Louise Hay, life lessons, affirmations and why giving up is not an option
My first thoughts were yesterday when it was announced that Louise Hay had died peacefully were ‘she published her first book at 50 and look at what she created.’
It is this inspiration that I often see quoted when people talk about writing books, starting something new or overnight success. It is truly never too late to start again, publish a book, learn something new, reinvent yourself, because if there is one thing that this powerhouse of a woman taught is ‘you can do this.’ She also embodies the notion that giving up is not an option. Of course, you must give the rubbish up, but never give up on you and your dreams.
I have two packs of Louise Hay cards by the side of my computer, along with an Angel (not the furry one, a pewter one) and some crystals.
Today’s wisdom from the I can do it deck is
‘I get plenty of sleep every night. My body appreciates how I take care of it.’
After a long hot summer where I have been unable to sleep properly for over six weeks, I have blessed the coming of the recent storms because for two nights I have slept and I feel like new. It’s like the old has been washed away, new energy and a way of seeing the world a new has arrived.
The other side of the card also resonates with me, as you’d expect…
‘I loving do everything I can to assist my body in maintaining perfect health.’
I’m beginning to wonder if Louise is in the room with me. Yesterday, I had an angry day, and an injury which has been healing well raised its ugly head as my even uglier emotions took hold. Within a short space of time, I was in pain. Luckily as I am emotionally intelligent I could see what was happening and because I am anger aware I knew that this was a message for me. Our bodies are so freaking intelligent.
Louise Hay teaches in her book. You can heal your life that our thoughts create our life experiences. That the way to happiness, inner peace and contentment is learning to love yourself.
‘Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. Louise Hay’
I learned that an injury to the back left side ribs is as you would expect is about support, the past and carrying guilt which creates pain.
‘The left side of the body is often regarded as the feminine side, the receiving side, where you take in. It represents, among other things, the mother.’
Without going into too much detail about my injury and life, this will come as no surprise as it is spot on. The way forward is to forgive, let go and let love.
‘Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in. Louise Hay’
When I think about growing up and the environment that I found myself in, it wasn’t the greatest. It didn’t lack in love, more that it was hard to demonstrate it because of many conflicts. For myself, early sexual abuse and later being groomed meant that I carried a huge burden of guilt and I certainly did not know how to love myself.
‘If your mother did not know how to love herself, or your father did not know how to love himself, then it would be impossible for them to teach you to love yourself. They were doing the best they could with what they had been taught as children. Louise L. Hay’
When my dad died, mum and I said that we would remember the man, not the behaviour and would continue to love him. My dad was awesome; you just wouldn’t want to be married to him. Parents teach us a lot, but we can teach them too and while they don’t get given a manual for dealing with life, neither do we. However, parents can become friends and trusted partners, and if you allow it, together, you can both grow. That’s what mum and I have done. We have learned just a little bit more about forgiveness and self-love. It is never too late to see your parents with new eyes, and one would hope that they can see into your soul too.
It does matter what age you are, giving up on things that are important to you is not an option. Here are three things that I am thinking about today in light of the life, celebration and times of Louise Hay.
1. It’s never too late to start
This incredible woman published her first book; You can heal your life aged 50. Five O! How amazing is that? If you have something you want to do, now seems like a good time to me. Surround yourself with supporters, people who believe in you as you do yourself and champions who get your ‘cause’. Never give up on yourself or your dreams.
‘What you choose to think about yourself and about life becomes true for you. Louise Hay’
2. There is a lot of wisdom in your body
Every single moment of the day, your body is speaking to you. Stop what you are doing and breathe into all of the spaces in turn. What do you notice? Never stop listening to your body and doing the right things to support it, so that it supports you.
‘When there is a problem, there is not something to do, there is something to know. Louise Hay’
3. Be you
There is an Oscar Wilde quote which I love ‘be yourself; everyone else is taken.’ When you learn to love yourself, you can (I promise) be you. Not the you that others expect or the one you think you should display, the you that is just you.
‘I am willing to release the need to be unworthy. I am worthy of the very best in life, and I now lovingly allow myself to accept it. Louise Hay’
Louise Hay – October 8, 1926 – August 30, 2017
I am sure you will have your thoughts about the life and works of Louise Hay. She has left an incredible legacy. You can too because it is never too late to learn to love you, be you and share what you have learned about yourself.
Just think of all of the lives she has touched. Imagine if you could touch just one other person, who touches another and so on – how that make change the world. That could be your legacy. Giving up is not an option.
In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete.
The left side of the body is often regarded as the feminine side, the receiving side, where you take in. It represents,…
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