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You have arrived at the home of Ecsta­tic Expres­sion Stu­dios. I, Jimmy Canali am the artist and cre­ative pro­ducer. I want to invite you to believe that you are infi­nitely cre­ative. In fact, that’s what Ecsta­tic Expression’s heart beat is, to take peo­ple into an expres­sive and ecsta­tic expe­ri­ence of who they really are.

I do this through a vari­ety of artis­tic & cre­ative projects as well as com­mu­nity events.

What’s New?

A new change is com­ing to EE web­site gal­leries and blog this fall and win­ter. I am going to be rolling out a new for­mat of blog­ging and post­ing art and pro­vok­ing peo­ple to think out­side of their cul­ture box and cir­cum­vent the lim­i­ta­tions that sur­round them.

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This site is a home for your cre­ativ­ity to be expressed, for you to find your voice, and to meet with peo­ple and be inspired! Read through the blogs, and inter­act with the ini­tia­tives. It starts here on the blogs, but will roll out into cre­ative meet ups around the world, where cre­atives can come together to express.

Learn more about Jimmy on the Bio Page and read his Art State­ment

 

 

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Silent Spectators

tape over mouth, silenced, voice

This week’s blog will focus on the sub­tle virus of silence.  My aim is to direct our atten­tion to what huge por­tions of our west­ern cul­ture par­tic­i­pate in and to spur on dia­logue about what could be dif­fer­ent about our soci­ety.  I am look­ing for your voice in this conversation!

 

Many insti­tu­tions and cul­tural struc­tures have con­t­a­m­i­nated and stu­pe­fied the masses with speech­less­ness.  This silent spec­tat­ing is the fruit of giv­ing up our voices for the sake of being under the stan­dard of the “pas­tors,” “preach­ers,” “teach­ers” and “prophets” of our day.  This is con­sid­ered a cul­tural norm.

 

I ask you to respond to one ques­tion as you read this blog and share your thoughts in the com­ment sec­tion below:

 

Have you ever wanted to speak out and be heard, and, if so, what would you say?

 

Unfor­tu­nately your voice has no place to go.  This gap­ingvoid of your voice is com­mon through­out our cul­tures insti­tu­tional struc­tures.  This virus of silence is specif­i­cally preva­lent in the North Amer­i­can church build­ing, though the virus spreads into many other realms of edu­ca­tion, busi­ness, pol­i­tics, and reli­gion.  I will write specif­i­cally on the reli­gious insti­tu­tion today.

 

My writ­ings reflect a need to chal­lenge what is accepted as nor­mal and I hope to per­suade you to speak out as well.  The fact is, the insti­tu­tions of reli­gion are dys­func­tional and unre­lat­able at their core.

 

I want to pause here for a moment  and have you con­sider a cou­ple things–

 

  • Have you par­tic­i­pated in insti­tu­tions that require lit­tle to no per­sonal engage­ment on your part, but take resources from you (time, energy, $)?

 

  • Do you have some­thing deep in your heart that you have wanted to voice?

 

  • Have there been points in your life where peo­ple in insti­tu­tions sti­fled your voice, expres­sions, opinions?

 

I am not writ­ing to assault peo­ple, but, to reit­er­ate, the forms we accept as the norm and to encour­age new dia­logue about how our cul­ture interacts.

 

Look­ing into the insti­tu­tion of the church in Amer­ica, which I have per­sonal expe­ri­ence par­tic­i­pat­ing in the past.

 

A com­mon Sun­day pro­ceeds like clock work, the masses flood into the insti­tu­tional reli­gious build­ings and silence ensues among the multitudes.

Their focus, their energy goes to the one…

God?

No.

The Pas­tor.

Just to the one, a man the sys­tem rec­og­nizes as the voice to the masses.

The masses listen.

Yet the cold­ness they are left with is the void of their voice.

A void of rela­tional dialogue.

A void of communion.

A void of their indi­vid­ual contribution.

A void of chal­lenges that will never emerge to meet another’s opin­ion and voice, sharp­en­ing and refin­ing each other in the process.

Never to rise, always to sit.

That is their des­tiny in the system.

 

This lack­ing of a face to face inter­ac­tion is the con­se­quence of attend­ing a ser­vice made out of invis­i­ble bound­aries sep­a­rat­ing the speak­ers from the masses.  What will we do about it? What can we do about it?  Start with what’s in front of you.

 

Face the people.

Face the peo­ple in your life that you work with, live with, and meet up with on a daily basis.

Face them and begin a dialogue.

Start to exchange ideas, chal­lenges, the­o­ries, and experiences.

 

When you face some­one in rela­tion­ship, you begin to see into their soul and they see into yours.  You begin to have an exchange that brings nutri­ents to your soul.  In this type of inter­ac­tion you can be met with chal­lenges, encour­age­ments, love and the fruit is seen in growth and depth of perspective.

 

Yet, we are as a cul­tural whole like flies on dung piles perch­ing on the pews of the past. Refus­ing to give up forms that no longer hold function.

 

Will we rise to meet those around us?

 

Will our voices come forth to engage in dia­logue that affects our culture’s future?

 

While the masses com­mit their time, energy and money towards these insti­tu­tions, they are giv­ing, but not get­ting, any­thing sub­stan­tial in this exchange.

 

Now, what if things were different?

 

What if our cul­ture had com­mu­nity expres­sions burst­ing with entre­pre­neur­ial insight, help­ful activism, cre­ativ­ity, art, and relationship?

 

Let’s take the first step together, share your voice in com­ment sec­tion: Have you ever wanted to speak out and be heard, and if so what would you say?

 

To a dif­fer­ent drum beat,

 

Jimmy

 

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