Esther and Jerry Hicks When Things Were Good
Where Was Esther Hicks and Abraham when Jerry Died?
On November 18, 2011, according to an email from Esther Hicks five days later, her husband Jerry Hicks died at the age of 84.
Jerry Hicks' death came just six months after he disclosed in an email that he was hospitalized and receiving chemotherapy.
Something new: Jerry and Esther Hicks Spiritual Money Tree
To most, it’s not surprising that an 84-year-old man might die, but those in the spiritual movement founded by Jerry and Esther Hicks have been unable to come to terms with it. The Abraham-Hicks organization can’t acknowledge that death can be painful and involuntary. That would be inconsistent with the teachings pitched at workshops and in books for twenty-five years.
It seemed likely that Jerry was the actual source of the “eternal wisdom” delivered by a hundred non-living entities that Esther Hicks channeled in the persona of Abraham.
On the Abraham-Hicks Website, Jerry Hicks Lives On
Three years after Esther Hicks announced his death, the Abraham-Hicks website still portrays Jerry Hicks as being in the best of health.
These two fun loving adventure-seekers are currently breathing in huge lungsful of joy as they figure-eight across the United States in their rock star monster bus....
You thought Jerry Hicks died, didn't you? You are wrong.
Don't be at all surprised if—as you pass—you get an enthusiastic smile and a wave from two kids wearing goofy red clown noses.
It's just Jerry & Esther Hicks, on their way to more fun and adventure!
It's right there on the website. "Today, the spring in Jerry's step rivals men half his age."
Esther, Jerry and Abraham wouldn't put out false information like that, would they?
And it isn't just the website. Esther continues to sign off her email blasts with a combination of hers, Jerry's and Abraham's names.
For those who haven’t been following this saga, the website calls Abraham "a group consciousness from the non-physical dimension." Abraham is the source of “the wisdom that is pouring forth through Esther.” The Hicks prefer not to use the word “channeling,” although in reality it's nothing but.
Abraham’s wisdom, summarized on the website, includes twelve points that insist, in clumsy prose and music reputation, that you can control all of what happens to you. Point five, for example, is “Anything that you can imagine is yours to do or be or have.”
The last two points relate to death and illness:
11. You May Appropriately Depart Your Body Without Illness or Pain.
12. You Can Not Die; You Are Everlasting Life.
So, they claim - Abraham claims, Esther claims, Jerry used to claim - that you can have it all, including eternal life, and you can depart your body without illness or pain.
This may explain why, three years after his death, the website Esther Hicks manages has not been able to acknowledge Jerry Hicks' death.
So who, or where, is Abraham now? Or Jerry?
Officially, What is Abraham?
First, the official story is that Abraham is a group of "nonphysical teachers" who have come together as a group to help us understand the universe and its most powerful force, the Law of Attraction.
They jokingly refer to themselves as dead people and claim to have access to all of the wisdom of the universe. They also claim that they can read your mind and understand your problems before you speak to them.
Esther and Jerry Hicks claimed that Abraham, this group of teachers, chose Esther above all others as the perfect outlet for their teachings because she was more openminded and vulnerable than anyone else and, luckily, married to Jerry, "the questioner of all time."
That's the short version, but you can find a more detailed one on my other articles or just by visiting the Abraham-Hicks website and stepping through the marketing mud long enough to find the free downloads of their story, as told by them.
How Jerry and Esther Hicks Created Abraham
Esther and Jerry Hicks were a dynamic pair for decades.
After Sheila Gillette wrote about the wisdom of a group of archangels named THEO (see The Soul Truth: A Guide to Inner Peace) and Jane Roberts wrote about the wisdom of a nonphysical entity called Seth (Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul), Esther and Jerry, incorporating Jerry's experience as a motivational speaker at Amway, invented Abraham.
The Hicks enjoyed immense success as a resource for spiritual inspiration, following the publicity surrounding the book and movie The Secret.
Riding a “Law of Attraction” wave, they saturated the market with books, card decks, recordings and DVDs. They posted numerous YouTube videos to whet appetites for sales on their marketing-heavy website.
True believers and committed followers will hang onto their beliefs about Jerry, Esther and Abraham, just as advocates of Jane Roberts' Seth material did as she was dying, also of cancer, as long as they can retain a flicker of hope that their magical beliefs might be true.
But now that it is widely known that Jerry Hicks lost his battle with cancer, it's a good time to take a retrospective look at Abraham-Hicks and consider whether the performances can continue.
Jerry’s colorful lifetime has included at least five marriages (he is on record saying that there were too many to count, but at least five) and a successful career at the upper levels in the often investigated and successfully sued Amway Corporation, which was the source of his wealth before he launched the Abraham-Hicks operation.
Jerry Hicks' studies in the areas that later coalesced into the Law of Attraction began long before he met Esther.
He was an avid practitioner of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich and similar feel-good philosophies. In all likelihood, he used this knowledge in pitching Amway dealerships and motivating his recruits. In later years he never mentioned his Amway experience.
His relationship with Esther began while both were married to other people, but they hit it off immediately.
In the biographical material on the website, without much detail, we glimpse them studying Jane Roberts' Seth books, reading together while Jerry tickles Esther's feet.
Then, for no disclosed reason, they are visiting Sheila Gillette for a reading with the entity she channels (THEO, twelve Archangels who rank higher than Abraham, according to them).
For some other inexplicable reason, Esther and Jerry say that, shortly after this visit, they are confronted by a stranger who informs them that Jane Roberts has died.
Although this branch of the story never develops, it's likely that they were considering setting Esther up as Seth's next channel. Seth, though, is dense and hard to understand.
Esther and Jerry Hicks wisely designed a dumbed-down version, Abraham, that was more accessible, but they borrowed from Sheila Gillette's public channeling act featuring THEO, including, at first, an accent for Abraham’s announcements.
Borrowed Wisdom, Learned Performance
Abraham-Hicks never actually produced a new idea, other than marketing initiatives.
"The Law of Attraction" had been used for years before Esther and Jerry Hicks laid claim to that phrase. When their claim was exposed as false, they took up the clunkier term "Vortex of Attraction," which would have failed as a marketing gimmick, if it was what they started with.
For many years, it seemed likely that Abraham-Hicks was always none other than good old Jerry Hicks. Acting out the part, Esther got into her Abraham persona and parroted what she learned from a well-educated master in the teachings made famous by Napoleon Hill.
The impressive amalgamation of sources that resulted in the books (purported to be written by Abraham), the crowd-pleasing stage performances, and the recordings served many people well.
Recently, however, with Jerry’s increasing age and deteriorating health, the message became more muddled. The organization attracted a more cult-like following, and increasingly turned to exclusion as a way of controlling followers.
Abraham's—Esther's—Teachings About Death and Illness
The organization has never been particularly forgiving of illness or death.
You don't die just because you get old, but because you can't control your thoughts. In February of 1998, Esther Hicks, posing as Abraham, said this:
You can live comfortably and joyfully and resiliently and healthfully as long as you have desire that summons life through you. People don't die because they pass through time. They die because they don't allow this arena to stimulate decisions.
For years, Esther Hicks (as Abraham) claimed that her teachings could cure any disease in less than an afternoon. Here is a quote where she gave herself a little more leeway:
But it does take the determination that you're going to put your thoughts upon something that does feel good. And so, here we're going to make a very bold statement: any disease could be healed in a matter of days, any disease, if distraction from it could occur and a different vibration dominate - and the healing time is about how much mix-up there is in all of that. (Workshop #230, Ashland, Oregon, July 20th, 2002)
Esther (Abraham) said that disease will go away given the right attitude.
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? 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. (Workshop 106, Ashland, Oregon, May 16, 2000)
She (he) said sickness before death is optional, caused by the sufferer himself or herself.
Death is an inevitable cycle. But sickness before death is a symptom of resistance. Most people think they've got to get sick to die. But, you could be like the cat who chooses to get run over. Or, you could just lie down in your bed happily one night, so content and thoughtless, wanting nothing in this physical world; and just reemerge into Pure Positive Energy... You can play it out any way you choose. (Workshop, Sedona, Arizona, August 27th, 2005)
And death should be easy, even “delightful”! Most insensitively, Esther said this just two weeks after the World Trade Center disaster of September 11, 2001, while the American public was quite aware of the suffering of thousands of blameless victims: pregnant women crushed by collapsing towers, workers jumping to avoid being burned alive, mothers on jetliners with babies in their laps.
[D]eath is a matter of closing one's eyes in this dimension and literally opening one's eyes in the other dimension. And that, truly, is how all death is, no matter how it looks, up to that point.. The re-emergence into Source Energy is always a delightful thing. (Workshop, Buffalo, New York, September 25, 2001)
In short, illness comes from thoughts, it can be quickly cured by thoughts, death isn't necessary, and if it should happen, it's delightful. An organization that promotes such beliefs could be seriously embarrassed if its leaders experienced illness and death.
Despite the Teachings, Jerry Became Ill
A year and a half before his death in November 2011, and a year before his May 2011 public announcement that he was undergoing chemotherapy, Jerry Hicks was already losing weight. A friend with medical knowledge and connections inside the organization wondered if he might have been undergoing chemo already by this time.
When he said on May 25, 2011 that he had suddenly fallen ill, he indirectly indicated that it had been going on for some time; he said his chemotherapy had started already and he had already lost 15 pounds from his slight frame.
So, it wasn't really so sudden. Fifteen pounds don't melt off overnight.
Jerry Hicks Resorted to "Heavy Chemotherapy"
On May 25, 2011, Jerry Hicks shocked his followers by stating publicly that he was receiving chemotherapy—a treatment associated with cancer.
Although he blamed his illness on a spider bite or a red ant bite, admissions of an "extremely exaggerated" white blood cell count, a biopsy, "heavy chemotherapy" and a week's intense hospital treatments told the story without using the "C" word.
"This is Jerry. First I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your messages both telepathically and emaily of encouragement and good cheer. Next, Abraham and I have discussed the chain of thought that brought this about and I'm satisfied that I'm not going to do that again. Next, here's the scenario as I now see it. 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. He pointed out a number of options, one of them was to use the "big guns" (heavy chemotherapy) and so we decided to go along with that and checked into the hospital on May 6th.
We were swept up in such an obvious current of amazing "path of least resistance" events unlike anything we've ever experienced before. The strong feeling that we were proceeding in exactly the right direction continued as my response to these "big guns" was a week of no discomfort and none of the highly forewarned side effects. Everyone around us at the hospital kept speaking their surprise at my unusually comfortable experience. We are now in day 18 of a 28 day regimen of bringing my blood counts back into perfect balance.
Until I gain back 15 pounds of energetic flesh and return to my normal zippy do dah self, Esther will continue the workshops held on Saturdays (we cancelled the mid-week events so Esther and I can play together in San Antonio) and she plans to see many of you this weekend in Stamford, CT. Since this is our 3rd Live Global Broadcast I'll be enjoying the event like so many of you around the world (last time you watched from 76 countries and all 50 states) from the blissful comfort of home on my computer. If you'll be joining me in the cyber audience of the Abraham LIVE broadcast and you haven't registered yet, you can click here.
Jerry (and Esther, too)
P.S. One of the most wonderful things that I've experienced was the following revelation that I had while in the hospital with all of those wonderful people taking care of us: Every person with whom we seemingly have a chance encounter while here upon this planet has the potential of exerting a purely angelic influence upon us if we will but allow it."
The language is clumsy and evasive, repeating "next . . . next" at the start, as if an alibi is being plotted out step by step. The unfortunate Jerry makes passing reference to "a chain of thought having brought this about," presumably "this" being cancer, as this organization has long professed that illness is brought about by thought.
The message concludes with the inevitable sales pitch. Even chemotherapy can't stand in the way.
In spring 2011, coincident with Jerry’s declining health, the Abraham-Hicks organization introduced something called Abraham LIVE, actually remote events like webinars: a convenient innovation if, for example, the flow of revenue-producing events needed to continue while Jerry was having difficulty traveling.
A cheery anonymous writer sent this to the Abraham-Hicks Daily Quotes subscriber list, assuring all that Jerry's physical presence wasn't needed:
Jerry watched the live broadcast in San Antonio this past weekend and was delighted to discover that the feeling of the seminar was very much like being right there in the room. Abraham has been telling us for years that this energy transcends time and space and boy oh boy, do we understand that firsthand now!
. . . and boy oh boy, did they ever add a link to let you sign up for the next one, rocket fast.
People may have been able to believe for a while that a spider bite required chemotherapy, but that improbable storyline was not reinforced. Neither spider bites, leukemia, nor any other particular illness was mentioned by the organization until Jerry’s death in November 2011. Oblique references were made to Jerry’s convalescence, always along with a pitch for the next workshop.
Jerry’s Image Out of Focus, Fogged with Shadow
This photograph accompanied a marketing pitch for an upcoming workshop. Esther and Jerry Hicks together, hoping the image will let followers forget Jerry Hicks’s cancer and keep buying tickets.
Either this is the worst publicity photo ever, or they purposely used a picture in which bright sun would obscure Jerry Hicks' features.
As we found out later, Jerry was dragged out for this photo op only weeks before his death. It appears that he went during this period to South Korea for a series of alternative therapies that failed.
A Late Photo Op: Up, Up, and Away!
The PR people finally took over the Abraham Hicks news release email blasts, smoothing out the presentation. No more discussion of illness; Esther and Jerry had made a mess of it, and the organization was trying to get feel-good messages out.
This photo from a news release (with the inevitable pivot to a sales pitch) is supposed to have a "We're all happy" feel, with all the younger family members gathered with Esther and Jerry Hicks in Del Mar to enjoy a balloon ride.
Look at Jerry Hicks, hunkered down in the back corner, hard to see in detail, like the family homunculus, reaching over the rail to wave, some sort of covering on the right side of his head.
Why wasn't he standing with Esther? Was he sitting? Had he become legless? Was he out of the basket? Was he photoshopped in at the end to enhance the marketing impression?
Reality Intrudes: Announcing the Death of Jerry Hicks
On November 23, 2011, in a surprisingly direct email, Esther Hicks announced to followers that Jerry Hicks had died five days earlier, on November 18: “Our sweet Jerry made his transition into Nonphysical last Friday.” The announcement did not include an obituary, though it included a great deal about Esther’s own thoughts and plans. Nor did it include answers to the many questions that were asked about Jerry’s illness and whether it was dealt with in a way consistent with the teachings of Abraham.
One question followers had was why Jerry would have chosen conventional medicine, rather than the approach Esther has advocated (through Abraham) for years. Their cheerful rationale at the time was that they were following "the path of least resistance," which jelled with some of their early teachings. But chemotherapy is harsh and physically demanding; how could that be easier than the two hours in "suspension," or the at worst "a few days" that Abraham, by way of Esther, said would easily be enough to get rid of illness?
The question is, why didn't Jerry just take a quick Abrahamic cure instead of running to conventional medicine and, finally, alternative therapies that may have led them all the way to South Korea at the end?
According to Esther, all he would have needed to do was change his vibration. Esther also said Jerry was the best person in the world at keeping his vibration in control.
But he died, anyway. And what does "vibration" mean in the first place, and if you can't define it (just try), how can you change it?
The couple’s turn to conventional medicine strongly suggested not only that some of the basic teachings of Abraham about health and death were dangerous nonsense, but that the couple knew they were nonsense. When it came to real danger, Esther and Jerry Hicks tossed aside the Teachings of Abraham and chose conventional medicine, just as any sensible person would.
Given the Hicks’ views on medicine—that illness comes because you wish it on yourself—and the centrality of these views to the teachings they espoused, the couple must have been very reluctant to begin conventional therapy. Maybe they tried the easy cures described in the teachings of Abraham, and found them useless.
Nevertheless, if they could have been brave enough to explain clearly what was going on, it would have been a great help to their followers, many of whom trust the Abraham-Hicks teachings to get themselves through illness and other rough spots in life.
Why were they so evasive and, in some instances, simply dishonest about what was going on? If they were going to make a public issue of his illness, as they did in several email blasts, why be so sparing with the truth and allow themselves to seem disingenuous? What was Esther's excuse for turning every update into a sales spin for products and workshops? And then cancelling the workshops without notice or explanation?
When it was clear to everyone who looked at the situation objectively that Jerry was dying, why did they jam him into a gondola full of grinning younger relatives in a desperate PR effort?
This evasion was insensitive and unfair to other cancer sufferers, and to the many followers who had routinely been told by Esther and Jerry Hicks' creation, Abraham, that they give themselves cancer.
Esther Hicks's many rude and callous comments about "croaking" and how good it is when "the old ones go" come to mind.
Jerry Intermittently Reappeared, Speaking Through Esther
In a workshop in early December 2011, Esther did what some had predicted would happen; she attributed some of her spoken wisdom to Jerry, or as people might say, she “channeled” him. After a joke she made, she said, “That was Jerry.” As she did after an audience member observed that a digital clock had stuck at 5:55, one of the numbers that Jerry had said were messages from the spirit world (see the last couple minutes of the video below).
While this channeling offered some sort of resolution concerning whether or where Jerry had gone, it tended to confuse the whole concept of Abraham, which had always been a creation blended from many alleged no-longer-physical beings, without any distinct individual voice. It got complicated. Where the organization’s email for ticket sales were formerly signed off, “Love, Esther and Jerry,” the closing now read, “Our Love, Esther, Abraham/Jerry and our Abraham-Hicks traveling team.”
After introducing the newly non-physical Jerry Hicks in that workshop as a wisecracking associate of "Abraham," Esther reacted to the hail of criticism by leaving him out of the next workshop.
Esther Hicks in Her Own Words on Jerry's Death
Abraham Without Jerry: Less Kindness, More Bad Advice
As Jerry became sicker, Abraham changed; he often said mean things to the most vulnerable seekers who'd paid large ticket prices to see Esther perform her Abraham routine.
Since Jerry’s death, Abraham’s personality has continued to evolve away from empathy and gentleness. Judging from recent workshops, coldness, pettiness, and stupidity are an essential part of his makeup. In an early 2012 workshop, Abraham focused his wisdom on a parking lot collision between a Mustang and Esther’s Cadillac Escalade, discussing insights about driving provided by Esther’s hairdresser.
At another recent workshop, asked by a mother in the hot seat about dealing with her young child who refused to share toys, the wise, all-knowing Esther (as Abraham) told her that her child was in "alignment," enjoying his toys "like Jesus not freaking out about the toylessness of his friends."
Which coldhearted Jesus was that?
Farther along in the conversation, Esther responded to the same mother's worries about her son's habit of kicking their cat. She instructed the mother not to interfere with the abuse of a helpless, trapped animal because the cat was "teaching" her son.
Maybe to become the next Ted Bundy.
One of the failings of Esther and Jerry Hicks’s imaginary Abraham is that "they" don't understand that acts of all kinds require moral judgment (stopping animal abuse, as opposed to standing by and watching passively).
Noninterference is a kind of cheating that masks selfishness. Esther and Jerry have suggested that honoring our crudest impulses is natural, even though years of evolution have trained us to act proactively in the best interests of all.
This is the sickness of narcissism in full bloom. And animal abuse, for those who don't know, has long been recognized as an early warning signal for violent crime in adults.
In any case, anyone who saw this workshop, live or on video, has a moral obligation to contact the ASPCA. Now.
Get that cat out of the house before the kid, guided by Abraham Hicks, seriously injures or kills it.
Even at an organization that specializes in weirdness, this piece of "wisdom" stood out.
Esther Hicks Now Speaks for God, Jesus, Buddha, and Seth
As she wrapped up the San Diego workshop in January 2012, Esther included an ominous statement:
We would like to speak on behalf of Seth and God and Jesus and Buddha and all that have come before, and take it one step further into clarity and say that all of us from non-physical are having this moment.
She'd wandered close to cultism before, but this was the first time in the history of her channeling that she claimed to speak for "God and Jesus and Buddha."
She'd once claimed to be their equal, but this seemed to be a nod toward a whole new direction.
Or, knowing Esther was never the sharpest tool in the Abraham Hicks shed, maybe it was just a stupid bit of narcissistic rambling.
Abraham-Hicks Survived Jerry Hicks
Esther's efforts to resurrect Jerry shortly after his death by claiming to channel him along with Abraham at her workshops didn't help her credibility. Nor did her claims to represent various gods from other cultures, or Abraham’s rambling, petty, mean-spirited advice. But the workshops continue—30 or so a year—the videos continue to be made, and presumably the money rolls in.
The death of Abraham-Hicks is inevitable, because the death-defying collection of entities Jerry and Esther made up was always a fiction. To my surprise, Abraham-Hicks survived Jerry’s death. Possibly there are even hangers-on or support staff in the organization now who could carry on the show after Esther becomes non-physical.
Jerry's role in the organization, colossal as it was, seems to have been filled for the time being. But Jerry himself, in spite of his hopes, does seem—at least to those of us with any reasonable amount of skepticism—to have passed on.
Yes, It's a Duck
The Point Is, You've Got Choices: Other Credible Teachers
If you're on a spiritual journey and, as Wayne Dyer has always suggested, could use a teacher to guide you along the way, here are some alternatives you'll find enlightening.
© 2011 David Stone
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been A Follower of Abraham-Hicks?
Michael on September 30, 2020:
One born every minute, enjoy, and be sure to send your cash to Esther! There was a great send up of them (or people like them) on an episode of Monk
R.Field on January 09, 2020:
I too wanted to believe and have listened too "Abraham" Hicks for nearly two years now, multiple times a day. I always had a niggling feeling in the back of my mind saying, 'yes, but...'
For instance, in her very calming & popular audio, "Everything is always working out for me" she lost her place in the script. This was one of the very first flags for me.
Also, if one has listened to very many Abraham Hicks audios during a seminar, they will notice she says, "We have never said this before." quite often. To often to believe. In fact, many of these 15 min. clips say the same words in 100's of different ways, with the same catch phrases spoken repeatedly.
These are but a couple examples for why I'm put off.
Mainly what turned me off was her callousness towards the people she talked with. First, it was the comments, "Okay, get out!" to attendees, seemingly spoken in jest. Jest, or not... spiritual teaching should never cause one to be hurt, especially in jest. I'm not saying the individuals were hurt. Perhaps not.
I'm not Christian, but I have an admiration for Jesus Christ. I couldn't imagine him speaking to someone that way.
Finally, today... I listened to a video titled, "Abraham soothes a protesting guest..." , and in this clip she asks the woman, "Why are you making so much trouble for yourself, and for all these people here?" Instantly this put my hair up. A true loving being, at least the kind I'm interested in listening too, would never say this to someone. Instead, they would ask, "What's causing you so much pain, and how can I help?". They wouldn't care how much 'trouble' it caused others to have an opportunity to show unconditional love.... also, a spiritual being of mine, wouldn't see this womans' obvious pain and frustration as trouble in the first place.
Up to this point I have avoided reading any negative information about her... or her teachings, for fear I would be jaded. I actually did a search for "Abraham Hicks" unkind... and eventually ended up here.
Sad to see her go... I think I always knew, but was kept questioning myself. In the past 2 years, I have learned, not only from Esther, but from other teachers, and I have learned to listen to my intuition first and foremost. Even Esther says, follow the good feelings... your feelings are your guide. If something doesn't feel good, don't do it.
Sam Diamond on November 28, 2019:
I wanted to believe Abraham, but the charade wore thin....
The fact is many people are looking for personal resolve. All scripture doctrine deals with the cunning of charlatans. For Christians, Jesus Christ clearly stated; "I am the way." Funny that Jesus never mentioned Abraham, Jerry or Esther Hicks
However the work of a charlatan be, it is no more corrupt than any other man made deception such as Santa Clause or Easter Bunny. Did Jesus say that dragging his cross and hanging upon it was like a walk in the park? Then how could Jerry Hicks write that receiving lethal doses of chemotherapy and dying of cancer was comfortable? I am failing to see the truth in that? Never mind the other fact of their (Abraham) doctrine states healing within days of non resistant thought.
Humans can not accidentally give themselves cancer by thinking resistant thoughts. That is absurd. All physical beings die, that is natural, foretold doctrine and part of the life cycle. So for one old man at the age of 84 to become ill and pass on is quite normal.
If we are to believe the Abraham charade, then Abraham really missed the mark by allowing Jerry to keep cancer all to himself through continuous resistant thoughts. Seems to me Esther who was supposed to be Jerry's closest ally, failed to help turn around Jerry's negative vibration. See how absurd this is?
Fibromyalgia no more on November 26, 2019:
The advice has helped me go from In and out of the hospital and in a wheelchair on the brink of death to walking and working again. If you don’t apply the knowledge then you have no leg to stand on when taking to others about it. Sympathy is not what’s needed compassion on the other hand is. Staying a “victim” means having others join in your pity party and that never brings about positive change or a feeling of empowerment.
Kristen on September 11, 2019:
I have only started listening to Abraham and was not a follower at the time of Jerry’s life. In the past year, the teachings have shown up have brought great change in my life by increasing my joy and sense of happiness. Perhaps all things, once translated by humans, can not be considered in the literal sense and we are not to observe them in this close manner. This brings me peace. Thank you for reading.
David Stone (author) from New York City on June 19, 2019:
All good points, Cynthia. It was the last straw for a lot of us. We were no longer just dubious but actively in opposition.
Cynthia on June 18, 2019:
I thought it was fishy once I read he had leukemia! While I was a big fan of Louise Hay & studied Science of mind & energy, I also thought, if it were me! I’d be saying, WTH? And call out this Abraham cheracter! I remember them saying different things—differing stories! One was that Jerry would often ask doctors, “how close are we to a cure?” Well...if he was that rich & reasearched it! He’d had not, imho, opted for ant chemo! The creators of these drugs sometimes base them on NATURAL CURES that THEY KNOW WORK to CURE IT! But the pharmaceutical companies can’t make a dime off of these great natural products that we are forbidden to use in conjunction w/the word “cure!” Would their Abraham entity be as ignorant about THAT, as well! Even Edgar Cayce could have done a better job, back in the day!
David Stone (author) from New York City on June 08, 2019:
Are you at all familiar with the idea of writing opinion articles? Why are you so interested in motives? Is it because you can't deal with the ideas?
Ellie on June 07, 2019:
Just having come across this article today
One could ask What did these people do to you ...?
For someone so against this type of marketing for want of a better word you seem to have written a lot of articles.
David Stone (author) from New York City on April 17, 2019:
Caveat emptor, for sure.
paula tourville on April 17, 2019:
Thank you for confirmation . Esther isn't and Jerry are just a couple of the wide variety of performers out there making a bundle .... including Wayne Dyer who was accused of plagiarism , and married three times ..... I am sure his wives lived with a different Wayne than we all saw . It's all in selling the product ..... buyer be aware ......
David Stone (author) from New York City on April 17, 2019:
Because they used it as a marketing technique, and it failed, and because the very way it happened contradicted everything they'd been selling for decades. It had nothing to do with a perfectly natural death at 84. Read first, comment later.
blu on April 16, 2019:
Jerry was 84 years old when he died. His body took its journey. Why over analyze that. Maybe if he was 54, I could understand the skepticism of using modern medicine against Abraham belief.
David Stone (author) from New York City on March 30, 2019:
Can you show me where I ever said Esther and Jerry were wrong for profiting from their work? That's a false inference. They have been wrong and dangerous in many other ways, and as I've said many times, I couldn't care less is Esther bathes in liquified cash. So, work on your facts. Second, Einstein was a scientist. That doesn't make him a mystic. He was not religious as so many new agers like to mis-portray him. He was also considered hopelessly out of the loop by the time quantum physics became deeply ingrained. He could not handle the inescapable implications of nonlocality, preferring instead to cling to conservative notions about physics. He was not infallible as hero worshippers hope to enshrine him. If you don't agree, how do you explain Esther and Jerry's inability to answer these questions? Let's see you post your own version.
Khem on March 30, 2019:
I couldn't help notice that your choice or belief in spiritual authors are exempt from criticism for profiting from their works but somehow Ester and Jerry Hicks are wrong for doing so. I've enjoyed Destiny of Souls for "entertainment" very much and didn't mind paying for the book but I've gotten so much more practical application to better my personal life from Ester and Jerry's work. You know that Einstein quote: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Your article is very well written although I don't share your sentiments on the subject. (=
David Stone (author) from New York City on March 30, 2019:
It's not easy to put together such insightful commentary. It shows of keen level of incisive insight and objectivity. Nobody sane could possibly disagree, right? Thanks for clearing that all up.
David Stone (author) from New York City on March 21, 2019:
Interesting question. I read mostly about scientifically based research, Dean Radin, for example, but I find Eben Alexander, Anita Morjani, Michael Newton and Raymond Moody fascinating reading.
Siphiwo on March 20, 2019:
What and whom do you recommend we read and listen to? Napoleon Hill? The Secret?
David Stone (author) from New York City on January 24, 2019:
Thank you. Few things in life are complete black or white. It's all shades of gray.
Michael M. Rios on January 21, 2019:
I’m impress with your objectivity and the good job of staying fair...on the “Hicks issue.”
David Stone (author) from New York City on December 11, 2018:
Melissa on December 10, 2018:
Gotta love that New York wit. Thanks for trying to educate the masses.
David Stone (author) from New York City on December 09, 2018:
Yeah, educating yourself on a topic will do that.
Robert on December 07, 2018:
Clearly you have a very slanted view. And you are entitled to it.
David Stone (author) from New York City on July 27, 2018:
Have you any idea how incoherent this is?
Calvin on July 27, 2018:
Just because you don't understand does not mean its not so. And you used Jerrys death to promote your own ideology of materialism, which you assume there is a fundamental agreement. And you discount that most of the "seekers" have their own experiences and have had them for years... this how we are able to validate an Ester... we already align with and know the voice and wisdom of the Unseen / non-physical.
And did you expect Jerry to stay in the physical forever? The man was 84 and had a full life, which continues...
David Stone (author) from New York City on May 10, 2018:
Very similar to my own experience, Ed. I couldn't agree with you more.
Ed Middlebrook on May 09, 2018:
I've been off and on with my feelings about the the Abraham-Hicks movement for years although I didn't realize Jerry was dead until I spotted this article this morning.
It's funny, I had stopped listening to their stuff for five or six years then in the last few months had gone back to it.
I guess this article reminds me why I stopped listening in the first place, and that perhaps I'd be better off going with my original judgement about them.
Although there are stories here and there of extremely long-lived individuals I don't think we get out of this earthly existence alive and the more I think about it, we should expect more from an entity who claims to have "universal knowledge". Not just the clever evasiveness we mostly hear from Esther.
I am a seeker for sure but I've had to remind myself often that most of what I'm looking for is "inside" myself. Relying on spiritual guides, psychics, gurus and such can be a expensive unrewarding path.
BTW thanks for this article!
David Stone (author) from New York City on April 19, 2018:
I'm familiar with that dilemma, Justin. I think the trouble comes from trying to define the undefinable. We may forever be unable to see God in whole, but maybe in small bits of reality, because how great could the creator of the universe be if It could be defined in a dictionary or an encyclopedia. I know that's not a satisfying answer, but I think it's close to the truth of things. Religions try to define God down to their level. The result is less than God.
For a healthy perspective, try "The Physics of God" by Amil Goswani. It's enlightening.
And good luck. But don't try so hard. Trust your intuition.
Justin Ross on April 19, 2018:
I have been searching for "God" and a form of spirituality for quite some time and have found nothing but empty scams. If anyone knows the reality of this God please search me out and let me know.
David Stone (author) from New York City on December 30, 2017:
Gladys, yours is the story of a well-adjusted mind that doesn't need crutches (like Esther Hicks bromides or her blamed the victim philosophies.) If you were able to go back in the records, including the podcasts I recorded and saved from ten years ago, you'd see worse. You'd see cruelty and abuse, Esther cackling at the loss of life in 9/11, referring to death as "croacking" and going on to say, "It's always good to see the old ones go," until of course it was Jerry. Then it wasn't good anymore.
Gladys on December 29, 2017:
I just became familiar with Abraham Hicks 6 months ago but quickly began to question this speaking of oneself as a third party which is how I stumbled upon this page and found your article. While I think much of what she teaches is positive, it's not that different from what counselors use in motivating their clients, however I do not believe counselors would put the guilt and burden on anyone telling them that their thoughts caused their or anyone else sickness. I strive to be positive always, thanks for showing me that my questioning some of this is not my being negative or suspiciousness but just trying to remain objective, fact based and grounded. I question the bible as well, have done so since my teen years and got slapped at home by my parents for daring to question the discrepancies of the various testaments. Not to mention the Sunday school teachers who did not want me in their classes because of the questions I posed.
David Stone (author) from New York City on August 28, 2017:
The world's full of mysteries and undiscovered wonders. The marketed version of the "Law of Attraction" takes common wisdom and tries to make money out of repackaging it as esoteric.
Stella on August 28, 2017:
Thanks for this extensive and well documented post. I stumbled on it as the question suddenly hit me and I went on to find some answers: If Esther was gifted for channeling it is obvious she would have got into contact with Jerry after his death. The logical message he would have sent would have been: Hi to all. I have now met Abraham and I can tell you that he is a Wise and elevated spirit and that his teachings are true, this was not just some wicked spirit playing with us. Or Something similar. But from what you write they must have missed that one. So am I a smarter marketer than them?
Another thing: Napoleon Hill is reported to have died ill and broke (huh, huh think rich. I personnaly knew of someone who applied his theaching: burn your bridges, which he did and lost big money). Now Jerry died of cancer. Wayne Dyer battled cancer...all bad publicity for the LOA.
What I am constantly searching for is to find out if the LOA is real or not. If I can believe it or not ( I did have some positive experience with it though). I still belive in the writings of Wallace Wattles and Florence Scovell-Shinn. I have 2 books of the Hicks and they sounded positive and good but all the marketing around made them suspicious + I know that spirits talking to people are usually low level spirits who preted to be what they are not. The higher ones don't bother with the world anymore. Louise Hay who is the Publisher of all this also looses credibility by the same occasion. And don't really quote Dyer because I have several pages of notes I made demonstrating that what he says in The Power of Intention is just bullshit and a pot-pourri of other books of wisdom.
So it seems that one will have to find by himself if the LOA is legitimate and trully works.
Thanks to all the people who by pursuing the quest for the Truth will make advance our knowledge about this subject.
David Stone (author) from New York City on August 04, 2017:
You bet. Writers like to get paid for their work too.
Chereese on August 03, 2017:
You ended your post with a sales pitch...
David Stone (author) from New York City on April 27, 2017:
Show me where she explains why he did not follow Abraham's specific advice and be cured. And please don't take the tactic that we can't know what as in his heart. We know. He was completely open about it and only went silent when it became clear that treatments weren't working. Then, he shut up. Show me how his fight to survive squares up with her oft-repeated claim that "Every death is a suicide" and that "It's always good to see the old ones go." You can produce and edited video that shows what you want it to show. That's theatre. Since I was there, watching closely, from before Jerry admitted being sick and until after he died and because I know some of their close friends well, I know that they lied repeatedly and worked to manufacture a marketable presence. YouTube videos are just commercials. Why do you think they threatened to sue anyone who posted a real live video, errors included?
David Stone (author) from New York City on February 28, 2017:
Why are people like you always comparing Abraham-Hicks to the Bible? There is not connection. They are completely different things.
"What is wrong with teaching people to live with positive thoughts rather than negative thoughts?" You're missing the point. That s not what Abraham teaches. Positive psychology is a whole other thing.
"There are scientific studies where people have cured themselves of illnesses with just the power of their mind." No there is not. It's a common misconception that such studies were ever done. There are personal stories and individual observations, but no studies have ever proven tha people can cure themselves with their minds. Sorry to burst your bubble.
"As to why Jerry Hicks chose "chemotherapy": whose to say he wasn't led to that by Abraham?" Jerry did. He was sent by a physician.
"Or perhaps when his own mortality became apparent, he went "conventional"? If he had negated that option, would you be calling him a fool for that?" I never called Jerry Hicks a fool for anything, and if you actually read the details, he went conventional, as you say, at a time when he was very optimistic of recovery.
"I also find it odd that you are so anti-Abraham, but there are links on your page to other "metaphysical" sources. How do we know: Whose truth is the true truth for the billions of people on this planet?" Again, you are reading things that are not there.
"Am also laughing at the judgmental comments from the good little Christians on this page (again, hypocrisy)." How is it hypocrisy for them to comment on their honest beliefs? And what about your snickering at them as if you're superior? What's that?
"Ultimately, I believe that we must find our own "truth". If you want to give your money to the church, Abraham, the little fairies in the garden, etc... go right ahead." Well, you say that while being snarky toward those who do? Who's a hypocrite now?
PJ on February 27, 2017:
Why such vehemence? Perhaps because their teachings are not yours?
While I am not an Abraham follower, I don't believe their teachings are any more detrimental than those of the bible. However, the church has been fleecing people for thousands of years, and continues to do so. If you want to discuss "hypocrisy" check out the bible.
What is wrong with teaching people to live with positive thoughts rather than negative thoughts? There are scientific studies where people have cured themselves of illnesses with just the power of their mind. Is it God, is it the "Universe" who knows?
As to why Jerry Hicks chose "chemotherapy": whose to say he wasn't led to that by Abraham? Or perhaps when his own mortality became apparent, he went "conventional"? If he had negated that option, would you be calling him a fool for that?
I also find it odd that you are so anti-Abraham, but there are links on your page to other "metaphysical" sources. How do we know: Whose truth is the true truth for the billions of people on this planet? Can YOU guarantee that your truth is the "true truth"? Maybe for YOU, but not for all.
Am also laughing at the judgmental comments from the good little Christians on this page (again, hypocrisy).
Ultimately, I believe that we must find our own "truth". If you want to give your money to the church, Abraham, the little fairies in the garden, etc... go right ahead.
David Stone (author) from New York City on February 11, 2017:
Oh, dear, Joe! You've got a problem or you wouldn't overreact with such vehemence. Settle down. Christianity has nothing to do with it. Either you're comfortable with what Jerry and Esther did, or you're, like me, not. That is not a commentary on the principles of the "law of attraction," a term first used about a century ago, although the ideas were probably around before that. The thing is, the Hicks's made their own brew of it and kept adding to the sauce, taking the ideas to some strange and, for me, unreconcilable places. They get a lot of credit for spreading the word, and they deserve it. But they took it too far in trying to ring every bit of cash possible out of it.
I hope the message eventually leaves you feeling less threatened and able to think objectively. The "law of attraction'" does not need Jerry or Esther to make it true anymore than the law of gravity required Galileo or Einstein.
David Stone (author) from New York City on August 02, 2016:
Thanks for your observations.
Pelepua on July 24, 2016:
A friend of mine invited me to an "Abraham-Hicks" workshop which I attended today. I had never heard of Abraham-Hicks. I did a little research, felt uncertain, but went anyway. I have to say, about 30 minutes into the program, I felt something was very wrong. I found the approach and conveyance of information very disingenuous., crass and calloused. I think the most important thing to note is that "The Law of Attraction" is one of a number of spiritual laws. These laws work together, they are not mutually exclusive. One must be in balance with chakras, energy as well as the spiritual laws to achieve what "Abraham-Hicks" suggests. You do not need to buy "Abraham-Hicks" books, DVD's, subscriptions or the like to achieve or succeed with the law of attraction, just ask. Ask God, The Universe, The Source, whatever you would like to call the energy I refer to as love and light as well as archangels, angels, Ascended Masters and guides for help and guidance to achieve balance. Study and learn how to create, physical, spiritual & emotional balance. Purely spiritual beings would never address someone in need, someone who's confused or misguided in such a disrespectful manner. Communication is always positive and encouraging. Look within for answers and don't be afraid to ask for help.
I would like to note that the word "cult," based on my observations, is appropriate. In the article Esther is described as "open-minded" and "vulnerable." In my personal opinion, I would also refer to the participants of the workshop as "open-minded" and "vulnerable."
beginnersmind on June 27, 2016:
Sonny, not being gullible is not synonymous with not being able to listen and talking too much. If you want to believe this nonsense, then by all means, knock yourself out, but don't expect others to. Nice try though with the tactic of ad hominem rather than actually addressing what has been said. Though that is rather typical of people who are trying to protect their beliefs.
beginnersmind on February 07, 2016:
It's good that there are articles such as this, to bring a voice of discernment to these claims of channeling some higher beings. Pop spirituality seems to be the hot commodity for people with 1st world problems. Having read my share of Abraham-Hicks years ago, I don't even think I can classify this as spirituality, but greed wrapped in "spiritual ideas".
It's not like the Hicks' ideas are new anyway. They basically took most of them from authors such as Robert Collier, Charles F. Haanel, Napoleon Hill, etc. and just threw in "higher beings" to give an authoritative flavor.
I don't doubt the power of the mind and that it can greatly influence our health, environment, and lives, but when these truths are extrapolated into magical fantasies with our own personal "genie in a bottle", one must begin to call BS. The ones really benefiting from LOA are the ones convincing the gullible and desperate that this type of LOA is true and then selling these people all their merchandise.
IMO, LOA as taught by the Hicks is rather egocentric and to blame and explain away disasters, illnesses, tragic events simply on one's vibration, either individually or collectively is immature at best, and actually rather irresponsible and heartless.
It is very easy for someone who has all their basic needs met and then some, to say that one's poverty or a country's poverty is simply a result of their vibration, without taking into account such variables such as social stratification, cannibalistic capitalism, and exploitation- either through labor or resources. Not only is this spiritually immature, it is socially irresponsible.
David Stone (author) from New York City on January 13, 2016:
Sorry, everyone who writes something you don't like doesn't have an axe to grind. Maybe some are just interested in writing the truth about what they see or think both sides of a story, not just the sales side, should be considered. I hope balance isn't a problem for you.
David Stone (author) from New York City on November 12, 2015:
You make some aggressively good points, RainbowKittens. All I can add is that the Abraham-Hicks Cult, like many religions, is founded on hatred toward the world, the real one that requires work, thinking and is not sprinkled with fairy dust.
David Stone (author) from New York City on November 12, 2015:
Avie, lashing out an name-calling aren't really defenses, are they? Just for the record, I read all of the books available at the time I wrote this, and I have good friends who worked closely with Esther and Jerry. I also listened to many hours of podcasts of their "workshops." I was also one of the earliest members of the Abe Forum. I hope it doesn't disappoint you terribly that someone who may have just as much exposure, and probably more, as you sees things differently than you do.
This makes you angry for some reason. Generally, when someone starts spitting, fuming and hurling accusations, it's because some doubt in themselves has been stirred. That's good. Unless you are aware of both sides of any issue, you can never be sure of yourself. Looking deeper is a better response than anger. It's no problem for me. I've been attacked by Abers for years, usually with the same all emotion, no argument style. But my advice to you is, check your anger at the door and see if your confidence is based on reality or wishful thinking. You might save yourself some trouble and years of wasted pursuit of the "law of attraction."
RainbowKittens on November 11, 2015:
Esther says of her current relationship with her dead hubby, Its better than ever. Hmmm, well Jerry must have been doing it wrong then. Or shes violently slandering him and doing the most awful for profit backstabbing I've ever seen.
First an admission, I believe in and have experienced what I believe is LOA. Secondly, an admission, I think Esther Hicks and her "skilled inspiration", Abraham (her sites words) are like cockroaches hiding behind and contaminating some beautiful spirituality. Any use anyone gets from "LOA" is in SPITE of Esther and Abraham, not because of it.
Take this for example, stolen and contaminated antibiotics may still work, but it nothing like the read deal, and it may have terrible side effects, like this cult of delusion Esther Hicks is selling.
If you are a dishonest person, it must be your dream to have an product, when it doesn't work, you just claim, You must be doing it wrong, and because the product is delusion, then its obvious if you perceive something off, you are simply not pleasurably deluded enough.
Imagine for a moment this, that delusion is her opinion of being pleased within this world.
Esther advocates delusion, because she is a non believer.
Delusion is the opposite of real love. Esther has soothed her sheeple to sleep, and once asleep she whispers, Delusion is The Way, Do not wake up, no matter what you see.
Imagine this for a moment, that seeing through delusion, that being principled, honest, genuinely giving to others, is not a "PAIN" to anyone but the criminal. Which is why Esther says, lying is just a way to feel better. Because she empathizes with the dishonest. She lies and says everything is simply a path to feeling better. Then what of people who choose to harm, or help? Are they equal? Only a criminal would insist so. And only a criminal would not understand that there is pleasure in sacrificing for others, in upholding standards of honesty and integrity.
This is why its okay to "merge" with "Jerry" and play, for profit, what would Jerry say. Because delusion is the only pleasure you can find in a world that you actually hate. So, is Jerry just sensations Esther feels or imagines, or a real being, with a real spirit? Is the pleasurable delusion of playing, "what would Jerry say?", equal or better than having his physical body around?
And is Esther doing a skilled inspiration of Jerry, or actually channeling him? Shes never claimed to channel anyone ever. So this means Jerry is a skilled inspiration much like Abraham.
This disgusts me. So, how about a joke to lighten up the mood?
What goes baddabumpKATCHING?
The sound Esther in the Monster Bus running over Jerrys body and cashing in on his ghost.
If anyone finds this offensive, remember what Esther says when an old person dies, "its good to see the old ones go" and "croaked" and "there is no death" Its all just a fat joke, and all death is suicide right? And suicide is just catching up and getting all your stuff, right?
David Stone (author) from New York City on October 02, 2014:
Yes, people are quite capable of making their own choices, which is why it's good that they have a chance to consider all points of view. That's how we chose presidents, decide what movies to which and what foods we eat.
Yet, you say, "who cares what they claim or don't claim," as if integrity and honesty are of no consequence.
I understand that it's not easy to be shown that your most cherished beliefs may be based on flimflam, but if your beliefs have a solid foundation, they will survive any storm anyway.
lin8t from United Kingdom on October 01, 2014:
I'm not sure I understood the point of this article. If a person doesn't like something then tune out. People are quite capable of making their own choices. At the end of the day everyone is human, who cares what they claim or don't claim. The only important thing is what you choose to do with your own life.
David Stone (author) from New York City on September 05, 2014:
You're claim that we can't know anything that exists doesn't hold water. We know a lot. The Abraham-Hicks philosophy, if it actually qualifies as something that coherent, is in fact filled with claimed facts, some hilariously inaccurate. These stand cheek by jowl with claims that we make it all up, equally hilarious, as long as you don't fall for it and start alienating friends and family with the nonsense as many have done.
Let's take an example. Esther has claimed that human's did not descend from apes, via evolution, but that humans were a whole different idea. We know from a very well populated and carefully document tree that what she says simply isn't so. She also claims that people were alive in the time of the dinosaurs. The fossil record proves she's off by millions of years. You see, it's not that she denies there are facts. She's just careless, from lack of education, in knowing what they are.
I don't know why you put "speak the truth" in quotations. You weren't quoting me. What I share are my opinions, based on objective observation, personal experience and education. Maybe not truth with a capital T, but honest and genuine.
By the way, I was and am a hippie. And as far as your claim that I "rail against them so," haven't you heard of having a different opinion? Everyone who disagrees with Esther Hicks' claims isn't railing against her. Balance is a good thing. And as far as judgment goes, that's a red herring. All of us judge all the time - who to make friends with, what jobs to do, what to have for lunch. It's a big part of what makes us human. We reason. We decide. That's judgment.
acb on September 05, 2014:
Also, they NEVER claimed to adhere to the "truth" but just the opposite...the promoted ignoring reality if it doesn't suit you. Sure, sticking your head it the sand can be as much a form of resistance as swimming upstream but that is for us to figure out...to get to that point of honesty with ourselves. I love the theatricality of it, the charlitanism of it...THAT"S THE POINT! On top of this, the clincher is that what they promote is that DYING IS AWESOME! So arguably, Jerry n Esther, not being Abraham, may have had some difficulties with it. Ha, so fun!
Creating communicable teachings is infamously difficult, if not impossible to do. But in my experience, (philosophy and religious studies) the way the Hicks folks lead us to water is pretty effective and for sure fun...i might even make some of the more bitter wells like death sweet or at least palatable.
You can say that you are a writer and that as a writer you feel you need to "speak the truth" but does that need to be the aim of everyone then? And even if one were to allow that that is the underlying aim of all writers (which I am sure there are many that would not!) does the way one aims to do that have to be uniform? More importantly the idea of the "truth" is NOT a done deal. How foolish to be arguing it as something that definitely exists moreover is something you have a grasp of...this is fun! I love arguing! :D Dood, I get as sick of the hippie dippie BS as much as the next...New Yorker...but I also know that the most I can know is that I know nothing and any "judgment" I feel justified in making is a red flag, hopefully found suspect, and subsequently called in for questioning. So, what is your deal? Why do you rail against them so?
David Stone (author) from New York City on July 27, 2014:
@carriedale: carriedale, your claim that there is no objective truth is one of the dumbest I've ever heard. Such emptiheadedness explains how you manage to be an Abraham-Hicks follower.
carriedale on July 27, 2014:
Truth is what we decide it is. If you think Abe-Hicks is the truth, then so it is! If you don't, then you will find your proof. So does it feel better and more truthful to believe what they teach, or not? If not, then I would suggest finding someone who does line up more with what you feel is your version of the truth, rather than going out on a limb to convince others of your truth. And, in practicing what I preach, I am totally cool with either you believing they are the real deal, or not. I only want for everyone to follow their truth, feel good and enjoy life.
angelofabundance on July 13, 2014:
I have listened to many channeled recordings of Abraham. I like the series on LOA. I am a firm believer in LOA even before Mr. Hicks. I have never read his work I have to admit but I have read about him. I am of the opinion that when anyone is well known in the public eye that there will always be negative commentary , speculation and judgments.What ever the real "story" is , we are only getting one side and hearing one side. I feel that in our human bodies we make mistakes misinterpret and form our opinions based on our experiences in our life.I choose not to make any judgement even though as a human I do wonder what the reality is, but that is my human brain. I feel that we are ALL here to learn and grow and we all make choices that do not always turn out to be good, but that's how we grow. So i have not formed an opinion about the inconsistencies or what they teach or their message. I my self am a medium and we are never 100% accurate.But I have to say Some people need to hear teachings any times before they get it. for you and I we get what we need and we are done. Thanks for the thought provoking lens!
David Stone (author) from New York City on June 20, 2014:
@catamaran6: I have no idea what loopy idea "step four" is, but Esther's rationalizations about Jerry's death were all after the fact. Before and during his illness, they both claimed he was not resisting anything, but was on the path of least resistance, in fact. Jerry even claimed in an email blast that he'd recorded a session with Abraham that highlighted whatever it was he did that caused him to be ill (The still weren't 'fessing up to cancer yet.) and he "would never do that again." Jerry tried every treatment available, including a reported (then denied) trip to South Korea for experimental therapy during which he died. If he was willing to go through all that, even declaring his intention to get well and back on stage, why didn't he just take an Abraham cure and be well within "a few days?" The Abraham-Hicks crowd, which on their website still claims Jerry is alive, never answered that question. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why.PS: Jane Roberts was a chain smoker who died of lung cancer, not some vibration. Her writings are a lot more credible than Esther's lazy, dumbed down spirituality.
catamaran6 on June 19, 2014:
I'll try that one. Abe has used both "croaked" and "transitioned" forever. They usually use croak when they're talking about the future but if someone is in the hotseat who has suffered a loss, they say transition. Esther has been amazingly candid about why Jerry's vibration wasn't in the right place to heal. His resistance might be part of what your blog points to. Abe talks often about how Esther hears this stuff but can't always apply it. It's one thing to channel, or listen to this info. Following successfully takes mastery. Possibly the greatest channel ever, Jane Roberts died tragically young, and Seth said the same thing. Abe has also said you can live forever, but it's not the point. Jerry was wayyyy up there - I believe he was well over 20 years her senior, and she's close to 70. His transition seemed to have taught Esther much and she has never been more in her personal alignment with step four.
David Stone (author) from New York City on June 19, 2014:
@spiritrhythms: So, then, can you - in your wisdom and with your great experience - explain why Jerry "transitioned" but everyone else "croaked." "Abraham" used to get a crude chuckle, bragging about being "so disrespectful" when others' loved ones died. She even said, "It's good to see the old ones go." How come all that stopped when it was Esther's loved one.And why on earth would anyone need a "'bridge' to prove the spirit is eternal" when they already had Abraham? And if Jesus already did it, as you claim, why would a nobody special like Jerry need to do it again? Why not just croak like everyone else?This is cultish hogwash.
spiritrhythms on June 19, 2014:
If one has been following the workshops; Jerry became a transition or "bridge" to prove the spirit is eternal (as Jesus did) and he is now a part of the Abraham Spirit Guide Group channeled by Esther. Spirit is an extension of God, and God has "not" stopped talking to us. :)
David Stone (author) from New York City on June 19, 2014:
@bev2010: Oh, boy, you picked a team there. First, Louise Hay is a publisher. Her business is selling books, including some really questionable authors like Gary Renard.If you're paying attention at all, you'll notice that Wayne Dyer is a good soldier who endorses everything, including Gary Renard, he is asked to by Hay House. He has hurt his own credibility this way, but it still sells books, which is what the game is about.Neale Donald Walsch? Are you kidding? Not only was he caught plagiarizing the work of another, less known writer (He said he must have somehow unconsciously absorbed the work which he reproduced almost exactly and claimed as his own.), his most popular work, Conversations with God, is no more than a rehash of other people's research which Walsch claims God himself delivered to him in private conversations. Like "spiritual guru" Esther Hicks, Walsch has never come up with a single original idea I am aware of. It's all reprocessed for sale and pitched, much like the Hicks' work, as privileged information from a divine source. which it certainly is not. By the way, you could make a much longer list of respectable spiritual leaders who wouldn't touch Esther Hicks with a ten foot pole, let alone recommend her.
David Stone (author) from New York City on June 19, 2014:
@bev2010: bev2010, who asked?
bev2010 on June 19, 2014:
If it was a scam it wouldn't be recommended by the main spiritual gurus such as Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer and Neale Donald Walsch!
bev2010 on June 19, 2014:
I think you should concentrate on your own life and have compassion for others.
David Stone (author) from New York City on June 17, 2014:
@andynash100: Sorry to disappoint you, Andy, but as a matter of fact, I'd bet you good money I've listened to and read more of Abraham-Hicks books and workshops than you have. And the quote you claim was "modified" is the full version of an A-H daily quote mass e-mailed many times to followers. And I'll go you one better. I have good friends who knew Jerry and Esther personally, travelled with them on their old Monster bus and dined with them. I have plenty of anecdotes I haven't shared. One person wanted to me to write a book about them. My expertise on them, from a lot of exposure and off-line experiences is extensive. So, you needn't worry about my not having "taken the time to even start to understand," comforting though it may be for you to hide behind that hopeful untruth. Our disagreeing on what we take out of our exposure to Esther and Jerry shouldn't be misconstrued as a lack of understanding.And Abraham does claim proper manipulation of the "law of attraction" does turn you into a superhuman "megabeing" or does "You create your own reality" mean something other than what it clearly says? A lot of Abe followers have tried to back off Esther's more extreme claims since Jerry died or made the startling claim that what's clearly in black and white is being misinterpreted. That helps Esther by letting her off the hook, freeing her from ever explaining the lies about Jerry's illness and why her cures never did him any good.Here's a tip for you though. Jerry never practiced any of the Abraham methods, like focus wheels and so on, and Esther didn't do a lot them either. Guess why.
andynash100 on June 17, 2014:
Ok, the article seems to be written by someone who is well-intentioned in pursuing his version the truth, but has totally misunderstood Abraham-Hicks's version of law of attraction. He claims Jerry and Esther once said they could heal any disease in an afternoon, but doesn't back that up with any references to where they actually said that, only an ambiguous, modified version of something that was said subesquently.Fact is, nobody claims law of attraction turns anyone into some superhuman megabeing resistant to absolutely everything at the snap of a finger. Law of attraction is good and helpful for some people, but there are other people who won't relate to it at all. If you don't relate to it, and it's not your thing, then that's cool. But the author of the article displays a lot of vitriol criticizing something that he clearly hasn't taken the time to even start to understand. Sometimes it can be quite emotionally rewarding to write a vitriolic article blasting some terrible perceived scam out of the water, and I feel this article is more about the author than it is about Esther and Jerry Hicks.
David Stone (author) from New York City on June 13, 2014:
@sjeromes: Is it a gift or a curse to reinforce your magical beliefs by ignoring facts and grasping as theoretical straws? Give yourself a little time to gain perspective, then come on back and let us know what your experience teaches you.First, you're arguing against Esther and Jerry, not me. I agree. By 84, your body is likely to start breaking down in serious ways. Jerry's did. What happened, though, contradicted everything Esther and Jerry had been pitching for years. The quotes are posted above, if you care to read them. (You probably don't because you have a problem with facts.Jerry admitted he was hospitalized and receiving chemotherapy, having lied about his condition just a few days before, but he scrambled to misrepresent his condition as being caused by a spider bite or a high white blood cell count. Never mentioned cancer and neither did Esther until he died, and the reason is obvious. They could not square the facts with what they'd been teaching, so they ignored the facts.Contrary to you claim, early on, Jerry said he was sailing through chemo, amazing all the medical staff as his lack of adverse symptoms. He later went on to claim that he'd had a conversation with "Abraham" -- we know who that is, right? Abraham, he said helped him pinpoint the cause of his illness. Jerry said, without details, that he was never going to do that again. As time passed, he and Esther claimed to be "playing" together on weekends. They even staged a balloon ride in which they tried to show Jerry out having a good time. Of course, all this was twisted to sales pitches, but what isn't with them? Even the daily quotes they email now have pitches for what they call workshops.Finally, "Abraham," through Esther, always said it was supposed to be easy. Now, you say it isn't. Hm? Jerry cuddled up next to Abraham every night. Why didn't all those easy cures work for him, for as Esther claims "any illness." By the way, Jerry reinforced the teachings by saying he would not die of a disease, but would chose his own fantastic method. He fantasized about jumping out a window because, according to Abraham, neither illness nor aging were necessary, so why do either?Finally, your concern for "that weak part" of me is touching. But I already know what it is. I'm a writer by profession. When you write, I believe, you have a moral obligation to be as truthful as you can. Playing safe by ignoring the facts or their implications isn't okay. Integrity's my weakness. I hope you understand.
sjeromes on June 12, 2014:
You are wrong! If anything Hicks death does more to prove Abrahams teachings than it disproves them. You have an 84 year old man fighting cancer and most likely in tremendous PAIN!!! That in it self would make it difficult enough for anyone to concentrate enough to obtain a healing. Add to the fact that at his age there might have been a part of him that just wanted to move on? That too would have prevented a healing. You made the assumption that he was somehow superhuman because of his beliefs but that's not the case. Even Jesus died my friend. We all have it in us to obtain whatever we want in this life but we still have to deal with our human weaknesses. If this stuff were easy after all everyone would be in perfect health and win the lottery. Now maybe its time for you to look in yourself and find out what that weak part of you is that makes it necessary for you to write stuff like this?
David Stone (author) from New York City on June 04, 2014:
@eileenwright: Thank you for commenting, Eileen.
eileenwright on June 04, 2014:
@David Stone1: I agree with you! And to be honest, I didn't research them when I started reading a couple of their books. But that was because what I read was very much in line with what I had read from other authors, ones I do trust, such as Venice Bloodworth, Joseph Murphy, Ernest Holmes, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore and others. The Hicks explained the Law of Attraction in a way that helped me to understand it more clearly.I'm very glad I found your site. II didn't know Jerry Hicks had passed until I heard a very recent interview of Esther by Wayne Dyer. So I googled Jerry and found you!And I will say, as one of your readers did, there are things about them that never sat well with me (like Esther's accent change when Abraham first comes in and then tends to disappear as the seminar progresses) So for me, the jury is still out. Reading your articles, I would tend to agree with you that they were/are very slick marketers. And of course I had no idea about their previous infidelities.But do I think channeling is a fantasy? Well, I think of Edgar Cayce. I do know there were accusations of fraud made against him but that there were some pretty amazing healings based on his suggestions. And if memory serves, he was not a well-educated man and yet he could give detailed medical advice after being spot-on with his diagnosis. And he was accused of saying some pretty crazy stuff too.If Abraham is a total scam, i'm happy I only spent a few dollars on two of their books. And if I had spent more, then I am the only one to blame because I didn't do my research. And yes, I agree that everyone should only spend money on a credible teacher...wish Venice Bloodworth were still with us. But I still say, it's up to the individual to make an informed decision. But do appreciate very much your point of view!
David Stone (author) from New York City on June 02, 2014:
@eileenwright: Well, okay, but if you're going to spend your cash on a teacher, why not a credible one that doesn't have a history of nutty, inaccurate claims?
eileenwright on June 02, 2014:
I don't know whether Abraham-Hicks is a scam or not. Maybe it is. But even if they were only regurgitating Napoleon Hill and other "feel-good" spiritual leaders, there is still truth in the message. There are just too many sources of the same message spread out over centuries from all over the world to believe that the Law of Attraction and related spiritual principles is a fantasy made up by desperate humans looking for relief from the pain in their lives. All one has to do is take a look at quantum physics to understand there is WAY more going on than meets the eye! And I have had experiences that I guess a skeptic would chalk up to being just coincidences, but I believe them to be more than that. When you look at Nature, at everything, it is so difficult to believe that whatever Force that is, it is also present in us? So-called spontaneous healing, telepathic communication (most of us have had the experience of thinking of someone and "coincidentally" the phone rings and there they are!), an internal "nudge: that we should or should not do something (which later turned out to be a good thing like someone feeling they shouldn't get on a plane and it later crashes),...all of this points to something much much bigger than we can perceive.The Hicks' are/were spiritual beings having a human experience. And maybe in their humanness, creating a character known as Abraham to communicate their beliefs was what they did. And maybe they feel that the end (helping people) justifies the means. Only they know for sure. And if their motives were not at all altruistic and they were/are laughing all the way to the bank, I do believe that what goes around, comes around. Nothing vengeful about this principle, it just is what it is. But the bottom line is everyone has a choice as to how they want to spend their money and if there are those who choose to go see Abraham, that is their right. But it is wise to remember Caveat Emptor!
dave97 on May 30, 2014:
Lol many opportunists,so little time.Dr. Hulga Clark was a renowned alternative medicine guru who claimed to have many cures for cancer.UNFORTUNATELY THEY JUST DIDN`T WORK ON HER.
David Stone (author) from New York City on May 28, 2014:
@ronalds4percent: So, there you go, buddy. You made your way through three comment sections without once responding to the subject, only to the comments. The Abraham-Hicks advocates retain their perfect record for evasion.
David Stone (author) from New York City on May 28, 2014:
@ronalds4percent: If you were here on Earth with the rest of us, you'd be more aware that telling people the "life is like movie" shows contempt for the way they live their lives, your level of awareness being so superior. Life isn't like a movie. You seem to forget that we participate in ours. Only advocates of such gobbledygook as "ego concepts" see it as anything so shallow as "play." Life's an investment, not entertainment. "Thanks life, for having me...?" Oh, brother, where do you guys get this stuff? Oh, wait, I know. From Hay House writers who specialize in facile solutions that succeed the nonsense advocated last year by Hay House writers.
ronalds4percent on May 27, 2014:
@sharka69: We all do the best we can, at any given moment in time. This goes for EVERY-BODY, no exceptions. Understanding this 'truth' will not eliminate the 'reflex' to judge, but it could make your life experience a lot more enjoyable. Sharka69 has clearly reached this level of awareness, where the 'ego concepts' probably are still there, but one isn't as much attached to them anymore, compared to most, conditioned, people. Life is like a movie, where you're both watching and playing at the same time - it's just a question of: how much of the time (if any) are you aware of the part you're playing? (and what's outside that movie? Although, this might not even be a 'valid' question, but more like the ego in action, searching for one more concept for its collection :-)Thanks life, for having me
ronalds4percent on May 27, 2014:
@David Stone1: DaveStone13 - Yawn, yawn, yawn...
sharka69 on May 11, 2014:
I read and listen widely and the Abraham material is one source of teachings that I have returned to over the years. I am also interested in criticism of any work I study but I have found no criticism of Abraham-Hicks to be particularly convincing.For me what matters is the material- the teachings themselves. I never felt Jane Roberts death in 1985 cast any aspersions on her work as Seth, for example. The material still speaks for itself and I never hold the life of the messenger as being the example of whether the work is valid or not. That measurement is my own experience and what I observe of the world around me.The nature of this work is that it connects our inner and outer experience and because we only have access to our own inner experience we can only judge the validity of the work by looking at our own life and inner world. Other people's experiences are irrelevant in this regard because we don't have access to their inner experience to judge its relationship to their outer manifestations.Jerry's death and his use of chemotherapy near the end doesn't surprise me. Sure, it reflects a lack of faith in his ability to heal himself but when you are desperate most will turn to outside help and may even use treatments they previously rejected. This says nothing about the validity of the teachings, it just tells us about human nature and the nature of human conditioning.Thanks for your work.
David Stone (author) from New York City on May 07, 2014:
@Mirata: Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Mirata.
Mirata on May 07, 2014:
I guess I quite understand your point. I just want to say that no one use only one source of information. Law of Attraction is a fact (Jerry and his wife are not inventors), regardless of how someone call it, just they make the things to sounds easy and simple. Which not always is so. Old truth is that people teach others of that to what they themselves want to learn. No matter if they know about that or they think that they are masters. Of course, it would be ideal if Jerry had more strength and faith, or Esther more humility and wisdom. BUT this would happen in an ideal world. This does not mean that in their books not exist enough good things that can be used. I think your point is more moral than the practical. Of course, that for the people with hard problems, this is not relevant guidance. But people with hard problems not use that kind of books. Of course, that one should sifted the information trought his own the moral code and personal instinct, but this applies to all the things you see and do. Especially this is true for many practical realistic (and mostly cynical) philosophies of life. Every human being chooses what to believe and how to make sense of their lives. I think it is very brave (there's another word for it) to disparages and underestimate intellectually the people because they choose to believe in something that you do not believe. In all cases, your information is useful and enlightening. So thank you very much and have good day!
David Stone (author) from New York City on May 07, 2014:
@Shedrackari: Shedrackari - Yawn...
Shedrackari on May 06, 2014:
I just get to discover the Hicks books and presently reading the laws of attraction, very fascinated book i must add. Going through your article here, pretty interesting I must say, however does not prove what I have read so far false. I mean after so many years of providing information and guidance from this non physical entity, it would take once death to use as a tool to try sway others and yourself from that the Hicks are a host is ridiculous. I mean death is inevitable right, all will experience it, want it or not its coming. In respect to the illness who knows what state of mind Jerry was in. Please note as quickly u get into alignment you can also get out (Abraham). Further in respect to illness, Abraham did mention if in your state of mind conventional medicines you believe will get you some relieve, then that is the route you will take. So maybe Jerry was at the state, cancer is a serious sickness, scary, its possible Jerry was focus on the cancer instead of health. Abraham said, if the focus is absent of health then of coarse you will attract sickness... I mean Jerry ask Abraham about about few ppl who were very ill, didn't pay attention to illness and got well. It might have been difficult for him an old man. My suggestion Mr. Dave, is read the books before attacking a movement years in existence just because the co founder dies.Ms. Williams, yes the book talks about following our instinct (guiding system/broader you) and you will never go wrong whether you know that guiding system exist or not :)
David Stone (author) from New York City on May 02, 2014:
@williamslaw: Good for you. You must've been encouraged to trust yourself when you were young. Not everyone gets that.Thank you.
williamslaw on May 01, 2014:
Never been a follower. I have always trusted my instincts and it is really satisfying to know my instincts have never failed me.
brian-fletcher-127 on April 24, 2014:
@David Stone1: In the past, I recognise I could not hear the "music" because of the noise of group perceptions. The term "despicable character", particularly in the era of mass media, is subject to the same second hand noise perhaps ?
David Stone (author) from New York City on April 23, 2014:
@brian-fletcher-127: For me, it would, yes. "Divine," a word I've really grown to dislike for all its excessive use, is in the eyes and ears of the beholder.
brian-fletcher-127 on April 23, 2014:
@David Stone1: Just remembered a favorite confrontational example. If one discovered that Mozart was a "despicable character", would that diminish the affinity one had developed with such divine music ?
brian-fletcher-127 on April 23, 2014:
@David Stone1: Hi David,The point I missed, from my own experience, is that "authenticity" in this subject of advanced levels of consciousness comes ONLY from personal first hand experience. Eben Alexander being a brilliant example of an advanced intellectual (scientist), communicating from his personal "first hand experience",which by definition, becomes anecdotal when it is passed on, and also by definition, doesn't fit the realm of the empirical.Scientists who have yet to experience such phenomena as E.A. have (usually) a derogatory view of such evidence and can become quite hostile.(Yes it happens amongst intellectuals also). They are only being true to their group consciousness of course. A phenomenon clearly understood by the likes of E.A., if not initially, definitely by now. A channel, also by the same definition, provides ONLY anecdotal information.Channeling as such, is purported to be (by the practitioners) a stream of information, from beyond the channel's own direct stream. Daryl Ankar (Bashar) explains this well. He states unequivocally, he does not have the same level of clarity as does his "entity" even though, the entity states he is an advanced stage of Daryl. The reason Im mentioning this, is that those who gravitate from a "confident belief" through this type of source(one step from knowing) can be easily "thrown", by the behavior of the messenger, as I mentioned previously.The bottom line is, experience is the ONLY teacher. It is good to remember that a "master" has achieved mastership by exactly the same process..EXPERIENCE, and, as the marvelous snowflake example, will affirm that no two experiences can be (or need to be) alike.Those at the believers stage, share common interpretations, usually via past channels (scribes as such)..anecdotal again, of past masters. Essential steps on the journey...as "current masters" will confirm.They are EXPERIENCING "beliefs", without which, the individual will not be able to recognise "knowing". (The basis for "Judge not" perhaps .....)In this context, I had already experienced what Abraham/Bashar et al have communicated, so heard only confirmation, and because of that experience, I completely understand why the channel may not be able (yet) to apply the very wisdom they are a catalyst for. I have no need to pursue Esther's explanation re her husbands death. I know the nature of believers responses, being one of the costs of the $ophist must pay. Yet another essential step.Final point....It is easy to throw the message away, and "lock in" to the nature (judgment) of the messenger. Such examples being observable differences between belief and knowing.In my early days, I experienced a master who purposely (in full consciousness), by his behavior, disrupted his believer streams, where they left with much indigence leaving only the "knowers" to continue. Often such masters experience the opposite in their "apprentice" stage. They often develop awareness that contradicts believer groups consciousness they once had an affinity with, and are kicked out!!! My favorite example being Socrates.
David Stone (author) from New York City on April 22, 2014:
@brian-fletcher-127: Thank you for your comment, Brian.
brian-fletcher-127 on April 22, 2014:
There is always a role for $ophists in our world. I have only fairly recently listened to "Abraham" and my favorite Bashar. Thing is, I learned about the role of these "professional" teachers decades ago, and when I listen to them (these two at least) I get immense amounts of confirmation of realities I have long been "in tune" with. Factors which I have experienced first hand. There was one of Abraham recently, where an intending would be Congressman asked in effect, "how can I be of some value". Her response was absolutely brilliant, and this man of obviously of the highest ethics replied by saying "that's the most advanced spiritual political insight I have ever heard" It was indeed.What did I think when I just heard about the death (an hour ago)? Same as I always have on my path. For those who have not yet totally embraced their own authentic reality, such events will "throw them".Perhaps a long bow to draw (but typical emotional reaction). Why would the "son of God" in the Christian tradition, be allowed by the Father, to suffer as he did. The $ophists say, it was "for their sins", when the teacher himself said that we all reap what we sow..a tradition of awareness known as karma, that predates the western religious understanding ,but is now embraced with both classic and quantum physics.
David Stone (author) from New York City on April 16, 2014:
@ecogranny: That's a fairly accurate summary, although the sequence was not quite like that.Thank you, especially for noticing the title I used to give myself.
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on April 16, 2014:
Until your articles here, I never heard of Abraham-Hicks or the Hicks family. Reading your article, I can almost feel the sense of betrayal you must have felt as your disillusionment grew. Yet it seems that from that disillusionment, at least in part, arose a mind that learned to trust itself and its own visions.I congratulate you on coming through to the other side and discovering within yourself "the happiest man in the world."
David Stone (author) from New York City on March 13, 2014:
@xarrian: Sorry, kid. There is no positive or negative way of looking at things. All there is is an honest look at the clearest truth. Uhm, Jerry himself said that he wanted to live through the leukemia and get back on the road with Esther as soon as he gained back 15 pounds. How, then, did you figure out that it was his "choice of moving on?" Was Jerry lying? Or do you think he deliberately wanted to make what his wife had preached for year look foolish? How any human being, when having a choice, fails to see the big picture is sad indeed, a sorry commentary on the state of wisdom about Abraham-Hicks followers. If you look at the whole thing, it will only seem bad, if it is. Spiritually genuine teachers have no fear of the facts. No reason to. But Esther tells you to look at things from just one angle. Guess why.
xarrian on March 13, 2014:
@David Stone1: Man oh man! DS .. you remind me of an old old old man .. filled with too much hurt to be able to see the sun - and, with nothing better to do than what you obviously do. How any human being, when having a choice of looking at the positive and looking at the negative .. choose the negative ... is sad indeed. I guess when you look at death from a duality perspective, and as a bad thing, as you must do, it would be fairly impossible to 'see' how Jerry may have enjoyed his choice of moving on. Ha! Moving on from unconsciousness in some might even be a JOYOUS CHOICE! Don't you think. And pleeease .. no answer is necessary - read one - you've read them all.
David Stone (author) from New York City on March 04, 2014:
@waynewilliams57: Yes, and 15 pounds of weight loss in about a month. They grow 'em extra nasty down there.
waynewilliams57 on March 04, 2014:
@David Stone1: Good to hear from you to Dave. I am living in Florida these days. But I got be careful as you know, there are big bad poisonous spiders here. Sure would not want to get whacked by the species that bit Jerry Hicks. Dem Kind uh spidas down heuh in the South have been know to cause CANCER.
David Stone (author) from New York City on March 04, 2014:
@waynewilliams57: Hey, Wayne. Hadnt heard from you in a while. I see you've kept your passions stoked. Thanks for jumping in.
waynewilliams57 on March 04, 2014:
@ikabob: Hello Ikabob: This lens by Dave Stone is about one thing and one thing only. Jerry Hicks now deceased and croaked from cancer, Esther Hicks the remaining partner of the scam duo, and Abrascam themselves (and no I did not mis-spell) lied, deceived, and manipulated thousands of people by trying to cover up the fact: THAT JERRY HICKS CROAKED, DIED, AND LEFT THIS PHYSICAL PLANE because HE ATTRACTED cancer into his life and he could not do anything but CROAK as a result which goes against everything Abrascam teaches that we cannot attract anything into our experience unless we invite it. Jerry therefore INVITED CANCER AND CROAKING BECAME THE INEVITABLE RESULT. In the future Ikabob, please stick to the topic at hand. And a message to you Esther as well. Is Ikabob really the best name you could come up with for your latest endeavor to continue to throw up a smoke screen to hide what really happened. Ikabob: That was a good one. Almost made me laugh.
David Stone (author) from New York City on March 02, 2014:
@SteveKaye: Thanks, Steve. Amazing, yes, but pretty disappointing too.
SteveKaye on March 02, 2014:
Amazing! Thank you for publishing this lens.
David Stone (author) from New York City on February 28, 2014:
@ikabob: Since you copied and pasted in two different places - apparently you planned your visit here - I left this one up. You are sadly misinformed about the facts, and Jerry never made a peep about deeper breaths. You also misspelled Esther's name. An "ester" is a chemical compound, not a person.Since you wrote your comment in advance and stopped by to paste it, I'd think you'd have done a better job. Doesn't say much for the A-H crowd of followers.