A Christian Science perspective.
Creativity has been declining in America since 1990, a Newsweek
study reported. The findings are based on a 1958 creativity test
designed by E. Paul Torrance, which is still being taken by millions
worldwide in 50 languages. If we are to see creative solutions to
conflict and instability at home and abroad, this trend must be
challenged and reversed. And through prayer, it can be.
In praying about the need for creative solutions to today's
problems, I've asked myself if I doze off mentally and spiritually
before the discouraging and frustrating screen of my own or
another's problems when answers don't come immediately. My
experience has shown me that praying to the one all-powerful
creator, God, opens the way for receiving creative solutions in
every area of life, which can break through as prayer shows us that
progressive good is natural for all humanity. Fearless prayer faces
down skepticism and dulled thinking that hypnotically keep
individuals and nations trapped in routine and repetition.
Lack of creativity can't possibly be the outcome of God, the one
divine creator, whose creation includes inexhaustible and ever-
appearing good in the form of fresh and useful ideas that are always
available for every man, woman, and child. And because each one of
us is the offspring, the image and likeness of God, divine Mind, we
have continuous access to these ideas. As we pray to understand our
real spiritual source, it becomes evident that God's ideas are as
limitless as their creator. They can never run out or run down.
Viewpoints in education, politics, business, and religion that
are frozen in self-righteousness and prejudice melt in the divine
Love that is Mind. Such attitudes are without foundation and
therefore powerless to block or stop creative solutions to the
world's problems. Even hatred that has been tenaciously held to and
justified can be defused instantly - and creatively - by an open and
forgiving response inspired by God.
When shocked by unjust attitudes and worn-out paradigms - or
feeling controlled by our own - we can remain calm. Love is
available every moment to uplift motives and desires. Love also
silences self-seeking and self-promoting interests that close the
door on fresh approaches to collaboration and peace.
Christ Jesus was awake to the spiritual fact of God's ability to
pour forth His infinite flow of good ideas. …