Morphogenetic fields, Sheldrake’s idea of formative causation (greatly simplified) is as follows:
Morphogenetic fields are basically non-physical blueprints that give birth to forms. They carry information only, not energy, and are available throughout time and space without any loss of intensity after they have been created. They are created by the patterns of physical forms (including such things as crystals as well as biological systems). They help guide the formation of later similar systems. And finally, a newly forming system “tunes into” a previous system by having within it a “seed” that resonates with a similar seed in the earlier form. Thus, from this perspective, the DNA in the genes of a living system (like an oak tree) does not carry all the information needed to shape that system, but it can act as a “tuning seed” that tunes in the morphogenetic fields of previous systems of the same type. Morphogenetic fields are thus the repositories of what might be described as genetic habits.
In addition, these same concepts can be used to explain some of the mysteries about human memory. In effect, our brains are not so much libraries as they are sending and receiving stations that leave a continuous trail of experience imprinted in morphogenetic fields and then “recall” previous experiences by tuning in to that trail….[thus] using morphogenetic fields as the carrier of memory implies no absolute separation between minds. Further, it suggests that our identity is dual, like an electron that is both a particle and a wave. We have aspects that are unique and totally individual, yet at the same time much of our thought and behavior is shaped by, and particpates in, and helps create transpersonal morphogenetic fields….We are thus both individuals and expressions of/creators of a group mind – like the Jungian collective unconscious, but more extensive, and in some aspects more changeable. Because our brains contain levels (mammalian, reptilian, etc.) that connect us to other species, that group mind includes all life. We may even find, as we explore the possibilities of consciousness associated with what we now think of as non-living matter, that we are linked in consciousness to all creation. We would thus be linked to the stars not only through the chemicals in our bodies, but through our minds as well. Accepting the idea of morphogenetic fields also opens the door to the scientific investigation of the idea that consciousness and mental processes can function without physical support. This would allow the existence of non-physical beings (gods, angels, life after death, etc.) – a subject of prime interest to most religious and spiritual traditions.” (Robert Gilman, excerpted from http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC12/Sheldrak.htm )
Sheldrake discovered that around 1920, three biologists — Hans Spemann, Alexander Gurwitsch and Paul Weiss — independently proposed that morphogenesis is organized by fields. (Albert Einstein extended this field concept to include the gravitational field that holds the universe together.)
After Sheldrake took several extended trips to India, he developed his theory of “morphic resonance.” He put forth the notion that morphic fields influence everything from plant growth to migration patterns to what C.G. Jung called the “collective unconscious.” He wrote, “As time goes on, each type of organism forms a special kind of cumulative collective memory. The regularities of nature are therefore habitual. Things are as they are because they were as they were.”
Sheldrake was heavily influence by Goethe.
Does the Solar System have a mind?
In any holistic model of reality, it seems entirely natural to suppose that Gaia has a kind of mind, and that the Gaian mind is embedded in the Solar System mind, and the Solar System mind is embedded in the Galactic mind. These higher levels of consciousness, which may be hard for us to conceive of, seem likely to exist by a simple logical argument.
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What about the solar mind?
The sun has a very complex resonant pattern of magnetic fields with cellular vortices throughout its whole surface. It’s a complex system of probabilistic turbulences and resonances with complete polar reversals about every eleven years, at the time of sunspot maxima. There’s a physical interface – if mind has to have a physical interface – that is an electromagnetic one at that. The Solar System as a whole involves all the planets, all the gravitational interactions, and the electomagnetic field of the sun, in which everything is made manifest through light. This field includes us, sitting here in this room, and everything else that’s illuminated by it.
If light and vision are associated, .. then all things illuminated by the sun may in some sense be seen by it. The sun in many cultures is called an eye. In Malay, for example, the word for the sun is ‘mata hari’, ‘the eye of the day’. On the great seal of the United States, shown on every dollar bill, there is the Egyptian symbol of the Eye of Horus – the radiant eye – the sun – both a seeing eye and an emitter of light.
- 604 track _Morphic Resonance_ by Darshan off of the _Windchime MP3/Morphic Resonance_ 12″ on Flying Rhino
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- Terence McKenna