Affirmations based on the bestselling book, Heal Your Body A-Z.
Heal Your Body A-Z appears to be based on the list of ailments contained in her original work, You Can Heal Your Life.
Hay’s premise is that if you are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed. This is a simplistic viewpoint and over the years Hay has had criticism for attributing every negative event in our lives to what we think and that by replacing the thought with the positive affirmations we can heal anything.
There is a truth in what she says, but it is not as straightforward as just repeating positive intentions. Healing on a deep level requires much more work than just positive affirmations. However Hay’s approach does offer a good staring point and food for thought when dealing with physical conditions.
For example, taking her example for Thyroid based problems, the probable cause is:
Humiliation. I never get to do what I want to do. When is it going to be my turn?
The new thought pattern for this is:
I move beyond old limitations and now allow myself to express freely and creatively.
In energy based therapy, the throat is the energetic centre for communication so anything that suppresses the voice such as childhood trauma, restriction or anxiety can inhibit the ability to communicate with confidence. Combine this with dietary intolerances or a childhood illness and the ongoing stress on many levels can lead to thyroid issues.
Once something has manifested in the physical, a certain amount of healing does require physical aid. This could be a combination of dietary change, medicine, herbal remedies and physical and energy based therapies. The subconscious and conscious patterns will also need work so that old ways of thinking can be unlearned and healthier thought patterns established.
With all of the above, the end result can be a way of living that now really feels and embodies the new thought pattern of fearless living, creativity and clear expression. It does not necessarily mean that the physical condition can be completely reversed but even if it can’t, it can become much easier to manage when freed of the additional stress that unhappiness, negativity and faulty thinking creates in the body.
So Hay’s probable causes and affirmations are in reality more like little indicators of issues that can be explored as one part of a healing process and the new thought patterns are helpful guides to what it feels like to be free of negative thoughts related to the condition.
This is actually helpful as it’s easy to know when something is out of sync but it’s not always as easy to know what the ‘wellness’ should feel like. So actually saying and using positive affirmations can be helpful as part of a healing journey as like fertiliser, they nurture the space in our mind to allow new and more constructive viewpoints and attitudes to take shape.