meditation, wellness

Book Review: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

I had heard of affirmations. I knew what they were. I knew that these positive statements could help counter negative beliefs or incorrect “truths” that we tell ourselves. I made some affirmations to counter some of those negative beliefs about myself. I had heard of this book but I thought, affirmations are affirmations. How can you write a whole book about them?


Turns out, it is absolutely possible to write a book all about the power of affirmations, and it can be a darn incredible book. (In fact, a friend referred to it as her “second Bible,” which may be what kept this book on my mind long before I finally listened to/read it for myself).


When I finally picked up the audiobook, I soaked it up. Then I bought the physical book to mark up and refer to. This book doesn’t just tell you what affirmations are, it shows you their power. It dives into how you can use affirmations in more ways and in more areas of life than I had ever considered. It talks about both our minds and our bodies, and how they are connected, and how to use affirmations toward the healing of both. And only at the very end does Louise share details about her own turbulent life, and you think, you can heal your life. Affirmations are powerful.


I truly believe that the thoughts and beliefs we have about ourselves and the world around us dramatically impact our day-to-day happiness and our ability to reach our divine potential. I know that not only because the book tells me so, but because I have seen how my thought patterns (and the use of affirmations to counter negative core beliefs) affect my life.


Recently, noticing an area I wanted to grow stronger in, I referenced this book, using it to help me define what I was feeling and to find an affirmation that felt right for me. I took a picture of one of the affirmations at the end of the chapter and set it as the background on my phone. I truly believe having these words become part of my life helped me weather situational and internal storms. I read it often and find myself thinking the words to myself even when I’m not reading the affirmation directly. This affirmation has brought me hope and stillness in my soul. I’m healing my life, one moment, one belief at a time.


If you want an extra little boost, I highly recommend this book. It’s beautiful, uplifting, and informative.


* The physical book is great for marking up and to reference. The audiobook is great if you want to feel the comfort of a grandmother-figure bestowing her wisdom upon you… and also for the entertaining weird space-country-twang instrumentals that are played at the end of chapters when Louise reads the affirmations!

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