Louise Hay

An inspiring story of recovery.

Pain comes in so many different forms. Often people try to hide from it, hoping that it will go away or that they can cover it up with medication. But ignoring your body just makes it try harder to get your attention—your body is asking for your help.

In order to heal the thoughts and beliefs that are the true source of the pain, you must face your pain head-on. One way to deal with it is to change your perception of the situation; simply do not give in to it! For example, instead of focusing on the fact that your wrist hurts, try referring to your wrist as having a lot of sensation. This can help you get through the unpleasant experience and allow you to focus on healing your mind and soul. Healing the pain will then follow.

I hope you find inspiration in the following story of recovery:

Pain Has Gone “Back to Nowhere”
by Gail, business owner, Canada

Louise L. Hay has touched my life in many subtle ways. I first discovered her more than a decade ago and was then led to other Hay House authors, all of whom inspired me greatly. A couple of years back, I really needed that inspiration. I was going through a divorce at age 40, after being worn down by a critical husband who verbally abused me until I had no self-esteem left. I’d developed arthritis that was so bad I could hardly walk, and I hurt everywhere. He decided to leave me because I was “sick and lazy.” We had three young children and a company we ran together. (Adding insult to injury, he left me for a 22-year-old whom I’d hired to help out for the summer.) I felt as if I’d hit bottom and my world had been shattered.

I was on five medications for the arthritis, and I slowly did feel some relief. Louise’s books and CDs were such a comfort during this time, helping me pull myself together. I decided to find out exactly why all of this had happened to me, and to see the blessing in my situation. It wasn’t long before I realized that my marriage had been causing me to tell myself, I cannot stand this anymore. As Louise says, be careful with your words! My body ended up obeying me, and the arthritis started in my feet. But after I began applying her teachings, it was as if the healing floodgates opened.

Soon I was feeling so much better that I asked my doctor if I could reduce my medication. He said absolutely not. I then attended my first I Can Do It! Conference (I’ve since been to four more) in Las Vegas in 2005. I brought a good friend and had an amazing time. On the flight home, I remembered Louise’s words: “It came from nowhere, so send it back to nowhere.” That’s where I’d send my arthritis—back to nowhere. I no longer needed it. Within a couple months, I had weaned myself off all of my medication and told my doctor, “Thanks for the help, and good-bye.” Now when I get an ache or a pain, I’m not afraid; I simply ask myself what’s going on in my life that I need to deal with. I rely on my body to tell me, and it always does.

My life is great now. I’m happily divorced; the man who’d treated me so poorly turned into the best ex-husband I could ask for. We still work together every day, and are raising our children together with no quarrels. I’m now engaged to a new love (it’s amazing how life treats me better now that I’ve learned to treat myself better, thanks to Louise). And the best part is that I’ve brought my own daughter Marissa, now 14, to see Louise twice. She loves Louise and Hay House as much as I do.

Louise, thanks for all your love and help, and for bringing so many wonderful authors together for the world to enjoy.

Excerpted from Modern-Day Miracles by Louise L. Hay and Friends. Copyright © 2010 (Hay House).

Louise Hay, the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide. For more than 30 years, she has helped people throughout the world discover and implement the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and many other TV and radio programs both in the U.S. and abroad.