Term normally used somewhat loosely to indicate the mysterious
factors that influence the development of form and
characteristics in nature. A special theory of the action of morphogenetic
fields, relevant to occult and New Age considerations,
was proposed in 1981 by Rupert Sheldrake in his theory
concerning what he termed formative causation. This
theory also has relevance to such parapsychological phenomena
as clairvoyance, telepathy, and reincarnation.
Sheldrake, Rupert. A New Science of Life The Hypothesis of
Formative Causation. London Blond & Briggs, 1981.