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15 Reasons Why You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks Now

15 Reasons You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks


Can’t trust Esther Hicks…? Let’s consider her own guidance: “Before you step off, be sure about who holds the rope…”

Estimated reading time: 18 minutes

Analysis by David Stone

An introduction to Abraham-Hicks

Did you ever wonder how Esther Hicks learned about The Law of Attraction and began channeling?

She got it all from her husband, Jerry Hicks, who died in 2011. Jerry was a serious student of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, and he started her reading Jane Roberts’s Seth books. Seth served as a model for Abraham, but one much smarter and consistent.

But the real messenger, Esther insists, is Abraham, which dictated the books and speaks through her.

She describes Abraham as one-hundred “nonphysical teachers” depositing “blocks of thought” in her head while she’s in a trance. She translates the blocks into words, acting out as Abraham and dropping the “I” in exchange for “we.”

She’s able to do this almost instantly on stage before live audiences, simply by relaxing and “letting them come in.”

On stage, “they” begin with a greeting, a familiar warm up. They tell audiences how pleased they are to have them joining in  “co-creating.”

That’s followed by a riff on some topic, sort of a keynote. Then, select members of the audience are invited to march up and take a spot in the “hot seat.”

From there, Abraham dishes up one-on-one guidance intended to include broader messages for listeners. Abraham claims they know all the questions in advance and chose them for their general appeal.

Off stage, Esther says Abraham dictates books by forcing her fingers to type on a keyboard, an unexplained contradiction with the blocks of thought assertion.

That’s the official story, anyway. 

In truth, Jerry pressured Esther to write books to fulfill a lucrative contract with Hay House. He edited them, even while publicly declaring them the untouched wisdom of Abraham.

The string of new books ended when Jerry died. 

Did he take Abraham with him?

Esther says she interprets “blocks of thought” from nonphysical teachers with wisdom learned directly from “Source.” 

Source is what you and I and others call “God.”

Many, including role model, Sheila Gillette, call what Esther does “spirit channeling.” 

But Esther spurns that label, singling herself out as special.

Do her stumbles and errors show us that Abraham-Hicks might be a product of hers and Jerry’s ambitions?

Or is there really some divine source of wisdom to which she’s connected?

This article started with ten examples suggesting that Esther Hicks could not be channeling anything. At least not any entity that was bright, educated, logically coherent or well-informed. And certainly not anyone intimately connected with God.

Related: Is Paul Selig The Esther Hicks We Wanted?

Now, the list’s up to fifteen. Getting there was easy.

The List of What Esther Hicks Gets Wrong Every Time

Here’s what, bit by bit, convinces me that you can’t trust Esther Hicks because she making all or at least some of it up.

In general,I believe Abraham-Hicks is a hoax.

The reasons accumulate as more people look at and expose contradictions. Also, as insiders step up and tell about their experiences with the Hicks’s operations. The easy life of cruising along in their monster bus pitched to followers was never much like the real, 24 X 7 labor of managing Abraham-Hicks.

You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks One:

This one’s a bonus.

So, make that sixteen reasons you can’t trust Esther Hicks for guidance or wisdom. Honestly, I was going to stop at fifteen, but this one was so very awful…

“There is no state of physical decline or damage that you could not recover from — none — not any, if you knew it. If you wanted it and knew that you could. And that’s those miracles that they talk about every day. They’re not miracles at all, they are the natural order of things. But because they are rare, people think they are miraculous. They’re not. That’s the way it is supposed to be. You’re supposed to thrive.
—Abraham
Excerpted from the workshop in San Diego, CA on February 23, 2002

Let’s start with “if you wanted it…” 

If it’s physical decline of damage and you want it gone, then, it’s gone. She adds a condition: “…if you knew it…” And now that she’s said so, you do know. So, how come everyone keeps declining with age, and we end up in hospitals where doctors try to fix the damage?

The first Abraham-Hicks follower getting fixed or reversing decline with this insight, send before and after pics. I’ll post them here. I promise. 

But I won’t hold my breath waiting.

Two Is Medical Advice They Don’t Follow Themselves

Jerry Hicks lost his battle with cancer after choosing a course of treatment that’s a direct contradiction of “the teachings of Abraham.” 

Belittling conventional medicine, Esther — as Abraham — said that a near immediate return to health is possible. Just change your vibrations. It would take as little as an afternoon, she said. 

While she blames victims of cancer for not getting their vibrations right, she’s silent on Jerry. He slept next to Abraham for 25 years. Esther described Jerry as better at managing his vibration than anyone else alive.

But then, he died.

Silence is especially golden when it protects the cash flow.

Devastating was the news of Jerry Hicks illness. Clearly, it threatened to expose Abraham Hicks teachings as fake.

After a clumsy effort to blame his hospitalization on a spider bite, they adjusted story. He chose “heavy chemotherapy” as the “path of least resistance,” a throwback to older, forgotten “teachings.”

Only after Jerry Hicks died did Esther concede that he battled leukemia.

She offered no explanation about why he hadn’t simply followed Abraham’s teachings.

Notes: 

“The very best approach to medicine is,’Well, I see your physical body is sick, what’s been bothering you? What are you worried about?” she says. Then, continues, “What are you angry about? What are you frustrated about?‘ Because that is what is at the root of all of this. And then say, ‘Let it go, let it go, let it go.’ That’s the message, and if they could hear you and do that, then they would all be well right away.”


— Abraham
Excerpted from the workshop in Ashland, OR on Tuesday, May 16th, 2000

Reason Three why you can’t trust Esther Hicks

Did you know that a selfish child is “like Jesus” who didn’t bother himself with concerns about others’ (using Esther’s word) “toylessness?”

With this fantastic claim, Esther abolished Jesus’s empathy and replaced it with indifference. (She claims that Jesus is a member of the Abraham collective of “nonphysical teachers.”)

Earlier, she aligned herself with Jesus and other religious figures like Buddha and Mohammad. “That which Jesus was, Esther is,” she said while in her Abraham trance.

It was first time Jesus ever became that narcissistic or enamored with wealth and possessions.

And there’s more.

In the same sequence, the concerned mom introduced another concern. It worried her — She couldn’t stay “in the vortex.” — that her son had a habit of kicking the family’s cat.

The all wise Esther ordered the mother not to interfere when he child kicks their cat. It’s between her kid and the cat. The cat was “teaching” the brat, according to Esther.

Favorably comparing a child’s selfishness to Jesus, followed up by encouraging animal abuse… Is this the spiritual guide to follow?

Esther Hicks may be making it hard for even true believers to stick with her. Even the most duped in a cult ought to see the dangers in letting a child kick a trapped cat.

Fourth Reason for Distrust…

Lack of empathy exposed limited awareness about the contours of engagement in physical relationships. This is best seen in Esther’s response to pain caused by the loss of loved ones. She’s mocked mourners, referring to death as “croaking.” 

She chuckled at “being so disrespectful.” 

Esther declares every death experience “delightful” without exception. No one’s around who can contradict her. Growing mountains of evidence from NDEs, however tell a different story. 

(Note: Esther dropped the “croaking” references when Jerry died. He “transitioned,” instead. Gone also was her heartless observation that, “It’s always good to see the old ones go.” Jerry was, at 84, an old one.)

Probably the meanest is her claim that, after dying, we are — without exception — happy, even blissful. Even those with joyful lives who left children, dependents and other loved ones behind.

This trivializes life on Earth, just as traditional religions do, showing this “leading edge of thought” as simply a variation on a tired theme.


#Five

Humans did not evolve from apes, Esther claims, but were “a whole new idea.”

Nice try, but we share about 97% of our genes with our jungle ancestors. And the evolutionary track is fairly well known.

Other channels, such as Theo, have no trouble with evolution. We may be cluing in here more to Esther’s (and the rest of country’s) lack of scientific knowledge.

Here is the quote in all it’s thickheadedness:

There is thought, and there is Thought Form, and there is Manifestation. Manifestation is always in the eye of the beholder. So this time-space-reality that everyone is perceiving is nothing more than vibrational interpretation.

So the Thought Form of that which is man was set forth from Broader Perspective, and has continued to evolve by the experience of those who were having the experience here on the planet. And what you actually see as man or human is vibrational interpretation.

Now, did man come from ape? No, man was a different idea. So how does the idea of evolution occur? And we say: because the idea of each species was set forth, and as the experience of the species is lived, the idea expands. So the expansion is happening from the Leading Edge place and is supported from the Source Energy that flows everywhere the idea goes.

Esther has also said that humans were on Earth during the time of the dinosaurs, missing her guess by only a few million years.

Wouldn’t you think any “nonphysical entity” with the access to all the insight in the universe, as Esther and Jerry Hicks claim Abraham has, might actually know what every high school science student knows already? 

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      • THE UGLY HAG NEED’S TO BE STOPPED! SHE’S A SCAM AND HER TEACHING METHODS DON’T WORK!

      • Why Esther taking or not is not the point. The point is the core of her teaching is proven by other teachers. They are actually saying the same things in different ways.

        Just like the jesus story. Who knows if it is true ? But the teachings are good for us. They work.

        That’s the only thing that matters. Take what works, that’s all.

        Is she is faking it, so be it.

      • The streak continues. Not a single relevant comment related to the content, just a squishy rationale for hanging on, even if “she is faking.” Tiresome doesn’t begin to describe it.

      • Hi David. I’m sorry that you don’t like Esther Hicks. I’m sure you have others on your “don’t like” list as we all meet people who don’t resonate with us. But why so much hate? She has the same opportunity as you in life and she chose a positive way to help people and earn a living. Whether it resonates with you or not, she’s doing it. I’m guessing you came across her while looking for hope? I hope you found it. Now go live your best life and for your sake, stop whining 😘

      • Oh, boy. Here we go again, one more A-H follower incapable of addressing a single issue raised. Funny thing is, as a writer, I post critical articles all the time, but none get the kind of thought-free responses Esther Hicks gets. People are free to show me where they think I’m wrong and why, but with Esther’s troops, never. Fact remains, nobody reads such an article if they don’t already have doubts, and the comments are ultimately reactive, subject and lacking in any genuine critical content.

      • My hope really is that one of you might be clearheaded enough to make an objective comment of the content, but veering off the subject is all that ever comes across. It consistently resembles cult behavior.

    • You can debunk anyone! Some of her teachings are helpful to a lot of people. Is she truly channeling the spirit of Abraham? Tell me how many Christian TV evangelists sell a crock of BS to a congregation and get away with it? My point is that some people need inspirational speakers in whatever form they come and Esther Hicks can be very inspiring! Authors like Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and Jack Canfield are all following a pretty similar philosophy and they all have a following including famous personalities like Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith. New Age teachings are in alignment with authors like Joseph Campbell. Why be so critical of it?

    • I find it ironic that this dude writes this article bashing someone else about their wealth To sell his book!!!!! Does no one else see the irony? I didn’t see any proof backing up his statements either. All I saw was an Unenlightened individual and all I felt was hate radiating from his words. Makes you wonder why he’s so bitter?

      • Read agin, Tammy. You missed some things, like direct quotes, for example, and saw other stuff that wasn’t there.

        PS: This is a very old tactic used when you can’t come up with any convincing counter arguments and are so defensive you just have to say something. You could try actually making your case with facts and thoughtful analysis, if that’s too much.

        Bitterly,

        Unenlightened Individual

      • I completely agree with you Tammy. Those who are awaken can see and feel the ugly in this article. Sad he wasted his time and talent on a hate article. He could have easily used his energy on being empowering others. If we could each just work out our own salvation and study to show our own self approve then more people would be having a happier, healthier, and more productive human experience. If we all just tune in to our higher self, intuition will let each individual know who to listen to and who to avoid. Each person has their OWN inner guidance. There needs to be more teaching around tuning in to your higher self and less focus on letting “man” tell you what to do. In fact, that’s the same thing that Abraham teaches. Get tuned in, tapped in, and turned on to your inner being. All the answers are within!

      • Here we go again, another flighty sing song without a single word about the facts reported. This is cult-like behavior, unthinking and self-satisfied without introspection.

      • I think Tammy and Shira are on to something. I noticed he only replies to the portions of the comments he wants to. He still did not address the fact that he is profiting off of bashing someone else. What a tasteless way to make a living. If you agree with him then you’re an intelligent individual validating his claims. If you disagree with him then you are a flightily individual that drank the kool-aid. Just like the rest of the world today, true journalism at its best. SMH

      • Here again, some old tune, you seem unable to respond to the actual content in anyway, but try protecting your belief system by attacking the messenger. I could be Satan. It doesn’t matter. Deal with the issues or don’t waste your time. This article is not about me or how I make a living. It’s about 16 reasons why Esther Hicks has given people reason to doubt her reliability, based on facts. That’s what you need to wrap your mind around. The rest is just window dressing.

  1. David Stone Youve made quite a living off “debunking” . I guess a bigger fish will come along and debunk you soon.

    • Less than you think, but since this post has been kicking around for more than ten years, I’ve approved a large number of comments from, mostly, people who disagree. That’s fine. Their points of view are as valid as mine or anyone else. I believe a diversity of opinion serves everyone best.

      Thank you.

      • Then why list 15 reasons (opinions) towards one person, if you meant that last sentence

      • There is no substance in your work. Much of what you quote is out of context.
        The teachings (not preachings or sermons as you describe them) have saved my life. I have put it all into practice and my life transformed.
        It’s odd how people who believe in the “story” of Jesus and the “virgin Mary’ so far fetched it beggars belief so many still believe it. Yet dismiss the idea we have a higher source and full control of creating our lives which is essentially all Abraham tells us.
        It is not just this work but many leaders in Science now promote the same ideas and question much of Darwin’s Theory. Perhaps you should broaden you reading into the advances in Science published in the past twenty years. Look up Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief. Read any work by Deepak Chopra.
        Darwin’s survival of the fittest theory implies we are all (as you seem to rather we believe) doomed by the genes we inherit at birth. No control, pre programmed. This is what most people have been taught and like you believe. How tragic. Yet this has almost certainly been proven to be false. It is not The Survival of the Lucky fittest genes (humans) it is the Demise of only the weakest. How fit you are how well you strive and succeed is proven to be scientifically proven to be down to your belief system (aka your thoughts) which equates to how you feel (aka you emotions aka your energy/ vibrations).
        Bruce also talks about the power of the placebo effect. Something allocated only a tiny fraction of medical training when it is proven absolutely proven if people “believe” something it has a powerful effect on their heeling. Yet doctors prescribe anti-depressants to numb all thoughts and dull down pain and suffering caused by those thoughts rather than teach patients the key is to turn their thoughts around and empower themselves.
        Abraham, has a might challenge indeed. As sadly most people like you are brain washed into thinking we’ll all be saved or doomed by some all powerful judgemental “god” and are doomed by the circumstances or our birth and our circumstances.. you see this misery driven belief system everywhere you go.

      • Oh, I must’ve made a mistake. Didn’t you notice this was about Esther Hicks, not Darwin, Deepak Chopra, epigenetics, Christianity or me? I must’ve forgotten to mention her. My bad.

      • You’ve approved them? So if I’m understanding this correctly your saying if you have a rebuttal and want to bash someone else with some type of witty banter then its ok? But if you don’t like what they say it doesn’t get published? How does doing such a thing keep you honest as a writer? Because I had a comment, but after reading that you’ve approved a large number of comments I figured why waste my time to maybe have my opinion heard

      • Unless your opinion is actually about the contents of the article, which almost all of Esther’s followers find too high a hurdle, you’re not contributing anything to the conversation and may not get approved. Your opinions about the writer are generally irrelevant, especially when not accompanied by any comment about the content. The endless efforts of A-H followers to avoid facts by deflecting to motives is tedious and has been for a long time, and when they’re especially thickheaded, it’s hard to resist deleting them. I mean, why waste the space for defensive whining?

        Smart, objective disagreement is always welcome, but this stuff’s just boring. Witty banter is fun too, but you guys are basically humorless.

      • David , David, David. Perhaps you energy could use some cleaning up. Good luck with that. Hating and defense is the exact opposite of these teachings that is why you can’t understand them.

      • Or, you could clean up your mind and figure out why you think this article is about me. Then, maybe you’ll be up to making an objective comment about the material. Come on. Give it a try!

    • Jerry Hicks is still selling more books than you David. He is Alive! Because he out does you even though hes physically dead. Ha Ha David Read your Bible.

  2. I’ve listened to a few of Esther’s videos and what she says makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    • Thanks, Cynthia. She used to be better, ten years ago, when Jerry was still alive and kept her on track. I haven’t checked a lot because it seems valueless to me, but when I have — to see what she said about the coronavirus, for example — it just comes off as a lot of disorganized blather, certainly not the wisdom of some divine presence.

      • Thank you for your perspective…I have a friend of 30 years who became disillusioned with Doreen Virtue (of Angel Therapy) when she (Doreen) returned to Christianity. In the void of her spiritual search, this friend has glommed onto Abraham-Hicks and is immovable when presented with facts and contradictions of this cult. The nonsense she has said to me in deep discussions about topics of consequence have been illogical and nonsensical. It is quite puzzling to me how otherwise intelligent people are so easily hoodwinked by Esther’s fantastical ramblings. I listened/watched a few of her presentations – because contempt prior to investigation is a poor approach and I like to be armed with facts. Even trying to imagine someone so starved for spiritual fulfillment could buy this garbage is quite troubling. Take what you like and leave the rest, I suppose. But I’m not buying any of it.

      • I’m not much up on Esther in recent years. She’s talking to a different audience since Jerry died, and it comes off as boring and all over the place to me. But I’m not who she’s reaching for. In the old days, you could find some gems, although they were fewer after fame arrived and all borrowed from other sources.

        I think the thing here is that you and your friend are just on different levels of understanding, and although it sounds similar, because most communication is non-verbal, you’re really talking in different languages. Esther’s giving her something she craves and feels missing. Rather than try logic, which usually ends up in a circular argument, I’d encourage her to trust her own insight and intuition, give up the dependency. It’s a little like talking someone into quitting smoking, pretty frustrating, but when they find the resources within themselves, it works.

        In short, your friend needs to trust herself, and telling her she’s wrong goes in the wrong direction. She needs to get there on her own two feet or it won’t work.

      • I agree. Completely. 100%. I saw that 2 hr video. A pile of nothingness . And I also agree that she used to be better 10 years ago. Absolutely yes.

      • After Jerry died, she got more reckless, but there was a strange earlier period, before the first best selling book, when they tried a more apocalyptic approach. There were two New Beginnings books in the 90s, although she now claims that the initial Law of Attraction book (can’t recall the title exactly) was the first. She says Abraham forced her fingers to type, one of several origin stories that contradict.

        Anyway, the New Beginnings books were also purported to be straight from Abe, but their darker approach included end of the world scenarios and recommended that everyone go out and buy gas masks. They fared better with the upbeat version, and it makes sense they’d want to bury the earlier, failed books.

  3. David, it’s so sad because people truly believe what she speaks and the things she says has no substance. It is my hope that she is not doing this just for money. You’re welcome David.

    • It’s groupthink where one person reinforces the other without questioning, but the results are the same. We’re all still responsible for our choices, even when we seem to let someone else, under any guise, to make them for us. Thanks, again, and keep your head above water. There’s always a tomorrow.

  4. Not sure why anyone would go to such lengths to tear someone down who is offering nothing but a perspective based on love. I can take what I like and toss away that which I don’t. Regardless, Esther isn’t trying to sell anything that isn’t based with goodness. Any spiritual teacher would say that you are the world pushed out. So, you as a debunker of spiritual messages, what does that say about you?

    • It’s because writers get inspired by idea, and they write stories about them. An interesting note: I write about many topics, from art to public transportation, but it’s only when Esther Hicks is the topic that my motives are questioned. My motives are the same about every article — I write about what interests me. Period. Full stop.

      On the other hand, I’m not questioning your motives in posting your comment. It’s fine, and I honor your right to express yourself freely. Our opinions on Esther are different, but so what? Readers will reach their own conclusions.

      But “Any spiritual teacher would say that you are the world pushed out” is far from accurate, although some may, and it comes off as a nonsense phrase to me. I’ve never heard that interpretation, but I’m not a scholar on the subject. And Esther doesn’t say that either. She says you get what you think about (or some such variation padded out over decades). And, of course, you’re using that claim to, again, question my motives. And I don’t know where you got the idea that posting about Esther makes me “a debunker of spiritual messages,” but I’m going to make a guess that such a sweeping judgment attempts to lessen the focus on Esther, who is the one and only individual under consideration.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • First I mean no disrespect to you Phil..I dont know you but from the words you said and in the way they were said I feel you are mist likely a very smart person..You seem to be a grounded person who has confidence in what he thinks and feels so you dont modify or change your mindset let alone lifestyle based on anything ESTHER or anyone else says..As you stated “I CAN TAKE WHAT I LIKE AND TOSS AWAY THAT WHICH I DONT” You simply enjoy the positive foundation ESTHER speaks from and theres nothing wrong with that! HOWEVER more people in this world arent strong or confident due to many real hardships of life including but absolutely not limited to being depressed lonely suffering from mental yet not getting treatment due to the stigma uneducated people have created around mental illness and treatment for such the list goes on..Bottom line there are alot of real people lost and afraid who are desperate for compassion understanding and guidance..People who are searching for the way to a better life who DO NOT KNOW WHO THEY ARE NOR DO NOT HAVE SELF CONFIDENCE..ARE DESPERATE FOR CHANGE AND DRIVEN BY FEAR WHO DO ALTER THE WAY THEY THINK AND ACT BASED ON WHAT PEOPLE LIKE ESTHER SAY TO THEM..ESTHER HAS NO DISCLAIMER STATING SHES JUST THERE TO SPEAK FROM A PLACE OF LOVE LIKE SHES JUST SIMPLY BEING A FRIEND TO THE WORLD..SHES PROFITING HEAVILY OFF OF THOSE PEOPLE STANDING THERE PREACHING EVERY WORD AS IF ITS NOT ONLY THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH BUT DIVINE AS WELL..SHE TELLS ALL WHO LISTEN THAT IF THEY COMMIT TO THE SPECIFIC LIST OF THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS SHE HAS GIVEN THEM(THRU HER CONNECTION WITH ALL THE HIGHER POWERS THAT BE) AND IF THEY DO THEY WILL RECEIVE ALL THESE GLORIOUS THINGS..SHE DOESNT TAKE THE WELL BEING OF ANYTHING EXCEPT HER BANK ACCOUNT INTO CONSIDERATION…SHE HAS NO IDEA OF THE DAMAGE HER FALSE PROPHET PREACHINGS ARE DOING AND DOESNT CARE..THIS WORLD IS IN A STATE OF NEEDING TRUTH KINDNESS AND COMPASSION WHERE PEOPLE TRY TO LIFT OTHERS UP BECAUSE THATS THE RIGHT THING TO DO..THE HUMAN THING TO DO..NOT THE PROFITABLE THING TO DO!

    • I would actually question if it is based on love as love is compassion and empathy. Also for any blind believers it can actually be dangerous depending your situation. I will spare the details but I spent many years “putting myself on a high flying disk” and focusing on what was good in my life and good in the people in my life… well years later I am looking at my life realistically and it has saved me. Balance in all teachings we need to listen to all with a critical ear especially Abraham a lot of what they teach is NOT for the true upliftment of all which is soooo needed during these days

      • Thanks for your comment, Lacy. It reminded me that the “high flying disk” thing came along about 20 years after they started. It was after the claim for originating “law of attraction” was rejected, and they then tried out “vortex of attraction,” which was as clunky as anything Jerry ever came up with.

        The “teachings,” as expressed by Esther amount to “How can I get my stuff?” You’re right that it rings low on the love and empathy scale and high on the selfish and self-absorbed.

        Thanks, again.

  5. I don’t think everything she says is true, but in a way it can be.
    Once when I was homeless (having lost everything in 2008 crash), I practiced LOA. I thought — if I could just have $56 I could buy a tin of sausage, all my food for the day. Through LOA, I stumbled upon two quarters and 3 pennies -…couldn’t find anything else. Turns out the tin was 50 cents with 3 cents tax — I had exact amount, not penny more. I used LOA to propel myself out of poverty, back into a good job and house, etc. The car I envisioned I wanted, turned out to be the one I got. I didn’t buy it myself. Rather, my boyfriend, not knowing my preference bought it for me and I paid hm back. I envisioned living in a $1 million home and received an invitation to rent a room in one. I envisioned wanting a boyfriend with certain body type, eye color, profession, personality…and that was exactly the one who chased and pursed me and whom I am dating now. I even wanted to have a second home somewhere else, having visited that area — turns out he has a second home there. I envisioned the amount of rent I wanted to pay. Wham! Got it. I envisioned how much I wanted to earn — got it! My colleagues were a piece of work. I envisioned how I wanted them to be rather than who they were — and they changed into nicer people. When I got tired of said job and told myself — I wish I could leave this job but I need the income. I got furloughed with unemployment. Be careful what you wish for. You can calibrate your mind to move mountains for you…and then just let the universe work you path. I listen to her when I am in a funk just to feel better. Listening increases my energy but I also find myself being really emotionally receptive afterward — and with that receptivity, I notice that I am less of a critical thinker. There is something to be said for engaging mind and emotion and having faith…

    • Among other problems with this story is one of the greatest flaws in claims made by Esther’s followers. That is, you say you have dominion — control — over other people’s lives. What happens their freedom of choice when you make them into who you want them to be? What about their law of attraction or is it just all about you?

      • Hi David

        If you really listen to what Abraham/Esther is saying is that you CANNOT control anyone outside of you. This includes other people, circumstances and events that you come across.

        Abraham/Esther’s message has always been you can ONLY CONTROL HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT ANYTHING AND ANYONE. And that this is the only thing that matters. And how you feel influences on an energy level how people and circumstances respond to you.

        Isn’t it that when you are feeling grumpy and shitty, you come across similar people and you day turns into custard? Isn’t it that when you’re feeling great and have a big smile in your heart and on your face, you encounter nice people and things go your way?

        The message of Abraham “channeled” through Esther can be summarised in a few of ways:

        **Be the LOVE that is you. Find something to love in anything and everyone. The universe/circumstances/people will respond in the same way. Layman’s terms – YOU GET WHAT YOU PUT OUT INTO THE WORLD.

        **You are the only one that can make yourself HAPPY. Do NOT depend upon anything and anyone for your happiness as this is an inside job. They say this all the time in every workshops – STOP LOOKING FOR LOVE IN THE WRONG PLACES. LOOK FOR IT INSIDE YOURSELF.

        **Being UNCONDITIONAL LOVE is who we are and if can be this most of the time, then we are truly free.

        **The basis of the universe is LOVE, GROWTH & FREEDOM.

        I am a professional, college-educated person that is very analytical in thinking. But somehow, their message resonated with me to depths of my being.

        Their teachings have changed my life more than I can ever imagine in every aspect from relationships, career, financial status, etc.

        Not sure on whether you are aware that the late Wayne Dyer is a big fan of Esther/Abraham. There are videos of their encounter in YouTube. Wayne Dyer’s books resonate many if not most of Abraham’s message.

        You are, of course, free to express your own opinion, as so do I. And there is great love in this world for you.

      • I haven’t paid much attention to Esther’s material in recent years, but you are completely off base with where she and Jerry originally came from. Unconditional love was never their pitch in the first decade or so, but what they sold was deftly described in their third book title, Ask and It Is Given. That book and their “workshops” oriented around tactics for getting things, big cars, better jobs and, sure, “mates” as they called it.

        And Wayne Dyer went off the rails for a while and endorsed all sorts of goofy stuff. His pushing the execrable Gary Renard vied for cheesiest with his work with Esther after Jerry died and Hay House was desperate to help her fulfill the book deal Jerry signed. I still like Wayne; so, I won’t go on in depth, other than to say that he moved away from that stuff in his last years.

        And no, Wayne Dyer’s books do not “resonate many if not most of Abraham’s message.” He was about wisdom and insight, not getting stuff. Abraham was always derivative, “borrowing” first heavily from Seth and Theo, including modeling the back story and presentation.

        If what Esther’s selling works for you, more power to you, but if you’re going to be preachy about it, learn the full story. Beware of what you’re pitching to others. What you’ve written here is far from accurate.

      • You don’t have dominion or control over someone’s will. That’s not what she said. You have control over what you allow into your reality, and she envisioned those unfriendly people being more loving in her reality. She didn’t put mind control over them using LOA. Funny how most people who are disagreeing with you are saying the exact same thing. Nothing is fake about loa and manifestation. You obviously haven’t created exactly what you want for your reality, so you have to write bashing articles and a book on why you can’t “trust” Esther..lol. Engaging with you is not productive at all. Anyone who doesn’t believe or has nothing but negativity to say always shares the same pattern – they are unhappy with their life and cannot change it because they do not believe they can. They believe in all of the limiting thoughts keeping them stuck. Every single time without fail. Use your energy more wisely my friend.

      • Actually, Esther did say that, in my reading of it, but you may interpret it differently.

        Now, although I don’t do this often, but for those of you who are hapless cultists and can’t imagine how anyone healthy could possibly question their guru, your efforts to switch the subject and make it all about me, here’s the scoop:

        From friends to family to travel, I’ve had more and better than I expected when I was young. I have few regrets and a trove of great memories. I’m in the fifth decade of a happy marriage and am active in my fourth successful career. Even after the past year, we have money in the bank and have lived for thirty years in the very expensive city we dreamed of when we started out. I know this contradicts your imaginary villain, but with a little luck, it might turn you to objectively considering the information instead of scrambling to find some reason to look the other way. If you give it a try, you might someday get to be as happy as I am.

  6. There are many writings on the Law of Attraction, some very old. Esther’s portrayal of Abraham’s message meshes fairly well many of those teachings. When I started following her, it helped me understand in a different way. I find her seminars uplifting and who doesn’t need that? If she’s a hoax, then she’s genius, and deserves credit for that alone. I do have questions, of course, but overall, I feel better after listening (much better than I do after hearing some religious folks spewing their dogma). The principle that we were sent here to feel good and love ourselves is not a bad idea. People have a hard time doing good if they don’t feel good. The notion that your own thoughts can create your reality has been around for quite some time. How do we know that this isn’t true, but believe in a deity that seems to randomly answer prayers and demand certain behavior.

    • Framing this as Esther in contrast to religion is a false comparison that does nothing to validate her approach, which is very much a religion/cult dynamic.

      First, Esther does not “portray” Abraham’s message. According to her, she is direct conduit for messengers in direct communication with God and merely interprets blocks of thought dumped into her head into words. Well, that’s one version. In another she claims Abraham took over her fingers to type out books. She also claimed that Abraham seized her head and wrote messages with her nose while Jerry jotted the messages down.

      If that’s not enough, Abraham has said that “your own thoughts can create your reality,” but they also said it’s your vibrations. These are radically different things. And if you’re creating your reality, how did you come up with Egypt, Lawrence Welk and Cookie Monster?

      Abraham, via Esther, has said that all deaths are suicides, including – forcefully – those killed in the World Trade Center disaster. They’ve said that any disease can be cured almost instantly simply by changing your vibration, but there is no evidence that ever happened, including when her husband fell ill and died of leukemia. Rather than change his vibration, he went to the hospital.

      More obvious are the provable lies. The most blatant was her claim that “Ask and It Is Given” was written, out of the blue when Abraham first appeared. She tells an elaborate story about it.

      But in fact, there were two earlier Abraham books, New Beginnings I and II that they’ve tried to suppress. Those books followed the fundamentalist “world is coming to a tragic end” trajectory. In them, Abraham predicted geological disasters and recommended that everyone should buy gas masks to prepare. After those failed the loving Abraham popped up.

      True believers turn blind to the lies, contradictions, fabulous claims and money grubbing prices. That’s their business. But that’s not genius, unless you consider deception the pursuit of riches genius. If you do, then she’s a genius.

      • conflating abraham hicks and any other abrahamic religion is definitely apt, and it’s weird to me the mental gymnastics this person had to have done in order to not even see that AT ALL. cognitive dissonance is a very powerful thing.

      • Thanks for your comment. There’s some standing wisdom that many, if not all people arrive at a belief, then build a rationale to support it. Some aren’t so good at it. Beliefs and herd mentality are central; the rest is ornaments.

  7. I have my emotional guidance system & I use it 😉 What’s my emotional response to things, words,. I see, hear, read,…? When my emotional response is negative I don’t judge other people like you did (according to my opinion 😉) with your blogpost 😜 I use processes to feel better instead 😅😆 Do you really know how Jerry felt or how Esther feels? No. She is also just a person who teaches her stuff. But just bc her words don’t resonate with your beliefs, it doesn’t mean that “you cannot trust her” is the ultimate truth – it’s just your truth. And that’s fine 😘

    • I consider her as someone who found a unique spin for encouraging people to have “mantras”. I am not a psychologist by profession but I think logic would dictate that one would have an easier time of winning at a game if they had a more optimistic view of it. In the same way in which a good student would have to have a positive view of their studies and a good sportsperson would need to have a good view of their sport. I have always thought that is what she does packaged in mysticism and magic, I genuinely think that’s what all the LOA guys are. Good informative read thanks.

  8. this is spot on. i like ol’ esther. she seems like she’d be a hoot to chat with but some of her claims drove me away from her. It is true our emotional state does depend on what we concentrate on but thats just psych 101. If it ain’t practical I see no use in outlandish speculation.
    thx for your articles

  9. Anyone who condemns another from their personal perception is looking through the ego lens, try letting judgments and victimization go, it’s only valid by other judges and victims, if centered in the self one will honor the hearts journey and stop projecting shadows in an attempt to cast shame upon another. No one is worth more than another, contrary to what the mind says. The mind was created to store memories of love for life and creation, it is an ability, one of the many aspects of man, it does not define as the mind is always in the past or projecting, never actually here NOW. When you store an opinion you light incense to one of the egos Demi-Gods as all thoughts originate in the collective mind which is fed by consciousness. Concepts against love and creation have no power as they are meaningless and nothingness. The ego forms temporary alliances (temporary as people change their mind regularly, going to prove it what they first thought was a lie for the ego ) There’s not one truth or any power in unloving words. Every thought you think you’ve had came from an idea hatched in the collective hive mind, baying for expressions through the nostrils of the discontented. Creator says that we are one, this excludes no one, Lucifer and Jesus are cut from the same cloth and the creator see no differences as it’s a discorded dream, a light show where children get to play however they like. Attacking anything shows that you have a world view, And is essentially the cause of the separation because attacking another is saying to creator, ‘I don’t like this thing you created so I must condemn it and kill its concepts as they don’t match my changing frequency in the lower mind. This keeps you from your light. You are throwing yourself under the buss each time you have an unholy opinion of something within creation. There is no shame in having used the ego mind when you didn’t know better, but to let it represent you still by projecting hate is universally embarrassing, I wish everyone would just let go and own up to what WE MADE IN THE EGO MIND. It’s a pile of trash that needs burning, like a shit story everyone’s had enough of. You are the light and the darkness is obviously still in you. Did you not get the universal memo: we don’t judge we are not victims and we don’t make assumptions, ancient battlegrounds are coming to rest and peace will overcome the dream of the world.

  10. If you imagine that refusing to weed through an endless, rambling junkyard full of run-on sentences, goofy, internally conflicting ideas and self-righteousness amounts to ignorance, then I plead guilty

  11. I came across today a video on you youtube of positive afirmations that really made me feel good , and I kept searching to hear more about this person. Then a few other videos appeared where some people were asking questions and this person answering…I started to feel wierd, the tone of voice, and the way the questions were answered didnt feel right…it felt as almost it was an argument, i could feel violence in her voice….I thought, that does not resonate with the first vídeo 🤔 there is something wrong here…
    It looks like my intuition was right😅

  12. Stumbled on this blog today – thank you! Years back, I listened to some of A-H CDs and used a life coach who was a believer. While I was skeptical, I thought I would roll with it casually and appreciate whatever messages resonated for me. When I got to a recording where A-H were advising of some kind of pending disaster and that people should store bags of grain and blankets in their cars, I thought this is a bunch of cr*p. Looks like I was right. Appreciate these insights.

    • Thank you, Kate. That part of her career was an area Esther later ran from, to the point of disappearing a couple of Abraham books she and Jerry published at the time.

      It’s good you got out early. She got worse, claiming the World Trade Center Disaster was 3,000 suicides, the airplane hijackers just part of the plan.

  13. Hi David,
    I had never heard of Abraham or Esther Hicks before today so I have a pretty neutral view of it all and haven’t formed an opinion. I stumbled across it because I am trying to reconnect with my soul/intuition and have been given different sources to look up and start on. I was raised in a Christian home and while I am interested in Spirituality, I am no longer interested in Religion as a concept.

    My question is, would you say you are a spiritual person and if so, what resources do you use? I am aware there are multiple teachers out there with their own variations of The Law of Attraction, but of course it can be difficult sifting through it all!

    Thanks for your review.

    • Hi, Grace, and thanks for your comment.

      Everyone is spiritual, and the question is one of focus. But I try not to narrow my awareness within that category because it’s too narrow by itself as commonly used. I read a lot, and in terms of spiritual stuff, I’ve recently been reading Paul Selig’s channeled books, starting with “I Am The Word,” the basics of what his guides teach.

      But I also read — or have read — a lot of current science on perception and reality. Robert Lanza’s book on biocentrism, which puts conscious awareness at the center of the universe blends well with most spiritual teachings. I read almost everything Deepak Chopra publishes, although I disagree with him on specific points, and I always found a lot of insight in Wayne Dyer’s work. If you look up Wayne on YouTube, there’s a video of a talk he gave about a year before he died that’s very inspiring.

      All that aside, your intuition is probably your best guide. I got into all this because I was wandering around a Fifth Avenue bookstore about 25 years ago and stumbled on a book about quantum physics that — miraculously — was not over my head. Haven’t run out of things to read along that trail since.

      Good luck! And stop back and let us know how you’re doing.

  14. Fascinating read. Ive been listening to her for a few years now – I bought in as I needed the comfort and answers she provided at the time – although I knew I was hearing what I needed to hear. I do, and did disagree with a number of her points – but overlooked them. I also quit her a few times – now, I think for good. Unless I want a laugh or just need a ‘feel good’, pick me up (she is quite entertaining). I read all the commnets as well – also interesting. Recently Ive been looking a little into Neville Goddard. What are your thoughts on him?

    • Thanks for your comment, Sandra. Yes, Esther is entertaining, and it’s helped her with followers. But it’s not enough to overcome the flaws and contradictions for some of us.

      I’ve read just one Neville Goddard book, a compilation of what one editor believed was his best work. I found it fascinating and consistent over time.

      Thanks, again, and I think you’ve got the right idea. Go with your intuition and have some fun with it. Eventually, you will become your own inner authority and guide.

  15. I stumbled upon your article after watching another Ester video, I always feel like I don’t trust her and never finish a whole vid but always go back every so often, like cheap takeaway food, you know it’s too greasy and might give you heartburn but you think it might be ok this time! Found your article hilarious and really did laugh out loud at times. Thank you ; )

    • Thanks. I was once in that very pickle. There was a time, roughly 20 years ago, when a lot of inspiring nuggets were tucked into her sessions, but the wheels came off eventually.

      With the videos, the thing is, they are really crafted commercials aimed at getting people to buy products and attend “workshops.”

      PS: Way back when, they really were workshops, day long events that included lunches, etc. Then, they realized they could pull in the same dough with fewer deliverables and life got better for them.

      Cheers, and thanks.

  16. I appreciate your perspective about this. Being in the spiritual/psychic/channeling/pick-your-label circuit for a long time, myself, I’ve had more people than I can count tell me to listen to Abraham. I did, but something always felt off about the teachings. While I have no issue with money (so many wonderful and helpful things can be done with it to support and uplift others!), I’ve always been firmly of the belief that knowledge should be openly available to whomever seeks it. We are always only where we are, and if the motivation and desire to change one’s circumstances is there, any and all individuals deserve to be supported in such. We are all in this together and every single person has so much to offer! Why would we not openly assist each other?? That’s how love is shown and shared – by acknowledging and validating one another as INDIVIDUALS!

    I feel that it can become way too easy for people to become self judgmental if they are not able to stay “in the vortex.” All the “vortex” really is is acting in alignment with our unique personal and authentic truth. It is far more important that we encourage individual creative expression and sense of spirituality (which is 100% independent of anyone, as true spirituality is such a deeply personal and intimate thing that it simply cannot be generalized).

    While not all of Abraham’s teachings are untrue, they are not all relevant for where we are now, in our current state of evolution.

    Yes, as energetic beings, we do have the inherent ability to heal ourselves nearly instantaneously. No, we have not yet collectively evolved to that point. We’ve got a ways to go, still.

    Regarding the cat story, it has nothing to do with the boy’s relationship to the cat and everything to do with the mother’s relationship with the boy. Parents and children come together to help each other learn, grow, and evolve. Bowing out of that opportunity/responsibility serves no one (and causes harm, in that specific case)!

    No, not every death is “delightful.” Plenty of them are, but plenty of others occur in the presence of fear and holding on. Plenty of human spirits won’t allow themselves to transition because of feelings of guilt and/or lack of deserving. I’ve spoken with and assisted far too many souls in crossing over to ever believe that all deaths are “delightful without exception.”

    I do very strongly believe that some degree of contradiction is inevitable as life is, in and of itself, a paradox. The inconsistency which you pointed out does give me pause, however. I don’t really feel it falls into the paradox category.

    I could go on all day, so I’ll stop myself here. I get passionate ha ha.

    Having said all that, I do see the value in Abraham’s teachings insofar as it’s gotten people thinking in a different way and helped many to open up to new worlds of thought and realms of possibility. I suppose now it’s simply time to ask, “what’s next?”

    • Thanks, Aletheia, for adding some interesting content. Esther Hicks was once a door opener for me, and I will be forever grateful. But the wheels came off when money flowed in, whether that was a cause or incidental. Had her Abraham pitch not gone off the rails, I’d probably still be checking in to see what she has to say now.

      Keep up your good work!

  17. I just came across this post, and I would love your feedback on my ideas here. FYI I left a really toxic cult-like community last fall, and so my reservation in giving all of my self to one spiritual teacher is strong…but I believe that is for a very good reason. I’ve been listening to Abraham Hick’s teachings on and off now for a few years, but more so recently, and when I found myself wanted to dive deeper into the work, I felt a fear come up that I might end up in the same position that I ended up in last year…so I googled her (for the first time) and found this article.

    Now.

    i have no intention of signing off on her ways completely. I’ve really enjoyed listening to the talks on Youtube, and taking what resonates and leaving the rest behind. I also enjoy listening to Ekhart Tolle and the Dali Llama, and a myriad of other spiritual teachers and works out there. i’m careful not to get too attached to one teaching, because that’s when I believe the trouble starts…when you sign away your own autonomy and give another the power to dictate your life…and oh how that can start so subtly and grow into a HUGE problem without you even noticing.

    So I guess my main question here is: Wouldn’t it be okay to just listen to what feels good and take what resonates? You don’t have to pay money where you don’t feel truly guided too. I like these teachings a lot, and yeah, there are times where I notice contradictions, but hey, if it doesn’t sit right with you, then it’s probably not FOR you.

    Or more so, I like to view it as hearing something that instills fear and doubt within you as a chance to tune in and listen to your own heart and voice and see what she/he/they says <3

    Just my thoughts, but I am curious to hear your feedback!

    • These are all opportunities to learn about and better realize ourselves. Sounds like you’re enthusiastic in your explorations, and why not? I agree that the only things worth regretting are those we don’t do. I hope you deeply enjoy all your journeys.

    • Have you noticed Abraham (Esther) Hicks preaches peace, love and mung beans. S/he encourages the individual to grow beyond anger, resentment etc… but to follow one’s own pathway to joy and happiness to the point of being selfish. We have a saying in my culture “if the mother is Ok, the family are OK, if the family are OK, the village is OK”….. in this modern world it would now include both male and female. So make yourself a priority and you can better influence and lead others by your thoughts and actions. The teachers have made sure we have access to their teachings and I appreciate their offerings.

      • Estherham preaches a lot of things, many “borrowed” from original sources and some just loopy. You see what you want to see and ignore the rest, and here again, another commenter is incapable of contesting a single point, just repeats the dogma. Who’s gonna break the streak?

  18. “And that’s a fact”. Hmm, interesting way to end an entirely opinion-based article. I don’t agree with anything you spewed, DavidStone1313. It’s obvious that you’re hurt and instead of taking accountability like a grown man should, you’re pointing the finger and publishing complete nonsense on the web.

    Anyone with an open heart, and more than two brain cells can effortlessly discern the true intention of Abraham Hicks; and that is to spread love, awareness, and compassion through self love. It’s as simple as that. If we love ourselves unconditionally, we will become the best versions of ourselves, and through that simple act, we can be of the highest service to others. It’s that simple.

    Perhaps a shift your perspective will allow you to see the truth. And I hope you will, it’s a beautiful view.

    I hope you find what you’re looking for in life.

    Jowita

    • Gosh, that was boring. As a number of us who’ve criticized the Hicks cult have seen, the frantic followers who comment never address the facts or the conclusions drawn from them. Extensively quoting Esther Hicks is far from opinion-based. Instead of thoughtful rebuttal, followers unable to handle rational, factual matters turn it all personal. We must be “hurt” or “angry” or whatever the person struggling to defend the cult comes up with. Mostly, we’re just not able to see the light as, of course, they are.I await the day when any Hicks defender posts a thoughtful rebuttal, using fact, not faith, objectivity, not subjectivity, but after ten years, I’m not expecting it anymore.

      • None of the 15 reasons were solid ones. Maybe all 15 are rolled up into #one? You rambled a bit. In fact your ignorance is being portrayed through your suspicions. Nothing religous about that except that ignorance is forgivable. So your okay now!

  19. Dear David,
    I have never met Esther. I have never spoken to Abraham. I have never attended a seminar or joined a cruise that featured Esther as a speaker. I am told I am a critical thinker. I consider myself cautious. I also try to think before I write. I believe there is an honesty rooted in ethics and we have journalistic integrity that demands objectivity even in our opinions. I advocate a “Do No Harm” approach. As you are into “opinions” please allow me to offer you mine. You were very involved with Jerry and Esther Hicks. You became disillusioned and you are still very angry. Your disappointment does not allow you to remember the “good” in your relationship, only the “disagreement” which hurt you deeply. In your thoughts, Esther Hicks and Abraham are synonymous with “The Law of Attraction” so you turn from it to distance from them or her, if you wish. You have the free will to make that choice for yourself. My questions to you are: 1) “Are you so convinced of this truth that you would bear the responsibility that comes from dissuading someone’s search for higher consciousness”? 2) How can you be sure that your opinion does not detrimentally alter someones life? 3) In your future should you re-think your experience and embrace this philosophy can you reach out to everyone that was impacted by your thoughts and explain that it was your prerogative to change your opinion. 4) How do you know which creates the greatest damage: Esther channeling Abraham or your attempt to thwart her from doing so. Just curious 🙂

    • For someone who is “just curious,” you’ve invested a great deal of time and energy opposing free speech.

      More important, why do you and other Abers persistently steer the issue over to motives, about which you know less than nothing, without making the slightest argument challenging what you call “opinions?” If you disagree, why? What’s your alternative interpretation of the facts? That’s all I’m interested in. Give it a try.

  20. I wonder if you could do better. What is your advice for a better life or are you too concerned about finding fault in other people’s work? You’ve been there and done that with Abraham? Not really. If you had, you would know that dying is not a negative thing. Abraham has helped countless people. What have you done? Maybe you just can’t handle the truth.

    • Once again, a failure to address the issues but lots of bluster. But I did get a kick out the Jack Nicholson, “A Few Good Men” reference. It’s a little dated and overdone, but a decided step up from the usual Aber comments.

      “…dying is not a negative thing…?” Really? Yeah, Esther flung that crap when she explained that all those people who died in the World Trade Center disaster were suicides and joyful. Yep, pregnant moms leaving children behind, one with an infant killed in her lap on a jet, men leaving behind dependents and loved ones… Yes, according to Esther, they were all happy to go. “No exceptions!” as she coldly insisted, defending her income. This would be loony bin stuff if not preached as spiritual.

      Then what would be the point of resisting death (as Jerry Hicks did mightily, for example), and why does it make people so sad? We’re not as wise as you and Esther? Or what?

      PS: This is not about me, and I am not in the advice business.

  21. hater gonna hate

    we are always here, loving you, even when you can’t love yourself or others, we are here
    for your evolution, now kindly get out of your own way

  22. Yeah, I was also puzzled how Ester-Abraham explained Jerry death+it’s surroundings.

    That’s, how I got here to yr article.
    And surely, you have some good points+ that it was not properly explained.

    On the other hand, being it LOA or manifesting similar to many other teachings, manifesting esp.little things(and even huge things many would not believe) is very easy to me, so I know for the fact it works even without visualizing or wishing, simply by a second of wish though and that’s it.
    Not sure if I have to be in the Vortex or feeling good, but then I am naturally and overall a happy positive kind-witted girl if I might say so.

    But I also manifested things even when I felt depressed and quite low in my life.
    So maybe the overall spirit and zest of life and kindness to people, kids, animals count more than the state of mind?
    Perhaps.

    Anyway, if someone like Abraham uplifts me through the hard times as it is obviously better to feel good at least most of the time and try to stay focused on the good things and appreciation

    (which these days through news, marketing lies+focus on money-business rather than kindness+compression+live proves harder to do for many….)

    and most of her teachings wherever they came from works and make my mind+life expand in a good thoughts+feel+joy fun directions,

    I would not be too bordered with many details which obviously does not make sense and are not valid as you well presented

    …I will assume however, that they just gathered many LOA teachings together, which they did quite a good job with
    and there was no Abraham or channeling or very little, more like intuition than real channeling of an entity, which is evident in any big questions to Ester about the universe, figures from the past, our future etc.

    Maybe we could continue here with suggestions on the best spiritual teachers from past or present who don’t have any scam flaws…but are there any?

    I have read that some of the teachers mentioned here came from a cult etc.also business-money making driven…trying to support each other theories.
    Some are very Ego-driven.

    Self-help is a big business where its hard to know what is scam and what might work, unless you try it yourself if it works from YouTube videos without investing your time+money+soul:)

    Is there anyone who knows everything how the life really works and all about death etc.?
    And can prove it???
    Channeling or not:)

    Or how we attract to our lives the bad things and even the things like illnesses we have never heard about before or as you we’ll pointed out born babies with illnesses we never knew existed???
    That surely could not be by vibration if we never even heard about that specific illness!

    And then how comes known things we know we can attract by vibration or simple thought or visualisation or repetition- and that many do!

    Any spiritual teacher really explain this inconsistency?(between attracting good known things and bad unheared of things?)
    Without the saying that all is in the Vortex and it just comes randomly based on positive or negative energy, not the exact wish- which will be kind of useless in creating the reality we want.

    And I know I have manifested with a simple wish without paying any attention to it afterwards even a thing wishing to come to me in 5years time and it did almost exactly to the day, even though I have long forgotten about it and it involved another person emailing me exactly after 5years.

    So I know good things work.

    But have hardly explanation for bad things.

    Anyone has any good proven teachings on that?

    Sorry to write so much and thanks for your article with proven points, which is always very valuable to not to get totally sucked-up into some, in this case I would say, half-scam self-proclaimed channeling spiritual teacher or whatever you want to call it:)

    However, I must say Ester(+Jerry) is very entertaining and easily lovable.
    That’s exactly where it gets tricky- all cults and churches, …even psychopats and narcisists are very charming at first;)
    So look up and google articles like this one before you get scammed out of your money or your soul!

    Stay safe and happy+peaceful within!!!

  23. You don’t have to listen to me.
    And thank me for myr opinion, as I do you – for yours.
    But your analysis is just emotion.
    I am from Russia and will use google translate. Sorry if this sounds clumsy in English.

    1. The one you call “send photos before and after.” At least two cases in my own life. My illness. I was medically diagnosed with lupus. I followed Abraham’s advice, he was canceled: the hair grew again, the muscles stopped hurting — and that was after I fell on the way to work … I did not take any medicine at all, no more symptoms. My cousin was diagnosed with bowel cancer. They said that she would die within a month, she has been living a full life for the second year. In the end, they said that they probably made a mistake with the diagnosis. Think what you want. We didn’t take a photo – somehow we didn’t want to)))) We just follow the facts.
    But that won’t convince you, will it? You don’t need before and after photos: are you just right? This all doesn’t seem to really matter until it happens to you or you.

    2. Jerry’s illness – exposure of doctrine as fake. What? This makes no sense. It’s just your beliefs: he got sick and died. What contradiction did you see? You should clarify this point more rationally. Did Jerry or Abraham promise you eternal life? You can disappear at any time. But that doesn’t mean you choose it. No matter how much you know about it.

    3. “He died with a treatment that was contrary to Abraham’s advice.” I don’t know what you’ve heard, but I heard that no treatment goes against Abraham’s advice. Abraham is not against medicine. They talk about the path of least resistance. And if medicine is your way, then go.

    4.”It was first time Jesus ever became that narcissistic or enamored with wealth and possessions”
    You didn’t prove it, you just gave your personal judgment about what Esther said. Your personal attitude is not proof of fact, it is just your judgment.

    5. This is best seen in Esther’s response to pain caused by the loss of loved ones. She’s mocked mourners, referring to death as “croaking.
    This is a judgment. This is how you think about it. You cannot call it a fact. If only a fact of your own perception. But your own perception is your business. You may think so, no problem. But you cannot call it “fact”. This is not rational.

    6, Humans did not evolve from apes, Esther claims, but were “a whole new idea.”

    Heard nothing about it from Esther. Okay, maybe you’re right here. I dont know.

    My translator may not be correct. Sorry if this is the case.

    Then you unexpectedly spoke about money for the seminars. But medicine also takes money for its services and does not even always help.

    7. Esther here comes up with fairly crackpot theory and impossible explanations to justify implausible circumstances.

    Rational thoughts are all I need. But you don’t give them. It can’t be just because you decide so. It won’t work that way. Have you read the autobiographies of such people? Listen to what they themselves say before you conclude: “I’m right because I’m right.”?
    And all your reasons are as follows. You are not giving anything rational, only resentment and emotion. I see no reason to continue reading this, but thanks for your opinion.

  24. David, I understand where you are coming from but the described reasons, as I interpret them, don’t seem quite objective.
    As I read thru, it is observed a frustrated/angry emotion spilling out. Perhaps resentful. Hence, the message in the article loses strength or substance.
    Nonetheless, I get it.

    Personally, the whole Hicks thing I find it very contradictory. And yet….

    I’m not sure if, or for how long you’ve followed EH. In my case, maybe four years on and off. I haven’t attended any seminars. Mainly all youtube material. But, for some stupid reason, the (darn*) seeker in me somehow always keeps bouncing back to SOME of the teachings as they are really good.
    There is a lot of mumbo-jumbo with this lady, of course. And, I have a hard time believing that she channels a conglomerate of entities named Abraham. I mean, come on people! Really?
    Why only her? Since biblical times just a couple of individuals are selectively plucked out from the entire earth’s population to carry out a message or life teachings that are allegedly only revealed to them.

    I’m skeptical by nature and, I question everything. I don’t believe in religion, nor god or Jesus. I am a fan of Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Laurance Krauss, Daniel Dennet, and while I’m at it why not sprinkle a little bit of Stephen Fry, too. I am, however, open to the possibility of energy and perhaps, ancient wisdom. I also confess that I am drawn back to want to believe in the “magic” aspect as well.

    Gee, I wish I could do this over the phone. I cannot find anyone to discuss this specific topic of hicks, with anyone!

    In conclusion, I agree with you. But yet there’s something about them..

    Lol, sorry.. I hope I get my (sort of) message across. I’m not assertive when it comes to writing!

    • Thanks, Blue Indigo. No anger spilling out. This was written over ten years ago – and a few years after I eagerly started following – during my early days of writing online, and my style may not have worked as intended. A lot of the material I used came from another skeptic who did a lot of research, but I also know a couple of people who worked closely with them and were willing to share.

      Anyway, I agree with you that Abraham-Hicks can be attractive. They borrowed from some of the best, but it’s where Esther veered off on her own that trouble seeped in. And the YouTube material is edited for advertising.

      And you’re unlikely to find anyone to calmly talk with about this because it’s wrapped in all that emotional/spiritual passion. But you might give the Abe Forum (Google it.) a try. It’s pretty controlled but some people there are trying to understand.

      But keep reading. You’ve got a good author list, and sooner or later, it’ll clarify. But you’re not looking for simple answers and it will take time.

  25. I am mourning the loss of the few seconds of my life it took to glance over this utter trash of a blog and scroll to the end. So LOA didn’t work for you…..and you trash it all. Find a good hobby next time instead. Perhaps something you are actually good at.

    • Aw, poor Tony! And even so, you still took the trouble to comment and even offer some free advice. What a nice guy!

      But sadly, you missed the whole point. Esther Hicks is not the law of attraction; she just uses it to make a living. And this isn’t about me. You might have missed that, too, in the rising tide of righteous anger. So, tighten up whatever screw you have loose and try again.If you have an actual disagreement with any point made here, take the trouble to present it. Otherwise, it just looks like you’re pissed because you feel threatened that you’ll lose your toys.

      • Why are you so concerned with Esther making money with the LoA? Doesn’t your representation of the same coming from a vibration of lack? Won’t LoA by its very nature bring that to u or anyone with a dominant vibration of lack more of the same?
        Because if one really has a dominant vibration of abundance for all, then one would feel worth appreciating abundance for others.

      • Like an endless string of others, in your rush to defend Abraham-Hicks, you seem to have missed the point entirely. What is it with you guys, anyway? Blinkers?

        Nothing herein questions the so-called Law of Attraction. Nor is it concerned with Esther’s making money. It’s about the credibility of her claims.

        In the future, it you want to comment, please stick to the topic. The preachiness of people who think they’ve discovered something that others have known about and elaborated on for over a hundred years grows more annoying every day. This is nothing new, and many have explored and wrote about LOA since the New Thought Movement in 1920. Try some alternatives. You might discover a more nuanced and less blurry, contradictory view.

  26. I wonder why you would want to put down something that is just based on the positive and on love. I am left with a bitter taste after reading this article and the many nasty, hateful comments. I suppose you’ll have a good laugh at my comments, too. You remind me of the big bully that every school kid remembers, that is deeply troubled within. Unfortunately, you reflect our world that is dangerously filled with hate of our fellow man.

    • Oh, brother… Would one of you A-H defenders just once try to make a case instead of going into all the drama? Listen, if the best you can do is call names and come up with silly rationales, who do you expect to convince? And, really, let’s be honest. If you were really all that sure, you’d never have read the article or the comments. You have your own deep doubts, and that’s what you’re reacting to. Trust yourself. You’ll be okay without leaning on the magic.

  27. I didn’t expect to convince anyone. I just wanted to make my opinion heard. Of course I have doubts. I question everything, as I would hope all people do. But at the end of the day, AH has something good to offer. I can’t say that about your comments.

  28. This should be labled 15 reasons why I don’t like Abraham Hicks. Interesting though. I have heard stories of people trying really hard to follow AH and then burning out and others feeling like it’s a cult.

    The problem is when people try too hard to follow the AH advice they inevitably try to control the outcome instead of allowing it to come effortlessly (which is the whole teaching of AH). Then they keep attracting what they dont want. It’s the ever common mistake for the spiritual student. They want the prize without wanting to have change their subconscious beliefs.

    LOA is actually the science behind the Golden Rule. It’s why giving to others is so important. Not just because church or mum and dad said so.

    I appreciate your blog and each to their own. Ultimately we all have to take from AH what is meaningful to us and leave what doesn’t work. We all have our path, what ever thought system we choose to live life by.

    • So, is it your conclusion that factual reporting on flaws in Esther Hicks’s claims are just a matter of likes and dislikes? And “LOA is actually the science behind the Golden Rule…?” How on Earth did you ever come up with that? These things have nothing whatsoever with “giving to others.” The so-called law of attraction, even in its basic wording, is about getting. And we live by “thought systems…?”

      There are no words.

  29. I never fully believed everything…but I did dig the message and believe there is something to the Law of Attraction, as I started practicing it – it has worked in my life for the past 15 years. I never paid for anything…I found their book at a free library and then started watching YouTube videos.

      • Why are you concerned about what other people are willing to pay for?Everyone has individual choice and can spend their money on whatever they choose. Much of the stuff from AH is available for free so I don’t really understand your problem.

      • For someone who maintains a blog, you don’t seem to get the essence of opinion writing. Writers share their ideas, and no one’s bound by your special preferences and values. Whatever makes you think others are required to answer to you?

        You’re welcome to disagree, which you haven’t, but you’re not welcome to conjure up rules for others. That’s not how the world works.

  30. Just because you don’t agree with what someone says doesn’t make it untrue. Every person is entitled to believe in what they choose and each and every person can accept money for their services if others are willing to pay. What people choose to spend their money on has nothing to do with anyone else.

    I noticed an advert for your book on here, does that make you a fraud?

  31. I just found Esther Hicks aka Abraham Hicks on fb and joined some of her fb groups. Im glad you putting this on here and I totally agree, she’s faked! Took me “only” about 2 month to realize that. Not impressed with her followers either. Seems like they like to focus on getting stuff, houses, cars and ESCPECIALLY money. They talk a lot about those things. At first I got confused, thought they actually have all those things, saying words like: I have a brandnew car in my driveway etc. Took me a minute to realize they are all fantasizing. I don’t know, but I had to work for my car and make monthly payments like a normal person.
    Also her view on animals is really disturbing. She calls them ” beasts”, who the hell calls animals beasts?
    She seems to have zero emphathy towards animals. Even telling a woman who does pet sitting that the pet don’t need her and she just figured out a way of getting paid by guilty owners! ( Yes, she really said that!) Wow, so we can just leave our pets when we go on vacation and they will be magicaly fine? What a moron! Wishful thinking seems to be ” Abraham’s” style, relying on NOTHING but stuff made up.
    People, use your brain and own experience, don’t listen to this psychopathic, narcissistic woman!
    Please read about and compare the late Sylvia Brown who even took money from her own church. Many similarities, same game. When will people ever learn? Ever?

  32. It’s pretty sad you have to attack someone who is trying to help people. Do you enjoy being the victim, who never takes responsibility for the things you have attracted in your own life?

  33. Esther Hicks makes me feel really happy just being in her vibration.
    Reading this article, gosh David you sound so negative and angry. I know who I Will stick with. I hope you find your joy I really do. ☹️

      • You Can Change Many Opinions, David. But Don’t Expect It From Everybody. It Would Be More Trustworthy If You State The Facts First For Why Everyone Should Trust You, Just As You Try To Inform Why Anyone Should Not Trust Abraham (Esther) Hicks. We Do Not Know Who You Are. You May Seem More Offended Than Accepting When Somebody Disagrees With You And It Might Make Other People Think That You Are A Narcissistic Person Just As You Perceive Abraham. This Is Called The Law Of Reflection, You Perceive What You Are. There Is Nothing Outside Of You. I Perceive You As A Learning Individual Still On His Spiritual Journey. You Are Right Where You Need To Be. Though, You Must Realize That Judgement Is Useless.

      • It’s always good for a chuckle when you guys preach this way, all so enlightened and eager to show all of us not so well informed all about your insights. Nonetheless, this is just another classic deflection, a bit more rare, though, trying to make the article about me and, thereby, avoiding any real comment about the facts and opinions.

        But let me help you out a little. I know it’s not easy to write an entire, grammatical paragraph withe first letters all capitalized.So, you earned it.

        I repeat, as I have before. If I’m all the things you imply and as others have, filled with flaws and personal faults, it makes absolutely no difference. Motives don’t change facts. For example, an angry victim accusing another of stealing doesn’t change the fact that he was robbed.

        So, settle down. Use the gift of discernment you were born with, and consider the facts. And stop trying to change the subject.

  34. @DAVIDSTONE1313 you said “If you’re looking for a teacher, you can find better. And that’s a fact.”
    As you seem to be able to discern and judge all of this, what is you’re judgment on what is closer to the truth? Thank you

  35. Pleased to see others who have experience with Abe Hicks and LoA come to her defense. Each one of these can be put back into context and the willful ignorace of the author spot lighted. Abe Hicks simply helps people apply Law of Attraction which is just hermetic principles aka universal laws aka quantum physics to their life experience. She/they has repeated anyone can do what she does. People apply. Their lives improve. Her purpose served. Trust yourselves, your intuition, your higher being…not that of someone who has evidenced lack of knowledge, experience or critical thought.
    All is well here. Everything is working out perfectly. Nothing to see here. Namaste

    • Here, again, it’s the same old song. You go off on a riff, admittedly more literate than most, but it’s all just slogans and unproven claims, not a single word of rebuttal. Facts are, of course, facts, and if you can’t make a legitimate counterargument, why bother? This comes off as something like reciting church doctrine by a true believer.

      Oh, and quantum physics? What? Quantum physics mathematically describes the underlying structure of the universe or tries to anyway. You can’t apply quantum physics. It’s not a thing. It’s an idea with tested rules and definitions. It just is, whether you like it or not.

      What you miss here is that you’re pitching an inside out blame the victim philosophy. That is, if people’s lives aren’t getting better, it’s not a disease or an oppressive government or an abusive partner, they just aren’t listening to Esther. That’s high school, Lola. Think it through, and it comes unglued.

  36. I sincerely don’t understand why people are coming here to simply say to the author of this article, “you’re wrong.” It’s one thing to share an opposing perspective and engage in discussion or debate, but there doesn’t seem to be too much of that in this comment thread. How is it “too out of the vortex” to read or simply consider as someone’s personal perspective, but it’s not “too out of the vortex” to leave a condescending comment? It’s not congruent. So many people are attacking while accusing others of doing the same. None of this makes any sense..

    Everyone has a right to believe what they believe, so why does it matter? I mean…really. Does it? Look in the mirror, take the lesson, form your own belief, and apply it to your life. You’ll be much happier for it – I promise (and yes, there’s a difference between the spiritual bypassing induced “happy” and a deeply resonant happy. The latter comes from being comfortable enough with our own raw humanity that we can sit with things that make us uncomfortable and still be okay). I know this from a lot of first-hand experience.

    All of that being said, I truly hope that everyone here finds what they’re looking for, whatever it may be. Lots of love!!! 💗

    • Well said, Kat. The absence of constructive comment or any signs of objectivity tells a story all it’s own. It’s defensive, but the interesting thing is, if they didn’t have doubts, why click the link and read in the first place? And if you go to that trouble, why not engage your brain?

      I don’t get it ever, but I’d love to have an actual exchange of ideas. I sense though that most of these commenters never read far enough to form a genuine opinion, good or bad.

  37. To believe any one teaching or teacher holds the answer to this jigsaw puzzle that is life is foolish; All are but a piece of the picture and any who proclaim this piece or they are the whole picture are surely demented.
    Ester is just another piece retelling a story spoken for countless millennia as do every other religion and teaching, the only difference is in the language of retelling.

    Jesus stated “Do not follow me, Be as I am.” To say, following any religion or teaching is not in you best interest. They are but sign posts and stepping stones to find your own freedom within.

    Anyone who stands waiting at a sign post expecting to arrive somewhere else, wants the answer given them, the journey walked for them. This is not the way. Everyone of us is unique that requires a different answer and you must find this for yourself.

    Listen to the teachings, Take what is useful to you and move on.

  38. So what was the point of this article other than typing a really long observation? A lot of it is out of context and offers no evidence or proof of fraud. Sounds like a stretch for a conspiracy. This was boring af.

    • I’m happy to answer your question, Michael. The point of this or any of the hundreds of other things I’ve written is giving you something to think about, and with this, I’ve been wildly successful. You wouldn’t click to read at all, if you didn’t already have doubts. Now, this will either deepen them or firm up your beliefs.Either way, a little fresh air and sunlight is good for anyone, even Esther Hicks.

      Best of luck to you. Kick back a bit though. You’re straining to hard at denial.

  39. Honestly dude, I don’t have an opinion about the woman one way or the other which is what brought me to your page in the first place. (I was doing research for someone else) I never even heard of her. I was actually on the verge of agreeing with you, but the more I read I realized, it doesn’t matter what you read; text books, graphic novels, blogs, they’re still pretty much based on the opinion of the author.

    What gave me that realization was you. You wrote in a comment to someone else that this blog had been going for ten years like you were proud of that or something and all I could think was wow, that’s like a one sided bad marriage that seems to be way past its expiration date. Dude, no offense, but you need to get a life. You have spent a decade if not longer fixated on this woman and for what? let it go already. Most people, say their peace, write their books and move on.

    People are going to have their opinions regardless of what you want them to believe or comment about. It’s not stopping her so why are you stopping yourself. You obviously have disdain for this woman, but what you don’t realize good or bad is that you’re contributing to keeping her at the forefront of people’s mind so basically you’re helping her, not hurting her. You clearly have so much talent I would hate to see it wasted, but even I recognize the defensiveness of your replies.

    Post this, dont post this, I don’t really care, but you needed to hear it. I really do wish you the best and for your sake I hope you take my advice, but I think we both know you won’t.

    • Alas, still unable to comment on the content. Same old, same old, and the streak continues.I wonder if Guinness keeps records on nonsense…

      Just one little correction for you, since you are clearly not a careful reader: This was originally posted over ten years ago, and I haven’t written anything new about A-H in years. I just field goofy, self-righteous comments like yours and answer.

      And some insight: Neither you nor any of the other A-H acolytes would ever read this post to the end, which you must do to get to the comments, unless you already had doubts. Panicking into attack mode, without a single argument against even one of the sixteen points, is a constant revelation. I suspect most commenters are deeply troubled with uncertainty, unable to manage the facts objectively, and scramble into a variety of dodges. BTW, the “I wasn’t looking for myself” has been used several times before. Come on. Who the hell does research for someone else, then rushes into an attack comment? Research into what? This isn’t exactly hard to find.

  40. Hi there I thank you for making this comment and it absolutely rings true. She avoids any question she does not know the answer to and yet still calls herself infinite intelligence. However when confronted with a question about the real deal-someone called Bashar she outright said Bashar was way smarter and it really is true-way smarter and way cheaper packed full of amazing wisdom. That Super String theory would be no issue for Bashar which answers questions like that all the time. Abraham also said that they keep things more general while Bashar goes super specific. Personally I followed the meditation techniques where meditating in the morning and creating a feeling of peace and love and staying in that state and if done right I would become super awake and I did experience amazing stuff including rare communication from my own higher mind and physical interaction by other beings. it was profound however it did not last long. I now see that state was called the Hyper Gamma brainwave state and it can increase even higher unlocking even more access to source and more specifics. I have concluded that what Channellers do is access a group of beings which are within the vibrational reach of them to some degree. Meaning the smarter the individual the better the wisdom coming through. To be honest Esther looks as clueless as a person can get. So it’s pretty clear when Abraham Hicks is pushed she will admit she doesn’t know everything like when asked about Tinnitus-the ringing of the ears she said they don’t know and eventually she changed her perspective on it saying that a person can tune it to access different frequencies which is correct HOWEVER there are other kinds of tinnitus like the deep drumming that gets worse and causes memory loss and stunts meditation and law of attraction access.
    That was the one I had and after finally learning about Earthing and how the EMF and Electric voltage I was able to ground myself in the soil and experience way less of that ringing in the ears leaving only the good kind-the pleasent high pitch tone to remain at least until I went back into my room. I have replaced my graphics drawing tablet (research shows its really bad because current flows up our hands) and now I use a normal mouse-already i am seeing better improvement. Bashar has said 5G can mess our immune system up. Abraham says none of these things can affect our connection significantly-this is one of the most dangerous lies so far. EMF from Wifi and 5G I don’t know much about but Electric Fields from computer electronics and sleeping near power outlets can easily be measured using a Multi-Meter.
    Anyway It has come to my attention that yes the sooner we can admit the limits of Abrahams teachings the sooner we can find much better ones like Bashar and who knows who else is out there. i hope I can sort out my brain back to normal order because I can access pretty much any brainwave state but when interference from my electronics comes my left ears drumming tinnitus tells me HELP.
    It’s funny cause when I was a kid I would climb trees (a kind of earthing) and I didn’t sleep close to my power outlet and didn’t have computer and WIFI and that time of my life was great I would have access to insane peace and clarity some mornings that I almost can never replicate…hopefully now things will change. So yes I’m done with Abraham except for generally just wanting to feel a bit better which she’s decent at. I mean to finish this off Abraham has always told us we have our own guidance system and you can bet it fires off for many of us when she says something screwy. That tells us she is not telling everything or outright wrong and I’m glad you picked it up. Don’t worry about the comment above saying to give up, if you have a passion for getting to the bottom of things that’s a good attitude to have.

  41. When I was a child, I learned how to win at table games by only looking at a different place in my mind. And I can still do it at this day. My dad who is a sore looser do not even want to talk about the games i won against him. If someone would try to play against me to try to prove to himself that it isn’t true, he or she would not be able to see it. That’s because trying to prove someone wrong is not looking at the same thing then the actual game to win. The intentions are different, therefore the results will be different. When your intention is to prove someone wrong, its not the same intention as seeing a win of a game or whatever the truth that person is speaking from. ( that is why nobody here leaving any comments will make you see what is real). Its two different subjects. Two very different thing to look at. And if you are not looking at the right thing, you cant turn to see where the answer is. and also, the answer to a problem is not at the same place then the problem. If you continue to look at a problem, the more of that problem you will see. You need to look somewhere else in your mind to see the answer. Not out there. Like math problems. You need to use reason.
    And also, we all have what it takes to figure it out. If the universe, God, life, Abraham or whatever you want to call it, did not think we could, he would give us the answer himself. That is why he only tells us what we already know or are ready to hear because we know of it. The rest we need to figure it out on our own. And we can only know this through experience (because only you, in your mind, can know it).
    Cheers 🙂

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