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.

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About Margaret Duarte

Although warned by agents and publishers that labeling her work Visionary Fiction was the “kiss of death,” Margaret Duarte refused to concede. “In a world riddled with fear, misunderstanding, and lost hope,” she says, “I believe there are people prepared to transcend the boundaries of their five senses and open to new thoughts and ideas. The audience is ready for fiction that heals, empowers, and bridges differences.” Margaret joined forces with other visionary fiction writers to create the Visionary Fiction Alliance, a website dedicated to bringing visionary fiction into the mainstream and providing visionary fiction writers with a place to call home. In December 2015, Margaret launched BETWEEN WILL AND SURRENDER, book one of her "Enter the Between" visionary fiction series. Through her novels, which synthesize heart and mind, science and spirituality, Margaret encourages readers to activate their gifts, retire their excuses, and stand in their own authority. Margaret is a former middle school teacher and lives on a California dairy farm with her family and a herd of "happy cows," a constant reminder that the greenest pastures are closest to home.
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16 Responses to It Takes a Village: Communicating the Visionary to ‘everyday sight’

  1. libredux says:

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

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  2. 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.

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    • 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. Admin - Eleni says:

    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!

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    • 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."

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      • 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.

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  5. 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

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  6. drstephenw says:

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

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    • 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.

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

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