Following is free chapter from An Abraham Hicks Digest: Skeptic’s Notebook
Inexplicably at the time, just months before Jerry shocked the universe of Abraham-Hicks with an announcement of his undergoing chemotherapy, Esther showed another face of Abraham, an impossible face, mean, disparaging and angry. Was there a connection?
An Angry Esther Hicks Slaps Paying Customers
Would an all-knowing, all-loving Source, acting through Esther Hicks, abuse audience members at an Abraham-Hicks workshop, kicking them out without allowing them to finish a sentence?
That’s what happened.
Each paid at least $195 to be in the audience to watch Esther channel Abraham, an aggregation of about 100 “nonphysical teachers” that she claims deposit blocks of thought in her mind.
Sitting in trance, she shouted, “Get out!”
Since, her grip on followers has loosened, her audiences shrinking.
Decline accelerated with her poor public handling of Jerry Hicks’ illness and death from leukemia.
Recent promotional blurbs to followers are so lifeless, it’s as if failure has already set in. A transcript of a recent email blast, in full:
We’ll be in San Francisco (Millbrae), CA this coming Saturday for the continuation of our expanding conversation with friends and Abraham.
With love and thanks,
(and Abraham and Jerry)
(Note: Esther Hicks now claims to channel, not just Abraham, but also her dead husband who most often chimes in with quips.)
The remainder of the message was boilerplate contact information for attending the workshop online or in person. Recent email blasts have become even more lifeless.
Rehabilitated by Hay House and Wayne Dyer
But, with the help of Hay House, worried about a drop in book sales, Esther has shaped up communications recently, and her publisher has even arranged to get her a Wayne Dyer blessing at an event.
Jerry Hicks, the master marketer who took Abraham-Hicks to some fame, never allowed Esther to share the stage with anyone, but with the business in trouble, things are different.
Dyer, an otherwise admirable guy, keeps showing up as a shill for any crackpot Hay House throws his way, including Gary Renard, now disappeared, who claimed that Jesus’s disciples were appearing at his house when he took naps and Bruce Lipton, accused of being a quack for spinning biology into New Age magical cures.
What first made Esther’s aggressively bad behavior even weirder was that she’d always claimed, acting out as Abraham, that she knew every question audience members would ask before singling them out, meaning she picked these unlucky victims, knowing she’d attack and humiliate them in public.
A warm, sometimes witty image was nurtured faithfully and lucratively by Jerry and Esther Hicks for twenty-five years. Now, followers on the Abe Forum were debating her new “tough love” approach.
Antagonistic behavior, so uncharacteristic of this normally gentle channel with a knack for wry humor, proved that the entity called “Abraham Hicks” had more to do with the performers who presented them than with the supposed “nonphysical teachers” Esther claims were controlling her.
What caused the Esther Hicks’ act to implode?
Maybe it was worry about having to explain statements about illness like this one, made publicly before Jerry began wasting away with leukemia:
“But it does take the determination that you’re going to put your thoughts upon something that does feel good. And so, here we’re going to make a very bold statement: any disease could be healed in a matter of days, any disease, if distraction from it could occur and a different vibration dominate — and the healing time is about how much mix-up there is in all of that.”
Esther made this fantastic claim in 2002, before her elderly soul mate, Jerry, was diagnosed with cancer and, instead of following the crazy “Teachings of Abraham” that made them rich, sought conventional medical therapies.
Jerry Hicks died, but even before that, Esther tried winging the workshops solo. The results were less polished, sometimes mean and routinely not as bright as they were under Jerry’s control.
Esther Hicks and her handlers seem worried about keeping the scam alive in this new context, especially with Jerry, the real wizard behind Abraham Hicks, no longer around.
So far, she has done her best to make followers think she can, in part, resurrect him. But workshop crowds are dwindling and her promotional emails deflated and dull.
What Does An Objective Review Tell Us About Abraham-Hicks?
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 has been trotted out, barefoot, to do Abraham, accepting her claims has 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, especially former trusting followers who’d been turned off, demanded to know how the laws of attraction brought her and the victims of her bad temper together.
At workshops that cost $195 a head and up, audience members watched in various states of distress, some indifferent, as questioners in the hot seat were kicked out after uttering as little as a few words or a couple of sentences that irritated Esther.
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.
As the Esther Hicks performance took unexpected turns, the reason behind her erratic behavior may have been exposed when it was revealed that her husband and head of Abraham Hicks Publications, was being treated for cancer.
So embarrassing was his illness that they tried to 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, especially cruelly in her husband’s case, and then, not being the sharpest tool in the shed, she started trying to seize control by overreaching.
Her initial bouts of public meanness began when concerns about Jerry’s health became serious. Although the pair claimed that what they took to be a spider bite in the spring of 2011 led to Jerry’s diagnosis of cancer, his admission that he’d already lost at least fifteen pounds from his smallish, trim frame made it clear that he’d been ill longer.
What seemed most cold and calculating was Esther and Jerry’s strange refusal to acknowledge that he was being treated for leukemia, even though he openly bragged that he was undergoing “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.
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 refused to answer the obvious questions about why treatments described in the “teachings of Abraham,” which had made them rich when pitched to others, weren’t helping him and, possibly, not even attempted.
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. Something I was told as a young man was, to get the true intent of anyone’s letter, go the last paragraph. Everything else was 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 to pose on a fun-filled family outing, a balloon ride in which he was stuck back in a corner, apparently unable to stand, waving 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, the note explained, but Esther’s next workshop would not be. This was followed by links for signing up.
Astonishing though this was (Even skeptics were startled.), 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 has guided many hot seaters into what is called “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.
I’ll spare you any additional details on these concepts that keep the Abraham Hicks Scam afloat, but followers have learned to accept them and to continue ponying up for tickets to hear all about the new ideas.
An unfortunate loss in the shuffle and redirection, in my opinion, was an empathy-inspired part of their teachings, known as allowing or “the art of allowing,” a key component in what Esther Hicks explains, interpreting Abraham, as the mechanics of the law of attraction.
As recently as 2005, Esther’s Abraham said this: “When we say to you, make peace with where you are, we want you to make peace with where everyone is; we want you to make peace with the world events; we want you to make peace with where your friend is in relationship with where your friend wants to be. We want it to be all right with you where anybody is.”
Allowing was when you got in the right emotional place to let your own desired objects flow to you, known as alignment with your desires.
A significant factor in allowing, that now seems to be set aside, is allowing others to manifest whatever it is that they want. Tolerance and non-judgment were gentle aspects of a live and let live doctrine that recognized individuals and their different approaches to issues.
That tolerance is now gone or, at a minimum, reduced in some instances to a public, mocking intolerance, and for the first time, the Abraham Hicks presentation is in danger of collapsing.
Is Esther Hicks, posing as Abraham, providing a useful public service to her followers?
The New and Mean Esther Hicks Scam
“Get out! I’m not kidding!”
No speculating on Esther’s new personality traits here, but I hope some readers will volunteer their own conclusions.
Esther Hicks, who had always made some of Abraham’s odder, confusing or simply contradictory statements palatable with her sweetness and humor, has recently adopted an aggressively nasty approach as a tactic.
While most became really aware of it in a recent contentious session in San Francisco, she’s made trial runs at it as long as a year and a half ago.
While the old Esther would once in a while exclaim, “We’re done with you!” or “Get out!” to people in the hot seat, it was playful.
The audiences laughed because the attitude was so unlike Esther, they knew she was joking. Not anymore.
She is really kicking them out now, and it seems to be only the most vulnerable who get an unexpected public rejection.
When reading about the outburst from people who were there and post on the Abraham-Hicks Forum, you have to remember that the forum is designed to fit the marketing messages of Abraham-Hicks.
Only true believers are allowed, and controversial or contrary voices have been quickly deleted by moderators since the forum’s founding.
Even so, some express genuine concern before being corrected by others who are almost rapturous about watching the “booting” of people from the hot seat.
Examples of people who paid to be there and were individually selected by Esther before being kicked out after as little as few words are a woman troubled by a divorce, another with a question about dying and a man who was ejected finally after pleading to have the question he was called up to ask heard.
Esther Hicks’s point of view is that talking about problems enhances them, an argument made decades ago as an objection to talk therapy in psychoanalysis.
At this point however, this seems to include even the smallest sorting out to clarify mentally, something she once gently helped hot seat questioners to do.
She orders them now to forget about history, a convenient gimmick, of course, for a speaker with a highly questionable one full of contradictions and allegations of fraud and exploitation.
Interestingly, where she once (posing as Abraham, as I feel compelled to remind believers and non-believers alike) told her audiences that they were “on the leading edge of thought,” she now tells them to stop thinking and to “feel your way into the Vortex.”
She even excoriates and kicks out questioners who say they’ve come to an “intellectual” understanding of the teachings. Doubters will certainly have conclusions about why she prefers followers who have no interest in critical thinking or objective analysis.
But what about Esther Hicks’s followers? If you read the threads, you’ll see that many of these folks, again at least 80% women, not only spend many hours on the forum reinforcing each others’ convictions, they also subscribe to seminar DVDs and CDs as well as attending many workshops in person as well as cruises, all of which are rather pricey.
Don’t they have “problems” too?
Apparently not. The tone of the forums is one of self-congratulation on their special status and mutual petting.
That’s all fine. Who cares if girlfriends help build each others’ self-esteem? However, when it comes to a discussion of the “booting” of people from the hot seat for the slightest infraction, little sympathy or empathy exists.
The forum members come off as having a conviction that the people who had the nerve to bring their troubles to the stage for discussion deserved to be kicked out because they were “OOV,” or out of Vortex in the vernacular of the true believers.
They come off like a group of snotty sorority sisters who assert their tenuous self-assurance and narcissism by reminding themselves that the poor losers deserved a public rejection because they’d showed themselves as unable to rise about their problems as they themselves had.
This all is consistent with Esther and Jerry’s longstanding policy of rejecting charities and of blaming the victim.
In an interview I read recently, they even unhesitatingly blamed Jewish culture for the Holocaust and argued that babies were responsible, as a result of their thinking, for being abused by adults.
In the world of Abraham-Hicks, it doesn’t take two to tango. In fact, we always tango alone, no matter what we think.
Is it liberating to recognize no responsibility toward our community, nation or even the world community?
If you’re not thriving or remain stuck with your problems, the Esther Hicks answer is simple: You’re not letting it in. Who’s fault is that? Certainly not that of Esther Hicks, Abraham or their congregation of self-satisfied followers.
Nothing here proves a scam, but much does make it seem more easily understood.