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Rupert Sheldrake & 100th Monkey Theory

Rupert SheldrakeRupert Sheldrake is best known for the introduction of the term Morphic Field and Resonance, which is an organizing field or systems which can be found at all levels of complexity.

Morphic Fields

Morphic Fields underlie the organisations of minds, bodies, crystals, plants, molecules, planets, solar systems, galaxies etc.

They give things their shape, their form and their organisation. The more thoughts, ideas and actions arise concerning a specific topic or field, the more powerful the morphic field becomes. Which in turn attracts more thoughts and interests from individuals, who then add to this virtual field or abstract thought construct.

Morphic Resonance by Rupert Sheldrake 

Rupert Sheldrake The Presence of the PastRupert Sheldrake writes in his book The Presence of the Past: “The morphic fields include all kinds of organizing fields…: The organizing fields of animal and human behaviour, of social and cultural systems, and of mental activity can all be regarded as morphic fields which contain an inherent memory.”

Where to order the book from

Depending where you are in the world, you can choose the Amazon location which is most convenient for you.

Watch this longish video, where Ruper Sheldrake speaks about Morphic Fields and the Morphogenetic Universe:

The Matrix Energetic Field is great example of a growing Morphic Field, as Richard Bartlett is introducing more and more people to Matrix Energetics through his seminars and books.

More Books by Rupert Sheldrake

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The 100th Monkey Theory

The 100th Monkey Theory tells us how the behaviour of an entire group of individuals can change when the critical mass is reached. Although this popular story explains how a morphic field works, Sheldrake never uses it to confirm his theory.

Lyall Watson was the first to mention the 100th Monkey Theory in his book LIFETIDE (1979): In the early 1950ies, on the Japanese island of Koshima the Macaque monkeys were fed sweet potatoes by scientists who were observing their behaviour.

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The scientist would feed these monkeys by throwing sweet potatoes into the sand. One young female monkey, named Imo, started washing the dirty sweet potatoes in the sea before eating them and discovered the improved flavours of washed potatoes.

Other young monkeys in her troop observed her and began doing the same. Soon all young monkeys washed their potatoes in the sea as well as their mothers. According to Lyall Watson, when the 100th monkey in the troop learned the new skill, over night all monkeys on the island began washing their potatoes before eating them. He goes on to say:

    “… Let’s say, for arguments sake, that the number was 99 monkeys who washed their potatoes in the sea, and that at eleven o’clock on the Tuesday morning, one further convert was added to the fold in the usual way. But the addition of the 100th monkey apparently carried the number across some sort of threshold, pushing it through a kind of critical mass, because by that evening almost everyone in the colony was doing it. Not only that, but the habit seems to have jumped natural barriers to have appeared spontaneously, like glycerine crystals in sealed laboratory jars, in colonies in other islands and on the mainland in a troop at Takasakiyama.”

It can not be confirmed that monkeys on the neighbouring islands or mainland also adapted to potato washing. But as thoroughly researched and well presented in this article by Elaine Myers called The Hundredth Monkey Revisited, it is quite interesting how behaviours change from one generation to the next.

The article points out that the older individuals, who do not have a lot of contact to the young ones in their troop, would not adapt to the new skills. When the young ones reach adulthood, they teach the new skills to their offspring naturally and after a couple of generations the whole troop uses the new skills as a natural way of living.

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  1. We wonder at Spindrift Research if there might be a Thousandth Monkey Theory? Let’s say, many people get to doing things which before were novel, but now are routinely done, does doing these actions for an extended time, saturate the situation leading to a type of boredom? Could too many successes or tired routines in a row, where novelty has lost its luster, potentially bring depression and or disinterest to one’s life? Probably “Yes.”

    Apparently, in a related way, after obeying media commands and following the rules (often changing rules) about Covid 19, some people are becoming bored with Covid 19 and even ignoring it. It’s as if the thousandth or millionth monkey has tipped over the threshold of being careful, and now the monkey is going in an opposite direction than he did during Covid 19. Many people sure are different after the Covid 19 restrictions.


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