Episode 38: Morphic Resonance Theory and the Universal Life Force with Rupert Sheldrake, PhD
What is the premise of the Morphic Resonance Theory? The lower laws of nature are more like habits. Meaning, each species has a type of collective memory, the collective unconscious so to speak, not just a memory of behavior like instinct, but also a form. For example, when a cabbage grows, it's tapping into a collective cabbage memory, a memory of form. This understanding in general isn’t a new concept. However, what Dr. Sheldrake’s theory also suggests is there's a resonance between similar self-organizing systems across space and time.
Morphic resonance is a holistic theory. It works through morphic fields rather than in granulated atomistic bits—in other words, in-form-motion rather than simply information, which extends from a memory source that exists in a morphic field, a form of energy, outside the brain.
“Memory is a phenomenon in time, not in space, and I think that the whole of the past is potentially present everywhere and that we access it through resonance on the basis of similarity.” According to French philosopher Henri Bergson, memories are not stored in brains and involve a direct transfer across time.
Morphogenetic fields reverberate and exchange information within a universal life force. Do you ever feel someone staring at you only to turn around to find there is? How do your pets know you’re on your way home? A mother’s intuition is another example of the energetic exchange of information. What patterns and information are you sending?