Experience Your Good Now: Learning to Use Affirmations by Louise Hay
Publisher: Hay House, 2010
Amazon Link: Experience Your Good Now!: Learning to Use Affirmations
This book’s purpose is to show you how to use affirmations. An affirmation, according to the book, is you “saying to your subconscious, ‘I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do.'”
Ms. Hay believes our self-talk is nothing but affirmations — either good or bad. We may not be aware of the affirmations we are giving ourselves, and they may not correctly reflect reality. Affirmations are about consciously placing talk into that stream to reprogram ourselves.
Each of the chapters focus on a specific area, such as health, forgiveness, work and love. The chapters open with an introduction, a checklist of possible thoughts you might currently have, then specific exercises to examine your internal dialogue. Each chapter ends with how to counter specific thoughts with affirmations for change.
How It Works
This book is not a “say something 100 times and it will come true.” Rather it is a to-the-point change-your-life-thinking book. If you are not willing to work, the book may appear superficial. But doing the exercises and really thinking things through can dig deep into your psyche.
Parts of this book made me uncomfortable, particularly in areas where I feel I have work to do. But the exercises never pushed me beyond my limits. I was able to choose what to work on to what extent.
I’m not sure if I believe in really broad affirmations that too many people recommend these days. This is particularly true if the affirmation is not backed with the internal shift needed to make the change. However, this book walks you through the internal changes necessary to make outward ones.
Louise Hay is the author of many books, including You Can Heal Your Life. She is also the founder of Hay House Publishing.
The folks at Hay House are sponsoring a contest to mark the launch of this book. They are offering a chance to win a spot on their I Can Do It At Sea Caribbean Cruise (1/28/2011-2/4/2011). You can enter to win at www.ExperienceYourGoodNow.com
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book from Hay House for the purposes of reviewing the book.