Ideas Are Active

The constant appearing and never-ceasing activity of fresh ideas, flowing from the eternal divine Mind, which creates all, is a spiritual truth that all should recognize. The need to recognize it is especially apparent in the field commonly referred to as creative work. There it is not unusual to hear: "I've run out of ideas. I'm in a slump."

Men are apt to consider such a predicament or attitude of thought as something deserving of sympathy. They tacitly agree that the worker is temporarily depleted, needs to be "recharged," and that in some dim future his ideas will take new form.

For anyone to say he has "run out of ideas" is certainly an admission of lack, and it is one which the student of Christian Science must deny and rout as vigorously as he would the belief that he is sick and would be benefited by taking medicine. The sympathetic assurances of friends—though they are uttered with intended kindness—that by new experiences, scenes, and contacts the artist will surely refuel himself, must be firmly resisted. It is thus that mortal mind would speak to humanity about all endeavor: You are tried. You need a rest. You are too busy. You don't know enough. Who will be interested in or benefited by what you are attempting to do?

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Are You on the Road to Heaven?
February 15, 1947

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