7 Louise Hay insights for healing your life (and a thyroid tip)

Posted on August 3rd, 2011

On Sunday I met Louise Hay. For anyone unfamiliar with this true gem of a human, she’s the author of You Can Heal Your Life, which has sold more than 50 million copies! And she owns Hay House, which publishes the Big Gurus (Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue etc).

I’ll be writing more about the very particular lesson she taught me, soon, for Sunday Life. It caught me off guard and I got very teary because her lesson spoke straight to my struggle right now. She knew this and sat with me for an hour, smiling at me as I tried my usual tricks for explaining myself away (words, words, words!).

But in the meantime I thought I’d share some other little insights I gleaned. Because she shared many. Today I read her new book You Can Create An Exceptional Life, which goes into detail about how she runs her life.

Louise is about to turn 85. She healed herself of cancer many years ago and has gone on to live an extraordinary life. She’s as upright and fit as a 40-year-old. Slim, tall, a vibrant, natural face and a playful energy. She’d just got off an international flight and has been presenting and signing books for days. And yet she said she felt great. So her tips ‘n tricks for a well life are worth sharing:

1. Eat protein and vegetables. We sat and she ate breakfast. This is what she ate: peppermint tea, scrambled eggs, 3 sausages and some prunes. She ate the prunes with the sausage. Nice. As a rule, she follows the Westin A Price diet (as do I). Not strictly (ditto). So no sugar or gluten, limited grains, plenty of natural fats and a lot of veggies. Like me (via my Integrative Nutrition studies) she’s tried many different eating approaches and has settled on WAP principles.

2. You don’t need things. When she sat down I got rid of the clutter on the table. “We need less stuff,” she said, in a broad way. “Less clothes…I go shopping and I think, I don’t need this!” I instantly wanted to hug her. It’s been reported that while she’s a very wealthy woman, she lives minimally. She drives a Smart Car. And grows her own veggies.

3. Don’t worry whether you can do it…. Louise believes life brought her what she needed, as she needed it. “Life handed me AIDS,” she says referring to the fact she rose to fame from her work with AIDs victims in the 80s. “I’m just fascinated. How did this happen to me?” She’s learned to trust that life steers things. She’s a conduit. I find this wonderfully comforting. And intuitively right.

4. Learn about other people’s childhoods. You heal yourself when you forgive. And you forgive by imagining the “other” as a child and finding out what life was like for them as a kid. She researched her parents childhoods to forgive them for her violent childhood.

5. Answer the phone and open the mail. She says this a bit. And what she means is, don’t look for outcomes or success. Simply go about your day, doing your job and watch what happens next. Don’t fret. She also says the right things come slowly. Indeed!

6. The first hour of your day is crucial. She starts by thanking her bed for the sleep (!), stretches, has tea, then goes back to bed to read. Because she likes it. She even made a great bedhead so she can be at the best angle to read.

7. And some thyroid advice: “Look in the mirror and ask (your sick thyroid), ‘how can I love you back to life’?” As soon as she said this, I didn’t understand, but I certainly felt, it to make sense. Thyroid problems she said, after she sat quietly in thought for a bit, are all about creativity being blocked. She then explained that many women feel torn up by the pressure to be all things. And their creative self gets blocked.

I was truly touched by Louise’s care and humility. She’s a true healer, walks her talk, and her energy was clean and bright. On this journey I’ve been on chatting to different self-helpers, this is not as common as you might like to believe. Trust me.

Have you read Louise Hay’s stuff? Been touched by it?

 

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  • Sheralee

    I have read Louise’s book You Can Heal Your Life and want to re-read it again and again. It is one of the most powerful, uplifting books that I have read and will continue to read and learn from. What a wonderful thing to meet such an amazing person Sarah!!!

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  • Dee

    Hey Sarah,

    Sounds amazing. I was struggling with thyroid problems (overactive) for the past 11months and finally decided to take my dad’s advice and get fit and healthy. I’m now eating better and will be running the City2Surf in a week and a bit. My thyroid problems have almost completely disappeared and I’m no longer in pain from having the nodules pressing into my throat. Doctors had told me I need the thyroid removed! I am so glad I didn’t go down that path.

    I really do think you can cure yourself. She sounds like a wise woman.

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  • Rosie B

    Sarah, thanks for sharing these wonderful tips from Louise.

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  • Mia

    I had to hold back a little bit of a cry when I read the last part, about thyroidy people having blocked creativity. SO TRUE. My shrink says this. As does my kinesiologist. (Thats three people! I must need to pay attention to it now!) I can vouch for this absolutely in other thyroidy people. I just dont know where to start with un-blocking it. Maybe I shall give Louise Hay another try, I havent read her more recent books. Thank you for this Sarah for this post, its so wise and true. Any advice about un-blocking creativity, from one such as yourself who writes and creates for a living?

    That photo of you two is gorgeous… and this is going to sound so shallow but I LOVE your glasses!!! I recently was told I need them myself (which I am excited about, they are so sexy I think) but can never find ones that are big enough. Yours are awesome and suit you to a tee!

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    Sarah Reply:

    Mia, I have also been down the thyroidy road, hyper too…uck. So glad to hear you have a shrink & a kinesiologist, how very holistic of you :-) I love that! I’ve been reading/doing Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artists Way’ after I had an archetypal chart reading and was told it would solve alot of my issues- because it’s about unblocking creativity. Check it out. I think it’s all about being able to clear enough ‘crap’ to be able to listen to the gentle whispers (or loud shreiks) coming from within that you may have otherwise been ignoring. Good luck gorgeous.

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    J.V Reply:

    Long time reader….first time commenter. Recently had two close friends read a short story and a scene from the book i’m trying to write. Was scary as Hell but being fabulous friends they didn’t laugh, just encouraged.

    This is a reminder that I need to get back to my creativity and blocking it has blocked so much else from my life. Need to read both Heal Your Life and Exceptional Life from Louise as well as Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artists Way’ now. I need to buy shares in Booktopia!

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    Mia Reply:

    Thanks Sarah, I have heard of the artist’s way before so I definitely need to give it a try. Interesting that you talk about clearning out enough crap to make space to listen to yourself, I have definitely found this to be true. I also think (and this is more of a personal theory) that thyroidy types have trouble communicating, because they hold such high standards to themselves & others, they find it hard to let people down or ask for help. I reckon this could definitely block creativity. I dont know, its certainly some food for thought!

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  • http://www.sophiescott.com.au sophie

    I was at the conference on Saturday and heard Louise talk. She was inspirational and had the whole audience transfixed.

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  • Lily

    Louise, the DL, Deepak won’t help you find a husband!

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  • http://innerbeam.com Sarah

    Awesome article Sarah, what a thrill to meet Louise Hay, she’d have to be top of my list to meet in terms of ‘well known people’. Her book literally changed my life many years ago and it sits on my bookshelf prominently, I refer to it as my ‘bible’. I rarely open the book, but her message is always with me and I go within to ask my body for answers these days, rather than looking externally for them. I have done this because the external answers acted only as clues, when I used those clues and looked within I got real answers.

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  • http://www.blossom.net.nz Tracy

    I first read Louise Hay’s book You can heal your life about 15 years ago and it was the beginning of a wonderful journey for me. I then attended many workshops that were based on Louise’s philosophies. In 2009 I trained to teach Louise’s workshops, which have been an extraordinary blessing. Louise taught me to love myself, to forgive others and that looking in the mirror and saying ‘I love you’ can bring about HUGE positive rewards, more than I ever dreamed of.

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    viola Reply:

    I love this Tracy!

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    Iris Reply:

    That’s so awesome :) Whereabouts do you hold your workshops? Are the Louise Hay workshops common? I’d love to attend one in Melbourne…

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    Tracy Reply:

    Hi Iris, They are common, I’ve held my workshops in New Zealand however there are amazing Heal your life workshops leaders in Melbourne. You can visit http://www.healyourlife.net.au/main/page_workshop_leaders.html to find a location near you. All the best :)
    PS Did you attend the I can do it conference in Melbourne last weekend? I came over to it and was very lucky to meet Louise Hay and we even had a hug! Such an inspiring lady :)

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  • salbra

    oh a lovely blessing in my life – today’s post. So many of us, with stuff each day – we try and try and hope and love and fall backward, and try and try and get tired and get inspired and real lovely things to bring us back to lovely.
    thanks Sarah
    xxx

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  • Katrina

    I love love love Louise Hay and what I have just read has reinforced all the things I let slip! Thanks Sarah!

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  • http://www.solitaryphotographic.com Annabel

    Hi Sarah… interesting post.
    In a little tip about thyroid, I too have been following this sort of diet for a long time but have stumbled on something new. Doc Ray Peat, an amazing guy imo, seems to have spent years researching how best to get the thyroid to function. There’s a lot of sound advice in it but it has also turned my diet on its head. I’m eating sugar… because according to him we need it. If we don’t have it, it elevates estrogens and all sorts of other bad stuff. I’m only a few days into it, but you might want to check it out as a fellow Hashi’s sufferer.
    I don’t agree with Louise that thyroid problems are all about creativity being blocked. I’m an artist and there’s nothing blocked about mine. :D
    Thyroid problems can be exacerbated by the stresses we cause and place on ourselves, for sure, but the true cause is more biological I think. Having eaten low carb for years, I’ve only just found out how this is causing damage to my thyroid.

    Check out Ray Peat at: http://raypeat.com/

    I used to belong to Louise’s Facebook page but got annoyed by constant ads saying how my life would be changed if I purchased her iPhone app. I like some of the things she says but I’m also a realist and know that simply incorporating her beliefs in my life won’t change the activity of my thyroid! If it was that simple, none of us would have a thyroid problem! : )

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    Emma Reply:

    Hi Annabel (and Sarah),

    This was a really interesting post and I absolutely agree with many of the principles outlined but I also think that we need to be really careful about referring to thyroid problems in the context of “blocked creativity”. If your thyroid issues are Hashimotos based, as mine are, irrespective of the lifestyle changes that you can make to positively impact and improve thyroid function, the fundamental issue is that your genetic structure causes your body to produce antibodies that attack the thyroid and untreated the consequences can be dire.

    Positivity and healthy lifestyle and behavioural choices are really important to support general wellness, but in my opinion to write something that many people have to live with and medicate for the rest of their lives off in such simplistic terms is not necessarily appropriate

    Emma

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  • Edlie

    i hate to be a downer.
    I love the 7 insights in this blog post Sarah but her book made me feel so angry and sad and wretched. The message seemed to be that my health problems are 100% caused by emotional strife, and can only be fixed through working out my secret childhood abuse, and that i am in the way of my own healing.
    I felt so frustrated. A lot of doctors have tried to say my auto immune illnesses, including endometriosis (?!?!?!), are emotional and ‘just depression’.
    So, sorry to say, im not a fan. But like the post Sarah.

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    picardie.girl Reply:

    This reminds me of an appalling experience I had with a ‘life coach’ who basically told me I was getting sick because I believed it would happen, and I needed to change my mindset in order to get well. I hate anything that suggests that illness is basically that person’s fault and that they should be able to ‘think themselves well’ by somehow changing their mind. It is very dangerous to suggest that people don’t need treatment for illness and can instead will themselves to get better (the implication being if they don’t get better, they aren’t trying hard enough). Can cause major depression – I know I felt awful. Big hugs to you Edlie. xx

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    Amanda B Reply:

    Both Edlie and Picardie – agree! Love the whole positive energy and thoughts way in life, but as other person who has had hyper and now hypo-thyroidism, I TOTALLY disagree with the idea that a) I did it to myself and b) I can cure myself. I have absolutely no doubt that positive thinking and eating well can put you in the best possible physical and mental shape to help you fight/accept circumstance or illness, but I am a pure sceptic when it comes to these things ‘curing’ a condition. Sarah completely lost me when she said that Louise had ‘cured herself of cancer’. Granted I have not read her book or been to her seminars, but ‘cured herself’ really irks me; or at the very least renders me extremely sceptical.
    Great cake by the way Picardi.girl – do you make them too?

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    Iris Reply:

    Oh I ripped out the whole section about “Dis-ease” as Louise calls it. Her advice on loving yourself, accepting the past, healing your mind, resonated well with me. The bullshit that everything from yeast infections to cancers is caused by our thoughts & feelings – really stupid. Tell that to my parents who are doctors & see people dying of cancer every day “you brought this upon yourself & can think it away”.

    Sorry for the negativity, I love Louise’ book for all the work on your mind it inspires – however the work on the body, doesn’t make medical or logical sense.

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    mel Reply:

    dear edlie, don’t believe the crap. endometriosis is not caused by depression or a crappy personal/emotional life.

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  • http://magpiesnest.typepad.com/magpiesnest/ Steph

    Positive role modelling at last from a vitally ageing woman! I am constantly seeking information about women like this as I hit my 60s. Minimalist lifestyle really appeals.

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  • http://www.deliriouslydeep.com Susana

    Thanks for sharing Sarah. Louise Hay is absolutely beautiful! And the wisdom you have shared with us from her is so simple, yet so profound!

    Julia cameron’s book the artists way is next on my to read list. As for reigniting my creativity (more like discovering my creativity) I have Vipassana to thank. There is definitely power in getting out of our heads + back into our bodies + hearts. Will be interesting to see how my hyperactive thyroid responds once this creativity is unleashed!

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  • http://artfulleedesigned.blogspot.com/ Lee

    Hi Sarah
    I look forward to reading your articles every Sunday and I am thankful for your pearls of wisdom.
    I am going to the I can do it this weekend in Melbourne and can’t wait to see the lovely Louise Hay. Her book, You Can Heal Your Life, totally changed my life in so many ways and I can’t wait to get my hands on her new one. Lucky you for sitting and chatting to her for so long. What a joy!
    Have you listened to HayhouseRadio.com? I listen to it everyday at work and it is so motivational, supportive, inspirational and uplifting.
    Thanks for an inspirational article.
    Lee

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  • RoDyCa

    Dear Fab Glasses Sarah…
    According to Dr Christiane Northrup (a much published holistic M.D) it’s people’s gonads which are the centre of our creativity – hence Ovarian problems etc. Makes more sense – they are the core of a woman’s creativity.

    I’m not knocking Louise Hay, I think she is a Gem… but question the Thyroid /creativity connection? I have read You Can Heal Your Life and from memory all throat problems are more of being oppressed from doing what you want and pleasing everyone else – hence your own potential creativity path is blocked.

    Sarah – you appear are creating all the time : your work, your column, this blog, (which I’ve only recently discovered – and LOVE for your transparency and open-ness), fab food etc. Maybe you need to stop nodding towards a certain commissioning editor or someone who does not let your creativity flow as you’d like?

    I can hear the whispers of a new book in the tree branches surrounding your place…trees don’t limit creativity. Listen to those wise leaves :)

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  • viola

    Sarah, love this post, thank you for sharing. As an aside, how do you find out about all these events and guests visiting Australia? I feel there’s a whole world of interesting things going on out there and I miss them all! Got any tips for getting in the know? Thanks :)

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  • http://thelighthouselight.blogspot.com Belinda

    I have just bought her book You Can Heal Your Life – can’t wait to sit down and get stuck into it!!

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  • Stephanie

    I have to admit that this entry made me curious. I loaded her book on my kindle last night. So far so good. Even though I might not agree entirely with her philosophy, I find the process of questioning that she takes to be revealing. There are many similar approaches out there, but I appreciate her direct style. Nice article, Sarah!

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  • Naomi Zrno

    Sarah

    This sounds really interesting. I also have an auto-immune disease. It is not thyroid based but in the bone marrow that creates too many of a white blood cell factor. These congregate on my lungs causing pneumonia.

    I am trying the Gillespie sugar free diet. have certainly increased my nut consumption.

    Is there anything in Louise’s work for non-thyroid immune diseases?

    My creativity bug has been reignited lately and I now love the blog craftgossip.com for amazing projects etc

    Would love to hear any advice you have to offer.

    Nomes

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  • Carrie

    This post just brought me to tears…I will have to get her books and read them…..

    Again, thank you for sharing.

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  • rach earnst

    I started reading Louise Hays work when I was 14 years old..wow about 15 years ago. This book has changed my life and I am a different woman because of it. Great share Sarah

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  • Hanna

    As always a lovely blog!
    I have not read Louise Hays work but i am still undecided as to the notion of illness being something emotional or some kind of energetic blockage. From working in a hospital for many years and seeing a range of fairly horrible things happen to amazing people I really think that sometimes – shit just happens . This is not to say there are things that may have an emotional component . Overall I am yet to be convinced that sorting out my emotional issues will be the answer to all my chronic health problems….happy to be convinced otherwise though , as this might make my life easier.
    Thought prokoking!
    Thanks Sarah.

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  • Dani

    Having grappled in the past with anxiety and depression, I really struggled with the idea that I’d “brought it on myself” through some kind of energentic blockage because, frankly, that just made me feel more hopeless and useless. (Even if on one level it was totally true!)

    I find a more helpful & empowering interpretation is: you may or may not have been responsible for what happened to you, but my goodness you’re the only one who can make the choice to do something about it. It’s good to be back in the driver’s seat!

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    Mia Reply:

    The way I look at it – and this might be a bit woo woo for some, which I accept – is that we choose on some level what we wish to experience in this life, because we seek the learning that comes with those experiences, good or bad. When we choose to love & accept a situation we have learned all we need to from it, and we move on. So for example, I dont believe I have thyroid disease cos I was mean to myself and “deserved” it, more like I needed to learn things from it, including how to communicate better and love myself more. Maybe one day I will “cure” it, maybe I wont, but without a doubt I am a better person for having it.

    Ok, thats my random hippy theory for the day, I’m done. :)

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    Kylie Ryan Reply:

    I agree Mia! Not woo woo at all.

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    Stephanie Reply:

    I love that, Mia. It works for me. I feel exactly that way about the last eight months of health issues that I’ve been having – as though I needed to slow down and to listen and to learn from my body. I know I’ll come out better in the end, whether or not I am ever “cured.” Thanks for that!

    Sylvia Reply:

    I’m with you, Mia. Lucky Sarah, to meet the lovely Louise. What an inspiration she is.
    As is the Lovely Sarah…..
    I too have read the book & watched the video. (I got mine as a package in Big W) . If anyone’s interested in this topic, I have another book that you should read. Some of you may have already heard of it, or have bought it, even. It’s my bible, along with You can Heal your Life, (and Sweet Poison:The Quit Plan of course!!)

    The Body is he Barometer of the Soul
    by Annette Noontil Most spiritual bookstores will have it, or you could go to the website, annettenoontil.com.au

    For you non believers, my advice to you is: find a meditation circle to join. It will do you no end of good.

    Silver Angel

    Spreading The Love
    Smile….

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    Toreba Reply:

    Mia, Thats a pretty good nutshell !

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    Katie Reply:

    “because we seek the learning that comes with those experiences, good or bad. When we choose to love & accept a situation we have learned all we need to from it, and we move on.”
    Mia, As someone who still mourns a “lost five years” to depression and the complete fuck up modern medicine made my life, this is a fresh, although at first confronting, way to look at it. Thank you (if you ever read this).

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    Trish Reply:

    I read a book many years ago, which I have reread many times since called ‘Choice Theory’ which basically suggests we are not responsible for what happens to us, but ALWAYS have a choice as to how we react to life’s events.
    I think that possibly provides a bridge between Louise Hay’s theories and the apparent randomness of health issues in some people’s lives.
    Where the health problem came from is perhaps not as important as how we respond to it. Focussing on all the good things is our life is a start…

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    Amanda B Reply:

    Great way to look at it Trish! I can at times be quite sceptical about the (dare I say it?) happy clappy way of looking at life, but your point about having the choice as to how we react to life’s events really resonates with me. You’re right – it’s a great way to provide a bridge between the two. Whenever I think “yeah – I need to just look at the positive”, my rational and sceptical side steps in and reminds me of the randomness of health (or lack there of it!).
    Time to take a step back and focus on how the positive can help the future rather than trying to link a lack of it to events that have already happened.

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    Toreba Reply:

    Amanda B, Thanks for that comment,

    Sylvia Reply:

    Amanda, you have hit the nail on the head, in a way. Always look forward, not backwards. If you find yourself thinking of past hurts, break the thought cycle, in any way you can at the time, depending on where you are. If at home, get up & switch on some happy, dance music & dance around the room. Do something that lifts your Spirit, and never dwell on the past. This is being in control and doing everything you can to be positive. Thus, you are ‘dealing’ with the negative as well as the positive learning experience that the illness, (or whatever) has given you. Plus you must remember, we are born into the lives of the people in our everyday life so that they too can have the learning experience from our problems, as we too learn from theirs.
    Think back 10 or more years. Are the same people in your life as were in it then? Apart from close family, I mean? People come & go in our lives for a reason. A learning reason, us from them & they from us, so our Soul can evolve.
    Makes sense to me, anyway…..

    Silver Angel x
    Spread the Love

  • http://suburbanyogini.com Rachel @ Suburban Yogini

    I’ve loved Louise Hay for a long long time but now I love her even more for the Smart Car. I drive a Smart Car :)

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  • http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com Alejandra

    What an absolutely amazing woman! So thankful to learn about her.

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  • Sunny

    That thyroid tip Makes SO much sense to me! Goodness, where and how do I start unblocking?

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  • kerry

    thank you, sarah, for sharing this. i have not read any of louise hay’s writings, but i will to be sure. cried as i read this. between my thyroid wreaking havoc, or maybe i should say perimenopause wreaking havoc, i’m struggling.

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  • http://www.shashenjewels.com eilish bouchier

    lovely just lovely xe

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  • Iris

    Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful woman to share a breakfast table with (as are you I’d imagine!). Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life” & her positive affirmations are one of the things keeping me going. What a beautiful giving loving caring soul.

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  • http://cupcakesfrocksandpink.blogspot.com/ Belinda

    I met Louise a years back and thought she was remarkable. After listening to her speak my jaw was on the floor. She is a very special woman.

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  • http://stethescopesandivlines.wordpress.com Ella

    I’ve not read Louise Hay’s book – I think I’m a little scared to, which is ridiculous. Her work is amazing, but can also be confronting. I have a set of her affirmation cards which were given to me by a friend when I was in hospital with my eating disorder for four months in 09. I stuck them up around my walls and they do help. It’s powerful being able to see & read affirmations each morning & night. I had no idea she was 85 though! WOW!

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  • http://janclifford.vemma.com jan

    Louisa Hay is fantastic, when I had a Kinesiology business I used to use her book You Can Heal Your Life and I never had a single person disagree with her interpretation of their problem! Every single person could relate to her interpretation. She’s awesome.

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  • http://www.dailykale.com Nina

    I ♥ this post and *love* Louise Hay! What an amazing day for you! Can’t wait for her her book and your related post! Cheers..xo

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  • http://web.me.com/barbidefazio/2becreative_Site/About_Me.html Barbi D

    I enjoy your blog so much, I find each entry has something for me. Today, it seems personal. I, too, have a thyroid condition, a gluten intolerance and mysterious stuff just keeps happening to my body. I feel tired both physical and mentally from all my “issues”. I keep saying to others, they are just minor but are quality of life issues. Most days they don’t feel minor but I have friends dealing with cancer so my issues seem small in a way. I’ve gotten off track…..I am going to try this thyroid tip and seek out Louise Hay’s books and wisdom. : )

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  • http://forwardemotion.blogspot.com Bel

    “She then explained that many women feel torn up by the pressure to be all things. And their creative self gets blocked.”

    the pressure to be all things. oh my goodness yes. only in the past few weeks after starting to see a counsellor have i really started to realise what a weight i’ve been putting on myself by trying to be all things – to try and be someone who can tick all the boxes, please everyone.

    i had always thought that i was just indecisive. and that i over-thought things. but really, at the root of it all i was trying to make the most perfect decisions on all fronts – choose things that would not only bring me happiness, but that also would be in line with my own ethics, my friends ethics, environmental concerns, etc etc. basically, perfection, without really thinking of it in that way. i was trying to be all things.

    i was laughing with my friend on the phone today when i told her this realisation and how free i had been feeling in the past few days of just feeling a release in knowing that it wasn’t important for me anymore to try and be all things. i couldn’t help but laugh at how simple and ridiculous it all sounded out loud!

    i think a lot of women and men must feel this way from time to time. that pressure. hopefully the release too.

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  • Fiona

    While I enjoyed the tips (that I follow anyway…) I find Louise Hay’s trend of thought a bit dangerous. She says (but cannot prove) that she has cured herself of cancer through affirmations and positive thoughts. Therefore, if you are unable to cure yourself of cancer does that mean that you’re weak, or perhaps you’re doing it wrong? Beating yourself up cause you’re not getting better cannot be a good thing.

    I believe that having a positive approach will lead you to loving yourself more, along with discipline of thought, daily physical exercise and eating healthy natural foods. Yes, there can be physiological responses to psychological problems, but healing yourself of cancer… I am skeptical.

    While this is somewhat irrelevant, I also find it hard to believe that anyone who succumbs to plastic surgery is truly happy in themselves.

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    mel Reply:

    agree agree, how rude to all the brilliant, exceptional, positive people who have been victims of cancer and lost the battle. I watch people die daily. Young women with young families. Shit happens without rhyme or reason. Be as healthy and as positive as you can, forgiveness does help heal emotional wounds and is an amazing gift to give yourself but seriously don’t overindulge the woo woo.

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    Monica Reply:

    If we allow the possibility that our emotions may at least partly cause our health issues, then, for women in particular, the main emotion is generally some version of “I am not good enough”.

    And realising & accepting that we are more than good enough just as we are would be worthy goal regardless of the final outcome. And beating ourselves up for not “curing cancer” (to use that example) would not be possible if we had actually made that emotional release because we would realise that the cancer itself was not some sort of judgement on our goodness or otherwise – because our worthiness was never in question.

    My attempt to explain the woowoo has probably piled on even more woowoo but what the hell, at least I made the effort.

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    Trish Reply:

    Your ‘attempt to explain’ has said it all! Well done Monica.
    The ‘I’m not good enough’ feeling is something that I think all women are burdened with, reinforced by media images of air-brushed perfection.
    I, for one, have spent my whole life assuming that if someone in my life is unhappy, it must be my fault! Don’t get me started on the not slim enough, pretty enough, successful enough etc, etc.
    Instead of trying to fit the mould that has been assigned to us, perhaps we should focus on the fact that, as you say, ‘we are more than good enough’ and stop listening to the media messages which disempower us in the interests of making a quick buck!

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  • Fiona

    Some books I’ve personally found very useful are if you’re looking for something a bit different:

    Change your thinking by Sarah Edelman

    The happiness trap by Russ Harris http://www.thehappinesstrap.com/

    Both of these books are written by people with university qualifications based off of scientific evidence. My psychologist recommended them to me in the days after my Father died and I found them exceptionally helpful

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  • http://blushingstrawberries.wordpress.com/ Jennifer

    Hi Sarah,

    I am currently living in the USA and I am considerng studying at Integrative Nutrition. I’m sure you must be extremely busy but if you had a spare moment to share any thoughts or tips you might have it would be greatly appreciated.
    Reading your blog each week makes me miss Bondi a thousand times…and now Byron too!

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  • Katie

    Hi Sarah

    I actually had terrible auto-immunne disease and tried everything to cure it but the only thing that worked was falling pregnant!
    The SECOND I fell pregnant all my symptoms disappeared and 3 years later they have still not returned.

    I have since read a whole bunch of studies that talk about pregnancy curing auto-immune disease.. REALLY interesting stuff!

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  • http://www.viendamaria.com Vienda

    Gosh, you are soooooo lucky Sarah – I adore Louise Hay! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and insights x

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  • Dimity Hodge

    So interesting – please add me to your mailing list. D

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  • katie

    Sarah–

    What a light Louise is and thank you for so eloquently sharing her wisdom! I saw this video last year (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTM8rktOXgI) and think we can learn a few things from this young girl! it just made me realise how, as we grow older, the world can make us so insecure and apprehensive about affirming ourselves and affirming Life!

    With joy and gratitude,
    -Katie

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  • Bernadette

    Louise’s book You Can heal Your Life was given to me as I started my journey with breast cancer. I carry the book with me as a friend and often refer to certain pages/affirmations for positive vibes in my life. I have recommended the book to many. Would be very interested in listening to Louise speak if any events are scheduled, please advise

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  • http://www.ellebeautiful.wordpress.com Elle

    This is such great advice! My grandpa will be turning 97 this year and is in great health and still tackling life… he too stretches every morning (I swear there is something to this!). Thank you for this interview. I feel inspired. I am saving this piece!

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  • RASHMI

    I have been reading Louise’s “You can heal your life” of and on. I love it. But I am not able to get rid off the pain in my lower legs! Something I am not doing right!
    Rashmi

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  • Janelle

    Hi I am studying at the IIN at present which I love … I am in jkt for my day job:) and couldnt fit my trusty Louise Hay book in my luggage. She is my guru for any health complaints . would you be able to help me by sharing the emotional component of typhoid fever please….

    Love yr work Sarah x

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    Tracy Reply:

    Hi Rashmi

    have a look at the book the body is the barometer of the soul by Annette Noontil. It may be helpful.
    All the best

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    This is truly an amazing site, full of exceptional information, and I am glad to have found it.

    I am the best selling author of the book called The Road Back To Me. I wrote the book through the eyes of my child self, in an effort to be a mirror for those who may have difficulty connecting their present pains to their past experiences.

    Because like Louise Hay, I once did not believe I was worthy of love, it was essential that I go back into my childhood so I could unlock the secrets that were holding me spiritually hostage.

    I am so glad that you were lucky enough to sit down with such an amazing icon…and that you were able to be touched by what she had to offer you…

    I am believing that one day I shall be just as fortunate…

    Namaste….

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  • MM

    thank you for this sarah
    x

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    Louise Louise Louise…Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you…all I can say bout that Force of nature !!!!!

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  • Edith

    Yes, I read Louise Hay. No, I didn’t think that what she wrote had any relevance to my life. I felt the person recommending Hay was pushing me to embrace her.

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  • Diane

    I like a lot of Louise Hays ideas on eating well, forgiving others, & thankfulness. But sadly, what I do not hear, is acknowledgement of God. Every good gift we have is from Him. When I wake in the morning, I thank HIM for my good sleep, not my bed. Eventually the bed will wear out & let me down. Please think upon this: God never fails! Mark 8:36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”

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  • http://www.laughinyogi.com Misty

    Louise Hay taught me to heal myself and from there my life has been truly exceptional. She is a gift from Above.

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  • Alli

    Louise hay has opened my eyes to new ways of thinking and acting towards life. It is simply true that whatever we give out we get back. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  • http://www.superscienceforfun.com Emilia Murray

    Hi Sarah,
    Thank you so much for your post, honesty and courage to share about your AI. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and during my online research stumbled across your site. It was a breath of fresh air, to say the least, to read your story and how your AI has been a blessing/gift to your life. I now also have the same attitude and have made an amazing 1000% change in my life. I may have AI but my life is richer with it!!! I am a better wife, friend and mother to all. I wake up amazed at the beauty of life and walk in the wonder of God each day!!
    So thank you, thank you, thank you!! You were an angel of bright light during a very dark time for me!!
    Love, your AI sister, Emilia

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    The Thyroid is suggested to be the only part of the human body to require Boron as a part of healthy function. If I had Thyroid gland issues or growths that may be cancerous I’d consider combining this with some high dose zinc and magnesium. Number 7 doesn’t sound like advice at all.

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  • Rita.

    This is wonderful of course, but I could not live a peaceful and calm life, knowing that an animal has suffered such mental and physical torture for me to do so. Knowing that one has eaten such sadness and mysery negates any holistic and intuitive approach to life.

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  • Saira Ramirez

    Thanks for sharing this Sarah – Louise is such an inspiration! I recommend her ‘you can heal your life’ video all the time.

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  • Pat Garcia

    Good advise at the right moment!! Thanks for sharing, I was feeling extremely inadequate yesterday and about to give up. I´ll start loving my thyroid!!!

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    Chrissi Reply:

    I find it very hard to ‘love’ MY thyroid ;)

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  • Chrissi

    We are all on our own jet plane traveling the skies at massive altitude and speed often we are traveling through cloud and can’t see the land below, other times we catch glimpses of mountain tops, man made winding roads and seas. On approach to our airport as we lower in descent we gain clarity of our surroundings as we approach for landing. Often there are a few bumps as the tyres hit the tarmac and the thrust is turned to braking. We gradually pull back and we come to a slow stop of realisation. We are here! Life journey is like that. Stop and notice where you are :)

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  • Sandra

    Read, re-read and read again “you can heal your life” and whilst taking chemo meds to shrunk a brain tumour made cards with affirmations on, soldo made a tape in my voice with all of the words Louise had written in her book “in the world where I live ……… Thanked the tumour for coming, did a visualisation of the tumour breaking up the cerebral fluid washing it away. At the time if surgery the whole medical team in theatre at my surgery commented on the energy in theatre as if there was magic in the sir as everything went so easy. Instruments almost floated. I am a huge “believer” in the power if the mind snd Louise Hays books, tapes etc have helped me hugely iny journey to self.

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  • Jane

    Oh Sarah. that photo took my breath away and brought a tear to my eye. I am a huge Louise fan. her meditation tapes have helped me through some of my toughest times. I have her daily affirmations calendar in our kitchen and look forward to the reveal each morning with my first cup of tea for the day. I am so happy for you to have spent time with her.

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  • Roslynn Higgins

    Love Louise <3

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  • grace Kelly

    My feeling goes towards following the blood type diet.. was curious to know what yours is? You love your fat and protein type o’s thrive off it.. interesting to know? I am type Ab I have been monitoring everything for the last few years.. trying to flick this inner voice saying blood type? Yay or nay.

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