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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
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.