Happy Birthday Louise Hay
On October 8th, Louise Hay will turn 90 years of age and I wanted to in some way thank her for the years of dedication she has bestowed to the world through her motivational self- help books, tapes, movies and of course founding Hay House Publishing in 1984.
For me, Louise Hay is the epitome of how you can live a full and happy life, despite having bad things happen to you.
Louise’s mother married a violent man who abused Louise and her mother. When Louise was five she was raped by a neighbour and at the age of fifteen she dropped out of high school, became pregnant and on her 16th birthday gave up her baby girl for adoption.
She moved to New York and became a fashion model and married a man who 14 years later left her for another woman.
It was at this time in her life that she found the First Church of Religious Science and learned that the power of thought was powerful. Louise soon became a Religious Science practitioner and led people in affirmations and positive thinking which she believed could heal the body mind.
Testing this theory became real when Louise was diagnosed in 1977 with ‘incurable’ cervical cancer. Louise realized that she had been holding on to her resentment for her childhood abuse and rape for years and that this had contributed to her cancer. She refused conventional treatment and began a regime of forgiveness, affirmations and natural therapies which eventually rid her body of cancer.
In 1976 Louise wrote a powerful little book called Heal Your Body which listed different body ailments and their ‘probable’ metaphysical causes. This small book was then made in to her best selling book You Can Heal Your Life which is a permanent fixture on my bedside table. If you’ve never seen the movie You Can Heal Your Life be sure to check it out, it’s life changing.
Louise continued helping people and created support groups back in the eighties called the “Hay Rides” for people living with HIV or AIDS.
She has in my opinion brought in some of the best authors in the world to join her at Hay House Publishers and feature their work at her I Can Do It conferences around the world.
It has always been a dream of mine to meet Louise and thank her for all the guidance and help she has been to me during my 25 plus years of having a chronic illness.
Through the many authors at Hay House I have learned so much about healing my body mind and because of that I created my own Eat Real Food Online Health Summit so that I could interview and share the most up to date healing techniques on the power of food and the mind body connection, which I was able to share with thousands of listeners from around the world.
I recently received this email from Heather Dane which brought such a smile to my face and it is in part to the wonderful teachings of Louise Hay.
“Hi Shirley, I presented at the Philadelphia I Can Do It this past weekend and two women told me at my book signing that they learned about me from your Eat Real Food Summit. One came all the way from Kenya. They both said how much they love your summit and how grateful they were for it. Just thought I’d let you know because I know how hard you work on them! You are internationally appreciated!” -Heather Dane
Since my ways of sharing my love is through healthy recipes, I created a delicious chia seed pudding in Louise’s honour.
I hope Louise and all of you out there who love Louise as much as I do enjoy this Fall Chia Pudding
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 4 large medjool dates
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tbsp cashew butter (or almond butter)
- 1/4 cup chia seed
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor until smooth
- Pour into 2 small dishes, cover and store in the fridge
Original Recipe by Shirley Plant