Society, Spirit & Ritual: Morphic Resonance and the Collective Unconscious - Part II
Psychological Perspectives, (Fall 1987), 18(2), 320-331
by Rupert Sheldrake


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 1 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 1 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.

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