Visionary Fiction Alliance

Portal to Visionary Fiction – Transforming Human Consciousness

It Takes a Village: Communicating the Visionary to ‘everyday sight’

Visionary ArtThe statement below was written by a practitioner of painted visionary works, yet I was struck by how it synced with our definition of visionary fiction at Visionary Fiction Alliance and how it applies to other visionary art forms as well.

Art of the Visionary attempts to show what lies beyond the boundary of our sight. Through dream, trance, or other altered states, the artist attempts to see the unseen – attaining a visionary state that transcends our regular modes of perception. The task awaiting him, thereafter, is to communicate his vision in a form recognizable to “everyday sight.” L. Caruana  Manifesto of Visionary Art

Visionary Artists

To illustrate the common “visionary” perspective of contemporary artists among all mediums – from music to astronomy to psychology to athletics to acting to sculpture, I offer the following quotes:

  • Songwriter, photographer Julian Lennon: “It’s about mind control and how you realize what you’re going through, and you make those necessary changes to move forward to become more enlightened, more positive again.”
  • Journalist, political commentator Arianna Huffington: “There will be no collective enlightenment without personal enlightenment. We can take inspiration and knowledge from each other and also make a concerted effort to hit pause [on] our hectic and digital lives and just live the moment.”
  • Visionary ArtistPoet/author Maya Angelou: “Evolution is a slow dance. We have to have some nerve, some trust to dare to grow-to leave old beliefs behind and try on something that might not seem like it is going to fit.”
  • Mythologist Jean Houston: “When we learn to align our own personal particulars to the personal universals of a great life, say of Gandhi, or Krishna, or Oedipus, or the life of any god or goddess, when we really begin to see our life writ large in the context of these larger stories, then we can find a level of health and healing, and opportunity, of choice, of going forward, of knowing the story doesn’t end in the middle.”
  • Astronomer Carl Sagan. “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”
  • Transpersonal Psychologist Stanislav Grof: “A radical inner transformation and rise to a new level of consciousness might be the only real hope we have in the current global crisis brought on by the dominance of the Western mechanistic paradigm.”
  • Weight lifter Yuri Vlasov: “At the peak of tremendous and victorious effort, while the blood is pounding in your head, all suddenly becomes quiet within you. Everything seems clearer and whiter than ever before, as if great spotlights had been turned on. At that moment you have the conviction that you contain all the power in the world, that you are capable of everything, that you have wings. There is no more precious moment in life than this, the white moment, and you will work very hard for years just to taste it again.”
  • Entertainer Oprah Winfrey:  “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”
  • Peace advocate, spiritual writer Marianne Williamson: “Old Newtonian physics claimed that things have an objective reality separate from our perception of them. Quantum physics, and particularly Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, reveal that, as our perception of an object changes, the object itself literally changes.”
  • Actor John Carrey: “Suddenly I was thrown into this expansive, amazing feeling of freedom—from myself, from my problems. I saw that I was bigger than what I do. I was bigger than my body. I was everything and everyone. I was no longer a fragment of the universe—I was the universe.”
  • Visionary ArtistSculptor Zenos Frudakis: “I wanted to create a sculpture almost anyone, regardless of their background, could look at and instantly recognize that it is about the idea of struggling to break free. This sculpture [Freedom] is about the struggle for achievement of freedom through the creative process.”

Evolution is a slow dance

John Raatz, Founder and CEO of GATE (Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment) says, “We all feel the evolutionary change that’s intensifying at an unprecedented pace, and we all believe …know …that entertainment and media content is one of the best ways to bring transformational messages to life … to bring cooperation, unity and Oneness to a searching and hungering humanity.”

Yes, as Maya Angelou said above, “Evolution is a slow dance,” but with such a variety of celebrity artists collectively articulating and demonstrating common messages of the visionary, the task of raising transformational art into the mainstream is not insurmountable.

It takes a village.

About margaretduarte

Margaret Duarte, a former middle school teacher, lives on a family-owned-and-operated dairy farm with a herd of “happy cows,” a constant reminder that the greenest pastures are closest to home. Margaret earned her creative writing certificate through UC Davis Extension and has since published three novels in her “Enter the Between” visionary fiction series: Between Will and Surrender, Between Darkness and Dawn, and Between Yesterday and Tomorrow. Her poem and story credits include SPC Tule Review, The California Writers Club Literary Review, finalist in the 2017 SLO Nightwriters Golden Quill Writing Contest, and First Place winner for fiction in the 2016 Northern California Publishers and Authors Book Awards Competition. For links to Margaret and her work, visit her website at: margaretduarte.com.

16 comments on “It Takes a Village: Communicating the Visionary to ‘everyday sight’

  1. libredux
    July 28, 2014

    I really like this look into the growth of the “visionary” outside the niche of VF – thanks very much Margaret.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Theresa Crater
    July 28, 2014

    I love this quote: “we all believe …know …that entertainment and media content is one of the best ways to bring transformational messages to life … to bring cooperation, unity and Oneness to a searching and hungering humanity.” It’s true. The list of visionary artists in all those various formats is inspiring. I can think of others.

    Liked by 1 person

    • margaretduarte
      July 30, 2014

      I could think of others, too, Theresa, but figured I used up enough space to make my point.. There are so many inspirational artists in this world, who need to be acknowledged and advanced, so that individuals searching for transformational content have easy access. Guess that’s part of our job here at VFA.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Victor E. Smith
    July 28, 2014

    Thanks, Margaret, for this great collection, any one of which could form the base of a meditation, or “trip” into that realm behind the veil. I especially like Yuri Vlasov’s “white moment.” Reminded me of the other morning where I got the invitation to no longer just see the light from afar, but to walk right into the light. I took it as a foretaste of the next evolutionary level, very real and achievable. Like Grof put it, “a rise to a new level of consciousness might be the only real hope we have in the current global crisis.” I’d revise his “might” to “is” adding the good news being that this next “high” is already there for those who just dare to take the step up.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Admin - Eleni
    July 28, 2014

    Thanks for those wonderful quotes, Margaret. I appreciate what Arianna Huffington said about how there can’t be collective enlightenment until it happens on the individual level. It reminds me of a quote by Joseph Campbell:

    “We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.”

    Great stuff!

    Liked by 2 people

    • margaretduarte
      July 30, 2014

      Yes, Eleni. I was surprised to find Arianna Huffington to be so mindful and enlightened. According to Huffington, many American corporations are “coming out of the closest” as spiritual practitioners of practices to reconnect to the inner spirit. “These behaviors are no longer viewed as New Age or marginal,” she says. “They’re making it possible to see self-awareness and mindfulness as a way of life; it’s become part of the mainstream.”

      Like

      • Victor E. Smith
        July 31, 2014

        As a regular follower of HuffPo, I’ve noticed this trend with Ariana’s work.

        And can’t help but comment, since I am in the midst of reading your Between Now and Forever, Margaret, that your work is doing a fine job of showing how spiritual practices might be introduced into current mainstream education with great benefit, especially for those talented but troublesome Indigoes.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. visionaryfictionauthor
    July 29, 2014

    Maya Angelou’s idea that “We have to have some nerve, some trust to dare to grow-to leave old beliefs behind and try on something that might not seem like it is going to fit.”….seems to me to speak directly to Visionary Fiction as well because story is a wonderful way to help folks try on something new.

    Art in all its forms has the potential to heal and to transform. Apparently this urge shows up everywhere if we listen, as evidenced in Weight lifter Yuri Vlasov’s comment.

    I love how you pulled all these wonderful quotes together, Margaret. We are not alone. It is a collective movement, this evolutionary pull. Let’s keep our finger on the pulse!
    ~Jodine Turner

    Liked by 2 people

  6. drstephenw
    July 29, 2014

    Wherever you go, there you are: amazing to find visionary insight from weightlifting!

    Liked by 2 people

    • margaretduarte
      July 30, 2014

      I have mentioned the book “From Where You Dream,” by Robert Olen Butler, in previous posts and comments on VFA. In his book, Butler talks about the “dreamspace” or “trance state” that psychologists call the “flow state” and athletes call “the zone,” and how the athlete’s zone and the artist’s creative trance have a great deal in common. It’s a place of visionary insight where the artist is not thinking at all.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. margaretduarte
    July 31, 2014

    Thanks for the above comment, Vic. And for reading my book!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Pingback: #Art Saved My Life | Visionary Fiction Alliance

  9. Pingback: Visionary Fiction on the Genre Shelf | Visionary Fiction Alliance

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: