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Louise Hay

A classic of self-realization with practical and spiritual advice for emotional and physical problems

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'You Can Heal Your Life' by Louise Hay is a self-help book that encourages readers to improve their mental and physical health by changing their thought patterns. It provides a practical guide to self-love, positive affirmations, and self-healing.

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    We manifest whatever we think.

    The first step in Louise Hay’s transformational self-healing method is to understand that you’re responsible for everything in your life. While this doesn’t mean you’re responsible for, say, your car getting a flat tire, you are responsible for how you feel about it. If you tend to react with self-pity – this always happens to me – perhaps you feel as if you’re walking around in a world full of flat tires and bad luck. This is because each one of your thoughts – the things you’re thinking right now – form your reality.

    Here’s the key message: We manifest whatever we think.

    While this level of omnipotence might feel like a lot of responsibility, don’t worry, because the Universe has your back. The Universe – or the Higher Power or God or whatever you want to call it – supports you in whatever you want to do, helping you manifest whatever you want to achieve. And while it supports you, it never judges you. The Universe basically just gives you whatever you ask for. 

    The problem, however, is that while the Universe doesn’t judge you, you constantly judge yourself. And since your subconscious tends to believe whatever you think about yourself, you probably carry around a pretty negative self-image. Familiar thoughts like, I’m too stupid, too lazy, too short, too tall, are all just a million different ways of saying: I’m not good enough.

    This isn’t your fault. You picked up these ideas when you were little – from careless adults who made offhand remarks, which got buried deep in your heart. Then, as you grew older, you continued to carry these beliefs around, which is why they continue to manifest themselves. Because you manifest what you think.

    According to Hay’s method, healing begins by changing your attitude toward the past. And you can do this by practicing forgiveness – forgiveness of all those people that hurt you, all those adults that made offhanded comments. And let’s not forget your parents, because even if they were the worst parents ever, carrying around that anger only bogs you down. Forgiveness, in contrast, allows you to drop that burdensome anger, freeing yourself to take responsibility for your own happiness.

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    What is You Can Heal Your Life about?

    You Can Heal Your Life (1984) is a classic of self-realization and healing. With over 39 million copies in print, this book combines practical and spiritual advice to help you overcome both emotional and physical problems, transforming your life forever.

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    You Can Heal Your Life (1984) is a transformative book that empowers readers to take control of their physical and emotional well-being. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It presents a holistic approach to healing, offering practical techniques and affirmations to overcome physical and emotional challenges.
    • With its inspiring personal stories and insightful exercises, the book encourages readers to explore their self-limiting beliefs and create positive change.
    • The author's emphasis on self-love and self-acceptance fosters a sense of empowerment, making the journey to healing engaging and enlightening.

    Best quote from You Can Heal Your Life

    What you are now choosing to believe and think and say will create the next moment and the next day and the next month and the next year.

    —Louise Hay
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    Who should read You Can Heal Your Life?

    • Self-help fans 
    • Those struggling to process childhood trauma
    • Anyone interested in alternative medicine

    About the Author

    Louise Hay was a motivational author, speaker, and publisher. Connected to both the New Thought and Religious Science movements, Hay also studied with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After being diagnosed with cervical cancer, she was motivated to pursue the Science of Mind and spiritual cleansing, going on to become a best-selling author and motivational guru.

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    The main message of You Can Heal Your Life is that our thoughts and beliefs create our reality and we have the power to heal ourselves.

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    You Can Heal Your Life is a valuable read for anyone looking to improve their mindset and overall well-being. It provides practical techniques and inspiring stories to help transform your life.

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