You can heal your life
louise hay

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May this offering help you find the place within where you know your own self-worth, the part of you that is pure love and self-acceptance.


I acknowledge with joy and pleasure:

  • My many students and clients who taught me so much and who first encouraged me to put my ideas down on paper.
  • My dedicated staff at Hay House, who share my dream of disseminating books, audios, and videos that help to heal the planet spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
  • MY wonderful readers and listeners, who have shown their loving support for my work and who continue to be a source of inspiration for me.
  • All those whose hearts are opening more and more each day.
  • My dear friends throughout the world, who surround me with unconditional love, laughter, and just plain fun!


Part I: Introduction
Suggestions to My Readers
Some Points of My Philosophy
Chapter 1: What I Believe

Part II: A Session with Louise
Chapter 2: What Is the Problem?
Chapter 3: Where Does It Come From?
Chapter 4: Is It True?
Chapter 5: What Do We Do Now?
Chapter 6: Resistance to Change
Chapter 7: How to Change
Chapter 8: Building the New
Chapter 9: Daily Work

Part III: Putting These Ideas to Work
Chapter 10: Relationships
Chapter 11: Work
Chapter 12: Success
Chapter 13: Prosperity
Chapter 14: The Body
Chapter 15: The List

Part IV: Conclusion
Chapter 16: My Story
Deep at the Center

Holistic Healing Recommendations
Self-Help Resources
Also by Louise L. Hay
About Louise L. Hay


f I were cast away on a desert island and could have only onebook with me there, I might well choose Louise L. Hay’s You CanHeal Your Life.

Not only is it the essence of a great teacher, it is also the powerfuland very personal statement of a great lady.

Louise shares some of her journey to where she is in her evolve-ment now in this wonderful new book. I resonated in admirationand in compassion to her story — too briefly sketched here, in myview, but perhaps that’s another book.

It’s all here, is my point. All you need to know about life, its les-sons and how to do the work on yourself is right here. And thisincludes Louise’s reference guide to probable mental patterns behinddis-ease, which is truly remarkable and unique — in my experience.A person on a desert island who found this manuscript in a bottlecould learn all he or she needs to know to make this life be the onethat gets the job done.

Desert island or not, if you have found your way to Louise Hay,perhaps even “accidentally,” you’re well on your way. Louise’s books,her remarkable healing tapes, and her inspired workshops are won-derful gifts to a troubled world.

It was my own deep investment in working with persons with aids that led me to meeting Louise and utilizing concepts from herhealing work.

Each aids person I worked with and for whom I played Louise’stape, A Positive Approach to AIDS, got Louise’s message on the first hearing — and many made playing this tape part of their daily heal-ing ritual. One man named Andrew told me, “I go to bed withLouise, and I get up to her every day!”

My respect and love for Louise grew as I observed my beloved aids people make their transitions enriched and at peace and com-plete — more full of love and forgiveness for themselves and every-one else for having had Louise in their lives — and with a quietrespect for having created that precise learning experience.

I have been gifted in my life with many great teachers, some of themsaints, I’m sure, and even avatars, perhaps. Yet Louise is a greatteacher one can speak with and be with because of her enormouscapacity to listen and to be in unconditional love while sharingdoing the dishes. (In the same way another teacher I hold as greatmakes terrific potato salad.) Louise teaches by example and liveswhat she teaches.

I am deeply honored to invite you to make this book part of yourlife. You — and it — are worth it!


Part I: Introduction

Suggestions to My Readers

I have written this book to share with you, my readers, that whichI know and teach. It incorporates portions of my little blue book,Heal Your Body,which has become widely accepted as an authorita-tive work on the mental patterns that create dis-eases in the body.I have had hundreds of letters from readers asking me to sharemore of my information. Many persons who have worked with meas private clients, and those who have taken my workshops here andabroad, have requested I take the time to write this book.I have set up this book to take you through a session, just as Iwould if you came to me as a private client and attended one of myworkshops.If you will do the exercises progressively as they appear in thebook, by the time you have finished, you will have begun to changeyour life.I suggest you read through the book once. Then slowly read itagain, only this time do each exercise in depth. Give yourself time towork with each one.If you can, work through the exercises with a friend or with amember of your family.Each chapter opens with an affirmation. Each of these is good touse when you are working on that area of your life. Take two or threedays to study and work with each chapter. Keep saying and writingthe affirmation that opens the chapter.

The chapters close with a treatment. This is a flow of positiveideas designed to change consciousness. Read over this treatmentseveral times a day.I close this book by sharing with you my own story. I know it willshow you that no matter where we have come from or how lowly itwas, we can totally change our lives for the better.Know that when you work with these ideas, my loving support iswith you.

Some Points of My Philosophy

We are each responsible for all of our experiences.Every thought we think is creating our future.The point of power is always in the present moment.Everyone suffers from self-hatred and guilt.The bottom line for everyone is,“I’m not good enough.”It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed.We create every so-called illness in our body.Resentment, criticism, and guilt are the most damaging patterns.Releasing resentment will dissolve even cancer.We must release the past and forgive everyone.We must be willing to begin to learn to love ourselves.Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the keys to positive changes.When we really love ourselves, everything in our life works

In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete, and yet life is ever changing. There is no beginning and no end, only a constant cycling and recycling of substance and experiences. Life is never stuck or static or stale, for each moment is ever new and fresh. I am one with the very Power that created me, and this Power has given me the power to create my own circumstances. I rejoice in the knowledge that I have the power of my own mind to use in any way I choose. Every moment of life is a new beginning point as we move from the old. This moment is a new point of beginning for me right here and right now. All is well in my world.

Chapter 1: What I Believe

"The gateways to wisdom and knowledge are always open."

Life Is Really Very Simple, What We Give Out, We Get Back

What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believethat everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in ourlives, the best and the worst. Every thought we think is creating ourfuture. Each one of us creates our experiences by our thoughts andour feelings. The thoughts we think and the words we speak createour experiences.