by Jessica Kirby
Louise Hay has broken through social and spiritual boundaries to found the greatest movement humankind has witnessed in the past century—the evolution and acceptance of self-love, self-help, and spiritual awakening. In the 70s, Hay released her best-selling book Heal Your Body in an era where the mind-body connection was still a fledgling concept in the West. Over the years, Hay has manifested happiness, healing, and spiritual health, inspiring millions of people to create more of what they want in their lives.
Perhaps her passion and reach were born in Louise’s own humble and tormented upbringing. She was born October 8, 1926 in Los Angeles, California and raised through an unstable childhood wrought with abuse, poverty, and chaos. She worked as a model in the 40s and married a prominent businessman in 1955. The marriage dissolved 14 years later, but this is when Louise’s own healing journey began.
She began training as a minister at the Church of Religious Science in 1970 and was soon a popular speaker and counsellor. Heal Your Body was her first publication—a pamphlet outlining the mental causes of physical ailments, and how to develop positive thought patterns to reverse ailments and cause good physical health. Her full-time career took off and she began travelling the US with her message and inspiration. Heal Your Body was revised and expanded in the late 80s, translated into 25 different languages, and devoured by people in 33 countries.
In the 80s, Hay responded to a deeper calling to help others by founding the Hay Foundation, a non-profit that encourages and financially supports a number of organizations focused on supplying food, shelter, counselling, hospice care, and financial assistance to people in need.
The 80s were a decade of great accomplishment for Hay. She published You Can Heal Your Life and started her famous support group The Hayride, in support of HIV/AIDS patients and their families. Hay House publishing company was born in 1988 and in 1990, You Can Heal Your Life became a New York Times best seller, later going on to sell over 35 million copies.
In the early 2000s, Hay House opened offices in, Australia, Canada, England, and South Africa, and Hay House radio broadcasted its first episode in 2005.
Over the next decade, Hay published several titles including I Can Do It: How to Use Affirmations to Change Your Life, Experience Your Good Now, Colours & Numbers, Modern Day Miracles, Love Your Body, You Can Create an Exceptional Life, and You Can Trust your Life.
She was dubbed The Queen of the New Age in a 2008 article by The New York Times, and won the Minerva Award for women role models, leaders, and visionaries that same year. One year later she released her film: You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie and launched a self-publishing imprint Balboa Press.
Just two years ago, the inaugural Hay House World Summit shared Louise’s and other Grand Teachers’ lessons to more than two million people worldwide, and Louise’s Meditation Affirmation app was released and reached 100,000 people in just nine months.
More important than her brick and mortar accomplishments, Louise Hay has touched millions upon millions of lives, inspiring self-love and love for others, personal victory, spiritual prowess, and the confidence to achieve mind-body-spirit connection. She has brought support and guidance to the suffering, given spiritual authors a forum from which to launch their careers, and created a passionate, wholesome sense of connection throughout the world that resonates with humankind’s deepest spiritual instincts.
This October 8, Louise Hay turned 89 years old. “Treasure each year of your life,” she said just days before her birthday. “I choose to see my life moving in different directions, all of them equally good. Some things are even better now than the way they were in my youth. My younger years were filled with fear; my todays are filled with confidence … I want to help you create a conscious idea of your later years, to help you realize that these can be the most rewarding years of your life. Know that your future is always bright, no matter what your age. See your later years becoming your treasure years.”
We at All One Era magazine would like to extend Louise Hay our deepest gratitude for her years of service to and support of the world’s spiritual beauty and wish her a very happy birthday with many more to come.
written by Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of All One Era magazine