Gabriel Felley | “Visualizing” Morphic Fieldswiththe Yi Jing and Synchronicity

“Morphic fields include all types of organizational fields. The organizational fields of plant, animal, human behavior, cultural systems, and mental activity, all can be regarded as morphic fields containing an inherent memory.” (Rupert Sheldrake)

The Yi Jing is a cosmological and philosophical system, created in China more than three thousand years ago. The Yi Jing is used to improve the decision-making processes by integrating arational dimensions, which may be assimilated to a kind of precognition into evaluating various options.

Synchronicity, as a principle, stipulates that two events may be linked together not only by a causal chain but also because they create meaning.

The hypothesis to be tested is this: If several people are working on an issue of collective interest with the Yi Jing (i.e. a reflection that affects each of us on a super personal level) or has an archetypal dimension, do the obtained hexagrams reflect that collective concern? This would be considered an “impression” or “footprint” of morphic fields. It would also indicate some “out-of-body” extension of consciousness.

“Producing” a hexagram may be considered a “triggered” synchronicity, because the Yi Jing consultant relates an inner psychic state with something in the physical world (the hexagram) using a non-causal process (coins or yarrow stalks method). Do individual drawings of the hexagrams indicate a significant deviation from what the laws of statistics provide for? This could also be interpreted as a “collective synchronicity”, because different persons create several individual synchronicity events each time a person draws a hexagram using a non-causal process. These events converge together into a set of privileged hexagrams. In fact, this deviation from the statistically expected distributions of the hexagrams is illustrated with a variety of experiments.

Bio: Dr. Gabriel Felley is a professor of Business Information Technology at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland ( He studied Theoretical Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. For decades, he has been dealing with the Yi Jing (I Ching) to rehabilitate it as a sophisticated, holistic methodology to understand the logic underlying the processes of change in a generic way and to promote it as a tool for the support of managerial decision-making processes. He has written numerous articles and lectured on topics related to Yi Jing in Switzerland as well as in Germany, China, Vietnam and the USA.

Recorded at the Society for Scientific Exploration Conference in Broomfield, Colorado 2019.

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Published on February 3, 2020