Remembering and Honoring Louise Hay

September 7, 2017 by

 

This is a special edition of Happy Thoughts today. I am changing our format a little to remember and pay tribute to a true metaphysical pioneer who was loved by all.

Louise Hay, lecturer, author and teacher, left the earth plane last week, on August 30th at the age of 90. She passed peacefully in her sleep.

President Reid Tracy, President and CEO of Hay House, Inc wrote the following loving tribute on their Hay House Facebook page the day of her passing:

“Louise was an incredible visionary and advocate. Everyone who had the privilege to meet her, either in person or through her words, felt her passion for serving others.

Considered a founder of the self-help movement, Louise was dubbed “the closest thing to a living saint.” She published her first book, Heal Your Body, in 1976 (at age 50) long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body.

Louise started what would become her life’s work in New York City in 1970. She began attending meetings at the Church of Religious Science and then entered a ministerial program. She became a popular speaker at the church, and soon found herself counseling clients. This work quickly blossomed into a full-time career. After several years, Louise compiled a reference guide detailing the mental causes of physical ailments and developed positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health. This compilation was the basis for Heal Your Body, also known affectionately as “the little blue book.”

Louise was able to put her philosophies into practice when she was diagnosed with cancer. She considered the alternatives to surgery and drugs, and instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer.

In 1980, Louise began putting her workshop methods on paper. In 1984, her second book, You Can Heal Your Life, was published. In it, Louise explained how our beliefs and ideas about ourselves are often the cause of our emotional problems and physical maladies and how, by using certain tools, we can change our thinking and our lives for the better.

You Can Heal Your Life became a New York Times bestseller and spent 16 weeks on the list. More than 50 million copies of You Can Heal Your Life have been sold throughout the world.

In 1985, Louise began her famous support group, “The Hayride,” with six men diagnosed with AIDS. By 1988, the group had grown to a weekly gathering of 800 people and had moved to an auditorium in West Hollywood. Once again, Louise had started a movement of love and support long before people began to wear red ribbons on their lapels.

In 1987, what began as a small venture in the living room of her home turned into Hay House, Inc.: a successful publishing company that has sold millions of books and products worldwide and now has offices in California, New York, London, Sydney, Johannesburg, and New Delhi.

“Meeting Louise changed the direction of my life,” said Reid Tracy, President and CEO of Hay House, Inc.

“Her passion for serving others translated into everything she did. Simply by working alongside her, an analytical accountant like me transformed into someone who became aware of the power of affirmations and self-love. Being able to learn from her has been one of my life’s greatest blessings. The beauty of Louise was that you didn’t have to work alongside her to learn from her, you felt like you were there with her with every word you read or heard.”

Hay House has published works by many notable authors in the self-help movement, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Esther and Jerry Hicks, among others.

Louise was very vocal in her belief that age was irrelevant to achieving one’s dreams. To that point, at 81, Louise released her first-ever film on her life and work, You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie.

Hay House will carry on Louise’s legacy and continue to publish products and online learning courses that align with her message of self-improvement and self-love.”
Yesterday I was browsing in Barnes and Noble and came across her Best-Selling book, You Can Heal Your Life. It had been many years since I had read it and thought, now might be a good time to revisit Louise’s story and her principles for life that were ground-breaking back in the 1980’s.

Wonderful memories came flooding back as I re-read her belief that “Self-approval and self-acceptance are the main keys to positive changes in every area of our lives.”

Please enjoy Louise Hay’s philosophy on life published in her book You Can Heal Your Life, 1984…

“In the infinity of life where I am,

all is perfect, whole, and complete.

I believe in a power far greater than I am

that flows through me every moment of every day.

I open myself to the wisdom within,

knowing that there is only One Intelligence in the Universe.

Out of this One Intelligence comes all the answers,

all the solutions, all the healings, all the new creations.

I trust this Power and Intelligence,

knowing that whatever I need to know is revealed to me,

and that whatever I need comes to me

in the right time, space, and sequence.

All is well in my world.”

Thank you, Louise, for enriching out lives.

Affirmations:

I am focusing on loving and accepting myself just as I am.

I open myself up to the wisdom within.

 

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