I love the teaching of Louise L. Hay and I especially love her book You Can Heal Your Life. This book is not only filled with wisdom but also includes beautiful illustrations that will sure to keep you engaged. Most people are unaware, but this book also comes with a companion workbook that you can use as you work through each chapter.
You Can Heal Your Life was written intentionally by the author as if you were to have a personal one-on-one session the way she teaches with her clients. The book is written in such a way that whether you decide to read it chronologically or by problem areas, you will still be able to gain a lot of benefits from it either way. I believe that is one of the main reasons why I keep coming back to this one at least once every year.
The book is sectioned off by chapters dealing with specific areas of life. There are sections that talk about relationships, work, success, prosperity, and the body. She also provides a list of problems along with its probable cause and new thought pattern to practice. For example: if one of the problems you may be struggling with is being overweight, she lists that the probable cause as "Fear, need for protection. Running away from feelings. Insecurity, self-rejection. Seeking fulfillment." Louise offers this new thought pattern regarding overweight, "I am at peace with my own feelings. I am safe where I am. I create my own security. I love and approve of myself."
As you read through You Can Heal Your Life, I would like to encourage you to have the companion workbook alongside it as you work through each section requiring resolution. There are several exercises that couples well with each chapter and wonderful affirmations that you can use to work towards changing your thoughts on the matter.
If you are struggling with obesity and would like another recommendation from Louise, try listening and take notes on the How To Love Yourself workshop, which you can listen to below.
I will admit that there are some probable causes that are on the list that are a bit "out there" for me. However, when you come across items such as those it's best to just take what you need to serve you well and disregard the rest.
The entire personal development world is filled with options and ideas that other people have tried and found work for them. If you love personal development, then I'm sure you have encountered some very informative and applicable ideas you can immediately apply to your life. And there are some that are a bit questionable.
We don't always have to follow everything we come across. The purpose of personal development or self-help is to offer you different views on how to improve your personal or professional life. Different people learn in different ways so even though we may have read something in the past it doesn't mean that we couldn't learn something new by listening to the same message from a different person's perspective.
Overall this was a very easy and engaging read. If you're new to the self-development realm, then this would be the perfect book to start.
Join the conversation: What was the first personal development or self-help book you've read? Do you have a favorite author that you keep returning to because you enjoy their writing style? How often do you read personal development books? Do you follow the authors and keep up with other ideas or attend live workshop training or events especially for personal development? If so, which ones? What was that experience like?