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Compassion and a Tribute to the late Louise Hay

Compassion and a Tribute to the late Louise Hay

A message from Gord Riddell – September 2017

In my last message, I mentioned the month of September was the beginning of a new year for me, not January as most people experience. Already we have rolled through to the midway point of September with summer weather finally arriving. Here at the College, we are off to a very busy and full new school year. With most classes registered at capacity in almost every subject category, we are very excited to welcome so many new students. Their energy is wonderfully interwoven supporting the pulse of Transformational Arts.

I want to take this opportunity to share some thoughts about a very special woman who transitioned from the physical on August 30th of this year. Louise Hay has been a pioneer in the field of health, wellness and self-help. In the early 1980’s, having survived cancer, Louise gathered all the personal work she had utilised to recover and used it to write and launch her best seller “You Can Heal Your Life.” Her book stayed on the New York Times bestsellers list for 16 weeks and has sold 50 million copies worldwide.

In 1985, Louise Hay began a very important program in the living room of her home in Los Angeles. It was called the “Hayride.” As the world was hearing of a horrific new disease spreading through the gay communities of North America, an untreatable and mostly fatal disease was hitting marginalised communities who were the most vulnerable to becoming ill. HIV/AIDS had arrived. The ‘Hayride’ in L.A. grew rapidly with men, women and children meeting once a week utilizing the many techniques that Louise developed using affirmations, meditation, and mirror work. The L.A. meetings grew into a large space attracting 800 people to each meeting.

In 1989, the very early days of Transformational Arts, I began a Toronto “Hayride’ for the LGBTQ community as well as those who were affected by the rapidly increasing HIV/AIDS epidemic. It was such a privilege to be able to learn more of the work of Louise Hay in-depth and apply it to the group in Toronto. As we moved into the 90’s and the advent of the cocktail, people with HIV started to live longer and HIV slowly became a serious and chronic illness. The Toronto group was gradually stopped and was a huge learning experience.

In 1987, Louise Hay began her publishing business – Hay House. The Hay House operations grew to be the largest publisher of self-help books, worldwide. With the addition of Reid Tracy as her right-hand executive, the company has flourished. My heart goes out to Reid as exactly 2 years to the day Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away which was very difficult on Reid. Wayne Dyer was a very respected writer, speaker, and close associate of the Hay House companies. Now 2 years later, his mentor Louise Hay has also transitioned to the next expression of Life. Our thoughts' go out to Reid, who carries on as the CEO of Hay House.

Louise Hay ‘was the closest thing there is to a living saint’ the Australian media touted. Louise exemplified the life of one who commits to be of service, helping those in need of anything from a hug, a meal and spiritual direction. The understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection in the healing process is found throughout her work. At the age of 90, Louise peacefully passed of natural causes and in generous Louise fashion, her estate and all future royalties have been donated to the Hay House Foundation to carry on the work of this most extraordinary woman.

As the days of this new year roar past, with the planet being just a bit more chaotic and uncertain, from floods to hurricanes to the threat of nuclear testing, it is important for us to stay grounded and balanced as this period continues to evolve. Compassion and gratitude are needed more than at any other time. It is with gratitude that we start our 4th year of the Compassion Energy Circle.

I share with you these words attributed to John Wesley in ‘The Fundamentals of Ethics’

‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can,

At all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.’

~Taken from the Compassion Catalogue of the Canadian archives

Wishing you continued great weather, abundant energy and overflowing compassion and empathy, including above all, for yourself.

Live Well and Be Well

~ Gord Riddell