Louise L Hay: Att älska oss själva

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Hay recounted her life story in an interview with Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times in May 2008.[1] In it Hay stated that she was born in Los Angeles to a poor mother who married Louise’s violent stepfather.

When she was about 5, she was raped by a neighbor. At 15 she dropped out of high school without a diploma, became pregnant and, on her 16th birthday, gave up her newborn baby girl for adoption. She moved to Chicago, where she worked in menial jobs and in 1950 moved on to New York. At this point she changed her name and began a career as a fashion model.

She was successful at this, working for Bill Blass, Oleg Cassini and Pauline Trigère. In 1954 she married the English businessman Andrew Hay but after 14 years of marriage was devastated when Andrew Hay left her for another woman. Hay said that she found the First Church of Religious Science on 48th Street, that taught the transformative power of thought.

Hay revealed that here she studied the metaphysical works of authors like Florence Scovel Shinn, who said that positive thinking could change people’s material circumstances, and the Religious Science founder Ernest Holmes, who taught that positive thinking could heal the body. In the early 1970s Hay became a Religious Science practitioner. In this role she lead people in spoken ”affirmations” meant to cure their illnesses. She became popular as a workshop leader.

She studied Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at his university in Fairfield, Iowa.

Hay recounted that in 1977 or 1978 she found she had cervical cancer, and she concluded that its cause was her unwillingness to let go of resentment over her childhood abuse and rape. She refused medical treatment, and began a regimen of forgiveness, therapy, nutrition, reflexology and occasional enemas, and claims she rid herself of the cancer.

She declared that there is no doctor left who can confirm this story, but swore that it is true.[1]

In 1976, Hay wrote a small pamphlet, which came to be called ”Heal Your Body”. It contained a list of different bodily ailments and their ”probable” metaphysical causes.[1] This pamphlet was enlarged and extended into her book You Can Heal Your Life , published in 1984 [2] As of February 2008, it is still on New York Times best sellers list.[3]

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