YOUR BEST ANALYST
that negative mental patterns are among the causes of illness and
determine its form, we can use our ailments as a precious instrument
for understanding what we still haven't understood about ourselves.
I refer to Louise Hay's work on Positive Thinking, which she deals
in her book You Can Heal Your Life, (U.S. Publication, 1984).
By following the positive thinking method, Hay healed herself of
the psychological aftereffects of the violence and rapes she suffered
in childhood and of an ensuing tumour in her vagina, for which she
was given just a few months to live.
Her method is based on diet, prayer, optimism, love for oneself
and for others, and meditation. Assisted by a psychotherapist, Hay
was healed also by venting repressed feelings and anger and by shouting
and punching her pillows. Moreover, she devoted herself to the practice
of telling herself in front of the mirror in a loud voice:
"I care for you. I love you. You are a wonderful person",
and similar compliments. It may seem foolish talking to yourself
in front of the mirror, but she maintains that these rituals have
great power to influence the unconscious, "to reprogram"
our internal computer and to erase our old "mental tapes,"
which constantly repeat to us that we are worthless and that the
world is the shit of a constipated dinosaur.