When I listen to someone speak, my brain activates a system for interpreting and categorizing the sounds to make meaning of them. Let’s take the noise “carrot” as an example. This articulation in itself does not mean “an orange root vegetable”. My mind has to decipher it to deliver that mening.
This system of symbolic language has developed over millions of years to arrive at today’s level of complexity. But at one point in human history, language worked in a very different way: It was the noise itself that was the meaning. And the cool thing is that you can still find remnants of that in modern language, in exclamaitions like “wow!” or “yippie!”.
In the natural world, this “direct language” (called “original language” by some) is still what’s being spoken. What the bird says is exactly what it means. Sure, a certain sequence might mean: “This is my area. Get out.” or: “I’m ready to mate”. But whoever is listening doesn’t need to interpret it to get the message. It’s instant and precise in its immediate beauty.
The communications offered by the participants of the film “Morphic Resonance” are of that same frequency. They put forth nothing more and nothing less than exactly what they mean. And the origins of that meaning comes from somewhere beyond the mind.
Before I leave you to watch the film, allow me to offer a few words on the title: Morph being short for Metamorphosis, or “change of form or structure”. And Resonance, as in “prolongation of sound by reverberation”. In addition to the poetic marriage of these two words into a film title, there’s another meaning to it also.
Morphic Resonance is the name of a theory, put forth by biologist, author and parapsychology researcher Rupert Sheldrake. The theory says that if a change occurs once, it creates a field of change that makes it easier for the same change to happen elsewhere. Like when rats master a certain labyrinth in Australia – and other groups of rats in New York suddenly have an easier time learning it.
But that’s not really what this film is about.
Or, come to think of it, perhaps it is.