Volledige naam: Louise Lynn Hay

Geboortedatum: 8 oktober 1926

Geboorteplaats: Los Angeles

Sterfdatum: 30 augustus 2017,  San Diego.

Louise Hay was een Amerikaanse schrijfster van non-fictieboeken op het gebied van persoonlijke groei. Ze is vooral bekend om haar boeken op het gebied van positief denken. 

Hay behoort samen met Joseph Murphy en Erhard F. Freitag tot de bekendste auteurs van de new age-beweging. 

Op haar 40e ging ze zich concentreren op de leer van Ernest Holmes waarover zij later lessen ging geven. 

Haar carrière als auteur begon nadat zij was genezen van baarmoederhalskanker. 

Deze ziekte motiveerde naar Hays eigen zeggen haar "spirituele reiniging", die een essentiële stap in het leven vormt.

Grote bekendheid verwierf ze met haar boek "You can heal your life", dat in 1984 verscheen en enige tijd later weken lang op de New York Times-bestsellerlijst stond. 

In datzelfde jaar richtte ze haar eigen uitgeverij Hay House op, die uitgaven verzorgde van bekende andere spirituele auteurs zoals Deepak Chopra en Wayne Dyer.

Naast boeken heeft Hay ook enkele cd's en video's uitgebracht. 

Haar werk is in 29 talen vertaald. 

In 2004 zijn wereldwijd ongeveer 50 miljoen exemplaren van haar werk verkocht.


Full name: Louise Lynn Hay

Date of birth: 8 oktober 1926

City of birth: Los Angeles

Louise Lynn Hay (October 8, 1926 – August 30, 2017) was an American motivational author and the founder of Hay House.

Hay stated that she was born in Los Angeles to a poor mother who remarried Louise's violent stepfather, Ernest Carl Wanzenreid (1903–1992), who physically abused her and her mother. When she was about 5, she was raped by a neighbor. At 15, she dropped out of University High School in Los Angeles without a diploma, became pregnant and, on her 16th birthday, gave up her newborn baby girl for adoption.

She then moved to Chicago, where she worked in low-paying jobs. In 1950, she moved on again, to New York. At this point she changed her first name, and began a career as a fashion model. She achieved success, working for Bill Blass, Oleg Cassini, and Pauline Trigère. In 1954, she married the English businessman Andrew Hay (1928–2001); after 14 years of marriage, she felt devastated when he left her for another woman, Sharman Douglas (1928–1996).  Hay said that about this time she found the First Church of Religious Science on 48th Street, which taught her the transformative power of thought. Hay revealed that here she studied the New Thought works of authors such as Florence Scovel Shinn who believed that positive thinking could change people's material circumstances, and the Religious Science founder Ernest Holmes who taught that positive thinking could heal the body.

By Hay's account, in the early 1970s she became a Religious Science practitioner. In this role she led people in spoken affirmations, which she believed would cure their illnesses, and became popular as a workshop leader. She also recalled how she had studied Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa.

Hay described how in 1977 or 1978 she was diagnosed with "incurable" cervical cancer, and how she came to the conclusion that by holding on to her resentment for her childhood abuse and rape she had contributed to its onset. She reported how she had refused conventional medical treatment, and began a regime of forgiveness, coupled with therapy, nutrition, reflexology, and occasional colonic enemas. She claimed in the interview that she rid herself of the cancer by this method, but, while swearing to its truth, admitted that she had outlived every doctor who could confirm this story.

In 1976, Hay wrote and self-published her first book, Heal Your Body, which began as a small pamphlet containing a list of different bodily ailments and their "probable" metaphysical causes. This pamphlet was later enlarged and extended into her book You Can Heal Your Life, published in 1984. In February 2008, it was fourth on the New York Times paperback advice bestsellers list.

Titels in ons aanbod / Books in our store

You Can Heal Your Life   

The Power Is Within You

21 Days to Unlock the Power of Affirmations: Manifest Confidence, Abundance, and Joy

How to Love Yourself Cards: A Deck of 64 Affirmations