Hay House] Our beloved friend and founder Louise Hay transitioned this morning, August 30, 2017 of natural causes at age 90. She passed peacefully in her sleep.
Louise was an incredible visionary and advocate. Everyone who had the
privilege to meet her, either in person or through her words, felt her
passion for serving others.
Considered a founder of the self-help movement, Louise was dubbed
“the closest thing to a living saint.” She published her first book, Heal Your Body, in 1976 (at age 50) long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body.
Louise started what would become her life’s work in New York City in
1970. She began attending meetings at the Church of Religious Science
and then entered a 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, also known affectionately as “the little blue book.”
Louise was able to put her philosophies into practice when she was
diagnosed with cancer. She considered the alternatives to surgery and
drugs, and instead developed an intensive program of affirmations,
visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six
months, she was completely healed of cancer.
In 1980, Louise began putting her workshop methods on paper. In 1984, her second book, You Can Heal Your Life,
was published. In it, Louise explained how our beliefs and ideas about
ourselves are often the cause of our emotional problems and physical
maladies and how, by using certain tools, we can change our thinking and
our lives for the better.
You Can Heal Your Life became a New York Times bestseller and spent 16 weeks on the list. More than 50 million copies of You Can Heal Your Life have been sold throughout the world.
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 West
Hollywood. Once again, Louise had started a movement of love and support
long before people began to wear red ribbons on their lapels.
In 1987, what began as a small venture in the living room of her home
turned into Hay House, Inc.: a 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. Read More