Yesterday an incredible woman left this planet.
Louise Hay died in her sleep at the amazing age of 90 years. She was known as the mother of self help, an inspirational pioneer who got her start publishing her own little leaflets and teaching people some of the most basic and highly forgotten lessons of life, the power of self love.
In 2014 when I was first introduced to the powerful law of attraction principles, naturally teachers like Louise began appearing in my list of people to check out. I watched a few documentaries, read many books, among them Louise’s book “You Can Heal Your Life”.
In late August of 2014, I sat in my pink kayak in the middle of a lake reading this book. Honestly it was a very emotional experience for me as I began to connect my thought patterns to what I was experiencing on every level… health, prosperity, mental and spiritual beliefs. I was shocked. Her book was beautiful, and so simple. But such is the way of the Universe isn’t it… I think it’s humans that tend to muddy up these concepts. The more you love yourself, the more you accept yourself, the more your life will be filled with love and acceptance.
Louise was known for her powerful and emotionally accepting affirmation processes. In the back of You Can Heal Your Life there was a glossary of many ailments that people experience in their bodies, and affirmations and beliefs that may be part of those ailments. I began repeating healing affirmations to myself, in particular affirmations about skin conditions that had been tormenting me for years. I noticed that after just a few days my skin began clearing. I noticed that when I was hard on myself, or self critical, things got worse all over my body, my mind, my heart.
Louise taught the power of kindness, and at the most important level… kindness to the self. You can only give what you have inside my friends. When your heart is full of love, acceptance and kindness you give that out to the world. And that is what the world is aching for right now.
In the fall of 2016 I was struggling emotionally. My daughters were both young, I was struggling to figure out once again… who I was, what my role was in my family beside taking care of others. My life was feeling more and more difficult and I was getting pulled down in the sorrow. I remember consciously asking myself one day “Sarah, you’ve felt this way before, what helped then?” I remembered Louise instantly. I decided to get back to the basics. I pulled up many different videos on YouTube full of her powerful affirmations. I began falling asleep to her voice, unconsciously absorbing her loving reminders that I am enough, that I’m beautiful, that I’m strong, that my body loves me and I love it. I fell asleep to those reminders for months. I began listening even more during the day. While I took care of my 9 month old I listened to Louise’s reminders. When I got a part time job at a retail store, I would listen to the affirmations on the car ride in.
One day I had a powerful realization. I was agitated with my job because I wasn’t able to listen to the affirmations through headphones. I had to be there to answer questions from customers and so on. Then I realized… I can think these! Everything Louise has been saying, I can take that and elaborate on it in my own mind, altering what is important to me, activating my emotions. Within hours I realized that my part time retail job was a gift. It was a gift because it gave me time to listen to my own affirmations. It gave me time to myself to put my powerful imagination to work, utilizing the tools I learned from Louise. The mind is truly limitless, and is our greatest resource if we learn how to work with it.
Louise knew that, and she never stopped teaching others this same lesson.
In the beginning, Louise was distributing affirmations and her literature to people on leaflet papers that she printed out. We all start somewhere. HayHouse is now one of the largest book publishers in the world. They are famous for publishing well being and spiritual texts by other incredible authors who knew, believed and lived what Louise did. Such authors include some of my absolute favorites like the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, Esther Hicks and the work of Abraham, my meditation mentor, davidji, medium John Holland, James van Praagh, Sonia Choquette, Doreen Virtue and so many other amazing teachers.
Her passing is a very emotional time for millions of people across the planet who benefited from her work. Honestly, HayHouse saved me. In 2014 I was in a place of deep despair and confusion and through miraculous synchronicity I was lead to discover HayHouse Radio. After months of tuning in religiously I began to light up again. I realized how much meaning my life had and that the struggles I was dealing with were Universal and that so many people were there to help, listen and support me. I began seeing myself in a new light and it was all thanks to Louise’s vision. She taught everyone to start on the self, to love the self and from there it will radiate out.
Louise, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We will all do everything we can to go forward from the same place you lead from.
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