God Directs

When I was a student in a playwriting seminar at a university, a young man in the group looked up every now and then with cool gray eyes and seemed to take in everything about his fellow students. Midway through the term he wrote down some comments about me, essentially: "Potential, but no courage."

Now, one learns early in such a group to weigh, and perhaps discard, what one's fellows say. But this remark had a ring of truth to it. I had been trying to write only what would please friends and make me look good. There had not yet come, in my thinking, the step of actual commitment to an artistic idea. This abandonment—self-forgetfulness—is necessary if we would respond to Mind's unfoldment of artistic expression. God is divine Mind, and Mind's unfoldment is more important than is our own solely human reason or effort. Whatever protection or privacy may seem wise in any individual situation, honesty and sincerity in faithfulness to a developing idea is far more important than the desire to please everybody and gain human adulation.

"Not in our stars"
February 8, 1975

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