco-interrogation. . . . Back in Washington, D.C., the polygraph operation I had established was becoming popular for the screening of applicants for employment at the CIA and for some general screening of key CIA personnel. The ever-increasing schedule of rather routine polygraph examinations started to interfere with my more creative interests in research.”

Shortly after Leonarde Keeler’s death, circa 1951, Backster left the CIA–to serve as director of the Keeler Polygraph Institute in Chicago. This was the only classroom-type school teaching the use of the polygraph at the time. Backster went on to start his own polygraph consultant business, working with several government agencies, in Washington, D.C.–and then expanded into a second office in Baltimore, Maryland. By 1958, Backster had freed up the time to begin intensive polygraph research, and he developed the first standardized system for numerical evaluation of polygraph charts–which is still being used today. He moved to New York City in 1959 and continued to operate a commercial polygraph business. Seven years later, Backster struck gold.

“In February 1966 an event occurred that was about to expand the entire focus of my research through a kind of paradigm shift in my own awareness. At the time of its occurrence I had been involved in the use of the polygraph on humans for eighteen years.”

Backster’s secretary purchased a rubber plant and a dracaena cane plant from a store that was going out of business. This was the first time Backster had ever owned any plants. On February 2, 1966, Backster had worked through the night in his lab, and finally took a coffee break at seven A.M. In those weary hours, Backster got an idea–he would try to connect his new dracaena plant to the polygraph and see what happened.

Again, this is all covered more thoroughly in The Secret Life of Plants. Wilcock goes on to give a personal anecdote of him verifying the Backster Effect for a Hollywood-level video shoot. As the extrapolation continues, scientists across the world chime in; Backster expands his polygraphs to eggs, yogurt bacteria and human cells; and it is confirmed the information passing between plants, bacteria, insects, animals and humans is outside the electromagnetic spectrum.

I discussed [an aforementioned] experiment with Dr. O’Leary over a private dinner in Zurich, Switzerland, while we were both speaking at a conference–and he confirmed to me how amazed he was by it. His own mind was broadcasting waves of information that were being picked up by his living cells in a lab three hundred miles away. The effect works just as well if the cells are kept in shielded rooms, again proving the signals are not being transmitted by electromagnetic energy. There is something “out there,” some energy field, that allows our thoughts to propagate through space–even over vast distances. The implications of this are stunning–particularly when you start to consider how it seems that every living thing in nature is listening to everything else. We are definitely not excluded from this process.

I’ve lectured on this subject a number of times, and invariably the audience groans when they find out that vegetables, fruits, yogurt, eggs and the living cells in raw meat are all “screaming” when they are cooked and/or eaten. Even hard-core vegan/vegetarian/raw foodists who consider themselves to be on a “cruelty-free” diet are now faced with the fact that the food they eat must go through measurable distress–at least from a human’s perspective. Even if you do not cook vegetables, your digestive activity still has a “burning” effect. Backster did tell me that if you “pray” over your food, by sending it positive, loving thoughts, it then seems to accept its role in helping you stay alive–and these severe reactions no longer occur on the graph paper. Many cultures and spiritual traditions encourage us to “thank our food.” With Backster’s research we now see that this seemingly unimportant behavior–from a scientific standpoint–has a definite purpose in our new model.

Free Energy and the Consequences

Wilcock writes about the dangers of discovering free energy, the political & corporate suppression, and a couple of highly suspicious deaths involving scientists who were set to bring forth free energy to the public. It is touching and personal, but I’m also only 25 pages through a 500-page book, so there’s a lot I must skip.

Works Cited

Backster, Cleve. Primary Perception: Biocommunication with Plants, Living Foods and Human Cells.

Sherman, Harold. How to Make ESP Work for You.

Talbot, Michael. The Holographic Universe.

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Aftergood, Steven. “Invention Secrecy Still Going Strong.” Federation of American Scientists, October 21, 2010. (accessed January 2011).

O’Leary, Brian; Wilcock, David; Deacon, Henry and Ryan, Bill. “Brian O’Leary and Henry Deacon at Zurich Transcript.” Project Camelot, July 12, 2009.

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