"In my life there is an infinite supply
of love. It is inexhaustible. I can
never use it all in this lifetime so I
don't have to be sparing with it."
Self-help pioneer Louise Hay first gained national prominence during the AIDS epidemic. In 1980, Hay returned to her native Los Angeles after 30 years in New York to offer counseling on how positive thought could improve physical well-being. Hay was asked to create a support group for gay men with AIDS. What began with a handful of men saying personal affirmations and singing in Hay's home quickly grew to 850 people every Wednesday night in a West Hollywood gymnasium. Whenever a mother of one of the men came to one of the "Hay Rides," she received a standing ovation. Publicity about the "Hay Rides" propelled her book, You Can Heal Your Life, onto the New York Times best seller list in 1988. Back on the best seller list 20 years later in 2008, the book has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and been translated into 37 languages. Hay's first book, Heal Your Body, was first published in 1976. Since then, it has been published in 33 different countries and 25 languages. Hay's healing techniques, affirmations and positive thinking have inspired millions and improved their lives.
Raped by a neighbor at five and a pregnant high school dropout at 15, Louise Hay fled her Southern California home for New York where she became a runway model and eventually married a wealthy businessman. After 14 years, the marriage collapsed. A friend invited Hay to a meeting at the First Church of Religious Science. The friend never showed up but Hay went inside anyway. "If you're willing to change your thinking, you can change your life", a speaker said. Hay did. She began speaking at the church, researching the power of mind over matter, studying meditation and counseling clients on how to heal their lives and love themselves. She compiled a list of the mental causes of physical ailments, the basis for Heal Your Body.
Diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1977, she took her own advice and fought the disease with positive thought, nutrition and meditation. Within six months, the cancer was gone. Hay argues that emotional problems and illnesses often stem from how a person views himself or herself. Changing that perception changes a life for the better, Hay says. Determined to tell her story her way, Hay published You Can Heal Your Life herself. It became the first offering of Hay House, now an international company that generates more than $100 million in annual revenue and publishes a number of major self-help authors. Profits of Hay House South Africa are given to the 800,000 children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in that country. Hay also created the Hay Foundation, a non-profit that supports numerous groups including ones promoting organics, prison reform, animal welfare and protecting battered women and persons with AIDS. She claims to be retired but, if so, she's a very busy retiree.
Louise Hay has been called "The Queen of the New Age" for her pioneering work that elevated individual awareness of the body/mind connection. She is a wellspring of love, hope and spirit. She has inspired people all over the world with her writing and healing messages. In her eighth decade of life, Louise Hay is an active, energetic and charismatic woman; clearly a goddess in the image of Minerva.