How do I view Morphic Resonance? Dr. Sheldrake explains that people with brain injures cannot tune into the morphic fields. Because of their injuries, these people have lost that ability. Along with skeptics, people with brain disorders are excluded from experiencing Morphic Resonance. Since I have a brain injury, I have no direct experience with these fields.
Therefore, I am forced to rely on the experiences of others. What I am struck by is how strongly Morphic Resonance relies on people’s beliefs or lack their of. Until other scientists can replicate Dr. Sheldrake’s results, Morphic Resonance remains a theory in the field of philosophy.
However, I did conduct a thought experiment to see how Morphic fields would work. Because of my brain injury, I have no sense of time. I see the flow of time as colors. For me, Christmas was a day of scarlet red and emerald green. My notes of the day before and after were of different colors. Moreover, this particular combination of red and green colors has not appeared in January. I think that since thousands of people were celebrating Christmas using those colors of red and green, I may have tapped into something. Following Dr. Sheldrake’s reasoning, I could have experienced Morphic Resonance since thousands of people before me have used those particular colors to represent Christmas.
Is Morphic Resonance a good theory to rely on? Dr. Sheldrake explains how rituals connect people to their deep past and ancestors through Morphic Resonance. Since many rituals often remain unchanged for years at a time, when they are performed by people, the morphic fields around each ritual is strengthened. Therefore, every person who performs a particular ritual will then tap into the Morphic Resonance around the ritual. Therefore, people become connected to their deep past. This is comforting to many people to know that they can be a part of a “Great Chain of Being”.
In addition, many laws of Western magick reflect the principles of Morphic Resonance. The Law of Sympathy states that “Everything is connected to everything else.” The Law of Similarity establishes a relationship between two similar objects (“This is that.”). The Law of Contagion (“This was that, and still is.”) follows the idea of similar actions adding to the morphic fields. Finally the Law of Association (“Commonality controls”) explains Morphic Resonance in magical terms. (3) In Dr. Sheldrake’s opinion, Wizards and other folks who are believers in magick enhance the morphic fields.