Ask and it shall be given you - Matthew 7: 7

     About ten days ago, when I just didn't know how I was going to make it through another day, I got an e-mail from a woman thanking me for creating my affirmation art. She shared that years ago she'd purchased a poster of Henry David Thoreau's quote: "If I am not I, who will be?" (BTW, it's one of my all-time favorite Thoreau quotes). She shared that about four years ago she had tried to kill herself. She said, "I did not know who I was then. I did not know that my voice mattered." Now, she shared with me, she knows what Thoreau meant by that quote and she wants to bring that message to others. She continued: "Your beautiful art and Thoreau's wise words traveled across time to reach me and I just wanted to let you know that your artistic voice matters too."
     Most of you know that a little over a year ago the Sausalito Heartful Art Gallery closed suddenly when the owner of the building condemned it and gave us six weeks notice to vacate. You may not be aware of what a difficult year this has been for me because it is in my nature to make lemons out of lemonade and trust in the possibility of the next adventure. God is, after all, for me, not against me. As I moved through this year, while reinventing Heartful Art as a wholesale and internet business rather than retail, I stayed focused on the idea that Spirit intends for my art to find a bigger audience and reach out to more people. This is, in fact, happening. However, it may take another year to reach the volume of sales I had from all the wonderful people who visited my gallery from all over the world every day in Sausalito. So, now is the time for me to ask for your support. Please tell others about heartfulart.com and forward this e-mail to your friends, family and colleagues who might find inspiration and value in the art and art products I create. Then, even through these difficult economic times, this business that has given so many people love, joy and color to heal and bless, will thrive and grow.
     One of the resources I discovered on my path through this new business model is hayhouseradio.com. It's a wealth of tips and support from all of the Hay House authors from Wayne Dyer to Louise Hay herself. My current favorites are The Mary and Heather Show, Denise Linn, Debbie Ford, Cheryl Richardson and Carolyn Myss' Sacred Contracts. Perhaps you will enjoy these programs as well. A whole archive awaits you.
     Please remember me in your prayers and enjoy the art I'm sharing with you today along with the truth of my experience.
Thoreau - on Truth
Thoreaui magnet on Truth
$5.00 - $18.00

Jungle Flower
Jungle Flower giclee print by Raphaella Vaisseau
$180.00 giclee print

Another option
Keep on your own track magnet
$5.00 - $18.00

Thoreau - Now
Boys can - 8x10
Boys can  ... 8x10 matted quote

Men can
Cityscape at Sunset
Cityscape at Sunset by Raphaella Vaisseau
  $1050 Acrylic on Canvas

Fugue in Army Green
Girls can - 8x10
Girls can  ... 8x10 matted quote

Women can
Navajo - acrylic on canvas by Raphaella Vaisseau
$225 Acrylic on Canvas

Ask and it shall be given
"Morning" print by Raphaella Vaisseau
$50 print

Thoreau - on Mornings
Navajo II
Navajo II - acrylic on canvas by Raphaella Vaisseau
$225 Acrylic on Canvas

Thought as Prayer
Ask Believe Receive      In thinking of what I wanted to leave with you today, I remembered a beautiful experience I had three years ago. As I was preparing to leave the gallery at the end of a long day, I noticed a rather large hornet crashing against the sunlit windows looking for a way out. I was tired and ready to leave. However, the thought of the hornet's long night ahead if it remained trapped inside was not a pleasant one. I put down my bags and fetched my rescue tools (a stepstool, cardboard and vase), and set about my task. After I carefully captured the insect in the vase and covered the open end with my backboard to prevent escape, I made my way for the great outdoors. As I did, I talked to the little creature, saying that it would only be a moment longer and all would be well. The hornet continued to struggle, thinking itself caught. As I reached a safe distance from my gallery door, I removed the backboard and released the hornet into the air. It was free. A thought occurred to me as I watched it fly away that it might be a similar feeling of loving compassion our Heavenly Father or our guardian angels have as they guide us through our trials and tribulations here on Earth. The hornet didn't know that in its capture, I was bringing it to freedom. It only felt the confinement of the glass. Sometimes we may think we are blocked and feel there is no way out, but who's to say there are not unseen forces capturing us from unpleasant fates and circumstances and gently carrying us to freedom. Churchill's quote comes to mind, "If you're going through hell, keep going." The trick seems to be to have faith in a positive outcome while still in the midst of a challenge. I say this to myself as I write it to you, in times of trial, let us remember the hornet and consider that all is well, regardless of circumstances. (We are not alone.) Later, as we breathe a sigh of relief at our eventual escape, we can look back and recognize the blessings within the experience we just passed through, and give thanks where thanks are due.
Thank you so much for being a part of my journey.

Raphaella Vaisseau
Heartful Art, Inc.
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