Louise Hay

Louise Hay


Louise Hay (born 1926) is an American motivational author, and the founder of Hay House. She has authored  many self-help books including Empowering Women and  You Can Heal Your Life.

When Louise was about 5, she was raped by a neighbor. At 15 she dropped out of high school without a diploma, became pregnant and, on her 16th birthday, gave up her newborn baby girl for adoption. She then moved to Chicago, where she worked in low-paying jobs. In 1950 she moved on again – to New York. At this point she changed her name and began a career as a fashion model. She achieved success. In 1954 she married the English businessman Andrew Hay, after 14 years of marriage, she felt devastated when he left her for another woman.

About this time she found the First Church of Religious Science which taught her the transformative power of thought.  In 1977  she was diagnosed with “incurable” cervical cancer, and  she came to the conclusion that by holding on to her resentment for her childhood abuse and rape she had contributed to its onset. She refused conventional medical treatment, and began a regime of forgiveness, coupled with therapy, nutrition, reflexology and occasional enemas.  Read more

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