Knowledge attempts to explain something either by identifying component parts or by describing its effects. Ensuring a mystical aspect at the essence of existence, neither endeavor is a complete schema. Art as a spiritual practice embraces the inexhaustible unknown.
“The world is not the world as manifest to humans; to think a reality beyond our thinking is not nonsense, but obligatory.” – Graham Harman
An aspect of Kant’s transcendental aesthetic, that space and time are subjective forms of human sensation, has always been problematic. If space and time are built into our mental structure as a necessary foundation for any thought to occur, why would this necessarily mean that space and time are not also part of external reality? This substantial conundrum actually has a formal name: the Neglected Alternative.
“Nature can be thought of as a closed system whose mutual relations do not require the expression of the fact that they are thought about.” – Alfred North Whitehead
Connatural knowledge associated with emotion bestows intentionality to artwork, as creative intuition and beauty are intricately entwined. Because objects exist independently of human experience, they are never themselves ontologically exhausted. This inexhaustibility implies that human perceptual relations always contain hidden potential, as a kind of spirituality accessible aesthetically.
“Even the most bizarre combinations of entities are a reality never exhausted by any perception or use of this combination.” – Graham Harman
Splendor of being
Creative intuition is intelligent in harmonizing a hidden internal mentality with an apparent external reality. The art is literally embedded in the process, directed toward concrete existence as connatural to the soul infused by a given emotion. Proceeding from the perceptual imagination of the spirit, artistic work avails reason to arouse self-awareness. Emotion received in the free imaginative pre-awareness of the intellect becomes intentional and intuitive as the subject awakens to itself.
“The creator in art is he who discovers a new type-analogy of the beautiful, a new way in which the brilliance of form can be made to shine upon matter.” – Jacques Maritain
Natural and moral philosophies each have an empirical component. Experience commences at the point of conception. Natural philosophy must determine the laws of nature as an object of occurrence. Moral philosophy must determine human choice of action to the extent that free will is affected by nature.
“Observe the movement of the stars as if you were running their courses with them, and let your mind constantly dwell on the changes of the elements into each other. Such imaginings wash away the filth of life on the ground.” – Marcus Aurelius
Lived through time
Over a duration that spans into the night, a cellular tower competes with the sunset. The succession of specious presents coexist in one defined event.
“The most transitory of things, a shadow, the proverbial emblem of all that is fleeting and momentary, may be fettered by the spells of our ‘natural magic,’ and may be fixed forever in the position which it seemed only destined for a single instant to occupy.” – Henry Fox Talbot
Universe of form
Connaturality is a kind of intellectual knowledge not obtained alone, but augmented by affective inclinations and dispositions of the will. Against this background, connaturality involves a cohesive existential interpenetration, not just a partial rational intellectual sliver.
“The activity of the organism is determined through its receptivity, and vice versa. Neither its activity nor its receptivity is in itself something real; both obtain reality only in this reciprocal determination.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Position to engender
The phenomenal mystery of energy, matter, space, and time elegantly appears on a clear night. Metaphysical cosmology seeks to understand the source and meaning of the universe by thought alone. Such thinking is facilitated by being out under the stars, contemplating existence as the world turns.
“It is safer, therefore, to allow the concept to arise, as it were, before our eyes, and thus to find the ground of its necessity in its own origin.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
Imagination can be part of the preconscious life of the intellect. Used to make known and express what is singular and conceptually inexpressible, preconceptual imagination fuels creative intuition. The use of images in creating artworks is an act of transforming images present to the preconscious intellect concretely to express deep spiritual experience.
“The images thus stirred are themselves in a state of fluidity–not organized but movable by every wind–and part of the preconscious life of the spirit.” – Jacques Maritain
While the totality of all reality encompasses a multiplicity of universals, the various forms of experience constitute a continuous and connected series of mental phases. Thus, the life of the mind is a whole and a single continuous movement.
“What is found in this flux of thoroughgoing change is merely difference as universal difference, or difference into which the various opposites have been resolved.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel