Did Jerry and Esther Hicks Just Make It All Up?
In The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham, Esther and Jerry Hicks claim they got the law of attraction complete from a channeled entity, Abraham, that deposits blocks of thought into Esther's head. Does this make sense to you?
"It all started here," their website sings.
But did it?
The truth starts here.
Neither Esther, Jerry or Abraham Hicks had anything to do with discovering or inventing it, no matter what they claim, but they took a joy ride on the so-called Law of Attraction, anyway, giving birth to Abraham, according to them, while coasting along in Jerry's Caddy and being squeezed between trucks on a highway.
Since then, they've outdone even the legendary Reverend Ike in the art of spiritual marketing.
The Birth of Abraham?
How did Jerry and Esther Hicks bring Abraham, their alleged "nonphysical entities," into being, entangled in their refried version of the Law of Attraction?
The story is murky, complicated and ripe with incomprehensible claims, contradictions and evasions, but a reasonable explanation, relying on some educated guesses, exists.
What do we find when we dig into the history of Jerry and Esther Hicks? And why are they trying so hard to push the Law of Attraction out of the picture in favor of their own clunky invention, "The Vortex of Attraction?"
The Whole Messy Story
Abraham Hicks Scandal
A Fable of Sorts
Because so much of what Jerry and Esther Hicks have claimed about their pasts is either provably wrong or questionable, their stories can be relied on only as a general basis and reference.
Although Jerry Hicks claims to have been a lifelong seeker of esoteric truths, influenced to practice the tricks of wealth by Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, there is nothing on the record to verify much of his autobiography.
Even the story on Abraham-Hicks website is provably false, claiming that Jerry is still alive and tooling around the country with Esther, but also that he's sprier than men half his age, a difficult trick for a three year old corpse.
Sometimes, a researcher trying to find out about Jerry Hicks life gets a perplexing sense that an eraser has been taken to the records.
Napoleon Hill's Inspriations
History That Reads Like Fiction Because It Is
Some of his claims, such as knowing Rip Taylor from his days in the entertainment business, have been denied outright by the parties themselves.
What we do know as a fact is that, when he became involved with Esther, Jerry was recently divorced from Trish Hughes for whom she worked as a bookkeeper. Jerry and Trish had been successful in reaching the Crown Level with Amway and Jerry shared in that wealth.
Jerry had moved on, leaving most of the money behind, and was engaged to would-be wife #5 or #6 when he hooked up with Esther.
Esther was Trish Hughes' bookkeeper, which is apparently how she met Jerry, although there is no evidence suggesting their affair started while he was still married.
Esther was, however, married to Richard, when they began their affair. Richard is a Mormon as is most of Esther's family. They had one daughter, Tracy. Single again after four or five marriages, Jerry was in his sixties, twenty-five years older than Esther.
Jerry's engagement as well as Esther's marriage ended after Richard discovered their affair by finding her car in a motel parking lot.
Esther and Jerry Hicks were married shortly after the divorce was finalized. This would be the fifth marriage for Jerry Hicks, as well as he could remember, while he hinted (to Esther's irritation) that there might have been more.
By all public accounts, the marriage was a happy one, the pair well-matched, although as she had with Richard, Esther resented Jerry's being "controlling."
Abraham-Hicks was not born until about five years later.
Jerry had been reading books from the New Thought Movement, which included the Law of Attraction among its claims, for years and trying to use the tools to teach others to obtain the wealth he claims to have created prior to Abraham-Hicks.
He and Esther began reading books Jane Roberts wrote, channeled, she said, from a nonphysical entity known as "Seth." Esther tells of lying on the couch with Jerry, reading the Seth Material aloud as he tickled her feet.
This is a part of the story Esther and Jerry Hicks probably wish they hadn't shared because they begin their official tale about the emergence of Abraham Hicks, the entity, with a visit to Sheila Gillette (then, Sheila Petersen-Lowary), author of The 5th Dimension: Channels to a New Reality, a woman who'd been channeling "Theo" since a severe stroke brought her to a near death experience as a young woman.
According to Esther's version, they just happened to hear that Petersen-Lowary would be in town soon and rushed, out of the blue, to make an appointment, this though Esther claims to have been turned off by Jerry's old Ouija Board stories. At their session with Theo, Jerry, Esther tells us, asked many questions while she listened until, as they were leaving, Theo asked her if she would like to know the name of her "spiritual guide."