14 The First Few Years Of Life Psychic Inheritence

The first few years of life. Psychic inheritance.
When a child is born, its breath-form contains the rudimentary psychic destiny to
be experienced during life. This psychic destiny is held in germ, ready to grow as
soon as season and conditions are propitious. The conditions and the season for the
development of the psychic destiny are brought about by the growth, maturity and
aging of the physical body, in conjunction with the mental attitude of the doer
connected with that body. The destiny to be experienced in adult life is distant while
the body remains that of a child. As the body develops, the conditions are furnished
by which the old desire seeds take root and grow. The growth is retarded or
accelerated, continued or changed, according to the manner in which the doer thinks
about these conditions.
The first few years of life, up to about the seventh, soon pass out of the memory
of most people. These years are spent in adapting the physical body to its breath-form
through the astral body. Although forgotten, they are among the most important in the
life of a human being.
As a tree is shaped, trained and pruned by the gardener, so the desires, appetites
and psychic proclivities impressed on the breath-form are encouraged, restrained or
changed by parents and teachers. The child has fits of temper, meanness and
viciousness, which are curbed by the parent or teacher who protects the young from
noxious influences. The training, care or abuse of the psychic nature which are
experienced in early life are the direct inheritance of the doer. The surroundings
furnished, with their psychic influences, the vicious or pure minded temperaments of
those to whom a child is entrusted and the manner in which its wants, desires and
needs are treated, are just returns for its past thinking.
While desire is usually attracted by a like desire and a doer seeking re-existence
is guided to those parents who have similar desires, yet owing to the interblending of
the different kinds of destiny, a doer is often connected with those whose desires and
thoughts are different. The stronger the character, the better and more readily will the
doer overcome any evil psychic tendencies acquired in early life; but as there are
comparatively few strong characters, the early psychic training generally gives
direction to the entire life.
A parent or guardian who is vapid, who loves the glitter of baubles, who panders
to the appetites and seeks sensation, will instill similar inclinations into the growing
child and stimulate its desires to a wild, luxuriant growth. This is the fate of those who
in the past have not cared to restrain their desires. The child who is allowed to bawl
and fret inconsiderate of others, and whose parents allow it to have whatever it cries
for, is one of those unfortunates who live on the surface of life; these are the
barbarians of society who, however numerous they may be at present, will as
humanity grows out of its child state, be fewer, and will be considered wild specimens
of an undeveloped tribe. Theirs is a troublesome destiny, as they must awaken to a
knowledge of their own ignorance and taint before they can so adjust themselves as to
become orderly, inconspicuous members of civilized society.
The encouragement or restraint of its emotional nature which a child receives is
either the return for its past treatment of others, or an opportunity to learn control of
its feelings and desires. A child who gives evidence of talents, but who, owing to
circumstances such as the disapproval of its parents, is discouraged from developing
them, may find this not a misfortune but a benefit, if certain other tendencies are
present, like a desire for narcotics or drink. For the artistic temperament, if allowed to
express itself then, would make the psychic nature more susceptible, would encourage
drunkenness and would injure the astral body by opening it to vagabonds in the astral
states. Not to allow artistic training in such a case will only defer this development
and help the child to resist more easily the demon of intoxication. At the same time,
parents who either through lack of means or without apparent reason offer opposition
to a child's psychic inclinations, often furnish such opposition in payment of an old
score or because the doer did not make use of the opportunities which it had before.
Those who encourage its appetites, or who aid to develop its cunning or its wish
for that which does not belong to it, or who do not discountenance its tendency to
self-indulgence, laziness or greed, are made to offer such conditions as the natural
psychic inheritance of the child's past. With these conditions the child should work in
the present in order to overcome and control them.

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