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Life Changing Books by Louise Hay

Updated on June 19, 2016

Who is Louise Hay?

Louise Hay is one of the founders of the self help movement.  She is probably best known for her 1984 book entitled "You Can Heal Your Life".

Her childhood was one of devastation that might give anyone a reason to give up on life, however, she never quit trying to find a better life even with all the negativity and despair she faced in her early years.

At the age of 60 she started her own publishing company, Hay House Publications, through which she has authored many books about changing your life by simply learning how to love yourself and treat yourself kindly through positive affirmations and life-enriching thoughts.

Now in her 80's she recently stated "I am going to make my 80's the best decade of my life!"  She is the inspiration to millions, me included!

By simply repeating a positive affirmation like this one pictured above, you can and, more importantly, will change your future, It really is that simple.

I really love the following quote by Wayne Dyer, who is a personal friend of Louise Hay. It goes like this: "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Prosperity Affirmations by Louise Hay

Pick one a day, and start today to increase your financial wealth

My income is constantly increasing.

I prosper wherever I turn.

Today is a delightful day. Money comes to me in expected and unexpected ways.

I give myself the green light to go ahead, and to joyously embrace the new.

Green means “go,” and I choose to go for all the good life has in store for me.

I love dress-up holidays. I can be anyone I choose today.

I support others in becoming prosperous, and in turn, Life supports me in wondrous ways.

I am now willing to be open to the unlimited prosperity that exists everywhere.

I live in a loving, abundant, harmonious universe, and I am grateful.

I deserve the best, and I accept the best now.

All is well and I am safe.

How she came to realize her own magnificence - The story of her childhood and early adulthood

She was born in Los Angeles in 1926 to a poverty stricken mother. After her biological father walked out of their lives when Louise was 18 months old, Louise's mother entered into a violent second marriage which left Louise with lasting feelings of non-existent self esteem.

In addition to her troubling life inside of her own home, almost inconceviably a neighbor raped her when she was only five years old, adding to her traumatic childhood and feelings of being unlovable.

Because she had no self-esteem as a child , she has said that when she became a teenager she would sleep with anyone who would be nice to her.

By the age of 16, Louise had become pregnant and was a high school dropout. She was a lost soul by her own account but even as such, never gave up trying to find a better direction for her life.

She gave birth to a baby girl and offered the baby up for adoption into a really good home with a couple who desperately wanted a child of their own but could not conceive.

She then moved to Chicago, working low paying odd jobs to support herself. In 1950, she moved to New York and began a career in fashion modeling. Four years later, Louise married Andrew Hay, an English businessman.

After 14 years of marriage, her husband left her heartbroken and devastated for another woman. At this point in her life she was completely desperate to get herself together and began attending meetings at the Church of Religious Science where she learned about New Thought philosophy.

Louise became fascinated with the ideas brought to her attention at this church - that the thoughts we have shape our experiences and what we come to know as our reality. She plunged herself into learning everything she could about the subject and it became her life's work.

"All is well"

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Heal Your Body A-Z: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Way to Overcome Them
Heal Your Body A-Z: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Way to Overcome Them

Louise claims that EVERY physical problem stems from negative thought patterns within our minds, and that by changing your thoughts you can heal yourself.

Everyday Positive Thinking
Everyday Positive Thinking

If you like to open a book and read a quote for inspiration, this is the book for you!


Louise Hay's Life Work

After joining the Church of Religious Science, Louise underwent training in the ministerial program and became a popular speaker and workshop leader at the church, moving on to counseling clients which eventually became her full-time profession.

Her research, study and practice led Louise to produce a reference guideline which explained the mental and psychological causes of physical illnesses.   She explained how one can get rid of physical ailments by simply inducing a positive thought process and a "love yourself" motto in their mind, something she emphasized in her lectures and workshops.

The pamphlet developed into her book, "You Can Heal Your Life" which was published in 1984. The book appeared on The New York Times miscellaneous paperback best sellers list in February 2008.

In addition to her social work activities, Louise Hay began assisting HIV infected people by leading support groups and creating AIDS awareness.   She called these sessions and activities Hay Rides.

Her work attracted attention and she was soon invited on The Oprah Winfrey Show which led her book ("You Can Heal Your Life") to make a place in The New York Times bestsellers list.   Since then the book has been translated into 30 languages and printed in over 35 million copies that's amazing!

Louise made advantage of her studies and beliefs when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the late 1970s. Not willing to undergo conventional treatment or medication for her sickness, Hay treated herself by following a regime of forgiveness, coupled with therapy, nutrition, reflexology and occasional enemas.

You Can Heal Your Life was made into a movie in 2008.   The film revolves around Hay's life and her teachings. Louise Hay's latest book, "You Can Create an Exceptional Life"  was released in September 2011.

Louise teaches us that when we forgive someone, it is for your own peace of mind

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      Dont Taze Me Bro 6 months ago from Tazeland Islands

      Not sure you'll love this but here goes. Louise is dubbed The Queen of the New Age in an article by The New York Times.

      New Age is a recent and developing belief system in North America encompassing thousands of autonomous (and sometime contradictory) beliefs, organizations, and events. Generally the New Age borrows its theology from pantheistic Eastern religions and its practices from 19th century Western occultism. The term "New Age" is used herein as an umbrella term to describe organizations which seem to exhibit one or more of the following beliefs: (1) All is one, all reality is part of the whole; (2) Everything is God and God is everything; (3) Man is God or a part of God; (4) Man never dies, but continues to live through reincarnation; (5) Man can create his own reality and/or values through transformed consciousness or altered states of consciousness.

      One of her audio tapes of affirmations said something to the effect of us having both male and female sexuality and to accept both orientations within ourselves, and the fact that we choose our parents before we are born, according to what we still need to learn or resolve from our previous life. (Really!) There were some good and helpful things that she said but that is the trap, and how one can get insidiously lured into this New Age stuff. The fact you don't even mention New Age, what Hay undoubtedly is, in your hub page makes me wonder is this is meant to insidiously draw people in. Maybe a hub page pointing that out and explaining exactly what New Age Religion is would be more appropriate.

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