On October 8th, I attended the event, “You Can Heal Your Life: A Tribute To Louise Hay On Her 90th Birthday” located in beautiful San Diego. If you don’t know of Louise Hay, she is one of the founders of the self-help movement. She is an artist, speaker, author and just quite a powerhouse. She has inspired millions of people (from all generations) across the world.
(The first page of a notebook given at the event – it reads, “All Is Well.” )
Two years ago, I came across her book You Can Heal Your Life, after finishing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, I became utterly obsessed learning more about self-care and she was just the next big step into my self-care journey!
She was the first person to teach me the power and influence of our thoughts. She taught me to be kind to myself by repeating positive affirmations. At first, I thought there had to be more to loving myself than repeating affirmations.
To my surprise, it was just that simple, I now make the choice every morning (or at some point of the day) to look into my mirror and repeat, “I really love you, Mia. I really, really do.” Being able to celebrate her ninth decade was emotional and something I’ll truly never forget.
The celebration consisted of Hay House authors: Cheryl Richardson, Christiane Northup, Mike Dooley, Kris Carr, Robert Holden and Suze Orman. They shared their personal stories with Louise and how her philosophy has influenced them!
Cheryl Richardson: Stop scaring yourself with your thoughts
Cheryl said that she met Louise while volunteering for an event and was luckily chosen to pick her up from the airport. Cheryl thought the world of Louise but explained she was just too nervous to say more than a few words to her.
However, little would she or Louise know – they’d reunite years later and even write a book called, You Can Live An Exceptional Life! Cheryl reminded the crowd that our thoughts shouldn’t scare us, but should and can empower us as explained in their book.
Christiane Northrup: Age can’t define you
Christiane reminded us that age is only a number, as we can have our best years at any age. She reminded us that Louise started her own publishing house when she almost 60! How inspiring, right? Louise was just beginning to start one of her greatest ventures, not about to finish one.
Christiane also explained Louise’s second try at love. After her 14-year long marriage ended, she didn’t give up on love but took a chance to find it again! She reminded us what Louise remarked, “That man made me Louise Hay!”. In other words, she was empowered by him not destroyed. And yes, she found love again!
Mike Dooley: Cards are stacked in your favor
Mike shared the exciting moment when he was first paid to speak. He spoke in London, then Amsterdam, but no other speaking gigs came around. He was on such a roll so of course, it was disappointing that no gig followed Amsterdam.
However, instead of pondering what happened – he realized he didn’t have to wait around to speak. Mike reminded us, that cards of life are in stacked in your favor. As Louise teaches, trust life and the universe. It truly is working in your favor.
Kris Carr: It’s only a thought, and thought can be changed
Kris calls herself a “cancer thriver”, not a survivor or victim. She is not cancer-free, but that’s not stopping her from being healthy. Kris took massive action to learn about food. Indeed it was challenging (and I’m sure it still is) but she continues to thrive. She reminded us what Louise said, “It’s only a thought and a thought can be changed.” She didn’t accept her so-called fate of dying or the belief that she was unhealthy.
Robert Holden: You are loved
(One of the affirmations, from Life Loves You Cards – “I see my myself, through the eyes of love.”)
I was fascinated about the stages Holden shared about our relationship with mirrors. He explained at stage 1, (around 18 months), we pay attention to the mirror- and are in tune with our soul, not our body. At the second stage, we become more interested in the mirror – as it becomes fun to look at ourselves. However, at the third stage (teen years), we become self-conscious and aware we are judging ourselves.
Feeling self-conscious and not worthy, can all be changed with mirror work. Mirror work is one of Louise’s greatest teachings, in which, you repeat positive affirmations in front of the mirror.
Suze Orman: We must apply what we learn
“When you’re powerless, you repel people. When you attract people, you attract money!” said Suze. This might be hard for someone to believe, but something I agree with.
If you want to get serious about changing anything in your life, you have to take serious action. Suze explained that we can’t just learn about a new technique, habit etc., but must apply it to our lives to see serious change.
It might take a while to see change, but it will happen. Just like practicing self-love. Louise said it perfectly before, “Be willing to take the first step, no matter how small it is. Concentrate on the fact that you are willing to learn. Absolute miracles will happen.”
How has Louise Hay and/or these other authors influenced you? Comment below!
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