Thursday, July 28, 2011

Esther, Jerry Hicks and Abraham: Did You Eat the Whole Thing?

Esther, Jerry Hicks and the Abraham-Hicks Scam: Some Truths

Esther, Jerry and Abraham Hicks
The Abraham-Hicks thing's a puzzle, isn't it? Not so long ago, I ate the whole thing, just as you may have.

Hard as it is to believe Esther, Jerry Hicks and Abraham's claims, it's easy enough to agree on what are called the "teachings," or at least what they used to be.

But a vocal group of skeptics and critics call the whole show an Abraham Hicks scam, a fraud that Esther and Jerry Hicks kept running for twenty-five years.

100 Nonphysical Teachers

Esther and Jerry Hicks insisted that a hundred or so "nonphysical" teachers, speaking in unison as "Abraham," voluntarily arise in Esther Hicks' head to deliver "blocks of thought" which she translates as teachings of eternal wisdom.

At best, this fails to explain why she stood barefoot on stage in  ritual garb, going into apparent trances and talking with an eerie accent, as if the entities themselves were speaking.

Over the years, the accent diminished, another mystery, but older recordings are still available.

The truth about Esther Hicks and Abraham is probably more obvious than obscure, with a quarter of a century to look back on for contradictions and inconsistencies, jumbled information and an accelerating mania for selling workshops, cruises, books and associated products.

This souped up marking apparatus went beyond what skeptics thought possible, openly tooling up Jerry Hicks' cancer to goose ticket sales for DVDs, workshops and webcasts.

(And, no, while he was alive and fighting, they have never admitted that Jerry Hicks was being treated for leukemia. That admission would immediately prove that the core of what Esther Hicks has been preaching all along is false.)

I've written several articles and participated in more forums than I can count in which the primary topic is Esther Hicks and Abraham. If there is a point of view I haven't heard or debated, I'd be surprised.

I have criticized flaws in Abraham's teachings and especially in Esther's evolving, frequently mean-spirited style, which lacks, not just empathy, but ordinary kindness. Nothing else I've written on any subject draws as much attention. Or hostility.

Esther, Jerry Hicks and the Abraham Hicks Scam: Facade Crumbles

I once wrote an article, Is Esther Hicks Faking? My conclusion, then, was that she wasn't. After recent developments, however, I've had to reverse my opinion.

Anyone reviewing the twenty-five year public history of Esther Hicks on stage, speaking the same message, evolved and honed, would have a hard time concluding that it was a gimmick. A performer with skills greater than Laurence Olivier might not be able to pull it off. Even stars in long running plays and televisions shows give it up sooner.

Holes were discovered in the overall fabric of Esther Hicks' Abraham "truths" when challenged by events like the World Trade Center disaster. Despite the obvious craziness of it, Esther Hicks, as Abraham, continued to insist that all deaths are voluntary. In other words, each is a suicide. "No exceptions!" she announced when challenged after the disaster.

Even more than in the past, marketing and sales messages saturate every step, more taking than
giving in the lessons.

I realized that at least some of the "teachings" had to be bogus, inventions of Esther and Jerry Hicks. Either that or their "eternal beings," Abraham, were whacked or not very bright.

Then, starting in mid-2009, the presentations began to unravel and the spirit grew coarser. In depth studies, like those reported in the blog, Kyra Speaks, began poking holes in the Esther, Jerry Hicks and Abraham story that couldn't be glossed over.

Esther, Jerry Hicks and the Abraham Hicks Scam: Abraham Hicks and Others

Maybe you've heard of Seth or even Theo. Maybe Chief Joseph has crossed your path. All of these have human counterparts who claim they are conduits from another spiritual or nonphysical world. The say, in other words, that they do what Abraham does through Esther Hicks.

Esther, Jerry Hicks and Abraham were neither first nor original. (You can argue they were the first with overt meanness and disdain for followers who don't snap instantly into line.)

The success Esther and, especially, Jerry Hicks had in promoting Abraham as well as the lack of critical scrutiny spawned an outburst of newcomers claiming to be channeled and ready to dispense wisdom.

Success spawns imitators. Even when new channels are not involved, self-appointed teachers and law of attraction life coaches abound. There are even people who claim that they too channel the same Abraham Esther does. Could there be a shortage of nonphysical entities, forcing them to share?

Esther, Jerry Hicks and the Abraham Hicks Scam: Teachings of Abraham Hicks

Abraham, it is said, takes over the mind of Esther Hicks in a meditative state and delivers "blocks of thought" for interpretation. Why this caused an accent, a la Theo, is not explained, since Abraham tells audiences that there are no words of verbal communications in the spirit world.

Here are some basics:

  • The central teaching from Abraham is that the "Law of Attraction" is the most powerful force in the universe. (Not that it describes the force; it is it, showing a specific ignorance of scientific principle.) Thought empowers vibrations that attract their equivalent. Thoughts force the universe to deliver the essence of what is being thought about. The more emotionally powerful the thought, even if ill-defined, the more more complete and quick is the delivery.
  • Because most of us are unaware of the power inherent in our thoughts and emotions, we create realities by default. That is, the universe has no choice but to deliver, no matter how unintentional or careless your "thought vibrations." A fear of something, for example, has the ability to bring that fear into your life. As Esther and Jerry Hicks write in Ask and It Is Given, "You get what you think about, whether you want it or not."
  • Acknowledging the confusing complexities most people must sort through, Abraham has suggested a number of implementing practices. In brief, they encourage "reaching for the next best thought," giving students step ladders to find their way up incrementally.
  • Abraham teaches positive thinking and sustaining faith in results. Manifestations of desires that must arise in complex lives where other desires and conflicts compete . Sorting out is a learning process. A lack of faith delays graduation.
  • I recently read a law of attraction "expert" (There are many self-proclaimed.), insisting that, in order to achieve your desires, you must maintain an intense focus on them. This is not what Esther Hicks says. Abraham has taught that the universe gets the message every time and will deliver every time, instantly. No need to think hard or to hold onto a thought deliberately. Allowing the delivery is your issue, so be careful what you wish for. You will get it, according to these teachings.
  • "Life is supposed to be fun," is a motto derived from the teachings and embraced by Jerry and Esther Hicks and their followers. If you are struggling with the law of attraction in your life, relax, take a breath, and try to find the impulse that most motivates you. Be easy with it, as Esther has conveyed from Abraham. Struggle merely indicates that you are going in the wrong direction. Pick up you oars and let yourself float easily downstream.
  • Finally, a practice of daily meditation is critical to success. Connecting with your inner self, Marianne Williamson has said, is as essential as taking a shower, and Esther, Jerry Hicks and Abraham agree. Meditation was the first thing Theo recommended to Esther and Jerry, and it was through meditation that Abraham was allowed to enter our lives.

Esther, Jerry Hicks and the Abraham Hicks Scam: Truths

The teachings coming from Esther Hicks and Abraham began simply, grew tangled and, finally, full of contradictions and perilously bad advice.

(You don't need health insurance or doctors because, if you follow the teachings correctly, you will never be sick, a bit of "infinite wisdom" proved false when Jerry Hicks began treatments for leukemia.)

But it's easy to see how this happens more visibly as the "teachings" meet reality and have to be justified.

The challenge of turning teachings into demonstrable results would be hard enough, but the bizarre nature of some of them (All deaths are suicides.) make the effort impossible.

As all smart religions eventually do, this one simply dismisses skeptics as failures who don't understand the teachings or are unable to practice them effectively. Esther, Jerry Hicks and Abraham rarely give interviews and, after making fools of themselves in a conversation with a British journalist, have stopped entirely. The questions remain unanswered, simply dismissed instead.

Dissenters and doubters are evicted from their workshops, and the tightly controlled official Abraham Hicks Forum quickly deletes threads deemed "off topic." Why would any conversation about "truths" need protection, I wonder.)

If you'd like to assess for yourself, read the core books, most importantly Ask and It Is Given, which I find to be one of the weirdest and least coherent books ever published. (You may see it completely differently, but that's what discovering truths is really about, isn't it?)

Avoid anything having to do with The Vortex, the books, the guided meditations, etc. That's all rehashed garbage heaped on the market with nothing new to say.

Once you get your basic information, anything else is just elaboration and sales. 

David Stone
Find all my books on my Amazon Author Page
Some additional articles about Abraham Hicks.
Is Abraham Hicks A Fake presents a more detailed discussion of the flaws.
Post a Comment