The belief in an external reality arises and grows with self awareness. Because the self is as necessary as the other, these beliefs are not speculatively separated. In their fullest, most intimate co-operation they are the mental elements of human life and its activity.
“The provincialism of time may be conquered only in the realm of mind.” – Edgar Sheffield Brightman
Purity made simple
Taking the measure of correlation between a system and its environment in the evening light, defilements and contamination are wiped away.
“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind.” – John Lubbock
Fabric of meaning
Some things are a matter of serendipity. Fortuitousness is present all the time, but manifests with awareness.
“The intuition of a purely aesthetic work of art is enacted under a strict suspension of all existential attitudes of the intellect and of all attitudes relating to emotions and the will which presuppose such an existential attitude.” – Edmund Husserl
Reality of things
Directed toward essences
Obscurely conveyed through an intentional or spiritualized emotion, creative intuition contains the reality of external things and the subjectivity of the artist coexisting inseparably. Such knowledge leans toward creation – to know in order to produce.
“The soul is known in the experience of the world and the world is known in the experience of the soul, through a knowledge which does not know itself.” – Jacques Maritain
As a kind of experience or knowledge, the creative act originates within a distinct intellectual process. Steeped in imagination and emotion, preconceptual mental functioning is a primary requirement of spiritual creativity.
“In this knowledge through union or inclination, connaturality or congeniality, the intellect is at play not alone, but together with affective inclinations and the dispositions of the will, and as guided and shaped by them.” – Jacques Maritain
The Western Missouri Medical Center has a nice little reflecting pool.
“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens
As part of the creative process, the artist toggles back and forth between conscious and unconscious cognitive modes. Responding to aesthetic stimulus, patterns emerge from very narrow slices of experience.
“The really valuable factor is intuition.” – Albert Einstein
In the creative flow, eddies and backwashes are often more efficacious than the dominant current. Embracing chance allows for the free coursing of ideas through the mind on the fringe of consciousness.
“Discovery should come as an adventure rather than as the result of a logical process of thought.” – Theobald Smith
Observing local interactions between smaller component parts, order emerges from seemingly self-organizing systems responding to an unconscious mental expression. Random fluctuations become amplified by positive feedback.
“I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.” – Bob Dylan
Arising in connection with external circumstances, latent ambiguity apparently manifests. Crumpled kraft paper placed directly behind a storefront window sets-up a curious boundary plane of vagueness. More interested in temporality rather than spatiality while seeking an illusion of continuity, identity is located within uncertainty.
“The absolute can only be reached and expressed through intuition, and by this the spiritual sympathy by which one places oneself within an object in order to coincide with what is unique in it is consequently inexpressible.” – Enid Starkie