You Can Heal Your Life
On August 30, 2017 Louis Hay, New Age icon, entrepreneur, pioneer, and positive thinker transitioned to her light body. Hay had been living in an elightened body for years, embodying what our best lives could look like and banishing negativity from her surroundings with her wonderful all is well attitude.
Louise’s life was tumultuous and often fraught with difficulty: sexually abused as a child and raped by a neighbor around the age of five, a high school drop out following a teen pregnancy — she gave the baby up for adoption — followed by a move to New York where she became a fashion model and later married Andrew Hay, an English businessman from whom she was divorced fourteen years later. Following the divorce, Louise attended the First Church of Religious Sciences where she was introduced to the idea of taking control of your life through positive thinking. The concept was like breathing new life and Louise began to study that philosophy in earnest.
She developed cervical cancer in her early 50’s, and after determining that the disease was the result of lingering resentment related to her early sexual abuse, she refused cancer medications and instead thought her way to health through affirmations and positive thinking. Louise contemporaneously wrote a book called Heal Your Body which she later expanded, along with her backstory, to become You Can Heal Your Life. Released in 1984, has sold 50 million copies worldwide and spawned a much-beloved publishing empire, Hay House.
My first foray into New Age thinking was with You Can Heal Your Life. I credit that book, now a standard issue primer, with starting me on my spiritual journey. I remember being blown away by the simplicity of the concepts that were often so hard to put into practice, but Louise’s unassuming spirit and true desire to advance understanding in this realm by reducing things to their smallest components made it easy for everyone to grasp, even those of us long-indoctrinated in religious dogma. I remember her describing her move from the East to the West Coast. She sold everything but her juicer, determined to start anew, making the monumental shift as pleasant as going on vacation. Louise had a rule against the over accumulation of things which I try to live by (although I’m not always successful): “if you haven’t used it in the last year, get rid of it.” The woman who thought she was stupid until she embraced the power of positive thought left behind a multimillion dollar publishing empire.
You Can Heal Your Life was published at the height of the Aids epidemic and those with HIV flocked to Louise and her teachings. She held the first workshops in her home, called Hayrides, without a clue as to what she was going to do — she just knew it would be positive — and in the process started a movement. She eventually moved Hayrides to an auditorium in West Hollywood as the number of participants continued to grow.
Louise died at the age of 90, clearly fulfilling her soul’s purpose on earth. Lucky for the rest of us, she wrote a few things down. “Every thought you think is creating your future,” Louise was fond of saying.
Creating the world we want to live in with just our thoughts sounds like the superhighway to self-awareness. If you need directions, see Louise. She may have transitioned, but her spirit lives on in her own works and those of the people she has published and supported through Hay House. Go check it out. Louise has written it all down there.