Years after the discussion with my son about midgets, I was riding home alone on a bus, and as I looked out into the night, I remembered my son’s question and our experience together that day on the McGraw Street Crosswalk. Many years later, I still had not found an explanation for what we had experienced together. As I got off the bus, right behind me, came a little person, undoubtedly a midget, and he smiled at me as the bus pulled away. On the ground, a penny caught a glint of light from the street lamp, but the little person had the advantage of being closer to the ground and was quick to pick it up.
Morphic Fields: A Summary*
The hypothesized properties of morphic fields at all levels of complexity can be summarized as follows:
1. They are self-organizing wholes.
2. They have both a spatial and a temporal aspect and organize spatio-temporal patterns of vibratory or rhythmic activity.
3. They attract the systems under their influence towards characteristic forms and patterns of activity, whose coming-into-being they organize and whose integrity they maintain. The ends or goals towards which morphic fields attract the systems under their influence are called attractors. The pathways by which systems usually reach these attractors are called chreodes.
4. They interrelate and co-ordinate the morphic units or holons that lie within them, which in turn are wholes organized by morphic fields. Morphic fields contain other morphic fields within them in a nested hierarchy or holarchy.
5. They are structures of probability, and their organizing activity is probabilistic.
6. They contain a built-in memory given by self-resonance with a morphic unit's own past and by morphic resonance with all previous similar systems. This memory is cumulative. The more often particular patterns of activity are repeated, the more habitual they tend to become.
*From Rupert Sheldrake, Sheldrake.org https://www.sheldrake.org/research/morphic-resonance/introduction