I was googling an answer in relation to Abraham Hicks, and to my shock, one of the earlier websites had a collection of articles that all advertised that Esther and Jerry Hicks are frauds, are fake, are salesmen, are trying to strike gold with the latest new age cult with the law of attraction.
Reading some of these articles, it is easy to see why some people believe it is fake- examples include the rumour that Jerry Hicks now has cancer, and that Esther even humiliated and kicked out paying audience members for talking whilst lecturing. These examples stuck out at me the most, yet just visit the link I've provided and I recommend you read the articles yourselves.
This is very depressing to me, for I love these teachers. I would be greatful if I could have opinion about this issue. More importantly, are their actual teachings accurate (eg: nothing is more important than feeling good)? If anyone uses their methods and they work, please post an answer.
Thankyou folks, bit of a contraversial question.
(link to the website where I discovered this) http://www.squidoo.com/esther-and-jerry-hicks-sham
Very interesting news about Jerry Hicks having cancer. I wasn't aware of that.
I had a quick search around the net and there certainly are a number of articles around suggesting leukemia.
Guess what though?
Even if it's true, I don't care - and neither should you :)
I've mentioned before on Inward Quest in Did Napoleon Hill really die broke? about this interesting phenomenon whereby many idolized teachers seem to create circumstances in their lives whereby the separation of teacher and teachings becomes clearer to all.
I've often suspected that, at some level, it's a way of breaking through the Cult of Personality.
Jerry and Esther Hicks are a conduit for information flow from a broader perspective - nothing more than that. I've even heard Abraham state in the past that Jerry & Esther don't even apply the teachings that well themselves :)
What is important is that you look at the principles that this information flow (called Abraham) contains, rather than the messengers of it. Is the newspaper delivery boy responsible for the content of the newspaper? Is the personal life of the news anchor on TV relevant to the news events they are telling you about?
For me, I hammer at these Law of Attraction principles day-in, day-out in my own life in highly systematic ways (some of which are listed in the Manifesting Experiments). And, in more than a decade of often-extreme testing, I've never found any exceptions to them.
So for me, this news regarding Jerry Hicks, while interesting in a gossipy sort of way, is a bit of a non-event. Even if it's true, Jerry's still choosing it vibrationally at some level.
But it's going to be interesting to watch the general public reactions to it since Abraham-Hicks has become a worldwide phenomenon and that "Cult of Personality" (not deliberate by Jerry & Esther, of course) is well-established. I'm not a fan of personality cults which is why I'm here on Inward Quest and not on the Abraham-Hicks forums.
I suspect that those who have really understood the message that Abraham have brought forth will not be bothered at all but those who are (perhaps unknowingly) engaged in "hero worship" may have their worlds rocked a bit...and those who just enjoy attacking Jerry and Esther will have a fun time saying "I told you so" :)
All perspectives are valid. You've just got to decide what yours is :)
EDIT - November 1, 2011
I received the following message today, sent to the Abraham-Hicks mailing list, which confirms Jerry Hicks as being diagnosed with a "treatable form of leukemia".
I think the problem is that we set our standards so high that we are unable to accept imperfections in others, as though we ourselves are free of error and above judgment.
Our reactions to other's behavior may not completely be the product of the character of the person we judge. It may have much more to do with us feeling that somehow this person that we believed to be worthy of our love and appreciation has somehow let us down by being less than and un-deserving of the pedestal upon which we placed them in the first place.
We could be doing that because we are un-accepting of error and imperfection in others - as-if only perfection is worthy of our attention and appreciation and that we have nothing to learn from someone who has imperfections.
If we open our hearts without judgment to those whom we have rejected in the past, but at the same time learn to trust the inner instinct (guidance) to keep us from getting into danger we may find that we are offended far less often by other's character or behavior.
When O.J Simpson was charged with murder it didn't make him any less a football player, however all these past achievements became irrelevant in the eyes of those who had cast the first stone.
Now a person depending on how they judge themselves will either get the point I am trying to make or follow up my response with the question "So are you saying that you believe that Esther & Jerry are frauds?"
In spite of what I or anyone else on this forum may think about Esther and Jerry, your perception of them will always vibration ally live up to what you think.
I do get what you mean. I will not try to compare myself to ester hicks, lololol, but I do channel. And many many People look up to me because I channel a great and intelligent entity. They look to me for advice and life knowledge, which i can help them in some ways,. But there is a truth to this as well. I am human and faulted, and even if people look at me as a guru or perfect, i am FARRRRRRRRRR from it ! lololo. just remember that even though she has the great knowledge, she wont always a apply it! and when we have this kind of knowledge , it is almost harder to apply it because most come to us to revive it. love and light 2 u.
love n light,
When I first heard about the situation with Jerry I wasn't surprised at all. All it really means is Esther and Jerry don't apply Abraham's teachings.
Abraham only speaks through Esther, and nothing else. Abraham can't manifest things for the two of them, they have to do it themselves. Honestly, even if I was channeler I don't think it would make me any better of a manifester than I already am. The only plus side to it would be the luxury of asking questions whenever, wherever.
Another thing to think about is there are a lot of other teachers and channels who state more or less the same information that Abraham does... and there are also the people who have had success with these teachings and are living more fulfilled and abundant lives from applying it. This is that part that matters... not the people presenting the information. Which, actually, is Abraham... Jerry and Esther are kind of like managers of the whole thing.
I think the hardest part when you first discover the law of attraction is the 'figuring it out'... I had a lot of trouble with it at first, and I was always reading into things like this trying to figure out if it was all just a big scam. It really isn't. The information I learned from Abraham helped me in a lot of ways, and I was able to listen to all of it free, minus one book I bought.
The key thing is not to worry about how well others are doing, or better yet, seem to be doing. Just focus on the things that matter to you and make you feel good. I don't think everyone should be so hard on them about it and jump to conclusions... it's like beating ourselves up for not being able to manifest a blue feather even though we know we can do it. =-p
Law of Attraction teacher doesn't always equal Law of Attraction manifestation master. A car mechanic can preach to you all day how a car works and why it does this and that, but can he drive it like a pro? Not always! =O)
answered 20 Sep '11, 17:11
In the beginning stages of my spiritual evolution a few years ago, I too had thoughts about Abraham-Hicks being a scam or a fraud. I remember the first time I saw Esther channeling Abraham on a youtube video and thought to myself, this lady is weird. For some reason though, I felt drawn to what was being said. It took me a while to get comfortable with this new and odd thing that I have never experienced before but after awhile it just felt right to me. Almost every answer or observation from Abe seemed to resonate perfectly with me.
I've encountered quite a few postings from around the net that truly believe that the whole thing is a scam or just a way to make money. I had my doubts and at times thought to myself, what if they are a fraud. For that period of time while I searched around (which wasn't long) I seemed to get a lot of evidence proving that the whole thing is a big ole scheme. From what I have learned using the Law of Attraction it seemed as though what I was focused on was coming to me in many different ways. More and more evidence of them being a scam or fraud piled up because it was what I was searching for. There was a part of me though that didn't feel too good with some of the information.
I came to a point over the last year or so where I decided what felt right to me. I decided that these teachings and the teachings of others felt right and resonated in my heart. What I have learned has helped immensely with my major depression and anxiety that I struggled with for most of my adult life. It doesn't matter to me if I am the only person on earth who has benefited from this material (exaggerating a lit bit here to make a point.) I know for a fact what is right for me and what isn't and that is the advice I am trying to give here. Follow your heart and do the things that feel good to you. Abraham- Hicks has helped me grow quite a bit over the last few years and even if they are considered to be a fraud, they are really good at what they do in my opinion.
answered 20 Sep '11, 20:50
Dear Nikulas, I believe that Abraham is real for no one could possibly make all that wonderful stuff up all the time and over a period of years. I've never known Abraham to say something that doesnt make perfect sense. Note I said Abraham and not Hester or Jerry Hicks. They are only messingers and I thank them for sharing with the world the wonderful and witty Abraham. It doesnt mean that they themselves have to take the advice they hear but to share it. It is to each his own weather the person takes the advice or not.
There are many people of diverse knowledge that dont allways utilise the knowledge they have. I shall use muself as an example. I have a diploma in nutritional therapy. I know what is good for me to eat or wat is bad for me to eat. Do I allways take my own advice? No, although I try it seams that chocolates and fried chips seem to have a vibrational match to my taste buds and at least half the time I can't or rather wont say no to them even though I have the knowledge of what can happen if I eat too many.
Lets not beat up the messingers for they are only human and need our understanding and nonjudgement especialy now they need our support not condemnation.
answered 20 Sep '11, 16:46
The incredible wisdom and knowledge of Abraham, which changed my life forever, are more important to me than other people's judgement about Jerry Hicks' health situation and expectations of him to be immortal.
Those people should reall get into the vortex:).
Firstly, you would have to determine or define what exactly is meant by a scam, a scam only occurs when you have been tricked or swindled by a particular person, business or company of your money or efforts.
Abraham-Hicks doesn't force or compel anyone to purchase their teachings, and even when one decides to purchase any of their DVDs they are also reasonably priced ($10-$20, which is the usual price for normal CDs). The cruises might be a little more expensive but that's what you pay for when you go for concerts by famous singers and actors right?
I could also say that Apple Inc is a scam because they are selling Iphones/Ipads that for 500x or more of their cost price, famous shirt companies selling their shirts for over a few hundred dollars when they only cost less than 5 bucks to produce , etc..
As long as you know what you are getting before you pay for it, and get the same thing after you pay for it, then that is definitely not a scam.
As for whether the methods really work, that's a really subjective question.. if we all knew the answers to that we wouldn't be here on Inwardquest trying to seek further answers to these questions. But one thing I know for sure - the methods they give are free, and don't really need any more monetary investment other than your time, so I don't see how that would be a scam in any way. If it doesn't work for you, at most you would have just wasted a bit of your time.
answered 21 Sep '11, 03:09
also see this in this way. I am a channeler and i am often ridiculed and made fun of. I always suggest the idea of this. If you cant handle the ideal of channeling or accept the people who give the info, then shut out all the part about spirits, channeling, aliens, whatever it is that will sepperate you from the ability to listen without judging and only take in the message. If still then they cant get over it, well that is the beauty of having our own belief systems.
love n light
rob ( again )
answered 20 Dec '11, 18:51
TReb Bor yit-NE
I've known about the law of attraction since I was quite young. When I encountered the teachings of Abraham a mere few years ago, I was shocked that I hadn't come across them earlier. Everything Abraham is saying through Esther very closely mirrors what I've personally experienced in my own reality....and what I've gleaned through my own channeling....albeit, the language Abe/Esther used was somewhat different, but the essence of the message, near identical.
I do understand how some may come to question the validity of these teachings based upon the idea that those delivering the message should be complete masters of what it teaches, however, this fails to take into consideration the fact that those behind the message are after all, human.
If Jerry Hicks does indeed have cancer, I fail to see how this in any way reflects upon the teachings themselves. Clearly, there is something within his vibration that has attracted this illness and as its impossible to get inside his personal experience to know precisely what he is vibrating, its unfair to speculate in ways that diminish him as a person.
answered 08 Oct '11, 21:39
Actually on my CD set, "Your Wish is Your Command", Kevin Trudeau recommends, "Ask and it is given" (By Jerry & Esther Hicks), as the closest to accurate secret society teachings.
So with this I have to say that how Jerry and Esther live, and what they do, is different from their message. In other words, the messenger is only the deliverer, not the content. If you get a letter from the President of the United States, the same mailman delivers it to your door that delivers some fishing bait magazine to someone else. It is not the messenger but the message! With this said, we need consider that the message is coming through a messenger. With this understanding, we can see how tainted something can become filtered through to us. However tainted as it may be we, need to understand that this is still good and useful information that we may learn from.
The motivations of the individuals in question cannot really be judged, because there are times where the "truth" is such an absurdly complicated and unlikely story that nobody would believe it, even if it is in fact true.
If you have learned something from these individuals, then that is all that matters. You can learn lessons from people who are absolute and complete frauds, and likewise you can be unable to learn lessons from direct interactions with direct envoys of God, "real Angels".
If what they taught you has helped you or served you well, then hold on to it as long as it remains helpful. As Stingray said in response to a question about love, as long as something makes you feel good it is absolutely worth exploring it. And when something no longer satisfies you then it is time to re-evaluate.
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Given that the value they have provided (as channelers or non channelers!) and the ressonance of the material that their books and lectures and recordings have given others- then it cannot be defined as a scam. I also saw that website but I also saw the ways the person was writing it and they seemed to be writing it to gain their own attention and not really alert people to any falsehoods that were being taken against them as participants in any kind of scam. Most people are willing and paid participants- they feel good about what is given to them- and so thus value is delivered.
I for one would gladly pay Esther/Jerry and their company for their books/recordings. If they are providing something that I am WILLING to pay for- and I find their information immensely helpful- then it is a legitimate service. Just to refresh the definition of A scam is someone who takes your cash and runs or provides hollow, ghost or no value service/product and no application to improve your life in any form whatsoever. By now, you have seen just even on these forms alone- the ideas and helpful value that Abrahams teachings have given us all- AND the value of Esther and Jerry delivering these to us.- Something many of us are thankful and happy to pay for and support.
Also, I assume the person who wrote this is fairly straight laced, and is not open to the idea of channelers and is probably spooked and fearful of anyone who says they are- they have not opened up their hearts to this extra knowledge- and so their writing is a fear/hate reaction. Even though channeling is still fairly underground- there is plenty of evidence out there (and much channeled recordings/writings/dictations that have made it a fairly stable, understandable thing- non fearful but loving actually- I think it would be obvious after a certain point if someone was to fake a channeling- and trust me, with Esther's passion and stage presence that's so intense you cannot fake that. If it was fake she wouldn't have people clammoring to come to her seminars) People are not always as dumb as we presume them to be- they can tell the difference between authenticity and passion and someone trying to make a quick buck, and just stand there and put on a show. She does more than that, and her and Jerrys company provide the structure and framework to deliever this information to the largest ammount of people. Its working for the greatest good of all, not to the detriment of many. If her motive was quick money without providing value (.i.e. a scam)- that passion would not radiate out of her as much as it does- additionally people would be privy to it quick and spread word, not be drawn in and completely ravenous and excited about her material as most are who admire her and Jerry (and Abraham at large's) work are. There is positive word of mouth which signals that its giving value. If it was negative word of mouth the operation would have been shut down long ago and ceased to exist (it provided no value to peoples lives) I think this is enough evidence of it being a scam or not.
Little people will always lash out becuase they need that attention for themselves (who knows maybe the person who wrote this is trying to get a quick buck from blog advertising and traffic from people questioning channeling...)
Take it with a grain of salt and a critical thinking angle and you should have a decision about this persons positing.:)
The main question as alluded by most of the posters here, is rather "Is the material helpful for you?" Personally, I have found portions of their material fun to use and interesting (such as the processes in Ask & It Is Given).
As for 95% of the "live talks" and "channeling" sessions, cruises, books, calendars, cards, DVDs, CDs etc. etc. etc.. I would say this is repetitive material which seems to be comforting for some who really haven't found their own "guidance system" as Abraham would say, and which was pretty much fully explained in the very first book.
As for the general "Abraham" storyline sold to people, and being able to channel a group of all-wise ancient entities after going into a trance for 5 seconds on a stage..
answered 22 Sep '11, 07:01
Hi.. Don't know if anyone has mentioned Kyra Speaks Guest post by Ahnalira Koan http://kyrasdiary.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html
It is pretty clear that the Hicks did not always practice what they preached.. Wow...so they are human
That said, i have seen some amazing examples of LOA applied that HAVE blown my socks off. The key is letting go...easy to say hard to do huh?
Anyway, i agree with the poster that asked..."is the material helpful for you?" If not then find something else. We are all on this planet for different reasons...but we all have the same key.
I do know one thing, LOVE IS THE KEY, IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. It is the only thing. To quote Red Green," We're all in this together" So whatever way you can get there...use it. YOU are the path.
answered 23 Oct '11, 00:32
The Rabbit Warrior
Jerry Hicks obviously attracted his illness. Am sorry to hear.
answered 04 Nov '11, 02:20
I think he'll be cured. They said it loads of times - they to can get in and out of the Vortex. As for your question "are their actual teachings accurate (eg: nothing is more important than feeling good)" - yes they are. My mom died and I dreamed her one night and she told me this: nothing must be more important for you than to feel good. And then I discovered the Abraham books so it clearly is the most important and best teaching of all. Their teachings and games helped me be happier, have more hope and peace and attract happy events that I didn't even think woud be possible. I don't believe they're talking to a force called Abraham, but if believing it makes other people happy, why not. Life is too short to keep doubting, judging, being defensive. Like a sweet couple like them could do anyone any harm...
answered 19 Dec '11, 19:19
From my point of view, they are not fraud or scam, they are teaching all people to be aligned with ourselves and enjoy the being there. They are not promising, that in each situation of your live you will be facing only good things. But they are teaching that you will be feel somehow ok in any kind of situation! You don't need some pills to be good with your life, which a lot of people need, because of huge depressions and another psychological issues. They are teaching, that you are here for some kind of purpose, if your purpose is be there and looking what is fraud and scam and what not and you are feeling good in your heart with that, then ok for you. Focus only on the things what matter to YOU!
answered 11 Oct '12, 10:32
I very much agree with many of the concepts that people talk about when they talk about "the law of attraction" or creating your own reality. I also do not see the Abraham material as being completely or terribly wrong because as other people have said on this page, they have provided help for many and for that at least they seem to be doing good work. My personal problem with them lies in the fact that the material that they provide is half complete and as such can create more problems in the long run to those that would apply their methods in a systematic way. A great example of this and how Abraham's material can cause more problem than solution is by following the life and work of the author Lynn Grabhorn. She exemplifies what can happen to someone when there's too much repression of what are considered 'negative' feelings and emotions. My second problem with the Abraham material, might be a little selfish in that I do not like the fact that they tend to represent their material as being on the leading edge of thought. If anything there was far better work being done in the 19th century then there is today in the West. And of course this material is very old and the law of attraction is really just a simple representation of an incredibly strong magical tradition that goes back thousands of years. I have written a couple of articles on the matter and I hope that they are not considered spam here but they are quite lengthy and with them I try to explain my more metaphysical qualms with the Abraham Hicks material. I recommend that you start with this article :
which leads you to my second one if you are interested. I present this article not so much as a reputation here, but with the hope that anyone that is interested in following a greater understanding on the laws of reality can find some answers to ponder and investigate.
answered 11 Oct '12, 17:13