Sunday, June 24, 2012

Forever Looking Forward - Original Art by Raphaella Vaisseau

Having an affinity for transcendentalism as expressed by Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, I was impacted in my coming of age years by three things: (1) learning in my college psychology classes the difference between goal-oriented and process-oriented people, and choosing to be the latter; (2) Ram Dass's landmark book, Be Here Now, published in 1971; and, (3) my own Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness and my ministerial ordination blessing of January, 1978, in which it was stated that "as I give in to the moment I'm in, my ministry will unfold of itself."

These things have assisted me greatly over the years. I suspect that living in either the past or the future held pitfalls for me (perhaps regret or worry). Countless times during my life I have thanked Spirit for this insight, the gifts of focus, surrender, and reminders to live in the present moment.

Acceptance is keynote of course. Whatever happens, and wherever I am, is an opportunity for acceptance. Then, with new knowledge and experience gained, I go forward from there with new choices.

All of this focus on living in the present does not mean, however, that there is no place for goals, intentions, and desires. Thus, my newest creation in art, a 10"x10" acrylic painting on canvas entitled, "Forever Looking Forward." Enjoy. - Raphaella Vaisseau

Friday, June 22, 2012

Desiderata - The Ageless Wisdom of Max Ehrmann with Art by Raphaella Vaisseau - Heartful Art

"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence," so starts the beautiful words of Max Ehrmann's Desiderata.

The piece is jam-packed with wisdom. Another of my favorite parts is this: "You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here."

The art shown on the left is an 8-1/2" x 11" poster.
This poster comes in four choices of border in both this size and the larger 11x14 size, shown on the right.
I'm happy to note this poster in either size is a bestseller in my Etsy store.

A treasured gift for all ages, put it in a poster frame, mat it for wall art, or mail it to a friend in the envelope provided at purchase. Above all, enjoy it and read it often. "Keep peace in your soul ... Strive to be happy." -Raphaella Vaisseau