Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Louise L. Hay

American Motivational Author, Founder of Hay House publishing company, One of founders of the self-help movement

"It is not what happens, it is how we react to it."

"Learn to think in positive affirmations. Too often we think in negative affirmations."

"We create the situations and then we give away our power by blaming the other person for our frustration. 'We" are the only thinkers in our mind."

"Blame is one of the surest ways to stay in a problem."

"Guilt always looks for punishment, and punishment creates pain."

"Forgiveness means giving up, letting go. It has nothing to do with condoning behavior. It's just letting the whole thing go. 'I forgive you for not being the way I want you to be. I forgive you and set you free.' (Affirmation sets you free.)"

"We can refuse to think certain thoughts."

"If a thought or belief does not serve you, let it go!"

"If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you."

"Understanding will bring you compassion."

"No matter what the problem is, our experiences are just outer effects of inner thoughts."

"Love is always the answer to healing of any sort."

"The past is over and done and cannot be changed. This is the only moment we can experience."

"Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older."

"Your thoughts and beliefs of the past have created this moment, and all the moments up to this moment. What you are now choosing to believe and think and say will create the next moment and the next day and the next month and the next year."

"Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the main keys to positive changes in every area of our lives."

"As your understanding of life continues to grow, you can walk upon this planet safe and secure, always moving forward toward your greater good."

"You are not a helpless victim of your own thoughts, but rather a master of your own mind."

"Love is never outside ourselves; love is within us."

"I am in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing."

"You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we're not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use your power. "

"Every thought we think is creating our future. "

"When we expand our thinking and beliefs our love flows freely. When we contract we shut ourselves off. Can you remember the last time when you were in love? Your heart went ahhh!! It was such a wonderful feeling. It is the same with loving yourself except that you will never leave once you have your love for yourself.Its with you for the rest of your life, so you want to make it the best relationship that you can have."

"We are each responsible for all of our experiences."

"We may not know how to forgive, and we may not want to forgive; but the very fact we say we are willing to forgive begins the healing practice."

"All the events you have experienced in your lifetime up to this moment have been created by your thoughts and beliefs you have held in the past."

"After a few years in Chicago doing rather mental work, I went to New York and was fortunate enough to become a high-fashion model. Yet, even modeling for the big designers did not help my self-esteem very much. It only gave me more ways to find fault with myself. I refused to recognize my own beauty."

"Being starved for love and affection and having the lowest of self-esteem, I willingly gave my body to whoever was kind to me; and just after my 16th birthday, I gave birth to a baby girl. I felt it was impossible to keep her; however, I was able to find her a good, loving home. I found a childless couple who longed for a baby. I lived in their home for the last four months, and when I went to the hospital, I had the child in their name. Under such circumstances, I never experienced the joys of motherhood, only the loss and guilt and shame. Then it was only a shameful time to get over with as soon as possible. I only remember her big toes, which were unusual, like mine. If we ever meet, I will know for sure if I see her toes. I left when the child was five days old."

"I did not have an operation --- however, as a result of all the thorough mental and physical cleansing, six months after my diagnosis I was able to get the medical profession agree with what I already knew --- that I no longer had even a trace of cancer! Now I knew from personal experience that DIS-EASE CAN BE HEALED, IF WE ARE WILLING TO CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK AND BELIEVE AND ACT!"

"I immediately took responsibility for my own healing. I read and investigated everything I could find on alternative ways to assist my healing process."

"In the 15 years since I wrote You Can heal Your Life, much has happened. The book has more than fulfilled my original dream for it: to help as many people as possible in order to change their lives for the better? Not only has You Can Heal Your Life sold more than three million copies, but it has been translated into 25 languages, including Polish and Persian. The Universe really wanted this book to span the globe! I think the success of this book is due to the fact that I have an ability to help people change without laying guilt on them."

"In those early days, the violence I experienced as a child, combined with the sense of worthlessness I developed along the way, attracted men into my life who mistreated me and often beat me. I could have spent the rest of my life berating men, and I probably would still be having the same experiences. Gradually, however, though positive work experiences, my self-esteem grew and those kind of men began to leave my life. They no longer fit my old pattern of unconsciously believing I deserved abuse. I do not condone their behavior, but if it were not my pattern, they would not have been attracted to me. Now, a man who abuses women does not even know I exist. Our patterns no longer attract."

"It was so small that I didn?t notice it until several months later. Quite by chance, I had gone to a meeting at the Church of Religious Science in New York City. While their message was new to me, something within me said, Pay attention, and I did. I not only went to the Sunday services, but I began to take their weekly classes. The beauty and fashion world was losing its interest to me. How many years could I remain concerned with my waist measurement or the shape of my eyebrows? From a high school dropout who never studied anything, I now became a voracious student, devouring everything I could lay my hands on that pertained to metaphysics and healing."

"Most of my childhood was spent enduring both physical and sexual abuse, with a lot of hard labor thrown in. My self-image became lower and lower, and few things seemed to go right for me. I began to express this pattern in the outside world."

"I see clearly now that it was my already confirmed belief that I was worthless and did not DESERVE anything that put me at the end of the line with no cake. It was MY pattern. THEY were only being a mirror for my beliefs."

"One day after 14 years of marriage, my husband announced his desire to marry another, just when I was beginning to believe that good things can last. Yes, I was crushed. But time passes, and I lived on. I could feel my life changing, and a numerologist one spring confirmed it by telling me that in the fall a small event would occur that would change my life."

"Then one day I was diagnosed as having cancer? With my background of being raped at five and having been a battered child, it was no wonder I manifested cancer in the vaginal area? Like anyone else who has just been told they have cancer, I went into total panic. Yet because of all my work with clients, I knew that mental healing worked, and here I was being given a chance to prove it to myself. After all, I had written the book on mental patterns, and knew cancer was dis-ease of deep resentment that has been held for a long time until it literally eats away at the body. I had been refusing to be willing to dissolve all the anger and resentment at them over my childhood. There was not time to waste; I had a lot of work to do."

"We are all one."

"Where will Life take me next? I do not know. Yet, I am totally open and receptive to my next adventure."