This book is the first entry for my resources section for two reasons:
- I felt a strong need to write about it this morning, despite a major headache.
- It’s the first book I read that got me thinking, “maybe I’ve been doing this whole life thing wrong?”
It was about ten years ago when I was first introduced to this book. At the time I was all about partying. I was drinking a lot (among other things) and hanging out with people who did as well. I was basically on a mission to have a good time, all the time.
I dreamed of having lot’s of money so I could buy stuff – shoes, purses, clothes, make-up, bar tabs. I was all about feeding that part of me that didn’t feel good enough.
Anyways, I was in Vancouver at a long time friends brother’s house. We were chatting about life etc, and he mentioned this book. He told me something along the lines of how it really changes how you look at yourself and view your life. I remember thinking, “well I’ll give the book a try, but not the green drink he served me, cause it’s f***ing disgusting.” (That version of me would be shocked at the healthy concoctions I chug back today!)
At some point that weekend, the very same person who offered up this book told me I was pretty, but that I’d be prettier with a nose job. Wild right? Today, I think it’s pretty amazing that the person who offered up a book that is all about loving who you are would tell me I should change who I am. In some strange way, it was absolute perfection.
Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life is not an easy book to digest, mostly because it’s about learning to change the pessimistic views we have about ourselves and our lives. It’s not for everyone, because not everyone is willing to go to that vulnerable place, where they face the shit they have been running from.
Some people will make fun of the affirmations: looking in the mirror and saying things that are based in love instead of fear is really f***ing tough to do. You might even feel inclined to dismiss it as hippy, patchouli-wearing crap. I know I did in the beginning.
But know this: it takes extreme courage to do this kind of work. You might laugh, you might cry, or you might get really pissed off, like I did. Any intense reaction can be chalked up to the fact that this work needs to be done, and you’re making progress.
If you are sick and tired (literally) of how your life is going, and don’t know how to be happy, this book is a fantastic place to start.