Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Presence of the Past



I've been poking through Rupert Sheldrake’s book “Presence of the Past".

 Sheldrake says that "fields are the medium of ‘action at a distance'," and are “integral to the organization of all material systems.” (P.97) There are different kinds of fields. Gravitational, electromagnetic, and so forth.

And then there are morphogenetic fields, which Sheldrake believes are the organizing fields of living things. They help explain some of the more magical characteristics of living organisms and systems. 

Schools of fish and flocks of birds turn and startle all at once. How do they do that? Morphic resonance. And people do it, too, when they participate in sports teams (and riots). We tune into the group. We resonate.

Sheldrake believes that there is a huge amount of information, both from the present and the past, that is available if only we will tune into it. But mostly, we just tune into our own morphic field. It’s ours, after all, and feels comfortable and familiar.

As Sheldrake puts it, “We are more similar to ourselves in the past than we are to anyone else…But we are also similar to members of our own family, to members of social groups to which we belong, to people who share our language and culture, and indeed to some extent we are similar to all other human beings, past and present.

“If we are influenced by morphic resonance from particular individuals to whom we are in some way linked or connected, then it is conceivable that we might pick up images, thoughts, impressions, or feelings from them…even if the people involved were thousands of miles apart.”(P.220-221)

We also might tune in to people who lived in the past, and we don't have to claim to have been those other people.  Morphic resonance is a much more sensible explanation than reincarnation. After all, not everybody could have been Cleopatra in a past life.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Problem Usually isn't a Problem

What is my problem in this moment? Not two minutes from now, not this morning, but right...now.
Usually, it's nothing. Think about it.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My Million Dollar Ideas





These are the ideas that are going to make someone rich. You’re welcome. You don’t have to send me any money… Okay, well, if you insist…


  • A device to curse out voice-recognition software in a way that it can understand, and maybe even make it apologize.
  • A car that comes when you call it.
  • The Burrito Bra, for storing snacks (like, uh, burritos) and water. Also makes you look busty…
  • A newspaper that lets you know about some of the good things that happened yesterday.
  • Child-sized gerbil exercise balls, for everyone’s safety. What the heck, how about adult-sized gerbil balls? That would be rad.
  • Glasses that make everything look like a tropical beach, but you can see well enough not to trip and fall down.
  • Self-cleaning bathroom: spray-wash and blow dry, like an automatic car wash!
  • A printer that fits one internet page onto one paper page, without printing the last line on a separate piece of paper.
  • Self-administered bad-breath detector.
  • A clothing line with pockets to carry everything, but you don’t look like you’re on safari.
  • Commuter highway hovercraft.
  • A telephone that allows you to communicate telepathically.
  • A health club that captures all of the energy expended by people on stationary bikes and stair masters, and uses it for something cool, like twinkly lights.
  • Cupboards that wash the dishes, so you don’t have to put them away afterward.
  • A computer that you can throw when you get angry, and it smashes satisfyingly, but still works fine afterward.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Invisible Web



There is an invisible web that connects us all. But we can’t sense it all the time. It would be kind of hard to concentrate on surviving if we were constantly distracted by other people’s agendas and bombarded by their emotions. We call people like that crazy.
As it is, we are more affected by this connection than we might realize. It’s the way stressed or hostile people muddle our minds and fumble our hands. But it’s also how encouragement and compassion work.