Authors & Thought Leaders

Honoring Louise Hay (1926–2017)

Published on August 31, 2017

Article by Bodhi Tree

It is with sadness, and deep appreciation for the legacy she left that we honor the transition of our friend Louise Hay, one of the greatest metaphysical authors and teachers of our time, who passed peacefully in her sleep August 30 at the age of 90. Since the mid-1980s, our shelves have carried many of her books as well as other Hay House authors whose books she published, including Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Joan Borysenko and Esther and Jerry Hicks, among others. Her public affirmation to us in her blog when the Bodhi Tree Bookstore closed in 2012 was: “Let’s affirm: I look to the future with excitement and anticipation.”

That is the essence of the woman The New York Times dubbed “The Queen of the New Age.” Her healing techniques and teachings on the power of positive affirmations began in 1976, when she was 50 and wrote her first book, a small pamphlet called Heal Your Body, affectionately known as “the little blue book.” Bodhi Tree was an early believer in this book and its teachings, long before the mind-body connection was a popular concept. That reference guide detailing the mental causes of physical ailments, with positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health, was expanded into You Can Heal Your Life, which eventually was published in 33 countries and has sold more than 50 million copies.

Louise Hay’s Commitment to Worthy Causes

In 1985, Hay began The Hayride, a small support group with six men diagnosed with AIDS, and three years later, the group had grown to a weekly gathering of 800 people and moved to an auditorium in West Hollywood. It was during this time that she wrote The AIDS Book: Creating a Positive Approach, based on her experiences with this group. She also established The Hay Foundation, a nonprofit organization that encourages and financially supports diverse organizations that supply food, shelter, counseling, hospice care and money to those with AIDS, battered women and other crises.

Upon her passing, Reid Tracy, the president and CEO of Hay House, Inc., had this to say: “Meeting Louise changed the direction of my life. Her passion for serving others translated into everything she did. Simply by working alongside her, an analytical accountant like me transformed into someone who became aware of the power of affirmations and self-love. Being able to learn from her has been one of my life’s greatest blessings. The beauty of Louise was that you didn’t have to work alongside her to learn from her, you felt like you were there with her with every word you read or heard.”

She Touched The Lives of So Many

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Louise Hay helped to save the lives of millions of people with serious health challenges. More than being a big number, each one of those people was an individual, with friends and family—joyous that their beloved was alive.

Published on: August 31, 2017

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