Excerpted and Adapted from: “M-Joy Practically Speaking” By Melissa Joy
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. —William Blake
Reality is virtually a symbolic representation of patterns of information. Notice the patterns and come explore the connections with the interlocking grids of consciousness that permeate the all that is.
As beings of limitless potential, we actually can choose where to resonate, which helps to shape our experiences. Resonate with fields of limitations, and limitations are what you will encounter within yourself and everything around you. Resonate with fields of limitless potential, and anything is possible. Through consciousness potential and resonance, we can expand our apertures of awareness to experience the full expression of ourselves as limitless beings. Through awareness, we can become more adept at recognizing the informational fields with which we are connecting that influence our experiences. What we take resonance with, takes residence within us.
Consider that experience is a function of light, information, and resonance. We are beings of light. That which is light interacts with information as potential through morphic fields of consciousness.
These interactions create connections or resonances with the information contained in morphic fields. What unfolds from the information within morphic fields of consciousness is, in turn, expressed through all of us as energy and experience.
We can gain in depth understanding of the science of morphic field resonance by referring to the extensive pioneering work of biologist Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. His groundbreaking scientific theory on morphic fields has transformed how we understand consciousness, biology, and behavior. Practically speaking, morphic field resonance may also further explain the nature of change and transformation.
According to Dr. Sheldrake:
The word morphic field comes from the Greek morphe, meaning form. Morphic fields organize the form, structure and patterned interactions of systems under their influence. . . .
All self-organizing systems are wholes made up of parts, which are in turn lower-level wholes themselves—such as organelles in cells, cells in tissues, tissues in organs, organs in organisms, organisms in social groups. At each level, the morphic field gives each whole its characteristic properties, and coordinates the constituent parts.
The fields responsible for the development and maintenance of bodily form in plants and animals are called morphogenetic fields. In animals, the organization of behavior and mental activity depends on behavioral and mental fields. The organization of societies and cultures depends on social and cultural fields. All these kinds of organizing fields are morphic fields.[i]
Consider that the experience of your personal reality will vary immensely depending upon your resonance with social, cultural, psychological, and even biological morphic fields. Social morphic fields overlap with cultural morphic fields that can, in turn, influence psychological and biological morphic fields, and vice versa.[ii]
According to Dr. Sheldrake, a morphic field is “a field within and around a morphic unit.” In turn, a morphic field organizes a morphic unit’s characteristic structure and pattern of activity. He continues:
Morphic fields underlie the form and behavior of holons or morphic units at all levels of complexity. The term morphic field includes morphogenetic, behavioral, social, cultural, and mental fields. Morphic fields are shaped and stabilized by morphic resonance from previous similar morphic units, which were under the influence of fields of the same kind.[iii]
Through repetition, the patterns morphic fields organize become increasingly probable, increasingly habitual. The force that these fields exert is the force of habit.
—Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.
“The force that these (morphic) fields exert,” states Sheldrake, “is the force of habit.”[iv] Hmmm? And we know that habits can be broken, changed, or transformed through awareness. And we know that new habits can be formed with finesse and focused intent.
Practically speaking, morphic fields serve as containers for consciousness; they hold patterned information that gives shape to our experiences. If morphic fields develop and evolve through similarity, repetition, and resonance, then consider that we can change our resonance with morphic fields in the same way that we change our habits. We can choose a different focus and change the programmed behavior. Through our intention and attention, without tension, we can affect our resonance with these fields of information that affect our experience.
Consider the global morphic field of fear. In many aspects this field of fear is based on the fear of death. Not surprisingly, most fears actually stem from a core fear of death, which is a morphic field unto itself. With a bit of awareness, it is easy to observe that the morphic fields of religion and politics have been reinforced and perpetuated with and through the fear of death field.
The global morphic field of fear may have started long, long ago with a holon or a morphic unit of thought. Perhaps fear was simply an inherent, perceived threat to survival. After all, a hungry saber-toothed tiger used to be a realistic threat to survival. When challenged by a tiger, the fear of death resonated, as did the primal instinct to either run from or slay the tiger. In this sense, the fear was valid and a perceived matter of survival, not only of self, but of others, as well. When we perceive a threat to life, our autonomic nervous system takes over. We are super-revved with adrenaline and supercharged with a chemical rush of energy that enables us to respond with amazing speed, clarity, and precision.
When challenged by the presence of a tiger, imagine for a moment that our ancestors chose to run from the beast and, thankfully, survived. The gallant survivors would have shared with their tribal community the idea of this very real threat, which was based on a very real experience, and wisely advised everyone of the optimal known survival options, which were to either run from tigers or slay tigers.
Imagine that, as time went on, other tribal members encountered tigers while going about their daily rituals. Sensing fear, supercharged with adrenaline, and recalling the two optimal known survival options previously shared with the community, the threatened men chose to kill the tiger. Heroically, they returned to the village and glorified their hunting stories by inserting bits of creative and exaggerated details to impress the ladies.
Fear was now being further propagated throughout the community in conversational gossip regarding anything that might threaten survival. In addition, those individuals who had encountered a tiger decided to appoint themselves to encode and create rules for the rest of the tribe to keep everyone safe. With their newly self-appointed leadership roles intact, the great leaders again sensed, physiologically and energetically, a pumping and surging of adrenaline. Morphic units, as thoughts and feelings of power, were embedded into the growing morphic field of fear. It is easy to see how the morphic field of power structure was birthed and enabled to protect the community by exploiting the community’s vulnerabilities and fears. This power structure, in turn, created yet another morphic field, perceived safety.
As communal members ourselves, we are sometimes grateful for the programmed rules that encode for optimal and evolving options. As our options have evolved, we not only can run from tigers and slay tigers, but now we also can hide from tigers. We can also listen to our fearless newly appointed leaders and entrust our survival to the chosen ones who know because they have both encountered and survived a threat referred to as tigers.
It was not abnormal and is not abnormal for tribal members to become increasingly fearful given the limited available choices for tiger-survival. Through such debilitating fear, people become entirely dependent upon the directives of community leaders. This is how relinquishing the personal power of choice to our leaders evolves. This is often why we, as tribal members, succumb and do exactly as we are told.
This is an example of how the morphic resonance of fear increases, perpetuates, and evolves. Fear is literally in the air. In response to the fear of death, the fear of surviving, and/or the fear of fear itself, women and children in many cultures are no longer able to roam freely because they are perceived to be more vulnerable than men. Accordingly, women often habitually rely upon men to protect them and their children from the tigers. Children grow up fearing the tigers or perceived threats, and may even train their whole lives to fight against the tigers or perceived threats.
Literally and metaphorically, the real threat is not the tigers, but the village on the other side of the mountain. It could be that the adjacent village’s tee-pees are getting too close to our river, which is our tribe’s main source of water. People perceive this territorial movement as a threat and automatically associate it with the tiger. Leaders encourage this fear-based perception. Communal resonance with the deeply engrained habit to run from the tiger or to kill the tiger kicks in. Hiding is not an option because communal resources are threatened. Unwilling to uproot an entire village in search of new land, tribal members choose the perceived optimal option in response to the perceived fear. The option chosen is to kill the tiger, except this time the killing is a war that decimates the opponent’s entire community. We conquer the tigers or the perceived threats rather than the fear itself. We have now added additional morphic units of survival to the morphic field of fear. The idea, or morphic unit, of war is thus born, which eventually becomes a global morphic field unto itself, as well.
Instead of choosing to share the flow of the river and the endless supply of water that nature has always provided, we habitually choose to respond with fear. Instead of choosing to communicate and collaborate with each other, we unfortunately choose to compete with and destroy each other.
Fast-forward to modern times where the actual threat of the tiger is no longer imminent or even valid. Fear of survival has taken on a much bigger placeholder in the global morphic field of fear. Fear permeates everything. We no longer even know what it is we are really afraid of because so many confusing messages and perceived threats saturate society. Fear has become something we relate to as separate from ourselves. We perceive fear as coming from a force out there, outside of ourselves, rather than something coming from within us. We do not see fear as a part of our own resonance. Interestingly enough, we have never even met the tiger, and we often do not realize that the tiger is within us.
As we can see, morphic fields of religions and governments have formed, evolved, and been perpetuated from the global morphic field of fear. In turn, these resonant fields have made contributions to the ever-expanding growth of the global morphic field of fear. The feedback and reinforcement are synergistic.
Religious and political morphic fields promise honesty to, protection of, and ever-lasting life to the people. There is nothing ultimately wrong with religion or politics per se, except that these morphic fields are often fertile breeding grounds for fear. Most of our wars are fought in the name of religion and politics. Ironically, wars perpetuate the very fear of survival and fear of death we seek to avoid.
Societies have been programmed for fear. The morphic field of fear is all around us. Media feeds this field by regurgitating news draped in terror. “Be afraid!” is the message. “Terrible things are happening everywhere!” News is slanted and tainted to ensure that our focus is fear-based. There are a few good-news networks on the Internet, but not everyone has access to them. Mainstream news networks know that fear grosses higher ratings and that higher ratings, in turn, feed the global morphic field of economy. In many ways, we have been programmed for fear and naively tune into news as a matter of habit. News is not new news. It has become a morphic field of habit.
Even conspiracy theories, while attempting to reveal the truth of certain power-elite structures that also thrive on fear, are fear-propagating memes. Any conspiracy theory that puts us in resonance with something that is supposedly conspiring-against us is no better than the so-called truth the theory seeks to reveal.
There is a big difference between sharing information as an offering so that people can make informed choices for themselves about what to believe and spreading supposed truths that are cloaked in fear. The former, sharing information, allows for choices of resonant truth. The latter, spreading supposed truths cloaked in fear, perpetrates separative fear. All fear is a deception of perception.
Universal consciousness with its infinite potentials does not conspire against us through divisive perspectives of limiting fears. Universal consciousness inspires to create more of itself with us as unified and expansive love.
The morphic field of fear keeps us bound in limitations. When we are resonating in fear, we tend to give away our personal power. When we are resonating in fear, we tend to forget we have options. When we are resonating in fear, we often forget who we are. When we are resonating in fear, we forget we are love. When we are resonating in fear, we are unable to share love.
What if fear is simply love in a confused, or con-fused (conceptually fused), state? What if fear, like darkness that is light distanced from itself, is simply a distancing of love from itself? What if fear is just love con-formed and con-firmed by distorted associations that prevent it from recognizing itself? What if fear is simply a movement in awareness away from the love that we are?
Consider fear of death. Perhaps fear of death is instead love of life. Consider fear of rejection. Perhaps fear of rejection is instead love for others. Consider fear of failure. Perhaps fear of failure is instead just love of personal growth and accomplishment. It appears that all fears are instead forms of love turned inside-out and upside-down. Various distortions of love that are masked in fear can take on corresponding resonant expressions that bear no resemblance to our perceptions and/or understandings of love. Murder. Rape. War. Tyranny. But at the root of these distorted fears, and corresponding, contorted morphic fields, there is always a love of something deeper.
When we begin to recognize our personal resonance with morphic fields of limitation, such as fear, we can dismantle our personal connection to these fields and individually tune into more expansive fields. We can do so by recognizing the programs, or memes, that are keeping us contained by or resonating with specific morphic fields.
When we unplug from morphic fields of limitations, such as fear, it is akin to taking back our personal and our collective power. It is akin to neutralizing the morphic units we may have unknowingly contributed to, morphic units that provide a charge that affords more power, shape, and form to a given field. This charge, in turn, generates a more fearful resonance, thus creating more personal, fear-based experiences. Thankfully, we can take back these charges with no further accumulated interest.
When we choose to re-appropriate our personal morphic units of limitation to morphic fields of expansion, we ultimately experience more for ourselves. In turn, the morphic fields of expansion we resonate with grow along with us.
Morphic fields are all around us. When we become more aware of them, we can learn to modify our resonance and therefore change our experience so we can live more expansive lives. We can intentionally tap into specific morphic fields of potential to assist us in our experiential journey of limitless living.
- Sheldrake, Morphic Resonance.
[ii] Sheldrake, Morphic Resonance.