The 1984 self-help book You Can Heal Your Life has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 30 languages. This goes to tell you the power that is in this book. Louise Hay was a firm believer in the body and mind connection. She believed that “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.”
In this book, she explains how you can change your thinking to change your life. With proper mental health, you can have better wellbeing and live a life free of illnesses and physical problems.
In this, You Can Heal Your Life summary we will look at some of the profound concepts that Louise has discussed in her book. She is a pioneer in the concepts of mindfulness, and she was able to use her ideas and knowledge to cure herself off of cancer. Amazing right? Read on to discover more.
WHAT I BELIEVE
This is the first chapter in the first part of the book which is the introduction. In this chapter, Louise introduces the reader to her beliefs. These beliefs have formed the premise for her book and how she was able to attain the level of mind and body connection that she had.
Some of the beliefs that she discusses in this chapter are; life is really very simple, what we give out, we get back; the universe supports us in every thought we choose to think or believe; the universal power never judges or criticizes us; the point of power is always in the present moment; we choose our parents; we learn feelings when little based on the adults around us and we choose our thoughts.
In this chapter, Louise really breaks down her beliefs some of which are controversial for many. For instance, she also states that all illnesses come from a state of unforgiveness. Whenever you are ill, she states, you need to look around to see who it is you need to forgive.
Forgiveness is about giving up and letting the whole thing go. When you do that your body and your heart are free and you can finally love yourself. When you love yourself, you connect with your mind and can heal therefore heal thy self.
A SESSION WITH LOUISE
In this part of the book, Louise discusses the source of the problems, what to do about them and how to change. According to her, all of the issues that people have come from the mind. The root of all the problems people have is from the belief “I am not good enough” and lack of self -love. She indicates that this kind of thinking is learned you are young from the adults and the people around you.
These beliefs that people pick up along the way become true for them and become their reality. However, change is possible, and it starts from the inside. Love yourself more, forgive yourself and reshape your beliefs. With self-approval and self-acceptance, when you put in the daily work, then your life will change forever.
This part of the book contains the following chapters;
- What is the problem?
- Where does it come from?
- Is it true?
- What do we do now?
- Resistance to change
- How to change
- Building the new
- Daily work
PUTTING THE IDEAS TO WORK
Here, Louise offers an approach that can be used to set the learned ideas to change your body and your mind to work. The approach is a holistic one meaning that you are putting the ideas in all aspects of your life including relationships, work, prosperity, and success. She offers strategies on how you can change all these different aspects of your life.
Nourish your body as is required through exercise and nutrition but also nourish your mind for exceptional mental power. You can achieve this through visualizations and affirmations. To nourish your spirit, use prayer, meditation, forgiveness, and kindness. Louise also gives a list of illnesses and what she believes causes them and what you should do about it.
The third part of the book contains the chapters;
- The body
- The list
To end the book, Louise gives her personal life story for inspiration. Her story is meant to show the readers that it doesn’t matter where you have come from or how lowly you might think of your life, it is possible to change, heal your life and prosper.
If there is one great take-away everyone should get from this book it is this; you are choosing your life, and you have the power in your hands to change it.
What I Like About the Book
“What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us.” I like that this book is really concerned with addressing issues of the mind and how you can introspect and change your life with the mind.
This opening statement of the book has been quoted so many times over it has become an anthological quote. This shows you the sheer power that Louise commanded with her writing in this book.
I also like that some of the topics she discusses in her book are controversial. With controversy comes conversation and therefore her book has reached and helped many who have believed and who it might not have reached.
Some of these hard things have to be said and have to be heard. Louise made sure of that.
Why You Should Read the Book
Are you a firm believer in mind and body connections? Do you believe that you have mental power strong enough to change many aspects of your life including healing you off illnesses?
Read this book if you believe or want to learn more about mind and body connections and how you can harness the energy within yourself to achieve wellbeing. Every chapter in the book opens with an affirmation and closes with a treatment.