Louise Hay

Louise Hay also comes from a background of the Church of Religious Science. Through her healing techniques and positive philosophy, millions have learned how to create more of what they want in their lives, including more wellness in their bodies, minds and spirits.

Her childhood was unstable and impoverished, and her teen years were marked by abuse. Louise 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 counselling clients.

After several years, she 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, also known as "the little blue book."

She began travelling throughout the United States, lecturing and facilitating workshops on loving ourselves and healing our lives.

Louise was able to put her philosophies into practice when she was diagnosed with cancer. She considered the alternatives to surgery and drugs and utilised affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, alternative treatments such as reflexology and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer.

In 1984, her new book, You Can Heal Your Life, was published. In it, Louise explains how our beliefs and ideas about ourselves are often the cause of our emotional problems and physical ailments and how, by using certain tools, we can change our thinking and our lives for the better. You Can Heal Your Life reached the New York Times best-seller list and remained on it for 12 consecutive weeks.

In 1985, Louise began her famous support group, "The Hayride," with six men diagnosed with AIDS. By 1988, the group had grown to a weekly gathering of 800 people and had moved to an auditorium in Santa Monica.  It was during this time that she wrote The AIDS Book: Creating a Positive Approach.
 
Louise started  Hay House, a successful publishing company as a small venture in the living room of her home.  It has now turned into a prosperous corporation. She recently made a film and continues to tour and lecture with the “I Can Do It!” conferences.