08 Oct Happy 90th Birthday Louise Hay!
Happy 90th Birthday Louise Hay!
The best job interview I ever had was with Louise Hay.
It was to direct a documentary about her life and the many incredible things she has accomplished. The problem was, at the time, I had never heard of her before.
On the drive down to Carlsbad to meet Louise, my friend Gay Hendricks, who had set up the meeting, did his best to fill me in on her.
“Her book You Can Heal Your Life sold 35 million copies,” Gay said.
“Wait, how many copies?”
“If you look up ‘all time best selling books in history’, along with The Bible, Don Quixote and Harry Potter, you’ll see You Can Heal Your Life.”
“Okay.” I was getting nervous. “What else?”
“She was one of the first people to reach out and embrace the gay community when AIDS hit in the 1980s.”
“Wow.” I grew up in the Bay Area and remember how confusing and terrifying that time was for so many people.
“She was diagnosed with cancer and healed herself using her own teachings without surgery or chemotherapy.”
“Really? That’s incredible.”
“Then, she started her own publishing company, Hay House, which is now the largest self-help publishing empire in the world.”
“Oh,” Gay casually said as he parked the car, “I would be careful about trying too hard to impress Louise, she’ll see right through all that.”
“What do you mean?”
“Louise doesn’t really care too much for cocky, aggressive, overtly-ambitious men.”
“No problem there.” Needless to say, I was still nervous as hell.
As I stepped into the office, I remember seeing Louise quietly seated at a table with Reid Tracy, the CEO of Hay House. As I was introduced to Louise, I shook her hand and said a gentle “hello.”
Louise said nothing in return and for what seemed like forever she simply held onto my hand and looked into my eyes. Finally she turned to Reid and said, “Yep, this is going to work.” She smiled and added, “He has kind eyes.”
That was it! I have no memory of what was said during the meeting after that, but it didn’t matter. I had already gotten the job. Despite the fact that I had never made a documentary before, I had never even conducted an on-camera interview before, Louise didn’t care. She simply put her trust in me to pull it off.
Making “You Can Heal Your Life the Movie” turned out to be a wonderful experience. Louise was easy to work with, flexible and open to all my creative, sometimes wacky, ideas. In return, I ended up learning a tremendous amount from her, from the connection between our thoughts and the life we manifest, to how important it is to trust your intuition, as she had done when we first met.
Louise is not only a true inspiration who has helped millions of people but also a dear friend. So today I want to wish her the happiest of birthdays.
You’re a true queen, Lulu.
– Michael Goorjian (author of What Lies Beyond the Stars)