Rupert Sheldrake – The Memories In Nature


The Memories In Nature

……….. Morphic resonance is a memory principle in nature.  Anything similar in a self-organizing system will be influenced by anything that has happened in the past, and anything in the future that happens in a similar system will be influenced by what happens now.  So it is a memory in nature based on similarity, and it applies to atoms, molecules, crystals, living organisms, animals, plants, brains, societies, and indeed, planets and galaxies . . . it is a principle of memory and habit in nature.

……….. If somebody learns a new skill, say windsurfing, then the more people that learn it, the easier it becomes for everyone else because of morphic resonance. However, if you train rats to learn a new trick in one place, like Los Angeles, then rats all over the world should be able to learn the trick more quickly because the first group of rats learned it. That’s what I’m saying morphic resonance does.  It’s the kind of interconnection between all similar organisms across space and time. It works from the past and connects like a kind of collective memory, and it interconnects all the members of a species.

……….. ‘The Laws Of Nature are more like habits but they are not fixed and can evolve. All species including humans draw on a collective memory.’

………… ‘What you do, what you say and what you think can influence other people by morphic resonance.  So, we’re more responsible for our actions, words and thoughts on this principle than we would otherwise be. There is no immoral filter in morphic resonance, which means that we have to be more careful about what we are thinking if we are concerned about the effect we have on others.

Rupert Sheldrake

According to Research Biologist/Biochemist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, the phenomenon of  ‘Morphic Resonance’  arises from a non-physical aspect of memory that he calls a ‘morphic field.’   The shapes of all living organisms – and some inanimate objects such as crystals – are somehow determined by a form of ‘energetic’ resonance between the actual chemistry involved in building these structures and the postulated non-material field.

The information carried within morphic fields is determined by simple force of habit according to Sheldrake.  Things become the way they are largely because of how they were in the past, unless the current activities of the organisms/inanimate structures change theinformation that the fields contain.  Importantly, Sheldrake also maintains that ‘Ordinary memory works by morphic resonance; memories are not stored in the brain.  Instead, the brain works like a receiver across time.’  When we recall a past event, we tune into the corresponding segments of the morphic field, giving us access to information across time.

Some Implications For Dowsing

Setting aside, for the moment, the recurrent nods towards pan-psychism in Sheldrake’s writing, the most important properties for dowsers ascribed to Morphic Resonance are probably three-fold:

a)  that Morphic Resonance is, essentially, just another source of information  that can be accessed by appropriate dowsing techniques.

b) that its potency increases with repetition across members of a species or across classes of object.

c) that its capacity or function as a collective memory implies that  real  – and potentially identifiable  –  interpersonal influences are possible, even between members of different species. (See Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home; And Other Unexplained Powers Of  Animals. and also The Sense Of Being Stared At: And Other Aspects Of The Extended Mind. )

Naturally enough, Sheldrake’s ideas have been roundly dismissed by most of the orthodox scientific community, but he remains unabashed – and, in response to Richard Dawkins’ ‘The God Delusion’, he has produced his own rebuttal of materialistic scientific methods, ‘The Science Delusion‘ .

This work, together with his publications specifically about Morphic Resonance (The Presence Of The Past: Morphic Resonance and The Habits Of Nature  and A New Science Of Life) constitute sufficient reason to explore Sheldrake’s output – but there is even more. Rupert Sheldrake is a profoundly spiritual man, who spent some of his time while researching plant biology in India at the small Christian Ashram run by the Benedictine monk Father Bede Griffiths.  There, Father Griffiths helped him to forge connections in his own worldview between Eastern religious traditions and Christianity. (See the Sheldrake website for more details.)

Sheldrake has also worked with the American theologian Matthew Fox (author of  Original Blessing : A Primer Of Creation Spirituality ) on a remarkable, if unlikely, book called The Physics Of Angels: Exploring The Realm Where Spirit And Science Meet.  This should be of some interest – if not compulsory reading – for admirers of dowser Christopher Strong, whose work in a similar field may be more familiar to the dowsing community in the UK.

Morphic Labelling

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In the next section ‘Morphic Labelling – Improving the Perception of Music’ we describe how Morphic Resonance forms a key element in the production of BK’s labels.

Nigel Twinn and Bill Kenny

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