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You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

You Can Heal Your Life (gift edition)

Amazon.com Review If you haven't seen Hay House's Lifestyles series of gorgeous gift books, there is no better way to acquaint yourself than with publisher/author Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life. A bestseller for many years, You Can Heal Your Life has been republished with bright, beautiful illustrations in full, living color and exquisite typography--each and every page is a work of art by artist Joan Perrin Falquet. The timeless message of the book is that we are each responsible for our own reality and "dis-ease." Hay believes we make ourselves ill by having thoughts of self-hatred. She includes a directory of ailments and emotional causes for each with a corresponding affirmation to help overcome the illness. For example, the probable cause of multiple sclerosis is "mental hardness, hard-heartedness, iron will, and inflexibility." The healing "thought pattern" would be: "By choosing loving, joyous thoughts, I created a loving joyous world. I am safe and free." --P. Randall Cohan
Amazon.com Customer Reviews:
The Psychological Side of Healing By Tammy P. You Can Heal Your Life (Gift Edition) is all about using your thoughts to fix the problems in your life. What kind of problems? Well, the book specifically looks into healing some pretty major life areas: relationships, work, success, prosperity, and your body. But wait a minute, did I say the book is using thoughts to heal your body? What's up with that? Is that even possible? Well, after reading this book, I think in many cases, yes, it is possible. While I think it is the way to go to treat things such as an acute appendicitis with surgery, fractures with a cast, and pneumonia with antibiotics, there are many conditions where conventional medicine blatently falls short. Of course I'm talking about health problems such as migraines, backaches, or stomach ulcers- you know, those kinds of nagging disorders where we all know that stress/mental processes DO play a role. But while few would argue that psychological factors can cause an ulcer, what about more serious conditions such as, say, arthritis? Well it may not be too far fetched. Consider this. One study of 1,198 subjects found that only 56% of men with SEVERE knee arthritis had any pain (Lawrence 1966). Another study X-rayed 84 seventy-nine year-olds and 76 eighty-five year-olds and found that only 43% of them with SEVERE knee arthritis had any pain complaints (Bagge 1991). There are plenty more examples in the scientific literature, but obviously there two alone show us that there is NO clear-cut association between severe knee arthritis and pain. ON THE OTHER HAND, when one looks at the relationship between psychological variables and knee arthritis, one does see a clear association. For instance, one study looked at 65 patients (ages 55 to 87) with hip and/or knee arthritis. X-rays, pain, depression levels, anxiety levels, coping styles, and functional impairment were all assessed. The findings? Researchers discovered that the severity of one's arthritis showed little relationship to pain, BUT, psychological variables were strong predictors of who had pain and how impaired they were (Summers 1988). Along the same lines, Salaffi examined 61 women (ages 51-79) with knee arthritis. Here again, results showed that how disabled someone was, was more related to psychological variables than how bad their knee looked on an X-ray film. Interestingly, both anxiety and depression WERE important predictors of pain (Salaffi 1991). Any one conducting a literature review on Medline will find more such examples IF you're looking for them. While I used knee arthritis as an example, there are MANY more studies on other health problems with similar findings. All of this should be causing us to raise an eyebrow. The literature is telling us that it is far from being clear cut that things like bad knee arthritis ALWAYS mean pain. And the research is also giving us clues that the mind and our thought processes definitely play a role. So the question now becomes, if bad thought patterns can play a role in health problems such as arthritis, why not in other diseases such as cancer, as the book suggests? You be the judge. I found that the main value in this book was getting me to look at how our thinking does influence the functioning of our bodies- as well as our life in general. Note that I'm NOT saying that you can think yourself well all the time either. Remember that while Louise Hay did change her thought patterns and was cured of cancer, she has also written that she used other alternative treatments as well, such as foot reflexology and colon therapy (Chapter 16). Therefore, my advice is to look at ALL the options when dealing with a health problem, one MAJOR one being changing your mental patterns (which is the what the book does a nice job of addressing). And for this reason, I can recommend this book to anyone who needs physical healing or otherwise. Other alternative healing books of interest include The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders and The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution. Thank you Louise Hay!
This Book Saved My Life By M. Johnson "ReikiBear" (Austin, TX) Louise Hay has been there and done that and this is evidenced by the content of her book. When I first bought a copy of You Can Heal Her Life, I read the first 2 chapters, and put the book down. I was angry because Ms Hay was telling me like it was, and I didn't want to hear the truth. I didn't want to look at myself and take responsibility for my life and my happiness and my health. I wanted to be told that My situation was beyond my control. A couple of years later, I picked up that copy of You Can Heal Your Life, ready to read it and hear the truth that saved Ms Hay's life, years before. As I worked through the exercises and started practicing the affirmations in the way Ms Hay instructed, I literally began to heal my life of suicidal depression, kidney disfunction, arthritis, and the hurt of child sexual abuse, as well as a slew of other problems. A miracle happened. I started to become happy. Since this time, I have continued to use the mirror exercises and affirmations that she describes, and continued to work to change my thought patterns. As a result of this, my attitudes have changed, and I have become a much more positive, optimistic person. Everything that I need in life seems to come to me as I need it. I used to get sick with great regularity, catching everything whether it was a common disease/disorder or not, and I rarely get sick or become injured now. I am happy almost every day and am seeing my dreams come true. The last 10 years, since I read You Can Heal Your Life for the first time, have been a wonderous journey, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. While I did the work, I owe a debt of gratitude to Louise Hay for writing and marketing this book so that her message could reach me and countless others. I have seen the same kind of results in almost a dozen other people who have read You Can Heal Your Life. There is a better way, and this is it. Give it a try, you're worth it! Love and Peace! Source:
Interview with Louise Hay with Dennis Hughes, Share Guide Publisher
Dennis Hughes: Tell us about Hay House Publishing and how you got started and reached out to serve the world.
Louise Hay: It's a miracle! I've always wanted to help people improve the quality of their lives. Gradually, as I started to print my own books and then do other authors' books, it slowly became a publishing company. It's grown quite a bit since the early days--we have worldwide distribution now. But still everything we publish is part of helping people improve the quality of their lives. And that feels like a nice thing to do with my life.
Dennis: How long has Hay House been in existence?
Louise: Since 1980. It was incorporated in 1985.
Dennis: I have the new edition of You Can Heal Your Life, which is beautiful. It's really striking; every page is in color.
Louise: It's bringing in a whole new audience, which is wonderful. People who never picked it up before, picked it up because now it's beautiful. And they do get an opportunity to improve the quality of their lives.
Dennis: Wasn't it your first book?
Louise: No. The first book was Heal Your Body, a little tiny twelve page pamphlet in 1976. You Can Heal Your Life came out in 1984.
Dennis: And it made a big splash.
Louise: Yes, it did. It's like life said "We want this to go out". You know, from the moment I put my foot on the spiritual pathway it's like I've had no control over my life. I just do what presents itself. And life has decided what it wants me to do.
Dennis: With service in mind.
Louise: Yes indeed.
Dennis: It seems especially important now, when we live in a time of such transition.
Louise: We always live in a time of transition, Dennis! I don't think since time began that we haven't had transitions.
Dennis: That's true, we can't really say our time is more important than another. Louise, in your work do you teach people? Do you have a school?
Louise: No, not anymore. I used to do that. I haven't even done workshops since 1990. I do some lecturing. But you know, I'm over 70 now and I'm not out there dashing around the world like I did at one point. I have the publishing firm and I do more behind the scenes work now than I do out front.
Dennis: So your main thrust now is reaching people through the printed word?
Louise: Well, that's one avenue. l also love supporting authors. When I find raw talent and I see possibilities, I like to give them a good boost and see what they can do with it.
Dennis: I'm wondering what you see coming down the road in terms of career opportunities.
Louise: I see tremendous growth coming in holistic health. There's one area that I would love to see addressed. They have assisted living now and retirement communities and all of them are geared towards poor health. I get a lot of brochures from these places because they think I'm going to want to come and live with them. And all of this stuff is set up for when you get really sick, we will be there to help you to the grave. And I think it would be wonderful if somebody would start some holistic retirement communities where people could really live out the rest of their days in vibrant health. I think it would be very popular, but someone has to do the first one. It could be a national chain.
Dennis: I've actually had that in mind. My grandfather was in the convalescent home business. He had a number of them in Los Angeles and he won many awards for above average care. I worked with him before going to college. But it was far from holistic health care. Yoga, T'ai Chi and meditation should be included for senior citizens.
Louise: Absolutely. And food! If you go to any of those places the food is so appalling, it hastens you to the assisted part of living. If you don't eat right and you don't know how to take care of your body, you're not going to have the energy to do anything wonderful. And you know, there's nothing wrong with playing golf, but my God, are you going to spend the rest of your life playing golf? That must get incredibly boring! Why not kickboxing?
Dennis: Really? Kickboxing for seniors?
Louise: Just because you're a senior doesn't mean that you can't do all sorts of things.
Dennis: Like aerobic activities?
Louise: Yes, aerobic stuff. Not that you'd have to, but make it available, and then people are encouraged to try it. On my 73rd birthday I took up kickboxing. I said to myself, why not, let's try it. I'm not sure yet that I'm going to stick with it.
Dennis: Besides holistic doctors and nurses at a holistic retirement community, would else would you like to see?
Louise: Chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy…all the healing modalities. And a holistic medical doctor on staff, instead of a medical staff and an occasional holistic practitioner. We should swing it the other way around.
Dennis: As the baby boom generation ages, there's a huge number of people approaching retirement age, so I assume that the older boomers will get this going. Then by the time I get there it will already be happening.
Louise: You wouldn't lose money on it.
Dennis: Right, because it's a large population, and all of us who care about natural foods aren't going to want to give it up and switch to jello!
Louise: No way. I really love my organic garden. I'm semi-retired; I go in once a week. I have a full-time secretary, and I call the lady who runs the company every morning, so I'm really in touch with things.
Dennis: So you keep the pulse of the company, but it runs without you?
Louise: Yes. I'm interested in the creative part, not shipping or things like that.
Dennis: Yogananda, my main teacher, gave me the idea of creating things that last longer than we do. His books are still published, fifty years after his passing. Hay House will obviously keep on going into the future. And I'm developing Share Guide so that it will go on beyond me. It's a combination of spiritual vision and practical business skills.
Louise: I agree wholeheartedly. And it's important to be a good steward of our own little personal home environment--and our land, if we have any. We need to do our recycling. I'm an avid organic gardener. Not a lettuce leaf or leaf from a tree leaves my property. Everything goes back into the earth. I grow my own food, so I know I'm eating well. Everybody wants to know why my plants are so abundantly lush. It's because I feed the soil. If we feed the soil of our own soul than we live an abundant and lush life, too.
Dennis: Are you going to do speaking engagements?
Louise: Some, but last year we started Hay House Australia and it's done very well so we're going to the Australian Book Fair to make our presence known there. And I'll do a little speaking but not like last year when I went with Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. In Sydney we had nine thousand people there. That was something.
Dennis: There's one thing I want to compliment you on, Louise. I know that earlier in life things didn't flow for you so well…family life, core issues. And at some point you decided to grab yourself by the shoulders and say "This is what I want for myself and I'm going to achieve it."
Louise: You know they say when the student is ready the teacher appears. That's what happened. From the moment I set my foot on the spiritual pathway my life has never been the same.
Dennis: Yes, it seems like once you got going in that direction things have flowed much better. And I think that's a key in terms of holistic education--to really Follow Your Heart. I think the spirit flows out of that. Who wants to do something you don't love for a career, that would be a lousy way to spend your life.
Louise: Most people still do. Most people work at jobs they don't like. I've certainly done that in my past.
Dennis: But it's really important, if you're going to spend so much time at it, to do something that you like and something that can be of service. I really respect what you're doing, as a successful entrepeneur in the holistic health field. You are a great inspiration. We really can make a difference in the world. I had a rough upbringing, and it took a lot to turn it around and become happy with myself, but then I could reach out and serve more.
Louise: I think that all of the best teachers reallys had rough upbringings. It helps you to understand other people. For more information on Hay House Publishing and it's available titles, visit
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