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“This beautifully illustrated gift edition of Heart Thoughts is a collection of meditations, spiritual treatments, and excerpts from my lectures. It focuses on aspects of our day-to-day experiences, and is meant to guide and assist you in particular areas where you may be having difficulty. “It is now time for you to release old beliefs and old habits, and the meditations and treatments within these pages can help you build your confidence as you make necessary changes in your life. “This is a time of awakening. Know that you are always safe. And also know that it’s possible to move from the old to the new, easily and peacefully.” NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR

— LOUISE L. H AY

Louise L. Hay, the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide. For more than 25 years, she has helped people throughout the world discover and implement the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and many other TV and radio programs both in the U.S. and abroad. Websites: www.LouiseHay.com® and www.HealYourLife.com®

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ISBN 978-1-4019-3720-1

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Also by Louise L. Hay BOOKS/KITS Colors & Numbers Empowering Women Everyday Positive Thinking Experience Your Good Now! (book-with-CD) The Game of Life A Garden of Thoughts: My Affirmation Journal Gratitude: A Way of Life (Louise & Friends) Heal Your Body Heal Your Body A–Z I Can Do It® (book-with-CD) Inner Wisdom Letters to Louise Life! Reflections on Your Journey Love Your Body Love Yourself, Heal Your Life Workbook Meditations to Heal Your Life (also available in a gift edition) Modern-Day Miracles The Power Is Within You Power Thoughts The Present Moment The Times of Our Lives (Louise & Friends) You Can Heal Your Life (also available in a gift edition) You Can Heal Your Life Affirmation Kit You Can Heal Your Life Companion Book You Can Create an Exceptional Life (with Cheryl Richardson) FOR CHILDREN The Adventures of Lulu I Think, I Am! (with Kristina Tracy) Lulu and the Ant: A Message of Love Lulu and the Dark: Conquering Fears Lulu and Willy the Duck: Learning Mirror Work CD PROGRAMS Anger Releasing Cancer Change and Transition Dissolving Barriers Embracing Change The Empowering Women Gift Collection

Feeling Fine Affirmations Forgiveness/Loving the Inner Child How to Love Yourself Meditations for Personal Healing Meditations to Heal Your Life (audio book) Morning and Evening Meditations 101 Power Thoughts Overcoming Fears The Power Is Within You (audio book) The Power of Your Spoken Word Receiving Prosperity Self-Esteem Affirmations (subliminal) Self-Healing Stress-Free (subliminal) Totality of Possibilities What I Believe and Deep Relaxation You Can Heal Your Life (audio book) You Can Heal Your Life Study Course Your Thoughts Create Your Life DVDs Dissolving Barriers Embracing Change You Can Heal Your Life Study Course You Can Heal Your Life, The Movie (also available in an expanded edition) CARD DECKS Healthy Body Cards I Can Do It® Cards ® I Can Do It Cards . . . for Creativity, Forgiveness, Health, Job Success, Wealth, Romance Power Thought Cards Power Thoughts for Teens Power Thought Sticky Cards Wisdom Cards CALENDAR I Can Do It Calendar (for each individual year) ®

and THE LOUISE L. HAY BOOK COLLECTION (comprising the gift versions of Meditations to Heal Your Life, You Can Heal Your Life, and You Can Heal Your Life Companion Book)

All of the above are available at your local bookstore, or may be ordered by visiting: Hay House USA: www.hayhouse.com®; Hay House Australia: www.hayhouse.com.au; Hay House; UK: www.hayhouse.co.uk; Hay House South Africa: www.hayhouse.co.za; Hay House India: www.hayhouse.co.in

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Copyright © 1990 by Louise L. Hay Revised copyright © 2012 by Louise L. Hay Published and distributed in the United States by: Hay House, Inc.: www.hayhouse.com • Published and distributed in Australia by: Hay House Australia Pty. Ltd.: www.hayhouse.com.au • Published and distributed in the United Kingdom by: Hay House UK, Ltd.: www.hayhouse.co.uk • Published and distributed in the Republic of South Africa by: Hay House SA (Pty), Ltd.: www .hayhouse.co.za • Distributed in Canada by: Raincoast: www.raincoast.com • Published in India by: Hay House Publishers India: www.hayhouse.co.in Editorial supervision: Jill Kramer • Editorial assistant: Nicolette Salamanca Cover design: Katie Daisy • Interior design: Charles McStravick Interior illustrations: Katie Daisy Originally published in a traditional format in December 1991, by Hay House, Inc.: ISBN: 978-1-56170-045-5 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced by any mechanical, photographic, or electronic process, or in the form of a phonographic recording; nor may it be stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or otherwise be copied for public or private use— other than for “fair use” as brief quotations embodied in articles and reviews—without prior written permission of the publisher. The author of this book does not dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of any technique as a form of treatment for physical, emotional, or medical problems without the advice of a physician, either directly or indirectly. The intent of the author is only to offer information of a general nature to help you in your quest for emotional and spiritual wellbeing. In the event you use any of the information in this book for yourself, which is your constitutional right, the author and the publisher assume no responsibility for your actions. Library of Congress Control Number: 2011929973 ISBN: 978-1-4019-3720-1 15 14 13 12

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Dedicated to your heart. Your heart is the center of your power. I have learned that you can create easily and effortlessly when you let your thoughts come from the loving space of the heart. Claim your power now.

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C onte nts Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Employment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Abundance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Eternal Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Acceptance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Expanding and Contracting . . . . 79

Accidents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Expression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Affirmations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Anger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Being Enough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Fear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Beliefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Forgiveness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Beyond Limitations . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Freedom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Grief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Change Your Thoughts . . . . . . . . 41

Growing Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Childhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Guilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Harmony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Choice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Harmony at Work . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Completion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Healing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Consciousness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Healing Atmosphere . . . . . . . . . 109

Criticism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Healing Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

Deserving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Healing Hands . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Divine Right Action . . . . . . . . . . 61

Healing Partnerships. . . . . . . . . 115

Divine Right Order . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Earthquakes and Other Natural Occurrences . . . . . . . . . . 67

Holiday Season . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Emotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

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Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

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Infinite Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Releasing the Past . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Inner Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Reprogram Negativity . . . . . . . . 189

Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Resentment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

Letting Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Responsibility and Blame . . . . . 193

Limitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Saying No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195

Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Self-Righteous Resentment . . . . 197

Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

Shoulds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199

Loving World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Sleep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Mistakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

Mother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205

Negative Thoughts . . . . . . . . . . 153

Subconscious Mind . . . . . . . . . . 207

New Year’s Resolutions . . . . . . . 155

Thoughts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

Observe Yourself . . . . . . . . . . . . 157

Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

Oneness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

Opening to the New . . . . . . . . . 161

Unconditional Love . . . . . . . . . 215

Other People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

Uniqueness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217

Overweight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

Unity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219

Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Winning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223

Power of Your Word . . . . . . . . . 175

Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Work Environment . . . . . . . . . . 227

Prosperity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

Working Together . . . . . . . . . . . 229

Relationships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

World Community . . . . . . . . . . 231

Relaxation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Releasing the Cause . . . . . . . . . 185

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About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . 233

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Intr oduction This book is a combination of meditations, spiritual treatments, and excerpts from my lectures. It focuses on aspects of our day-today experiences and is meant to guide and assist us in particular areas where we may be having difficulty. When we feel like victims, we tend to isolate ourselves. We feel pain and fear, and we are always looking for someone else to save us, to do it for us. We now have an opportunity to discover our abilities to respond to Life—not as victims, but in ways that give us power. We will find that as we start to connect with what I call the Inner Self, we can contribute to improving the quality of our lives. It is a fantastic feeling to know that we don’t have to be dependent on someone else, but that we have within us a tremendous capacity to make positive changes in our lives. It is wonderfully liberating. Some people may be frightened by this new liberation because it seems like responsibility. But responsibility merely means that we are able to respond to Life. We are moving into a new age and a new order. It is time for us to release old beliefs and old habits. As we continue to learn and practice new beliefs and new methods of behavior, we will contribute harmoniously to the new order of the world. Be patient with yourself. From the moment you decide to make a change until you see the results of your efforts, you may vacillate from the old to the new. Don’t get angry with yourself. You want to build yourself up, not beat yourself up. You may wish to refer to this book during those times when you are “in between” the old and the new, using the meditations and treatments on a daily basis until you build your confidence in your capability to make changes. This is a time of awakening. Know that you are always safe. It may not seem so at first, but you will learn that Life is always there for you. Know that it is possible to move from the old order into the new order safely and peacefully. I love you,

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T he more we dwell on what we don’t want, the more we get exactly that. By focusing on what we do want, we attract abundance and other good things.

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Abundance

I know that I am one with all of Life. I am surrounded and permeated with Infinite Wisdom. Therefore, I rely totally on the Universe to support me in every positive way. Everything I could possibly need is already here waiting for me. This planet has more food on it than I could possibly eat. There is more money than I could ever spend. There are more people than I could ever meet. There is more love than I could possibly experience. There is more joy than I can even imagine. This world has everything I need and desire. It is all mine to use and to have. The One Infinite Mind, the One Infinite Intelligence, always says yes to me. No matter what I choose to believe or think or say, the Universe always says yes. I do not waste my time on negative thinking or negative subjects. I choose to see myself and Life in the most positive ways. As such, I say yes to opportunity and prosperity. I say yes to all good. I am a yes person living in a yes world, being responded to by a yes Universe; and I rejoice that this is so. I am grateful to be one with Universal Wisdom and backed by Universal Power. Thank you, God, for all that is mine to enjoy in the here and now.

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Look in the mirror and say: “I love and accept myself exactly as I am.� What comes up in your mind? Notice how you feel. T his may be the center of your problem.

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Acceptance

The biggest part of healing or making ourselves whole is to accept all of the many parts of ourselves. The times when we did well, and the times when we didn’t do so well. The times when we were terrified, and the times when we were loving. The times when we were very foolish and silly, and the times when we were very bright and clever. The times when we had egg on our faces, and the times when we were winners. All of these are parts of ourselves. Most of our problems stem from rejecting parts of ourselves—not loving ourselves totally and unconditionally. Let’s not look back on our lives with shame. Look at the past as the richness and fullness of Life. Without this richness and fullness, we would not be here today. When we accept all of ourselves, we become whole and healed.

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If you do not love yourself totally, wholly, and fully, somewhere along the way you learned not to. You can unlearn it. Start being kind to yourself now.

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Acceptance

I love and accept myself exactly as I am. I support myself, trust myself, and accept myself wherever I am. I can be within the love of my own heart. I place my hand over my heart and feel the love that is there. I know there is plenty of room for me to accept myself right here and now. I accept my body, my weight, my height, my appearance, my sexuality, and my experiences. I accept all that I have created for myself—my past and my present. I am willing to allow my future to happen. I am a Divine, Magnificent Expression of Life, and I deserve the very best. I accept this for myself now. I accept miracles. I accept healing. I accept wholeness. And most of all, I accept myself. I am precious, and I cherish who I am. And so it is.

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Heart Thoughts by Louise Hay  
Heart Thoughts by Louise Hay