Welcome to Raphaella's Journey Continued
"It is in being true to myself that I am most of use to others; It is in expressing the joy of my own heart that I am open to hold and behold the hearts of others; It is in seeing my own beauty that I am able to experience the magnificence of others" - Raphaella Vaisseau
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Early in the year, in an effort to lift myself up, I jumped with both feet into all forms of new sources of inspiration and spiritual study I could find: from Joel Osteen's weekly Lakewood Church television messages to books, services and study groups with Ernest Holmes' Church of Religious Science. By early spring I'd discovered the live broadcasts of Louise Hay's www.hayhouseradio.com which eventually led me to the magnificent work of Jerry & Ester Hicks and the teachings of Abraham. My “ah-ha” moment came in April when I understood a new interpretation of vibration and thought. From when I claimed myself as an artist back in 1981, I've known that my intention while creating art was integral to the outcome. It's why changing my last name to Vaisseau (vessel of light) was so meaningful to me, and why I committed myself to painting from my heart not my head. Abraham affirmed this in a discussion of vibration, saying “The vibrational imprint of what I give to a painting is more important than the image itself.” In listening to the hour-long seminar, the mathematical part of my brain awakened to a new understanding that “whatever I'm giving my attention to generates a vibration.” Everything has a vibration: every action, every thought, everybody.
I started paying attention to my vibration, to how I was feeling and to what I was giving my attention to. I learned that a belief is simply a thought we keep thinking and to change a belief we need to change the way we think. I learned we can only deactivate a thought by activating a new thought which replaces it. I began to practice, practice, practice. Results immediately appeared in my life which fueled even further study.
I embraced Abraham's mantra that “life is supposed to be fun” and set about finding a new place to live where I could create the next adventure in my life and my business. I picked Venice, Florida and moved there in the fall of 2008. Since then, I've met many new friends, I am enjoying the beauty of Florida, and I am enjoying the satisfaction that discovery affords. After two years, I've moved through the stages of grief I experienced as a result of the closure of Heartful Art Gallery in Sausalito in October of 2006, and have now moved on. I thought I would be there for the rest of my life, but alas, it wasn't to be. Inspired by the wisdom of Abraham, I am now seeing life as a grand adventure and I am embracing every experience as an opportunity for expansion and growth. I love where I am. For me, 2008 was a great success.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I am thoroughly enjoying my grand adventure. See more photos on my Flickr site.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
It was fun to watch Oprah's Post-Election Special Show today after Obama's historic Presidential win. Here's a song she gave us all to share with our friends: BeBe Winans and Friends singing, "We Need Each Other Right Now". It will be available on itunes tomorrow. Enjoy!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Amazing indie film about feminist activists, directed by Jamie Babbit. I LOVED IT!!! Get it from Netflix. Here's a pic of the zine from the film, which could have been a page from my old zine, Women Voices, which I published while living in LA in the mid-90's along with Revenge T-shirts and End Violence Against Women greeting cards. The whole movie was a hoot - and a page from my life in West Hollywood. Click here to buy your own copy of Itty Bitty Titty Committee.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Yesterday was a success. I thought of about 10 VR sites to spend 30-seconds in throughtout my day. My goal is to make my dominant vibrations thoughts of my choosing instead of random. I believe this will allow a feeling of well-being to be my dominant life experience. Having spent 30 years doing meditation and visualization using affirmations, words and images, it's taking a little practice to simple "pick a place" and go there to feel inspired in the moment.
Here's me in 1976 at the top of Trail Ridge Drive in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado with gull perched on my outstretched hand. What a thrill for me!
The grand experiment continues.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
"I pay my bills with ease, and I always have extra money"
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I discovered CafePress yesterday and immediately started building a storefront called "Raphaella's Heartful Art". I have only uploaded one image so far: Heart for Life which is available on note cards and on a canvas tote bag. What fun!!! I've had many requests for greeting cards of my posters, so if you have a favorite one you'd like to purchase, shoot me an e-mail telling me what product you'd like that poster on and I will upload the image for you on the products of your choice. At least I think that's how this might work. As usual, I'm making one choice at a time.