I just finished reading a book that has radically changed my thinking and I am recommending it to everyone especially at this time of year. Louise L Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life. I‘d say brilliant but the word seems trite considering that my mind feels like someone picked it up, turned it upside down and shook it vigorously like you would a bottle of fruit juice when the pulp is stuck at the bottom.
I have had this book on my iPad for over a year and recently I have found myself reading more books, instead of my usual internet reading, so I started it. Books are gooooood.
But back to Hay: Her premise is that everything that happens in our lives happens because we ask for it. She doesn’t say this but in a nutshell: if it is on your plate, you ordered it. So for example, three Sundays ago my mother let my father and I derail her church plans so that we could go house-hunting together.
The following Sunday, she had the sniffles and missed church again. Last Saturday she went for a wedding and had a small accident that saw her in the hospital getting three stitches on her shin. She of course missed church the next day and gave her leg a chance to rest.
She was wondering out loud why this had happened and I quoted the book saying, ‘you invited this injury into your life on a subconscious level’.
She thought I was being mean but I explained that she had missed church for three Sundays and perhaps there is something there she does not want to deal with, or she really needed to rest but something had to assuage her guilt regarding missed church services. She laughed and threw a stick at me so I don’t know what she really wanted, I think it is the rest.
Looking at my life and thinking that I am responsible for everything in it is not a new thought to me. However, the way Hay puts it, it really hits home. My love life, my finances, all my relationships, my career and even Nairobi traffic, they are all my doing. All of it.
Perhaps you tell yourself that rich people are crooks, perhaps you think you are unlovable, maybe you think that poverty is your inheritance or other people are out to get you… whatever the belief and trust me you have many, they have given birth to your life. Your debt, your dead-end job, men who always cheat, friends who betray you and ultimately illnesses like diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis and even the common cold.
I cannot tell you her whole philosophy in this tiny space but if you would like to heal your life then make sure you pick this book and learn how your thinking is interfering with what you really want in life.
2015 is just around the corner, wouldn’t it be great to start on a fresh note? She even tells you how to lose weight!