The Esther Hicks’ Scam Crumbling: The Context
Whatever the beliefs of Jerry and Esther Hicks’s followers, it’s not likely many can be convinced that eternal, “nonphysical” entities with direct connections to God, or “Source” in Abraham Hicks lingo, or eternal wisdom as they claim, would publicly humiliate workshop attendees coming forward for help.
For as long as Esther Hicks trotted out, barefoot, doing Abraham, her claims depended crucially on her gentle personality and playful sense of humor.
When she abruptly turned miserable, mistreating members of her paying audience, critics and skeptics increased and grew louder.
Many demanded to know how the laws of attraction brought her and the victims of her bad temper together.
At workshops costing $195 a head and up, Esther kicked audience members out. They uttered as little as a few words or a couple of sentences that irritated Esther.
They were individuals in trouble seeking spiritual guidance…
Never mind that she personally called each of them to the stage before humiliating them and has always claimed to understand what they’d ask before they spoke.
True believers online are referring to this as “tough love” and enjoying it like catty sorority sisters. But the people stepping forward for guidance were not drug addicts or gang members.
They were individuals in trouble seeking spiritual guidance.
It’s easy to see how bullying has led skeptics to claim that what Esther Hicks does is an act. A God-connected source wouldn’t do that.
The performance took unexpected turns. Did erratic behavior reveal that her husband and head of Abraham Hicks Publications, was a victim of cancer?
So embarrassing was his illness, they mislead followers into thinking he was receiving “heavy chemotherapy” for (I’m not kidding) “a spider bite.”
His illness and immediate resort to conventional medicine is impossible to square with early claims that Abraham could cure anyone of any disease in an afternoon and other fantastic statements that probably now had Esther Hicks feeling like the one on the hot seat.
Compassion Vacuum: Esther Hicks’s New Meanness
As Abraham-Hicks 2.0 was born and went through growing pains, Esther’s intermittent bursts of intolerance toward paying audience members took a different and more chilling turn.
Always a narcissist, her inclination toward bending every monetary gravity field in her direction became more exploitive. Cruelly in her husband’s case, and not being the sharpest tool in the shed, she tried seizing control by overreaching.
Her initial bouts of public meanness began when concerns about Jerry’s health became serious. Although the pair claimed that a spider bite led to Jerry’s cancer, admitting the loss of at least fifteen pounds from his smallish, trim frame made it clear that he’d been ill longer.
Most cold and calculating was Esther and Jerry’s strange denial of leukemia. But he bragged about “massive chemotherapy” with none of the side effects normally associated with treatment.
Abraham-Hicks apologists argue that the information was private, but it was Esther and Jerry, or subordinates posing as them, that wrote email blasts about his illness. It was just their weird refusal to acknowledge that he was battling cancer that puzzled the rest of us.
After traditional medicine failed…
Then, their evasions, their unwillingness to come clean began to seem like something else.
While they were eager, even exuberant, about using Jerry Hicks’ illness for marketing, they turned back the obvious questions. Why weren’t the “teachings of Abraham,” which made them rich, helping him and, possibly, not even tried?
After traditional medicine failed and Esther escorted Jerry from one alternative therapy to another, the hypocrisy of their approach was not something to wrestle with.
The marketing of his illness, cold and unethical as it may have seemed, was even more astonishing in light of their unwillingness to explain the contradictions.
In Esther’s name, email blasts posing as updates on Jerry Hicks’ illness ended with a marketing pitch every time. Want the true intent of anyone’s letter? Go the last paragraph. Everything else is prologue. This turned out to be true.
An emailed letter to her fans announced that Jerry was watching their live webcasts from home — and you should join him, adding links for buying a subscription.
In probably the meanest act of marketing ever developed, just weeks before his death, Esther Hicks and company took Jerry out on a fun-filled family outing. He waved weakly at the camera while Esther posed front and center, not even next to her critically ill husband.
And, yes, you probably guessed. They spun it. The balloon ride was crowded, but Esther’s next workshop would not be. Following were links for signing up.
Astonishing though this was, another event that happened earlier came to light, and that had to do with the death of a member of the Abraham-Hicks forum by suicide and the speedy scramble to erase as much evidence as possible from the site.
Some Quick Background on Esther Hicks, Abraham & The Hot Seat
The hot seat, as it has been called, is an integral part of every Abraham-Hicks Workshop and instrumental in sustaining a convincing scam.
After an initial guru-like review of something involving the basic teachings launches a session, Esther Hicks, posing as Abraham, quickly selects a number of audience members to, one by one, step up near the stage where she is standing barefoot and initiate a discussion.
She has previously explained that “they,” meaning Abraham, know the thoughts of everyone in the room and have selected the most appropriate questioners to benefit the entire group.
Hot seat conversations with Esther/Abraham have been everything from playful to mildly contentious to emotionally engaging. Esther guided many hot seaters into “a better feeling place.”
A number of people, for some reason a large majority of which are women, regularly participate and go on cruises to popular locations like Alaska and the Caribbean.
They attend workshop after workshop, as the teachings of Abraham have evolved from the simplest law of attraction presentations to such exotic concepts as a vibrational escrow (where the things you’ve asked for are just waiting for you to be ready for them) to the current “vortex,” which is a revised version of vibrational escrow in which the goodies aren’t released to you but where you must go to get them.