New Beginnings and the Joy of Life

     Truth and wisdom are everywhere. We are students of life. The more I look, the more I see. The more I seek, the more I find. The more I listen, the more I hear. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Isn't it the greatest mystery and the simplest puzzle both at the same time that we can create our own reality by the way we think and the attitudes we choose? Thoreau said, "What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate."
     Inspired by the teachings of Abraham, Joel Osteen, Ernest Holmes, and many others, I've been turning my face and thoughts to beauty, love, possibility and joy, and focusing only on things that make me feel good. The more I do that, the more good things come to me. It's a beautiful thing.
     Having been a positive thinker for decades, it may seem that this is nothing new. But it is. Native American healer and physician, Lewis Mehl-Madrona taught me, "Every thought is a prayer and every prayer is answered." I knew it was the truth when I first heard him say these words during an interview on Wisdom TV in 2000.
     The newness for me in the present is that I've discovered thoughts have vibrations, just as words, music and my paintings do. We bring a vibrational intent to everything we do. It's not just the words, but how we say them, how we feel them and what the emotional component is. Thus, I am taking Thomas Jefferson's words to heart ("The price of freedom is eternal vigilance"), and being eternally vigilant of how I am feeling and what I am thinking, using my thoughts and feelings as indicators of deliberate creation.
     I'm having so much fun with this process of thinking good thoughts and focusing only on what feels good, more than ever before (perhaps because I am now relaxing into it), life is like playing a board game, or perhaps like acting in a play.
     The more I see beauty, the more beauty I see. In my meditations, I'm envisioning adventures that lie ahead for me. I'm imagining where it might be that I will travel to as I enjoy my journey here on Earth. As Shakespeare says, "All the world's a stage" and Thoreau, "This world is but canvas to our imaginations."
     Here are the treasures I've found to celebrate with you the new beginnings each day brings to every one of us. You are in my thoughts, dreams and prayers.
Life Lesson
The life you live - magnet
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Think Happy Thoughts
Think happy thoughts 5x7 poster
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Aim of LIfe
There came a time - magnet
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Rise free from care
When I admire
When I admire poster - Gandhi
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One with Life
Earth Oceans
Earth Oceans 24" x 24" original acrylic on canvas
  $595 Acrylic on Canvas

Imagine the Possibilities
The whole universe
Whole universe poster - John Muir
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Another glorious day
All of our dreams
All of our dreams poster - Walt Disney

Envision Create
Envision Create - 8x10 matted quote

Belief and Desire
Daring Adventure
Life is a daring adventure poster - Helen Keller

Higher Self
Live the life postcard - Thoreau     Let's all have more. There is enough. Let's have more beauty, more love, more laughter. More joy, more adventure, more peace. More singing, more dancing, more well-being. For one and all. You and me. Us and them.
     We are one.
I am in awe of the magnificence of our Creator and we, and all living things, the magnificent creations.

Enjoy your journey.
Raphaella Vaisseau

Raphaella Vaisseau
Heartful Art, Inc.
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