Is Paul Selig the Esther Hicks we wanted? Contrast are stark but most are clearly between consistency (Selig) and contradiction (Hicks.)
By David Stone
Jerry and Esther Hicks, flying a “law of attraction” flag, tapped a vein of hope many hold, sensing there’s more. More than the world of things we find in front of us.
More than a feverish hunt for material gain never satisfied.
And more than “just this,” the material world in which we live and die.
The law of attraction, as described by Esther Hicks, relies on invisible forces controlling why we love, hate, live and die. And your thoughts control those forces. Or sometimes, it’s your feelings. Or even fate.
Depends on what fits the bill.
Appearing on stage before growing audiences through the 1990s, Esther Hicks fueled hope, channeling Abraham.
But doubt pursued faith, distrust rose as contradictions increased, messaging muddied.
Years after Esther, in trance, said it was easy, followers asked “Where’s my stuff?”
That’s when Hicks came up with “The Vortex,” a place where all that good stuff you asked for waited, a kind of holding tank, until you were ready.
Whatever that meant, the problem is, “You’re not letting it in,” not teachings peppered with nonsense.
Complications magnified when Jerry Hicks died.
Hope dwindled, but is Paul Selig an answer for those who lost trust in Esther Hicks but continue looking?
Heavyweights: Paul Selig vs Esther Hicks
When it comes to trust, a lot of people trust Esther Hicks. Many have for years.
They trust her as a conduit for Abraham’s teaching, once centered on the law of attraction, but not so clear now. That trust, as I showed in Fifteen Reasons You Can’t Trust Esther Hicks, is misplaced.
Read the article for an in depth look, but suffice to say, if you’re looking for a teacher guiding you on a path to enlightenment — or hope to — trust is crucial. You must believe.
Here’s where Esther Hicks as Abraham lost me.
Esther takes on death…
Inspired enough by Abraham in books and extracts from workshops on Hay House Radio, I was stunned. She broke bad.
When Esther cracked completely.
In the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster on September 11th, 2001, Esther insisted that all 3,000 lives lost were suicides. You can look it up. The workshop was in Buffalo, just two weeks later.
She got right in a doubting followers face.
Hicks had long preached that everyone, even sentient animals, picked their moment to die. Imagine the family of a young woman, pregnant, jumping from the 90th floor rather than burn alive, hearing that “wisdom.”
It wasn’t just “maybe” or “mostly,” it was Hicks’s standard declaration: “No exceptions. It is law.”
But it didn’t end there. She insisted that every death was also “delightful.”
Forget the disrespect for those who died. How callous for loved ones left behind?
Forced to think about it, to investigate, I became a hardcore skeptic.
The Trust Thing: Paul Selig vs Esther Hicks
Having read as much of Paul Selig’s work now as I did with Esther and Jerry Hicks’s writings, back when, I can’t find anything that might spark anyone to turn skeptic on Selig and his “Guides.”
Note: “Guides” are Selig’s term. They have a group name or, they say, you can call them anything with which you’re comfortable.
And it’s not just me. Selig exposed himself and his work on numerous public broadcasts, answering questions sincerely. Hicks, on the other hand, rarely does interviews, did not even while Jerry was alive. All carefully set with only credulous interviewers.
No skeptics allowed.
After a writer reported on Jerry’s admitting to at least five marriages — he said he lost count — she talked only with true believers, like Oprah Winfrey.
The last “open” forum I recall found her pairing up with Wayne Dyer, a misplaced shill in Jerry’s recently emptied chair, at a Hay House event. The interviewer? Her Hay House publisher. Also, Dyer’s.
And guess what? They turned the transcript into a book, one light on content, giant typeface filling it out in bulk.
No magnifiers needed.
Conclusion: Is Paul Selig the Esther Hicks We Wanted
There’s no simple answer.
If you’re an Esther Hicks follower and satisfied with her guidance, you’re likely to find some clarity with Paul Selig. But be aware. Just as Esther has long been considered the low I.Q. version of Seth, her teachings come off as simplistic, unclear and conflicted next to Selig’s “Guides.”
On the other hand, the truths each offer have much in common, but Selig’s are more of a challenge. The Guides teach in step by step format, handing out assignments for self-realization as well as gentle encouragement and affection.
Other than the issues noted above, the primary difference is that Hick’s poses Abraham and “Source,” i.e. God, as separate entities, wise teachers with a central source for inspiration and wisdom.
The Guides start with the simplest truth: “I am the word,” and with that, suggest for everyone that we are physical manifestations of God. Not separate.
Their teachings, in short, open paths to realizing your own divinity and wisdom with your own core being.
There’s none of the polarizing big me/little you established by religions.
And finally, Abraham celebrates materialistic spiritualism. Always big on big cars. And perfect mates manipulated to meet your desires.
As a bottom line, the Guides don’t promise anything other than an expanding growth experience of yourself, fulfillment on your own truthful terms.
And escape from fear based selfishness.