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Finding Voice

Voice is the unique interest and essence that defines what is brilliant and familiar within your art—The inner-most organic expression of an individual.

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So many of us are looking for our voice– There is power inside our voice. It is not only a style of language, an angle of diversity, or an edge within a topic… Voice comes loaded with the incentive to impact the world. We feel encouraged, fearless, worthy of providing our community with our unique vision.

Finding Voice is simultaneous with discovering ourselves…

There are four keys to finding our Voice.


When we find our medium for expressing Voice, it is not so different than finding love… the coincidental richness  and intense thriving of first-contact with Voice can slingshot the artist into a freshness of discovery. We begin to see transformation occur and we become a deep pool of expressive material… we find ourselves growing thirsty to practice our developing skills, we are eager to mingle with our emotions,  a longstanding heartache may, at last, find an outlet of healing. cropped-cropped-dsc_1049.jpg

There comes a point when its not as easy, distraction pulls us, responsibilities take hold of our hearts, and quickly, interest wanes. Some sensitive individuals may diverge at the first glimpse of their unresolved fears and excuses…

However, for the artist who desires to deepen their skill, we must persist beyond the initial “slump” of intense freshness that inspired us at the start, and effort ourselves to find new angles in which to love our practice, and ourselves.


A way to expand the potential of our new-found skills is to begin imitating the styles and techniques of artists whom we respect and revere.

It is important to allow ourselves the freedom to imitate. Just as children imitate their parents in order to develop the mechanics of movement and mannerism, so must the artist discover which techniques are attractive and which ones are a limitation.

Dance in the WaterBy imitating the styles of other artists we begin to taste our own potential. We may experience resistance to this approach, because there exists a belief that, in order to be an artist, we must be producing completely new concepts, all the time. But this is not the truth. The creation of originality comes from your Voice, therefore, any attempt to awaken your Voice is a valid action of artistic integrity. So go on the hunt, find art that speaks to you, and then apply the methods, play and experience.

Watch out for attachment. We will find ourselves gravitated toward the styles in which we receive the most recognition. We become fixated with our current burrowed style and quickly slip into identifying with it… but that style was only on loan… It is important to regularly break out of the shell. We do this by sharing our work. Reveal your work to the world– perform, go to workshops, collaborate with other artists… they will act as a positive mirror,  and the reactions of our audience (including the inevitable lumps of criticism) will reveal the elements that shine from our unique Voice.


After some vulnerability and some empowering performances of your craft, we will gradually identify with the true aspects of Voice. There comes a point where there is no longer a separation, rather, our unique quality as an artist will continue to evolve through the many challenges, shortcomings, and visions that await the life of an artist. Our style may change, our genre may change,  we may dive into completely obscure projects, but our sense of self, our Voice, will grow from the foundation of anything we do…

Life is BeautifulIt is important to be flexible to change. The path of Art is transformative. We will shed the skin of our psyches. We will leave behind obsolete belief systems. We will raise families. We will encounter financial unrest. Our dog will die.

The only way to progress through the variations of challenge is to practice…

Practice is the act of repeated engagement that aims to develop our personal performance… it gives us the opportunity to develop the right behavior to consciously say to ourselves: I am doing this… and then doing it.

Setting a standard of discipline for ourselves maintains our spirit and develops channels for accessing Who We Are when we are in the flow of our creation. By honoring our creative spirit, we will find ourselves meeting our life situations with more grounded creativity and a deeper sense of respect for ourselves.


Inspiration is honored throughout the lifetime of an artist. It is our life-blood as creative vessels to find the currents which arouse us into awakening. By involving ourselves in the path of our own evolution, we begin to integrate the energizing reality of our own existence into a nourishing furnace of creative ideas.

It becomes the artist’s duty to honor our inspiration by creating, taking notes, choosing visions to develop into the next stages, and recognizing that there is a force behind the ignition of a vision– by getting out of our own way and being open to the process, an artist becomes pregnant with the Art to awaken the spirit of the world.



Join The Ecstatic Poetry Retreat: October 14th – 16th…

We will Explore our Art and Discover more through our Voice.

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We Navigate this world, searching
with half-articulated desires
We are in the Center
worrying about estranged particles
When our skin breaks open
we hide from the medicine
When we are healed
we cast ourselves into the thorns
Whoever suffers
wanders inside this circle
Will we alleviate the pain
without consequences?
Nothing lives without Change


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Ecstatic Imagination

Join the Second Annual Ecstatic Poetry Retreat, October 14th-16th:  Info and Registration


Ecstatic Imagination is the fully realized power of natural imagery, ancient archetypes and inventive solutions flowing from the essential voice of our soul.


We are using our imagination all the time… however, our primary motive has developed to use imagination for prediction of threats. We see a rope in the tool-shed and imagine a venomous snake. We imagine the flirtatious encounter between our partner and the barista to be a long-term affair. We imagine the progress of another nation to be the arms-race of another enemy. The faculty to imagine has not been “beaten out of us” from childhood… it has been re-purposed as a watch-dog.Leopard Escape

In this post-western society, supreme emphasis has been placed on retaining answers, or working furiously to find them…


At an undeveloped age, children are confronted with the expectation to have answers: “Who are you?”… “What do you want to be when you grow up?”… “Do you accept God as your savior?”…

No Ball GamesInnocence is treated as a lack of proper information, a fault in adequate learning…  We develop the fear, if we don’t know all the facts, then we will get blind-sided by pain, a disaster that otherwise we could have predicted. When a child’s creative spirit is scolded, or isolated, the unexpected wound redirects the child’s efforts toward retaining the countless expectations of those who provide them with love…

The spontaneous spirit of imagination is buried under the retention of chronic “knowing”, and when we encounter mystery, it triggers a bombardment of fail-safes and fire-power for the purpose of solving this problem of “uncertainty”.

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Through the means of artistic practice, imagination begins to find a new purpose: we discover a river of inventive thought and primal meanings which we actualize through our creative contribution. Art seeks an outlet for meaning–  build a business or write a poem… ecstatic imagination seeks to invent, to produce visions, and to integrate our resources for optimal expression.

As we begin to turn our imaginations away from the incentive of fear toward the illumination of the soul, we choose to initiate our wounded images of self-denial into a consciousness of mythical proportion.


In turn, the collective world will naturally be attracted to the nourishment of your project. Attention will intermittently navigate away from the malnourished conditions in our communities, families and culture, toward the sustaining light inside your work…

Our efforts to reclaim our own creative potential then becomes the healing power of Ecstatic Art.


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Join the Second Annual Ecstatic Poetry Retreat

Berea, Kentucky,

October 14th – 16th

We will explore ecstatic imagination and creative healing in this weekend retreat…

For Registration and Info, Visit: Ecstatic Retreat


For more Information, you can also visit “The Work/Events & Readings” @ RhapsodyofArt


The images in this post are the Artistic Works of Street-Artist, Banksey…







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Second Annual Poetry Retreat ~ Oct 14th – 16th

Starting the evening of the 14th and progressing into the afternoon of the 16th, participants will be guided through practical and spiritual approaches for tapping the Essence of their creative Voice.

Yoga will be offered each day by instructor Leah Van Winkle and Meditation will punctuate every session, as a means for settling the body and easing the mind into their creative potential.



Ecstatic Poetry is a medium for involving ourselves in artistic communication with our deepest aspects. These aspects we might define as Spiritual, Universal, or Sacred…  by exploring ourselves, the creative potential of nature and soul will coexist within the artist, providing the raw material for healing and micro-enlightening insights into our innate Essence.


Through gentle inquiry and artistic practice, this retreat hopes to offer a medium of expression that will encourage participants to value and embody the intrinsic creativity that can be nurtured through the practice of Ecstatic Poetry and Arts.

View More: http://megansmith.pass.us/ecstatic-poetry-retreat

For Registration and Further Information, Visit:  Ecstatic Poetry 2016

You can also find information and links to register under “The Work- Events and Readings” on the Rhapsody of Art homepage.


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Ecstatic Theory

“The most beautiful and profound emotion that we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the source of all true science…”

~Albert Einstein.  Observing the Stars


Ecstatic Poetry seeks to illuminate the science of our inner realities. Art becomes the telescoping of a spectrum inside the spiritual… each word, each flowing form, every captured metaphor details the waves of our light, epitomizing a Truth that transcends personal relativity.


“In order to experience art fully, viewers must go through a mini ego death by placing themselves in the inspired mind of the artists, who themselves are out of their minds and only acting as channels of creative spirit.”

~Alex Grey

WonderThe “suspension of disbelief” describes what happens when we become enthralled in the fictional world of a story… suddenly, we find ourselves emotionally involved with a world where characters can fly… magic is mundane… the unimaginable becomes sensible. This is a bypass through the reasonable, logical orientation of our minds. The ego releases the constricting calculations imposed by fear and we immerse ourselves in a creative experience of possibilities.

In order to know what is possible, we need to find a way to reach beyond absolute data and dogmatic believing… this is Ecstatic Imagination, the true spirit of science and art.



For more discussion and imagination, Join us at our Ecstatic Poetry Retreat, October 14th – 16th, in Disputanta, KY

For Registration: Ecstatic Poetry 2016

You can also find more information under “The Work- Events and Readings” on Rhapsody of Art…


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Listen— in the noise of night

the moon rises at the well

of a dream.

Deep inside the folds

of an origami sleep

we know the staircases

never end

yet the moon is slipping into our bedroom

two-fold between the sheets

and we are passionately calling her name.

As she moves

like a mellow liquid against the walls

make love to her.

You will call her again

and you will meet her in the middle

slipping down the crescent dress

to the rhythm of sea and sand

the ovulating music

pull her into your thighs

and cross the ocean with her.

When we finally drink the waters

until they’re shallow

we return to a wall of night

standing at the door— cricket storming

the whole forest thirsty for your light.

Yet deep inside the folds of a paper dream

a door has opened

you step down out of the dark

you are free— you are awake.

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