I first read Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life, six years ago when its bright cover called to me from the bookstore shelf. Little did I know that Louise is often thought of as the founder of the mind/body connection in self-help literature, with her books selling over 40 million copies worldwide.
The thrust of her message in You Can Heal Your Life is that our physical ailments are a manifestation of our emotional ailments. She asserts that all dis-ease comes from a lack of self-love, so this is the only thing she ever works on with her clients. In her own words, the essence of her work “is to bring them back to the time when they knew how to really love themselves.”
Louise says that our ailments are usually caused by limiting beliefs we learned as children –she encourages her readers to release the past and forgive everyone. Her book is filled with exercises designed to help uncover limiting beliefs, release resentment, and promote healing in all areas of life.
According to Louise, cellulite is the body’s way of storing anger and self-punishment. Lymph problems are a warning sign that the mind needs to be recentered on the essentials of life: love and joy. She says we can counter cellulite by learning to forgive ourselves and by freeing ourselves to love and enjoy life.
I’m not sure what I think about Louise Hay’s theory. It does make sense on a collective scale. Could cellulite be a reflection of stored anger and self-punishment? What do you think?
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