Self Love: An Important Lesson Taught by Louise Hay

Self Love: An Important Lesson Taught by Louise Hay

In honor of Louise Hay, who passed away yesterday, I thought it was an appropriate time to share one of my biggest life lessons to date. This important lesson is self love, and I learned it from Louise.

Just as many people do, I have struggled with self love my entire life. I developed habits at an early age where I was really hard on myself if things didn’t go perfectly – letting my ego run away on repeat with critical thoughts about myself. Things like, I can’t do this, I’m not good enough, my nose is too big, my thighs are too fat.  That is, until I discovered Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life.

One of the exercises in the book is looking at yourself closely in the mirror, staring into your own eyes, and telling yourself, “I love you.” This seems very silly, but I bawled like a baby when I first did it. Try it. You will likely feel like a total weirdo doing it, but see what your reaction is. If you have a less than ideal reaction, I encourage you to repeat this exercise daily. Pay attention to thoughts you have about yourself throughout the day. Correct any negative or critical thoughts as they arise.

What happens if we don’t love ourselves fully? According to Louise, these critical thoughts, resentment and guilt create emotional problems, illness and disease within our physical body over time. The great news is we can change our thought patterns. Because our thoughts create our experiences and impact our health, we can change outcomes and improve our health through positive thinking.

You may have heard the popular saying, “You can only love others as much as you love yourself.” Well, that saying is the truth. As I have opened up to loving myself more, I feel like my relationships and my life in general have gotten better and easier. I know I really struggled sharing my voice and speaking up for myself as a child. I was known by many people as being really quiet and shy. I still have issues with this, which I’m working on changing. Maybe what Louise is saying is right. I wasn’t sharing my voice, and I did wind up with cancer in my thyroid – right next to my vocal chords. Coincidence?

Another beautiful lesson that Louise brought to the world is that it is never too late to start. She wrote her first book at age 50, which pioneered the self-help movement and created Hay House, Inc., a publishing empire that has sold millions of books and products worldwide. Don’t let age or time stop you from following your dreams. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

To read Louise Hay’s biography, click here.

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Photo: Heal Your Life Training

About Laura

Laura Como, CBP is an intuitive mind body soul healer, alternative healing expert and the founder of My Natural Healer. Learn more about Laura.

Comments (4)

  1. What a beautiful post. You are such a bright guiding light in my life. Thank you for creating My Natural Healer. You are going to help change so many people’s lives. Love you, my beautiful friend!

  2. I was looking for a book on Wednesday and my eyes lit on Louis Hay’s book and I thought of all the times I have used the information that she has shared with the world of people who have gathered around the alternative healing practices. Coincidence? Serendipity? It is interesting to think that most of us came to alternative health practices because our dis ease was not acknowledged or resolved by the modern medical establishment thus our limitation became our link to the deep connection to all of life and the forces that fuel it. I met Laura yesterday at my new aquatic bodywork pool where I was able to share with her this healing modality that I have had the good fortune to learn. At time when so many people in the world are wringing their hands at the horrors of modern governments and climate change, I am grateful to be a part of the growing circle of people who are reaching beyond the norm and finding healing. Thanks Laura for your work to bring this group together! Mary

    1. Thank you for sharing this Mary! It was such a pleasure meeting you and to experience first hand the healing work you are doing with aquatic bodywork.

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