I've got a few questions to ask. My first question is on something that Mr. Finley said during his "To Touch the Timeless Mind" address. He said something along the lines of, "It is not we who create love, kindness, freedom; the truth is these things create us." I am completely fascinated by this statement and have a basic understanding on what it means, but would love to hear his explanation. My next question is related to the previous one. If humans all seek the same thing, god, peace, love, (etc.), and we are all made from the same thing, where does individuality come in? (From student correspondence)
These are excellent questions, and there's little doubt they are asked with sincerity. However, the answer that follows is intended to give you more than you know to ask for at this point in your spiritual development.
What you are really asking for here -- as with all true inquiries concerning an awakened life -- is to understand -- from yourself -- your own relationship with Divine Life.
The first and true responsibility of any man or woman who has gained authentic knowledge of the celestial life is to awaken -- in those within whom it is possible -- a "hunger" for real spiritual food. The transmission of such knowledge is accomplished in a number of ways, not the least of which is through books, or other means such as you have come upon; through this higher understanding the would-be aspirant is given a taste of something that immediately reminds him of a longing formerly unknown. In a manner of speaking the seeker is given a "taste" of something within himself that he now longs to know more intimately; he wishes to possess something he may not have even known existed before, and he wants it for himself; and so an appetite that cannot be sated by the "stuff" of the world is stirred, and now the man knows what he must do with the rest of his life.
With these thoughts in mind, that either ring true or not...it would be ridiculous to think that one can satisfy one's hunger for a plate of vegetables by asking someone else to eat them for us; and seen or not, this is what we do when we ask others to explain to us the truth of us to ourselves.
What one man can know, all men can provided they are willing to do the work it takes. Please consider this response both an encouragement and invitation; whoever starts along the true path will always be given the food, the interior nourishment he or she needs each and every step of the way; but be warned that anyone who gives you "food" -- without requiring that you work for it -- is secretly hoping to starve your soul to death.