Quotation of William James

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“For the past several generations we’ve forgotten what the psychologists call our archaic understanding, a willingness to know things in their deepest, most mythic sense. We’re all born with archaic understanding, and I’d guess that the loss of it goes directly along with the loss of ourselves as creators.

“What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint or clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter what our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts or having some kind of important career.

“Our freedom to be creators is far less limited than some people would think.

“The creator is not afraid to leap over the ‘accidental fences’ and to plunge into the deep waters of creation. There, once again, and yet another way, we lose ourselves to find ourselves.”

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle(Quoted from Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle.)