" The Essential Louise Hay Collection " ... " You Can Create An Exceptional Life " ... " Painting The Future " ... " You Can Heal Your Life " ... " I Think, I Am! " ... " The Adventures of Lulu " ... " I Can Do It " ... " Empowering Women: Every Woman's Guide to Successful Living " ... " Gratitude: A Way of Life " ... " Heart Thoughts " ... " Everyday Positive Thinking " ... " Power Thoughts " ... " Inner Wisdom " ... " Life! " ... " Love Yourself, Heal Your Life Workbook " ... " All Is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition " ... " Love Your Body " ... " Colors & Numbers " ... " Experience Your Good Now!: Learning to Use Affirmations " ... " The Present Moment: 365 Daily Affirmations " ... " The Times of Our Lives: Extraordinary True Stories of Synchronicity, Destiny, Meaning, and Purpose " ... " 21 Days to Master Affirmations " ... " Letters to Louise: The Answers Are Within You " ... " Modern-Day Miracles: Miraculous Moments and Extraordinary Stories from People All Over the World Whose Lives Have Been Touched by Louise L. Hay " ... " How to Love Yourself " ... " The Power Is Within You " ... " 101 Ways to Happiness " ..." Meditations To Heal Your Life " ... " You Can Heal Your Life Companion Book " ..." Heal Your Body A-Z " ... " Loving Yourself to Great Health " ... " You Can Heal Your Heart "
Louise Hay (born 1926) is an American motivational author, and the founder of Hay House. She has authored several New Thought self-help books and is best known for her 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life.
Hay recounted her life story in an interview with Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times, stated that she was born in Los Angeles to a poor mother who remarriedLouise's violent stepfather. At 15 she dropped out of high school without a diploma, became pregnant and, on her 16th birthday, gave up her newborn baby girl for adoption. She then recalled she moved to Chicago, where she worked in low-paying jobs. In 1950 she moved on again - to New York. She explained that at this point she changed her name and began a career as a fashion model. She achieved success, working for Bill Blass, Oleg Cassiniand Pauline Trigère. In 1954 she married the English businessman Andrew Hay, but went on to tell how, after 14 years of marriage, she felt devastated when he left her for another woman.
Hay said that about this time she found the First Church of Religious Science on 48th Street, which taught her the transformative power of thought. Hay revealed that here she studied the New Thought works of authors like Florence Scovel Shinn, who claimed that positive thinking could change people’s material circumstances, and the Religious Sciencefounder Ernest Holmes, who taught that positive thinking could heal the body.
By Hay's account, in the early 1970s she became a Religious Science practitioner. In this role she led people in spoken affirmations, which she believes would cure their illnesses, and became popular as a workshop leader. She also recalled how she had studied Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa.
Hay described how in 1977 or 1978 she was diagnosed with "incurable" cervical cancer, and how she came to the conclusion that by holding on to her resentment for her childhood abuse and rape she had contributed to its onset. She reported how she had refused conventional medical treatment, and began a regime of forgiveness, coupled with therapy, nutrition, reflexology and occasional enemas. She claimed in the interview that she rid herself of the cancer by this method, but, while swearing to its truth, declared that there is no doctor left alive who can confirm this story.
In 1976, Hay wrote her first book Heal Your Body, which began as a small pamphlet containing a list of different bodily ailments and their “probable” metaphysical causes.
Around the same time she began leading support groups for people living with H.I.V. or AIDS which she called "Hay Rides", Her work with AIDS patients drew fame and she was invited to appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Donahue” in the same week, in March 1988. Following this, You Can Heal Your Life immediately landed on the New York Times best-seller list. More than 50 million copies sold around the world in over 30 languages and it also has been made into a movie. You Can Heal Your Life is also included in the book 50 Self-Help Classics for being significant in its field. In 1984, Louise Hay established Hay House Publishing Firm.