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Spiritual instincts connect our individual existence to a wider sense of self. This starts with our family and can expand to include our local community, our country, all of humanity, other species, all of life and ultimately the creative process itself. How we see ourselves is, to a significant degree, a matter of conscious choice. We are of course individuals with an individual destiny. But we are also part of a creative process. Our genes and our instincts are a product of, and designed to support, this creative process. Excessive focus on our individual existence does violence to this deeper sense of self. The development of a deeper sense of self is a subject of Chapter 12.