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Jerry Hicks Bio, A Too Short Story

Jerry Hicks Bio

A too short story…

Jerry Hicks’s bio comes up short as a story. Big gaps are missing. A colorful figure, he had had an interesting history before meeting Esther, but where is it?

Esther, Jerry & Abraham Hicks
(Left to right) Esther, Jerry and Abraham Hicks

Online, before he died, Jerry Hicks claimed all sorts of achievements, trapeze artist, successful entrepreneur. But it’s nearly impossible to find evidence of his existence before the 1990s. In that decade, he emerges as an Amway seller, teamed up Trish, wife #4..

Jerry Hicks Bio, A Too Short Story is an excerpt from An Abraham Hicks Digest

Jerry Hicks failed to scuttle The Secret and lost a trademark claim on “law of attraction.” But scored as a prolific spiritual marketer with a mysteriously spotty personal history.

Actually, it’s more than spotty. His biography has gaps, some decades wide. Will we ever know what’s hidden in there or why it’s hidden?

Jerry Hicks or Jerry Hickson?

Who was Jerry Hicks and how did he spend sixty years, hardly leaving a trace? A senior citizen, an affair with Esther wrecks her marriage to Richard after which they ride her gifts and the law of attraction to riches.

In all the fuss over Jerry Hicks’ death from leukemia and the leading edge marketing of his illness, the story of his life got even more obscure.

Check that. It’s been lost for a long time, probably deliberately, but why?

Here’s what we don’t know about Jerry Hicks bio:

What was his real name?

Before latching onto Esther and the law of attraction, he used at least one other name, Jerry Hickson.

Jerry said he used Hickson while performing as a folk artist. But was his bio’s invisibility enabled by other names?

When did he learn about the law of attraction?

He claimed ignorance of its origins, even while using the phrase and associated buzz words that had been around for almost a century. He tried registering a trademark on it, but what the heck made him think he could get away with that?

What did he do before meeting Esther, marketing the law of attraction and launching Abraham?

“Jerry’s life reads like a celebrity bio: circus performer, juggler, boxer, singer, gymnast, radio show host, comedian, millionaire entrepreneur.”

That’s what the Abraham-Hicks website said before and for years after he died.

If he did all these things, why is there no record?

So, how come nobody can find any record of any of these activities?

Jerry answered a journalist once by claiming Rip Taylor as one celebrity — he was at the time — with whom he’d worked. But Rip Taylor said he’d never heard of Jerry Hicks, “and I remember everyone.”

Jerry Hicks talked of working as an acrobat in Cuba. Spiritually, his gymnastics were legendary all over the place.

A circus performer? We give him that, especially if it’s something more like a carnival act, prestidigitation, etc.

Abraham-Hicks skeptic, Kyra, researched Jerry’s and Esther’s deft performances.

But if he was a “millionaire entrepreneur,” as the website claimed, why were he, Esther and her daughter Tracy living in a rented apartment in Fresno when, as the myth has it, Abraham seized Esther’s voice, mind and hands?

Did Abraham show them the law of attraction to lift them out of the middle class? Why need the spooky entities if Jerry was already such an money making blockbuster?

How old was he?

Really. He confessed to 87, but knowledgeable sources suggest he shaved a few years off, roughly five.

Did five years vanish with the rest of his biography? Has anyone seen a birth certificate? A death certificate or a public obituary might shed some light on the secrets too. But neither have turned up.

What about the first four wives… and the kids?

What happened to his first four (admitted) wives and the fiancee he ditched to land Esther as wife number five? Why don’t any of them ever come out of the closet and talk about him?

Jerry makes no bones about calling them tumultuous and dead end relationships, but what makes them shut up, disappear or both?

Are there skeletons in the closet?

Were his children “dead end relationships” too?

In what sounds like a low end soap opera, Jerry hooked up with Esther after divorcing Trish and already engaged to someone else. Esther still lived with Richard and Tracy.

What was going on before that?

From what we know of the sketchy details of his life with Trish, he enjoyed the benefits of a robust Amway operation –inherited from her family.

But that doesn’t explain the website claim of “building a multi-million-dollar business operation engaging over 100,00 people.”

Surely he wasn’t claiming to have built Amway, although it’s not much more far-fetched than the one about Abraham’s hijacking his wife.

He and Trish were in an upper tier at Amway, but not the top. So, was that just a clever use of words? What does “engaging” mean to Jerry?

Is there really some giant enterprise out there nobody knows anything about?

All we don’t know…

What happened to it, and how did his improvised family end up in a rented apartment in Fresno?

That’s not all we don’t know, but you get the picture.

Jerry’s history before Esther, the law of Attraction and Abraham is obscure. Maybe we don’t know his real name, and maybe there were others.

In any case, it’s not easy to expunge six decades of public records, including marriages and the births of children.

The task is too large. The facts are there, but hidden behind some simpler gimmick.

Does the Jerry trail lead down a road of other identities and multiple names? How else do you wipe out all but twenty-five years of a ninety year lifespan?

What Do We Know About Jerry Hicks?

Not as much as you think. Even the segments of his life with Esther, before Abraham-Hicks, the law of attraction, The Secret and after are muddy. Misleading information suggests someone with a gift for mounting false facades.

Jerry met Esther while she worked at his wife’s bookkeeper. Whether the relationship took seed while Esther still worked for Trish or after the divorce, we really don’t know. We know that Esther’s first husband discovered their affair, finding her car parked in a motel lot.

Jerry was engaged to wife-to-be #5 at the time. That probably explains why they had nestle in a motel instead of his bachelor pad.

Neither Esther or Jerry tell this story. They say Jerry had dead-end relationships and Richard was “controlling.” That’s all.

His controlling nature probably objected to her sleeping around. We don’t know if Jerry’s fiancee #5 became “dead end” before or after he hooked up with Esther. Maybe this most recent dead end will speak up some day.

Two years into the marriage, after researching Seth, an entity much like Abraham, although vastly more complex, channeled by the late Jane Roberts, they took a session with Sheila Gillette. She channels Theo.

Not much later, Abraham seized Esther and made them rich, as the story is told.

Abraham had a lot of features in common with Seth, Theo, Jane and Sheila. Abraham was in the spirit world and chose Esther, just as Seth chose Jane and Theo chose Sheila.

At great sacrifice to themselves, as many Abraham-Hicks followers insist, Jerry and Esther followed these examples in selling that wisdom in private sessions and public appearances.

According to the Abraham-Hicks website, “These two fun-loving adventure-seekers are currently breathing in huge lungfuls of joy as they figure-eight across the United States in their rock star monster bus, following the good weather, meeting friends along the way and enabling as many people as possible to visit with Abraham.”

Phew! Talk about sacrifice!

We don’t know the details about how Esther and Jerry gave birth to Abraham, maybe that’s a secret too, even though we do have an incoherent story they published that no one with a mental age over ten could except, unless they were delusional already.

It went from intimate performances for friends, Esther and Jerry claim, although not one of those friends stepped up to verify them, and grew into crowd-pleasing live audience performances.

Jerry rolled along on his wife’s Abraham gig, writing books and editing transcripts for sale to followers not fortunate or wealthy enough to be in attendance. They even thoughtfully set up subscriptions for those in need of hearing “the teachings of Abraham” on a regular basis on tape.

Because the invention of Abraham bonded them like asymmetrical Siamese twins from different mothers, there were never two separate people living their own lives after The Secret, inspired by an Abraham-Hicks workshop. They were together 24X7, in their monster bus or in one of their plush residences. This shielded Jerry even further.

Until Death Did Them Part, The Law Of Attraction Malfunctions

Given the circumstances surrounding the last year of Jerry’s life, it seems that the end will be surrounded by as much diversion and misdirection as were his early years.

The little we know about Jerry’s life suggests he had a relentless tendency to con. Even when inclined to talk straight, he was hushed by Esther, as we saw when they sat for an interview, eager to break into new territory overseas.

They never did that again, risking only controlled “interviews” on YouTube and with the awestruck and undiscerning Oprah Winfrey.

The public portion of Jerry Hicks’s glide down to the end launched with an email blast, carrying his signature, that strained to put a spider bite as the cause of his having begun “heavy chemotherapy.”

Esther later claimed, without opening the door to a rebuttal, that everyone understood “heavy chemotherapy” meant cancer. Not so.

Comments on Abraham-Hicks forums at the time argued angrily that cancer was not the cause for Jerry’s hospitalization. One explained that taking aspirin was a form of chemotherapy.

True believers hung onto hope that Jerry’s cancer and his immediate choice of conventional medicine didn’t mean what it appeared to mean: even Jerry and Esther knew that the teachings of Abraham were dangerous nonsense when it came to health and death.

How, many wondered, did the law of attraction come to deliver Jerry Hicks an incurable leukemia? Why did he seek such a death through his “vibration” and thoughts? Esther was mute on the subject.

As disturbing as all this was to the Abraham-Hicks camp, it exposed one more secret.

Certainly inadvertent was the exposure in Jerry’s writing that he need to put back “fifteen pounds” of flesh. His illness has been severe much longer than the month claimed, unless he lost all fifteen pounds by surgically removing more than 10% of his body.

True believers hung onto hope…

Comparing email blasts from the group, the wonderfully funny Cosmic Connie showed that, at the time of their messages to followers, Esther and Jerry Hicks recalled some wonderful time off after he began his first round of chemo.

But the marketing went on and workshops continued at a reduced frequency, leaving Esther and Jerry time “to play” in the intervals. Evidence suggests that much of this play involved alternative cancer therapies, including stem cell replacement, that may have lead the couple to South Korea for treatment.

Jerry’s last public appearance among other than family occurred during a Skype test Abraham-Hicks Publishing thought might lead to lucrative webcasts — with no more traveling.

It was only Jerry’s voice, sounding “old and sick.”

Esther’s dress was a hit, turning it into a sort of its own focus group.

For publicity purposes, the “Abrascam” promoters released pictures of Jerry out with the family for a balloon ride. Released in September, more than three months after finishing therapy, and apparently designed to present a healthy and buoyant image of the then critically octogenarian, they ended up seeming crudely and cruelly exploitative.

By this time, the upbeat email blasts with health updates, still never mentioning cancer, had ended, and after the balloon jaunt, so did all mention of Jerry Hicks until, strangely, five days after the date on which Esther claims he died.

Then, the day before Thanksgiving, Esther wrote a message and sent it by email to her followers. Jerry Hicks had “transitioned” on the previous Friday. Absent were her usual crude remarks about “croaking,” tossed out proudly when referring anyone else, and never once did she remind us that, “It’s always good when the old ones go,” a phrase she used to emphasize the importance of their getting out of the way of a more capable younger generation.

Adding to the secret of much of Jerry Hicks’ life was that her message to followers had little to say about Jerry, just some fond references to his being “sweet.” Rather than a death notice, the message was mostly about Esther. Her narcissism failed to let down even with the announcement of his death.

What About Jerry Hicks’ Life After Death?

No death certificate or obituary for Jerry Hicks has been found by researchers or offered by Esther. Why would such a thing be hidden or is the con so addictive it survives physical death? Maybe Esther is chronically unable to convey even the simplest truths. What have they to hide?

A good question would be when and where did Jerry die, assuming he did, an assumption not so simple when it comes to this pair. Having announced that he was dead and admitted at last that the cause was cancer, what was there to gain from obscuring the details?

And why wait five days? Was there a name other than “Jerry Hicks” on the death certificate, and where did his death occur. Information quickly removed from the internet suggested a trip to South Korea in search of a miracle cure. Was the smoke screen just one last dodge from questions about why Jerry never followed the teachings of Abraham to a cure and how the law of attraction led him to an illness and death that he openly did not want?

Maybe Jerry Hicks will tell us himself.

In an event weird even for this crowd, Esther began channeling him publicly during her Abraham-Hicks workshop shows. So far, he has only appeared in asides that Esther and her followers find witty. Maybe in future sessions, he’d tell us his real name and explain what became of those missing fifty years.

You know, I doubt it, but maybe…

Hot seat, anyone?

The above and excerpt for An Abraham Hicks Digest: Skeptic’s Notebook

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4 replies »

  1. Apparently you don’t understand the theory and teachings of law of attraction. All these questions you write and for which you have no answer. This is because no answer for you would satisfy. You would resist them, thereby continuing your loop of questioning.

    Nowhere does the law of attraction say you will get a miracle in the 11th hour of something. Instead, you get what you vibrate with. (aka “As you think, so shall you be.”) In this article, you are vibrating with skepticism, so you get confirmation of that. In the meantime, who cares about what brought Jerry Hicks to where he is or isn’t today? Living life is imperfect and, amidst that imperfection, we may or may not be a conduit of spirit that changes the world or changes even one life. No one successful is called to be perfect. We are encouraged, instead, to embrace and live our own lives to the fullest. So, if and when you get on that road, see if you are still questioning minute details of how Jerry Hicks lived his life.

    Your writing this article is lovely proof that Jerry Hicks did well his life’s work.

    • Hey, you learned all the preachy talk and the evasive memes, all the spacey rationalizations to explain away whatever it is Jerry wanted to keep hidden. But since this article is ten years old, I rather thought you apologists had run out of gas.

      I agree with you that he did his work well. Esther too. But that’s only if you believe that hiding inconvenient facts and failing to practice what you’ve preached in life and death decisions is okay. I think it’s not, and carrying on the tradition that’s risked the lives of so many is nothing to be proud of.

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