CREATIVE ABILITY

Men and women of many professions and occupations feel the need of creativeness in their work. They desire fresh approaches to the solution of problems and original developments of thought for expansion. Sometimes dullness that follows the repetition of old modes and techniques needs to be dispelled. Occasionally individuals considered clever or talented stand out as especially gifted in originality; but when Christian Science is understood, everyone is seen as having equal access to the refreshing springs of intelligence that well up perpetually from infinite Mind, or God.

Christian Science reveals God as the only creative Principle, the one divine Mind, and man as Mind's outcome, or reflection. It teaches that man has no creative ability of himself, but images forth effortlessly the outpouring of ideas which emanate from Mind eternally. Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 305), "The verity that God's image is not a creator, though he reflects the creation of Mind, God, constitutes the underlying reality of reflection." And then our Leader supports her statement by noting the words of Christ Jesus (John 5:19), "Verily, verily, I say unto you. The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."

To recognize one's true self as the reflection of infinite Mind, and then to demonstrate that fact prayerfully and diligently, is to open undreamed of doors of thought in one's present sense of life and occupation. This metaphysical activity provides one with Mind's wisdom, which is replete with sound judgment and discernment. It demonstrates the intelligence which is Truth and which never lacks ability or confidence or wealth of ideas. It makes available the creative power of Principle, which is infinite in expressiveness, hence never repetitious. It brings the assurance that every idea of God expresses the same Mind, but in an individual and unique way; that there is, then, no trespassing on others' reflection of ideas, and no need of it, since in the kingdom of heaven the supply of Mind's ideas is as varied as it is exhaustless.

As each individual looks directly to Mind for the true concept of himself and his abilities, and rejects the false sense of himself as a limited, imitating, borrowing mortal, he proves "the underlying reality of reflection"—he demonstrates the freshness and distinctness of his true individuality. And as one withdraws from the material senses by denying their reality—refusing to accept their mental picture of a plodding, zestless occupation—and realizes in all humility the magnitude of man's reflection of creative Principle, he finds himself expressing what the world calls originality. But he knows in his heart that this originality is reflected from his creative Principle and that his creative ability is outlined by the Mind whose resources are infinite.

With these truths relating to creative ability in thought, one can never come to an end of his development of intelligence and resourcefulness in his work. Even after his ascension above the illusive human state of mind—and this must eventually come to all—his experience must unfold his Principle eternally, since there is no limit to good and its uses.

Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health (p. 507), "Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source." When we open our eyes, figuratively speaking, rouse ourselves spiritually to discern the teeming activity of Mind's creativeness, we shall become conscious of the qualities and quantities, the forms and unfoldments, the combinations and relationships, of its ideas.

The truth of God's originality will then be established as a law to our present activity. The musician will never fear that musical forms and harmonies and ideas have been used up. The artist will not believe that modes of technique and medium have been exhausted. The professional or business man will not feel that he must stay in the ruts of tradition. These individuals will be able to prove that there is no dead end to intelligence and no stopping place for useful developments.

One needs decisively to cast off his personal sense of responsibility in regard to being creative in his work and to listen for the promptings of his original Principle. They never fail to appear when egotism is dropped for the truth that "the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do." The stimulating impulses of intelligence that put joy and interest into one's present occupation and make his contributions to the race valuable are certain to come when one understands their source.

In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy speaks of the Master's teaching that the Christ is "the way"; and she adds (p. 286): "Physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus. He knew that the divine Principle, Love, creates and governs all that is real."' We can be "original" too if we follow the way of Christ and yield to the fact that man is God's spiritual son, His expression. Then we shall stop placing boundaries around our abilities, and we shall express freshness and resourcefulness and expansiveness in all that we do.

It is not only a possibility but a mandate of creative Principle that we be "original"—that we continue to draw upon the Mind from whose depths of love and goodness comes the intelligence that is richly manifested through man.

Helen Wood Bauman

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