Morphogenesis (from the Greek morphê - shape and genesis - creation, literally, "beginning of the shape") is the function of influence that determines the way that something develops. In its common use in biology, it is the biological process that causes an organism to develop its form. When it comes to conscious evolution we talk of the morphic field as that aspect or condition of vibrational energy, as an element of the evolutionary impulse, that defines us all and that we control through the alignment and resonance of our own vibrational energy “contribution” to the total field.
Core Concept: There are invisible energetic fields that influence behavior.
Rupert Sheldrake offers a hypothesis of formative causation that involves "morphic fields," which provide the pattern for both physical objects and living beings. Morphogenetic fields are defined by Sheldrake as the subset of morphic fields which influence, and are influenced by, living things. 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."
The importance of this concept for Conscious Evolution is that if a certain critical mass of people behave and think in a certain way (ethical, loving, creative) a morphic field is created which makes it easier for others to experience that conditional state. Every one of us who experiences an awakening, a sense of comprehensive compassion for the whole is helping to build and to share the morphic field. The hypothesis here is that when the field is sufficiently infused, it becomes a new morphic seed/unit available to all.
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