Anne Raphael Germain: An Interview
A spiritual aspirant steps out of herself for an inspirational interview. Learn how her life experiences have shaped her individuality and keep her going in spite of seeming setbacks.
Author's note: This interview is in response to a hub challenge proposed by Jennifer Amelt, a.k.a. Availiavision.
The Picture Book of Saints was the source of Anne's confirmation name(s).
Anne Talks About Her Name
MARIE: First of all, Anne--may I call you Anne?
ANNE: Oh, yes, certainly, that will be fine.
MARIE: Anne Raphael Germain--that certainly has a ring to it. How did you get the name?
ANNE: I was raised Catholic and, when it was time to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, I was allowed to choose the name of a saint whom I admired or wanted to be like. First, I thought "Raphael" because I liked the story in the Catholic Bible from the Book of Tobias when the Archangel accompanied the young boy on a journey to repay a debt. I've always loved walking, and Tobias was on foot. How nice a walk would it be to be accompanied by an archangel?
MARIE: Yes, I see what you mean. But what about your first name? Was that your birth name?
ANNE: No, Anne is the confirmation name I actually chose because I didn't think it right to choose Raphael, a masculine name. Saint Anne, as you might know, was the mother to the Virgin Mary. Saint Anne is a wonderful focus and epitomizes the wise, patient mother.
MARIE: And Germain?
ANNE: Saint Germain is the Master sponsoring the Aquarian Age, the age we're in now. He is a fascinating master, formerly embodied as Joseph, foster father to Jesus.
Anne's Childhood Experiences and Faith
MARIE: Did you have any spiritual experiences as a child?
ANNE: Nothing that I would consider remarkable. I would read stories and lessons in catechism classes and wish I could see Mother Mary or one of the angels, but I never did. I would fall asleep at night while reciting the rosary, but when I did a novena so I wouldn't have to wear eyeglasses, my request was not granted. I started wearing a mild eyeglass prescription when I was 10.
Perhaps I felt holiest when I had to fast the morning of my first Holy Communion. I was dressed in a white organza dress and headdress. I felt so special. A similar experience occurred when I received a ribbon chaplet with Mother Mary on it. Sister Maria, my catechism instructor, explained that wearing the chaplet gave us protection at the hour of death. Mother Mary promised to take us to Heaven on the first Thursday after leaving this earth.
I also had a special connection with the Latin language during mass services. I found the sounds of the long vowels in the language especially comforting and holy.
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Anne's Loss of Faith
MARIE: So, why did you leave the Catholic Church?
ANNE: Shortly after receiving Confirmation . . . I must have been about 13 . . . my catechism instructor announced there would be changes in the Church. She explained that the mass would no longer be said in Latin, but English. Also, meat was now allowed to be eaten on Fridays. These changes were done to welcome parishioners who had trouble following the doctrines and invite new parishioners into the Catholic experience. These changes didn't work for me.
MARIE: So, what did you do to replace that foundation? That must have been traumatic for you.
ANNE: Yes, it was. I felt like I had a rug pulled out from beneath me, especially with the "meat on Friday" change. I happened to know that the reason for the non-meat Friday was for hygienic reasons, as well as spiritual discipline. At that moment, the Catholic Church seemed hypocritical to me, as I had always observed the Friday restriction.
MARIE: So how did you cope?
ANNE: I didn't. Unfortunately, I allowed negative thinking to affect me, and I held onto a rather pessimistic view of life. Part of this dark experience had to do with being a teenager.
Of course, now I realize that I didn't have to be so stubborn. I could have seen the changes from a much more mature and graceful frame of mind and heart. Choices, especially wrong ones, teach us lessons.
I started going to mass again in college. I actually enjoyed the experience, even without Latin. There was a nice part of the service where everyone turned around and greeted their neighbor with a handshake and, perhaps, "Peace be with you" or "Christ be with you." I liked that.
Anne's Emerging Healing Gift
MARIE: Do you have any unusual abilities, Anne, such as clairvoyance, paranormal vision or hearing?
ANNE: I don't think I'm very different from anyone else--I mean everyone has the ability to tune into Creation and do things that someone else might think miraculous. A few things have happened through me, though, that seems to suggest that I have an aptitude, if you will, for healing.
MARIE: Would you care to expand on that?
ANNE: I'll try . . . one example is helping someone unblock confusion. Very often, the inability to concentrate has to to with the third eye being too open for the individual. There are a lot of psychic waves that one encounters throughout the day, and many people don't know how to protect themselves from negative vibrations. So, sometimes a simple application of energy from my hand to the person's third eye chakra just above the bridge of the nose helps.
I also use the Violet Flame and a plant-based diet for my own well-being.
A Violet Flame Mantra and Visualization
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MARIE: What you are doing sounds very different from Catholic doctrine. How did you happen to come upon the Violet Flame concept, and do you have any goals in your spiritual quest?
ANNE: The Violet Flame has always been around, but we just don't call it that. You might call it The Holy Spirit or simply forgiveness. What's unique for me is the visualization of the color as a flame and using that idea to change the energy around me for my own good and the good of life.
You may remember that Jesus, who is the personal savior of so many people, was able to change water into wine instantaneously or heal a blind man. He had the mastery of his energies to do things that those of lesser understanding called miracles. I would like to be able to walk on water or levitate, as he did, and be able to heal certain conditions with the touch of a hand. The ultimate goal is to master life's lessons and ascend. This, to me, means raising the physical body to such a high vibration that it is no longer visible to the normal human range of sight. The body becomes light, literally. That's when things like disease or even death itself can no longer affect me.
MARIE: I can't imagine what that would be like.
ANNE: It's a challenge for nearly all of us on earth because we have forgotten our state of perfection.
MARIE: Well, Anne, I see we've maxed out the Hub Pages goal chart. It's been so nice talking with you. Thank you for sharing bits of our childhood, your personal struggle with your religion, and the concept of the Violet Flame.
ANNE: You're welcome, Marie. Thank you for this opportunity of sharing my experiences. I hope I have offered some inspiration to others.
MARIE: On behalf of Hub Pages, thank you for your precious time taken to read this interview with Anne Raphael Germain. Blessings!
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