Be Totally Receptive (Quote by Jean Klein)

Be Totally Receptive (Quote by Jean Klein)

Be Totally Receptive quote by Jean Klein

“Before encouraging people to find beauty in a work of art, we must first teach them how to see, how to listen. We will soon realize how difficult this is: listening and seeing are arts in themselves. To arrive at aesthetic experience we must be totally receptive, welcoming, free from memory, so that we are open to the play of color, sounds, rhythms and shapes.

This openness, seeing, is the light underlying all sensations and sooner or later, we find ourselves knowingly in this light. Looking at a work of art in this way is truly creative. There is no analysis in it. Each time we are struck by it, it brings us back to our real Self.”

By Jean Klein

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Mary Beth 2 years ago

    Yes! Appreciation of art is a learned skill. It behooves artists and art associations to demonstrate, discuss, and share so people can learn to see, and be elevated by what they see.

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      Polly Castor 2 years ago

      This is what my PowerPoint on Abstraction aims to do.

  2. Mary Beth Williams 2 years ago

    This explains why I have always seemed blocked regarding creating art per se because of years of trauma and complicated human history. But I take comfort in the fact each day we are all artists creating masterpieces of blessings by how we live our lives with a consciousness filled with love bringing a tapestry of beauty to our world – unseen by the human eye but felt in the heart. And that certainly describes you precious Polly!

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      Polly Castor 2 years ago

      From my perspective it describes you too! You do a lot of witnessing and listening, expressing and cherishing!

  3. Sue Krevitt 2 years ago

    Obviously awesome beings, you two!

  4. Dilys 2 years ago

    Thank you Polly.
    I took an Open University art history course on “Modern Art” a few years ago, which really opened my eyes and helped me to appreciate what had previously eluded me. The Summer School week was held in a London University and we spent two days in Tate Modern and two days in the National Gallery looking at works of art. It was wonderful!

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