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.

This souped up marking apparatus went beyond what skeptics thought possible, openly tooling up Jerry Hicks’s fatal 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 a critical part of 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’ve 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.

But  holes breached 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 insisted when challenged after the disaster.

Recently, 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 not very bright.
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.

An Abraham Hicks Scam: The 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 exactly what Abraham does through Esther Hicks.
Esther and Jerry Hicks with 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 begets 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, of charitable channels, forcing them to share?

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 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.

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 nearly impossible.
As all smart religions eventually do, Abraham-Hicks along with its followers simply dismisses skeptics as failures who don’t understand the teachings or are unable to practice them effectively. Esther, Jerry Hicks and Abraham seldom allowed interviews and, after making fools of themselves in a conversation with a British journalist, 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
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Some additional articles about Abraham Hicks.
Is Abraham Hicks A Fake presents a more detailed discussion of the flaws.
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4 Comments

  1. Hi David,I was completely sold on Esther/Abraham until a few days after Jerry's admission of illness. I hadn't heard about the spider bite or cancelled workshops, but in my search after that news I found both your site and Kyra Speaks.I felt like I got kicked in the stomach, and it's taken a while for me to grieve the loss, believe it or not!Anyway – I appreciate your site (& Kyra's) for the rational and systematic explanation of the scam.I was wondering if you happened to see one of the A-H blogs, where Esther (?) talked about Abraham writing a meditation or something for Jerry… The first part sounded like it was for wellness, but the majority *really* seemed more like relaxing into the vortex, i.e. path of least resistance, just go ahead and croak, Jerry. I'm absolutely kicking myself for not taking a screencap, because I think it has disappeared! I've searched the various AH blogs, and cannot find it again! Wondered if you or one of your readers saw it, and if it's still somewhere online.Thanks, Juli

  2. Hi, and yes, Juli, I retain all that stuff. Here is the full email blast:Dear Friends,We so much appreciate all the inquiries and love that you have been sending our way and we wanted to give you a quick update.We’re going to fly to Del Mar on Monday for the next phase of our rebalancing act in getting Jerry back on his feet and feeling frisky. Every day we’re experiencing the relief that we can only receive from Abraham as they remind us about the power of the Vortex. We are enjoying the comfort when we are able to ignore the temporary what-is.Abraham recorded a wonderful segment for Jerry last night guiding him toward complete comfort and ease, and that is exactly what he is focusing on now. We’ll continue our city-to-city workshop schedule as posted, which means that we'll be enjoying the company of our friends in San Francisco on Saturday, July 9th. If you'd like to join the generally frisky Frisco workshop group, you can call the office before 4 p.m. CDT on Friday (830-755-2299). The last San Francisco workshop was filled to capacity, so a phone reservation would ensure that we won't run out of chairs.If you won't be physically with us in San Francisco on Saturday, you can join Jerry in the virtual audience with the LIVE broadcast, which will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. PDT. We are so happy to have the ability to offer this LIVE broadcast option to our friends around the world. Click here to register for the Frisco LIVE broadcast.We love you all and appreciate not just your understanding (and we know you do) but your unwavering certainty in well-being.Our love, Jerry & Esther While I agree with your assessment (and they seem to have been preparing followers on their Daily Quotes with a flood of death material), I was more startled by however update on Jerry's condition leads to a sales pitch. Can't imagine anything more cynical.There was another after this, and although signed by Esther and Jerry, it was clearly written my neither. Probably by their PR people, either because what Esther had been writing was sounding so weird or because she was just too out of it to write the standard, chipper notes.In this one, the writer claimed that Jerry was wondering how many countries the LIVE broadcasts had reached. They produced a map (Esther isn't tech enough to do that), and of course, pivoted to another sales pitch. Just as a related note, I should tell you and whoever follows on this blog that most of material on this subject is on Squidoo. You can hit the links from the right column. I mention it because Esther and Mark (her factotum in charge in Texas) have found them and regularly send anonymous readers in to make distracting comments and try to deflect others from reading through. It's part of a longstanding practice Jerry had to send proxies out to unsettle critics. I don't think he's up to it at the moment; so, it's probably Mark fulfilling Esther's commands. It's all pretty lame, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

  3. Thanks for your response, David!Wow, funny how my memory turned that one sentence about Jerry's special recording into what I thought was a whole paragraph…I actually had Squidoo bookmarked already. 🙂 Had no idea that some of the \”denser\” posters were sent to be disruptive! LOL It explains a lot, though.Funny, it didn't even occur to me that the sales pitch was odd, only because I don't think I've ever received something from AH that *wasn't* one. But in thinking about it, you're right that it's cynical – disgusting, too.I wonder if \”they\” will send out a notice when Jerry finally passes. I mean, it would be weird to find out he died \”a month ago,\” or even \”a week ago.\”Here's a partial quote from today's LOA daily quote:\”When you make your transition into the Non-physical, you re-emerge into Pure Positive Energy, and you leave all resistance behind. Everyone who makes their transition reaps the glory of Pure Positive Energy.\”I was particularly devastated at having to give up this idea after learning the whole freaking show is a scam. That one idea, that consciousness survives and thrives, REALLY comforted me. Although, the idea that all death is suicide really f*cked me up when my Father died, because it meant that on some level he *left me on purpose!!* (He had cancer.) I'm still reeling from that. I even got in the hotseat once and asked \”Abraham\” something about it. I have blocked out my question and the answer, but maybe one day I'll play the recording and refresh my memory.So yeah, in finally discussing the topic of your post, I ate the WHOLE THING.And in eating/digesting and really internalizing the messages I can see NOW, in retrospect, how harmful it all really was.Ironically, when I first saw Esther live, I walked in on my own two feet. Soon I discovered an annoying progressive nerve process in my legs. Must not have done a good enough job of being in the vortex, because as progressive diseases will do, it progressed. My increasing lack of mobility first had me on a cane, later with braces on both legs, and now I use a walker with a seat. But the wheelchair is fast approaching and I'm SO THANKFUL THAT IT ISN'T MY FAULT!!!Wow. It really was cult-like!! It's really too bad that it took Jerry's cancer for me to question things, and even sadder that some folks are still deluded.I'd like to think it's only because they really don't know about Jerry being a total shuckster, and that Esther and Jerry were doing the LOA show for YEARS before they came up with Abraham. And that Abraham just happens to be a nearly word-for-word imitation of Seth, etc.Because once you know, there's no going back!So, after all this rambling, I want to again thank you for your sites. It's been a painful break-up with the cult, but it's SO much better knowing that at least there is a community of former Abers that understands.Juli

  4. Hi there,It will be interesting to see what happens with it all. I never bought the weird ? germanic /transylvanian accent which Esther burbled in and then became more American as time went on- how dopey do people need to be to believe in channelling.Having said that, it doesn't matter in so far as, eat the chicken and spit out the bones. There is a wealth of useful ideas and notions in their ideas- who ever thought it was from outer space or divine anyway ? ? It all comes form within our own mind, of course we may be inspired by anyone or genetic meory or a flower of the faith we grew up for better or worse.I have found much of the Abe material useful with clarity of goal setting, focussing on what I do want and not just materially- most of us spend too much time bitching about what is wrong or bad istead of trying to improve and using our energy in a constructive manner.As for folk who refused medical help based on the teachings or notions of 2 wealthy pensioners say driving a bus all over the US, I would say that as harsh as it may be, that is Darwin's Natural selction theory in action ie survival of those with a rational thought system working in their own head…or not! But that doesn't excuse the efect of anyone enjoying a messianic adulation and not taking the time to dispell that to any accolites. It would apear that as time has passed, Esther was beginning to come across as believing that she was more divine than anyone in the audience.There is little doubt that there is a mind-body link associated with health and health issues, how accurate the metaphysical meaning or causation is, I don't know but I don't entirely discount it.Certainly a better attitude or postive approach to life has to be better for everyone, as is taking self-responsibility- but as we are human, we shouldn't feel like cr*p about it if we \”attract\” an illness as the Hicks' would suggest. And therein lies the issue which numerous folk have mentioned in blogs- implying that Esther/Abe weren't understanding, of their \”human- ness\”. no-one knowingly or willingly directly brings illness in, but some folk don't help themselves , especially if they have esteem issues eg. obesity, not following a diabetic resolving diet etc ( my aunt got her act together and is no longer on diabetes meds so it can be done in some instances)or stay in abusive relationships, or in a job that they hate- common sense tells us that it is not good for our health.Just because their notions may not have worked for every \”follower\”, that doesn't mean that there was a flaw with their ideas, it could be the way in which folk carried it out. I personally ignore what doesn't sit well with me or what I think it ridiculous.Does it matter that Abe never existed? Not to me, never thought so anyway.Do I think that Esther was channeling? NOIs she especially charismatic? NOPoor ol'Jerry has looked on the way out for ages, but he is pretty old anyway.Is Esther in any way infallible or divine? NO NO NODo some of her ideas have a useful place in the lives of many people? Yes.Are all of her ideas going to work, are all of her ideas in line with how I see things? NOBut… I have the brains to decide and discriminate, use what works, discard the rest, and not fill a void in my life with the need to become anyone's disciple. I am responsible for the choices that I make.Not everyone has that capacity,and I do feel for those folk who for whatever reason, have felt hoodwinked or ripped off. A lot of lessons should be learned.Hopefully, folk will get over themselves and not lock onto antiblogging going over the same ground and admit ok, I was a bit silly, I was taken in by those whom it suited to have a following but ok people, ITS DONE, I will get a grip and I can all get on with having a life now!Best wishes to all.

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