Louise Hay
You Can Heal Your Life

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

Pro: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay has a great reference section: 61 pages of health problems, their emotional cause and affirmations to shift your thought patterns. The book is well organized as if you were in a spiritual counseling session with the author.

Con: To implement the book’s techniques, it takes a daring reader that is willing to look in the mirror and say: “I love myself!”


Louise Hay is a Science of Mind Minister who is known for her promotion of affirmations. You Can Heal Your Life is the most comprehensive and convincing work I have found on affirmations. She asserts that all of our struggles in life boil down to not loving ourselves. The book is well organized to take the reader through a typical spiritual counseling session similar to what you would receive if you met with her. She has filled the book with practical exercises aiming at discovering who we are and why we take issue with ourselves.

The section on resistance to change especially resonated with me. It is great to read an author who recognizes that people instinctively resist change. So many motivational authors speak as if change is easy. The real work of change is quickly brushed over. Hay recognizes that consciously overcoming our resistance is essential to lasting change. She is a big advocate of “mirror work.” Saying your affirmations into a mirror can be surprisingly uncomfortable at first. Ahhh, but that is why we need to do it. If we are uncomfortable telling ourselves that we are willing to change or that we love and approve of who we are, those areas are ones that need work. It is a quick way to determine where you are at in your beliefs about yourself.

Toward the back-half of the book she has a reference section for healing physical ailments. In a chart, Hay has alphabetically listed over 61 pages of physical ailments. For each, she gives the probable cause and an affirmation to say to heal the ailment. When I wake up with an ache here or there, I always check out Hay’s opinion of what is going on emotionally in my life.

It is a perfect starting point to connect the body to the mind and get at the root cause of each physical manifestation. I would recommend the book just for those 61 pages alone.

She ends the book with her life story which is an inspiring testament to the power of positive thinking.

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