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The Rebirth of Nature
A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake in St. Gallen

from EVU News, Issue 1 /1997 - Español

Rupert Sheldrake How does your dog know that you are coming home and is waiting at the door, even if you are still 30 miles away? How does my cat know that I am awake and comes and jumps on my bed at 4 o‘clock in the morning although she has been sleeping in a room where she could not hear me? How does my dog know, that we are nearing our home town after a 500 miles drive even though she has been asleep most of the time and we are still three miles from home?

The English scientist Rupert Sheldrake is convinced that such phenomena are the products of ‘The Extended Mind’. In a lecture in St. Gallen, Switzerland, he spoke about his experiences and theories. Through observing nature, he has become more and more fascinated by the immense forces of nature.

Since the 1980s Sheldrak’s hypothesis of ‘morphic fields’ and ‘morphic resonance’ have been the subject of passionate discussions among researchers and scientists.

Just like physical fields, says Sheldrake, every type of cell, tissue, organ and organism has its own field, the ‘morphic field’. His theories explain the extraordinary phenomena occurring with cats and dogs that he has documented in thousands of cases from all over the world.

‘The soul is not in the body, but the body is in the soul’, had said Aristotle as well as Thomas Aquinas referring to every being on earth, before Descartes denied that animals could have souls and thus influenced the whole of Western thought with his theories.

Sheldrake is convinced that there are often very strong bonds (‘morphic fields’) between the mind of an animal and that of the ‘owner’, which explain the experiences described above.

dog & cat ‘There is a danger if you believe my theories’, said Sheldrake to his fascinated audience, ‘you may become vegetarians and animal activists!’

Sheldrake himself has been a vegetarian for 21 years now. He stopped eating meat after a fasting during a stay in India. ‘Vegetarianism is very popular in England and growing fast,’ he said, ‘and every school in the country provides at least one vegetarian dish.’ When I asked why that was, he replied: ‘In England there are some very active animal rights groups. The media have been also very helpful showing all those terrible pictures of veal crates etc. and then, of course the many meat scandals made people stop eating meat.’

When I asked whether the ‘morphic fields’ of vegetarians were responsible for the actual spread of the vegetarian idea in the Western world, he replied: ‘I don’t think so, because there are the competing fields of meat-eaters.’ Rupert Sheldrake is in Switzerland to participate in a study of Swiss cats, as it seems that there are more cats per head of population in Switzerland than in any other European country. The problem is obtaining funding for research, however, as established science has no interest in a positive result for it would mean discussing the ethical question of meat eating and animal experiments.

Rupert Sheldrake Ph.D. has studied science (Cambridge) and philosophy (Harvard) and is a Member of the Royal Society. He has written the following books:

A New Science of Life, 1983
The Presence of the Past, 1988
The Rebirth of Nature, 1991
Trialogues at the Edge of the West, 1992
Seven Experiments that could change the World, 1994
Natural Grace, 1996
The Physics of Angels, 1996

If you have telepathic experiences with your pets, especially dogs or cats, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake would be interested to know about them. You can contact him at: Scherz-Verlag, Theaterplatz, 3000 Bern, Switzerland or 20 Willow Road, London NW3 ITJ, England.

Sigrid de Leo