Ray: What spiritual approach did your family practice when you were growing up?
Louise: Nothing! My mother was a lapsed Catholic. The only time I ever heard her say anything negative in my life was when she saw some nuns having lunch and said, “They shouldn’t be out in public!” Oh, my!
My stepfather was an atheist, so there wasn’t anything religious in my childhood except three weeks of Christian Science Sunday school at one point in my life. That was it.
I did not believe in being a Christian, because according to what I understood, you wore a hair shirt, and you were fed to the lions. And that did not make sense to me!
So, I really had no religious upbringing, which is unusual. But I think it saved me, because when I found the theory that I wanted to follow, I did not have anything to unlearn.
I had a lot of negative messages from childhood, but they were not religious. They were not God-based. That was a blessing for me.
I think God-based messages are hard to let go of, because there is this presence around them.
*Read this full interview, conducted for New Age Retailer magazine in 2005, on Louise Hay’s website, and read a lengthy excerpt from a 2008 interview here on Hemachandra.com.