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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 "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."

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

3 "Never in all the reaches of history has there been precisely You before, and if you know how to value and cultivate the essence of your innermost sense and sentiencies, you become a creative element in the whole dynamic system."

4 "In the unified experience of reality the whole process of creation…is a single timeless moment of Divine self-manifestation." R. A. Nicholson, 'Commentary on Rumi'

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

6 "The true artist sees the harmony, the wholeness, the tendencies toward perfection in things everywhere."

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

8 "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."

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

10 "The Beautiful is the Now, and this is the eternity to which we belong."

11 "Minds that are peculiarly sensitive to relatedness, to qualities of wholeness in experience, gradually build up a conditioned aptness to recognize evidence of such possibilities more and more infallibly."

12 "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."

13 "A person of wisdom and generosity can lift the entire level of behavior around him by the assumption of goodness that he projects upon his associates. He looks upon what he finds good in them with love, and they are favorably affected."

14 "Mature vision apprehends life as a beautifully spontaneous, boundless, and serene form to which we belong. What it suggests to us is infinite. What it promises is eternal."

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

16 "A mathematical concept or a moral concept may lead as certainly toward a sense of beauty as may a strictly aesthetic one."

17 "Whenever man experiences what he calls the beautiful, he enjoys a sense of growth in the direction of integration. It gives him an insight into the quality of wholeness or relatedness that underlies the apparently separate parts and incidents of being."

18 "In physics, in biology, in aesthetics, this same Unitary Principle obtains; it is as though the tensions and pressures of conflicting forms in unstable irresolution ultimately find, by their own inner urgencies, and nature's purposive design, a mergent stability, a higher function in the mounting architecture….there seems to be a goal that is as inherently magnetic to all protoplasm and organism as to man himself."

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

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

21 "Art at its most elevated is not so dependent upon skill as upon virtue. Virtue is pre-eminent dedication to a life of truth."

22 "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."

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

24 "To see soundly is to see whole."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite