This nOde last updated April 8th, 2002 and is permanently morphing...
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Morphogenetic fields are
basically non-physical blueprints that give birth to forms. They carry information
only, not energy, and are available throughout time
and space without any loss of intensity
after they have been created. They are created by the patterns of physical
forms (including such things as crystals as well as biological systems).
They help guide the formation of later similar systems. And finally, a
newly forming system "tunes into" a previous system by having within it
a "seed" that resonates with a similar seed in the earlier form. Thus,
from this perspective, the DNA
in the genes of a living system (like an oak tree) does not carry all the
information needed to shape that system, but it can act as a "tuning seed"
that tunes in the morphogenetic fields of previous systems of the same
type. Morphogenetic fields are thus the repositories of what might be described
as genetic habits.
In addition, these same concepts
can be used to explain some of the mysteries about human memory.
In effect, our brains are not so much libraries
as they are sending and receiving stations that leave a continuous trail
of experience imprinted in morphogenetic fields and then "recall" previous
experiences by tuning in to that trail....[thus] using morphogenetic fields
as the carrier of memory implies no absolute separation between minds.
Further, it suggests that our identity is dual, like an electron that is
both a particle and a wave.
We have aspects that are unique and totally individual, yet at the same
time much of our thought and behavior is shaped by, and particpates in,
and helps create transpersonal morphogenetic fields....We are thus both
individuals and expressions of/creators of a group mind - like the Jungian collective
unconscious, but more extensive, and in some aspects more changeable.
Because our brains contain levels (mammalian, reptilian, etc.) that connect
us to other species, that group mind includes all life. We may even find,
as we explore the possibilities of consciousness associated with what we
now think of as non-living matter, that we are linked in consciousness
to all creation. We would thus be linked to the stars not only through
the chemicals in our bodies, but through our minds as well. Accepting the
idea of morphogenetic fields also opens the door to the scientific investigation
of the idea that consciousness and mental processes
can function without physical support. This would allow the existence of
non-physical beings (gods, angels, life after death, etc.) - a subject
of prime interest to most religious and spiritual traditions." (Robert
Gilman, excerpted from http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC12/Sheldrak.htm
After Sheldrake took several
extended trips to India, he developed his theory of "morphic
resonance." He put forth the notion that morphic fields influence everything
from plant growth to migration patterns to what C.G.
Jung called the "collective unconscious." He wrote, "As time
goes on, each type of organism forms a special kind of cumulative collective
memory. The regularities of nature are therefore habitual. Things are as
they are because they were as they were."
Does the Solar System have a mind?
In any holistic model of reality, it seems entirely natural to suppose that Gaia has a kind of mind, and that the Gaian mind is embedded in the Solar System mind, and the Solar System mind is embedded in the Galactic mind. These higher levels of consciousness, which may be hard for us to conceive of, seem likely to exist by a simple logical argument.
(More specifically) ...
What about the solar mind?
The sun has a very complex resonant pattern of magnetic fields with cellular vortices throughout its whole surface. It's a complex system of probabilistic turbulences and resonances with complete polar reversals about every eleven years, at the time of sunspot maxima. There's a physical interface - if mind has to have a physical interface - that is an electromagnetic one at that. The Solar System as a whole involves all the planets, all the gravitational interactions, and the electomagnetic field of the sun, in which everything is made manifest through light. This field includes us, sitting here in this room, and everything else that's illuminated by it.
If light and vision are associated,
.. then all things illuminated by the sun may in some sense be seen by
it. The sun in many cultures is called an eye. In Malay, for example, the
word for the sun is 'mata hari', 'the eye of the day'. On the great seal
of the United States, shown on every dollar bill, there is the Egyptian
symbol of the Eye of Horus
- the radiant eye - the sun - both a seeing eye and an emitter of light.