Recently dubbed “the closest thing to a living saint” by the Australian media, Louise L. Hay is also known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. Her first book, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body. Revised and expanded in 1988, this best-selling book introduced Louise’s concepts to people in 33 different countries and has been translated into 25 languages throughout the world.
Through Louiseâ€™s healing techniques and positive philosophy, millions have learned how to create more of what they want in their lives, including more wellness in their bodies, minds, and spirits. Her own personal philosophy was forged from her tormented upbringing. Her childhood was unstable and impoverished, and her teen years were marked by abuse. Louise ran away from home and ended up in New York City, where she became a model and married a prosperous businessman. Although it appeared that her life had turned around, it was not until the marriage ended 14 years later that her healing really began. [source]
Hay moved to Los Angeles around 1980 and began seeing private clients for spiritual counseling. â€œI had several gay men in my practice,â€ Hay told me. â€œOne day, one of them called me up and said, â€˜Louise, do you think you could start a group for gay men with AIDS?â€™ A few men came for dinner one night, and I said: â€˜I have no idea what weâ€™re doing, but I know what weâ€™re not going to do. Weâ€™re not going to play â€˜Ainâ€™t it awful.â€™ So we talked and did affirmations and ended with a song. The next day, one of them called me and said, â€˜Last night was the first time I slept in three weeks.â€™ The next week we had 90 men, and soon someone gave us a space in a gym in West Hollywood. For two years we met, but we outgrew the gymnasium in a month and a half.â€ The city of West Hollywood gave the Hay Rides, as they were soon known, a bigger space. â€œSoon we had 850 people every Wednesday night. We had mothers who came, and whenever a mother came we gave them a standing ovation, because so many mothers werenâ€™t speaking to their sons.â€ Her eyes teared up noticeably. â€œThe fathers almost never came â€” they couldnâ€™t forgive.â€ Hay often presided at the menâ€™s funerals. â€œWho else was going to do it?â€ she asked me. â€œReligions wouldnâ€™t touch them.â€ [Source]
Louise is a truly remarkable woman. Listen to her here, a snippet from a recording of her powerful affirmations. In this particular snippet she talks about accepting and embracing our sexuality, being at peace with it. Go, listen (4 minutes only).
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