Louise Hay - 1926 - 2017

It really shook me to my core when I heard the news yesterday that Louise had transitioned. I had just finished setting up for my Sacral Chakra workshop, I picked up my phone to put it on airplane mode and I saw a whatsapp from my great friend, Reiki Master and teacher saying "Louise is dead".

I was shocked and wanted to cry but I had to run my workshop, so I put it to the back of my mind, set the intention that the workshop would be dedicated to Louise's memory and got on with my event. Louise Hay saved my life. This may sound like an over reaction but she really did save my life. I was laying in bed at my parents house, floored by depression and anxiety when I discovered Louise Hay's work. I couldn't even muster the energy to wash myself everyday when I stumbled across a documentary, You can heal your life.

Listening to the woman in the documentary's opening scene was like listening to myself. It was as if Louise had come into my head and heard all my thoughts. I wanted to be invisible, I thought I was worthless and I had more bad habits than I care to count. I hate to admit it but I hated weddings, I hated children and I wasn't a big fan of animals either. I basically hated anyone and anything that was happy and free because I felt caged and trapped by my own life and by my own thoughts. I used to consistently think, "There must be more to life than this." and I was right, there was. There was much more and Louise taught me how to heal myself and make positive changes. She taught me to take back control of my thoughts and my life and free myself...... from myself. Louise's life is inspiring in itself, having survived much trauma and adversity. Growing up in a broken home full of physical and sexual abuse, surviving multiple rapes. Leaving home at 15 years old with no education. Having a baby and having it adopted because she was too young to care for it properly and beating 'incurable' cancer. Most people who have been through any of these things, let alone all of them would not go on to teach others how to love and heal themselves.

When everyone was saying print was dead Louise launched her publishing company, Hay House, which is now one of the largest publishers of self help books in the World. Constantly expanding and developing she was always doing new things from learning to paint and dance to completely revising her hand writing. I remember seeing a recording of one of her talks where she declared something along the lines of, "I'm 70 years old and I declare this will be the best decade of my life."

From people I know that have worked with Louise and knew her personally, it seems she lived her life by doing what she loved, what she felt was right and what she found fun. Louise has helped many people heal themselves, me included, and I am really sad that she is gone although her legacy will live on. Things I have learnt from Louise so far include: - It's only a thought and a thought can change - Change does not have to be difficult - Loving yourself can heal your life in so many ways - Affirmations and mirror work - Learning about metaphsyics - Taking responsibility for your own wellbeing and your life I'm sure there will be many more lessons I will learn from Louise as I move through my own life and I can only hope that I can live my life with as much courage and light as Louise did.

Thank you for saving my life. I know you will be happy wherever your spirit has gone and that everything happened for you in the right time, space and sequence.

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