Esther, Jerry Hicks and the Abraham-Hicks Scam, A Closer Look
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 and Jerry Hicks claims about Abraham, it’s easy enough to agree on what They’ve called the “teachings,” or at least what they used to be.
Esther, Jerry and Abraham Hicks
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 collaboration as Abraham arise in Esther Hicks’ head, delivering “blocks of thought” which she translates as teachings of eternal wisdom.
Skeptics, in detail…
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 simply dumping wisdom into her cranium.
Over the years, the accent evaporated, evolving into normal speech and 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.
Esther, Jerry Hicks and the Abraham Hicks Scam: Facade Crumbles
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.
An Abraham Hicks Scam: The Others
Could there be a shortage of nonphysical entities, of charitable channels, forcing them to share?
Teachings of Abraham Hicks
- 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 maintaining faith in results. Manifestations of desires must arise in complex lives where other desires and conflicts compete. Sorting out is a learning process. A lack of faith delays delivering the goodies.
- 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’re struggling at getting result from 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. Struggle merely indicates that you’re pushing in the wrong direction. Pick up your 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 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 their lives.
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.