This month we are doing sharing something a little different with you. One of our School of Complementary Therapies’ students has given permission to share her book report. The book report was part of the Anatomy & Physiology course. All students who complete A&P, Reflexology Instructor Training and the Certified Natural Health Practitioner training are required to read the book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay. This book is a classic in the holistic health and wellness field and I encourage you to pick up a copy and read it.
‘In her book Ms. Hay focuses on changing thought patterns to improve your health and life over all. She teaches manifestation through positive thought. This book helps it’s readers to recognize and acknowledge current thought patterns that are acting in ways opposite to that which we truly want to feel and bring into our lives. Louise Hay also goes into detail on the specific thought pattern that lies under physical ailments, including a chart to break it all down (which is from her book Heal Your Body). As part of this chart she includes the thought(s) that can be used to break the current pattern.
I have to admit that I had a lot of trouble (resistance) reading this book, which I did find surprising as I am a firm believer in active manifestation. But through this I got the chance, with the help of this book, to really look at where I had been straying from my path of manifesting. I was forced to be present in my thoughts, which can be very uncomfortable. As I carried on with the book I did eventually come to a place of gratitude with the awareness Ms. Hay’s book brought to me. This experience reminded me that lessons come when we need them, not always (or rarely) when we want them.
In the past, I have read other books on the Law of Attraction and active manifestation. So, I admit I thought this book would be a ‘walk in the park’ for me as the others had sparked a connection with me. It wasn’t. The tone the book was written in did not resonate with me. I felt as though I was a little girl being lectured, which riled up the rebel in me. But once I finally finished the book I realized that this was a very effective technique. I wanted to “show” the book itself that I could indeed change my thought patterns. This book would not beat me, I would finish it and I would benefit from it.
I did really enjoy the personal connection to herself that Louise Hay brings into the book. Through parts of the book it was this connection that kept me going. Through her stories of her journey I was inspired to bring these changes into my life everyday. Finishing the book with her personal story was a good way to end. I felt it took away the sensation of “who are you to tell me these things”. It brought proof to her book if any reader should need it.
I am grateful that I read this book, as hard as it was for me to get through. I have learned, and am continuing to learn, from it. It has helped me to keep the awareness of my thoughts present. I feel I am back on my path of active manifestation.