The Morphogenetic Field (Body Field) – Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D
note: THIS THEORY IS BEING PROVEN BY SCIENCE AGAIN AND AGAIN. I.E.: BIO-PHOTONIC LIQUID CRYSTAL MATRIX? AND GENETIC BIO-COMPUTER CONCEPTS PROVING TO BE TRUE)
“Morphic field” is a term introduced by Sheldrake. He proposes that there is a field within and around a “morphic unit” which organizes its characteristic structure and pattern of activity.
According to Sheldrake, the “morphic field” underlies the formation and behavior of “holons” and “morphic units“, and can be set up by the repetition of similar acts or thoughts.
The hypothesis is that a particular form belonging to a certain group, which has already established its (collective) “morphic field“, will tune into that “morphic field“. The particular form will read the collective information through the process of “morphic resonance“, using it to guide its own development.
This development of the particular form will then provide, again through “morphic resonance”, a feedback to the “morphic field” of that group, thus strengthening it with its own experience, resulting in new information being added (i.e. stored in the database).
Sheldrake regards the “morphic fields” as a universal database for both organic (living) and abstract (mental) forms.
That a mode of transmission of shared informational patterns and archetypes might exist did gain some tacit acceptance when it was proposed as the theory of the collective unconscious by renowned psychiatrist Carl Jung.
According to Sheldrake, the theory of “morphic fields” might provide an explanation for Jung’s concept as well. Also, he agrees that the concept of akashic records, term from Vedas representing the “library” of all the experiences and memories of human minds (souls) through their physical lifetime, can be related to “morphic fields”, since one’s past (an akashic record) is a mental form, consisting of thoughts as simpler mental forms (all processed by the same brain), and a group of similar or related mental forms also have their associated (collective) “morphic field”. (Sheldrake’s view on memory-traces is that they are non-local, and not located in the brain.)
- Morphic resonance
Essential to Sheldrake’s model is the hypothesis of morphic resonance. This is a feedback mechanism between the field and the corresponding forms of morphic units. The greater the degree of similarity, the greater the resonance, leading to habituation or persistence of particular forms. So, the existence of a morphic field makes the existence of a new similar form easier.
Sheldrake proposes that the process of morphic resonance leads to stable morphic fields, which are significantly easier to tune into.
He suggests that this is the means by which simpler organic forms synergetically self-organize into more complex ones, and that this model allows a different explanation for the process of evolution itself, as an addition to Darwin’s evolutionary processes of selection and variation.
- Morphogenetic field
Morphogenetic fields are defined by Sheldrake as the subset of morphic fields which influence, and are influenced by living things.
The term [morphic fields] is more general in its meaning than morphogenetic fields, and includes other kinds of organizing fields in addition to those of morphogenesis; the organizing fields of animal and human behavior, of social and cultural systems, and of mental activity can all be regarded as morphic fields which contain an inherent memory. —Rupert Sheldrake, The Presence of the Past (Chapter 6, page 112)
The term morphogenetic field generally referred to a “collection of cells by whose interactions a particular organ formed“ in 1920s and 1930s experimental embryology.
“The genetics program of biology was originally in direct opposition to the concept of morphogenetic fields… an alternative to the gene as the unit of ontogeny.”
Due to the success of genetics, the term fell into widespread disfavor in the 1960s, although it could be still be found in developmental biology literature regarding limb and heart fields. “In such instances, no claims are usually made other than that these areas of mesoderm are destined to form these particular structures”.
Sheldrake commented on the distinction between his usage and that of the biologist, whom he said uses the term “morphic field” as a heuristic device, which is conceptually distinct from his own use of the term.
He says that most biologists regard morphogenetic fields as “a way of thinking about morphogenesis rather than something that really exists.”