Abraham Hicks Skeptic

15 Reasons Why You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks Now

Learn why you can’t trust Esther Hicks, and who is Abraham Hicks, anyway? Here are fifteen good reasons and some answers based on verified claims…

Estimated reading time: 18 minutes

Analysis by David Stone

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An introduction to Abraham-Hicks

Ever wonder how Esther Hicks learned about The Law of Attraction and began channeling?

She picked it up first from her husband, Jerry Hicks, who died in 2011.

Jerry was a serious student of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, and he, also, started Esther reading Jane Roberts’s books. Seth, an entity channel in books through Roberts, served as a model for Abraham.

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But the real messenger, Esther insists, is Abraham, dictating the books and speaking 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 they’re pleased at having them ‘co-creating.” But what they’re “co-creating” is never clear.

Then, there’s a riff on some topic, a sort of keynote, followed by select audience members talking directly with Abraham/Esther in the “hot seat.”

Abraham dishes up one-on-one guidance intended to include broader messages. Abraham claims to know all the questions in advance.

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. 

The string of new books ended when Jerry died. 

The List of What Esther Hicks Gets Wrong Every Time

Here’s what, piece by piece, convinced me that you can’t trust Esther Hicks.

In general, based on what you’re about to read, I believe Abraham-Hicks is a hoax.

Jerry and Esther Hicks Spiritual Money Tree

You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks One:

This one’s a bonus.

So, make that sixteen reasons you can’t trust Esther Hicks. 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.”
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 and you want it gone, then, it’s gone, according to Esther. She adds a condition: “…if you knew it…”

And now that she’s told you, you do know it. 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.

Editor’s note: Still waiting.

Two Is Medical Advice They Don’t Follow Themselves

“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

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

Discounting conventional medicine, Esther — as Abraham — says that a near immediate return to health is possible.

Just change your vibrations. It takes as little as an afternoon, she says. 

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.

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.

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.


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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      • 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 are a sad little man if you have to spend your time tearing others down to make yourself big. But that’s what insecure people do!

      • Really? Doesn’t it just make you nuts when you try name-calling and insults and it doesn’t work at all?

        Now, wait, didn’t your guru say something about non-judgment? Did you play hooky when she gave that speech?

      • Hello David Stone. I am the director of a research institute and I haven’t found one single phrase said by Abraham that is contrary to observation, I just read a few lines of your diatribe and I did not found at least one of your assumptions to be correct. The problem that you have is you lack any training or any kind of education other than watching too much tv, And the fact that you write every sentence with irony or sarcasm is the first clue that you are clueless. If you really want to have a real debate I am the only one that can explain to you the ABC of how things work. I have a few questions first.
        1. How many years you studied the material?
        2. How many of the exercises have you tried and for how long?
        3. How many hours have you heard the material?
        4. What is your current religion? a) Atheism b) Scientism c) Materialism d) Other.
        5. Have you heard about the genome project?
        6. How many years have you trained in applied mathematics?
        7. How many years have you studied religions or theology or any of that?
        8. Were you raised as christian or catholic?
        9. Do you think you know more than anyone?
        10. Do you think no one has the answer?
        11. What is your stand in ufos?
        12. Have you ever studied the subject of “the matrix”?


        ps. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that I run a research institute and I am an expert in everything relevant, I’m just a dude like you.

      • My, my, you have a high opinion of yourself, but of course, you don’t really run a research institute.

        But you make the same basic mistake. While unable to mount a single contrary argument, you try to make the author the issue, more or less changing the subject.

        As always, we’d be delighted to see a single objective argument, but alas, not yet.

        Nice try, though.

      • I gave you a chance to learn. Yes I run a research institute. You did not answer one single question. You lost the debate.

      • Btwwww I didn’t know where to reply so I just clicked reply on any answer, anyways, before u write something ATLEAST do your research. I heard esther/Abraham say manyyyyyyy times “jerry croaked” “jerry croaked” ‘aahh jerry, he croaked” like in soo many videos so I just thought to tell u.

      • AT LEAST, try to practice what you preach. I don’t know if what you say is true or not because I haven’t listened to anything new from Esther in over ten years, around the time this was written. But I can assure you that she never took that attitude at the time. If she changed, it merely shows that, like most, she eventually returns to a set point. In her case, it’s crude indifference to the suffering of others.

        This is a minor point, in any case. It doesn’t change the fact of her lack of empathy.

    • 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?

      • irony and sarcasm. You are one of those.

        I was a “genius child”, I started my research at 7 years old, when I was 12 I was debating and destroying people like you, parrots I call y’all, you repeat the ideas in the books, you defend your ideas with concepts as “prestigious” or “published” but you are unable to discern if they are true beyond that. I research the validity of ideas, for that I had to read thousands of books, studied many religions, ways of thinking, travel around the world, hammer philosophies in my mind until I went outside of the matrix and found truth. It took me decades. Now I am qualified to discern ideas. You are on the base level of knowledge, 101 of semantics and on the 0 level of intelligence, that means you have zero mental tools to qualify ideas, that means if I say a few ideas you can’t tell me which is true much less ideas that are out of your matrix. And I can tell you flat out, Abraham has never ever utter a sentence that is not 100% congruent with reality.

        Your condition is called Cynicism and it has a cure, the use of the phrase “I don’t know”.
        Try it. Really try it today. When you are faced with a concept that is out of your mental reach say I don’t know, don’t say no one knows, say I don’t know. Do that for a month and write down the things you don’t know and make the goal to find the information. You have been trained to say “No one knows this” or “everyone knows this” but you will resist that training with your pure will and say I will find out. Then you are on your way out of ignorance, when you finally reach an answer you will notice that you are not bitter any more and you are not using irony or sarcasm to mask the fear of rejection that you got in school when everyone laughed at your stupidity, you will be a step closer to be a man and to have a spouse that is not with you to avoid working.

        Good luck.

      • I am, of course, deeply impressed. Who wouldn’t be?

        Now, in all your wisdom and vast insight, can ya just once try to address any item in the content with which you disagree? Any one? You’d be the first. That must count for something, and you can add it to your already amazing list of achievements.

        And just to be fair and show I can also brag on myself, I want you to know that I pitched a no hitter when I was only fifteen. I bet you never did that, amazing though you may be.

    • 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.


        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.

      • Explaining anything to you It is like explaining calculus to a new born. I understand your point of view. I know exactly how you got where you are. American people have it really tough when it comes to knowledge, given the institutionalized ignorance, forced stupidity and systematic depression. Yes, you are depressed but I think you already knew that.

        You have been thought through shame and ridicule to agree to a number of assumptions about reality. You have been force feed a religion that is a mixture of absurdities and misconceptions, that religion you practice every day is called The Matrix. An array of ideas and opinions that are congruent among them called “what everyone knows” but that are not consistent with reality. That inconsistency is called “what no one knows” and “theories and hypothesis”. You can find evidence of this in your writing for example when you say “every high school science student knows”.

        One simple idea that they have been hiding to you is that happiness and intelligence are the same thing, so if you are depressed you are also incapable of comprehending. You can listen to some material and you can understand its meaning but you are not able to comprehend. For example, you say Abraham says humans and apes are a different idea, you understand the meaning of the words but instead of comprehending that animal and human are two different things you say we share DNA, so the idea just flew above your head. So in the end it’s completely natural that you can’t trust something that you are incapable of understanding. Ironically, Abraham is trying to teach you how to overcome depression and be able to comprehend but you can’t even comprehend that.

        I have heard people say something expensive is ugly, it is less painful to say I don’t like it than to say I can’t afford it. So it is just natural that you say I think its a hoax instead of saying This thing that contradicts all my assumptions is too difficult to understand.

        For me it is important to leave a comment here for posterity, the time will come when you find out who I am.

        Hugs and kisses.

      • Geez, you didn’t say anything about my baseball prowess. That was thoughtless. Just for that, just to get even, I’m not going to say one word about your being a pretentious windbag. See how you like it.

      • I know what you mean. But I just think he should at least give the teachings of Abraham a try. What Esther teaches can really change your life if you’d just judge the tree by its fruit…

      • I did, for several years, and I found them stimulating. But I also found a lot of hypocrisy and contradiction, and that led to research and the material this post is based on. By the way, I’ve known a couple of people who worked directly and intimately with Esther and with Jerry. They’ve vetted whatever I wrote for accuracy.

        It’s important, isn’t it, for people to have a critical voice for contrast, rather than let Esther’s fabulous claims go unchallenged? Then, people can chose for themselves, fully informed, not indoctrinated.

  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.

      • This is for David Stone. I, like you, are a cynic and love your debunking. I have read a bit about Esther Hicks – why Abraham? – and would find it too mentally exhausting to try to follow some of the convoluted things she says. Apparently, she is big on the law of attraction: this concept is not new but she is turning it into something almost alien in the terms she uses. Clarity of speech is a valuable tool; it forces the speaker to understand their subject and makes it easier, more bearable for the listener who may learn from it. I read a bit about Esther/Abraham and her law of attraction. I hate to think I misread it but a few of her comments made me feel she is potentially dangerous and, as you said,doesn’t really give a damn about people. She indicated that very young girls who are raped somehow attracted it, brought it on themselves. She indicated that slaves attracted slavery, brought it on themselves and somehow their world, the world, is better because of it; she indicated that Martin Luther King Jr. attracted his assassination/wanted it. These statements must come from her new world view. She seems to be rewriting history. I wonder what she has to say about the Holocaust. I guess she will leave order up to law enforcement to make sure society moves along in a non barbaric way. Batting around the term “quantum physics” seems to be a popular thing lately as well. What is that all about? They seem to take a little bit of knowledge, mix in ancient philosophies, a bunch of other things, toss in the word universe, the divine, and you have a recipe for success. Wasn’t this done in the 60’s when people were looking for the dawning of the age of Aquarius – great song. One thing Hicks seems to go on about is to not judge other people. Why? Thank heaven Hitler was judged; thank heaven exploitation of children, women, one’s sexuality is being judged so abuse stops. Thinking kind thoughts – and this may be diminishing what these new age people are all about – really will not do much except to potentially have people distance themselves from what is going on around them and, in their new found passivity, do they assume it will all go away OR will they just not give a damn about it. We need cynics, people who will continue to question. I need something more than a group encounter – that was big in the 70’s – where people hugged a lot. Personally, I think feeling angry about things is very good. Anger is not necessarily a self destructive thing. When you are angry, are reacting to something that is wrong, abusive to someone or something – yourself – you can be moved to do something about it NOT just think, “I don’t like that; it is negative so I must brush it away by thinking positive thoughts.” Venting is very healthy, writing down your angry thoughts about a person is a very good way at getting your feelings in perspective. Isn’t that what these new age people are attempting to do? Get you in tune with yourself? We have not lived in a void. Life, our lives, have given us skills that have worked, at least they have for me. Perhaps others don’t have great coping skills, are looking for some magic but then, aren’t we all looking for magic, beauty? Art, music – specifically jazz – sooth me, calm me. I have gone at great length. I hope that at least you, Mr. Stonel, will find some sense and logic in what I have said.. I hope this reaches you since my computer skills are often lacking. Have a fine day.

      • 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!

      • Oh David. I wonder how much happiness, wealth, love, ease, appreciation, well-being, and peace of mind you experience in your life. Come to think of it, I think I have a pretty good idea…

      • Silly. But what difference does it make? Deal with the facts. I could be the ugliest troll in the forest, the most miserable, but that wouldn’t change a thing about Esther’s story.

    • 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.

      • I’ve read enough comments here to see that you really don’t understand the Law of Attraction and like most people, you fear and attack what you don’t know. In future, every time I see your name in print, I will be sure to avoid reading any more of your content. It’s just too much hate and negativity for my liking. Good luck to you if this is how you’ve chosen to live your life!

      • It’s fascinating how all of you circle back to the same escape hatch. Unable to deal with the facts, you attack the messenger as if changing the subject will help you escape the truth.

        As far as the “Law of Attraction,” which Esther/Abraham did not invent, but borrowed from a movement in the 1920s, if you understand it so well, then you certainly realize what brought you here. You read this article because you have doubts big enough to drive a Mack truck through. That’s what drew you. And now you’re scrambling to find a secure way back into a leaky belief system. Nothing new. It happens all the time, but like so many others, you now have balance. Hang in there with Esther, if that works for you, but don’t come unglued just because others disagree. As Esther has always said, live and let live, go with the flow.

      • Talikevans01 follows Esther who teaches unconditional love and while she is supposed to imbue herself with unconditional love, she does the exact opposite, she keeps attacking people just because they have different ideas. Her messages are full of “pure negative energy” and she is spewing envy towards someone who has a different opinion. I am dumbfounded! Can you achieve happiness and unconditional love through attacks, irony, and belittling comments. Is this what her “inner being” inspires her to do?

        Talikevans01 “wishes” David Stone good luck, again full of irony, like something bad will befall all of us, because we dared to have a negative opinion against Esther’s teachings. She talks about someone who doesn’t know, and she is sure that he doesn’t have love in his life and that his posts express hate. I saw no hate in his posts, just someone criticizing, that’s all.

        Read lots of books Talik and expand your horizons. You may learn from Freud, that the hate you see, perhaps is what you have in you and you are projecting it on other people. Why do you have hate? Maybe because by telling you that what Esther preaches is nonsense, we shatter your dream. Sorry but you are not going to have reaches beyond thought, amazing love-life, perfect health and an amazing body just by being happy.

        Someone even made a comment that David doesn’t sell as much as the late Jerry. Is this comment an expression of love? Implying that one is better because one may sell more is something aligned with infinite intelligence and god energy? Not to mention the ignorance, because “the measure of success is not how much you sell, but the amount of joy you have in your life”. Isn’t that what Esther, your spiritual leader preaches? Maybe you are not a good student of Abraham-Hicks.

        I know that I repeat myself but I am dumbfounded that they teach love and positivity and yet they keep attacking other people, just because they express a different point of view. What is more, Talik states that she doesn’t want to ever read again “negative” opinions. The way I see it, that means that instead of keep reading and being exposed to a plurality of thoughts and ideas, she wants to blind herself.

        Do we really have to believe that great masterpieces of art, that do not express a happy feeling, are to be discarded? Does that mean that most of Shakespeare’s works are wrong because they do not have happy endings? So, we shouldn’t read them… because we have the happy teachings of Esther and is this enough?

        Just to lighten the mood, let me quote something funny from Oscar Wilde, “I wonder who it was that defined man as a rational animal. It was the most premature definition ever given. Man is many things, but he is not rational.” 😀

      • For anyone that bothered to read my previous comment, sorry about the typo: “reaches beyond thought”= “riches beyond thought”. Proof reading on a screen was never my cup of tea. I hope the rest of the comment makes sense, grammatically and syntactically speaking… 🙂

  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.

      • Abraham initially made a lot of sense to me. I wanted to feel good all the time. But unfortunately just ignoring your true feelings and not allowing yourself to feel pain and work through difficult times was not good. It lead to a lot of anxiety. I started to always feel so bad about any bad or sad thoughts.
        It was complete disregard to self.
        I encourage people in the same boat to listen to other people that will allow you to experience all your feelings and works through them. You will still be able to manifest amazing things!
        I went from Abraham’s “just tell a different story” (that made me full of anxiety) to feeling my feelings and sitting with pain (which lead to true joy abs freedom).
        I’m no longer afraid to feel. ♥️

      • Hi, Deborah. It’s been a while, but my experience was similar. Bottom line, Esther’s approach demands an emotionally immature demand for limited emotions, a sort of shying away from feelings, but in the end, it always comes down to limited the richness of experience. I don’t even think of any of it as good or bad anymore because that’s misleading. The real yardstick is the depth of genuine feeling you can realize, and that’s what makes life abundant.

        Thanks for your comment.

  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.


    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.

      • I’m curious how Sylvia Browne took money from her own church? Not disagreeing with you. I want to know!

      • Never spent a lot of time on Sylvia. She retired around fifteen years ago. She never grabbed my attention. Sorry I have no answer or even a guess about that.

    • 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.


    • 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?

    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 🙂

  42. At the time of my posting this comment it shows about 153 comments. I’m too lazy to read them ALL! LOL! But I don’t need that many to see all I need to see. First I will say that I am non-religious for the most part but I do know Biblical and such teachings, much of which is accurate if you actually understand what you are reading. That is the key to most everything. Understanding. I’d like to attempt to explain the part about ‘healing yourself’ that you’ve mentioned. To cut to the chase: WE are ALL *energetic* in nature. We are ‘inhabiting’ a physical body in a physical world. Because of our fusion with our physical bodies we must adhere to the physical laws of our environment. By this I mean that, as to our health, we are directly affected by our environment such as diet the air we breathe and etc. which all affects our ‘organism’ or body via physical laws. To put this as clear as possible, as to adhering to the physical laws of our natures; as human beings we can not ‘re-grow’ limbs, for instance, but we can overcome most ailments that basically leave our physical bodies otherwise intact. However, there are certain reptiles, for instance, that CAN regrow limbs and even change sexes if needs be. Human beings cannot do that (it’s against the physical laws of the planet etc.) so that is not included in the ‘healing’ ability / energy of Humans. I only say this as a means to make it very clear to the point I am attempting to make. I have seen some very convoluted and misunderstanding comments here so… However, we are more ‘energetic’ than we are physical. It has been proven that our mind CAN assist us in recoveries that some physicians will see as ‘miraculous’. There are many who have been given a sentence of paralysis who are now walking, mesmerizing their physician. There are studies of children having cured themselves of various diseases by using their mind to ‘see’ the illness in some form of their choosing and then ‘destroying’ it within themselves. What is not understood is the FACT that it’s usually NOT immediate. Due to the physical laws of our Universe AND our own ‘belief’ system we are under the constraint of that gestalt of energy. The stronger you ‘believe’ that something will happen, the faster it will progress for you. It must be understood that just because you SAY you believe something does not make it so. IF your belief is truly as strong as you say it is, than it will be for you the way you want it to be. To speak something is useless without truly ‘feeling’ it. Our FEELING is our connection to our true ‘energetic’ self. Most people just do not want to admit that they are afraid that this teaching may actually be true so they push against it. As to the individual who suggests that Esther is channeling the spirit of a possible individual called ‘Abraham’ in the Bible, they are sadly and humorously mistaken. Abraham is NOT a person. It is a designated title of a group of ‘Source Energy’ beings that she is in alignment with vibrationally. She has chosen this title for them. It has nothing to do with the energy she is connected with and everything to do with her need and most other human beings need to verbalize and personify information that they are given. Hope this helps.

    • I don’t see how this juvenile rambling could help any rational person. Until you have some proof, these are just imaginative ideas that nobody’s ever tested, but of course, you’re free to believe anything you like.

      Good luck!

  43. First of all, kindly excuse my not-so-well english in sharing about my opinion based on an experience.

    I found about A-H from my ex wife, where she has been following and applying this so called “teaching” for many years back then already in her life, in which bothers me quite often.

    In short, I was curious and tried to do my “learning” about A-H to understand further, and made a personal comparison on how it affects my ex wife ideas and thoughts in many ways.
    As a not-so religious person yet (I prefer not to mention my religion for a good reason), I was shocked by the teaching of A-H, as it is surely having a very huge difference from my belief, about God and life.

    There had been so many debates and arguments which ended in fights in my marriage, as I considered she was quite often using the idea of A-H for her belief and understanding about how to be a “good” human being in life.
    This somehow lead my marriage to an end.

    She could never explain or show any proof and or evidence of any reason about every theory she uses, except only thinking that what she learned from A-H is always to be always correct.
    She failed on the basic understanding of the purpose in life, with all due respect to all beliefs.
    She had huge lack of sympathy and or even empathy towards others, which everything had to be based on what she feels “right” first.
    She even started to share hatred by mentioning that all religions or beliefs just separating people and making enemies to each other.
    The words used by A-H, like ; vibration, source, etc, could never really be understood nor explained well, instead only keep them as nice words to say.
    The worst (for me) was when she believes that the “source” (her understanding of God) is only in everyone’s being, where she thinks she is also the God for herself, and nobody could ever control her life.

    Rather than listening to others’ opinion for a fair open discussion, she tends to be rejecting and blaming others of forcing or putting her in a tight corner with no option, especially when she had no answer of something asked, which apparently against her belief based on A-H teaching, without further explanation, whatsoever.
    By the way, she was into one religion, before then she decided to disbelieve most religions’ teachings by / since listening to A-H.

    Somehow, I felt sad with the decision of ending the marriage,
    but in the other hand, I feel lucky if it was ended earlier, for a good long term reason.

    What I had found and learnt from that experience, my quick conclusion is, unfortunately to say (write), that the teaching of A-H is so much not suitable (tend to be dangerous) for human being self development, in the meaning of creating and maintaining good connection and relationship with others (people).
    The teaching of A-H mostly affects people on own self importance (selfish), self justification and, indirectly, hatred towards others (perceptions, beliefs, opinions, ideas, etc).

    Surely, the teaching of A-H is extremely not for me, with all my respect to all people around the world.
    May all peace be upon us all.

    • People take what they want from religious and spiritual teachings. They find something that confirms what they want to believe already and discard the rest. And to your point, logical arguments are out. Beliefs aren’t debatable on the basis of acts ore sense.

      Although I can’t say Esther preaches this, but what I see from followers is the same sort of polarizing that comes with most religions. That is, you are either one of the elites who gets it or you’re a loser of one variety or other. In my case, as you may have noticed, my disagreement means I’m an unhappy, miserable person who gets off tearing down other people. When you have a group where convictions like that resonate, you have group think or cultism where they’re all in the same echo chamber, reinforcing each others convictions at close range.

      Thanks, and best wishes for both you and your ex. You still care about her; so, wish her well and move on. It’s the only honest way.

  44. While Esther teaches unconditional love, her followers lash out at anyone who has a different opinion! This is a case that one can find in a psychology textbook. They are convinced that if they follow blindly her teachings, then they will have what they want, such as riches beyond imagination. Now, if you tell them the truth, that is, that being happy is not enough to reach your goals, then you shatter their dreams and they are ready to lash out at you.

    If it’s so easy to be super-rich, then why super-rich people don’t preach the gospel of joy? If there is abundance and infinite resources, then why do they want to hide this truth from us? Because joy is not enough.

    Esther says that she is the same energy with god, eg Jesus. Can one really imagine god speaking about salivating over burgers, driving the amazing Audi R8, his wonderful SUV, swimming in his lovely zero-edge infinity pool, or how he manipulates reality and always has upgrades to first class on a plane etc…

    I was mesmerized too and I understand abers. I blame myself because even though, I already had two BAs and a MSc, I decided to put aside whatever reasonable thing I had learned, just to follow this “enlightened” point of view. The reason why I behaved like this, it was because I wanted more things in my life. Even though I was young, I was exhausted from all the studying and working. So, one day, while browsing the internet, Esther pops-up telling that you can have everything just by being happy. Isn’t that tempting?

    If one is a “serious” student of Abraham then one will discover in time all the fallacies in these teachings.

    Do those people really believe that babies born in Africa and starving are responsible for their vibration? Really? Do they believe that it is just contrast, having a swollen belly due to starvation? Is this situation going to change when the child gets happy and changes vibration?

    What about babies and children in the Holocaust? Are people idiotic enough to think that those victims were living by default and received their vibrational match, that they asked it and it was given to them? Really?

    Another case in point is politics. Since the 1990s people expressed their frustration over the actions of the presidents and Esther advised them to think in a positive way about the presidents. She literally numbed them. Today in the 21st century that we know more about some presidents and what they did (for example unnecessary wars), the only thing I can understand is that being blind to reality and happy no matter what, it just offers governments the necessary leeway in making bad decisions. People should not be afraid to judge and speak negatively, when they understand that horrible things may happen.

    She, who is so positive, is paradoxically negative about books. The only good books are the ones she wrote. She even says that she doesn’t read books, so as not to dilute Abraham’s message, and in this way advises against books. Why read philosophy, literature, or poetry, when you can watch “The Big Bang” sitcom and laugh?

    People are easily tempted. Reading “difficult” books doesn’t make you happy, it takes time and effort but it makes you more intelligent and you can understand the silliness of Esther’s teachings. I’ve read about someone who burnt books and he was responsible for the WW2. If you want to make people follow you, you must make them believe that the truth is your doctrine and what harmonizes with it. All else has little value.

    So, what if Sophocle wrote that “Money! Money’s the curse of man, none greater. That’s what wrecks cities, banishes men from homes,
    Tempts and deludes the most well-meaning soul, Pointing out the way to infamy and shame.” I suppose that according to J-Esther-ham, Sophocle was an unenlightened human being, maybe sad, full of resistance, ancient and totally irrelevant in the modern world. Don’t read him, grab the Sarah books, the card-decks, the Ask and it is given book! There lies the truth! Really?

    Her inconsistencies are more than obvious when she talks about masks, covid and vaccinations. All those years she keeps preaching the magnificence of the human body, the emotional guidance system and to trust your gut feeling. But now she is quick to dilute this “enlightened” ideas, because she is afraid of bad publicity. The media would devour her, not to mention the lawsuits she would have to face.

    People should be able to use their minds and choose what to do. It is preposterous to tell them not to think but just to believe that all is well.

    She also preached for decades, the notion of happy-happy-dead and that a non-resistant being dies one day peacefully while sleeping. So, what happened with Jerry? He was married to infinite intelligence, he was always happy but died of leukaemia… and of course he had chemotherapy. He, the great asker of questions! I guess Esther attracted that too. Co-creation at its best!

    Last but not least animals. A cat was run over… the cat asked it. Don’t be sad, the cat will re-emerge again again, says Abraham, .

    Should we care about ecology? Not really. Consume as much as you want, fill the Earth with garbage and be happy. Why join the protests against pollution? This is resistance, says Abraham. Just be happy.

    What about species on the brink of extinction due to humans’ impact on planet Earth. No you shouldn’t care… “Aren’t you happy that dinosaurs are extinct?”, asks Abraham and all laugh.

    In her workshop there is no discussion. She doesn’t participate in forums where people could contradict her.

    The more I write, the more I feel embarrassed that I spent years immersing myself in this stupidity.

    In time abers will understand, just because they will be fed-up with all this nonsense that brings no results.

  45. I was introduced to Abraham and Esther through my wife. She really digs her. I on the other hand continue to be skeptical about her (and every other religion and self help guru). I like some Of what she says, but have never taken it very seriously. I think it’s an act, a performance.

    I’ve tried to take the good parts of every religion and spiritual guru and use them when I can. Even Scientology has some teachings that make sense. But I wouldn’t ever pay for any of these things. And they are VERY cultish.

    That’s sad to hear that cat story. I have apparently only listened to the positive videos. That story is awful.

    But unfortunately I do agree with much of what you have written. I won’t tell my wife these stories as it may break her heart.

    • You pretty much nailed it. Your wife’s not likely to hear the cat story elsewhere. It’s something I picked up on the Abe Forum when I used to monitor it, but that’s been a long time.

      In any case, re: your wife, Esther can be a reasonable starting point. She was for me, introducing fresh ideas I knew nothing about. The core inspiration is derivative, that is, she and Jerry took ideas from multiple sources — the New Thought Movement from the 1920s, where the the “Law of Attraction” first appeared; Jane Robert’s Seth Books, which they dumbed down for mass consumption; and Shiela Gillette and Theo where they got the style. Ultimately, they “borrowed” a lot of good stuff and distributed it. No wonder it “works” for some, but anyone who’s open minded will eventually see through it and move on. One thing I’d suggest is giving your wife all the leeway she needs to explore. I’ve seen a lot of people start pushing, and that seems to have the opposite effect. Sounds like your wife’s into for the right reasons, and as long as she’s levelheaded, she’ll be okay.

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

  46. Thank you for writing this. I followed Esther and Jerry Hicks when I was 26 and for a few years. None of their teaching materials about how to raise your vibration work. And I certainly didn’t manifest what I wanted. Now I know that Jesus Christ is God. Esther is just channeling demonic spirits. Isn’t it interesting how these spirits mock the bible by calling themselves “Abraham” ? I wish someone had told me how evil this channeling stuff is.

  47. Thanks to “Abraham” Hicks, my wife wants to discontinue doctors visits, therapies, and other much needed support for my daughter who is severely disabled – cannot walk, talk, or see. Somehow, “vibrations” will magically solve all these issues. As I read more and more about Hicks, I feel like I’m living in a nightmare as my wife is displaying traits of a cult follower.

    How can I help my wife to see clearly? It’s not only affecting her, but my young daughter’s health and potential happiness too.

    David – any ideas? Thanks so much for writing this. Scary, but much needed.

    • The long history of cults shows how hard it is to get through to people once they’re hooked. Simply refuse to let her harm your child, even law enforcement gets involved. But keep in mind that your wife doesn’t intend to hurt anyone. Maybe a quiet conversation will get her to tell you or a friend why she wants this escape. A hunch tells me it’s the enormous stress of dealing with the painful reality of raising a handicapped child. She may be repressing guilt or managing extreme sadness. A-H may seem like a welcome getaway. Best wishes and good luck.

  48. I for one am super grateful for your article!! Esther-Hicks is a scam and is all about the money. It is so scary how easily we as humans are brainwashed. It’s a real thing and terrifying how people can act and behave once they have consented to drink the cool-aid!!

    • It’s a phenomenon you see in all sorts of things. People seem to be willing to give up their freedoms for the promise of security from someone else’s idea. It runs all through religious practices through the years. I think there’s some laziness about it too.

      Thanks for your comment.

  49. Tery Hayes, even if what you say about healing is right, you have to acknowledge that Esther says quite different things. In her card decks she says that people don’t grow new limbs because they believe they can’t. This is something she has told many times while preaching. I think that you haven’t listened to her long enough as we have, the seasoned Abers, that we now see her fallacies. I don’t know if I can post here links, but on pinterest you can find the card decks and if you goggle the keywords:”grow”, “limb” and Abraham hicks then you will find results about discussions in the abe forums where people discuss what Esthers say at the workshops concerning the growing of limbs. So Esther does include “growing limbs” in the self healing process of humans.

    Apparently you are not a seasoned Aber! The irony!

  50. https://www.pinterest.fr/pin/517421444685043905/

    It is the December 16 card from Abraham’s perpetual flip calendar. I hope Teri reads the card.

    In this card, it is obvious that Esther claims that humans can grow limbs if they just believe it. But Teri Hayes “explained” to us that we can’t grow limbs because we chose to be humans and she also explained what Esther does and what Abraham is. It is obvious that she is not well informed on what Abraham teaches, who has a totally different opinion on growing limbs.

    I am not making this comment to debate whether we are energetic beings or not because I don’t have proof to support such a statement.

    What I want to say is that people really don’ t know in depth what Esther preaches. As Teri said she didn’t even bother to read the 153 comments. She found them too many. If you have studied a lot in your life, then reading 153 comments doesn’t take much time. As there is no other place to debate on Abraham’s teachings, I think it is important to take the time and read other people’s views in this blog. Esther never invites anyone to discuss but she only wants to preach and never accepts invitations to discuss (maybe nobody cares to invite her).

    That’s one good thing about technology. All views can be heard and people can easily be exposed. But people should be willing to discuss, if they want to break the spell and face the facts about those teachings.

    The abers should understand that the arguments against Esther are not arguments against the law of attraction. Such a law may exist or may not. I have no proof. But the arguments indicate that Esther may be driven by… money (lots of proof there, for people that want to discuss!)

    The worst thing that can happen to a bad teacher is having a studious student because in the end the bad teacher will be exposed by the student. But as we see in this case, the students of Abraham do not study much and they spend their time attacking and sneering at people with opposing opinions.

    What happens with abers is just that they are happy having a half-knowledge about the teachings of Abraham and… “half-knowledge is or can be more dangerous than ignorance”.

    • Some good points there, and I saw an analogy to religion. Like Esther, for example, the Bible has a ton of contradictions, and most followers either don’t know or don’t care. That’s why they’re followers. It comes off as a kind of laziness, an unwillingness to go to the trouble of figuring anything out. Just believe. People have their own reasons for how they do things, but this doesn’t seem like an enriching way to go through life. More of a waste.

  51. @davidstone1313 I couldn’t agree more. This is not an enriching way to go through life.

    What made quite and impression on me was that because you expressed your opinions, people came to attack you. Some of their comments are downright offensive, the definition of meanness. Is this the attitude of people that believe in “pure, positive energy”, “unconditional love”, “all points of view are valid”, “not pushing against” etc?

    They choose to believe her, that’s fine. But seeing them starting a war in the comments just because you expressed your opinion, this is appalling.

    Something else came to mind… The Hickses in their beginnings tried to preach children… Do you know this story? Well, Abraham told children that “you can be, do or have everything you want” and consequently the children expressed their fantasies. For instance some children wanted to fly, have super powers and this kind of stuff.

    Well, those workshops were a disaster and they never again accepted children. In a sense those children exposed her! What could she respond to a child? Could she tell the children that they don’t have super powers because they are resistant? Awkward! A fiasco! So, the Hickses chose not to accept children again in their workshops.

    The moral of the story: Some adults can be easier to manipulate than children. Oxymoron but true!

    • Interesting. Never heard about that one, but I haven’t checked in on Esther in a long time. By the time I first posted this, there was enough already for anyone with an open mind. Really, all I was trying to do is offer some balance and not let Esther and Jerry go completely unchallenged.

      And just for the record, knowing some folks who worked closely with them, I learned a lot more that I couldn’t publish in respect for their privacy.

      And, for perspective, I should add that the earliest attacks tended to be angrier and more threatening. Now, the vast majority of readers don’t comment. You never know why but hundreds every day at least get an alternative point of view.


  52. I am honestly a believer in the law of attraction but I, myself have questions about her teachings as well which God forbid I present them logically to a follower, they jump down your throat for wanting clarification. If what she says about food and medicine is true, then we should all be able to survive without water. I would have loved to believe everything she says but something about her does not sit right with me.

    • Welcome to the club, Staci. She has not come up with an original idea in years. From what I see, it seems she’s just cultivating followers.

      I agree with you on the “law of attraction,” but I don’t believe it’s as simple as she claims. People, their motives, hopes, dreams and relationships are deeply complex. Esther dumbs it all down. For what?


  53. Thanks David for opening this discussion its reinforced what I already knew somewhere deep inside. I started listening to AH about 10 months ago. I recently stopped as I didn’t like a lot of what she was saying. Things seemed dark in her discussions, even evil. Like referring to animals as beasts, being completely concentrated on your own happiness, never mind anyone else, money in the bank, etc. This thing about going to sleep and waking up happy and everything will be ok? Sometimes I get in a bad mood. I go to sleep and still wake up unhappy, its human nature. The main reason I gave up this madness of listening to her videos was because I have been on my own for a couple of years now, living a solitary life on a cannal boat, trying to find my own happiness. I smoked cannabis for 27 years from the age of 13 after a disturbing childhood. I seen this as an escape and used to blindly defend it, like the followers of AH seem to on your blog. Anyway I stopped just before Christmas and it was pure hell. I had the worst emotional, physical, psychological withdraws I can’t even put into words. This lasted for 2 months that was brutal, in that time my only solace was scouring the Internet for the few, I mean needle in a hay stack blogs and vlogs on utube that actually condoned the substance. I searched AH videos and found her views on this were neither for or against except for one which kind of said that its like putting your life on hold. This held true for me and I left a comment. A lady said it was like a spiritual holding bay. A month later recently actually I had some other,,, blindly following her nonsense I presume, who posted a link to a recent video where she actually stays it’s okay because it let’s you release restance and allows what you want in? I replied with a nasty comment because its an utter contradiction and proves AH is nothing more than a money spinning load of BS using other people’s ideas that’s been around for centuries and generalising them into a profitable package. I am on the other side of weed now and I fell like I have been reborn, the stuff disgusts me, it seems like they won’t people high on weed because it dumb them down, makes them more pliable and easier to manipulate into what I now understand to be nothing more than a manipulation scam, mind control, damaging, inhumane, cult.

    • Some interesting thoughts there, Daniel, and an interesting journey. One thing I’ll add is that a one-size-fits-all approach to life and living negates the rich variety of human experience. One thing that makes Abraham-Hicks appealing is that it offers a shortcut, an easy way out, without the work of digging deep or discovering yourself.

      I’m glad you’re on your way. Once your feeling more at ease, you might take a shot at writing about it. What you’ve been through is all very relevant and interesting.

      Best of luck, and thanks for your comment.

  54. Thank you very much all of you who have commented! I have read your posts and I feel so much for all of you!

    Thank you David, for opening ths conversation – and I must tell thatI really love your black cat!

    Few days ago I wrote an article on my FB page about the connection of the narvcsiistic thinking and about these “LOA” religious thoughts. As a result, I think that I “lost” about 100 “friends”:

    I am sorry to tell this, but they just have so many common features – which actually this “loss” of “firiends” aproved.

    Extreme cruelty. Lack of compassion. Controlling of what yu can think or how xoyou SHOULDd feel. Etc.

    I’ve “studied” narcissicm (for example from Dr Ramani or “surviving narcissim” pages on You Tube, and oh, what I realised! It all fels as if I woollud be on some LOA group on FB!

    That is why I wrote about it – and about100 of my “friends” did not like it.

    I wa slaughing by myself. I thought: Good bye. Good luck. I wil not be your supply.

    Of course, the Law of Attractio is real. BUT: in the <universe, there are so many other foces than that opersting, that it is not the only thing.

    I study astrology, for example, and this Abraham Hicks acclaims that it is nonsense. So, she ignores the wisedom that cultures have collected for tens of thousand years. And she acclaims that ony she is right, that only the "Law of attraction" is meaningful.

    BH. BH. BH.

    I am so happy that there are people who have seen this BH,too. Thank you.

  55. You’re trying to take everything Esther Hicks says literally. Is that not the reason the bible is not as popular as it once was? Old language, phrases used to describe situations, a likeness of words for example, beast as to animal. Come on. This is a debate you are having with yourself. But, each to their own. How would we ever know the truth?

    • If it was possible to follow your thinking here, I’d comment, but I can’t. In any case, you haven’t actually said a thing about the material, just dumped some random thoughts that may help you persuade yourself. I don’t know, but good luck, and thanks for commenting.

  56. If you could get past your negativity, concerning
    E. Hicks, which is to a large degree, compartmentalized and thereby missing the larger, greater message of how to manifest your chosen reality, you might begin contributing to your unique Vortex of creation. As a result, given enough time,
    you would then be writing articles of appreciation, to a limitless, unconditional realm of manifestation through our loving universe, channeled through Esther, called Abraham. Until then, the veil remains
    over your perception of our earthly existence.

    • You guys just never change. You don’t know the first thing about me, but your eagerness to embrace Esther leads you to sidestepping facts and playing metaphysical doctor for a patient you’ve never meant.

      Now, take a minute to put on your big boy pants, think a little if you still know how and deal objectively with the facts. You might be surprised at how pleasing the truth is.

  57. Dear Claire, since you are a good student of Abraham, why are you paying attention to this blog? Why are you manifesting this blog in your experience? Why are you pushing against this blog? I can see three possible answers:
    1) you are a newbie Abrascam victim, in time you’ll grow up,
    2) you are a bad student of Abrascam, you’ll need lots of time to grow up
    3) you are on a mission, you’ll never grow up.

    Get a life. Read a variety of books, meet a variety of people. If you have something to say, let it be from your experience and research. Live long and prosper, as the Vulcans say.

  58. Dear Carl, you are talking about the negativity of others and you don´t see the negativity oozing from your message. You sentenced David to eternal “blindness”, because he found reasons that demonstrate that Abraham is not infinite intelligence. Of course, you didn’t read the other messages, because 200 comments are too many for your mental capacities.

    You didn’t provide a single argument. You just regurgitated some phrases from Esther’s preaching. In you I see once more a terrible student of Abraham or someone on a mission.

    A song for you by Francine Jarry,
    “Energy flows…where attention goes (x3)
    So focus… on what… you want…
    And that’s what you’ll get!”

    What do you get Carl? This blog. Much love to you.

    P.S If you are a newbie let me tell you that Francine Jarry has composed songs for the HIckses. Does the “Joy joy joy/I can do it” song ring some bells?

    • Thank you for your comment. I don’t agree with some of it but don’t have to in order to respect your right to express your ideas. Thanks, again.

  59. I would suggest that everyone read Sanctification of the Heart by MK Strydom. It is a free download on how the Bible explicitly tells you where disease and sickness comes from which is why 80% of diseases in the United States are not curable by current medicine. It does all start in our thoughts.

    • This is totally irrelevant, but I’m approving it just to show that there are ideas out there much dumber than anything Esther has to say and with even less factual content.

      Okay, who can guess why this book is going out for free?

  60. “A lot of the material I used came from another skeptic who did a lot of research…”

  61. Some seek to understand, some seek to dispute. From my own experiences I find the teachings very interesting and significant. My perception is the this is a valid technique that she has chosen to deliver the teachings and help others understand and become aware of the power of thoughts, how they create the results of the experience for this journey. The choice to dispute is okay, and one is free to move on to seek something else to satisfy them. Of course they never will become calmly content with any answer given, as their chosen state is to dispute. For others with an open path of thinking, and agreeing to evaluate and consider the information, they will eventually learn the power within themselves, which is the results received on this journey are created from the thoughts carried in the mind, thoughts of self image, faith, perceptions that are chosen, attitudes that are chosen, to name a few. Most all are spoken in every religion, if you were above the earth looking down , seeing on one street a group that seemed less fortunate, and the other a group that seemed more fortunate, the only truthful real difference is they hold different thoughts and perceptions that were created from the programming (teachings) from birth. They came from family, friends, anyone and anything that they were exposed to. The combination and how the mind chose to perceive them is the result of the life experienced. Esther speaking from Abraham is to show you that “Abraham” is too accessible to everyone. Its reaching deep into the inner self, the higher self, the one that is pure and without muddy waters of false programming from other things. Jerry, Napoleon, Jim Rohn,Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor, SadGuru and many others , are delivering the same core message using different techniques. Not every audience will understand or comprehend what is being delivered.
    The core, broad message is what is experienced is first created in the mind, good or bad, believed or not believed, no matter what religion is chosen, it is inevitable no matter what. Becoming aware and learning how to navigate to have quality thinking, then one has the ability to harness the power and create amazing experiences on this journey. Resistance is often chosen, because previous programming, and ego ,has the individual to dispute such power is possible. Myself i enjoy Esther from time to time , if you find yourself unable to comprehend her teachings and still seek to develop your higher self in a way to improve your quality of life, I urge you to keep seeking to find someone that shares the information in a way you begin to understand it. Its the same message often taught in different methods because we all do not perceive things the same. It is very real, very powerful, even if not believed its power remains the same, learn about it and how to use it to bring joy, fulfillment, happiness and love into your experience.

    • Another self-righteous, poorly informed sermon, so determined to preach, that the writer fails to address the issues in the article at all, not one. This one, however, has the distinction of being more tedious and boring than most of the others.

      • Hi David. Please contact me regarding another false guru/self help fraud. I cannot give more details here.

  62. I believe you are cherry picking and also sensationalizing small pieces to fit a misleading narrative. You are also outright lying- you are the one who alleges they used a spider bite ” story” as a “cover up”:. So we sure cannot trust you or this propagandizing page.

    • 16 specific instances is “cherry picking?” Really? You’re not clear on the concept. I started with ten, in fact, but added five more as I encountered them. At that point, the post was really long, and I was bored with Esther’s schtick. More would’ve been easy.

      As for the spider bite tale, may I quote Jerry’s explanation from first admission of his illness and undergoing chemotherapy?

      “On March 12, 2011 we flew from Del Mar to Boca Raton, Fl where we slept next to the dock with many yachts from many different parts of the world in the slip right outside our window. When I awakened the next morning I had a large welt on the inside of my wrist that looked like a giant fire ant bite. The most unusual thing about it was instead of the usual circular puss-like head that comes up from many insect bites it was a strangely cube-like head. It looked more like a spider bite. I put a Band-Aid on it and we continued the Panamanian cruise. It seemed to resolve into itself as time went along forming a pea-shaped nodule on my wrist. On April 18, I showed it to a dermatologist in Del Mar and she immediately decided to scrape it off and sent it in for a biopsy. We continued our seminar tour and returned to San Antonio getting ready for our spring East Coast run when we heard back from the biopsy results that there was something amiss relative to my white blood cell count and she put us in touch with a dermatologist in San Antonio who was an old school friend of hers. The subsequent blood test in San Antonio showed that my white blood cell count was extremely exaggerated and the physician insisted that I undergo immediate treatment with no delay.”

      They never mentioned any other cause of his illness until after he died, six months later. Rumors circulated about his leukemia, but Abraham-Hicks refused to confirm what was becoming obvious.

      There was a good deal of additional misinformation, lying and dodging, but the spider bite as what they stuck with. Now, you can chose to believe whatever you like, but we stick with facts here. If you don’t like them, it doesn’t matter. They remain facts.

  63. Hi David,

    The very first thing I have to say is that it was extremely hard to find any counter post against Esther Hicks and Abraham on Google for now. (There were only your blog, a topic on Quora, on Reddit and an old archived forum that really had discussed about this). I had just finished her book “The LOA Basics” and now’s reading “Ask and it is given”. It was my luck to have found this blog, cause there were some points in the books that I was really confused about, and everyone just innocently said thanks to her without any discussions nor witness.

    So I’m a newbie here, due to the language barrier, I have no chance to join any of her meetings or to fully watch her videos on Youtube. I feel so sorry that I don’t have enough evidences to contradict any of your 15 reasons overthere. But, I still have some questions, if you could spend your time to answer, I would be very grateful for that.

    1. First, is everything from her and Abraham just a scam? All of their books, their DVD, their talks are just a trick? Esther and Jerry copied others’ ideas to create Abraham and their teaching just to find more money, didn’t they? Or there’re still some truths that we can accept? Is “Esther start acting unpolitely since Jerry is gone” an evidence to prove that she totally was a liar right from the start, or just a liar after her husband death? Oh God, Is There Anything Real? Anything That I Could Trust?

    2. Secondly, do you have any suggested books that I should read instead of these books? Abraham’s books satisfied me a lot, so if all of these books are trashes, please, can you suggest some books about LOA which (in your opinion) are true, reliable and should be read by everyone? (I don’t belive in Google lists, I belive in sharp reasoners – like you – no matter you are true or false) Where, in which books, could they find those fantastic idea about how our emotions related to our reality creation? Or did they totally create that by theirself?

    3. And the last, what do you think could be the reason for all of her/their collapse? Why did Esther lied about Jerry and act in that way to destroy people trust about her, to destroy your trust about her, to destroy everything she had built for more than 20 years? Why do she need to do that?

    Please reply me if possible. Thanks for your everything. And sorry for my sentences because I’m not really well at English,


    • Sure, Zero. Just for the record, I was the second blogger to take up Abraham Hicks skepticism. I started out on the positive, but like a lot of others, something Esther said started me wandering. With her, the more you look, the more problems you find. For me, it was her claim that all 3,000 people who died in New York on September 11th, 2001, were suicides. “No exceptions!” she demanded. So, pregnant women jumping from the 90th floor to avoid burning to death were suicides? What about all those who were crushed when the towers fell? All suicides, Esther insisted. And she was not even empathetic about it. She chuckled about being “so disrespectful.” Enough for me.

      Anyway, as far as your questions.

      1. Because Esther and Jerry derived their material from respected sources, there’s plenty of value. It’s just not original. The “law of attraction” first came into use during the New Thought Movement in the 1920s. If you Google it, you’ll find plenty what Esther repeated, claiming it was original, 70 years later. Although Esther and Jerry were certainly interested in the money, people who knew them will tell you they had good intentions to help as well. Friends and insiders will tell you that fame and fortune changed them. Greed and control came into it. They also tell us that Jerry never practiced any of the routines Esther suggests, and Esther’s temper was pretty well known while Jerry was alive. Although they claimed that “Abraham” wrote the books, in fact, Jerry was always pushing her to complete them from recordings done at workshops. She resented it. After Jerry died, no more books. Anything you can trust? Yes, yourself and your own wisdom.

      2. Jerry started with Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich,” still considered a classic. This was before he met Esther. Then, he read the Seth Books, channeled by Jane Roberts. Abraham Hicks is considered by many as dumbed down Seth, that is, over simplified versions of what Jane Roberts channeled from Seth. It made A-H easier to sell because it was easier to understand. They also took a lot of ideas from Sheila Gillette who channels Theo. “Abraham” came to life, according to Esther and Jerry, soon after they had a session with Sheila. Esther’s presentation style started out as identical to Sheila’s, including a strong accent that she dropped later on. In my opinion, the most interesting and effective current channel is Paul Selig. I’ve read all of his books and found them helpful and enlightening. Start at the beginning, though, as the teachings are sequential.

      I should point out that I’ve never found anything in any of these writers that were as much trouble as Esther. Each is much kinder and less selfish.

      3. Well, she hasn’t collapsed and still has many faithful followers. Some of us who lost trust did so for personal reasons, catching her saying something way off base, something clearly wrong or cruel. Then, looking further, I’d find more. As an interesting result, people who knew Esther and Jerry closely got in touch to share their stories, some of which I couldn’t repeat because re-telling them would expose the person who shared in confidence to help me better understand. There were some who were badly hurt by Esther and especially Jerry, very coldly. He even told people, after delivering bad news, “Abraham told us you’d be okay with it.”

      Final thought. I think Esther’s popularity is and always was reliant on something she has in common with Donald Trump, who also gets away with gross contradictions and more than a little cruelty. They both are geniuses at reading their audiences and adjusting on the fly. They can change on a time to please their core fans, and the least discriminating fans stick with them. They know how to lead people who lack confidence in themselves.

      I’ve tried to answer your questions as honestly and thoroughly as possible. I hope it helps, and I wish you all the best along the road ahead.

  64. What a sad, closed minded, ignorant article. People, please do your own research. This person is a troll.

    • Yes, yes, do your own research, as I did. Open your eyes. And if you clicked to read this, you did so because you have doubts, and now, you’re challenged with facts, not hopes, wishes and promises. Run with it.

  65. I agree May. This person has zero real concept or experience with the law of attraction.

    • Same old, same old. Why can’t any of you cultists cite a single inaccuracy? Of course, the answer is obvious. You’re feverishly protecting your fragile belief system because it’s so insecure, you sought out and clicked on an obviously skeptical article. In your heart, you know it’s its false, but you can’t let go. Because if you did let go of the tether, you’d be left with just yourself and your own truth, which scares the hell out of you.

  66. Wow. Wow. Wow. I have so much to say!!! I found this blog and responses after doing a search on “is Esther Hicks still channeling Abraham”. I had no idea I would land here. I read the blog and found myself agreeing AND arguing with your analysis, David. And I thank you for that. We’re all entitled to our beliefs, but it’s through discourse and the welcoming of debate that clarification occurs.

    Just some background: Years ago, as I was seeking any resource on personal growth and parapsychology, I found and read most of the Seth Material. It started out ok for me, but eventually repelled me because there seemed to be a lot of ‘blame’ and judgment, and just held some far-out ideas that I ‘got’ in an extrapolated, philosophical sense, but that were difficult to apply to every day life, even though they were written (supposedly) for just that. But there was this ‘tone’ of ‘well, if you knew how, or you could, or you were SUCCESSFUL at it, you would have a joyful life, which is what you’re supposed to have” and of course the converse of that is that if you’re NOT experiencing success or joy, you’re probably ‘doing it wrong’. Anyway, I stopped reading the material and ended up tossing all of the books. Since I’ve always been interested in personal growth and development, my path has led me to a lot of resources, but I have learned how to discern what I deem trustworthy and not trustworthy.

    I believe the Law of Attraction is real. I just object to it almost always being touted to attract money and material ‘success’. Not always, but mostly. And interestingly, as I continued to find different material, I found that most of the channeled material I was finding was the Seth Material with different names. Not only did I recognize the ‘tone’ of the material, but the channels spoke with slight accents and there are certain phrases that they all use. “All That Is” is one of them. Abraham, The Council (Sara Landon), a book on quantum physics that for the life of me I cannot remember the name of, and other works that I won’t bother to list, but I ALWAYS recognize that ‘tone’. Of course The Secret is part of this too. The instant I listened to Abraham, (having been handed a taped lecture by a virtual stranger) I knew I was listening to Seth.

    What I have noticed is that if you read about the histories of many of these channels, there’s a similar quality of a desire for wealth, or a ‘lack’ of some sort. Sometimes it seems to border on a cult type of mentality— sometimes going from follower to cult leader. Jerry Hicks was BIG into Amway. Some of these channels were raised with very rigid religious backgrounds. Some were abused…there seems to be some ‘wounding’ that drives them to seek a higher plane. And I cannot blame them. Even Tony Robbins had an abusive mother. So after years of noticing and drawing parallels, and following my own intuition, which pushed me away from all of these sources, and as I followed my own path into my own ‘stuff’, I feel strongly that (and this is my OWN opinion based on my OWN experience and thoughts) that some of these channels (and people like Tony Robbins) might mean well, or start out meaning well, BUT! There is a shadow here. Some ‘unowned’ personal stuff (pain?) that is in the way and it’s actually quite narcissistic. Full blown narc doesn’t give a crap about anyone, but someone who MIGHT have some positive intention can still display narc tendencies via a ‘god complex’ and a drive to get rich or to fill a hole. Cult mentality is all about that– giving power away to someone (or ‘something’) and as the cult leader, getting accolades or adoration.

    Side note: some of these channels, as I’ve read about them, had some kind of addiction issues. Not always to substances. There was a ‘lack’ and a desire to belong or excel.

    Anyway, personally, I find channeled material highly questionable. Not that I don’t think it’s channeled, but “what” is coming through directly reflects the health- the mental and emotional health- of the channeler. Ever read Jane Roberts biography? Whoa. It takes a lot for channeled material to feel appropriate to me.

    You mention Theo. I have never read Theo and I will check the material out. I have, over YEARS, had three resources ‘prove’ themselves to me and remain true to being helpful, unique, and in most cases free or very low cost (which to me, adds to their positive intention and validity.)

    1. The Pathwork Lectures: (www.pathwork.org) Eva Pierrokos. The Pathwork Lectures are all free and available in multiple translations. Have you heard of them? Eva passed away but her husband, John, a psychotherapist, founded the Core Energetics Center in NYC which focuses on body centered psychotherapy. (he died years ago) The idea is that ‘the issues are in the tissues’ (I’m a massage therapist so this really speaks to me!) and he brought Eva’s channeled material to ‘right here, right now’. The ‘tone’ of the beings who channel this material doesn’t feel like the Seth/Abraham material to me, but can get very ‘heady’.
    2. Diana Muenz-Chen’s channeled material. Her book, “Channeling, the Art and the Heart” is excellent. She has focused on channeling Archangel Michael. Whether you believe it’s AAMichael or not is up to you, but the material is kind and useful and very high level. Diana founded the “Open Heart School” so there is a way that students can study with her, but she and AAMichael offer a LOT of free messages as well as free healings and when there is a ‘tuition’ for a lecture or a session, they’re often $20 or $30, something very reasonable.
    3. Anything by Barbara Brennan. I’ve studied the Brennan material. She founded a school of healing but her books are enough to really help someone get on track to owning their own ‘stuff’ and understanding from where it originates. She has SOME channeled material, but primarily, she is a physicist who had experiences with energy and healing that she brought to the world. Very transformative stuff.

    The above material has not triggered me in the way the Seth/Abraham material has. This is how I know it’s ‘right’ for me. I am NOT saying that Esther Hicks or Jane Roberts aren’t/weren’t genuine channels. I’m saying that I believe that when a channel has not truly addressed his/her own personal issues, then the entity they end up channeling has more or less taken advantage of the ‘holes’ or ‘lack’ the channel presents. And that yields questionable material. Even if much of the material seems ‘correct’, there’s a tone or a quality that just doesn’t ring true. WHEN is kicking a cat ever CORRECT? And I do NOT think a person’s disease or pathology is so easily explained by intimating that ‘well, they just didn’t believe enough, or didn’t manifest correctly, or didn’t ‘get it’ in some way’. I mean…when I read Jane Robert’s story, I couldn’t believe that a person who had all the secrets was in so much pain prior to her death…and DIED. Same as what you wrote about Jerry.

    Bottom line (and here is the agreement/disagreement with you). I DO believe Esther and these other people are channels. But, like you, I think the message is often wrong, or skewed or outright a product of these peoples’ OWN stuff. And there is “something” about Seth/Abraham/TheCouncil/The Secret…(and whoever else) that just keeps people down- contributes to them feeling like victims or judged or that they’re faulty for not ‘doing it right’. That is very controlling. It’s NOT sympathetic, empathetic, or kind. It has little to do with spiritual growth and more to do with manipulation. It has a LOT to do with ‘ego’ on the part of the channel. Most of these people have gotten pretty rich from giving ‘advice’ from spirit and in so many cases, it’s clear that they ‘lacked’ in their backgrounds and perhaps desperation opened them up to that cult type energy? I don’t know. That doesn’t seem very spiritual. I totally understand making a living, but some of this is outrageous. If this is information for the betterment of humanity and personal growth, then it doesn’t make sense to capitalize on it to this degree.

    Thank you for posting your thoughts and observations and creating a forum for discussion. I am all about personal growth. I believe that spiritual beings can be channeled. I believe in Free Will. I also believe that the Seth/Abraham et al energy isn’t a great one…there is a lot of fascinating and arguably helpful information that this energy offers, but there is (to me) a negative intention. For what, I don’t know– control? Who knows. What I know is that I was turned off by it, I recognize it when it appears, and I trust my intuition to steer clear of it. There’s a lot of great information out there that can help any of us navigate our very deep personal feelings and pain and joy and wounds. So many of us want to grow and figure out how to navigate this crazy train we’re on in life. Anything that feels judgmental or contradictory is an indication that our intuition is spot on and we can step away from it. We know best for ourselves and THAT is the energy we need to pay attention to and NOT get into a cult situation! No one is worthy of that type of following.

    No Kool-aid drinker here…

    Thanks David,

    • Thank you for your thoughtful and thought-provoking summary. And no, I was not aware of any of the three sources you mentioned, but as you seem to understand and as Wayne Dyer always used to say, “When the student is ready, the teacher comes.” There are a lot of teachers, and it can be very personal as far who clicks and who doesn’t.

      Best wishes for your carrying on with your exciting journey.

  67. its not about trusting anyone you have to love yourself then you will get it its simple and it start there your article is simply put a few negative words to provoke what your feeling about the world you are what you write about the trust issues are simply your own stay well and keep your writings positive it will be of more use to you kind regards
    source energy

  68. Hi David, I could only read the first 5 points of your article. I’m not very good with technology I’m afraid and couldn’t figure out how to load the others! I would really appreciate it if you could email them to me. I started listening to Esther about 8 years ago and found her very interesting and comforting. I was recently having a hard time so I started listening again on Spotify. I searched for a differing opinion to Esther as I feel some of the things she says are a bit…I don’t know how to phrase it…a bit off. I’ve just split up with someone I really loved and I feel betrayed by their behaviour. To just think of something else and dismiss my feelings and ‘clean up my vibration’ seems like I would not be dealing with what happened in a healthy way. Esther does talk about negative emotion being a good way to show you you’re not where you want to be and to use it to get back on track. I don’t think that wallowing in anger and resentment for long periods is good for you but I do think you should allow yourself to really feel these things. Anyway I know the point of your article (based on the first 5 points I read!) was to point out some of the ways that Esther may not be the best person to listen to in times of hardship. I think she has some good points but some of the advice is very questionable if not dangerous. The child kicking the cat is absolutely disgusting. I would not allow animal cruelty in my presence. Disgraceful. I would appreciate it if you didn’t publish my comment. I just wanted to share my little ramble with you and obtain the rest of the article if that’s ok? If this posts automatically then it’s ok. I’m assuming you vet them first. Many thanks, Ellie.

    • Hi, Ellie. Thanks.
      If you continue scrolling down just a little farther, you will see links to all four pages in this article. Just click 2 or 3 or 4, and you’ll go to the rest of the story. It’s long; so, I broke it up into pages so that it loads faster over the internet.

      Also, from the table of contents at the beginning of the article, you can get to any location just by clicking the link.

      Thanks, again, and I hope this was helpful. Let me know.

  69. This article simply shows you do not understand the concepts and you reek of incompetence as you wrote about subjects you do NOT understand. Your first ‘reason’ was already nonsense.

    • Gosh, never heard that one before. And in such detail. But as I’m sure you’re aware, you’d never have clicked on this article, if you didn’t already have doubt, and you wouldn’t react so defensively and emotionally if it hadn’t struck a chord.

      Keep reading, Colin. You’re on your way out.

  70. Dude you’re totally twisting all this around and putting it in such a negative light. I don’t call that enlightened, I’d call that unhappy. I feel sorry for you.

    • Well, that’s nice of you, but could you come up with even one example of something twisted? Personalizing objective fact as a way of shooting the messenger isn’t really effective. Maybe you could try thinking.

  71. Ashleigh hits the nail on the head. Troll of the highest order. Hope you find happiness and meaning in your life instead of just spreading negativity and hate.

    • Yes, Travis, I agree. Ashleigh is a genius. Her deft arguments and objective reasoning are deeply impressive. But I have trouble with one little point. If I’m as unhappy and inclined to spreading negativity and hate, what difference does that make? While I can let your failure to what a troll is, of any order — sorry. didn’t know trolls had orders — I’m still puzzled at how you, Ashleigh, et al are unable to deal with a single fact. You know, blaming the messenger is a tactic so old it has whiskers. How about being big boys and girls and responding to the message? It’s not hard. Grownups have conversations with differing points of view all the time. They learn from what others have to say. But when you say nothing, it’s a little hard to make anything of it.

      One good thing is, you’re troubled enough by being in this cult that you clicked on an obvious skeptical point of view. That’s like a Christian reading about atheism and has similar impact. You’re on your way out, and this is a signpost on the way. Keep going. You can do it.

  72. You can believe that you descended from a monkey…and I imagine YOU were. I know however that I serve an amazing God who created me and I’m an eternal soul having a temporary physical existence.

    • So, there you see the problem where one person’s hopeful beliefs are clung to in spite of what we know are facts. Delusion takes over as reality is pushed aside, but you can’t really know yourself through evasion.

      Look at it this way, Pamela. Your parents had sex, and that resulted in a embryo that became you. That’s not an amazing God hand-carving out a person; it’s nature. And if you can still think straight, take that back through your grandparents and their grandparents and so on. Eventually, like it or not, you get back to Africa and a chimpanzee lineage and before that, if you go far enough, slime on the ocean floor. Whether influenced by a god or evolutionary accident, we now know the outlines of that story. Denying well-established facts doesn’t make you better than anyone else, as you hope, it just makes you disconnected from the reality through which you came into being. And the deep-seated Puritanism, that is discounting your physical self in favor of some wholly separate eternal soul, discloses the reason. You’re uncomfortable with yourself and adopting religious principles to make it look nice. It isn’t.

  73. You may think you know that but you can’t. It’s been established by neuroscientists that the kind of certainty you claim to possess is NOT the product of reason but an emotion created in the most primitive part of
    our brain.

    Your comment clearly is “religious” in its tone and religious beliefs are matters of faith, which is complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

    You might ask yourself if you’ve ever been completely certain of something only to find out you were wrong.

    I don’t deride your faith, I envy it. One must have a certain degree of courage to stake his or her life on it (as martyrs like Sir Thomas Moore or Joan of Arc did) but it is a feeling
    that is not altogether infallible. There are hundreds of millions of Hindus who believe in thousands of deities with a conviction as strong as your own.

  74. “Negativity and hate” are relative terms and both are not merely useful on occasion but essential.

    There have been numerous derogatory articles written about Bernie Madoff, some seething in their contempt for the man. Should those writers, some award winning journalists, toss bouquets and sloppy kisses at Madoff?

    Then, too, upon what grounds do you assume a life of happiness and meaning cannot be lived by a person who
    had a philosophy of negativity and hate?

    Bertrand Russell clearly had a very negative attitude about Christianity and doubtless loathed those who used religion to victimize the gullible and yet as a great mathematician he doubtless lived a life of meaning. More importantly,
    while he would likely be considered hateful and negative by you he went from an unhappy child who, through luck, talent, and hard work in equal measure, managed to become not only famous but also, in his own evaluation, a happy man.

  75. lol I could right a book on why to not trust this shit and Abraham would help me FFS. Anyway, that being said lol have you ever watched the video she did with the man in the seat who wore a ball cap covering his face? He wasn’t a fan of Ester either. The last thing I give an f about is what she’s doing but I want to know if that man was sincere or a part of her act. At this point I killed the cat, the witch is dead and I want to know if that man has a heart yet.

  76. I knew from the first item on the list that you’ve never really read or understood Hicks’ teachings. Literally nothing is a “direct contradiction” to Abraham’s teachings. Abraham would never instruct someone to either opt for or not opt for medical care. Abraham does not teach “controlling your vibration” to control your life. Abraham teaches how to feel for your own intuition and guidance. Period. That Truth, enlightenment, satisfaction, success and correct choices can come in as many different forms as there are people who have ever existed and will ever exist.

    • You appear to be referring to an Abraham other than the one mouthed by Esther Hicks. These are direct quotations from her and actually circulated in her email blasts. Drink a glass of water, breathe deeply, then acquaint yourself with the facts before commenting. It just helps when you’re actually connected with reality.

      Thanks, though.


    • Tessa, pause for just a moment. Now, imagine a universe where there is the slightest possibility that your advice is of any value to anyone… Frightening but also nearly impossible.

  78. Strange, David, how the people who are attacking you, throwing accusations, calling you a “troll,”–and other name calling, etc, have effectively stepped out of the “Vortex.” They need to practice the “teachings” better. 😉

    • When people’s doubts are stirred, some react defensively, some offensively. It’s all good because reactions mean people are not numbed by a cult and still thinking. It’s not really personal. Everyone has some of this in themselves.

  79. LMFAO, people have arrived here but too few are really home. Hicks started off in one of her speeches playing with the ouija board, that is how she met this Abraham Hicks who now apparently possess her to speak about the LOA. Social media has made it easier for cult like behavior to reach the masses and you can see its influence in the whole be positive and ignore negative (which is not healthy and lacks balance) crew. So many ‘woke’ sounding arrogant.

  80. It is unfortunate that so many people are unfamiliar with WeasleWords, Buzzwords, Suggestion, Manipulation and outright cult indoctrination.

    Perhaps Google is a better teacher than these quacks, or perhaps people just don’t want to accept that acknowledging and working through negativity is part of the balancing act of staying sane.

    But hey, if you need someone else to validate you, then your insecurity likely stems from other unhealthy beliefs, which may take some looking in the mirror (or making a video of yourself describing your principles, values and beliefs, then seeing if you like what you are saying).

    Don’t feel judged, self-help stuff is supposed to make you independent, not a slave. Use what works for you and discard the rest (P.S. Vortex is a WeasleWord)

  81. David, perhaps you may consider you are not in a high enough frequency to have access to the rule -set of knowledge that exists there so your reference point is from this very limited perspective. She has brought HOPE to many so I am all for anyone who can thin out this density in whatever manner. Encouragement would look so much better on you than constant criticism.

    • It has long been my HOPE that one of you, just one, would actually comment on the facts of the matter instead of changing the subject to his or her own personal belief system. You’ve disappointed me again.

  82. The fact is that there are no facts in this life, because you can never get outside of your six senses. I am very intuitive, and I have been criticized for this since I was a little kid. I’m bringing this up because I have listened to Esther Hicks, just about everything she’s put on the internet, and I just want to say, that her heart is in the right place, I think she helps a lot of people, and restores a lot of their faith in this life. I personally use the law of attraction everyday of my life. I have spent 13 years working in a casino, and you can see the law of Attraction work there crystal clear in every moment. I wish the best for you, and I really think you could benefit a lot, by listening to her, instead of trying to pick her apart, by finding faults in anything. Best of luck to you sir thanks for allowing me to comment.

    • Before you get too stuck on yourself, you should know that everyone is intuitive, but not all of them install it as a badge of honor. In fact, strong intuitives don’t brag about their exceptionalism. Thanks, but no thanks on the free advice.

      PS: Studies have shown that nothing resembling the law of attraction helps anyone win in gambling casinos. It’s nonsense.

  83. Love your article. I have just signed up to do the Gabby Bernstein 21 manifestation challenge. My wife believes in manifestation and has separated from me so I wanted to see what it is all about. So I started chasing down references for where her knowledge, experience, credentials come from. I find out that she is a recovered alcoholic/drug addict who told her story and seems to have gotten her knowledge from Esther & Jerry Hicks. So follow that path to find out about them and watched some videos, read some websites. All too good to be true. First thought that came to mind was cult. Seeing that with some comments on here from people who don’t like their leader questioned, leaping to their defence as if they need it. The idea that all diseases can be cured. sent me on a path of is Esther a phoney and I send up here. Reading what you have written reinforces what I am finding on my look around the web for further info on her. Self help gurus actually only help one group or people. The people whose bank accounts pick up the money from their books, seminars, programs, etc. themselves. Would anyone really care about a recovered drug addict if she wasnt half attractive who wrote a book about it. Now a best selling author. Esther & Jerry Hicks claim to fame, Authors. No one is producing anything new, everything is just regurgitated and repackaged for a new audience. Looking at the type of people doing Bernsteins program and what the want, they want to be richer, work less for more, have 2 businesses & want 3. A new relationship because they dont want to work on the one they have and manifesting a new one is easier. A new job, because the one they have isn’t great. The average person would be happy just to have a job. Have 1 business, have enough money to put a roof over their head and food in their mouth. A loving spouse who may not be perfect but could be worked on. All this manifesting does is roll into the current throw away society we have grown into. Wake up, wish for more. Go to sleep wish for more. As my wife said, so whats wrong with that. My point is when is enough enough. Found a great video about resisting the self help gurus. Makes perfect sense to me. https://youtu.be/mZCUdGoobfk by Svend Brinkmann. Maybe people would take more notice of us if we sold our thoughts to like minded people and used a character to deliver the message. People are no longer happy just existing and living their lives. We have a growth for growths sake mindset being pushed on us not just by self help gurus buy by businesses & employers. Bernstein, Hicks, Robbins and the like are just taking advantage of that and monetising it.

    • Thanks for your well thought out analysis, Stevo. It occurred to me, reading it, that the situation is, on a smaller scale, a lot like the endless string of diet and weight loss books. Obviously, there’s a great desire for information, and you can find some good in all of them. Really, the cliche is true: even a broken clock is right twice a day. What I wanted to accomplish with digging into the Abraham Hicks thing, whatever it is, was to provide some perspective. She’s said some really wild stuff, and some of it is potentially dangerous. After that, it’s up to people to make their own decisions. At least they’re better informed.

      Thanks again.

  84. David i have spent even more time looking into self help gurus over night. I love in Australia. It is actually very frightening. My wife told me she wasn’t a disciple of these things, yet has hundreds of kindle books on self help from Napoleon Hill to Robbins & Bernstein. Why do people feel the need to search for the perfect and not live in the moment? The internet has become the perfect vehicle to peddle utopia to people. It used to be the church. Found some interesting youtube videos last night from James Jani & one from The recovering hunbot who actually uses your site as a source. I have used the term cult and while it is probably appropriate due to the nature of their followers being completely bewitched by the guru. The guru themselves are merely Multilevel Marketers. I can help you be the best you can be, there is no refund possible because I believe you should get the best you out of this program, if you didnt its because you didnt work hard enough. My wife foolishly told me about manifesting finding a $2 coin. She said she did her washing and found a $2 coin in the washing machine. When I said that I wanted to manifest her returning to me, she then tells me you cant manifest something particular, like a $2 coin? Learning about all those that came before Hicks shows how easily it is to copy & paste this stuff and build a followership. Hicks has the channelling path. Robbins the loud out there positive vibe guy, Bernstein the attractive woman who started from a life of drugs & alcohol. They all start from a story to help attract an audience. Then the followers start and the money flows in. Bernsteins 21 day challenge already has over 4500 people in it where she will regurgitate stuff she has already done. 21 days work @ $37 a head = $166000 or so. Not bad money if I do say so. Oh and if it doesn’t work, not my fault.

    We all want to be happy, healthy, wealthy. None of it is just given to us by the universe. All has to be worked on. None of these people wish the universe would cure cancer, get rid of covid, stop poverty, stop child labour, etc etc. They believe you can gain wealth though, or a new job, a new relationship. The universe is so powerful it can only do things for me, not us.

    Imagine if you could quantify this mystical Universe instead of always hearing how it is invisible. Or how they have stolen the word GOD turning it into an acronym, Good Orderly Direction, to make it more spiritual and pallatable to the religious people looking for something different.

    Bringing it back to Hicks. Charlatan of the greatest order. If you have to pretend to channel something to get your message across, your message is obviously a lie.

  85. “Why do people feel the need to search for the perfect and not live in the moment?” There’s the question of the century. I think it’s discomfort, and it drives social change. But the version we see here is a dead end, more escape than solution, and doesn’t allow for any kind of reflection, that is, sorting things out through experience. The guru knows and boundaries are set.

    You wife may not like being challenged, but that may eventually give her a pathway out. Many, many people have left cults. It just takes time.

  86. I was right along with you until “Nice try, but we share about 97% of our genes with our jungle ancestors. And the evolutionary track is fairly well known.” The thing about the theory of evolution is that it is a theory, not fact. Since there is no link to connect humans and apes, it will stay a theory. Darwin could not make the connection, and hoped that future scientists could, but they have not yet.

    And FYI, we share a lot of similar DNA with a banana and a ton of other things that do not have the mental capacity to invent the wheel.

    • Not sure where you got your information, but it’s only slightly more accurate than Tucker Carlson. First of all, of course, it’s a theory, that’s why it’s called a “theory,” but you seem confused over what that means. Theories are, by definition, frameworks attempting to explain observed phenomena, in this case, the evolution of plants and animals as well as in-between forms, like viruses. The value of a theory is its ability to predict what happens next. It’s testable.

      But the important thing you don’t understand is that evolution is a fact. We see it everywhere, including most recently, in the evolving variations of the coronavirus. The link between humans and other vertebrates is well-documented over millennia, using tools Darwin did not have at his disposal like the DNA record. So, protest all you like, it’s like being a flat-earther. We, of course, share some DNA with all living things because all species arose from a common ancestor. Some evolved into bananas; and some into hom sapiens. You should try reading more widely and not rest your hopes on crackpot theorist without scientific backing.

  87. Oh man. Mr. Stone. PLEASE keep my email handy and remember my name. While you’re so busy throwing stones and clearly providing scanty, half-assed assessments of Abraham Hicks teachings, you are about to be ran over with a boulder of truth so irrefutable you are going to wish it was only your foot in your mouth! You really think you can discredit almost thirty years of teachings accurately with a bullshit blog and some random quotes with no real basis of understanding conversations SPECIFIC to people? Wait until you see what I have coming as the “proof” you feel you need to see. Medical records, pictures, recorded conversations spanning the last 20+ years unbeknownst to me that would be used to ACCURATELY describe the ACCURACY of these teachings, astrological evidence, string theory, evolution and so much more. I’m sitting here feeling so much glee at the thought of all of this coming out to the masses now just based on this blog alone. When Abraham speaks of broader perspective, you have NO IDEA how broad they truly are. I’m going to drop a truth bomb so big you won’t know what hit you. Man this article has me so pumped. I can’t wait!!! It’s coming. Everything you’re asking for in this article will be wrapped up in a life story that brings it all together. Thanks for the laughs tonight. Truly entertaining.

    • Sorry, but I can wait. A “truth bomb” involving ” astrological evidence, string theory, evolution…” If there was any indication that you understand any of these concepts, well, maybe. But you don’t even know that string theory has pretty much been abandoned as useless, evolution is theory, not a proof, and no competent person buys into the pseudo-science of astrology. I am happy to hear you are gleeful, though. Everyone deserves to be happy.

  88. Scanty? Esther Hicks, Abraham doesnt exist, is nothing more than a scam artist. But just like we are waiting on GOD to show up and do whatever it is is intends to do to us, happily waiting on you to show any concrete proof of your believes.

  89. Does that truth bomb come from the “My Truth” movement? A movement that believe you are entitled to your own truth to stop further arguments, because if its the truth then there can be no further discussion. Even though My Truth is really just me opinion. Sounds very much like this truth bomb will just be Crystals opinion. Certainly read enough over the last few weeks on this topic to say there is no doubt all this is nothing more than Multilevel Marketing Schemes. Think i mentioned in a previous post I signed up to Gabby Bernsteins 21 day manifesting challenge. Only took a few days before she was trying to upgrade you to her premium package. A 2 minute Meditation mentioned Super Attractor 10 times, the name of a book she wrote. Much of this stuff comes from her Miracle Package which you can buy now. You can write stuff down in your pdf journal, or buy one from the mechandise section…. I think you get the idea. Upsell upsell upsell. Only one manifesting anything is Bernstein for her bank account. An Abraham-Hicks disciple.