Superheroes of the New Age: Louise HayNovember 23, 2010
I’m no fan of cosmetic surgery and would prefer that people deal with their lack of acceptance of their looks or aging processes by feeling their feelings, and maybe even talking themselves into a bit more self acceptance. But obviously it’s personal decision and none of my business.
However, I do think it is perfectly reasonable to ask why Louise Hay — who has made millions teaching that even leprosy can be cured with positive thinking — should decide to get a face lift. Can cure leprosy; can’t get rid of — or even learn to accept — a few wrinkles!
Louise Hay, cosmetic surgery advocate
Louise Hay looks okay for her age and probably always did. But the stretched lips, splayed cheek lines and garishly contourless skin give away the fact that she has had a face lift. Probably multiple face lifts, from the looks of it. Louise made the choice to go under the knife because she didn’t believe that repeating a few words like
I love and accept my body and its aging processes
would lead to to a state of mind where she could live with herself as she is.
Ms Hay has made millions selling people the idea that positive thinking can cure every single illness there is, without so much as an asprin, to say nothing of surgical procedures. Yet when faced with simple straight forward issue that really can be effectively dealt with by muttering at oneself a bit, she instantly capitulated.
Louise was already selling people the idea that all illnesses are caused by thought patterns when she “was diagnosed with cancer”. I put that in quotation marks, as is the usual custom when repeating unsubstantiated information based entirely on hear-say from a party with obvious financial and emotional investments. She “doesn’t remember” which stage it was at, just that it was “incurable” (note quotation marks again). There are no doctors nor any medical records to confirm this story. “It was years ago“, (it was either 1977 or 78, she’s “doesn’t know which”) but luckily for her, her customers have been kind enough to assume she is telling the truth.
Hay healed her “cancer” within six months, as was “confirmed” by the “doctors” whose names she has “forgotten”. She claims she managed this feat by forgiving those who “raped” her as a child. Yes, quotation marks for her abuse claims as well. It’s standard woo procedure to weave deeply personal and private details into the fabric of their supernatural claims, so that any criticism immediately looks like a sadistic personal attack.
So Louise Hay who couldn’t use thoughts to come to terms with the fact that humans get older, has made millions telling others that they can use thoughts to cure conditions like leprosy, AIDS, cancer, seizures, stroke, and even being comatose, to name but a few from the 80 odd pages of Heal Your Body. (A book, incidentally, which contains no entry for face lift or aging. Here’s a link to some extracts from it.)
She’s careful to tell people to see a doctor as well, so no legal difficulties for her there, but when telling her own story she bullishly explains how she rejected the advice of her “doctors” and went off to cure her “cancer” herself.
How many people have believed her teachings and died as a result? No one knows, and no one ever asks her about it.
All we know is that after the supposed healing miracle of her supposed cancer, her career took off. (As always, thanks, Oprah!) While there is plenty of information on the internet debunking claims like the ones Louise Hay makes, her name is almost never associated with them. That is New Age nirvana – she takes the credit and the cash, others take the rap.
So, in review, Louise Hay may well have invented her cancer scare story and used it to promote herself as living proof for a set of utterly preposterous and dangerous ideas for which there is no basis in human physiology. She received money from millions of people for telling them to avoid surgery, yet when faced with a problem for which her method was actually well suited, she chose to go under the knife rather than put up with any pesky emotions.
For her craven hypocrisy and culpable stupidity, Louise Hay can truly be called a Superhero of the New Age.
NOTE: I’ve updated this post by rewriting the opening, removing 2 opening paragraphs of unnecessary blather and deleting a bit more blather here and there. I also inserted a sentence on the likelihood that Ms Hay has had multiple face-lifts.