I recommend reading You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Do so with an open mind to the possibility embedded in what is being shared even if the practice seems too simple or fantastical. Louise used these very same principles to heal her own childhood trauma and cancer as well as applying them in workshops and meetings with others to heal their dis-ease.
The overall idea is that thoughts can be changed. This means you can recreate your memories and beliefs. You can rewrite your emotional homelife as a child and what you think about your worth and deservingness. You can change the things that are not going so well: your body, relationships, finances, work, and aspects of yourself that you don’t love. The only person thinking in your mind is you. Therefore, authority over your worldly experience resides with you. Even though it is frightening, acknowledging your responsibility empowers you to actively seek improvement.
Apply three steps to heal your life
To provide additional guidance, Louise includes an index of disease and probable cause with affirmations for release. In each case, you consider the mental cause. In other words, what are the thoughts that could have caused this? She suggests the following 3 steps:
- Use the statement, “I am willing to release the pattern in my consciousness that has created this problem.”
- Identify and state the new desired pattern, and
- Assume that healing is already occurring.
Decide to be willing to change and act on it. You can change your belief systems to change your behavior. It may require a single clearing and/or persevering with different layers of thinking over time.
Any challenges you are facing provide the greatest opportunity. You can choose to actively engage in discovery with curiosity about the belief systems underneath the challenges or you can avoid new insight and awareness and the change this brings. If you become aware of your avoidance you can engage in learning from that too.
Our ability to change may be curtailed by our judgments about ourselves, our beliefs about what others would like, or our beliefs about what is possible. The biggest category of resistance is fear whether of mistake or rejection.
Our habits show a need and often an underlying belief. Changing a bad habit often involves shifting a belief about your self-worth which then automatically leads to healthier choices. Start by releasing the need to be unworthy using the 3 steps above.
When you reframe what you want as a positive affirmation. Notice how you respond to it. Do you accept it? Keep affirming the behavior/situation that you want to receive and checking it until you don’t experience any negative response from your body.
For me, these principles of how you can heal your life are central to coaching. Taking the time to consider how our thoughts influence our health and happiness is paramount to actually achieving it. These steps provide a wonderful coaching model to guide someone through or to use for a committed practice of self-inquiry.
In summary, you are in control of your mind and what you think. When you choose to direct what you think, the primary focus becomes loving yourself. To find out how you are not loving yourself, just look around for what you dislike in others and find its source within you. The book also contains lots of case studies, fantastic affirmations, and healing exercises as well as an overview of all parts of the body and what they indicate about the areas that need to be resolved. I cannot recommend it enough. It has been like a bible to me.
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