Recently I read Louise Hay’s famous book ”You Can Heal Your Life”. Self-help books have never been something I’ve been particularly interested in, but when a good friend recommended it, I thought, why not? When I started reading the book it all seemed a little too much for me. I was cringing to myself as I read the cheesy words within it. But the more I read, the more it began to make sense. What I love about Louise Hay is how self-aware she is – she knows she’s a bit cheesy and that is what makes all the difference.
In relation to the affirmations, I’m not 100% sold on them curing illnesses like cancer. However, when I started reading the book, I had been suffering from severe knee pain. I wasn’t sure where this pain was coming from but the more I read the book and began practicing my affirmations, the more the pain ceased. Whether you think it’s a load of crap or not, you owe it yourself to try – what have you go to lose?
Louise Hay’s Affirmations
Have a look at some of Hay’s affirmations below – the ailment (or thought), probable cause and the new way of thought (affirmation).
ABDOMINAL CRAMPS: Fear. Stopping the process.
Affirmation: I trust the process of life. I am safe.
ACHES: Longing for love. Longing to be held.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I am loving and lovable.
ACNE: Not Accepting or disliking self
Affirmation: The love and acceptance I have for myself is reflected in my outer appearance.
ADDICTIONS: Running away from self, Not facing the fear. Not knowing how to love the self.
Affirmation: It is safe to look within for the answers I seek.
ADDISON’S DISEASE: Severe emotional malnutrition. Anger at the self.
Affirmation: I lovingly take care of my body, my mind, and my emotions.
ADENOIDS: Family friction, arguments. Child feeling unwelcome, in a way.
Affirmation: This child is wanted and welcomed and deeply loved.
AGING PROBLEMS: Social beliefs. Old thinking. Fear of being one’s self.
Rejection of the now.
Affirmation: I love and accept myself at every age. Each moment in life is perfect.
AIDS: Feeling defenseless and hopeless. A strong belief in not
being good enough. Denial of the true inner being, or sexual guilt
Affirmation: I love and appreciate all of myself for the unique, powerful and capable person I am.
ALCOHOLISM / ABUSE : Futility, guilt, inadequacy, self-rejection.
Affirmation: I live in the now. Each moment is new. I choose to see my self-worth.I love and approve of myself.
ALLERGY & HAYFEVER: You are allergic to someone who or yourself denies your power.
Affirmation:The world is safe and friendly. I am safe. I am at peace with life.
ALZHEIMER’S: Refusal to deal with the world as it is.
Affirmation: There is always a new and better way for me to experience life. I forgive and release the past. I move into joy.
ANKLE PROBLEMS: Inflexibility and guilt Inability to receive pleasure.
Affirmation: I deserve to rejoice in life. I accept all the pleasure life has to offer.
ANOREXIA: Denying the self and life. Extreme fear of rejection.
Affirmation: It is safe for me. I am wonderful just as I am. I choose joy and self-acceptance.
ANXIETY / NERVOUSNESS: Distrust the natural flow of life.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself and I trust in the process of life. I am safe.
ARTERIOSCLEROSIS: Hardened narrow-mindedness.
Affirmation: I am completely open to life and to joy. I choose to see with love.
ARM PROBLEMS: Can’t hold on to life’s experiences.
Affirmation: I lovingly hold and embrace my experiences with love and joy.
ARTHRITIS: Feeling unloved, criticism, resentment.
Affirmation: I am love. I now choose to love and approve of myself. I see others with love.
BACK (upper): Lack of emotional support, or feeling unloved.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. Life supports and loves me.
BACK (middle): Guilt. Stuck in all that stuff back there or Get off my back.
Affirmation: I release the past. I am free to move forward with love in my heart.
BACK (lower): Financial woes and concerns.
Affirmation: I trust the process of life. All I need is taken care of. I am safe.
BALDNESS: Fear, tension. Trying to control everything and not trusting in the process of life.
Affirmation: I am safe. I love and approve of myself. I trust life.
BLACKHEADS (pimples): Small outbursts of anger.
Affirmation: I calm my thoughts and I am serene.
BLOOD PRESSURE: HIGH (hypertension): Longstanding emotional problems not solved. LOW: Lack of love as a child. Defeatism. “Whats the use? It won’t work anyway.”
Affirmation: HIGH: I joyously release the past. I am at peace. LOW: I now choose to live in the ever-joyous NOW. My life is a joy.
BONE BREAKS: Rebelling against authority.
Affirmation: I am the only authority in my world for I am the only one who thinks in my mind.
BOWEL PROBLEMS: Fear of letting go.
Affirmation: I freely and easily release the old and joyously welcome the new.
BREAST (left):Feeling unloved, refusal to nourish oneself. Putting everyone else first.
Affirmation: I am loved and nourished by all around me.
BREAST (right): Over protection, over bearing, difficulty in giving love.
Affirmation: I embrace and trust life knowing that I am safe and loved. I choose to love and be loved.
BREATHING PROBLEMS: Fear or the refusal to take in life. Not feeling worthy to take up space.
Affirmation:It is my birthright to live fully and freely. I am worth loving. I now choose to live life fully.
BRONCHITIS: Inflamed family environment.
Affirmation: I experience peace and harmony within myself and all around me. All is well.
Affirmation: I love and cherish myself. I am kind and gentle with myself. All is well.
BULIMIA: Hopeless terror. Purging self hatred.
Affirmation: I am loved, nourished and supported by life. It is safe for me to be alive.
BURNS: Anger, burning up inside.
Affirmation: I create only peace and harmony within myself and in my environment. I deserve to feel good.
CANCER: What’s eating at you? Deep hurt, secret or grief.
Affirmation: I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my life with joy. I love and approve of myself.
CARPAL TUNNEL: Anger and frustrations at life’s seeming injustices.
Affirmation: I now choose to create a life that is abundant. I am at ease.
CHOLESTEROL (high): Clogging the channels of joy.
Affirmation: I choose to love life. My channels of joy are wide open. It is safe to receive.
CIRCULATION: Lack of joy or the lack of circulation of ideas.
Affirmation: Joyous new ideas are circulating freely within me.
COLDS: Too much going on at once. Mental confusion and disorder.
Affirmation: I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. Clarity and harmony are within me and all around me.
COLD SORES: Festering angry words and fear of expressing them.
Affirmation: I only create peaceful experiences because I love myself. All is well.
COLIC: Mental irritation. Annoyance with surroundings.
Affirmation: This child only responds to love and loving thoughts. All is peaceful.
COMA: Fear. Trying to escape from something or someone.
Affirmation: We surround you with safety and love. We create a space for you to heal. You are loved.
CONSTIPATION: Refusing to release old ideas.
Affirmation: As I release the past, the new and fresh and vital enter. I allow life to flow through me.
COUGHS: A desire to bark at the world. “Listen to me!”
Affirmation: I am noticed and appreciated in the most positive ways. I am loved.
DEPRESSION: Anger, hopelessness.
Affirmation: I now go beyond other peoples fears and limitations. I create my own life.
DIABETES: Longing for what might have been. No sweetness left in life.
Affirmation: This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.
DIARRHEA: Fear and rejecting. Running off or away from something/someone.
Affirmation: My intake, assimilation and elimination are in perfect order. I am at peace with life.
DIZZINESS: Flighty, scattered thinking.
Affirmation: I am deeply centered and at peace with life. It is safe for me to be alive and joyous.
EAR PROBLEMS: Not wanting to hear. Anger or too much turmoil.
Affirmation: I hear with Love.
ELBOW PROBLEMS: Not being flexible, not able to change directions or accept new experiences.
Affirmation: I easily flow with with new experiences, new directions and new changes.
EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS:Pushing Beyond one’s limits. Fear of not being good enough.Draining all inner support. Stress Virus.
Affirmation:I relax and recognize my self-worth. I am good enough. LIfe is easy and joyful.
EYE (astigmatism): Fear of “seeing” the self.
Affirmation: I am now willing to see my own beauty and magnificence.
EYES (cataracts): Inability to see ahead with joy.
Affirmation: Life is eternal and filled with joy.
EYE PROBLEMS: (children) Not wanting to see what’s going on in the family.
Affirmation: Harmony and joy and beauty and safety now surround the child.
EYE (farsighted): Fear of the present.
Affirmation: I am safe in the hear and now. I see that clearly.
EYE (nearsighted): Fear of the future.
Affirmation: I accept life and am always safe.
EYE STY: Looking at life through angry eyes. Angry at someone.
Affirmation: I choose to see everyone and everything with joy and love.
FAINTING: Fear, can’t cope, blacking out what’s really going on.
Affirmation: I am strong and powerful and I have the knowledge and ability to handle everything in my life.
FEET PROBLEMS: Fear of the future or not wanting to move forward.
Affirmation: I understand clearly and I am willing to change with the times. I am safe.
FEMALE PROBLEMS: Denial of the self and rejecting the feminine aspects within.
Affirmation: I rejoice in the feminine. I love being a women and I love my body.
FEVERS & INFECTIONS: Anger, burning up.
Affirmation: I am the cool, calm expression of peace and love.
FIBROIDS: Nursing a hurt from a partner, a blow to the feminine ego.
Affirmation: I release the pattern in me that attracted this experience. I create only good in my life.
FINGER (thumb): Worry, always thinking. Being ‘under someone’s thumb’.
Affirmation: My mind is at peace.
FINGER (index): Fear of authority, or egotistical; abusing your authority.
Affirmation: I am secure.
FLU: Responding to mass negativity. Putting too much faith in statistics.
Affirmation: I am beyond group beliefs or the calendar. I am free from all congestion and influence.
GAS PAIN (flatulence):Undigested ideas or concerns.
Affirmation: I relax and let life flow through me with ease.
GRAY HAIR: Stress, feeling under pressure and strain.
Affirmation: I am strong and capable. I am at peace and comfortable in every area of my life.
GUM PROBLEMS: Inability to back up decisions. Being wishy-washy about life.
Affirmation: I am a decisive person. I follow through and support myself with love.
HAND PROBLEMS: Grasping on to tight, not wanting to let go. Not ‘handling’ things well.
Affirmation: I choose to handle all my experiences with love and with joy and with ease.
HEADACHES: Self-criticism. Not wanting to accept what is going on.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I see myself and what I do with eyes of love. I am safe.
HEART ATTACK: Squeezing all the joy out of life, in favor of money or position.
Affirmation: I bring joy back to the center of my heart. I express love to all.
HEARTBURN (reflux): Clutching onto fear. Not trusting in the process of life.
Affirmation: I breathe freely and fully. I am safe. I trust the process of life.
HEART PROBLEMS: Lack of joy, dealing with issues from anger, not love.
Affirmation: My heart beats to the rhythm of love.
HEMORRHOIDS: Fear of deadlines. Afraid to let go and move on.
Affirmation: I release all that is unlike love. There is time and space for everything I want to do.
HERNIA: Ruptured relationships, feeling the burdens.
Affirmation: My mind is cleansed and free. I leave the past and move into the new. All is well.
HIP PROBLEMS: Fear of going forward in major decisions.
Affirmation: I am in perfect balance. I move forward in life with ease and with joy at every age.
HIVES (rash or Urticaria): Small, hidden fears. Mountains out of molehills.
Affirmation: I bring peace to every corner of my life.
HYPERACTIVITY: Feeling pressured and frantic.
Affirmation: I am safe. All pressure dissolves. I AM good enough.
HYPERVENTILATION: Resisting change. Not being able to take it all in.
Affirmation: I am safe everywhere in the Universe. I love myself and trust the process of life.
IMPOTENCE: Sexual guilt or pressure, feeling spite against a previous mate.
Affirmation: I now allow the full power of my sexuality to flow with ease and with joy.
INDIGESTION: Dread or anxiety about a recent or upcoming event.
Affirmation: I digest and assimilate all new experiences peacefully and joyously.
INFECTION(See “Itis”): Irritation, anger or annoyance about a recent situation.
Affirmation: I choose to be peaceful and harmonious.
INFLAMMATION: Fear. Seeing Red. Inflamed Thinking.
Affirmation: My thinking is peaceful, calm & centred.
“ITIS”: Anger and frustration about situations you are looking at in your life.
Affirmation: I am willing to change all patterns of criticism. I love and approve of myself.
KIDNEY PROBLEMS: Criticism, disappointment, failure. Shame. Reacting like a little kid.
Affirmation: [Divine] Right is always taking place in my life. Only good comes from each experience. It is safe to grow up.
KIDNEY STONES: Lumps of undissolved anger.
Affirmation: I dissolve all past problems with ease.
KNEE PROBLEMS: Stubborn ego and pride. Inability to bend. Inflexibility. Won’t give in.
Affirmation: Forgiveness. Understanding. Compassion. I bend, flow with ease & all is well.
LARYNGITIS: Fear of speaking up.
Affirmation: I am flexible and flowing.
LEFT SIDE OF BODY: The feminine side. Represents receptivity, taking in, women, mother, love.
Affirmation: My feminine energy is beautifully balanced.
LEG PROBLEMS: Fear of the future, not being able to carry things forward.
Affirmation: I move forward with confidence and joy, knowing that all is well in my future.
LIVER PROBLEMS: (hepatitis) Resistance to change. Fear, anger, hatred. Liver is the seat of anger and rage.
Affirmation: My mind is cleansed & free. I leave the past & move into the new. All is well.
LUNG PROBLEMS: Depression, grief or fear of life. Not feeling worthy.
Affirmation: I have the capacity to take in the fullness of life. I lovingly live life to the full.
LUPUS: A giving up. Better to die than stand up for one’s self. Anger and punishment.
Affirmation: I speak up for myself freely and easily. I claim my own power. I love and approve of myself. I am free and safe.
MENOPAUSE: Fear of no longer being wanted.
Affirmation: I am balanced and peaceful in all changes of cycles and know that I am loved.
MENTAL ALERTNESS & SENILITY: Returning to the “safety” of childhood. Demanding care and attention.
Affirmation: I am safe and life is peaceful. The intelligence of the Universe operates at every level of life.
MIGRAINE HEADACHE: Sexual fears, or fear of being close, letting someone in too close. Feeling driven or pressured.
Affirmation: I will relax into the flow of life and let life provide all that I need easily and comfortably. I love Life!
MENSTRUAL IMBALANCE/PMS: Rejection of one’s femininity. Guilt or feeling “dirty”.
Affirmation: My bodily processes are a natural part of life. I love and approve of myself.
NAUSEA: Fear, rejecting an idea or experience.
Affirmation: I am safe. I trust the process of life to bring only good to me.
NECK PROBLEMS: Refusing to see another’s side or position. Stubbornness. Who/what is being a pain in the neck?
Affirmation: I am peaceful with life
OSTEOPOROSIS: Feeling there is no support left in life.
Affirmation:I stand up for myself and Life supports me in unexpected, loving ways.
OVERWEIGHT PROBLEMS: Fear, feeling a deep need for emotional protection. Running away from feelings, insecurity.
Affirmation: 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.
PAIN: Self punishment, feeling emotional guilt.
Affirmation: I lovingly release the past. They are free and I am free. All is well in my heart now.
PROSTATE ENLARGEMENT: Mental fears weakening the masculinity. Sexual pressure and feelings of guilt or inadequacy.
Affirmation: I accept my own power. I embrace life and feel young in spirit. I love and approve of myself.
SEIZURES: Running away from the self, family or from life.
Affirmation: I am at home in the Universe. I am safe and secure and understood.
SHOULDER PROBLEMS: Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Feeling like life is a burden.
Affirmation: I choose to allow all of my experiences to be joyous and loving.
SINUS PROBLEMS: Irritation to someone, usually someone close to you.
Affirmation: I choose to declare peace and harmony with all the individuals around me. I surround myself with love and goodwill.
SKIN CONDITIONS: Anxiety, fear, feeling threatened.
Affirmation: I lovingly protect myself with thoughts of joy and peace.
SLIPPED DISK: Feeling unsupported in life.
Affirmation: Life supports all of my thoughts; therefore, I love and approve of myself and all is well.
SORE THROAT: Holding in angry words. Feeling unable to express the self.
Affirmation: I release all restrictions, and I am free to be me.
SNORING: Stubborn refusal to let go of old patterns.
Affirmation: I release all that is unlike love and joy in my mind. I move from the past into the new and fresh and vital.
SPASMS: I release all restrictions, and I am free to be me.
Affirmation: I release, I relax and let go. I am safe in life.
STOMACH & INTESTINAL PROBLEMS: Dread, fear of the new, or not feeling nourished.
Affirmation: I digest life with ease.
STROKE: Insecurity, lack of self-expression. Not being allowed to cry.
Affirmation: Life is change, and I adapt easily to the new. I accept life – past, present and future.
TEETH PROBLEMS: Being indecisive, not being able to break down ideas for analysis and decisions.
Affirmation: I make my decisions based on the principles of truth, and I rest securely knowing that only right action is taking place in my life.
TESTICULAR PROBLEMS: Not accepting masculine principles, or the masculinity within.
Affirmation: Not accepting masculine principles, or the masculinity within.
THYROID PROBLEMS: Humiliation. Feeling repressed or put down. Feeling as if you never get to do what you want.
Affirmation: I move beyond old limitations and allow myself to express freely and creatively.
TUMORS: Nursing old hurts and shocks. Building on remorse.
Affirmation: I lovingly release the past and turn my attention to this new day.
ULCERS: Fear, a strong belief that you are not good enough. “What is eating away at you?”
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself. I am at peace. I am calm.
URINARY PROBLEMS: Feeling pissed off! Usually at the opposite sex or lover.
Affirmation: I release the pattern in my consciousness that created this condition. I am willing to change. I love and approve of myself.
VARICOSE VEINS: Standing in a situation you hate. Feeling over worked and over burdened.
Affirmation: I stand in truth and live and move in joy. I love life, and circulate freely.