Louise Hay is a popular metaphysical teacher and author. I bought her first book, Heal Your Body in the late 1970’s. That little blue booklet had a chart of the beliefs people use to create bodily and mental distress or dis-ease, along with affirmations of new beliefs to create health. In You Can Heal Your Life, the chart was expanded and some items amended.
I attended one of her early workshops, the first time I had seen someone model unconditional love and compassion. She showered these equally on gay men with AIDS and the rest of the audience. In contrast to the judgements of fear-ridden America of the 80’s, she lovingly and publicly embraced all people who were suffering, shunned or reaching for understanding.
The power of love and forgiveness didn’t use to be scientific subjects. Metaphysics means beyond physics, or beyond our understanding of physical phenomena. As physics and science has encompassed more than ever imagined, what used to be considered meta or beyond physics, is now sometimes considered within the bounds of science. Research about brain learning processes,¹ and neuroplasticity suggests that we can change our beliefs and change our brain. So, you can heal your life. Many of Louise’s insights are explained by recent research in neuroscience. She said, “Life is really very simple. What we give out, we get back. What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us.”
Our capacity for self-transformation is echoed by articles, books and research ranging from Dr. Norman Doidge², Joan Borysenko, Jon Kabat-Zinn³, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Daniel Amen. It can mean the end of depression, despair and helplessness and the beginning of empowerment. Loving yourself is the balm to all wounds. I have found this to be true over and over, in my life, and with clients in my massage practice.