I love Louise Hay. Even if I didn't agree with or believe in what she does and promotes, I love her for being passionate, bold, and willing to go public with what she holds true. Since I do agree with her work and vision, she's even more special to me.
You can "google" her or look up her biography on her website, louisehay.com. Her "story" is fairly well known. Since I had friends with HIV/AIDS, I think I probably started to hear about her when she was doing her beautiful work in the gay community in the 1980's. Homosexual men were getting sick and many were dying (From 1982-2004, 529,113 deaths were reported caused by AIDS. While not all of these were gay men, the majority were.) This was an illness that was greatly misunderstood and feared. Homophobia was rampant and many communities of marginalized men, especially in San Francisco and Los Angeles felt extremely isolated and untouchable. Louise created groups she called "Hay Rides" where these men, who felt they had nowhere to go, could gather and feel supported. Louise would share her affirmations and everyone left feeling better.
Louise's journey had led her to embrace the idea of the transformative power of thought. Very simply put, it's Positive Thinking. The idea is that we are always having thoughts so why not make them good ones?! I like to say that everyone has mantras. While these are often associated with meditation, they are basically a statement one repeats frequently. If you really paid attention, how often do you think you might catch yourself saying, "I'm such an idiot", or, "I always do ... [fill in the blank with something not so good]", or, "I hate my hair, legs, height, weight, teeth, [again, fill in the blank]...". It becomes automatic and it reinforces something that probably isn't even true.
What if you started to deliberately and consciously repeat this week's Pleasure Peek -- ??
"I love being me."
Have you ever complimented someone and then watched them step into that truth? It's been proven that children who are told they are stupid, act as if it's true, while others who are praised and encouraged go beyond whatever their IQ might suggest.
Here's an easy exercise to try: You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Every morning, decide that you are going to say, "I love being me" at least three times a day. Try doing it three times in a row, three times a day. Go for the gold and say it in front of a mirror once or twice during the day. You might feel silly at first. Your ego might come back with, "Yeah, right" or, "Who do you think you are?", but if you hang in there, your soul and your subconscious mind will start to embrace it. I promise, there's magic when that happens.