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Remembering Louise Hay

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Dubbed “the closest thing to a living saint” by the Australian media, Louise Hay was known as one of the founders of the self-help movement.


Louise’s journey and personal philosophy were forged from her tormented upbringing. Her childhood was unstable and impoverished, and her teen years were marked by abuse. She ran away from home and ended up in New York City, where she became a model and married a prosperous businessman. Although it appeared that her life had turned around, it was not until the marriage ended 14 years later that her healing really began.


Louise started what would become her life’s work in New York City in 1970. She attended meetings at the Church of Religious Science and began training in the ministerial program. She became a popular speaker at the church, and soon found herself counseling clients. This work quickly blossomed into a full-time career. After several years, Louise compiled a reference guide detailing the mental causes of physical ailments, and developed positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health. This compilation was the basis for Heal Your Body, her first book. Published in 1976, long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body, this best-selling book - and her subsequent book, You Can Heal Your Life, introduced Louise’s concepts to people in more than 30 countries and has been translated into over 25 languages throughout the world. (You Can Heal Your Life has now sold over 50 million copies.)


In 1987, what began as a small venture in the living room of her home turned into Hay House, Inc., a highly successful publishing company that has sold millions of books and products worldwide and now has offices in California, New York, London, Sydney, Johannesburg, and New Delhi. Hay House's 130+ authors include many notables in the self-help movement, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Joan Borysenko, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Doreen Virtue and Abraham/Hicks.

Louise transitioned on August 30, 2017, at the age of 90, in San Diego, California.


“Meeting Louise changed the direction of my life.” “Her passion for serving others translated into everything she did. Simply by working alongside her, an analytical accountant like me transformed into someone who became aware of the power of affirmations and self-love. Being able to learn from her has been one of my life’s greatest blessings. The beauty of Louise was that you didn’t have to work alongside her to learn from her, you felt like you were there with her with every word you read or heard.”

- Reid Tracy, President and CEO of Hay House, Inc.

Thank you, Louise, for being a pioneer, leader, teacher and mentor to so many of us.

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