by Robert Wilkinson
Today's notable reprint comes from The Magic Of Space, and explains why we have some tendencies which are uniquely our own while others seem to come from our parents and ancestry. Welcome to your "cosmic inheritance!"
I'm reprinting this in its original form since there seems to be some difficulty accessing the original in the archives. I also added some paragraph breaks for readability. For your consideration, from Chapter 3, "Gods and Men Out of Space,"
There seems to be a definite mental aptitude or predisposition inherited in a family, and certain gifts accumulate and combine in a wonderful personality in some descendant, but it is an admitted fact that it is very seldom that a celebrated name stands at the top of the family in the line of descent. A man, as a rule, does show the characteristics of his ancestors, for the spirit-soul, that which starts a new physical existence, at birth draws its bodily substance from that which heredity bestowed on it. But that Being already possesses in his own nature, the characteristics of this medium, which it uses for its descent.
Instead of inheriting any characteristics and abilities from his ancestors, anyone who will give the subject any thought will see that this would be a great injustice, as it would make a successful life for some -- only depending upon his ancestors. But, as has been stated before, the most celebrated name stands at the bottom of a line of family descent, which shows us that the bearer of that name needed that particular ancestry to build the body necessary for the expression of his personality.
This does not mean that his actual, personal qualities were inherited. This would be opposed to all sound logic, and the laws of nature. If personal gifts were inherited, they would be found at the beginning of a line of descent, and then transmitted to its descendants. These stand at the end, and show that they were not transmitted.
It seems almost impossible to believe that so many intelligent people can believe solely in physical heredity, and that it should be possible for two tiny germs alone to contain nothing but the inherited forces fo their ancestors. On the other hand, if you accept the correct theory that at the time of conception the conditions were right for the "spiritual germ," and for that individual to start a new physical existence, then you must admit that it is possible for our Creator to create life in any way He wishes, and that the physical germs might contain the inherited forces, but it certainly is illogical to believe that He would permit the fate of a child to rest solely with the parents.
It is more reasonable to believe that when conception takes place, the child born to that family is not born by chance, but that he enters the world through this physical means because the conditions are just as they should be for his evolution. Man is not built by purely inherited forces from without, for a spiritual Being, an individuality, exists in the aura or magnetic field of the mother before life, and helps fashion the new body.
If you will study man carefully, you will find that he has an inner life which is continually trying to express itself. This could not come from heredity, but must have been originated in former lives. Parents are not generators in the full sense of the word. They are the means through which the organic substance is supplied.
When a soul enters another physical existence here, it is known in advance what the temperament, character, tendencies, etc., of its parents are. This is why the children show the particular combination of the characteristics of the parents. No parents can originate the real ultimate center of a personality. Neither do they possess the power to hinder a personality in its development.
Every individual pre-exists, as regards the fundamental form of his spirit, for no individual, from a spiritual point of view, resembles another. The forces shaping a being are the result of causes existing in former lives.
Somehow I always knew that my personality may not have come entirely from my heredity! It certainly confirms much that Astrology is about. And as I originally wrote, if psychology took these factors into consideration, we'd have a whole new approach to personality integration.
(ps - When I get my metaphysical classes set up on-line, among the subjects for study and meditation will be important parts from "The Magic of Space." That will make them more available than they are at present. For now, check out the chain of links!)
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