The Creative Process, Dimension.

dimension

Things which appear in the simplest formation often conceal expansive layers of great complexity. Science has afforded us a stunning window into the depths of dimension which collide, converge, and coexist, perfectly synchronized, in the greatest artistic design of all:

Life.

I love listening to the discoverings of people who’s sense of wonder is fully intact.

One day, an elite geneticist came to the school where I work. He was digging for gold in a mine of talent, seeking to pinpoint a gene that could be named and celebrated as the cause of the coveted quality known as “Perfect Pitch”. If such a gene were to exist, he was determined to be it’s discoverer! But if not, he would have effectively silenced all disputes and claims about genetics being involved in this unique and uncommon trait.

He described to me his laboratory, packed with giant computers used to analyze and store data from his research. He detailed the characteristics of a gene, how each one has specific personality and behaviors, reacting uniquely within each person. With great wonder and excitement he illustrated the depths of information that can be gleaned from each gene, explaining that if all the data from one gene were printed in a single line onto a string of paper, it would stretch for thousands of miles. And yet, a gene is so small it cannot even be seen with the naked eye!

How fascinating is life.

How wise is it’s creator.

How vast are the depths of dimension concealed within His creative expressions.

“God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life!
        Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!”
    God created the huge whales,
        all the swarm of life in the waters,
    And every kind and species of flying birds.
        God saw that it was good.
    God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean!
        Birds, reproduce on Earth!”
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Five.

God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:
        cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.”
    And there it was:
        wild animals of every kind,
    Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug.
        God saw that it was good.”

The Message

I love to reflect on the dimensions of creation. I love that while some elements are visible, others are more subtle. Sometimes I imagine what he thought as he designed each element. If he made each element to serve a bigger purpose, or if he made some things merely for the joy of creating.

I love that some of His galaxies are hidden from our view. Did He give them just as much attention and detail as he gave our planet?

I love that the stars have names and orbit in predictable patterns. And I love that each planet has it’s own charted course, their movements differing from those of the stars. I love that by tracing their orbits we can discover things about history. The birth of a savior, the death of the same. The end of time. And the beginning.

Dimension.

I love that there are seen realms and unseen realms. I love that there is truth I can comprehend, and truth I will never have the capacity to entertain.

I love that some things are felt externally, and others only internally. I love that some of the most powerful experiences come through things which cannot be seen; a fragrance, a sound, a taste, a touch.

Dimension.

Creativity is layered with it. I love that we can say one thing and mean it, but also be pointing to something entirely different at the same time.

I love that an image, though it is silent, can tell a powerful story.

Dimension.

I love that we can create something which appears simple on the outside, but further exploration yields greater depths of meaning.

Life.

It’s what happens to our art when we give it dimension.

And so today I am pondering the question… What dimensions will be encapsulated within my creations?

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