The First Time I Read Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life” I didn’t Like It!

The first time I read Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life” I didn’t like it!

I disliked it intensely and quite vociferously for many years.

You Can Heal Your Life Louise L Hay

How could I dislike something which later became one of the cornerstones of my own “What Your Body Wants To Hear” work?  Those of you who have followed my work or heard my interview “Your Body Is Not Your Enemy” on Soul Searching Radio know that I greatly value this hugely famous best seller nowadays. Many of my fellow therapists and friends refer to it as “the bible” and all my healing meditations are based on the theories found in it.

Let me explain my turnaround.

When I first read “You Can Heal Your Life” I was already working as an Emotional Freedom Technique pracitioner. That led me to look for and clear the emotional traumas which always underly a physical or emotional symptom or psychological block.  We worked with the subconsious mind and the energy system to clear these completely and only then introduced positive statements or affirmations.

Many of the people who come to E.F.T. practitioners are already beaten down by feelings of failure. Some have even been abandoned by conventional medicine and come to us a last resort. So when I saw a book which told people to repeat a positive statement over and over and over and expect to get results without first addressing the underlying emotional causes of their problem, I saw it as an opportunity for these vulnerable people to fail yet again. That was why I disliked it.

However, the theory and probable emotional cause of physical symptoms listed in “You Can Heal Your Life” have always been spot on!  I have never had a symptom or known anyone else to have a symptom for which the emotional explanation in that book has been incorrect. Never! Not once!  I even had a friend who worked as a nurse in numerous hospitals who said the same. She’d never come across a patient who, upon getting to know them better, was not exhibiting symptoms which correlated perfectly with their emotional state. Never! Not once!

The main cause of my dislike for this book was the frustration of knowing that if it was combined with E.F.T. tapping or some other Meridian Energy Therapy it would be pure gold. And it is!  I was delighted when Louise discovered and championed E.F.T. She too recgonised the amazing healing power of putting her theory and E.F.T together.

My own “What Your Body Wants To Hear” series of healing meditations uses releasing statements, empowering questions then positive affirmations in sequence. Like “You Can Heal Your Life” it  is made even more powerful by tapping along to the audios or scripts.

If you are new to the idea that your emotions create your physical pain it can feel very strange at first.  Many people struggle against the idea that they have created their pain and that they can heal it. It can be a tough and sometimes lonely journey until you find your tribe. In the meantime “You Can Heal Your Life” can bring you a great deal of clarity, hope and support.  It’s still sitting by my side all these years later.  You can find it at Hay House Publishing via the link below.

With Love,





2 thoughts on “The First Time I Read Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life” I didn’t Like It!

  • March 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I felt the same way about Louise’s book too, Barbara, the first time I read it. But then, years later, you reminded me of what a great book it is. So I read it a second time and loved it. 🙂


    • March 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      🙂 Thank you, John. We’ve always shared so many parallels and “coincidences” along the way.


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