Love is the greatest healing power I know. Love can heal even the deepest and most painful memories because love brings the light of understanding to the darkest corners of our hearts and minds. – Louise Hay
As Texas reeled from the impact of Hurricane Harvey and torrential rains continued to pour from the sky to flood the saturated ground, miles away under sunny California skies another force of nature, Louise Hay, spiritual pioneer and founder of Hay House, peacefully passed away in her sleep.
The two events will be forever linked in my mind – and not just because they happened in the same week. As strange as it seems, Harvey and Louise have something in common. Both powerful forces, they had a tremendous impact on everything they touched. Both caused a shift in thinking that encouraged millions to tap into their personal reservoirs of bravery, hope, resilience, and love.
Louise dedicated her life to raising the consciousness of the planet – starting with a small, self-published pamphlet entitled Heal Your Body, which highlighted the healing power of positive affirmation, self-acceptance, love, and forgiveness.
In 1985, Louise became an advocate for the AIDS movement, hosting a small support group for AIDS victims, in her own living room, she shared hugs, support, and acceptance at a time when those suffering from the disease felt alienated and stigmatized.
Louise founded Hay House in 1984 as a way to publish and distribute her own message – but she didn’t stop there! Her own books and teachings established Louise as a leader in the transformational movement – and more authors were drawn to Hay House to share their own messages. Hundreds of beautiful books and countless transformations later – Louise’s legacy carries on.
I’ve been honored to know the beautiful spirit that is Louise Hay – to be a part of Hay House, sharing my own messages of love, oneness, and connection through my radio show, books, events and online courses.
I hope you’ll gain inspiration from Louise’s life. What was the “secret ingredient” that allowed a small pamphlet and some weekend support meetings to blossom into a spiritual institution? Is there something you could do, no matter how small, to start your own ripple effect of love, healing and compassion?
As I watch police, firemen and Red Cross workers joined by “regular people” with boats, tools, and kind hearts, and as I see the contributions large and small pour into Texas, I think of this quote from Louise:
Be willing to take the first step, no matter how small it is. Concentrate on the fact that you are willing to learn. Absolute miracles will happen. – Louise Hay