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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 "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."

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

3 "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."

4 "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."

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

6 "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'

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

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

9 "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."

10 "We must nurture and not kill such germinations of faith as come to us through the ardor of our best meditations, the illumination of our most inspired dreams, the flash of vision."

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

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

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 "The character structure of the mature and integrated personality, the productive character, constitutes the source and the basis of virtue." Erich Fromm

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

17 "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."

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

19 "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."

20 "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."

21 "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."

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

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

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 are still young and growing is not easy. But there seems to be a prevailing virtue in us, a conscience, which recalls us from our vagrancies and draws us toward the light."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite