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Louise Hays’ New Book: Loving Yourself to Great Health

Hay BookI can’t wait till Louise Hays’ new book comes out. Just reading the excerpt below from her newsletter Life Loves You had me jumping up and down in my desk chair saying aloud, “Yes. Yes! YES!!” You see, I am like Louise’s co-author Ahlea. I spend many of my days listening to the stories that out-of-balance bodies tell at Visions HealthCare as the Head of Spiritual & Energy Medicine there. Here are their delicious words of wisdom from:

Loving Yourself to Great Health

by Louise Hay Ahlea Khadro, and Heather Dane


Loving Yourself Is About Taking Care of Yourself
by Louise Hay, Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane

The following is an excerpt from Loving Yourself to Great Health: “Perfect health is my Divine right, and I claim it now.”— Louise Hay

When you love yourself, you take care of your own needs. Too often today, people (especially women) believe they must take care of other people or other responsibilities before themselves. For example:

  • Do you find yourself saying yes when you really want to say no? Are you helping others so often that you have little time to rest and relax? Do feel like you’ll rest once you retire, or once your kids are grown up?
  • Do you find yourself saying, “I just need to get through this, then I will rest/take a break?”
  • Do you feel like a people pleaser or do you fear others’ disapproval of you? Are you constantly feeling like you give and give, while not getting much back from others (or possibly not being able to receive support, gifts, or compliments from others)?
  • Are you often trying to set boundaries and failing?

We believe that the real health epidemic is a disconnection from self. We think that the immune system gets a little confused when you put yourself last.

Science states that the root cause of nearly every chronic disease—inflammation—happens when the immune system can no longer tell the difference between what is good or bad for the body.1 Metaphysically, we feel that inflammation and chronic disease are really about your body loving you enough to give you a wake-up call. It’s an invitation to listen to your body and return to a state of self-love.

When babies are born, they love everything about themselves. They are fascinated by their hands and feet, and even their feces. Over time, we are taught that things about us are wrong and bad. Too often, we become ashamed of our bodies or characteristics about ourselves, and we come to feel like we’re not good enough. We learn that “the rules,” expectations of others, and proven evidence are more important than how we feel or what we want. We are taught to listen to everyone else so much that we feel we cannot trust ourselves.

It’s no surprise that under those circumstances, we’d disconnect from our inner guidance system, which Louise calls her “inner ding.” We all have one, although most of us have not been taught to listen to that inner voice, feeling, or signal that guides us.

The most beautiful thing about your body is that it has a deep knowing about what you truly need for health and happiness. In fact, one of Ahlea’s specialties is listening to what people’s bodies are asking for. She can see into the body or touch near an organ and hear what the organ is saying. She often hears what a person’s body has been trying to tell them through symptoms.

Over the past ten years of working with clients, the biggest pattern Ahlea has seen is a message of fear in the kidneys. She says that the kidneys are saying they are sad and afraid because they don’t feel protected, and that overall, bodies do not feel heard. This led us to a discussion about the child inside all of us. Too often, your inner child is forced into situations it does not want to go into, which creates a great deal of discomfort. While you may make a plan to “get through it” when you really don’t want to do something, your inner child suffers, and your organs tend to suffer as well. In order to push through things you don’t really want to do, you often have to disconnect from yourself, your inner child, or your inner guidance in some way.

The power to achieve your best health goes beyond your immune system. It all starts with a little-known secret: loving yourself. We believe that as you start to listen to your inner guidance with love, your kidneys, your immune system, and your entire body will start to feel safe. When your body feels safe, it can heal. Just remember that your body wants to heal.

1. Hyman, Mark. “How to Stop Attacking Yourself 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease” May 2013. Web. 4 Jan 2014.




Here’s the rest of the newsletter that tells you about the authors …

Louise Ahlea Heather


Dear Ones,

I am so delighted to talk to you today about a new book that’s coming out next month. It’s called Loving Yourself to Great HealthFor this project, I had the pleasure of spending time with two of my dearest and healthiest friends, Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane. What fun we had during our weekly get-togethers—jotting down notes, sharing thoughtful discussions about our health and what we have learned over the years, laughing a lot together and creating this wonderful book.

I remember telling Ahlea and Heather about how many people come up to me at my events and say, “You look so vibrant and healthy. How do you do it?” “What’s your secret?” “What can I do to be as healthy as you when I’m your age.” I often laugh and say, “You have a while to go…because I’m 87!”

As I look back and think about why I feel so good at age 87, I truly believe it’s because of the way I live my life. My thoughts from morning until I go to sleep at night are filled with positive affirmations. I truly believe that Life loves me and everything I need comes to me at the right time. I also believe that I am a big, strong, healthy girl! Then I leave it to Life to bring me what I need so that this comes true for me.

I have always loved learning new things, and I believe that every hand that touches me is a healing hand. In this way, I have found many wonderful people doing extremely good work, and I often like to share what I’ve learned from them with the rest of the world.

Today, I would like to introduce you to two wonderful people who have transformed my life: Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane. I would like them to transform yours as well, if you are willing. That’s why I’m so excited about our new book—Loving Yourself to Great Health. In it, the three of us will share the things I do to feel my best while working, traveling, writing, and having an active social life. Some of the secrets we share will be new to you. Some may even surprise you, while others may remind you of what you would like to reaffirm.

For many, many years, I have been teaching how to eliminate negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts, how to do your mirror work and see how your positive thoughts can turn around your life for the better, how to practice forgiveness and dissolve resentment and to really love who you are.

Now it is time for the next step—learning how to love and nourish your body, which will, in turn, nourish your thoughts and help heal your life.

I’ll be sharing more about our new book—Loving Yourself to Great Healthin the next several newsletters. For now, I’m going to let my coauthors Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane tell you more about themselves in the section below.

Let’s affirm: My happy thoughts help create my healthy body.


Meet Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane


Ahlea: Over 15 years ago, I started my business, Soulstice, a center for optimal living and rehabilitation, specializing in yoga, reformer Pilates, meditative practices, holistic nutrition, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. Almost 11 years ago, I got a call from Louise Hay about working with me. You can imagine how exciting that was! From the start, I could see that Louise was willing to do whatever it took to love and support her healthy body. What I didn’t expect was that we’d spend so much time laughing! And yet that’s what makes Louise special—she brings a sense of fun to the serious work of healing.

I don’t think Louise realized that in addition to Pilates and bodywork, she was going to experience the part of my work that keeps my clients coming back for more. You see, for most of my life, I could see the stories that lie beneath the surface of people’s lives and under the layers of the human body. I can hear the stories that people’s organs, tissues, and bones want to tell. It’s listening to these stories and sharing them with my clients that has such a profound effect on their health. Responding to the stories with love is how healing begins.

My deepest desire is to serve others, so I am grateful to be a conduit for the body’s messages. My mission is to support others in learning to listen to their bodies, so that they can lovingly respond to its needs. You will learn that in our new book, Loving Yourself to Great Health.


Heather: I started my career in the corporate sphere, specializing in identifying and resolving patterns that got in the way of people and companies performing their best. Whenever there was a team in crisis or a problem that no one could figure out, I was the one whom senior management called to find out what was happening and how to fix it. I found that I had a unique ability to discover the root cause of large-scale human and organizational performance issues because of a passion for what they called “systems thinking” in my graduate program—not to mention a love of detective work!

Systems thinking is about looking at symptoms as part of a whole system, rather than pieces and parts. It’s not unlike the call for “holistic” health, where we view a person as a whole being and assess health from that level in order to promote wellness. One of the most challenging issues I saw in my 15 years in the corporate world was a buildup of stress and overwork that was having an adverse effect on people’s health. I was swiftly climbing the corporate ladder when I came to the realization that no one around me from the vice president level and above was healthy. People were collapsing in stairwells, missing work due to major surgeries, coming to work exhausted, and suffering from chronic health conditions. And honestly, I was one of them. That’s when I decided that my own health had to be more important than the job, the to-do list, and everything else.

In our book, Loving Yourself to Great Health, you’ll learn the journey I took to heal myself of so-called incurable illness and addiction, and how I used my knack for identifying the root cause of symptoms to transform my health. A decade ago, I left my corporate career, became a certified professional coach, and received additional certifications in nutrition, digestive health, yoga, and energy healing. I have had the great fortune of researching with and writing hundreds of articles for some of the top experts in nutrition, medicine, digestive health, and energy medicine. And I was blessed to find two soul-sister health experts, Louise Hay and Ahlea Khadro, who were living and practicing similar healthy lifestyles that enabled them to not only achieve their best health, but to help millions of others achieve theirs.

I met Louise eight years ago at a nutrition seminar in Los Angeles. We bonded over how delicious healing food could be and a love for learning all we could about health and healing. A year later, Louise introduced me to Ahlea, and it was like finding my giggling and wellness soul mates. We have been giggling ever since, all while unlocking the secrets—both ancient and new—that help people heal. Having these two amazing women come into my life has been the greatest gift.


Barbara Winter’s 8 Steps to Launching a Fresh Start

fresh-startMy friend Barbara Winter is an Entrepreneurs’ Entrepreneur. She’s been teaching people how to live “joyfully jobless” for almost three decades. Whenever her newsletter arrives in my inbox (Barbara Winter’s Joyfully Jobless News) or my snail mail post box (Winning Ways), I make sure to set aside conscious time to read her wisdom. It’s wise every time, and it always sparks my own.


Sometimes a fresh start simply involves a new project.  Other times, it may be more dramatic with big changes in direction. Either way, you’ll make progress more quickly and keep your inspiration high if you take these steps.
1. Sharpen your focus. 

A change of scenery may be helpful. Step away from your ordinary life and go to a quiet place where you can contemplate without distraction.
Don’t just think about the form your new idea will take. Identify the essence of what matters to you. Essence includes the nature of the thing, its qualities. Are you longing for more joy? Laughter? Serenity? Simplicity? When you are clear about the essence, your options expand dramatically.

2. Take inventory.

What’s getting your time and attention now? What would you like to eliminate? What distracts you from where you really want to go or be or do? Eliminate the nonessentials. This might involve canceling regular activities that waste your time. Or it might involve rearranging your schedule with higher priorities being given more attention. Remember that it’s difficult to move forward if you aren’t clear about where you are now.

3. Do your homework. 

New projects involve new learning and discovery. Take a class. Locate others who are doing what you’d like to be doing. Build your own resource center. While this is an on-going part of your project, at the outset be committed to laying down a firm foundation.

4. Begin with the end in mind.

Steven Covey’s advice on getting a clear vision of your final destination is critical to your success. You probably wouldn’t go to the airport and say, “Send me somewhere.” You’d maKe that decision first. Same is true with any new adventure.

5. Make friends with your mistakes.

Of course, you’ll make them. As the old saying goes if you aren’t willing to make mistakes, you can’t make anything. The trick is to see them as your teachers, not your enemies.

6. Give it a name.

Putting a title on your project is magnetic. After all, a party is just a party until you give it a theme. Then your imagination gets busy. Same is true for all sorts of new endeavors.

7. Gather evidence.

Want to travel the world? Get a current passport. Physical evidence reminds you that you’re serious about succeeding. Give yourself credit for even the tiniest steps. You could even start a new journal to record your progress. It’s a visible reminder of the action you’re taking day by day.

8. Celebrate victories.

Send yourself a congratulatory card. Invite a supportive friend out for lunch. Take pictures of yourself moving forward. This may be more challenging than you realize, especially if you were raised to downplay your achievements. Remember that celebrations are meant to be fun. Wasn’t that why you wanted to embark on a new endeavor in the first place?


The Turn of the Wheel

back-to-school-4Do you keep track of the year by inner anniversaries? I do. And back to school is always a time of renewal for me.

I don’t know where I got it, but I always assume I ought to be able to wear wool the day after August ends. It’s back-to-school. It’s fall, and it’s time for the weather to cool down in my interior world. It never happens this way, but I still have the inner expectation that it will, and am surprised every single year when it doesn’t.

Still, September does mean back-to-school. New clothes, new books, new writing implements. New start.

As you know, I’ve been studying Chinese Face Reading and Energy Clearing as well as Nine Star Ki, the oldest system of astrology in the world. Part of Nine Star Ki is the cycles of time. I’m in an 8 year—which means I have to/get to “sit in the soup,” not knowing, not clear, waiting till I know and can take action. Compound that with my approaching second Saturn Return, and am I in it!

And yet … and yet …

I still feel something new today as I write. It’s Labor Day. School starts tomorrow.

I can’t wait.