Updated: Mar 8
Starting your healing practice in your 50s? Let's look at Louise Hay.
For those of you 50+ who are comparing yourself to others, or who worry that you may be getting too old to start a whole new career in healing and still make a huge impact, I'd like to point out Louise Hay as a role model. Famous for her huge role in the New Thought movement, and for healing people with AIDS when that epidemic was at its height, Louise was BARELY getting started at 50.
In fact, Louise's 50s were really about her own healing after a Cervical Cancer diagnosis and her first forays as a writer. Hold up--Cervical Cancer can be fairly serious, and yet she overcame it through alternative methods and lived 40 more years. That's an entire lifetime. She wrote "Heal Your Body." But it wasn't until she was hitting her 60s that she sat down to write, "You Can Heal Your Life" and established the non-profit, Hay House.
It took her a span of about 20 years from her first science of mind forays to get that momentum going, and "You Can Heal Your Life" didn't actually become the massive bestseller it is now, until she appeared on Oprah YEARS later. Her work with positive affirmations and mindset, changed the perspectives of an entire generation, crossing both religious and political lines to touch people.
Sometimes the success we see with energy healers and practitioners appears to happen overnight. They go from being nowhere, to being everywhere. But it ALL takes times. Focusing on your love for the work with others, and love you bring to what you are creating, is critical. Even more so now that social media 'influencing' as a means for promotion has become a norm. Don't rush to make a splash, just focus on your work. Don't worry that you're not doing enough. Create your path in your own way and time.
Louise Hay's first 50 years of life were devoted to deep healing for herself, as she sorted through food disorders, depression, being a parent, a wife, and many other challenges. She was a professional model, and that brought its own blessings and challenges. I watched a documentary once in which she discussed those early times in her life. She mentioned how those early challenges gave her compassion and drive to help others. Everything we experience is a part of who we are as energy healers.
The Louise Hay who, at 75 years old, had established a career as a writer with a nonprofit for AIDS, took 25 years of active focus to get there, even with affirmations and positive mindset. This is such a great reminder that while Miracles absolutely happen all of the time, a career in energy healing or personal development is really based on love for the work.
Our society loves to highlight young starlets, but our world is equally driven by older adults living amazing lives. The challenges of your first 50 years of life are here to prepare you for a rich experience of rebirth inside of your very only life. As your your Saturn returns astrologically in your 60s, you create at an accelerated pace. Some adults give up on improving their lives as they get older, believing, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." First of all, we're not dogs. Second: we are fully capable of learning at any age, and how we train our minds is a big part of that success. Begin healing your mindset right now.
Louise wasn't done!
In her 80s, Louise continued to receive prestigious awards. She:
+ established the first imprint for her own Publishing House
+ created her first Card Decks and Calendars, CDs, paintings, a Radio, and a Film! + + took her workshops to the next level. She'd already transitioned from a focus on AIDS into a focus on healing for everyone. Now she began to focus on bringing up other healers and writers through her publishing house.
+ now included teachings that moved beyond healing and into empowerment.
Louise began collaborating with people of younger generations, growing more beautiful with age, and focusing all the while on her core audience and message that "You Can Heal!" All of her books had titles that captured the essence of this truth. By honing this simple message, she helped millions of people in the world.
Remember that book she wrote a few decades ago? "You can Heal Your Life" crested 35 million copies sold, and continues strong today.
Louise died in 2017 at the age of 90. Remember, your life is what you make of it. You are never too old to get started, and every step on your journey is one to celebrate. Even when you are focused solely on healing yourself, you are also healing the world.
Don't fall into the trap of believing your age limits you. You have no limits, except the ones you decide to live by. Life can absolutely be challenging at times, but your challenges don't have to stop you. Begin with one step. And then another. Go where your soul calls you. Use all of your practical tools to make it a relatively joyful journey.
Think of your age right now, and imagine what your next 10 years might look like.... What do you see?
If you'd like to get started on your healing journey, there are a million different ways to begin. Call me, or send me a message if you're feeling stuck or uncertain, and we can get you going in the right direction.
DAILEY LITTLE is a healing practitioner, transformational life coach, ordained Priestess, and teacher who founded Healing Heart Reiki to help others navigate life with joy. She offers private sessions, and teaches classes in healing and mindset from a magical peaceful corner of the world in Northern California. For more info see: www.SantaRosaReiki.com