You Can Heal Your Life is a self-help book written by Louise L. Hay. It was the second book by the author and was published in 1984. Her first book titled “Heal Your Body” was written when she was aged 60. In March 1988, Hay guested on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Donahue. Following these appearances which were in the same week, You Can Heal Your Life could be seen on the New York Times Best Seller list. By 2008, this book has been translated into over 30 languages. It even became the best-selling non-fiction book of all time after selling over 35 million copies, earning her the title of “one of the best-selling authors in history.” This book also played a pivotal role in making her publishing house, Hay House Inc, a success.
Hay Claims That Physical Illnesses Are Resulted By One’s Mental States
The primary concept discussed in the book is very interesting. It states that the mind and the body are interconnected. Therefore, physical illnesses also arise from spiritual and emotional aspects of the mind. Furthermore, the book states that beliefs and thinking patterns influence physical illnesses. It’s no secret that modern medicine is mainly focused on treating physical symptoms in the body. Contrary to this, Hay suggests resolving the mentality that’s influencing the physical condition. As claimed by Hay, stress and negative and unhealthy thought patterns are the main causes of diseases. Therefore, the easiest way to combat diseases is to cultivate positive thinking patterns such as affirmations.
Some contents of this book violate long-established medical facts. As a result, certain theories presented in the book have been heavily criticized. For example, Hay states that migraines are fully psychometric. She also claims that AIDS is a self-induced disease caused by the negative attitudes of patients. These are scientifically proven otherwise. In addition, Hay appears to “blame the victims” for their diseases.
So, what do you think about this concept? Do you agree or disagree with Hay? Share your thoughts about this unique book in the comments.