Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Morphic/Morphogenetic Field and Resonance


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 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 behaviour, 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)

In the context of morphic fields and conscious evolution, resonance is the function of synchronous or “harmonic” vibrational energy that is manifested by people in mutual states of attunement and alignment. Attunement and alignment have a variety of contexts most often associated with love, respect, gratitude, graciousness, and thankfulness but can extend to any aspect of significant human focus. These feelings CAN have discrete manifestations, such as two people being deeply in love with each other, or be a shared general manifestation, such as a broad appreciation of a beautiful day in nature by everyone who has the opportunity to experience it. This link exemplifies the concept - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zl9puhwiyw

Thus, as we gain facility with the “tuning” and “play” of the instrument that is ourself, we can appropriately align to contribute our output to the greater whole of the assembled group. This “group” may be family, community, neighborhood, church community, or an ad hoc gathering of people in some location. When we “play” with the larger group it is incumbent upon us to be aware not just of our own internal tune, but of how we combine with the tone and timber of the rest of the group. What is the TOTAL output of sound and how does my contribution affect that? These very real attributes of resonance, in the classic sense of the word, are vitally important in that we can adjust our own tone, volume, or timber (generally the way we play), without changing our “tune”, to produce a richer, more resonant total vibrational result.

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.

Thanks for being there and reading this - may you have a good day :-)

Smokemaster John

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