Instincts — Primary Perception | April 2004

FMBR Editorial: April, 2004

Instincts - Primary Perception

William C. Gough

Have you ever wondered about our instinctual response to life processes and events? There are times when we no longer function under the rational logic of the cognitive brain, but rather we respond intuitively relying upon the instincts encoded within our body. Famous athletes are an example. How would you respond to a baseball coming towards you at over 100 mph? Or remember the great musicians. For a pianist cognitive thought dissolves as their fingers instinctively respond to the musical score. Then there are the deep and difficult to remove memories stored in the bodies of abused children or soldiers who return from the horrors of war. I am working with a martial arts teacher and am amazed at how our bodies can be trained to instinctively react to repel an attack -- there is no time to "think." One appears to be training a survival technique based in antiquity.

Are we observing the original way that life had of knowing and surviving? Could this be how the simplest form of life responded to a threat? The process of life started when the first living system, the cell, appeared about 3.5 billion years ago. It was about a half billion years ago before the first multi-cellular organisms appeared on earth. However, it was only in the last few million years that human beings appeared. The human body can be considered a community of cells -- about 100 trillion, with 200 different types, that need to live in harmony. To accomplish this feat a very effective cellular communication process essential to the survival of these more complex life forms must have evolved.

What evidence do we have today that cells can join together, form cellular communities, communicate and share their awareness and thereby become more adept at survival? An amoeba named Dictyostelium, a single cell organism that feeds upon bacteria, provides an interesting example of how individual cells can cooperate. When these amoebas are under stress due to food shortage, about 100,000 individual cells form a mound about the size of a grain of sand. The mound then begins to act as if it were an organism and develops into something like a crawling slug form. The slug now goes through another change -- the back end catches up with the tip, and the slug turns into a blob. The blob then grows into a slender stalk carrying spores. Later these spores split open and free the individual amoeba to start their life process anew.

Cells may have a survival instinct but is there such a thing as a cellular memory? The medical profession is becoming increasingly aware that the cellular structure of transplanted organs carry with them a memory content to a degree never before considered possible. After heart implants, food and music likes and dislikes sometimes change dramatically, a person?s behavior such as their approach to sexual activities can suddenly be modified, and recipients occasionally even use words they never spoke before.

If cells have a memory and can communicate, can the effects of this biocommunication between cells be detected by instruments? For almost 40 years one researcher, Cleve Backster, has pursued this question. Cleve had become an expert with the use of lie detectors. He was Director of the Keeler Polygraph Institute and worked for the CIA on interrogation tactics. In 1966 he attached a plant to a polygraph. The polygraph recording pen moved rapidly to the top of the chart when Cleve's thought and intention was "to burn the leaf." 

As a result of this intriguing response, Cleve became obsessed with a desire to understand the cellular communication process which he called primary perception. Studies were done on various plants; brine shrimp; non-fertile chicken eggs; E. Coli bacteria; bacteria present in plain yogurt; bacteria from an aquarium; in vitro animal cells; in vitro human white blood cells (oral leukocytes); human spermatozoa; and human whole blood. The instrumentation used was primarily the GSR (skin conductance) component of the polygraph, but later included electro-encephalograph (EEG) and electro-cardiograph (EKG). Distance seemed to impose no limitations to communication between cells. For example, Dr. Brian O'Leary, a NASA scientist-astronaut, conducted successful experiments with Cleve both in the laboratory and over distances of 350 miles away using his own donated white blood cells. Also, the use of electromagnetic shielding in experiments produced no deterring effects upon results implying a non-local process.

Cleve Backster's research has been replicated, but others have failed in their attempts at replication and disparage his work. Cleve believes there exists a strong propensity for an "experimenter effect" in this type of research. The connection or bond between the experimenter and the life form being monitored must be eliminated. This is the reason that Cleve eventually used automated experiments. In addition, his research clearly indicates the importance of spontaneity and sincere intention. Both plants and human cells appear to discriminate between a thought that you do not really mean and a thought that is "for real." Thus, what appears to be occurring in Cleve's experiments is a communication between one's thoughts and one's cells regardless of where the cells are located -- an instantaneous non-local linkage.

In quantum physics non-local "communication" requires two identical particles that were once together to be separated. Is their any data supportive of the existence of non-local connections between humans? In nearly all cases, the development of a multicellular organism begins with a single cell - the fertilized egg. Identical twins result from the splitting of a single egg. Now imagine identical twins separated at birth who meet each other years later. Since they have identical DNA one would expect that their physical characteristics like height and weight would be quite similar. However, although they were never in contact over the years and experienced different environmental conditions, researchers found that frequently habits like smoking, drinking, nail biting, the way they laugh, their gestures and mannerisms were also identical. Even their religious attitudes, their choice of jobs, and creative activities were often identical.

The model that Dr. Bob Shacklett, Dr. Dean Brown and I put forth predicts that all cells are linked to a non-local spaceless-timeless continuum that we have called the Absolute. The cells therefore can access the wisdom of the interconnected web of the whole. Since you cannot deceive the all-knowing Absolute, your cells and those of a plant "intuitively" perceive when your intent is not sincere. This "primary perception" and instinctive knowing of the cells in your body is the reason it's important for healing to use visualization and sincerely "talk" to your body. It is also why you say "thank you," since you are interacting with the Absolute -- some would say God.

William C. Gough, FMBR Chairman of the Board