Category Archives: Ambient Ambulation

Integral Encounter

Material knowledge
Ephemeral choices
Virtually formulated

To analyze is to examine critically and realize essential elements by conceiving an object or event as a function of something other than itself. All analysis is accordingly a translation, a development into a conventional representation based on experience familiarity. Familiarity can hide the aspects of things that are most important.

“What is relative is the symbolic knowledge by pre-existing concepts, which proceeds from the fixed to the moving, and not the intuitive knowledge which installs itself in that which is moving and adopts the very life of things.” – Henri Bergson

Congruent Semblance

Determinations belonging
Recognizable difference
Inner agreement

The simple demand for thoroughgoing intelligibility can be aesthetically circumvented. In such a movement, content is mediated by form making possible the essence of sensible things.

“Nothing exists of which it cannot be asked, what is the cause (or reason), why it exists.” – Baruch Spinoza

Formal Cause

Class arrangement
Dynamic explanation
Essence principle

All individual things consist of matter and form. Matter is the principle of potentiality, or the ability to become multiple identifiable things. Form is the principle of determination and actuality, which accounts for the thing being the kind of thing it is. Accordingly, form is the functional organization that an individual shares with other members of its class.

“Cause, therefore, is after one manner said to be that, from which, being inherent, something is produced.” – Aristotle

Beyond Information Given

Arriving stimuli
Centrically symmetrical
Constantly transcends

Repeatedly in the long history of philosophical speculation, sensory experience is defined as a type of lower-order cognition. This view stipulates that although sensation is occasionally unambiguous, such sensations frequently deceive, with all elements amalgamated into an indivisible whole. Meanwhile, phenomenal consciousness somehow consists not in immediate sensations, but rather in a higher-level sensing of those sensations.

“The habit of separating the intuitive from the abstractive functions, as they were called in the Middle Ages, goes far back in our tradition.” – Rudolf Arnheim

Irrupted into Metaphysics

Nourished by theory
Elaborated by architects
Delight in knowing

Radiance relates to beauty as an indispensable longing of the intellect. This follows from the Aristotelian notion of form, an inner ontological principle that determines the essence of things. From such form comes the brilliance of being, radiating into intelligence.

“Without beauty what would become of being? Without being what would become of beauty?” – Plotinus

Intuition Actualizes

Form elaboration
Virtuality contained
Intellectual perspicacity

What matters most to the intrinsic quality of creative intuition is an inner alert receptivity diving deeper into recesses of subjectivity. In unity the intellect and imagination are born in these recesses and experience authenticity delivered by intentional emotion.

“The energy or active exercise of the mind constitutes life.” – Aristotle

Wet Morning

Chilly times
Profound rain
Subside slowly

A visual symphony in immediate proximity informs the dawn. The realized event and individual subjectivity are known together in the same obscure experience through affective resonance.

“The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall.” – Helen Garner

Pyrus Calleryana

Spring blooming
Suburban landscape
Invasive species

Environmental narratives identify certain plants as undesirable. Of course, this classification is made in relationship to vacillating human desires. Perhaps humanity is the invasive species. Consider the fate of the tallgrass prairie, which once covered 170 million acres of North America. Whatever perceived transgressions of the ornamental pear tree, it is still a photosynthesizing organism removing carbon dioxide from the air. Better than a parking lot.

“The Bradford pear has gone from a great tree that put many nurserymen’s kids through college to an abomination.” – Richard Olsen

Embodied Accordance

Truths involved
Moral fortitude
Contained concepts

Creative intuition is contained in the spiritual free life of the intellect as a kind of humble revelation, flourishing in its unforgettable individuality in a particular spark of reality. Without parallel in logical reason, an external existence and the internal self are together obscurely embraced.

“Poetic knowledge is as natural to the spirit of man as the return of the bird to his nest; and it is the universe which, together with the spirit, makes its way back to the mysterious nest of the soul.” – Jacques Maritain

Hidden Place

Substantial totality
Containing itself
Immanent acts

In the spiritual unconscious, free creativity exists in a state of definite intellectual actuation, apart from the conceptual knowledge process. This preconceptual knowledge is active, immanent in and consubstantial with art, one with its very essence. Free creativity tends to engender in transcendental beauty and involves infinite possible options and realizations.

“Intuition is the indifferentiated unity of the perception of the real and of the simple image of the possible.” – Benedetto Croce