The Law of Resonance

This is an edited version of a lesson from our online counselling course
It consist of quotes from many different sources, strung together by comments of our own

The Universal Law of Resonance: If an object vibrates at a certain rate of vibration, everything in its vicinity that has the same vibration as a latent possibility will start vibrating at that frequency. 


The Law of Resonance applies to everything
From subatomic particles to cosmic proportions, including a resonance between humans and cosmos, and humans and pictures of cosmos.

If you start a big tuning fork on a wood base in one end of a room, and have a similar tuned big tuning fork on a wooden base (amplifier) somewhere else in the room, the tuning fork that you did not touch will start by itself, sparked into reaction by the first tuning fork.

In terms of human receptivity, this means that if somebody harbour a quality or problem that we to some degree harbour ourselves, we will resonate with the person, and knowledge of ourselves will thus help us knowing something about the other person.

Morphic Resonance 
[…] I am going to discuss the concept of collective memory as a background for understanding Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious. The collective unconscious only makes sense in the context of some notion of collective memory. This then takes us into a very wide-ranging examination of the nature and principle of memory-not just in human beings and not just in the animal kingdom; not even just in the realm of life-but in the universe as a whole. Such an encompassing perspective is part of a very profound paradigm shift that is taking place in science: the shift from the mechanistic to an evolutionary and wholistic world view. 
[…] The alternative is that the universe is more like an organism than a machine. […]. With this organic alternative, it might make sense to think of the laws of nature as more like habits; perhaps the laws of nature are habits of the universe, and perhaps the universe has an in-built memory.

Edited from Rupert Sheldrake 
article on the internet:

Morphic Resonance HOW DOES FORM ARISE?
The hypothesis of formative causation, which is the basis of my own work, starts from the problem of biological form. Within biology, there has been a long-standing discussion of how to understand the way embryos and organisms develop. How do plants grow from seeds? How do embryos develop from fertilized eggs? This is a problem for biologists; it’s not really a problem for embryos and trees, which just do it! However, biologists find it difficult to find a causal explanation for form. 

[…] How did structures appear that weren’t there before? 
[…] The question of biological development, of morphogenesis, is actually quite open and is the subject of much debate within biology itself. 
An alternative to the mechanist/reductionist approach, which has been around since the 1920s, is the idea of morphogenetic (form-shaping) fields. In this model, growing organisms are shaped by fields which are both within and around them, fields which contain, as it were, the form of the organism. […].

Edited from Rupert Sheldrake 
article on the internet:

Morphic Resonance and the Collective Unconscious
The field’s structure has a cumulative memory, based on what has happened to the species in the past.
[…] Each species has its own fields, and within each organism there are fields within fields. Within each of us is the field of the whole body; fields for arms and legs and fields for kidneys and livers; within are fields for the different tissues inside these organs, and then fields for the cells, and fields for the sub-cellular structures, and fields for the molecules, and so on. There is a whole series of fields within fields. The essence of the hypothesis I am proposing is that these fields, which are already accepted quite widely within biology, have a kind of in-built memory derived from previous forms of a similar kind. The liver field is shaped by the forms of previous livers and the oak tree field by the forms and organization of previous oak trees. Through the fields, by a process called morphic resonance, the influence of like upon like, there is a connection among similar fields. That means that the field’s structure has a cumulative memory, based on what has happened to the species in the past. This idea applies not only to living organisms but also to protein molecules, crystals, even to atoms. 
It is not necessary to assume that memories are stored inside the brain.
When we consider memory, this hypothesis leads to a very different approach from the traditional one. The key concept of morphic resonance is that similar things influence similar things across both space and time. The amount of influence depends on the degree of similarity. Most organisms are more similar to themselves in the past than they are to any other organism. I am more like me five minutes ago than I am like any of you; all of us are more like ourselves in the past than like anyone else. The same is true of any organism. This self-resonance with past states of the same organism in the realm of form helps to stabilize the morphogenetic fields, to stabilize the form of the organism, even though the chemical constituents in the cells are turning over and changing. Habitual patterns of behaviour are also tuned into by the self-resonance process. […]. If this hypothesis is correct, it is not necessary to assume that memories are stored inside the brain.

Edited from Rupert Sheldrake 
article on the internet:

Morphic Resonance, 
Collective Unconscious 
and the archetypes - 

Jung thought of the collective unconscious as a collective memory, the collective memory of humanity. He thought that people would be more tuned into members of their own family and race and social and cultural group, but that nevertheless there would be a background resonance from all humanity: a pooled or averaged experience of basic things that all people experience (e.g., maternal behaviour and various social patterns and structures of experience and thought). It would not be a memory from particular persons in the past so much as an average of the basic forms of memory structures; these are the archetypes. Jung’s notion of the collective unconscious makes extremely good sense in the context of the general approach that I am putting forward. 

Morphic resonance theory would lead to a radical reaffirmation of Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious.
Edited from Rupert Sheldrake 
article on the internet:

Morphic Resonance and the Collective Unconscious - Inheritance of acquired characteristics
[Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious] needs reaffirmation because the current mechanistic context of conventional biology, medicine, and psychology denies that there can be any such thing as the collective unconscious; the concept of a collective memory of a race or species has been excluded as even a theoretical possibility. You cannot have any inheritance of acquired characteristics according to conventional theory; you can only have an inheritance of genetic mutations. 

Under the premises of conventional biology, there would be no way that the experiences and myths of, for example, African tribes, would have any influence on the dreams of someone in Switzerland of non-African descent, which is the sort of thing Jung thought did happen. That is quite impossible from the conventional point of view, which is why most biologists and others within mainstream science do not take the idea of the collective unconscious seriously.
It is considered a flaky, fringe idea that may have some poetic value as a kind of metaphor, but has no relevance to proper science because it is a completely untenable concept from the point of view of normal biology.

Edited from Rupert Sheldrake 
article on the internet:


Cropcircle, often interpreted as depicting our solar system

but with the Earth missing

Morphic Resonance and the Collective Unconscious 
The approach I am putting forward is very similar to Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious. The main difference is that Jung’s idea was applied primarily to human experience and human collective memory. What I am suggesting is that a very similar principle operates throughout the entire universe, not just in human beings. If the kind of radical paradigm shift I am talking about goes on within biology-if the hypothesis of morphic resonance is even approximately correct-then Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious would become a mainstream idea: Morphogenic fields and the concept of the collective unconscious would completely change the context of modern psychology

Edited from Rupert Sheldrake 
article on the internet:


A resonance with the cosmos was experienced in human speech.

When there was still an instinctive understanding of these things, in the time of atavistic clairvoyance, clairaudience, and so on when speaking, Man felt himself within the cosmos. When the child learned to speak it was felt how what was experienced in the divine spiritual world before birth, or before conception, gradually evolved out of the being of the child.
It may be said that if Man could look through himself inwardly he would have to admit: I am an etheric body, in other words, I am the echo of cosmic vowels; I am a physical body, in other words, the echo of cosmic consonants. 

Because I stand here on earth, there sounds through my being an echo of all that is said by the signs of the Zodiac; and the life of this echo is my physical body. An echo is formed of all that is said by the planetary spheres and this echo is my etheric body.

1.Physical body = Echo (or resonance) of the Zodiac

2.Etheric body = Echo (or resonance) of the planetary movements

3.Astral body = Experience of the planetary movements

4.Ego* = Perception of the echo of the Zodiac

* (In Steiner’s terminology the Ego is very high, something like the Self in Jung’s terminology)

Rudolf Steiner: The Alphabet p. 8 – 9 (Lecture from December 18. 1921)


Shivas dance and a bubble-chamber photo superimposed

creation-destruction in myth and science


The universe as a whole in an ongoing cosmic energy-dance.

The research of the subatomar world in the 20’Th century has laid bare the inherent dynamic structure in matter. It has shown, that the components making up the atom , the subatomar particles, is dynamic patterns, they do not exist as isolated unities, but only as integrated parts of a unsoluble net of interactions. These interactions includes a constant stream of energy, manifesting as a exchange of particles, a dynamic interchange where particle is created and dies in a constant changing energy-pattern. The interchange between the particles results in the stable structures, that the material world consists of, even though they are not static, but constantly vibrating in rhythmical movements. The universe as a whole is part of perpetual movement and activity in an ongoing cosmic energy-dance.

Fritjof Capra: The Tao of Physics, The Cosmic Dance
(Here translated from the Danish version p. 231)

Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan
Sufi is a sect of Islam

Man is not only formed of vibrations, but he lives and moves in them; they surround him as the fish is surrounded by water, and he contains them within him as the tank contains the water. His different moods, inclinations, affairs, successes and failures, and all conditions of life depend upon a certain activity of vibration, whether these be thoughts, emotions, or feelings
Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan 1983 p. 5,
 here from Carlisle Bergquist: Doorways in Consciousness
When God was about to create the world by his word, the twenty-two letters of the alphabet descended from the terrible and august crown of God whereon they were engraved with a pen of flaming fire. They stood round about God, and one after another spoke and entreated, “Create the world through me.
Haggadah, the Quabalah tradition,

here from
Carlisle Bergquist: Doorways in Consciousnes



The resonance of the landscape