Why your dog genetics will not determine their behaviour or personality!
Genes are well known as the parts of us (or any creatures) that determine who we are. This however couldn’t be further from the truth.
It has never been proven or even shown that behaviours, instincts or personality actually come from gene expression. Currently, because we know that hair colour or other cellular activity is genetic, it is simply presumed that genes must be where everything else comes from – rather than actually having been proven!
In the long years that genes have been researched and studied no one has been able to show even a morsel of evidence that genes are connected to the shaping of a personality, instincts of creatures or their subsequent behaviour.
So, what does?
What other possibilities could explain how creatures know how to ‘be’ a type of animal, or know how to act like that kind of animal?
The strongest theory so far, is one of Morphic Fields and Morphic Resonance.
It was first put forward by Developmental Biologists in the 1920’s and today is still pioneered and researched by the well-known scientist Dr Rupert Sheldrake.
Dr Sheldrake has published many papers and books on the subject.
This next paragraph is a direct transcription of a talk I attended, straight from Dr Sheldrake himself – as quite frankly he does explain it way better than I usually do 😉
‘’What are Genes?’’
‘’Genes are a form of Chemical inheritance that enables organisms to make chemicals, Proteins. Genes are only part of the heredity process. They give organisms the right proteins that’s all. How the proteins assemble into cells, how those cells build into tissue, how organisms like ourselves develop is not explained by genetics.
They are not a programme that codes for every detail of an organism.
My arm and leg for instance contain exactly the same proteins, they are actually chemically identical! And yet they have different shapes, genes don’t explain those shapes. I believe Morphic Genetic Fields do explain them.
So, the shape and sizes of our dogs are not related to genetics. That might sound crazy because we have always believe they do. But they don’t.
It doesn’t mean mixing certain breeds or dogs of a breed with each other won’t create certain traits – clearly it does, but it’s just not happening solely through genetics.
‘’What are Morphic Genetic Fields?’’
‘’Morphic Genetic Fields are energy, or information fields shaped by memories. The form of an organism depends on the form of the previous organism of the species. The instincts of a spider or a mouse depend on the behaviours of previous spiders or mice, even our human minds are shaped by the collective memory of people from the past.
It has similarities to Jung’s theory of a Collective Unconscious.’’
Genetics simply cannot explain how a spider ‘knows’ to build a web let alone how to do that. The same is said of all things both plants and animal do that are never ‘taught’ beforehand.
‘’Bodies are shaped by collective memory.
Instincts are shaped by collective memory.
Skills are shaped by collective memory.
Possibly going back millions of years. Products of the memory and habits, repeated. There is some freedom too, as new memories are also formed – evolution has to involve creativity.’’
The interesting concept with Morphic Fields is that even though the idea of them seems far-fetched the habits that create these memories happen within time and space, on a more material level. Through the collective memory of them they give rise to both a creature’s form and its behaviour.
The only other way to look at original behavioural, instinctive traits is to believe that they are just the laws of nature (indeed most people do think that) however that would mean that somewhere, at some point, somebody (mother nature?) ‘decided’ that a spider would build a web a certain way or a dog would bark a certain way, that human arms and legs would look certain ways.
Which is actually a concept further from science than closer to it.
‘’The ‘laws of nature’ surely did not simply come from nowhere? Or stem from mathematical principles. Surely they didn’t come from a place outside of time and space – it would be far more likely that a god or cosmic mind decided.’’
What does this mean for our dogs?
OK so we can still choose likely candidates for breeding based on their behaviours and colours etc. (unless we recognise the huge global dog crisis and choose to adopt or simply not to bring any more dog into the world – but that is another story) but we must also recognise that there is more to a dog than its physical, genetic self.The experiences our dogs have and the experiences of the generations beforehand are the contributing factor to ‘personality’ and behaviour but in fact the experiences of ALL dogs and all dogs of that breed will contribute to the collective Morphic Field.
Dogs as a species will have a Morphic field memory.
What messages do you think we have given to them? What have we as human contributed to this memory field – across the globe?
Each breed would potentially have its own Morphic field memory.
What could we be contributing to this?
Sheldrake commonly discusses that if animals are taught certain tricks in one part of the world, that the same species learns the tricks quicker across the globe! Could it be that by teaching dogs many tricks over the years, that they truly do understand us a lot better than we believe them too?
What happens to dogs on a global scale, does in fact affect all dogs.
Another concept that springs from the Morphic Field theory is the concept that all creatures, species and systems on planet earth have the ability to rebalance and self-organise themselves. Using the Morphic Fields as a kind of memory awareness of how to Be in order to create balance, harmony and ultimately expansion or growth of the species.
Everything we can be aware of has its own self-organising-system. From the solar system, to collective species of animals, to individual species, to the cells of the digestive tract and right down to the quantum spin of our cellular biology.
When introduced into the world, puppies will be part of a self-organising-system. The litter itself will each ‘become’ different energy frequency of memory in order to create balance over the litter. The Morphic field of all ways to Be will still be there ready for each pup to become, but depending on environmental factors they will simple each become one predominant ‘type’ to balance the whole litter at that time.When removed from that situation all the collective memories of how the different ways to Be are still available to them. Dependant on the new environment they find themselves going into, they can access and become a different or a combination of the memories and show different behaviour traits to those that were required for balance at the moment in the litter.
They will adapt and will always be aiming to rebalance, create harmony for growth within the new environment they find themselves in.
Just as we know genes are expressed without thought, we must understand that these choices of behaviour, the ones that rebalance energy are not thought about either; they are simply part of the dog. Awareness of them doesn’t happen ‘mentally’ – neither does it need too to function.
There are many ways we can aim to provide flexibility for our dogs within their collective memory of how to Be, and ensure they stay as connected to their own ‘source’ as much as possible in order to assist them to cope with what happens in the world around them.
For me understanding this and allowing the dog to express itself rather than restricting it, has greater impact long term. Adding restrictions, whether forcibly or well-meant, by being in ‘control’ or calling that control a less threatening sounding ‘leadership’, does not change the dog itself– it suppresses their emotional energy, it suppresses their connection to their source.
It may appear to change the dog because the person feels more in control of the situation and their own emotions of stress drop, but the actual dog remains full of unexpressed energy – which can show up as other behaviours or even as well-being issues later on, something we don’t want to aim for!
By learning how to Be more than Do, we can make huge shifts for our dogs. It’s a world away from traditional dog training, but equally can be practiced alongside it. What it does do is teach you more about yourself! Pawsonal Development at its finest.