This week I'm watching a DVD put out by Louise Hay, owner of Hay House, called Dissolving Barriers. She has several DVDs out - three of which are available through Netflix, which is where I got this one. I've already watched it three times and will watch a bit more before I send it back to Netflix.
Louise Hay is also author of a well-known book, You Can Heal Your Life. The book prescribes affirmations for almost every type of malady. I found it interesting way back in the 1980s but then gave my copy away more than five years ago during one of my book purges.
I wasn't expecting much from the video, so I was surprised at being favorably impressed with what Louise Hay had to say. The basis for her talk was that barriers are usually created by our criticism, resentment, fear or guilt. These four things seem to be the main reasons most people aren't able to reach their goals or find satisfaction in life. She said she hoped that from her talk people would be able to glean one sentence that would help them improve their lives and let go of the past.
She suggested that one of the most powerful mantras is "I love and approve of myself". She said we should say this and at the same time write down any internal negative feedback we give ourselves. This negative self talk should be considered a gift, as it tells us exactly what our barriers are. Take a close look at the origin of those barriers for a self-healing opportunity.
During her lecture, which was compassionately delivered, she asked her audience to get out a little mirror and look into it, then to say, "I love you. I love and approve of you exactly as you are." When saying that we're supposed to take note of the feelings that come up. Those feelings are barriers that need to be explored and discarded. These are barriers that are in the way of our abilities to love ourselves.
She then started asking people in the audience what they felt when they said "I love you" into their mirrors. There were a variety of responses and she demonstrated how we can explore those in order to remove the barriers to love.
One suggestion she gave, which I will use, is to make a list of fears and turn each one into a positive affirmation. For example, a fear of heights could inspire the affirmation, "I'm comfortable and happy looking down from high places," or, "I feel safe and content when I'm up high."
She said that what you give out you get back, so be sure to give out lots of love and praise. She also said that pain means you're experiencing guilt, and that procrastination is a form of not loving yourself. That struck home with me because I've been procrastinating about finishing a large writing project for several years now.
Another thing she suggested was that after doing affirmations for ourselves we should choose a part of the planet to say healing affirmations for. She suggested visualizing happy, fulfilled and healed people in whatever section of the planet you send your healing thoughts to.
I recommend this video to anyone who feels they have any barriers to prosperity, good relationships, or total happiness. I think most of us do have barriers of one type or another. This DVD helps us focus on them and resolve our problems.
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