The Field

September 6, 2009

Morphic field is a term introduced by British scientist Rupert Sheldrake, who proposes that there is a field within and around a morphic unit which organizes its characteristic structure and pattern of activity. Sheldrake postulates that there is a field of habitual patterns that links all people, which influences and is influenced by the habits of all people. In developmental biology a morphogenetic field is a group of cells able to respond to discrete, localized biochemical signals leading to the development of specific morphological structures or organs. (source: Wikipedia, web)

Have you ever thought why some places feel comfortable and some places urge you not to stay too long? Why some organizations shine calm, peace and happiness despite everyone having thousands of things on their plate and some feel stressed, desperate or worse, resigned? Why some organizations seem to turn everything they touch into success and some seem to be forever destined to struggle for survival? Why some families emanate warmth and happiness and some suffer through every occassion they all are present in one room? Why some nations are proud of who they are and some feel embarassed when asked?

Of course one can come up with the usual explanations. We like some places and we don’t like others which is based on our experiences, values and what we observe. Every organization has a specific culture, some are better able to cope with their environment than others and it is heavily influenced by the employees and their habits. Every family is different and nations have their distinct cultural patterns…

Now let’s imagine another possibility. In addition to all the mentioned ‘rational’ explanations, let us say that every living human entity, all the way from an individual, through teams, groups (e.g. families), organizations, nations etc. (one can continue to larger entities like continents, humanity, all life on Earth, etc.) each exists within its respective field, similar to the description at the beginning of this post. We can imagine this field as an invisible liquid pool of energy that we swim through when being part of/engaging with a given system. This field is co-created through the inside and outside world of its members as well as through engaging with other fields either horizontally (on the same level) or vertically (larger and smaller fields). Every member of this field then, is in turn constantly influenced by the memory and shape of this field which adds to his/her free will to produce visible choices and actions.

What if an organization is not defined only by what it does, who it employs, what is its turnover/profit, clients, etc. but also exists in its specific energetic field that carry over parts of its past and present? Good/bad decisions, stress, fight for survival, small frauds that were never discovered, successes and victories, dreams aspirations and fears of its past, present and maybe even future employees. If living organisms can have their own fields, why can not organizations living in the constructed world of language and conversation have fields as well? When one is part of this system, it is possible that some choices, feelings and decisions are not ‘ours’ they merely reflect the field of the system we are part of…

Or take a family. Every family carries its own field full of past dreams, regrets, lies, deceptions, individual victories and failures, thousands of unspoken secrets and things that no one should know about. Through engaging in relationships and their individual journeys through life, every family member adds his/her own bit to the field that records this forever and influences life of every new member of this family (system). Or take nations, every war victory/loss/tragedy, significant historical moment, every famous embassador, leader, every citizen, etc. – they all form part of this field which then shapes the potential future of the entire nation.

So what could this all mean? If we accept merely a possibility of this phenomena then many interesting avenues open.

By studying history of individuals/groups/organizations/nations, etc. we can identify key events that have significantly altered the energetic field as well as the healthiness of its impact. We can then support the regeneration/healing process with a goal of supporting a natural positive evolution of every entity. (find here information about one of such processes – family constellation). By being conscious of our role in forming the current and future field of an entity we are part of, we can take intentional action or avoid potentially destructive and painful contributions to the system. By learning to listen, feel and sense into different systems and fields around us we can better navigate in the complex world and make more informed choices among the myriad of alternatives we get presented to every day. By being conscious of different fields around us we can better recognize which are our ‘own’ thoughts and feelings and which are these of the systems we are part of…

Similarly to magnetic/gravitational and other currently scientifically recognized fields and their evolutionary contribution, the different fields of consciousness and their recognition/further study, could represent a powerful shift in how we lead our lives/organize ourselves on this planet. By being able to balance and heal the different fields and systems we are part of as well as to thoroughly listen to larger natural fields that we interact with (e.g. nature, all life, etc.) we will be able to make sustainable present and future choices and co-create a healthier presence and interactions between different aspects of our existence.

Many things are waiting for us, it is exciting to be alive, right here, right now…

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