When it comes to living a life that excites you, age and history is a non-factor. Louise Hay (the “queen of affirmations”) set a powerful example for everyone through the work she devoted her life to (and she didn’t begin until she was almost 60 years old!). These Louise Hay affirmations are reminders that we can heal our lives, too, and make life on earth nicer for everyone we meet.
“You have the power to heal yourself, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds. Claim and consciously use your power.” — Louise Hay
Louise Hay was a prominent figure in (and is considered to be one of the founders of) the self-help movement. Her positive philosophy encouraged millions to change their lives, with a renewed passion for what’s possible.
Louise’s book, You Can Heal Your Life details positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health in the body, mind, and spirit. She accomplished so much, but I mention this book because it marked the beginning of my healing journey; through its pages, I decided (for the first time in my life) that I actually am powerful enough to change the course of my life.
When Louise began her speaking career in the 1970s, she was way ahead of her time. Her soulful teachings of the mind-body connection were no less life-changing without scientific support—her life became the evidence. Others noticed, and many more became examples of what’s possible when we feel empowered.“It's only a thought, and a thought can be changed.” — Louise Hay Click To Tweet
The joy of Louise’s message is summed up nicely on her website:
Louise Hay dedicated her life to teaching people how to life a positive and empowered life, often with the aid of positive statements and beliefs, which she called affirmations. Louise taught that your point of power is always in the present moment, where you plant the mental seeds for creating new experiences. You’re never stuck, for you can choose new thoughts and new ways of thinking. Your future can always be more positive, more loving and more prosperous.
Those close to her shared 101 of her best affirmations, and you can go here to read those.
I’ve compiled a short list of my personal favorite Louise Hay affirmations below, including my own thoughts on what each statement can mean for our lives.
Enjoy this small but sincere tribute to a woman who will continue to inspire the transformations that are possible for us all.
11 Louise Hay Affirmations That Offer Us Hope to Keep Going, with Passion and Poise
1. I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.
Seeking first to align my thinking with ease, before I “tackle” a problem, dissolves the problem itself with much more ease. Perceived problems are all rooted in perception; lighten/soften/transition the perception, and problems tend to dissolve, too.
2. I am in the process of positive change.
Acknowledging that I’m in the process of whatever I’m wanting to change or do or be is a relief. It means I’m connected, right now, to whatever I want, because I’m on the path there.
3. As I forgive myself, it becomes easier to forgive others.
Learning to love yourself enough to give yourself a break makes it easier to extend compassion to others. How we give to others is a direct extension of how we give to ourselves. Opening yourself to the possibility of forgiveness is a decision to be of greater service to all.Any sort of sustainable change is best begun at home, with yourself. Click To Tweet
4. Nourishing myself is a joyful experience, and I am worth the time spent on my healing.
I am worthy of the time I spend on my healing: This has been a life-changing recognition of the heart, and a healing salve itself for a former self-destructive mind. I am allowed to heal, to feel better, and to honor the pain without getting stuck there. We are allowed to feel good.
5. Whatever I need to know is revealed to me at exactly the right time.
It’s okay not to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel; it’s okay not to know the whole story yet. The deep-seated belief (which can be practiced, for all beliefs are practiced thought patterns) that life is always on time and I need not control the universe, is liberating beyond explanation.
6. I trust the process of life.
This is an affirmation I’ve been repeating to myself for a couple years now, and it has not just changed my life: it has given me life.Trusting the process of life is a way of being in the world but not consumed by it. Click To Tweet
7. I listen with love to my body’s messages.
The body responds to what we believe, because our beliefs shape the way we treat our bodies. The mind is more powerful than the physical body; the body takes cues from what we tell it, what we put into it, what we do with it, and generally how we think of and therefore treat it.
8. I am constantly discovering new ways to improve my health.
It’s amazing, really: As soon as I made the unequivical decision that “I am healing, no matter what,” new opportunities to feel better started pouring into my life. I was inspired by new ideas I hadn’t thought of before, people walked in, therapeutic support happened, and I finally felt unstuck.
9. I forgive myself for not being perfect.
Forgiveness really is the highest, most beautiful form of love, as Robert Muller said. We are free to be who we are, to rediscover our potential, to explore ways to improve our experiences from a place of worthiness rather than a neediness to fill a perceived void… we are free.Once perfection stops being a priority, living a joyous, spectacular life becomes possible. Click To Tweet
10. I am willing to change.
Resisting change has only caused suffering. Cultivating a space of allowing, and practicing being in that energetic space of “all is well,” makes change more graceful, less threatening; more exciting, less fretful; more fruitful, and less soul-constricting.
11. I act as if I already have what I want—it’s an excellent way to attract happiness in my life.
Thinking about how wonderful something might be (instead of why it might not happen) makes it more likely to happen, faster and easier. Fixating on good-feeling thoughts and positive expectations is a recipe for happiness here and now; that’s a sign of happiness to come.
- When times are tough, chaotic, or confusing, what do you say to yourself? Or, what would you like to tell yourself?
- What’s one small shift you can act on today that would improve your life?
Please share your favorite Louise Hay affirmations and memories, what statements and positive self-talk alternatives serve you, and any hopeful stories of a shift with me in the comments.
Share the message of empowerment; send your favorite Louise Hay affirmations to someone who loves life (or would like to).
“Try approving of yourself and see what happens.“ Life will change with you.