Louise Hay

What you think about other people, places and things matters.

The Universe, our subconscious, accepts whatever we choose to believe about ourselves. What I believe about myself will become true for me, be it positive or negative. Whether I think negative or positive things about myself is a choice on my part. I have unlimited thoughts about myself that I can think. The choice is mine, always has been.

In addition, when I think or speak about another, my subconscious mind thinks that I am referring to myself. My subconscious mind does not know or recognize that other people, places and things exist, only me. So what I think and say about other people, places and things does matter as it is affecting me, improving or harming my image of myself.

Dr. Harry Henshaw

What I think and say matters!

When we learn more we will do different and better for ourselves and others. When we learn that life is really very simple, what we give out, we get back. The source of our giving out is not only our behavior and what we do but also what we say and think, especially when the referent is about ourselves.

What I think and say is creating my experiences and how life will be for me. What I think about myself will become the truth for me. When I learn this, that my thoughts and words do matter, I will assume responsibility for my life. I will no longer attempt to blame other people, places and things for my experiences and life.

I will also learn that I have a choice in the matter. What I think and say about myself, others and life in general is a choice that I make from moment to moment. I get to choose whether my thoughts and words will be positive or negative. My thoughts and word are powerful and when I learn and accept that I will transform my life.

Dr. Harry Henshaw

The Real Problem.....

I believe that once we admit that we do not know the real problem, the real cause of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, then and only then will we be open minded enough and willing to consider other possibilities. Louise Hay offers us such a possibility.

The real problem is not with other people, places and things but rather with us, with our thinking, and more specifically, with our thinking about ourselves. It is our thinking about our value and worth as a human being, a belief that we are not good enough, that is the cause of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

When we think we are not good enough, we do not have self love and as a result will mistreat and abuse our body, mind and spirit with drugs and alcohol. The solution is simple. We need to learn how to authentically respect, accept, approve and love ourselves. Self love is the key to recovery and transformation.

Dr. Harry Henshaw

Stop criticizing, acknowledge victories

Learning to love ourselves is what addicts and alcoholics and those suffering from mental health concerns need to do. One way to begin the process of loving yourself is to stop criticizing yourself completely. Every time that your criticize yourself you strengthen your negative self image and poor self esteem. Instead of criticizing yourself start to approve of yourself, saying positive affirmations about yourself and also acknowledging your victories in life.

Dr. Harry Henshaw

Fix thinking, problems fix themselves

One of the powerful concepts that the work of Louise Hay offers addicts and alcoholic or those suffering from mental health issues is that the problems that they experience can be changed or transformed by fixing their thinking. It is our thoughts that creates our feelings that dictates what we will do or our behavior. Our problems are caused by our thinking. Transform our thinking and we can resolve our problems.

Dr. Harry Henshaw

"Addictive behavior is another way of saying, "I'm not good enough."

"Addictive behavior is another way of saying, "I'm not good enough." When we are caught in this type of behavior, we are trying to run away from ourselves. We cannot be in touch with our feelings. Something that we are believing, saying, or doing is too painful for us to look at, so we overeat, drink, act out compulsive sexual behavior, take pills, spend money that we don't have, and create abusive love relationships."
(page 81, You Can Heal Your Life Workbook by Louise Hay)

A negative self image and the poor self-esteem that is caused by our perception of our value and worth as a human being is the primary cause of drug and alcohol addiction. The cause of addiction is not the drugs or alcohol.

When we decide to focus on helping addicts and alcoholics to transform their self image, then and only then will we start to find authentic solutions to the drug and alcohol problems that we are experiencing today.

Individuals who authentically learn how to love themselves will not use drugs and alcohol. The solution to drug and alcohol addiction is to help addicts and alcoholic learn to respect, accept and love themselves as they are now.

Drug and alcohol addiction is not a physical disorder so much as it is a thought disorder. Addiction is a way of thinking, a way of thinking that tells you that you are not good enough. The only true solution to drug and alcohol addiction is to be found in a transformation of thought.

Dr. Harry Henshaw