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When Ari Died, Was Abraham-Hicks Really At Fault?

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Did Abraham-Hicks Kill Ari? The question buzzed, following her suicide, when the Abe Forum wiped her identity out of the website.

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

By David Stone

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Did Abraham-Hicks or their “teachings” cause the death of Ari, an artist who turned to the Abe Forum for support?

We pieced our story together from the accounts of friends outraged over Ari’s suicide and cold-blooded efforts to hide the tragedy.

Jerry Hicks, Esther Hicks, the Abe Forum and Ari’s Death

Esther and Jerry Hicks controlled the content of the Abe Forum from its inception through an intermediary, David Gordon.

(Full disclosure: David Gordon banned me from the Abe Forum, without explanation, although it was probably because I asked the wrong questions and am well-known as a skeptic. Opinions contrary to the standard gospel of Esther Hicks (posing as Abraham) are taboo as are, of course, open discussions. )

The Abe Forum hosts controlled discussions and promotes sales of Abraham-Hicks products. Esther Hicks preaches the “teachings of Abraham,” and she has for decades to live audiences. The Forum gives followers a place go and share experiences with likeminded friends.

It isn’t really a forum or a place for open discussion. Using moderators like Gordon and other true believers, it controls content. They permit only comments reinforcing Abraham-Hicks beliefs. Other topics, like sporting events and music? Banned unless determined to have “Abe-ish” themes.

How the Abe Forum Sets Conditions

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Abraham is a gathering of about one-hundred “nonphysical entities” who send unified “blocks of thought” to Esther, they claim. And she interprets. She also says they controlled of her hands at a typewriter to create book manuscripts.

The teachings are based on the “Law of Attraction,” a concept invented a hundred years ago in the New Thought Movement.

Esther’s insistence that she receives those blocks of thought from Abraham who are in direct contact with “Source” is critical.

Abraham has, she tells audiences, access to all wisdom. These are the words of God’s own emissaries. They’re wrong only when “limited humans” fail to get the right perspective.

Did Abraham-Hicks Kill Ari? Joining the Abe Forum

Ari (not her real name) was a visual artist, struggling to sell enough paintings to pay rent, for food and other necessities. She was a cancer survivor, her chemotherapy so intense her hair could never go back.

In her first post on the Abe Forum, Ari responded to a platitude-filled blast from “Super Moderator” Jody with this:

“Thanks Jody. I think I listened to Abraham for at least 2 hours a day for two years and I so would expect myself to understand what you mean. But I don’t. I feel like I was doing such a great job with being honest with myself and with seeking alignment. I know it’s not supposed to help to talk about your past, BUT…I‘ve had just about everything that can happen to someone happen…abuse, death of a child, cancer, poverty and aloneness. Yet I am one of those people with a strong spirit who keeps reaching for beauty, love and all the good stuff.”

–Ari on the Abe Forum

They answer her posts about struggling with suggestions from other members, and they share a conviction that her unhappiness and lifelong battles with depression are her fault. She isn’t thinking the right thoughts, and she fails to apply the “teachings of Abraham” correctly.

Ari “floating downstream?”

She must learn to float “downstream,” instead of “upstream,” they write.

That’s Abraham-Hicks speak.

“Trying” and “struggling” are mistakes. Abundance, happiness, etc. are easy, if you will only “let go of the oars.”

While her demons were never far away and each burst of happiness foreshadowed another round of depression, the teachings of Abraham lead, repeatedly reinforced on the Abe Forum, didn’t work for her.

A brave woman determined to overcome depression, Ari tried to follow the advice, even as that seemed contradictory.

Focus wheels and failure

She tried “focus wheels” and going up the “Emotional Guidance System” (EGS) to find “relief.”

These practices failed, and because Abraham-Hicks taught that she was 100% responsible for her life, all the good or bad things in it, not getting better reinforced her sense of failure.

No one in all the transcripts I read ever recommended counseling or other professional help, only practices consistent with the teachings of Abraham-Hicks.

But did Did Abraham-Hicks Kill Ari?

Is The Abraham-Hicks Forum A Lure For The Needy and Depressed?

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16 replies »

  1. The idea is inspired thought – acting based on focused planning leading up to action.

    It’s definitely NOT just sit around and think about what sticks and magically they’ll appear. By having positive thoughts you move yourself closer to the end result like a game of chess.

    I’m not brainwashed, I know a couple people into Abraham-Hicks and they are successful, happy people. They’re also intelligent and very hard working. You get out what you put in in life – always.

    • That’s mostly right, but you need to include feeling. Thought alone is relatively sterile. Anyway, thanks for your thought, but what’s your opinion on the core issue? How do you feel about A-H’s responsibility here?

  2. We have a family member who just this month fell off a cruise ship. We think that the AHers were some how involved. Getting little info and announcing of her at all. Very suspicious and alarming to me.

    • A_H followers are into groupthink. In other words, all you need to do is appear to agree without thinking much about it as a minimum. Because of this low bar, all sorts of types, from gentle and loving to malicious, are accepted. I’ve seen a spectacularly wide range. So, sure, your suspicions may be right on, but in fairness, I should add that anything like that would be far from the minds of most of Esther’s followers. But it really only takes one, right?

  3. I’ve studied spiritual growth teachings for years and this one just puts off a yucky, uncomfortable vibe. My intuition is always right on with teachers (for myself) and this one was a big, fat NO!!!!

    • I get that. It was better at one time, but that’s the exception that proves the rule. Genuine guidance and truth are not variable. I admit I don’t waste time on Esther anymore. It just comes off as blather, a waste of time, but if some can start the journey this way, as I did, I’m all in favor.

      Thanks.

  4. I’d like to be genteel about this but I just cannot. I live in Oceanside near Carlsbad, not very far from where she lives, and I grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with the wealthiest, and the behavior of these people has always made me want to go postal. Even after having become a deeply spiritual person – no, in light of that, the lack of empathy and consideration for others that they display regularly as a natural way of things only deepens my conviction that the direction the wealth and wealthiest have taken in this country is going to require direct and less than genteel action from every one of us to create positive change – and change positively it MUST. But I digress, after reading this article, I TRULY feel that someone should march over to her Del Mar home and shoot her in the head and then carefully lay a sticker OVER the bullet hole that says “I did this to myself, and don’t worry about it – I’ve gone to a place my soul wanted to experience now – erase my existence from your minds”. Something about her has always bothered me, and after a little reading, she only bother me more,only now I know the source of that discomfort – she is a charlatan, when there ARE people in contact with entities like she describes abraham, but none of them imply any of the absurd things she so proudly eschews. bleh.

  5. What a bizarre comment .You sound homicidal .I’ve taken a screenshot of your comment .I will send it to the relevant authorities just in case something should happen .You sound very bitter and cheated out of “something”.

    • Luis, you seem to be unclear on the concept of free speech, and your threat is contrary to Abraham’s so-called teachings. You might want to study up on your hero, but I can understand why you’re so defensive.

  6. Skeptics will never get it. These things usually require blind faith. Yes, they do work. I won a large amount in a lottery after visualizing for about two years. You will never get it as your brain lacks the hardware .Take care.

    • Gee, never heard that one before, and like so many in the cult, you don’t seem to be able to stay on topic. This is not about what you believe or don’t believe. It’s actually a cautionary tale about blind faith.

      Understand this. If something’s true, it always true, and nobody has to call out blind faith as justification for clinging to it. With your theory, one can believe in anything, naziism, cannibalism, war, etc. Blind faith is not a good formula, and it’s unnecessary. Truth is right there in front of you. It’s not hiding.

  7. Yes. They are responsible. This woman is channeling demons- so of course it invites demons into your life. You get what you want at first, but then you end up wayyyyy far out. As we see Esther continuing to drift out- in time we will see more of this truth revealed. I feel sorry for Ari. God rest her soul. These ppl are vile and deceiving many- themselves included.

    • Ari’s is one of the saddest stories, but there are likely others who were disappointed and worse when they relied on this stuff. Still plenty of true believers left though. People who lose trust in themselves make easy marks for hucksters.

      Thank you for your comment.

  8. What I find the most upsetting about the teachings of Abraham, is they are so misguided. I have meditated and lived a spiritual life for more than 30 years. Where I absolutely know from my own personal experiences in that journey that some of the things Ester Hicks spews to be true, and I continue to live by those teachings. I am so deep;y grateful that I can practice discrimination and recognize that if she is, in fact, channeling at all, those beings are not coming from the highest spiritual realm as they think they are, and in fact, are blind to that fact in the same way that we are not always aware of spiritual realities above this reality we are in now. My heart goes out to those that are taken in by Ester Hicks and the collective, and I suspect her/their karmic load will be great for the lives and growth they have crippled with her ‘sales pitch’ to those that are truly seeking guidance, support, and healing. I too was shunned from the ‘forum’ with absolutely no explanation. I suspect it had to do with my user name — Sanskari, meaning ‘seeker’. I found it off putting that the site was so closely ‘edited and governed’ and it gave me pause that Abe was so threatened by the mere hint that you may have questions you needed to satisfy. I have been so lucky to sit with true spiritual teachers, Gurus, and Masters, so I had a few questions that I was unable to ask. I have never been pushed away by a Master for having a question. Rather they are able to answer any question with humility, grace, and equanimity. So in the end my questions were answered. There is nothing genuine about Abraham Hicks and I so hope that people can take what is useful to them and leave the rest. There are a lot of people out there today that are spreading amazing messages, and they are not just trying to make a buck while exercising extreme prejudice.

    • Some interesting observations, Paula. Esther appeals to the frightened, inexperienced and/or narcissistic. Anyone standing back sees the holes in her presentation quickly.

      Thanks.

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