Several years ago I embarked on a Hay House Writers Workshop Cruise to Alaska by myself. My wish was, “I hope I meet some people that I connect with and will stay in touch with afterwards.” Well, the next day I met three women at breakfast and to say that we hit it off was an understatement. We attended the workshop sessions together, and laughed from the minute we started off the day until we called it a night – late.

At the time, my world had become very small. I’d had one hip replaced and was scheduled to have the other one done the week after we disembarked. I used a cane and mobility was painful but I was going on that cruise, no matter that my surgeon had told me that I wouldn’t enjoy it.  He was wrong, wrong, wrong.

Meeting these women was an event that I wouldn’t have missed for the world, but the icing on the cake was when I met the founder of Hay House Publications, Louise L. Hay. Our last docking was Victoria, British Columbia. I stayed on board that night to prepare for a meeting the next day in Vancouver with a client. After dinner I went up to the Crow’s Nest to watch the sunset. The lounge was essentially empty as almost everyone had set off to see the sights of Victoria. I was gazing out the enormous windows at the gorgeous descent of the sun when I heard a woman ask me, “Are you watching the same thing I’m watching?” I looked around to see Louise Hay standing at my shoulder. I responded, “Yes I am.” I continued, “Thank you so much for all that you do and for hosting this cruise. It’s so nice to be with people that are of like mind.” She replied, “You’re welcome.” As we talked she recommended that I go to see the Butchart Gardens, a glorious display of flowers, trees and water features. “Every time I go there I cry,” she said.  I was touched that the beauty of nature impressed her as much as it did me.” We chatted a bit more, then when the sun dipped below the horizon, she returned to her companions.

P7170211Louise Hay has been an inspiration to me and millions of others throughout the years. The following year, my first writing submission was accepted and published by Hay House in Modern Day Miracles, Miraculous Moments and Extraordinary Stories from People All Over the World Whose Lives Have Been Touched by Louise L. Hay. My submission was an account of part of my transformation using her work from, You Can Heal Your Life. My story is on page is, “How I Stopped Smoking.” I learned that my addiction was just a smoke screen that acted as a barrier against the relentless criticism I endured as a child and later inflicted on myself and others.

For years I would tell people, “The mind turns its pain over to the body,” not realizing how my own trauma had manifested in various parts of my body. Some of the thought patterns I had died a slow death, others were easier to release. Louise Hay started my journey of physical, mental and emotional healing and she continues to be one of my favorite teachers. It was a treat to be meet her and thank her in person. I learned later that she is also an artist and art has been one of the primary ways I have healed myself as I receive messages from Spirit as I paint, and so can you.

Louise had a rough beginning as did many of us. She still serves as an inspiration and reminder that no matter where you are, or what you have been through, you can still heal.

Teresa Leigh Ander is Psychic Painter and Relationship Coach.   She is the founder and facilitator of Make Your Life Come True, a Transformational Arts Program which focuses on personal development through DreamScape Soul Portraits. Teresa’s unique combination of channeled Art and Spiritual Teachings gives you the ability to transmute the energy of life’s challenges into knowledge, wisdom and deliberate manifestation.

Teresa, shown here with Toto, her horse, is documenting her own miracle through her DreamScape Soul Portraits blog and the equine experience in her forthcoming book, The Shadow of My Horse, Finding the Goddess Within.

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