Monday, January 16, 2012

Abraham-Hicks 2.0

When a New Abraham-Hicks Came to Town

Esther, Jerry and Abraham Hicks
After Jerry Hicks died, Esther Hicks, after a few months of fumbling for direction, aggressively reinvented the platform. Abraham-Hicks 2.0 takes a look at the changes.

Transitioning Abraham-Hicks


In an earlier article, I asked the question: Does Jerry Hicks Death From Cancer Mean The End Of Abraham-Hicks?  It should have, but it didn't. Reality won out over the wish, although in a diminished and less charismatic way.

The renewed Esther is flashier than the one lead around by Jerry, but Jerry's dynamic was one of a kind, impossible to duplicate.

When you take a look back, you see that the transition from the old, much-loved Abraham took place once already: when money and fame first came rolling in.

In a scene during that transition and before Jerry and Esther began discarding the friends with whom they started, one prominent member of the traveling party got a call from Esther late at night after a workshop.

"They gave me a standing ovation," she cooed proudly.

Abraham, purportedly the real star of the show was already being shoved aside by 2005.

Read up: The Abraham Hicks phenomenon in perspective...

              


 Esther and Jerry Hicks publicly shared the news of Jerry's eventually fatal illness in the spring of 2011. Given some of her earlier antics on stage, attacking audience members, even throwing some out, and his confiding that he'd already lost fifteen pounds from his slight frame, it seems likely that he was ill longer than they admitted, partially explaining Esther's going native and abusing paid workshop attendees.

If Esther's going a little crazy with Abraham signaled the next big reinvention of Abraham-Hicks, Jerry's public expression of illness accelerated it.


Reformatting for Abraham-Hicks 2.0



With her husband sidelined and no longer providing intros and support for the Abraham-Hicks workshops, Esther Hicks began to take liberties Jerry Hicks had not allowed her, discarding her decades old barefoot country preacher garb for a flashy new set of clothes. The clothes aren't astonishing in a normal context but for the previously dowdy, sexless Esther Hicks, they were.


Abraham-Hicks 1.0

Of course, no explanation was given for this nor about other physical changes in the layout of her stage performance.

With the real brains of the works gone, Abraham (as presented by Esther Hicks) quickly showed that she had never been the smart one. Adding to a list of already questionable "insights," Esther explained to an anxious mother that she should not be worried about her sons unwillingness to share toys. 

She compared the brat to Jesus who, according to Esther, did not waste time worrying about other people's "toylessness," leaving listeners to wonder what Jesus she might have been talking about.

Then, she topped it, rebuking the same mother of the same kid for her trying to prevent her son from kicking their cat. The cat, Esther wisely explained, was teaching the child. 

I'm not making this up.

More recently, in a riff that seemed to have no other purpose than to turn off followers, in her first solo appearance after Jerry's death, Esther Hicks had Abraham spouting the virtues of copyright protections. 

Some followers had been induced by the law of attraction to copy her online workshops and share them over the internet. This disrupted the flow of money for Abraham's teachings and forced the Abraham-Hicks Publishing operation to seek legal remedies, something Abraham-Hicks 1.0 said was never advisable. 

Contradictory as this was, Esther went on to top even that.

Abraham-Hicks 2.0 In Full Bloom

Although Kyra, the skeptic behind Kyra Speaks predicted Esther would come up with something "adorable" to mark Jerry Hicks death, it still surprised us when, in her first trip back on stage, she outright channeled him, presenting him as a merry quipster in the middle of the spiritual preaching by Abraham. 

In twenty-five years of ever-evolving (some would add, increasingly contradictory) workshop appearances, Esther had always claimed that the one-hundred "nonphysical entities" that made up Abraham always spoke in a single, unified voice through  blocks of thoughts she received in trance and translated, never had a single entity, not even Jesus who she claimed was one of them, ever spoken independently. 

Then, Jerry did. And not only that, he treated Esther and her audience to a witty comment, after which she announced, "That was Jerry."

True, she'd alerted attendees that Jerry just might appear, but here, Abraham-Hicks 2.0 got launched. There was no turning back.

In following workshops, apparently backing off after a hail of criticism, Esther stuffed Jerry back into silent mode on the death side of creation, but showing her knack for saying things that appear really stupid and ill-considered, she took a strong turn toward cult development in her closing remarks... 

Here is the latest Abraham Hicks unforgettable quote: 

"And we would like to speak on behalf of Seth, and God and Jesus and Buddha and all that have come before, and take it one step further into clarity and say that all of us from non-physical are having this moment."

Now, she claims to speak on behalf of God, Jesus and Buddha. What's next? 

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12 comments:

Robert said...

You don't fully understand Abraham's teachings if you question Esther's sincerity.

Dave Stone said...

Robert, you're one among many who claim that skeptics just don't understand.

Maybe, we're just not as gullible and eager to believe without discretion.

Andrew Simon said...

well said, I always thought this cannot be real, if it is, why can't we all just talk to Abraham just like she does? and sometimes she never answered the question, but was talking about a hundred other things. I doubt this is real, it was just a great way to make a lot of money!

Dave Stone said...

Right, Andrew. It was pretty calculated to get them back into the money after Jerry was impoverished by the breakup of his fourth marriage. When Abraham arrived, they were living in a rental apartment in Fresno. Twenty-five years later...

Andrew Simon said...

I wonder what Esther is doing now, I'm not really interested but the guy who knew the business was Jerry. I read Napoleon Hill's book, and I like the idea a lot that you can attract wealth and money, but I don't think you should make up a "group" like Abraham, that nobody but Esther has access to. I read 2 of their books but it's just like their shows, a lot of blabla around a topic but never a real solution.

Dave Stone said...

Andrew, Esther has resumed weekly workshops, traveling around and she has added Jerry to those she claims to channel. He has imparted any wisdom yet, but has the role of a merry quipster. I covered this on Abraham-Hicks: The Sequel.

Attendance is way down and she's pulling a team of factotums behind her. Some are betting she'll be out of the game within a year. It's that boring, but she's pretty savvy at this game, although she was never the smart one of the pair.

I agree with you on the invention of Abraham as a sales gimmick. They wouldn't have gone anywhere without it, but one of the worst effects was in trivializing and retooling what are some pretty good sources of insight and wisdom. It discredits those who really tried to understand and teach, not just sell what Kyra calls "used wisdom."

Andrew Simon said...

now that made me laugh, of course no show without Jerry, dead or alive - she should stop now, before people really see that she's making things up. There are plenty of "real" mediums, with the ability to channel, and of course only she has the ability to channel him. Used wisdom that's what it's all about. Anyone could make up something just teach something that's already been teached. It's just sad that so many people still believe in what she is saying. I watched so many videos of her now, she really never answered a question. One is asking about this and that and she is giving examples of something that has nothing to do with it OR as usual she tells a story about her and Jerry. In other words *hehe* she should stop and enjoy the rest of her life and money.

Dave Stone said...

She probably had some ideas about doing that, Andrew, but she's being pushed by the whole entourage that depends financially on the workshops, cruises, merchandise, etc.

But I think the ship is sinking fast enough that it won't float a whole lot longer.

LUZ CLARITA said...

I was an Abraham follower, and I learned that all following is blind. I opened my eyes and started questioning things about her and the channeling process. Besides her lack of ability to answer a question straight to the point. If you are claiming that you channel "Infinite Intelligence" and somebody asks about the String Theory and you don't have a clue...well, you are a scam, as simple as that. I have a bunch of DVD's from them I've been trying to sell but nobody wants them! I guess they will remind me how blind I was...

Dave Stone said...

Congratulations on getting out, Luz.

True Indigo said...

Without trying to be as blatantly obvious as Esther Hicks, I took the time to write a comprehensive book explaining why the "law" of attraction is a complete fabrication, largely using its own source documents as proof, such as WIlliam Atkinsons 1906 work. The "it's just like gravity" mantra parroted by the LoA bobbleheads? This comes from Atkinson. In fact, this magical law organizes, according to Atkinson not only gravity, but electromagnetism, electron spin, adhesion, cohesion, all force, and all motion in the universe. His proof? Because he says "suppose." Not one mathematical equation, not one piece of physical evidence. The title is The Principle by True Indigo and is available on Amazon. I have made a public offer of $1,000,000 to anyone - anyone - anywhere - who can provide proof that this magical "law" which has never once been demonstrated or been documented exists. So far, after over a year, no one has "attracted" the money. Is this because it doesn't exist?

True Indigo said...

Without trying to be as blatantly obvious as Esther Hicks, I took the time to write a comprehensive book explaining why the "law" of attraction is a complete fabrication, largely using its own source documents as proof, such as WIlliam Atkinsons 1906 work. The "it's just like gravity" mantra parroted by the LoA bobbleheads? This comes from Atkinson. In fact, this magical law organizes, according to Atkinson not only gravity, but electromagnetism, electron spin, adhesion, cohesion, all force, and all motion in the universe. His proof? Because he says "suppose." Not one mathematical equation, not one piece of physical evidence. The title is The Principle by True Indigo and is available on Amazon. I have made a public offer of $1,000,000 to anyone - anyone - anywhere - who can provide proof that this magical "law" which has never once been demonstrated or been documented exists. So far, after over a year, no one has "attracted" the money. Is this because it doesn't exist?