“You Can Heal Your Life” - Review

by Louise L. Hay

by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

Ranking ½ stars out of 5

One of our forum members brought this book to my attention because this passage concerned her:

"Headaches come from invalidating the self . . . Forgive yourself, let it go, and the headache will dissolve back into the nothingness from where it came . . . Migraine headaches are created by people who want to be perfect and who create a lot of pressure on themselves. A lot of suppressed anger is involved..."

While I won't go so far as to say that NO head pain could ever come from such psychological/spiritual situations as Hays describes, I must point out that patients in such situations are a very, very small percentage of those suffering from head pain, and her Migraine comments are totally invalid. Although this book was originally written in 1984, before there was clinical evidence that Migraine is a neurological disease, her approach was inappropriate even then. Also, the copy I have is from a 2001 reprint of the book, which means there was opportunity for editing and updating.

Look up the "mental cause?!"

Head pain disorders are not the only illnesses/diseases where Hay expresses herself similarly, further dismaying me. She has a list of conditions and, without mentioning consulting a physician, encourages readers to:

  1. Look up the mental cause...
  2. Repeat to yourself, "I am willing to release the pattern in my consciousness that has created this condition."
  3. Repeat the new thought pattern to yourself several times.
  4. Assume that you are already in the process of healing.

Here are a few illnesses and injuries and what Hays claims to be their "probable cause:"

  • AIDS: Feeling defenseless and hopeless. Nobody cares. A strong belief in not being good enough. Denial of the self. Sexual guilt.
  • Appendicitis: Fear. Fear of life. Blocking the flow of good.
  • Bones, Breaks/Fractures: Rebelling against authority.
  • Diabetes: Longing for what might have been. A great need to control. Deep sorrow. No sweetness left.
  • Headaches: Invalidating the self. Self-criticism. Fear.
  • Migraines: Dislike of being driven. Resisting the flow of life. Sexual fears.
  • Parkinson's disease: Fear and an intense desire to control everything and everyone.
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