: the length, width, height, or depth or something : a measurement in one direction (such as the distance from the ceiling to the floor in a room)
: the amount or number of things that something affects or influences
: a part of something
Dimension (n.): late 14th century, “measurement, size,” from Latin dimensionem “a measuring,” noun of action from past participle stem of dimetri “to measure out,” from dis- + metiri “to measure.” Meaning “any component of a situation” is from 1929.
Measure (v.): c. 1200, “moderation, temperance, abstemiousness;” c. 1300, “instrument for measuring,” from Old French mesure “limit, boundary; quantity, dimension; occasion, time” (12th century), from Latin mensura.
“Imaginary time is a new dimension, at right angels to ordinary, real time.”
Stephen Hawking (b. 1942, English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge)
“I believe that hunger for a ‘lost dimension’ of experience is a natural yearning in all of us, and it doesn’t go away just because we ignore it. It is evidenced among other places in the millions of children and adults who obsessively read the ‘Harry Potter’ books. It is said that fiction is where someone gets to tell the truth.”
Marianne Williamson (b. 1952, spiritual teacher, author and lecturer; published eleven books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers)
“Jesus said, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.’ I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom,’ he would have said, ‘dimension.’ And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness.”
Eckhart Tolle (b. 1948, German-born spiritual teacher and author, educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge)
“I believe that when people have an occupation that allows them to provide for their families, the social dimension of human nature will emerge instinctively and lead people to help and organize others less privileged.”
Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao (b. 1946, former militant and the first and former president of East Timor, serving from 2002 to 2007)
“Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is no the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.”
Arthur Erickson (1924-2009, global architect and master planner of over 500 works worldwide)
“I search for the realness, the real felling of a subject, all the texture around it... I always want to see the third dimension of something… I want to come alive with the object.”
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009, one of the best-known U.S. artist of the middle 20th century; visual artist, primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style.)
“It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life’s parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.”
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986, a belatedly acknowledge philosopher, author, feminist theorist, activist and public intellectual, who called herself “the midwife of Sartre’s existential ethics rather than a thinker in her own right.”)
“I search for the realness, the real felling of a subject, all the texture around it… I always want to see the third dimension of something… I want to come alive with the object.”
— Andrew Wyeth
I always smile when I see Andrew Wyeth’s name. As an art student in high school I always admired his work, which felt so mysterious yet accessible. I loved the textures and feel of his paintings as if it came from a pure place, which at that age really needed.
A couple of years after I gave birth to my son I re-entered the workforce desperately seeking to be a member of a creative industry. I ended up being a receptionist and then the marketing assistant and out-reach coordinator for a prestigious off-Broadway production house. The pay was extremely low, but I had the privileged to meet a diverse group of masters in their fields, not only actors, but playwrights, stage designers, and directors too.
For me, it felt like working in a completely different dimension. I didn’t quite understand the magnitude of where I was working until a very humble young man came to say hello while I manned the front desk.
He introduced himself (let’s call him John) and asked where I was from and where I went to college. I told him that I went to Lincoln University, a small historical black college situated between Harrisburg and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. He perked up and said that he was also from Pennsylvania. I asked, “Where from?” John said, “Chadds Ford. Do you know where that is?” I said, “Oh, yeah, that’s Wyeth Country.” He smiled and walked away and said that it was nice to meet me.
I later learned that John was in fact a member of the Wyeth family. I felt a little bit embarrassed that I hadn’t connected the dots while I was talking to him. While I worked at the theater company I would often speak to children of accomplished parents and often about the works of their parents unbeknownst to me at the time, not in a negative way but rather introspectively. Even though I was somewhat unconscious, my subconscious was fully aware of whom I was talking.
Working side-by-side next to children born to dynasties wasn’t very unusual in New York City. Actually, this country is pretty magnificent that way. There is an infinite amount of portals and dimensions we all can walk through. That’s our strength as a country, the opportunities to bump into those who contribute and have a global impact.
Moving from New York City to Florida for me was an equivalent of traveling to another country. It’s like studying aboard to live and work with people who are different, have diverse perspectives, and from whom you can learn so much.
Notice, for instance, as you walk and drive the many different dimensions you may traverse through. See if you can observe the shifts in energy and then explore the adventures you can co-create.
Let us be like children and look for the magic in our world.
Much Love, Tonya