personal development

Inspiring quotes and affirmations by Louise Hay

All that I seek is already within me - Louise Hay - Vidya Sury

All is well in my world

This post is a tribute to Louise Hay, who will live forever in the hearts of those whose lives she transformed through her legacy of wisdom.

On 30 August, the world lost one of its most powerful motivators, Louise Hay, author, and the founder of Hay House. She’s known as one of the pioneers of the self-help movement and her blockbuster bestselling book “You Can Heal Your Life” has changed billions of lives. In fact, in one of my health groups, we recommend this book as a healing practice.

I love Louse Hay because she teaches how to create more of makes us happy, in addition to mind, spirit and body wellness. It is true we can attract what we want.

She did not have an easy life, and is immortal proof that positive affirmations and visualization work. She succeeded in healing herself from cancer by practicing what she preached.

While there are innumerable inspiring quotes by Louise Hay, today I am focusing on affirmations, something she believed in implicitly, and so do I. I have read many of her books and am blessed to own several of them.

Why affirmations?

In two words, affirmations are positive self-talk! Affirmations help you become aware of the thoughts in your head, and help you choose your thoughts and project positivity. They are effective tools to change your life for the better, bringing about positive and permanent change. Of course we all practice self-sabotage through negative thinking—some of us more often than others—so why not challenge and zap negative and limiting beliefs that hold us back and realize our true potential?

So you’ll probably experience some kind of resistance inside initially—maybe even secretly think bah,humbug!—but that’s only because you’ve held on to some limiting beliefs for too long. But you know what they say: practice, until you get to your goal.

While Louise Hay has written affirmations for improving every area and aspect of our lives, I’ve picked five favorites. They are affirmations for health, self-esteem, change, forgiveness, and creativity.

Pick your own favorites and practice. And let me know how you feel.

Louise Hay Affirmations Vidya Sury

Affirmations for health

  1. I am the only person who has control over my eating habits. I can always resist something if I choose to.
  2. Filling my mind with pleasant thoughts is the quickest road to health.
  3. I make healthy choices. I have respect for myself.
  4. I look forward to a healthy old age because I take loving care of my body now
  5. I am constantly discovering new ways to improve my health.
  6. I balance my life between work, rest, and play. They all get equal time.
  7. I am grateful for being alive today. It is my joy and pleasure to live another wonderful day.
  8. I give a portion of my time to helping others. It is good for my own health.
  9. I get plenty of sleep every night. My body appreciates how I take care of it.
  10. Water is my favorite beverage. I drink lots of water to cleanse my body and mind.

Louise Hay Affirmations Vidya Sury

Affirmations for self-esteem

  1. I choose to feel good about myself.
  2. I stand on my own two feet. I accept and use my own power.
  3. I am totally adequate for all situations.
  4. It does not matter what other people say or do. What matters is how I choose to react and what I choose to believe about myself.
  5. I see the world through eye of love and acceptance. All is well in my world.
  6. My self-esteem is high because I honor who I am.
  7. I deserve all that is good.
  8. My life gets more fabulous every day. I look forward to what each new hour brings.
  9. I am neither too little nor too much, and I do not have to prove myself to anyone.
  10. I accept others as they are; and they, in turn, accept me.

All that I seek is already within me

Louise Hay Affirmations Vidya Sury

Affirmations for Change

Be willing to allow the changes to happen when they come up in your life. Be aware that where you do not want to change is exactly the area where you need to change the most.

  1. Changes can begin in this moment. I am willing to see how and where I need to change.
  2. Life brings me only good experiences. I am open to new and wonderful changes.
  3. I release any limitations based on old negative thoughts. I joyfully look forward to the future.
  4. I am safe in the world. I am comfortable with change and growth.
  5. I open my consciousness to the expansion of life. There is plenty of space for me to grow and change.
  6. It is always easy for me to adapt and change. I am flexible and flowing.
  7. I feel safe in the rhythm and flow of ever-changing life.
  8. Every moment presents a wonderful new opportunity to become more of who I am.
  9. I allow change to occur without resistance or fear. I am free.
  10. I am aware that what I do not want to change is exactly what I need to change the most.

Louise Hay Affirmations Vidya Sury

Affirmations for forgiveness

  1. I take responsibility for my own life. I am free.
  2. I learn to forgive and release. Inner peace is my goal.
  3. People do the best they can with the knowledge, understanding,and awareness that they have at the time.
  4. My spiritual growth is not dependent on others.
  5. Forgiving makes me feel free and light.
  6. It is empowering to forgive and let go.
  7. There is no right or wrong. I move beyond my judgment.
  8. I am willing to go beyond my own limitations.
  9. I refuse to limit myself. I am always willing to take the next step.
  10. I give myself permission to let go.

You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

Louise Hay Affirmations Vidya Sury

Affirmations for Creativity

  1. I release all resistance to expressing my creativity fully.
  2. I create easily and effortlessly when I let my thoughts come from the loving space of my own heart.
  3. I do something new or at least different—every day.
  4. There is ample time and opportunity for creative expression in whatever area I choose.
  5. I am my own unique self: special, creative, and wonderful.
  6. My potential is unlimited.
  7. I am a joyous, creative expression of life.
  8. My innate creativity surprises and delights me.
  9. I am a clear thinker and I express myself with ease.
  10. I give myself permission to be creatively fulfilled.

I am pretty sure Louise Hay is smiling down at us from her place of peace.

Louise Hay Affirmations Vidya Sury

As I say YES to life, life says YES to me.

Now, for a small action tip.

  • Get yourself a stack of cards.
  • Write down your ten favorite affirmations from this list.
  • Place them where you can see them regularly, and often.
  • To me, affirmations feel like a personal hug.

Which affirmation will you start with?

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    vanita cyril
    September 2, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    beautiful Vidya! Love to easy to read list so I can reference it. I’ve definitely transformed my life through affirmations. my favorite is “Life brings me only good experiences. I am open to new and wonderful changes.”

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    Birgit
    September 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Change is the most fearful but this is why it is most needed. We can be so resistant to change yet we are such adaptable creatures. I do want to eat less crap and I have actually, not that my weight has changed much:) I think what resonates the most is how we have the freedom to think, do, be what we want. I have to admit, though, I don’t see how every thing is positive. I can see how it might be a learning experience or a life change but positive?? Not quite sure

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    Shilpa Gupte
    September 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    That was such a beautiful post, Vidya!
    Every word, be it Louisa Hay’s or yours, it touched my heart.
    I so believe in it all, but at times, my understanding nature goes into hibernation and out comes the one that promotes negative thoughts. I am going to do as you said: write the affirmations on a bunch of cards and read them everyday. And, I am sure it will help keep the negative thoughts away, forever.
    Thanks dear!

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    Rajlakshmi
    September 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I always find some kind of inspiration in your posts. This is another excellent post that concentrates on self improvement and well being.
    I choose to feel good about myself too 😀😀 that one thought sets the tone of my day.

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    Esha
    September 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    You never fail to inspire and amaze me, Vidya! Thank you for sharing the wisdom of Louise Hay. Such a wonderful post and so much of positive energy in your words. I love the idea of writing down the affirmations. Makes perfect sense to me because very often all we need is a reminder for ourselves of things that are already within us.

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    Parul
    September 3, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I haven’t read ‘You can heal your life’ but I intend to. This is such a perfect tribute to her. Wonderful and inspiring collection of quotes. True that it’s all in our mind.

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    Cathy Taughinbaugh
    September 4, 2017 at 8:43 am

    These are lovely, Vidya. I would start with “I am constantly discovering new ways to improve my health” because our health is the foundation for everything else we do. Thank you for sharing these affirmations. Louise Hay will certainly be missed.

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    Suzie Cheel
    September 4, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Vidya love we are on the same page today On Saturday i decided to have a bath and pulled out the old Tape Cd play er and accidentally hit the tape button and there was Louise Hay on Prosperity- I have since printed out a couple of pages of here affirmations that i used today on my Vibration machine. I used to have a set of her affirmation cards too. Hugs to you xxx. Ps have got the buddha diet book from the library and eating 9 hours 6 days a week- have more energy and sleeping loner.

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    Ellen Bard
    September 5, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Lots of positive thoughts in there Vidya, thank you for sharing. An interesting one to read through every now and then and see what resonates in the moment.

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    Soumya
    September 5, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks to ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ I kinda hate the word “seek” :/

    These quotes are so inspiring though. I need to read ‘You can heal your life’ as I’m focusing a lot on healing my mind now.

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      Vidya Sury
      September 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      So you won’t eat seek kebabs? 🙂 Don’t give JHMS so much importance, my lovely!

      Hugs! You will like that book!
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    Elle Sommer
    September 5, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Love your tribute to Louise Hay Vidya…her presence will be sorely missed. Your affirmations and illustrations are so beautiful…I honestly am hard pressed to choose a favourite. 🙂

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    Purba Chakraborty
    September 5, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    This is such a beautiful and inspiring post. Currently, I am reading “You can heal your life”.

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    Galen Pearl
    September 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    What a great list! I’m going to print it out for quick reference! I didn’t not know she had died. I read her book years ago, and now you have inspired me to read it again.

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    Debbie L Hampton
    September 5, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for this lovely tribute to Louise Hay and useful lists of affirmations. I use my own all the time every day. I find it to be a big improvement over my own self-talk. When I catch myself not being nice to myself, I pick an affirmation and reframe my thought.

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    Hiral Amodia
    September 6, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Very interesting quotes..
    My favorite is “I give a portion of my time to helping others. It is good for my own health.”

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    G Angela
    September 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Its a perfect post for Louise Hay and i am grateful to her; for there was so much wisdom in learning affirmations. I enjoyed reading this book and yes I do have written affirmations written for various aspects of life. I help my students too to practice the affirmations and it works well with those students who have fears and anxieties. Thanks for sharing vidya. May her soul rest in peace, she has changed millions of life by her personal story.

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    Inderpreet
    September 8, 2017 at 6:29 am

    These such beautiful and strong, practical affirmations. So much faith in ourselves will definitely make us happier & stronger. I will follow them.
    And the pictures of the plants with quotes are so pretty!
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    SHALINI BAISIWALA
    September 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I love affirmations too and feel they give me a lot of confidence.
    I loved the affirmations you have picked here and have ordered this book by her too as I havent read it yet. I think its time I did!!

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    sulekha
    September 9, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Love them all. I would start with “My potential is unlimited.”
    I have written a few affirmations of my own and read them everyday to keep myself motivated, happy and at peace 🙂 will share some with you soon. I am going to choose 10 from your post too 🙂 thank you.

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    Ron Pickle
    September 15, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I read a lot of self help books but I wonder why I have not been aware of this massively motivating person? Many thanks for sharing these gems, I will add them into my daily motivational resource.

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