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Ruth L Miller is an eclectic scholar with degrees in many fields of science and the social sciences and is ordained as a New Thought minister - because she keeps on seeking answers to the fundamental questions that make it possible for the spiritual beings we call humanity to live well and in harmony on this planet for generations to come.

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What is Morphic Resonance? What does it do?

The Theory of Morphic Resonance was proposed in the 1980s by British biologist Rupert Sheldrake. In Sheldrake’s theory, similar forms are “fields of information” that reverberate and exchange information within a universal field.  As soon as a new form comes about, it sets up its own field and its resonance is continually reinforced with its ongoing replication. His examples include the many similar mutations that have occurred in un-connected plants and animals at nearly the same time and the tendency for a discovery that’s been kept secret to be duplicated very quickly elsewhere.

Traditional scientists have a hard time with this theory, because there is no material cause—no object to measure. The “field” Sheldrake refers to is “off the scale” of current measuring devices. The emerging body of “energy” and “consciousness” scientists, however, find it very useful to explain what has hitherto been unexplainable.

Sheldrake has proposed—and people have performed, both in the lab and out—hundreds of experiments to test his theory. One of the earliest experiments involved rats learning a maze. If, in fact, each new life form or life experience becomes part of the universal field of information, then rats learning a new maze in one place can be expected to enhance the ability of rats to learn the same maze elsewhere. And, in fact, using all sorts of controls, they did.

One implication is that whenever anyone learns or discovers something new, all of us may do so more easily—and more quickly. One possible example of this might be meditation. In the 1970s very few Americans knew how to still their minds and relax their bodies, so people who led meditation or visualization or relaxation exercises used a 5-7 minute “induction” to help folks turn off their normal internal chatter and focus. By the 1990s, however, such techniques were fairly common across the country and large groups of people could be guided into a relaxed focus state by taking 3 deep breaths.

Another implication is that whatever has happened, anywhere, can be re-membered and re-stored in experience by anyone who is in a state of consciousness (in other words, “field of information”) that resonates with that happening. This may explain some “past-life” memories and “deja-vu” experiences.  It also could explain why some people, and groups of people, repeat the same patterns of experience over and over again.

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