On August 30, 2017, a truly extraordinary teacher of self-healing, Louise Hay, passed peacefully of natural causes in her sleep.

Born in 1926, her life of 90 years is a model of encouragement that began publicly in the 1970s after entering a ministerial program at the Church of Religious Science. This led to a a career counseling clients where she observed a connection between mental thoughts and physical illnesses. After years of compiling examples of this mental-physical connection, she wrote a reference guide describing them, along with the positive thought patterns she developed to help reverse the ailments. This guide eventually became her first book, Heal Your Body, published in 1976.

Louise had her own confrontation with a cancer diagnosis. After careful consideration, she chose a non-traditional healing regimen of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. She was cancer-free within six months. In 1984, she published her second book, You Can Heal Your Life, where she describes this experience, and offers further insights about how we can change our thoughts and emotions to improve our lives. At 81 she released, You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie.

In 1985, Louise began a support group, The Hayride, for men diagnosed with AIDs. By 1988, this group grew from 6 men to 800 people who came together weekly in love and support.

In 1987, at 60, Louise established Hay House, Inc., a successful publishing company that has grown from a living-room venture to a worldwide presence, selling millions of books and products.

This is a summary of the eulogy published by Hay House, where you can find more loving memories of Louise, and further depth about her accomplishments. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Hay Foundation (www.hayfoundation.org) are welcomed.

I am personally grateful for Louise’s courage to present controversial ideas (at the time) about healing, and our own ability and power to heal ourselves. She was the catalyst for my own interest in expanded and alternative healing methods. I am also very encouraged by the impact and timing of her accomplishments, which largely occurred in the second half of her life. For me, this proves that age doesn’t matter when it comes to contribution, although we get a benefit and perspective from wisdom garnered over many years.

Thanks, Louise. You continue to touch so many lives through your books, your legacy, and your lifelong example of loving encouragement.

(Photo: Cover from The Essential Louise Hay Collection, which includes her books You Can Heal Your Life, Heal Your Body, and The Power is Within You.)