Tendencies

Every physical life requires adjustments.

Every individual brings to a physical life definite tendencies. These tendencies prompt many of the earthly actions. These Tendencies are the individual’s heritage. All individuals have group tendencies, as well as individualistic tendencies. The group tendencies are shared with all other individuals. These group tendencies are the prompting to worship, the desire for play, and the search for love. The specific individualistic tendencies are those that draw an individual to a given work, occupation or profession. These individualistic tendencies are independent of environment or heredity.

During a physical life an individual is called upon to make decisions. These decisions regulate conduct and the association with other individuals. A choice between two actions is often determined by tendency. Thus an individual’s earthly life is determined in great part by his tendencies. Following tendency is not always the better way.

A tendency is built up through a series of physical lives, and is constructed of those things that the individual found satisfactory in the search for a wider understanding. Tendencies are gradually changed when the individual finds that they do not serve that more elevated condition sought.

It is only when the individual assumes full responsibility for all thoughts, feelings and acts that the individual realizes definite laws are operating in physical conditions.

When an individual takes birth in physical life everything appears to be waiting; the physical body, its construction, coloring and outline, the individual’s parents, the early environment; in fact, everything appears waiting and prepared for him.

All these things found at physical birth cannot be changed by the individual. The individual cannot add height to his physical body, nor change the coloring of hair or skin; the parents cannot be changed, nor the early environment. As these things are determined, they are determined for the benefit of the individual.

During the longest physical life the individual meets but few other individuals, therefore those individuals that enter his earthly life have a purpose there and are the individual’s teachers.

As the earthly life does not contain enough to satisfy a growing mind, the mind will ultimately turn from objective life and will seek a fuller state of being elsewhere. It is the inability of the earthly life to absorb all of the powers of mind that brings dissatisfaction; for nothing can bring peace to the mind that is impermanent.

Only the whole view of life bring about satisfaction, that whole view develop gradually when the individual cultivate the propensities of Spirit.

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