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Creative Vision for Art and for Life
Richard Guggenheimer
Explains that seeing life as a whole is an innate instinct within humanity, and that this way of seeing is the root to all great art, philosophy, and science.

1 "An intelligent being carries within him the wherewithal to surpass himself." Henri Bergson

2 "Everything in the continuum of pure being is eternally new."

3 "We bathe in an atmosphere traversed by great spiritual currents."

4 "The sense of the beautiful seems to be directly referable to the quality of wholeness or relatedness that underlies the apparently separate parts and incidents of being."

5 "The me-ness of me, the you-ness of you, seek communion at the levels of our highest intentions."

6 "The human spirit likes to see things whole. Emotionally and intuitionally we seek the sum of the parts as surely as we want the ending to an unfinished theme."

7 "Inward development of self, communication between growing selves at the altitudes of their subtlest insights; these are essential to the way forward. Deep introspection, but not alone. Introspection propelled by the incitement of shared discovery."

8 "The truth revealed by art, by science, by intuition, by thought, is the timeless, sizeless Form of Selfhood and pure being."

9 "Being has a beauty that transcends its worst ugliness."

10 "The most ultimate particles of reality that we can imagine are themselves intangible, unreal except as 'active events'. Things are not ultimately things; they are constellations of energies."

11 "Man questions; the artist in him answers. The answer is as true as the vision is sound."

12 "The artist achieves by intuition, feeling, and perception of form what the scientist aims at by logic and exploration. In science, as in art, the essential drive is toward seeing whole."

13 "We must penetrate beyond the restrictions of fragmentary thought to the clarity of integration. Our focus must widen its sights from the partial to the inclusive. Our aim is awareness of a totality."

14 "Art is the humble and marvelous image of the cosmic order itself….The spirit of the forms is one." Elie Faure

15 "Maturing vision depends increasingly upon two necessities: inward development of self, and communication between growing selves at the altitudes of their subtlest insights."

16 "Seeing whole provides us with many insights. It even enables us to suspect that we endure, that our life is not a span of time bounded by a beginning and an end."

17 "All states of being, seen in principle, are simultaneous in the eternal now." Rene Guenon, 'La Metaphysique Orientale'

18 "Underlying continuity seems to characterize the flow and the flowering of all that occurs, and seems to indicate that while all things happen gradually in the time sense of human beings they may be happening instantaneously in the more absolute sense of final truth."

19 "There is a profound relationship between creativity and quality of human character."

20 "What we see is no more and no less than what we are."

21 "Relatedness is both the goal of our searching and the facilitating means."

22 "To see soundly is to see whole."

23 "Sensitiveness to beauty brings insights and visions which humanity does not otherwise attain." Ordway Tead

24 "This sense of rounded completeness is always in man's mind as a background hope to all his thoughts and activities. He imagines his own lifetime to have a rounded completeness."

25 "We must measure reality by man's inner and higher nature. It is the only way to a creative vision of today's world."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite