Louise Hay - True Story of a Spiritual Healing
Many Paths Lead to Healing
The literature on spiritual healing is vast and varied. In fact it's enough to make you despair of ever finding any simple answers. There are as many skeptics and critics as there are cheerleaders and true believers. Where can we turn for explanations that make sense and are supported by facts?
We're going to look at some famous healers to see what they have to say about healing. The first case I want to examine is the story of Louise Hay, the founder of Hay House Publishing.
Louise Hay and a Real-Life Healing
The story of Louise Hay is interesting because prior to her cancer diagnosis she was studying health issues and had written a guide on the mental causes of physical ailments. The connection between mind and body is at the heart of spiritual healing.
Louise Hay was both a student and a teacher of the mind-body connection when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She was forced to choose between traditional medical treatment and the healing power of her own mind. She chose the mind, which she believed was more powerful than any medicine. Louise developed her own intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer.
Louise Hay Describes Her Experience
Louise Hay wrote a book about her experience called, You Can Heal Your Life. She believes that holding onto resentment is an underlying cause of cancer. Before we dismiss this idea, consider that doctors are often at a loss to explain why a patient develops cancer. I was a young boy when my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. I wanted to know what caused it and my parents said the doctors did not know. Maybe Louise Hay learned something that medical science has still not accepted regarding the role of the mind in disease and in healing.
"...Who is the physician? Only the mind of the patient himself." - A Course in Miracles
The video below is an interview with Louise Hay and includes a question about her own healing. Louise notes the key role played by forgiveness. Forgiveness is a theme that runs through many explanations of spiritual healing.
The Meaning of True Forgiveness
Louise Hay mentions forgiveness as a key element in her healing. Based on my reading of A Course in Miracles (ACIM), there is a way to forgive that goes beyond our usual concept of the term. The course describes a new kind of forgiveness that helps us transcend the world of pain and disease.
"To forgive is to overlook. Look then, beyond error and do not let your perception rest upon it, for you will believe what your perception holds."
Most healers attribute healing to a power beyond the physical world.
"Forgiveness through the Holy Spirit lies simply in looking beyond error from the beginning, and thus keeping it unreal for you."
"What has no effect does not exist, and to the Holy Spirit the effects of error are nonexistent."
The "error" described in ACIM can also be explained as a lack of love. You forgive by overlooking perception, or the evidence of your five senses that tells you love has abandoned you. Every piece of physical evidence tells you that you have cancer in your body. How can you overlook that evidence?
Forgiving vs. Pretending
So you pretend you don't really have a disease even when a doctor tells you unequivocally that you do? Not exactly. You affirm that there is a world beyond our limited perception. This is the world of the Holy Spirit or Universal Purpose. The world beyond perception might be reached by an individual joined with the Holy Spirit, or it might be brought to us by a spiritual healer. The key to spiritual healing is to look beyond what our physical senses tell us and get in touch with the Universal Purpose or love. In this way, we learn that the body and the disease are part of the same illusion. We learn to forgive or overlook the evidence.
This sounds far-fetched, I know. Yet, how did Louise Hay use her mind to forgive and rid herself of disease? She points to true forgiveness and ACIM supports her in this explanation.
"The body cannot heal, because it cannot make itself sick. It needs no healing. Its health or sickness depends entirely on how the mind perceives it, and the purpose that the mind would use it for. It is obvious that a segment of the mind can see itself as separated from the Universal Purpose."
One of the keys to healing is to re-join the Universal Purpose, or love. You cannot do this while you hold grievances against people or against the world.
Forgiveness and Healing
Forgive, look beyond perception and let go of grievances and disease will disappear? If only it were that simple, we would probably need no medical doctors at all. True forgiveness denies the existence of error, and error is a lack of love, Unconditional love must be present and experienced in true spiritual healing.
According to Disappearance of the Universe in a chapter called, "Healing the Sick":
"Sooner or later, it all comes down to some kind of forgiveness and how willing you are to do it."
Later in the same chapter:
"Once the patient or the healer accepts the Holy Spirit's forgiveness, then this is his attitude:
...The world does nothing to him. He only thought it did. Nor does he do anything to the world, because he was mistaken about what it is, Herein is the release from guilt and sickness both, for they are one." - ACIM
"The only thing required for a healing is a lack of fear. The fearful are not healed and cannot heal. This does not mean that conflict must be gone forever from your mind, For if it were, there would be no need of healing then. But it does mean, if only for an instant, you love without attack. An instant is sufficient. Miracles wait not on time." - ACIM
The joining of forgiveness and unconditional love leads to healing. The joining can be initiated by the patient, or it can be introduced to the mind of the patient by a spiritual healer.
"...Who is the physician? Only the mind of the patient himself." - ACIM
Gary and Louise
Hay House is the publisher for books by Gary Renard who happens to have written the book that helped me begin to understand the meaning of life. How could you not love a book that contains this paragraph:
During our exchanges, you will also find out what you really are; how you got here; exactly why you and all other people behave and feel the way that you do; why the universe keeps repeating the same patterns over and over again; why people get sick; the reason behind all failure, accidents, addictions, and natural disasters; the real cause of all the violence, crime, war, and terrorism in the world; the the only meaningful solution to all these things; and how to apply it.
When I read that for the first time, I was hooked. No book will speak to everyone, but this book spoke to me. I attended a seminar given by Gary Renard in Baltimore and have been studying his first book ever since. The book is called Disappearance of the Universe.