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Morphogenetic Fields of Body and Mind

Presenter: Dr. Rupert Sheldrake

*This presentation was part of our online event, World Summit of Integrative Medicine 2015.

What is Morphic Resonance?

According to the hypothesis of formative causation, all self-organizing systems, including crystals, plants, and animals contain an inherent memory, given by a process called morphic resonance from previous similar systems. 

All human beings draw upon a collective human memory, and in turn, contribute to it. Even individual memory depends on morphic resonance rather than on physical memory traces stored within the brain. This hypothesis is testable experimentally and implies that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits.

What is a Morphogenetic Field?

Morphic resonance works through morphic fields, which organize the bodies of plants and animals through vibratory patterns and underlie their abilities to regenerate and heal after damage. 

Morphic fields also coordinate the vibratory activities of the nervous system and are closely connected to mental activity. Minds are extended beyond brains through these fields, and the effects of attention and intention at a distance can be detected experimentally. However, unlike a known field like magnetic fields or gravitation fields – there is still much to be learned about morphic fields.

Morphic Fields, Developmental Biology, and Healing

Morphogenetic fields shape form and, therefore, can determine and guide healing. From biochemistry and cell biology to collective memory and even to embryonic development – morphic fields and morphic resonance involves shaping a person’s very being.

Therefore, an awareness of morphic resonance theory and the field reaction with biological systems can help practitioners to better heal their patients.


The area of morphogenetics works in such a way as to affect our ability to remember and could one day unlock the solution to diseases like Alzheimer’s. Subsequent generations may be better poised to use a combination of quantum physics and biology to understand the morphic resonance effect on a living system.

Social Groups

As the scientific community understands it, a morphic field helps determine common social patterns in animals, for example, why many species flock during winter months. Morphic fields may guide even human minds and our individual cells in social terms.

Learn more about morphogenetic fields and healing.

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