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15 Reasons Why You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks

15 Reasons You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks


Can’t trust Esther Hicks…? “Before you step off, be sure about who holds the rope…”

Learning Not to Trust Abraham-Hicks

Analysis by David Stone

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

It all came from her husband, Jerry Hicks, who died in 2011.

But the real messenger, she claims, is “Abraham.”

She describes Abraham as one-hundred “nonphysical teachers” that deposit “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 you how pleased they are to have you in attendance for “co-creating.”

That’s followed by a riff on some topic, sort of a sermon. Then, you’re invited to march up and take a spot in the “hot seat.”

You can ask Abraham for one-on-one guidance.

Off stage, Esther says Abraham dictates books by forcing her fingers to type on a keyboard.

That’s the official story, anyway. 

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

The production of new books halted when Jerry died. 

Did he take Abraham with him?

She interprets “blocks of thought” from nonphysical teachers informed directly by “Source.” 

What you and I call “God” is what she’s talking about.

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

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

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

Or is there some divine source of wisdom?

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

Related: Is Paul Selig The Esther Hicks We Wanted?

I now have a list of fifteen. Getting there was easy.

The List of What Esther Hicks Gets Wrong Every Time

Here’s what, bit by bit, convince me that Esther Hicks is making it all up.

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 isn’t close to 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 damage, you want it — gone, that is. Easy.

And now Esther says you that “you could,” why not just make that scar go away? There is nothing stopping you.

The first Abraham-Hicks follower getting well with this advice, send before and after pics. I’ll post them here. 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 him as better at managing his vibration of anyone 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.”

Not until Jerry Hicks died did Esther concede that he’d been battling 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 well-known empathy and replaced it with indifference. (Remember, 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.

There’s more.

In the same sequence, a concerned mother who came to Esther for advice introduced a new 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 the 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 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. 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 does? 

Five More Reasons You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks

Reason Number Six

”Abraham Live,” maybe the creepiest thing to come out the Abraham-Hicks marketing machine, even if the title itself wasn’t weirdly funny, ran concurrent with the workshops. For only seventy-five bucks, with no right to record a copy, followers could watch Esther do her shtick on their computers.

In short, the Hicks Team was webcasting their workshops, much as the monster churches do and were probably gearing up to ask followers to pony up subscription fees, taking greed to a whole new level. 

As Gordon Gecko pointed out, greed can be good, but when you consider the sales pitch for this thing, it’s hard to imagine who would pony up seventy-five hard-earned dollars for it or, really, why followers aren’t already fleeing.

Quoting directly from the announcement:

We recently had a chat with Abraham about these upcoming global broadcasts of our live seminars, which will allow people to participate in a live event without actually being in the room. So many people, from so many places around the world, have requested that we travel to their countries so that they can participate with Abraham, and this new Live Stream broadcast answers that request. It will be a great way for people who can’t be, or don’t want to be, in the seminar room to still participate in the seminar.

As Abraham used the word ‘participate,’ Jerry asked, ‘Since the people won’t be in the room and won’t be raising their hands, and won’t be able to sit in the hot seat to ask their question, what does Abraham mean by participate?’ Abraham smiled…

Now when you consider the unintentional humor of going “live” with a group of “nonphysical teachers” who claim to be “deader than dead,” you might overlook the suggestion of having a “chat” with them, but what got me was “Abraham smiled….” 

Now just exactly how does a nonphysical entity, who Esther Hicks claims gives her “blocks of thought,” smile…?

Nathan argues in comments that, if Abraham can convey thought with emotion, then they can convey a smile. 

Of course, in reality, Esther claims they convey “blocks of thought,” not “thoughts with emotion” and a smile is a whole other thing. Nice try, Nathan.

The word whacky doesn’t even cover it.

And then, there were seven…

Asked about severely disabled children Abraham said these were “old souls” arriving damaged, just for the experience, saying nothing about how struggling parents attracted them.

An important aspect of their preaching about the law, as explained, is that we are always in control of everything that happens in our lives. A random genetic error, an accident, is not possible, since each individual creates every aspect of their experience.

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

You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks Number Eight

In Boulder Colorado in June of 2004, Esther said this: “Every bit of it is about economics. Every bit of it, without exception. Everything about religion is about economics. Everything about politics is about economics. And everything about economics is personal satisfaction. Everyone is personally motivated to do the best that they can possibly do for themselves.”

But in Kansas City in September, same year, she said, “Your world is pointing toward an insistence on conformity which is causing you enormous grief. It’s what’s at the heart of all of your religious battles, and religious battles are what are at the heart of all of your battles. In other words, all of your wars and global irritation with one another are over your determination to promote sameness. Your democracy insists that it’s the only government that works. And every religion (it’s interesting to note) proclaims that it is the only one that works.”

But Esther, didn’t you say it was all about economics? Oh, well…

Now, You’ve Got Nine

Recent books, especially in the series starting with the Power of Emotions as a subject, are not direct quotes from Abraham. They’re rehashed, teachings stretched out with object lessons, in the style of the earliest Abraham recordings. 

They are expurgated by Jerry Hicks, according to his own lights, which reduces their credibility for several reasons we can save for another time.

To get a better perspective on this, try to get your hands on the audio version of these books. At the close of each, they include an Abraham-Hicks live session recording. The difference is dramatic. Moreover, Jerry, not Esther who appears only in the introduction, reads aloud.

Jerry has never claimed to channel Abraham.

Note: These later books were a repackaging Abraham for profit. This makes them someone’s selective interpretation, not the pure, gut stuff straight from Abraham.

Ten: From the simple Law of Attraction teachings, the Abraham-Hicks team has added many complicated procedures and new ideas. Now, instead of “you get what you think about” and “birds of a feather flock together,” we have a “vortex” where desired things are held in “escrow.” 

They haven’t been delivered because the time is not yet right or, the standing explanation, “you’re not letting it in.”

When it was revealed that, contrary to Esther and Jerry Hicks’ claims, the “Law of Attraction” did not originate with them, they migrated it to the clunkier but vastly more convenient term “Vortex of Attraction,” which does.

End Of The List For What Esther Hicks Always Gets Wrong

Eleven: The 2012 harmonic convergence predictions. At first, Abraham shrugged these speculations off as useless because, according to the Law of Attraction, we will get what we attract at the time, and nothing can be predicted in advance. 

Later, pressured by true believers in their New Age audiences, they fell into the harmonic convergence line and talked about new knowledge and awareness in the world today that would lead to great change in 2012. Popular demand engendered new truths, it seems.

By the way, none of the big changes ever occurred. Wrong again, Abe.


Twelve: Wisdom, if viable, doesn’t need all the marketing and image control used by Abraham-Hicks. It’s getting to be as if Jesus were pitching pricey sandals and offering to lead pilgrimages for a fee.

In a nearly ghoulish twirling of Jerry’s cancer into a marketing tool, Abraham Hicks on July 7th, 2011, sent out an email blast with this exact wording:

“We so much appreciate all the inquiries and love that you have been sending our way and we wanted to give you a quick update.

“We’re going to fly to Del Mar on Monday for the next phase of our rebalancing act in getting Jerry back on his feet and feeling frisky. Every day we’re experiencing the relief that we can only receive from Abraham as they remind us about the power of the Vortex. We are enjoying the comfort when we are able to ignore the temporary what-is.

“Abraham recorded a wonderful segment for Jerry last night guiding him toward complete comfort and ease, and that is exactly what he is focusing on now. We’ll continue our city-to-city workshop schedule as posted, which means that we’ll be enjoying the company of our friends in San Francisco on Saturday, July 9th. If you’d like to join the generally frisky Frisco workshop group, you can call the office before 4 p.m. CDT on Friday (830-755-2299). The last San Francisco workshop was filled to capacity, so a phone reservation would ensure that we won’t run out of chairs.”

They didn’t even enter a paragraph break between the news of Abraham recording a segment, whatever that might be, probably a workshop rehearsal tape, for Jerry and the pitch for tickets. This isn’t illiterate as much as it is Freudian. 

“Move over, Jerry, we’ve got tickets to sell.”


Thirteen: In twenty-five years, wouldn’t these “eternal beings”with direct access to the “Source,” or supreme being, have come up with one original, really useful idea? I’d have been happy with a simple cure for the common cold.

(Nathan again, commenting below, implies that Abraham did provide a cure for the common cold. Right. My mistake. Here it is: Don’t think about colds and you won’t get one. How did we all miss that for so long!)

Abraham has never come up with a new idea. Esther and Jerry just took techniques developed by Seth and Theo, with both of whom Jerry and Esther were very familiar before Abraham arrived, and blended in ideas from the “New Thought Movement.” 

Abraham’s “hot seat” conversations with attendees are entertaining and sometimes enlightening, but they never break new ground.

I’m not saying they don’t occasionally come up with something fantastic, but something useful and objectively observable would be nice. Most of us would love to have what Esther preaches be true. Well, not the animal abuse stuff, but a lot of it.

How about telling us how radiation or toxins cause cells to become cancerous? Gold star for Esther, if she can peg that one.


Fourteen: Abraham’s teachings are simple. There has been nothing new in decades, except for exercises and concepts like “the Vortex.”

But like a jalopy without brakes, the machine keeps rolling from seminar to seminar as long as cash is available. 

Is this what one who professes to be as wise and all knowing as Abraham would do? Why not give it away?

So, why keep pumping out new products and cruises when there is nothing more to say?

Fifteen: Thudding boredom and marginal literacy have entered the realm of Esther, Jerry and Abraham Hicks.

It’s only fair to assume that an entity with the wisdom and access Esther and Jerry Hicks claim for Abraham would be thrilling. For many of us, they once were, but here’s a recent entry from their Vortex writings:


I Can Attract Relationships That Agree with My Desires… People are not finding it difficult to find the mate of their dreams because that person is not out there, but because of their own contradiction to their own desire in the thoughts they offer about the subject every day.

When you consistently offer thoughts about your future relationship that feel good while you think them, that means you are consistently matching the desires that you have discovered as you have lived life. And under those conditions, only someone in agreement with your desires could come to you. Under those conditions, no need for control is necessary.

Through each exposure to interacting with others, you launch continuous rockets of desires of what you prefer. And only when you are a Vibrational Match to the culmination of those desires will you allow your rendezvous with someone who matches those intentions that you have gathered along your physical trail.”

— Abraham
Excerpted from the book, The Vortex, Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships # 80

Anyone who can read that through without dozing off has my admiration. Who thought anyone claiming so much wisdom could be such an infinite bore?

Sixteen: Abraham Hicks baffled by String Theory

You’d think an entity claiming access to all the wisdom the world has ever known would be able to comment on a popular scientific thread that might bolster some of their claims, but no. According to a recording supplied by a friend who prefers to remain anonymous, Abraham doesn’t even know what the best known theory for explaining the existence of the universe is.

Simply, Superstring (commonly known as just “string”) theory tries to explain some of the peculiarities of quantum physics and how it fails to match up with relativity by proposing extra dimensions and constituents of matter that make the quantum world appear as it does. 

Abraham, after hearing a man describe himself as a “recovering physicist” and make a simple explanation of what string theory was supposed to do, politely listened as Esther explained that going back in time was a waste, seeming to see string theory as something to do with evolution, which, of course, we already know she hasn’t a clue about.

If Esther Hicks is going to continue faking Abraham, she’d do well to read some newer books and stop looking at herself in the mirror while counting ticket sales.


In Conclusion

If you believe, as I do, that anyone offering guidance from the highest spiritual source ought to be consistent and original, you’ll find Esther Hicks lacking. If you believe any God worth having would be compassionate, you won’t find that in Abraham.

My fifteen reasons are a brief summary. I could easily find a hundred contradictions and errors in fact. If you’re looking for a teacher, you can find better. 

And that’s a fact.

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  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.

  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.

  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!

  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?

  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 😘

  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.

  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

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