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Harper's Magazine (November 1972) a hypothesis was offered that may explain
how this phenomenon could occur:
Harold Puthoff, a laser physicist at the Stanford Research Institute, surmises
that the subatomic particle known as a tachyon may hold the answer. Tachyons,
from the Greek meaning "swift," are supposed to travel faster than light.
Postulated in 1967 by Columbia University physicist Gerald Feinberg, they
have so far not been experimentally detected."
to investigate paranormal abilities; code name "Star Gate"
worked with Remote Viewers Ingo Swann,
Hammid and Pat
day Randall asked Ingo Swann if he could affect a plant by concentrating
on it. Ingo looked at the plant and the plant monitoring equipment showed
no change. Ingo went to the office 2 doors down the hall to think about
a few minutes the pen on the strip chart recorder became very active and
was pegging. Then the voice of Ingo came from down the hall. He yelled
"I think I got it"!
product of this work culminated in a final report "Organic Biofield Sensor"
by H. E. Puthoff and R. Fontes dated November 1975.
Fontes is currently conducting research on
the effects of light and sound on human consciousness. He plans to soon
reintroduce plants as an Organic Biofield Sensor.
They usually say something like, "well,
for some reason plants grow better for them."
But what is the reason?
This may come as a surprise, but a group
of plant researchers, including two California State College at Sonoma,
psychology seniors, think they are coming close to some answers and their
findings could have some far reaching effects on man's future.
It's a long story, but essentially,
according to students Randall
Fontes, 27, and Robert
Swanson, 26, the researchers think plants respond to human emotions
or consciousness, and this response can be tapped for the benefit of man.
In the case of the "green thumber,"
the researchers think people who say plants do better for him because he
gives them "tender loving care" are probably right.
"Experts in the field," says Randall,
"have proven that plants respond to care."
In fact, Marcel Vogel, an International
Business Machines research chemist in Los Gatos, with whom Randall has
worked for several years, says plants appear to have feelings quite as
sensitive as those of human beings.
He says, for example, some of his experiments
have shown that if a person thinks derogatory thoughts about one of his
plants or talks to a plant in a derogatory way, while praising some other
plant, the first plant can be made to wither to the point of death.
In one experiment, he picked two leaves
from a plant and "willed" one to live, while leaving the other unattended.
The one given special attention lasted much longer than the other.
By using a galvanometer to measure plant
reaction on a graph and placing electrodes to each side of a leaf, another
researcher found that when he formed the image of fire in his mind the
recording pen bounded off the top of the chart. However, when he actually
burned a leaf the reaction on the graph was less, and when he merely pretended
to burn the leaf there was no reaction.
Vogel says plants react favorably to
being talked to, admired, or touched, and claims anyone can get a plant
to flourish and grow in direct proportion to the amount of affection and
admiration it receives from its caretaker.
As an example, in a recent article in
Harper's Magazine about plant research, Vogel said "love is expressed to
a plant as a wish for it to be happy and grow. It is like feeding it energy
in the form of psychic food."
Actually, there is nothing new in this
as scientists such as Charles Darwin and plant breeders like Santa Rosa’s
own Luther Burbank said similar things decades ago.
For instance, Burbank, according to
the author of the Harper's article, talked to his plants to create vibrations
of love, said he was able to build plants to a form mocked up in his mind,
and that plants responded to his mental image, indicating some form of
intelligence and transmission of thought. Burbank also was quoted as saying
"The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge,
How do plants react to humans?
For one thing, experiments have confirmed
the presence in plants of electric impulses similar to the well-known nerve
impulses in man, and these are transformed into motor impulses.
Similarly, Randall and Bob, who work
as a team at the college, Vogel and other authorities in the field, think
there is an energy exchange between plants and animals.
As an example, while working in the
laboratory with leaves of a plant attached to a galvanometer by electrodes,
Bob accidentally yawned, and this was markedly recorded on the machine's
graph. They then both began yawning, with similar results on the graph.
"This was one experiment that showed
us there is an energy exchange between plants and people," says Randall.
Other tests have shown, among other
things, that plants react to people being changed from a peaceful to excited
state through light or sound. Plants, for example, react favorably to classical
music (remember the experiments with cows and music in the barn?) but appear
to "cringe" at "acid rock."
Randall and Bob think this energy exchange
between plants and human, is more psychic than physical, and can be tapped
for the benefit of man.
"People have various levels of consciousness,
many of them hidden, and through the use of highly sensitive plants that
soon will be developed these levels could be measured.
"Some people have strong personalities,
others weak, and some have a lot of energy and others don't, and we are
able to sense these and other characteristics, which have an effect on
you could measure these characteristics, or talents, or levels of consciousness
or whatever you want to call them, you have many possibilities.
'''This could, for example, be especially
useful in career selection as you could tell if a psychologist has the
ability to help people, a lawyer is good at law, a politician at politics,
or artist at art. Many brilliant people or geniuses going unnoticed could
"Similarly, you could measure the negative
qualities of a person, such as whether he might be a criminal, have suicidal
tendencies, or be an airplane hijacker. I think it will only be a few years
before plants are used as a means of finding negative traits."
Randall and Bob think that the key to
this is the fact there is uniqueness to each individual's consciousness
(psyche), plants react in a certain way, and this can be measured.
Just as a plant reacts one way to a
joyous, loving person, and another to any angry, upset or depressed person,
they don't see why it wouldn't also react to more subtle personality traits.
Randall and Bob think first man will
develop highly sensitive plants for his own use, but eventually manufacture
semi-living crystals sensitive to changes in consciousness.
These crystals, they feel, only await
the discovery of the primary sensing source in plants. "There's no reason
why the source can't be isolated and manufactured to sense consciousness,"
With the crystals, they think man not
only will be able to very finely measure levels of consciousness such as
positive and negative Psychic energy, hut also span time and space.
"In the not too distant future man will
have mind actuated machines," says Randall. "He will think at a machine
and it will do what he wants it to."
If that seems rather far out, an electronics
engineer not too long ago was able to build sophisticated equipment to
mentally trigger a device through a plant at considerable distance. In
one experiment he set a philodendron on a laboratory bench 2 1/2 miles
from his home, and sent a strong emotion to the plant. When the plant received
his telepathic message, it triggered a radio signal that turned on the
ignition of a car in the laboratory parking lot, starting the motor.
The same engineer has conducted a similar
test 70 miles away, and believes it would be successful cross-country,
which would determine for the first time whether the energy of ESP travels
either at, or faster than, the speed of light.
Along the same line, Randall says He
has conducted a telepathic plant experiment of more than 100 miles with
He said he had the plant, a philodendron,
in the laboratory at the college and called Vogel in San Jose, asking him
to concentrate on the plant, then on his wife. The result was marked deviations
on a graph.
Randall thinks that with the development
of semi-living crystals and mind-actuated machines, man can harness the
energy exchange between himself and plants for many benefits.
"This would be a great boon to the space
program, for example, because you could locate a trouble spot in an instant
just by thinking at a machine.
"Or, say someone is down at the bottom
of the ocean in a submarine. He could communicate his problem instantly
using the same type of machine."
Randall and Bob, soon to receive degrees
in psychology and India studies, plan to seek masters' degrees and to continue
their research. They are applying for private grants for equipment and
to support themselves while doing the research. Most of this will be carried
on at what they feel is better conditions at Marcel Vogel's summer place
on the Russian River.
“This is a brand new field with many
ways to go” says Randall. "I guess that's one of the things that makes
it so exciting.
Up to now, man has been pretty much
centered on the physical world. But, by communicating with plants he will
be getting into the more subtle world of what makes him tick.
He’ll be getting inside the nature of
all living things and close to the source of life. And to solving all of
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