Deep at the center of my being, there is an infinite well of love. I now allow this love to flow to the surface, it fills my heart, my mind, my body, my very being and radiates out from in all directiions, touching people, places and things, and returns to me multiplied, the more love give, the more I have to give, the supply is infinite! My use of Love makes me FEEL GOOD, it is an expression of my inner joy.
I just typed those words from memory, I have had that and more memorized since sometime in the 80’s. I’ve recited it a million times at least. They are the beginning of Louise Hay’s famous Big prayer from her book You Can Heal your Life.
I was first introduced to that book about the time my first marriage was ending by my neighbor Ann Carlson.….I used it to completely reinvent myself in that transition. It became my daily practice. She taught me that it was possible and how to heal. She taught me how to focus on what I want. How to keep it in present tense as if it is already happening. How to get into the FEELING of it. How to redirect my thoughts when I am thinking something that is not in my highest good. “It’s only a thought and a thought can be changed.” I have been practicing this all my adult life. And I am pretty dang good at it if I may say so myself!
The original prayer has about 8 paragraphs and is 321 words. It covers many of the main parts of life. There is the opening which I have recited above, then a paragraph on health, another on loving my job, one on the perfect home, (I will be expanding on this one below) another on thinking and behaving in a loving way, one on forgiving the past, living in the now and ends with “I am a beloved child of the Universe and The Universe takes care of me now and forever more. I except this is true for me, and so it is!
Years ago, omgoodness, almost 30 years ago, I expanded on her original prayer and included more parts of about how I want my life. I affectionately call this expanded prayer Geeze Louise. (Louise is also my middle name). It is more specific about what I want to experience in life. I added a chapter on prosperity, another on transportation……and expanded on all the ones that she had started with. I have edited it and re=edited it many times over the years. Just this week I realized it didn’t have anything about me finding a partner, as for many years I hadn’t wanted one. But now I do, so I added 458 words on how awesome it is to have a loving partner to share my life with. Be expecting one to show up and for me to be posting “In a Relationship” soon! This brings the current version to over 1700 words! WOW! Both her original version and my current version are at the bottom of this blog. May it bless you as much as it has me.
There have been times in my life when I recited the whole thing at least once a day. One of the ways I do that is I have recordings of it I listen to often. It used to be part of my daily commute to work.
Here’s a funny story about that. As I said, every day while driving, I would recite it out loud along with myself in a recording of it. There is a paragraph about transportation, “I love myself, therefore I drive this cool car”…….and it perfectly described the car I drove at the time, and declared that it was magic and protected and required “a minimum of fuss and maintenance”. Which was true. I never had to change the oil. If I did, it would break down, if I didn’t it didn’t so I stopped changing the oil! That car was amazing. It was magic! It was a Subaru station wagon and I put a LOT of miles on it. And every day, I gave gratitude and affirmed it was the perfect car for me. And it was.
Then, I started living where I worked, and I didn’t have a commute to do the prayer everyday anymore………so I stopped doing it for like a year! One day, I spent the night at my aunt and uncles house, and had to drive about 2 hours back to where I lived to get to work. On the way, I remembered the prayer and I did it! It felt so good to be doing it again! WOW! And you know what? My car broke down ¼ of a mile from my home. Rather than freak out or get upset, I realized, that this car no longer suited me. It was old, it was beat up and I was no longer the kind of person who drove such a car. I was the owner of a fancy spa, I needed more of a pretty luxury car, and so was actually grateful my old car died, and so close to home that it was easy to take it to its final resting place. It could have broken down ANYWHERE, right? Later that day, I got a nice sedan that I felt so proud of!
There’s a part of it I call “The house prayer” and it has been the most used and shared of all the parts of the prayer.
I love myself, therefore I have an amazing home. One that fills all my needs and desires and is a pleasure to live in. An oasis where life makes sense……
I love that last line!
The current house prayer is almost 400 words and VERY specific! When I share it with people, I tell them that it is just a guide and recommend that they rewriting it their own language and to add their own specific needs and wants to it. Since I have shared it with people literally from all over the world, it has been translated into many different languages.
I remember one time, I had to move. I had been living on the beach and was about to go on vacation, but needed to find where I was going to be moving to before I left. I didn’t have much time, and I didn’t have a car. So, I spent 2 days walking the streets of Tulum in the rain, in the neighborhood that I thought I wanted to live in. Up and down flooded streets I walked for hours each day!
I had seen the house that I wanted, my friend Cochu lived in it, so I knew that type of house existed. So this is what I was hoping for. I walked and walked and walked, and mostly said to myself things like, “I can’t find anything I like” “that one isn’t like Cochu’s” over and over and didn’t find anything that I wanted. And I got very discouraged. I also got some sort of weird parasite in my feet from walking around in the rain.
Then, I remembered the house prayer. And I got it out and I edited it with every single detail of what I wanted. “It has electricity, internet, hot water and hammock hooks” I mean every detail! (I know most of those things are a given where you live, but not always so here in Mexico!) Then I went to see a house that was not in a neighborhood that I wanted. I was still grumpy from all my walking and not finding anything, so I grumbled all the way there, but then I would refocus with the prayer. I didn’t really like the place, it was an apartment not a house, It was more money than I wanted to spend, and it just wasn’t really what I wanted. But it was the best I had seen and I was out of time, so I decided to take it and told the owner I would be back the next day with the money.
When I left, I was a bit discouraged. Hmm, “it’s not like Cochu’s house” I said one more time. Then, back on the street, I got my bearings and realized, I was right around the corner from Cochu’s house! She had just gotten back from Spain and was pregnant, and I had not seen her yet. So, I called her up and asked if I could come over and visit and she said “YES! Please come!” I knocked on her gate 5 minutes later.
It was great to see her, she was getting big! She showed me the ultrasounds of the baby, so good to be able to share that with her. The baby looked like the father already even in the ULTRASOUND! I had never seen anything like it. It felt good to be there. I’ll probably be there for the next ultrasounds, they are very excited to have a new portable ultrasound machine!
I told her how much I loved her house, and she said, “Yes, it is a great house, but it is not where I want to have the baby, so we will be giving it up.” I thought, “What, Really?” “It’s available”? “OMG! How much”? “Oh, that is more than I can afford….. but it is 3 bedrooms, maybe Lo would want to share it with me,” I thought. She also loved Cochu’s house, in fact it was Lo who showed it to me in the first place. I knew Lo was about to come back from Sweden and would be looking for a place, to live. So, I wrote her and proposed it to her, and she said YES! And we lived there together for 2 years!
Up to that point, I had been moving every 6 months for 2 years….Tulum is a very transient, seasonal town and in those days, half the year there was no work. Often people would leave for extended periods of time. So, I wasn’t keen on the idea that I would have to sign a year lease on the house. It felt like too much commitment. But that was what was required, so I did it. So, this is what I thought of every time I thought of the house. “Too much commitment.”
It was also more than Lo felt like she could afford, and so this is what she thought of every time she thought of the house. “Too much money.”
Then things started to go wrong. First the metal grates in the bathroom window rusted out. Then the refrigerator quit, then the oven, then the hot water heater blew up in Lo’s face! All the while we tried to get the owners to help us with these things, but they were not very nice to us and did not help us. When the Hot water heater blew up, so did I! I really got mad at the owners and told them this needs to be fixed immediately. They did fix the boiler, but nothing else.
Then I remembered the prayer! So, I got it out and I edited it from saying “I love myself” to “We love ourselves” and I also added a line that says it has an amazing kitchen with appliances that work very well. I showed it to Lo and asked her to hold hands with me and recite it out loud with me. So, we did.
I swear to goodness, about an hour later, this truck shows up in front of our house, and two guys come in wearing matching shirts that said something like “we fix stuff”. They took the metal grate, the stove and the refrigerator out of the house. We were looking at each other like, DID THAT REALLY HAPPEN? It did. A few hours later they came back, unloaded all the things back into the house in working order. They even installed the metal grate. This is not the way things usually work in Mexico!
This was 3 DAYS after I had last heard from the owners that they were not going to help us! WOOO HOO! So grateful!
When it was time to move out of that house, I knew about 3 months ahead that I was going to have to move. So of course, I did start telling close friends I was looking. So for months, every time I would run into a friend they would ask me if I had found a place yet. Usually people spent weeks looking as places were hard to come by. But I would always say, no, I haven’t started looking yet, I will when it is time……and I just was confident that the right place would come up in the perfect timing because I was reciting the house prayer every day.
So, about 2 weeks before it was time to move, I decided it was time to look. I went out on my bicycle and went up and methodically started going down every street in my neighborhood. I had really fallen in love with this neighborhood. I was looking for something very inexpensive as I wanted to save some money. So, I took notes of signs in windows, took photos of things for rent, but didn’t see anything that I really liked.
Then, I had to go to the bathroom. Since I was so close to home, I decided to go back there to do so. I also recited the prayer one more time since I was home…..Then when I was done, I went out of our gate on my bike to start looking some more. A friend happened to be going by my house, so I said hello and told him I was looking for a place to live. He told me there was a place across from his house just a few blocks away. He told me where it was, and went there. There was no for rent sign, just a phone number in the window. Funny thing is, I had looked at this same house some years ago another time I was looking, so knew it had 4 bedrooms and was very nice! I had considered living there with some of my musician friends since it was so big. I had also heard that the owner didn’t like gringos. hmmmm
So, I went to Lo and I asked her to call the owner as she spoke way better Spanish than I and is one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Who could say no to Lo? She made the call, and one hour later I met the owner there at the new house. I fell in love with the house and gave her the deposit and I moved in a week later! 4 years later I am still in the same house!
It is awesome that it is so BIG! I am a massage therapist and have the master bedroom converted into a massage studio so people mostly come to my house for their treatments. Because of this, I can’t really have roommates. You just can’t have people coming in and out, cooking and such when you have people here for professional treatments.
That’s ok, because one of the things in the house prayer is “it is well organized with good storage and lots of creative spaces.” Well, that came true too! It has one room that I didn’t use for anything, so I started advertising that I could store things for people for a price. Now most of my rent is paid from the rental income that I get for storing things for people. And their stuff doesn’t make any noise or cook! People are so relieved when they find out I can store their stuff as there is no other storage places in all of Tulum. So many people are only here part of the year and desperate when they get ready to leave. The energy of this is very good also as usually they store their very favorite things, often their spiritual alters and such get boxed up and stored at my house! It is very multi denominational and international and all of it has amazing energy! I think this is the reason why I don’t have cockroaches like everyone else in Tulum!
It’s funny, as just last week a friend posted this on Facebook:
TULUM. You really do want me here still. After all my drama with house hunting, I kid you not, I recited one last time a house prayer that Margo Guenther so lovingly shared with me. It was not 30 seconds after, an owner of one of my most favorite homes answered my message and as of this moment – during an eclipse – its confirmed we got the house! So in many ways I will still believe, there is still some magic in TULUM and I’m living proof! Thanks to everyone who helped, prayed and didn’t want to see me leave our beloved playa, you ain’t getting rid of me any time soon!!
…and about the house ::: unreal and totally affordable with an amazing owner!
Copy and paste the prayer if you are looking too!!
Tulum has changed a LOT! Affordable housing is almost nonexistent in the days of everyone Air BnBing their rentals for big tourist money. I say all the time, that one of the reasons I am still here is I have affordable great housing and that if I had to try to find a place to live, it might not be in Tulum. Poor friend Nancy had been crying all weekend because she couldn’t find anything decent to live in! She had been trying for 7 days to contact this woman who owned the house she really wanted to no avail. She was considering leaving Tulum after having lived here more than a decade! Then it happened. I sent her the House Prayer and she read it and got the house of her dreams. In the comment section, someone suggested I write a blog post with some of the success stories of people using the house prayer, so I have been thinking about it all week.
Then Louise Hay died today. And so I write this blog post in her honor.
Bless her heart. She has been with me in all my journeys now for over 30 years. I am so grateful for all I have learned from her! I am who I am because of her. She is the person I most want to be like. She will always be in my heart and soul. Buen viaje to an amazing human being. We now have another Angel to watch over us. And So it IS!
Affirmation of all Affirmations! Geeze LOUISE!
By Louise Hay and Margo Guenther.
Deep at the center of my being, there is an infinite well of Love. I now allow this love to flow to the surface. It fills my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being and radiates out from me in all directions, and returns to me multiplied. The more love I use and give, the more I have to give. The supply is endless. My use of love makes me FEEL GOOD! It is an expression of my inner Joy.
I love myself in a way that shines as a great light. I think and behave in a loving way. I take this love and shine it everywhere I go and to everyone I meet. I am a loving example of what is possible. I relate in a loving way that raises my vibration to a level that helps me remember who I really am. I know that that which I give out returns to me multiplied. What I attract is a clue to where I can increase my vibration and create exactly what I want which is to FEEL GOOD! The more I love myself, the more love I have to give to others.
I Love Myself therefore I share my life with an amazing partner!!!!! We are CRAZY about each other! It’s so fun and easy! We complement each other in every way. We are VERY compatible. We support each other, we cooperate on all levels. It is easy for us to communicate with each other effectively. We are both very smart and intelligent! We have great conversations with each other and are proud of each other when we converse with others. We are an amazing team living in balance. We work well together. We move through life with grace together. We both know that attitude is more important than logistics. We believe that ceremony is an important part of what we do in life. We are there for each other and feel safe and supported. We really “get” each other. We understand it is our birthright to live a life of luxury. We are Financially abundant and can do whatever we want and need to do easily. We are an example of what is possible. We have a great home base. We love to travel and everywhere we go, we feel at home. Bugs don’t bug us! We both have a real love of self and share the love we have found in ourselves with each other. People think we look good together! We are youthful. People think we are much younger than we are! We are Attractive in many ways. We live our lives with passion and compassion! We are both amazing KISSERS! We love to KISS each other! We are skilled lovers and we bring ourselves to ecstasy often. We are both have a gift for bodywork and together we keep our bodies well maintained and healthy. We enjoy cooking and creating wonderful meals together and for each other. We enjoy being together as well as enjoy time on our own. Space is easily taken and given. We trust each other completely. We are part of an amazing tribe of family and friends that we love and that love and support us. We have a balanced life with our home and also the life we live with others. We are dedicated to Our FEEL GOOD Way and together we find infinite ways to create even more vitality and Love and share this with others. Our work is Divinely guided, we work with and for the Greatest Good. We have skills that make it all happen easily. We bring the Love and Light we have found to as many people as possible. SHINING! We are doing our part in the Healing of the World. We are generous and kind, sharing the gifts we have been given freely with others. WE LOVE LIVE MUSIC! We LOVE TO DANCE! We LOVE TO SING! We have a LOT OF FUN! SO GRATEFUL FOR OUR LOVE!!!!!! WE DID IT WE DID IT WE DID IT! WE FOUND EACH OTHER! WOO HOO!
I love myself; therefore, I create like a Goddess, and I deserve to live like one. My prosperity is effortless and assured. I am RICH! I attract what I desire and more, with plenty left over, so I always FEEL secure. I can have everything I want. The supply is infinite and I am worthy. I am connected to the flow. I allow prosperity to flow in and out of my life with love. I spread security, good health, love, joy and light all around me. I have “fun tickets” in and endless supply. I am a money magnet. I enjoy it! It FEELS GOOD! Money comes to me easily while I do the things I love. I am valuable, I deserve it! I add value to peoples’ lives. I have passive income sources that are helping raise the vibration of the planet, they support my every desire and are secure. I am financially FREE!. This flow of positive energy allows me to reach my highest potential, which is unlimited. I trust life to support me. I know that I am always safe and provided for. I am grateful and know that everything is perfect. I am blessed. For knowing the wisdom of these truths I am also grateful. All resistance is gone. AuuuuuuU!!!!!!!!
I love Myself, therefore, I take loving care of my body. There is nothing more important than how I FEEL. AND I FEEL GOOD! I understand it is my responsibility to FEEL GOOD! I consciously monitor and adjust my energy and chemistry throughout my day. I honor how I am feeling each moment, knowing that it is a clue to where I am. I listen to what it needs and doesn’t need and make adjustments for balance. I practice the wisdom of moderation. I appreciate all my body does for me. I exercise and stretch throughout my day in ways that are fun and creative. This practice helps me raise my energy and vibration levels. I am strong. I am flexible. I lovingly feed my body nourishing foods and beverages. I bless the healing energy that flows in and out of me which is balanced. I look for and see the beauty that is me. I lovingly groom and dress myself in a way that reflects who I really am. I am grateful for the tools and knowledge that are always available to me. Every cell in my body is vibrating peace and harmony with all that Is. I rejoice as I feel the Kundalini inside me rising to embrace the Divine. Grateful. Balanced. Alive. And my body, mind and spirit join together to vibrate perfect health and energy which FEELS GOOD.
I love Myself, therefore: I work at a job that I truly enjoy doing. One that uses my creative talents and abilities, working with amazing team of people that I love and that love me. All of us are earning a good income. My job is FUN! I LOVE the work I do. It allows me to live in Balance, with freedom to do the things that I enjoy. My work is important and healing. I guide many people to realize who they really are. I have all the tools and help I need to be able to the best job possible. Everything that I need comes to me easily. My message is valuable and is spreading, raising the vibration of the planet.
I love Myself, therefore; I provide for myself, a comfortable HOME! A place that cleanses me and supports my journey through life. A refuge of Healing and Harmony, first for myself, and then for others. An oasis where life makes sense. I fill all the spaces with the vibrations of light and love, so that all who enter, Myself included, will feel this Peace and Love and be nourished by it, FEELING GOOD! My Beautiful Home fills all my needs and desires and is a pleasure to be in. With conscious displays of Energy as art where ever you choose to look or be. It inspires the Creation of my every desire. A place where I can reach my highest potential easily. It is Clean and Easy to keep Clean. It is well organized with good storage and lots of creative spaces. It is easy and fun to harvest, prepare and share food from it’s wonderful kitchen with great appliances and there are endless dining spaces to nourish my body and soul and as well as those of my guests and family. It has comfy resting and sleeping places. It has spacious places to do the Dance of LIFE. The Dance of connecting and filling myself with source energy. There is Electricity, Internet, hot water, Air conditioning and hammock hooks. Easy access to beautiful calming water. It is affordable and easily accessible in a great neighborhood where people support each other, the community and the universe. It is pet and guest friendly. It is in Harmony with Spirit, Nature and the IS, but most importantly, My Soul. It is something I’m very proud of. It is inspiring just the way it is and keeps evolving into something better all the time.
I love Myself; therefore, I have great transportation. I get around in cool cars that are safe, ecological, economical, and reliable. They get me to and from the places I need and want to go with a minimum of fuss and maintenance. They run like magic and are fun to drive. When I drive, I am divinely guided. My cars are blessed and so are all that come near them. And, they have a style that reflects my unique personality.
I love Myself, therefore; I forgive and totally release the past, and all past experiences, and I am FREE! I know that everyone in my life is an Angel, created by me to help me see my perfection and my highest potential. I thank them for all they have done for me and set them and myself free. I love Myself, therefore; I live totally in the now, experiencing each moment as good. All I ever need or want to know is inside of me and revealed to me in the perfect time space sequence. I know that my future is bright, joyous and secure, for I am a beloved child of the universe, And the universe lovingly takes care of me now, and forever more. I accept this as true for me, and so it is! Yipppppppeeeeeeeeeee!
GRACIAS Louise! YOU ROCK! WOO HOOOOOOOO! AuuuuuuuuuU!