You are a Creative
God carries on creative work through human beings. Human beings
serve as instrument of transformation of thoughts and ideas from
the spiritual state to the physical state. Our mind which is an
aspect of the brain mechanism is a creative device which enables
us to relate to spiritual as well as physical existence.
Our role in the creative process involves receiving thoughts
and ideas which emanate from God into our mind. By means of our
mental and physical powers we are able to transform these thoughts
and ideas into physical reality. So the human being receives from
the spiritual and transforms into the physical.
Our function in the creative process can be likened to the function
of a television set. The pictures we see on the screen do not originate
from the television set. The television set receives signals that
are transmitted from a television station and then transforms these
signals into observable pictures on the television screen. In the
case of the creative process, thinking enables us to tune in to
and receive thoughts, ideas and concepts from God. These thoughts,
ideas and concepts we are then able to transform into physical (objective)
reality by means of our mental and physical powers.
To illustrate this process let us consider how a building comes
into existence. By thinking, an architect receives ideas and concepts
of the design of a building in his mind. By means of his mental
and physical abilities he transfers his mental pictures of the design
of this building to drawing on paper. A builder, by interpreting
this drawing, is able to construct the building thereby bringing
it into existence. And so what has come from God as thoughts has
eventually become a physical reality.
Evidently, the human being is a co-worker with God in the creative
Your Gift of Creative Ability:
Human beings are endowed with creative ability. We have the capacity
to do things requiring intelligence. Our creative ability is in
the form of mental and physical powers. Since our physical abilities
are obvious, I shall focus attention on human mental powers. Observation
of human beings reveals that human mind exhibits certain capabilities.
This is the mental power by which a person presses forward or
pushes on with a task. It is the capacity of the mind to sustain
effort and get things done.
Power of Self Control:
This is the mental power by which a person can direct his thoughts
and actions and exercise control over his feelings and impulses.
Power of Feeling:
This is the power of the mind by which a person is able to perceive,
experience or become conscious of physical and spiritual phenomena
This is the mental power we have of perceiving, learning, understanding
There are three aspects to human intelligence and these are:
- 1. Intellect: This is the power of the mind to reason.
- 2. Memory: This is the power of keeping facts in
the conscious mind and being able to call them back at will.
- 3. Knowledge: The actual knowledge a person has is
an aspect of his intelligence.
All these mental powers are present in every normal human being.
These mental powers working together determine a personï¿½s mental
qualities and characteristics. Our mental powers together with our
physical abilities constitute our creative ability.
The extent, degree or level to which human beings are gifted
with each of these different mental powers varies from individual
to individual. No two individuals match each other in the extent
of endowment of every one of these mental powers. By this I mean
that no two individuals have the same measure of drive, the same
degree of self-control and the same depth and strength of power
of feeling; as well as have the same measure of intellect, the same
strength of memory and the same amount of knowledge.
However, people may be classed in broad groupings of level of
endowment of particular mental powers. For example, depending on
the extent to which a person is gifted intellectually, such a person
may be described in any one of the following ways: as having low
intellectual ability, as having average intellectual ability, as
having high intellectual ability or as having exceptional intellectual
Because human beings are endowed with the different mental powers
to different levels, degrees or extent, you find that each human
being has distinct mental qualities and characteristics. Each individual
has his or her special way of thinking and doing things. This explains
why human beings think and behave differently from one another.
The fact that human beings are mentally different explains why
people have different interests and talents and so take to different
vocations, occupations or professions. It also accounts for the
fact that people occupy different positions in life. Our physical
abilities also play a part in determining our choice of occupation
or career and contribute to determining our place in life.
There are two important things to note about our creative ability.
One is the fact that human ability is limited. No person can accomplish
all things and no person knows everything. Our capability is finite.
The other thing to note is that our mental powers grow stronger
as we use them until they develop to full potential. This is similar
to what happens when we use our muscles vigorously or exercise them.
Let me restate at this point that the human mind is not some
sort of soul or spirit in our body. God is the only spirit in existence.
Our mind is only a mechanism of the brain which enables us to relate
to spiritual as well as physical existence. Our mind is a creative
device for transforming thoughts, ideas and concepts from the spiritual
realm into physical reality.
You are God's
Instrument of Service:
Often when people can no longer handle a situation on their own,
when they reach the limit of their powers or resources, they reach
out to God. They pray and ask God for help. However, people do not
expect that God will appear physically to them to render the help
they need. Instead they approach other human beings through whom
they hope and expect that God will solve their problem.
For the purpose of illustration, consider a situation where someoneï¿½s
child suddenly falls ill. The childï¿½s condition is so bad that this
person prays to God to help restore the health of his child. After
asking God for help, he will not wait for God to appear with a stethoscope
and a bag of medicines. He will instead take his sick child to hospital
to see a doctor. He expects that God will answer his prayers and
restore the health of his child through the doctor.
Let us consider another situation. Someone desires to embark
on a business venture but has difficulty in obtaining the necessary
funds to finance it. If he is the kind f person who believes in
God he will probably pray and ask God for help. After praying he
will not sit back and expect that money will fall from the skies.
Neither will he go in search of Godï¿½s bank in order to obtain the
needed funds. Instead he will go to financial institutions run by
human beings or approach people whom he thinks can satisfy his need.
In effect, God serves human needs through people. From this we
can deduce the following moral principle: that when others reach
the limit of their ability or resources and reach out to a person,
it is that personï¿½s duty to do the best he can to satisfy their
need. The individual is, in reality, Godï¿½s instrument of service
Let us take a look at this issue from another angle. The value
of a thing lies in its usefulness to human beings. A can of sand
is worthless because it does not satisfy any human need. No one
will offer money in exchange for it. On the other hand, a can of
orange juice has value because it is useful to human beings. The
individual is endowed with creative ability. The worth of this creative
ability lies in its usefulness to people. The worth of the individual
lies in the use of his creative ability to satisfy human needs.
It is therefore evident that service to humanity is the purpose
of the life of a human being. It is also clear that service to humanity
is what gives worth to a human beingï¿½s life.
The human being can be seen as a worker in Godï¿½s Creative Establishment
whose duty is to serve people. When we serve others we receive consideration
for our services. When we receive payment for our services we are
then able to meet our own needs. Our first duty is to satisfy others
after which we can think of ourselves. ï¿½Others firstï¿½ is the golden
rule for creative and successful living.
God has endowed us with creative ability, not for us to use for
selfish ends but for us to use for service to humanity.
It is important to note that we do not serve the needs of others
only when they can offer consideration or repay us. When we help,
support or assist others we are actually contributing to Godï¿½s creative
work through them. This, in effect, means that we are co-operating
with or working with God. God is infinitely good. One way or another,
He will ensure that we receive adequate consideration for whatever
help, assistance or support we give to others.
Emmanuel Emezie is a philosopher-scientist. A six-year-long
scientific research into the spiritual aspect of life led him
to the discovery of intriguing and life-improving spiritual
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