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Is Esther Hicks Faking?

Abraham-Hicks: Faked or Just Shallow, Cold and Not Very Bright?

Is Esther Hicks putting one over on us with Abraham or is she really interpreting infinite wisdom deposited in her mind in "blocks of thought," messages from 100 "nonphysical teachers," all intimately connect to God or "Source" as she contends?

One of the group, she tells us, is Jesus. Alternatively, she has also said, via her Abraham persona, that she is "what Jesus was."

Judging by countless contractions, gross errors in fact and the way her stage appearance and style of performance has been altered, former followers now believe Esther Hicks fakes the channeling of Abraham, at least some of the time.

Some believe she always did or just exaggerated what her own intuition, conditioned by the late Jerry Hicks instruction, was giving her.

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"What Jesus Was, Esther Is." Really?

One member of the Abraham group, Esther claims, is Jesus.

She also, speaking as "Abraham." said that "What Jesus was, Esther is," before going on to say she speaks for Buddha too. That was cracked enough for me, but there's more.

Although followers have dropped off in significant numbers since the illness and death of Esther's husband and business partner, Jerry Hicks, many still turn to her for inspiration.

But an erosion of trust has been eating away at this once upbeat, charismatic and reliable source of guidance and insight, accusing Esther and Abraham-Hicks of being frauds and seeding a cult.

Her message has changed in ways that throw into question everything about Esther Hicks' two decades long presentation of Abraham.

Any objective observer has to wonder - Is Abraham-Hicks real?

Put another way, is Esther Hicks making it up as she goes along,channeling an increasingly shallow, cold and even mean-spirited Abraham?

An Objective Review of Abraham-Hicks

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This Just In - Proof That They Lie

Jerry Hicks died in 2011, didn't he?

If Esther Hicks' signing off her email spam with Jerry's name, right there with hers and Abraham's, as if there are three "entities," a closer look at the Abraham-Hicks website promotes more fiction.

On this page, they claim that Esther and Jerry live "a fairy-tale life."

Not only are they zigzagging across the country in their monster bus, but they are breathing "huge lungfuls of joy" while they're at it, not an easy thing to do when you've been dead a few years.

According to the same Abraham-Hicks web page, Jerry Hicks is really not dead. In fact, he's "an adult who enjoys almost perfect health and vitality."


Yes, A-H says, the spring in his step "rivals men half his age."

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Let's see now. Half his age would be 42, and it isn't changing.

I'm open to any suggestions about why Abraham-Hicks knowingly publishes false information on their website. I can't think of a good one myself.

Read It For Yourself - The First Big Hit

Although Jerry and Esther Hicks published a series of less successful Abraham books before it, Ask and It Is Given was the one they have lead followers to believe came first.

Abraham-Hicks For Beginners

An Introduction

I'm completely comfortable with the idea of life after death and with communications between the living and the dead, that is, between what Abraham-Hicks would call physical and nonphysical.

But does it really make sense to just take the Abraham-Hicks team's word for what is taking place? Especially with the rabid focus on product sales and marketing, who can say what's true with them anymore?

For example, just taking on the basics, is it true that Esther says she receives nonverbal blocks of thought, which she interprets, when she has already told the story of being lead to a typewriter when Abraham took control of her hands to type out a book announcement?

What about when her partner and marketing director, Jerry Hicks, announces that "Abraham smiled," in support of a sales pitch? How does a nonphysical entity smile?

Or, when, according to Jerry, these spiritual guides had nothing better to do than hawk guided meditations that he was peddling for wildly exorbitant prices?

"These will get you in the vortex," he claims to have heard from Abraham.

Going back to my childhood when I found myself doubting the religious doctrines being taught (the Noah and the Ark thing stands out as an early red flag), I see a long string of questions popping up in my mind.

Question Authority! was a popular phrase that appealed to me and still does.

When I got caught up in the Law of Attraction fever that quickly became so popular, I found my skepticism rising. The Teachings of Abraham, as promoted by Esther and Jerry Hicks, checked out surprisingly well.

Oh, there were a couple of things that didn't add up, but over all, I liked its veracity and consistency.

I believe there was a lot credibility in the beginning, maybe from wisdom learned elsewhere or even from a true channeling. Teaching matters.

But there are so many errors today, poorly conceived ideas and staging for marketing efforts, the message has been lost. Commitment and passion seem to be taking a backseat to a shallow narcissism that sells to a market looking for an easy, lottery-like solution and instant self-gratification.

That doesn't mean the original teachings were untrue, but it makes you wonder why they've been set aside in favor of all this marketing, if Esther and Jerry Hicks genuinely believed them to be true in the first place.

Abraham Hicks on Aging, Medicine and Sickness

In her own words.

"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."

--- AbrahamExcerpted from the workshop in Sedona, AZ on Saturday, August 27th, 2005

"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."

--- AbrahamExcerpted from the workshop in Ashland, OR, on , May 16th, 2000And death itself:

"'...death' 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."

--- AbrahamExcerpted from the workshop in Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, September 25th, 2001

Note: This claim, that death is always "delightful" was dished out two weeks after the World Trade Center Disaster. For pregnant women jumping to their deaths from eighty floors in the sky, for professionals supporting families, for the captured passengers on commercial flights, a few with infants in their laps, death was a "delightful" experience, according to Esther Hicks.

Laws Are Responsible for Criminals

Teachings of Abraham, April 25, 1999

"It is your rules that make unlawful beings. You would get along better if you would just trust each other to treat each other appropriately, but you don't. So you keep making laws -- until you make criminals of everyone."

This is like saying we turned this poor lion into a man-eater because we're so tasty. We're at fault. Lie down, and let yourself be eviscerated.

Thank you.

I suppose ideas like this one appeal to hopeful idealists who believe that rules don't matter and leaders are obstructionists. We should all do our thing, and not only that, we should just trust others to do theirs. We would "get along better" that way.

So, we created "unlawful beings" by creating rules.

The only way to read this whacky claim is that we should have no rules about anything because the rules themselves create the danger. In other words, whatever anyone else does, we should regard it as okay.

If it's not or we think some guidelines need to be made to protect ourselves, we are at fault for not trusting.This has a sort of lame, idealist's appeal, but from a group of approximately one-hundred nonphysical teachers, you'd expect something a little better worked out.

Wisdom, anyone?

The romantic inferences about the divinity in all of us is well-intended, probably, but shallow and juvenile.

Abraham-Hicks and Sex


You know, I wanted to look at what Abraham had to say about sex.

It's certainly on our minds often enough, but unlike "death," a search for "sex" on the Abraham-Hicks website turns up only a single entry in all they have indexed.

At that, it's "sexuality" that comes up, not sex.

Try it yourself. Search "death." Then, search "sex." The contrast is striking.

Where's the love?

Not where you might think it is sometimes, that's for sure.

If Abraham exists and feeds blocks of thought to Esther to interpret, I've gradually become puzzled at their lack of physical awareness. More about that later, but for now, let's consider the absence of sex in their lives or non-lives, as the case may be.

In twenty-five years of seminars, wouldn't it have come up more than, say, once? Wouldn't Abraham, who claims to know everything, including what we are thinking, have made at least a witty comment or two?

More than the Absence of Physical Awareness

There's more to the absence of physical awareness, a lack of empathy, for example. But to me, this seems more like the preoccupations of an elderly, sexless couple than of an ageless wise one.

Makes you wonder about the audience too? What makes them so comfortable in sex free environments?

There's a kind of neo-Puritanism threading through much of the New Age community, and maybe that accounts for some of Esther's appeal.

Grandmotherly sweetness and charm. No sex.

Flimsy Temporary You

You Ain't Nothin' Until You Die, Kid

"... this flimsy temporary you-in-this-physical-body-personality that you know as you..."

That's how Esther dismisses the physical beings that we are.

The nonphysical part of you, whatever that is, is the part of you that knows your power, knows your worthiness. This is the part of you that is eager about life. This is the life part of you. This is the Source part of you. This is the God part of you.

She goes on to add, Law of Attraction is powerfully responding to THIS you.

Forget the obvious contradiction... Didn't see it?

Law of Attraction is supposed to respond to everything, but now she claims it responds only to the nonphysical you, the part that isn't the you know who...

Well, untangle her logic at your leisure, if you're still willing.

Back the other implication - that is, our physical selves are flimsy, not important, flabby and dull.

They used to say we were spiritual beings here to have physical experience.

Apparently, apart from raking in cash and adulation, there isn't much else.

This begs the question of course that, if our nonphysical selves are so superior and powerful, why would we bother with that flimsy physical one?

When I was twenty, I wrote this verse: "I will have more fun with my body than you will with yours because I am not looking for God with it."

I'm stickin' with that.

The Wisdom of Eric Idle

This is the reverse of what Esther teaches through the guise of Abraham.

In Eric's view, life is the whole tamale. In hers, it's an interlude in which we miss out on the real joys of existence.

Here is how she describes it:

"...'death' 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."

As Abraham-Hicks followers know, another teaching is that everyone goes voluntarily, as a choice, a virtual suicide. This is probably the most painful assertion thrown at the faithful.

They are told to believe that their loved ones left willingly and were delighted at doing so.

Esther even makes a practice of calling death "croaking" and giggles about being "so disrespectful, because there is no death."


My cousin, Johnny, was hit by a car when he was only seven years old, barely kicking into first gear. No point in the grisly details, but the fact is that he was excited about his mom being home from a time away, went to tell a friend, riding a bike with controls he'd never used and coasted straight in front of a driver that never saw him coming.

Johnny was probably dead before the ambulance came.

Now, Esther wants us to believe that seven-year-old Johnny made a decision to die, disregarding what that means to a family that loved him.

And my aunt, Johnny's mother - she should understand that it was delightful to be ripped out of his human shell and into a divine afterlife.

Sorrow and grief are to be mocked in the world of Abraham Hicks.

It just shows that you have not gotten over the death thing.

Your life is flimsy to start with. You aren't losing anything much.

Cheer up, you old bugger!

Esther Hicks Couldn't Be Faking Abraham Hicks. - Or could she?

A recent online commentator said that, if Esther was faking, she should win the Academy Award.

Another wanted to nominate her for "the Nobel Prize."

While not specific on which Nobel Prize, the commentator added: "I'm not kidding."

What's your opinion? Is she faking?

Criminals, Anyone?

Do laws create criminals as Esther Hicks claims or were there dangers present before the laws were passed to protect us?

© 2010 David Stone

Are "nonphysical beings" without a compass in a world with so much sex? - Or is it just Esther and Jerry?

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 04, 2018:

No question that some of the information is useful. The problem is with claiming it's exclusive spiritual insight where, because it comes from "Source," you must accept all of it, good and bad.

steven gilbertson on June 03, 2018:

I am new to hub and think this is a good service, I looked at several youtube videos of Abe and seems like new age. However, a few pieces of useful psychology tools about thinking were ok.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: I don't think you got that quite right, godslive, but you have such fun with it, I hesitate to point out your error.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: Thank you. I always wanted to be amazing.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: Let me answer simply. The question is in the title. This isn't a history lesson on Esther Hicks. Who didn't do Amway in the '70s? Me, for one. I had a job at the time. And just for the record, neither Esther nor Jerry were ever Mormons. One of Esther's parents was born Mormon, but not the other. As you surely know, marrying out of the faith meant they could not be practicing Mormons nor could their children. I wrote a separate who is Jerry Hicks page, by the way, and his history is intriguing, if mostly obscured by changing identities. It certainly isn't the bio they claim on there web page. For one thing, Jerry is dead, but A-H doesn't know it yet. For another, challenged to name some of the other celebrities he claimed to know in his career as entertainer, Jerry mentioned Rip Taylor. Rip said he never heard of Jerry Hicks. I don't care who believes me "over them," since one Esther and Jerry strategy is to obscure their personal histories. They never make a case for themselves. You are just expected to believe unconditionally, no questions asked.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: All of your comments are being published. Sorry you and all these victims you mention were forced to read and comment. Frankly, I think you're a little shaky in your A-H beliefs, and your venom is being stirred as a defense because you want to hang onto those cherished beliefs.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: Really?

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: Can you cite a few "clear examples?" All I've seen are vapid generalizations. Give me five, please. Thank you. Clear now, right? Not just Esther's my happy pill sort of stuff.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: "Abraham" is a fiction and didn't do anything to me or anyone else. I do know some people who believe that Esther and Jerry have hurt them, but I'm not one of them.Sorry is this upset your neat little conclusion.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: Just to help you along, I should tell you that I never thought Esther, Abraham or anyone else was a prophet. I did think that some of what Esther had to say came tantalizingly close to intuitions I had, but when you look at anything objectively, you know, like an adult, you get a perspective of good, bad and a lot in between. Of course, there's a great deal of value Esther has shared. You find, though, that it's all derivative, borrowed from others, dumbed down for commercial consumption, and even the act is a mimic of Sheila Gillette. What's more concerning are the big errors, the discouraging followers from seeking medical care, claiming every death is a suicide and that even victims of child abuse, rape and war bring it on themselves. Her blame the victim philosophy is appalling and no deep spiritual fount of wisdom could be that callous. Ergo -- a fake, in my opinion, and a dangerous one.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: Then, why are you reading them with such persistence? I've got a guess.PS: my wife likes that picture. It was taken on a vacation in Barcelona. We had a great time. Sorry you don't like it.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: Yes, it would be, if it were true. I've often noticed that people who disagree, but can't make a good counterargument default to impugning the motives of the other person. You, for example. It's not sad. It's just a waste of energy.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2014:

@godslive: I "sound like a petulant child?" The only sound you can gather from writing is your own inner interpretation. That is, you hear what you want to hear. I'd be curious to know how you came to the conclusion that "Many people that come away dissatisfied with Abraham, are the people that want all the answers NOW. They are the ones that invested ALL their beliefs, feelings and intentions on being healed by Abraham." Reads like protective rationalization to me, building a fence around your own beliefs to fend off what you perceive as threats.

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@David Stone1: You just admitted that it never gets old being "overtly hateful."There you are people - DaveStone13 is saying to all of us, that he's overtly hateful and it never gets old being that way.We can only expect to be kicked by a mule...

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@David Stone1: Again, resorting to name calling an put downs because you're afraid someone else might be right and you might be wrong.You're such an amazing example of negativity! Amazing!!!!

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@David Stone1: What question is there to answer Dave? You don't present any questions, or answers in your "expose" on Abraham. You simply tell everyone to believe you when you say that they are fake. You never provided any of the answers to the history of Esther Hicks. You hinted at Amway (who didn't do that in the 70's, especially Mormons, which Esther and Jerry once were...did you know THAT?) and Jerry coaching Esther...but where's the real biography on these people? Where's the reasoning why we should believe you over them or Abraham???

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@anonymous: Perfect Saidi!!!

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@David Stone1: Hypocrite. "Only lazy people hear and see what they want..." What a mean, nasty little bully you are. Wow.As I read further and further down, I'm seeing more and more people that try to show you compassion and only quote good things from Abraham, yet you attack them. You actually had the audacity to call someone LAZY for being kind? What kind of creature are you? You're like an emotional/energy vampire, provoking people just to get them in a place where they are as miserable as you are.Saying that, I better stop commenting or I'll be influenced by your nastiness. Chances are, you'll flag all my comments anyhow, so that only your beliefs will be read - as most people like you are wont to do.Good luck with that, though it's more than luck you're gonna need to change your outlook on people that are just trying to reach out to you with kindness.

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@David Stone1: So YOU know more than Wendy. YOU are superior to her and Sam and anybody that would disagree with your angry tirades!?!?!I love it Stone. You don't get your own references (the OTHER guru's you've suggested). You get what you give.Period.

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@David Stone1: When people give clear examples, you ignore what they say and put them down. How does that make you right? Why should people blindly accept and believe YOUR view on Esther/Abraham and not think for themselves? You seem truly upset when people don't say, "oh thank you davestone, you have cleared my precious head from that nasty Abraham!" Seriously man, you're one miserable guy.

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@anonymous: Well put Sam! I agree, DaveStone is very jaded and hurt by something Abraham did to him (in his mind). The negativity that he's spreading with this blog is certainly not helping...

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@David Stone1: Ah, you just gave yourself away. You once held Esther/Abraham as a PROPHET - you "listened to many hours of recordings." You would only have given your time to Abraham if you believed at the time. Now you've become a disillusioned, angry man because you didn't apply the teachings and you didn't change. I totally understand where you're coming from. I was a mormon for most my life - 7th generation actually and a returned missionary to boot. When I went through the temple rituals I lost my "testimony," thus my belief in my life-long faith. It was really hard and I struggled with the need to have something to believe in. I struck out in anger at a church that betrayed and lied to me. In reality, being born into that faith make me even more aware when I finally awakened and moved away from it. You feel betrayed by Abraham for some reason known only to you - so you strike out as a child would, to a parent that let him down. The only thing is, the parent (Abraham) didn't know what you wanted because you wanted an easy fix. You wanted Abraham to make your life good, without any effort on your part. Look at your responses to people on here - that's the point you attack the most: the people that FEEL they have gained something from Abraham. Dude, take your betrayal and your need to put people down, and do something with your life. For pete's sake, take a better picture - at least TRY to look pleasant. Being a curmudgeonly bully isn't attractive and you're putting all that negativity out there - so of course you're getting it ALL back. Funny that you still suggest other books to read - so you've found other "prophets" that suit you better, yet you're still not a happy person and I'd go so far to say - from your attacks on other people - you're not a good person. That's what really matters in this world. You add anger to this planet, not kindness, compassion or love.Truly sad.

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@David Stone1: Man, anybody going down this list, looking at the comments and then seeing your ruthless, angry responses, will certainly choose Esther/Abraham over you, anyway! All you bring is anger - look at your picture, you look miserable! Of course you're attacking other people's beliefs. You sit on this board like some superior judge, putting people down if they DARE challenge your meaningless research (nonexistent) on Esther/Abraham.Dude, disagree with Esther/Abraham. Heck, hate them with all your heart. Good for you! But telling people they are wrong, misled or less educated, only makes you a bully. Your responses to people are educated or meaningful, they are cruel and should be flagged. You're the kind of person anyone should avoid if they want to feel good about life.

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@David Stone1: Why do you resort to putting people down when you realize they won't blindly follow your opinion?How sad.

godslive on June 25, 2014:

@anonymous: I really appreciate your level-headed, compassionate response to the question of whether or not Abraham is real. My partner and I have listened to Abraham's CDs and DVDs for many years. While James (my partner) likes to read Abraham's books, I find I can't get through the disjointed syntax.Is Abraham real? I don't know, and I think the only person that knows is Esther. She seems to have good intentions and I believe that she has truly helped many people with her/Abraham's words. That's what's important.Jerry's death created a conundrum for both my partner and I. Why did he have to suffer so much? Then again, was his suffering a lesson he had chosen as a higher being, to learn from? Sounds cruel, but life and death are innately cruel - how else would we learn?Many people that come away dissatisfied with Abraham, are the people that want all the answers NOW. They are the ones that invested ALL their beliefs, feelings and intentions on being healed by Abraham. Well, it doesn't work that way, and then you get the people like the one that wrote the above article, which, by the way, never answered anything...just speculated on the reality of Abraham while sounding like a petulant child.Find a guide in life, but live by your own inner feelings. Trust yourself and don't give yourself to anyone's beliefs.

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 06, 2014:

@Meccamaz: Wayne Dyer is a complicated issue for me. While I think he's sincere, he seems to have gotten a little crazy. I wrote a review of I Can See Clearly Now. The first 2/3 is great, inspirational stuff, based on real life experiences he shared. But then, he goes off his nut with irrational woo-woo. Part of it is Hay House and what they've persuaded him to do in endorsing their complete line of authors. (If you think Esther Hicks is a bad endorsement, be glad you didn't get hooked when he endorsed Gary Renard's book. Even Hay House doesn't promote that clown anymore.) Dyer seems willing to put his stamp on whoever Hay House throws at him. They do this with other authors they publish too, like Pam Grout whose otherwise excellent E-Squared is marred by pitches for other Hay House authors, including Esther Hicks.At one time, when he so frequently talked about intention, Wayne Dyer was someone I trusted completely. Then, about ten years ago, his life came unglued. Among other things, he started preaching religion, especially Catholicism, including some of the weirder faith-based claims. What brought this on specifically, I can't guess, but around that time, his third wife (after six children) dumped him for another man, he had a heart attack (after bragging about his perfect health for decades), and he pretty much announced his inspiring past and all the achievements that went with it.His credibility faltered for me, although his popularity remains high generally. As of this time, he is suffering from leukemia. Surprisingly, no one seemed to notice that his last PBS special was done while seated at all times. It's just my conclusion that something, maybe the divorce, so rocked his emotional underpinnings that he lost the ability to be objective about himself. He seemed to have lost confidence in everything about himself, except the ability to make money and be a rainmaker for others. Maybe he'll be able to do what he has done in the past and turn things around with some of his incredible ability to see through things. I doubt it though, and it's sad and frustrating that he'd decided to fritter away his later years, undermining all the great work he did in the decades before.

Meccamaz on May 06, 2014:

I've read some of your debunking of "Abraham" (Esther/Jerry Hicks) and find it interesting. A few years ago after a series of amazing synchronicities I chose to go to a show on Gold Coast Australia. On the day, things didn't go smoothly and I began to think "if I am meant to see this, it's not feeling good!" Nothing about the show was convincing to me. I decided this must have been a lesson in discernment for me. I also witnessed a lot of so called "spiritual" people pushing and shoving to buy merchandise (hay House stuff I think). Needless to say, I came away with much to think about. I DID buy a Wayne Dyer book and an Esther & Jerry Hicks book, both with intention in the title which I thought was interesting as it wasn't a deliberate decision to buy those. However intention turns out to be a hugely important theme for me. I noticed at the bottom of this page you suggest a book of Wayne Dyer's - "I Can See Clearly Now" which I HAVE read, as I have read quite a few of his books. Until now I have seen him as a teacher for me and I have learned much - HOWEVER, today I watched a Hay House World Summit 2014 video showing Wayne Dyer interviewing "Abraham". He seemed besotted, red in the face like he was anxious/excited about it all as he looked up at Esther, hanging on every word. Until now I saw him as an intelligent, thinking man..... but now I think he is just as human as any of us. I felt quite nauseous watching it and listening to it. I need to seriously regroup, I am thinking.

David Stone (author) from New York City on September 09, 2013:

@anonymous: So, you lack the ability to respond to the question asked?What is it with you guys who want to reduce a rich life to some escapist simplicity? Get back in the boat with the rest of us. It's easier to get things done when everyone acts like a grownup and pulls together. Or will you continue to leave all the adult work to the rest of us who've made commitments?PS: In case you didn't get the message, there is nothing very promising or interesting about "the simple life." You've got a big, complex brain with trillions of synaptic connections. Use them.

anonymous on September 09, 2013:

@anonymous: so you need a more complex way to live the simple life?

David Stone (author) from New York City on July 31, 2013:

@anonymous: Way more than two cents, but thanks for your comments. I disagree with some of the conclusions you leap to, but that's not a requirement here. Thanks.

anonymous on July 31, 2013:

I just found this blog and read through the comments and wanted to add my .02I have been a student of metaphysics if you will for the past 20 yrs or so and have been practicing many of the teachings in my own life for most of that time. I can say with all certainty that there IS some truth to what "Abraham" talks about and Law of Attraction is very real. I've read or skimmed through most of the Abraham books and have also listened to many many workshop excerpts on YouTube. My biggest beef with Abraham is that everything is so simplified. Focus on what you want vs what you don't want. Reach for the better feeling thought. When you're in vibrational alignment with what you want, it will come to you. Well I'm sad to say that life can't be reduced to something that simple. I should add as a sidenote here that I am aware that all channelings will be colored by the personality of the channeler... so perhaps it's not Abraham that's too simple, but it's Esther and her own educational background, personality etc... that simplifies everything because of what she's capable of "translating". We all have limitations. For instance after a while I find the workshops boring to listen to because the answer to every questions ends up being the same and many times you'll notice she actually diverges from the original question to answer with the same ol' same ol' preaching which I find frustrating. Is this because Esther is avoiding translating the real message that Abraham is sending her via thought blocks or is it simply that Esther can't function outside of the Abraham box? Maybe her mind isn't keen enough to pass on more complex information? So the reason I find Abraham's teachings somewhat frustrating is that they superficialize everything. That's not to say that their teachings are BS though. I believe the gist of what they teach is valid. Why? Because I've read other channeled books by other authors and the essence of what they're teaching is all the same, they just use different terminology. For instance, I read Jane Roberts' Seth books and Sanaya Roman's books way before Abraham became a phenomenon. I find Sanaya's books to be an absolute delight. Whenever I read them I feel inspired, uplifted, more positive, and things make sense. The main reason I like her Guides' teachings better than Abraham's is because they actually explain WHY some things that you want don't come to you. It's not JUST about being in vibrational alignment. It's more complicated than that. As eternal beings, we reincarnate and come to each life with lessons to learn, experiences we choose to live, etc... some of the things we WANT may not be in our best interest and may interfere with our Higher Good or what we need to learn. Or the timing of what we want may not coincide with where we are in our personal/spiritual development in life so it is delayed. THAT makes a lot more sense to me than "well, you're not in vibrational alignment, so just keep reaching for a better feeling thought!" How frustrating is that? On the other hand if you know that it's because you're not READY to handle what that "thing/person/situation" will bring into your life or maybe something better is coming your way, then you can at least feel hopeful that everything happens for a good reason! (and it usually does even if you never find out why)I've manifested MANY MANY things in my life that are examples of LOA at work - however, not all of those situations in my life were manifested while I was in a state of joy, bliss and contentment!!! Far from it! In some cases, I was so determined to make it happen that I nearly went nuts. In other cases, I was feeling at the brink of defeat and I "gave up" (I believe the spiritual term is "surrendered"). And yes, in some cases I felt good but those seemed to be the lesser of the moments. Quantum physics is a very real thing. I have a lot of respect for Einstein and he's coming from the other side of the pond. We ARE energy and there is so much power that we can harness from the use of that energy (ie. our thoughts/beliefs) for good or bad, but for me anyway it goes much deeper than that. There's soul destiny or soul path or whatever you want to call it that factors into all of this and that KEY element is what Abraham seems to conveniently leave out. When I look back in retrospect to all my life's difficult moments and experiences, I can see how they all contributed to who I am today - and if I'd gotten what I wanted back then, it would have robbed me of the growth and wisdom these experiences have taught me. You don't grow when life is easy. You grow from obstacles and challenges thrown your way. So in summary... YES, I believe in LOA and the Universe (and us) being all vibrational beings capable of creating things on the physical plane (because I've done it so I know it works) BUT it's not as simple as Abraham puts it. If you read Sanaya's books, and books by Newton or other authors that discuss reincarnation, lessons and soul purpose, you'll get a much more comprehensive understanding of the Bigger Picture in my opinion. But that's just me. I would suggest to anyone who is a skeptic to look back in retrospect at their own lives and ask themselves questions such as "what was I thinking or doing in my life when I manifested such and such?" "Was that something that happened in my life something I have been wanting or not wanting?" What better way to validate (or invalidate) LOA than to use your own life as a benchmark? Don't automatically call someone a fake unless none of what they say resonates with your own life experience. Also, just as an FYI - Jerry was human like the rest of us. He had fears, anxieties, etc... he wasn't perfect. When he got sick, you can be sure that he had plenty of negative thoughts and fears swirling around in his mind and heart but he just didn't share them publicly. There are MANY stories of people who were diagnosed with terminal illnesses that recovered and the medical industry called them miracles. So the power of the mind DOES WORK but it all boils down to the owner of that mind and the strength of that person and possibly to whether that illness is meant to be overcome so that the person can change their lives accordingly. Maybe Jerry wasn't that strong or maybe he was just ready to go. We'll never know. But it doesn't mean that Abraham's teachings are BS because he died. Abraham couldn't heal Jerry. Only Jerry could heal Jerry IF he had what it took. Just my .02.

David Stone (author) from New York City on July 26, 2013:

@anonymous: voicesareyou, thanks for your unique perspective. Makes sense to me.

anonymous on July 25, 2013:

Well, I have heard voices for over 25 years and I can say with certainty that "whoever esther thinks she is talking to is NOT a enlightened entity. It is her. After all this time of hearing voices (many different ones) I can assure you that NOTHING comes through without your personal touch or opinions.She may believe that this guide is real but the voices come from her. It is called clairaudience the ability to hear actual thoughts from within your own conscious or subconscious. I have done a lot of research on this from a personal perspective and I think that telling people you are receiving truth from an enlightened being is not honest.I can easily do the same thing. What is the purpose of your life? To become the Christ. That is what my voice said. Besides, joy is a combination of love and life two main principles.Take all of this abraham stuff with a huge grain of salt. I can easily do the same thing. Why don't I? because it is not the truth. The difference is simple. If I tell you some thing then you analyze it and take all factors into account. Do I believe this guy? Is what he is saying truth? But with abraham the questioning seems to be absent. Since this is"an elightened being" why would he or they lie? So everything they or he says must be true.It is simply a bunch of feel good fluff. If it does help people find the truth then good for them and abraham but beware, do not leave common sense at the door. Use as much caution with this as with anything.Also spritual realizations or ah-ha moments are different, that IS truth. This is just like another person talking .Though the person may have understanding do not assume it is the truth.

David Stone (author) from New York City on July 25, 2013:

@anonymous: Connoisseur of Abraham, you're wrong on inaccurate on so many counts, I can't respond to all of them. So, I'll select the worst, if you don't mind.You wrote: "Why do you want anything in life? Because you believe you will FEEL GOOD if you were to experience it. At the heart of everything we all do is the desire to experience A STATE OF BEING. The goal of EVERYTHING is a non-physical one." This argument is re-digested Esther Hicks. Do you seriously believe that people do things only to feel good? How simpleminded. But for the spiritually lazy, like you, it gets you off the hook. The claim that the EVERYTHING is non-physical is the type of thing people who hate life as it is have been screaming for years. Physical denial is puritanical and quasi-religious as well, in your case, of being not thought through.You also wrote: "Death is blissful: I'm not sure if you made this mistake on purpose, but they mean the waking up on the other side is always matter how gruesome the "going to sleep" part looks to us on this side. The waking up on THAT side is always a pleasant thing. So pointing out the pregnant jumper doesn't hurt their argument even slightly. You just gave an example of a really bad-looking "going to sleep" moment .... We don't get to see the waking up moment - so we have to trust esther channeling abraham's words on that." There was no mistake. Esther is simply wrong, as mountains of evidence from NDE's and past life regressions have taught us. Some are blissful, some are not. It depends on a person's individual situation. Proposing that mothers with you children are going to be "blissful" on the other side is tone deaf and clearly stupid. Let's not forget that Esther also tells us that each death is a suicide, the time, place and method chosen by the person dying. Look, we all know that snake oil salespeople need to make outlandish claims to get attention. They get nowhere without it, but several hundred people chose to smash into the upper floors of the World Trade Center at the same time, including mothers with babies in their laps? It's sad enough that Esther preaches such cruelty, but it's even worse when we see that lazy people eat it up with a spoon.You wrote: "But you didn't get into Abraham from a research, testing, scientific standpoint. In fact you said you were just "swept up..." caught up in the hysteria around you. Sounds like you need to plant your feet in your own garden - you mention science - do some of your own and present your better ideas, if you find them." No, I didn't say that. My better ideas are presented in two books you can find in this article. Caution, though, I don't write for the spiritually lazy crowd Esther Hicks gathers into the cult. Once I got out of adolescence, I was aware that you have to work for things, including enlightenment, spiritual awareness and knowledge. Things don't just come to you because you do some wacky thing called "changing your vibrations." That borders on insane.You wrote: "I'll read your words with as much of an open mind as I read their words." I bet you don't, at least you've shown not signs of the capability so far. In the unlikely event that you do, try to stick to what's really written, not what you want to believe it says.

anonymous on July 25, 2013:

Don't discount those non physical aspects of reality: Faith, Desire, Confidence - they are the DRIVING FORCES that compel us to live. Why do you want anything in life? Because you believe you will FEEL GOOD if you were to experience it. At the heart of everything we all do is the desire to experience A STATE OF BEING. The goal of EVERYTHING is a non-physical one. And that's what Abraham focuses on: the nonphysical aspect of reality and how HUGE of a difference it makes, when you make changes at the CORE, rather than on the surface. Think of smashing larger and larger objects to get a big boom VERSUS going to the CORE OF THE ATOM - and making a NUCLEAR BOOM. You tried to say (in a different article) that Esther can "magically" single Jerry out of the Nonphysical group, but no one else. That's not true. They claim to have channeled many other people: Friends who recently died, a woman's son from a workshop who recently died, Napoleon Hill off the top of my head. How does a nonphysical entity smile? It's easy. They convey an idea to Esther of self-amusement. Esther interprets it, and expresses it without prejudice - like an open channel. It's rare to hear them laugh or smile big - but you always see that calm, cool, self-assured smirk on their person....on their Esther. Death is blissful: I'm not sure if you made this mistake on purpose, but they mean the waking up on the other side is always matter how gruesome the "going to sleep" part looks to us on this side. The waking up on THAT side is always a pleasant thing. So pointing out the pregnant jumper doesn't hurt their argument even slightly. You just gave an example of a really bad-looking "going to sleep" moment .... We don't get to see the waking up moment - so we have to trust esther channeling abraham's words on that. And to get to that point of trust you listen to their other teachings and ideas about reality and life. You test them out in your own life. Are you saying that you tested this stuff out and found it to be untrue in your personal life? Share those stories. I would love to hear even 1.But you didn't get into Abraham from a research, testing, scientific standpoint. In fact you said you were just "swept up..." caught up in the hysteria around you. Sounds like you need to plant your feet in your own garden - you mention science - do some of your own and present your better ideas, if you find them.I'll read your words with as much of an open mind as I read their words. Good Luck.

anonymous on July 22, 2013:

@David Stone1: I once read, "Seth Speaks." I was in my early twenties, and I too became a believer in their channeling stuff. Today, I've concluded that I don't have the answers to the many entertainments that people buy into. I just know that the many Hick's of the world are entertaining us, and people are indeed making loads of funny money with their stories... The bigger the lie, the more people will believe in the lie, and the more people will pay with their unnecessary labor to be entertained by any old fiction... Look at George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg, they made an entire career and boat loads of funny money by simply entertaining people with what people think is real, mainly aliens, and flying saucers... Orson Wells was another person who tapped into the the consciousness or lack thereof of the so called public through his radio show, War of The Worlds. People all throughout the Northeast thought we were all being invaded by aliens, because a voice coming from a radio told them that they were, and widespread panics broke out. This is a great example of how people can make a faith based buck telling elaborate lies to an ill-informed (not too bright public) who are highly gullible. Look, people will even go off to war and have their heads blown off for a fairy-tale. What does that tell you? The world may end because of the beliefs of a few insane individuals who will buy into any crap sold to them by crafty snake oil selling cons's that attempting to pull the wool over your eyes that are completely wide shut... WAKE-UP and don't be a typical American fool who'll consume garbage just to feel alive within the prison walls of their own dim witted and unimaginably insane no minds.

anonymous on July 22, 2013:

@David Stone1: And that's just it, isn't it Dave... People are quite fanatical about their various religious beliefs and or gurus, they hear what they want to hear and disregard the facts. What makes it all so insane is that these very same people will go to war for their beliefs. Again, I define Insanity as holding any belief or system that is NOT supported by FACT. Beliefs are fine if they are benign by nature fine, but we might be wise to accept that they're the root cause of most every conflict and or violent act. This is why it's so very important to know the facts as we distinguish them clearly from Walt Disneyland.... For me, it's ok to be entertained by the freak shows, whether it's the Hick's channeling Abraham show, the Jane Roberts Channeling the Seth show, the Khazar Zionist show, The Jesuit Show, and the fictional evening news show that is presented to us every night on TV... George Carlin once said, "When we're born into this world, we get a ticket to the freak show, and when we're born in the U.S. inc, we get a front row seat.""what is history, but a fable agreed upon?" - Napoleon Bonaparte

David Stone (author) from New York City on July 18, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks for the suggestion, Starlight. I probably won't, and Esther Hicks' followers and supporters do a good job of promoting her already. But the main sticking point is that I started out in this niche with two or three pro-Abraham Hicks articles back on HubPages. Reader comments, especially Kyra's convinced me to look more closely. The thing that blew the lid way off, though, was when I heard her talking about death and how it was always delightful. Not only is this provably untrue, her presentation was insensitive to the point of cruelty. She openly mocked people who struggled with the death of loved one, chuckling about how she was "so disrespectful." It's one thing to question what many people believe about death, but saying things like, "It's always good to see the old ones go," is beyond decency. Together these things combined to convince me that, even if Esther were channeling some nonphysical beings, they were beings that people would be wise to avoid, worse than their physical counterparts because of their claims to special wisdom.I couldn't in good conscience write anything supporting Esther Hicks, even if some of what she says is helpful. There's too much other baggage. In this lens and others, I do recommend other sources, including my own published ideas, and I have several on this platform in lenses about Michael Newton, E. E. Cummings, Wavy Gravy, Eric Andersen and my own "Our Conscious Awareness," all of which are free for anyone to read and comment on.

anonymous on July 18, 2013:

I like how you point out flaws in Esther Hicks teaching and the Abraham hoax, I don't know what she's channeling or if she's channeling anything at all but I don't think its 100 non-physical teachers. I found it humorous that "Abraham Smiled" sort of clicked with you as proof of this hoax. Its funny what kind of solidifies things for us, you did a good job trying to explain why. Nevertheless, Esther still talks about things of value, leaving out her cold demeanor and bad advice, rehashed or not, you have said yourself there is some good there. Can you write a post separating the wheat from shaft? You have 15 crazy teaching, could you please write a post on 10 sound or positive teachings of E/A-Hicks? Even if they are old news and have been done before, things are always getting recycled, repackaged and presented. It would be a help tool for spiritual beginners while perusing E/A-Hicks stuff. You may also point out other teachers you think do a better job of expounding on the E/A-Hicks principles/theories you think are good, if possible. Much gratitude.

David Stone (author) from New York City on July 18, 2013:

@Legenden: Thanks, Legenden.

Legenden on July 17, 2013:

Great lens

David Stone (author) from New York City on July 03, 2013:

@anonymous: It just gets harder to follow, Fernando, the closer and longer you look. It's not that all the ideas are bad. Some are very good. It's just that so little originated with Abraham Hicks and how many times Esther mangles an otherwise beneficial concept.

anonymous on July 03, 2013:

I have to say I've been following the Abe-Hicks teachings for years and at times I doubt of its veracity. One thing Abe has said many times is they're spewers of processes but besides the 22 processes from "Ask and it is given" they haven't given much more, maybe 5 more top. So I'm still waiting for them to spew some more...I have to admit I've seen inconsistencies, like we can eat whatever we want and then saying sugar is like poison...

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 29, 2013:

@anonymous: Doyle, your comments might be more effective if you actually knew the material you were referring to. The book is The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships, and it has next to nothing to do with sexuality. It's about the alleged "vortex" where "source" delivers all the things you want in life until you figure out how to allow them, a handy catchall excuse for the failure of the silly laws A-H has been pitching to the spiritually lazy for years.If you want balance, just make an intelligent comment with details of your alternative opinion. Here's a tip, though. Make a study of the subject before you bless us with your opinion. It'll make you more convincing. Your comment here is nothing more than preaching to the choir.

anonymous on June 29, 2013:

Um...hate to burst your bubble but I do believe there's a book about sexuality & relationships called The Vortex. Even though I appreciate someone being skeptical...this blog is definitely in need of some balance.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 26, 2013:

@anonymous: Don't worry, Arvind, most of us understand that some are eager to excuse Esther by ignoring the established facts. You say you've heard her mention sex, "if memory serves," but you have only one example in 25 years and a single quote. Abraham-Hicks pumps quotes out every day through email blasts, but I've never seen one. I have heard her mention sex myself, but it's rare. Her usual trip is about more abstract things like joy without any sexual connotations. She certainly used to mention cars a lot. My opinion is that Esther's appeal is to a puritanical section of the population that hates the world so much they refuse to accept the obvious reality. It's disguised as something sweet and uplifting, but so was Alice in Wonderland to children.As far as her ruminations on death, don't take my word for it. Read the quote. She said what she said with no apologies or conditions. In fact, I'll add to it. In the same sequence, she was challenged by a woman in the hot seat over her claim that all deaths, specifically 3,000 in one day at the World Trade Center, were voluntarily and, essentially, suicides. Weren't there any exceptions? "You're the only one," she mocked the woman, drawing laughter from he empathy averse audience.

anonymous on June 26, 2013:

This blog has so many misinterpretations, it makes fox news look reliable. For one: I've heard Esther talk about sexuality and sex, contrary to what you write. In fact, if my memory serves her words "If we were in your physical shoes, we would be having a lot of sex". Also, your passage that says Esther describes the death of the people in WTC as being "delightful" is so moronic. Esther describes the "passage" through dimensions as being delightful. Of course the moments that lead to death in our dimension can be frightful or peaceful, as spoken in the 1980 interview.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 25, 2013:

@anonymous: Faith is all there is...? Really? Facts and intuition have nothing to with it. Faith, to be honest, is a waste of time, a lazy spiritual shortcut. More amazing things have been discovered through research, meditations and observation that what all the channelers in the world have come up with. Faith is the excuse we use for clinging to things that are as likely to be true as untrue. Yes, if you "were to focus on facts and proof, the message would be lost." That's a good thing. That's why we have thinking brains designed to help understand the world around us. I've been enjoying my time in this thrilling world without following the teachings of Abraham or waiting for the Vortex to spit something out. I have always gotten everything I wanted. Always.Just to let you know, I've listened to many hours of recordings of Esther channeling Abraham. If you except what she says it is, it is pretty exciting. But you have to take so much ugly baggage with it, it isn't worth it. And who needs it, anyway? Yesterday, I tried to watch the whole first hour of Esther's workshop in Chicago on the 13th. I couldn't stand it after 20 minutes. All the rehashed "truth" she's sprouting for two decades is about as boring as anything allow in my life. Singularly dull, uninspiring, lacking insight, the whole package. Yes, you need faith stick with that stuff. It's the only thing that could keep you awake.

anonymous on June 25, 2013:

@David Stone1: Having faith is all there is....Abraham spurs thought within me to look at life more broadly and deeply. I have made significant shifts in my view of life, my life, and how I live it. Through the process of listening to real people ask how the philosophy applies to their personal experiences I find great inspiration and it is always uplifting. I have sat in the "hot seat" and I'll tell you what mattered to me was how the words resonated for my personal experience. If I were to focus on facts and proof, the message would be lost. The reason that it sounds more like faith is because that is what it is. Lighten up a little, open your heart and listen. The worst thing that could happen is that you might like not what you hear....nothing bad will happen to you.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 22, 2013:

@anonymous: Her again, another Esther Hicks follower unable to support his (or her) claim with a single fact. It sounds more like faith to me, a cult-like religion of isolating beliefs.

anonymous on June 22, 2013:

where it comes from is irrelevant to me, the information that comes from esther is spot on. my life has completely changed/improved :-)

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 18, 2013:

@Flowerchild1946: Makes sense to me. Thanks.

Carol Brooks from Florida on June 18, 2013:

I very much enjoyed your lens and all the conversations that followed. I always question authority. Well, most of the time anyway. If something doesn't feel quite to me, I do some investigation and learn about it. Then I make my own decision. Sometimes I just allow myself to be uncertain about it until such time as I get a piece of information that satisfies me. I'm not comfortable at this point to answer the above question, so I'll just contemplate for a while.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 16, 2013:

@anonymous: So, aren't you contradicting the method by taking Buddha as a Godlike model, instead of thinking independently as this story suggests?What really surprises me about people who go gaga for this particular Buddha (there are many more, you know) is that they are fawning over a man who impoverished his family by abandoning them without support to go off an gaze at his own navel. Can't we find truth without abandoning our obligations and those who depend on us? Sorry, I don't get it.

anonymous on June 16, 2013:

Buddha was gathered together with his disciples one morning, when a man came up to him:Does God exist? he asked.He does, replied Buddha. After lunch, another man came up to him.Does God exist? he asked.No, he doesnt, said Buddha. Later that afternoon, a third man asked the same question: Does God exist?Thats for you to decide, replied Buddha. As soon as the man had gone, one of his disciples remarked angrily:But thats absurd, Master! How can you possibly give such different answers to the same question? Because they are all different people, and each one of them will reach God by his own path.The first man will believe what I say.The second will do everything he can to prove me wrong.The third will only believe in what he is allowed to choose for himself.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 08, 2013:

@anonymous: Wendy- "What will be gained by raising the question as to whether or not Esther is a fake?"For you, not much, but there are others in the world who interested in really knowing what's going on, interested in facts, and growing as individuals by being able to consider things and make decisions base on as much information as they can get, not just one-sided advocacy. These people are known as grownups and responsible adults. I hope you get to know some of them. You can learn a lot from grownups and responsible adults.

anonymous on June 07, 2013:

@anonymous: Sam I feel exactly as you do. I can't read any more from stone. What will be gained by raising the question as to whether or not Esther is a fake? Esther is Esther and Abraham is Abraham. And they always get it right. Gotta vacate this page now. Sam, see you in the Vortex and thank you for your good vibrations.

David Stone (author) from New York City on June 07, 2013:

@anonymous: Sorry, read the Vortex, and it is not.

anonymous on June 07, 2013:

Read the Vortex. It's in there.

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 29, 2013:

@anonymous: CJsparkles, I wonder if you can be more specific about the words you claim I'm "trying to twist." Quotes are quotes and can't be twisted. If she said it, she said it.What exactly is it you think I don't "truly comprehend?"And Sam was pretty much all over the place, like you, in a little panic to defend his belief in Esther. Neither one of you seem able to complete a thought with a full paragraph if related information.It's not a surprise that Esther's messaged "clicked" for you. You're far from the first, and you enthusiasm at hearing it is not unlike what a lot of us once felt. There really is some good stuff in there, almost all of it taken from other sources, but forget the lack of originality. The core problem is that when some of us dug deeper, Esther and Jerry's presentation fell apart. Contradictions, a failure to understand basic science (She claimed that dinosaurs and humans roamed the earth at the same time, which was off by only a few bilion years.), and occasional cruelty showed us that no all-knowing source of wisdom could make so many mistakes. It's a good show, I agree, but a show it is and nothing more. In a few more years, I think you'll agree with me. Then, you'll be able to move on without unquestioning trust in gurus.

anonymous on May 29, 2013:

@David Stone1: Your comments just show how little you truly comprehend what Abraham is trying to explain. Sam has got it exactly right, and articulated the reasons why very well for you. Your interpretation of what Esther is saying shows me that you haven't really HEARD what is so clearly conveyed to me. I've only been following Abraham and Esther for 2 years, but the messages clicked for me as soon as I started listening. They made sense on a very profound level. What you're trying to twist the words into is not only a very shallow interpretation, but an incorrect one.

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 23, 2013:

@anonymous: Carl, interesting. I hadn't heard of John Starr Cooke, but what makes it more interesting and something you may not know is that Jerry Hicks admitted first foray into the "nonphysical" was on, guess what? A Ouija Board!No need to assume he was telling the truth, maybe just tipping his hand about some of the sources.Thanks, Carl. Come back again.

anonymous on May 23, 2013:

I just wandered into this, I had a vague notion of abraham from somewhere.....someone said something. But to the point, it makes sense to me that there would be no focus on sex if the message is coming from a nonphysical entity. Sex is a purely physical function. As fun as it may be, it comes under the heading of eating or sleeping. I just listened to a recording by Hick/Abraham and was intrigued by the similarity of language and message received by John Starr Cooke at a series of Ouija sessions in the 1960's where the group was addressed by an entity that identified as "We Are One".

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 18, 2013:

@Zhana21: That does increase credibility. Good point. Thanks.

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 18, 2013:

@Zhana21: Interesting, Zhana21. Thanks.

Zhana on May 18, 2013:

One thing about Orin is that Sanaya Roman, who channels him, does not claim to be the only person to be able to do this. She teaches others to channel their own spiritual guides.

Zhana on May 18, 2013:

Very interesting article. I enjoy what I have read of Abraham Hicks, but I have only read a couple of their books. There are such things as non-physical entities - probably more of them than physical entities. For example, check out Orin and DaBen. I find their work highly inspiring. As for Esther Hicks, I can't say whether or not she is the genuine article. I think you have raised some important questions. I do agree with what Abraham has said about criminals - we turn people into criminals through our lack of trust (and by criminalising people in other ways). We make laws to control people's behaviour, rather than communicating with them. When we communicate from the heart, we can bring about a change in people's behaviour that benefits everybody. I have written about this in some of my lenses. It's not about lying down and letting people walk over us. We need to learn new, effective ways of communicating.

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 16, 2013:

@anonymous: Best of luck, Miss Love. Things seem to be coming together for you. Please come back and let us know how things work out for you.Much love.DS

anonymous on May 16, 2013:

@David Stone1: Wow thank you for your informative response - I have found it healing, timely and interestingly strangely synchronistic. Firstly because early last year I went and saw Wayne Dyer at one of his workshops in Sydney Australia where this was the first time I was introduced to Anita Moorjani & her book Dying to Be Me was coming out. Wayne invited Anita on stage who talked compassionately from her heart about her NDE. I had no idea why it was I was listening to this woman talk about cancer and her life as I found it not applicable to my life at all, but thought okay I'm sure this will come in handy. Little did I know that 10 months later it was all very applicable. Although I have not read her book I purchased it and sent it to the mother of the 3 year old child I mentioned previously. This for a person who has very little belief (the mum) in anything was very healing at the time. I am yet to read it. During this whole time I have found AH thoughts and teachings on death rather uncomfortable. In fact I saw EH only a week prior to the little child's situation getting worse. Something just felt really strange.The second interesting point is that yesterday I was standing in the book section of some very large convenience store and I picked up the book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife. I put it back without thinking...I am going to print out your previous comment and look up the authors you mention as I have not heard of all of them.Thank you for taking the time to respond to me...Miss Love

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 14, 2013:

@anonymous: Answering your last question first, Miss Love, the answer unfortunately seems to be "Yes." From what I've read and heard, real people with physical bodies are much more fully aware and clued in. The most insightful, though, are also enlightened by spiritual teachers and their own inner guidance.I agree with Anita Moorjani in her book, "Dying To Be Me," which I think you'd like, that we are all spiritual and that some are just more aware of that part of their nature than others. Moorjani had a spectacular near death experience from which she derived an inspiring set of beliefs about what physical life is all about.The difference with Jane Roberts (Seth), Sheila Gillette (Theo) and Esther Hicks is each's claim to have special insights from sources, although Esther's claim is far less credible based on what she's said than the other two. All of them would agree that you and I have the ability to learn from these sources as well, although only Gillette actively encourages individual spiritual awakening. Hicks, in my opinion, looks for dependence on her "teachings of Abraham," persistently marketing new revelations that are nothing of the kind when you attend the next workshop.I first turned to the A-H thing after a pair of traumatic deaths, and while I found much of the material inspiring, what Esther went on about with death was not just lacking in wisdom, but also lacking in empathy and generosity. Since, my own reading has led me to some really interesting and enlightening research by Michael Newton in past life regressions, Raymond Moody (the original NDE pioneer, along with Moorjani and Eban Alexander (Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife) who report in intimate, personal detail on their own experiences. Each has shown that Esther Hick's (or Abraham's, if you like) version of death is an inaccurate oversimplification of what really happens."Where to from here?" My suggestion is that you try any of the books I recommended earlier. Pick on the resonates with you, let your intuition be your guide. More important, I'd suggest you try establishing a meditation practice to cultivate you own inner resources. You can do this by simply sitting in a quiet place, closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing. What happens can be eye-opening. Alternatively, a lot of people like guided meditations, recordings they listen to as they meditate. By all means, avoid Jerry Hicks' clunky recordings. I like Ahnalira Koan's most recent ones. Can't think of the title, but you can find them by searching her name on Amazon where you can also find her books. Ahna is a former close associate of Esther and Jerry Hicks who is now more of a skeptic, but you are likely to find her insights into the 'law of attraction" phenomenon enlightening.Thanks for stopping by and commenting thoughtfully. I wish you the best of luck in your journeys! DS

anonymous on May 14, 2013:

I don't know the answer to this question, but I have been so intrigued to read bits and pieces on your page and the comments also.I am not a student of AH (not really) but I have been to 2 workshops and read maybe 1 book, which I am attempting to read again. I feel the message overall has been good, although I haven't felt I have been learning anything new for a while. It does "sometimes" help me get into alignment, but lately while feeling a significant level of anxiety post a traumatic death of a 3 year old and other things I have found myself questioning. I know that there's always a negative side with any teaching and always someone there to disprove something that is. So I guess stumbling about this has been beneficial to me, but also inconvenient. Maybe I would rather go through life with rose coloured glasses for temporary relief. However I find it difficult because I am an activist of the human spirit and my core belief is that we are here to service the planet through shadow and light. I guess I would just like to learn more about this view not with the intention of disproving anything but getting answers as to other authors/teachers. Where to from here? I really haven't read any of Seth or Theo. I guess I find it bothers me to follow teachings that come with lack of integrity, but also I do acknowledge we are human so I try do so without judgment.Apologies for not addressing the question - I was just fascinated by the whole thread and was unsure how else to send a message. I guess I am looking for answers as how to move forward without the teachings or with them.You see I am easily influenced...even with this blog..Good question by the way. Can you give an answer to it?Miss Love

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 06, 2013:

@anonymous: So, you're all worked up about a comment from over six weeks ago?Hill's comment was scripted very similarly with numerous others who jump in to justify Esther Hicks efforts with flimsy rationales. Hill asked what makes people happy in order to justify following Esther Hicks on that basis. But why would anyone need Abraham or Esther to be happy? What if ultimately it made them unhappy or, as some claim, sick or disabled? How can you make a one-sided claim without considering the other?It's a dead giveaway that you knew Hill was a "he." How would you know that?My response was a joke based on Hill's silly rationale that to disagree must mean the Abraham Hicks skeptic is "hateful." I've heard it all before; so, why argue? You're not listening, anyway.I am utterly bewildered as to where you got "Vortex vs. Sock puppets." I can't respond because it's just off the wall. But to help you understand, in case you don't know already, Jerry Hicks stayed up half the night during his last years, trolling for any negative comment on their operation and combating it with sock puppet responses. Sock puppets, for the uninitiated, are fake identities conjured up to provide stock replies that serve an agenda. I see lots of them on my posts.If what you see here doesn't convince you, just jump over to Amazon and look up Esther and Jerry's books. Check out the comments. Some are embarrassingly scripted and probably written by Jerry or someone recruited by him. Many commercial enterprises do that to skew the ratings in their favor. I don't blame Jerry for doing what everyone else was doing, but it does put the lie to their claims of not doing any marketing, just putting the books out there for those who are drawn to them.Good grief, indeed. Deliberate avoidance of the obvious is a very poor way to go through life and awakening. As I've said before, we all need more adults in the world. I hope both you and HIll will join us in try to support a better world and stop hiding behind hocus pocus.

anonymous on May 06, 2013:

@David Stone1: Hill asked a valuable question in the reply that you deflected before. He asked about what makes people happy. If "being real" whatever that means is what is at point here, I believe you when you say that being hateful doesn't get old. But it doesn't get you healthy either. It's not the answer to any of your real questions. It's an excuse. You know that you are better and smarter than that! You missed out on what might have been a meaningful conversation, if not for you... than maybe for him. Abe Hicks may not deserve the platform that she/they have, but how do you use yours? Vortex vs. Sock puppets? Good grief.

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 03, 2013:

@anonymous: Okay, last shot for you. Here are quotes from your original posts where you cited Esther addressing sexuality: " are born with impulses that assure theconinuation of that which you are...." and "...your sexuality is important to the perpetuation of that which you are and thats why you were bornwith such a drive for it." Should we all pretend we don't know what that means, and do you really believe it has nothing to do with making babies?Finally, are you so desperate to score a point that you weigh views of videos with written articles? I have videos on YouTube that have a ton of views. It's a whole different thing. And Esther's videos, by the way, in case you haven't noticed are slickly edited and produced infomercials, there primarily to promote what they believe sells best and draw people into the web for future sales."It's fun to argue." You might want to try some personal introspection on that one. Most of us have better ways to spend our time.

anonymous on May 03, 2013:

@David Stone1: Dave,The picture is called "beach bums" read it again. Yes, iT may inspire a healty heterosexual or homosexual "interest" in sexuality. The quote does not suggest anything to do with the continuation or propagation of the human species.Here's what it means: You are attractive in nature, you seek and produce desire. for instance the desire to make a point or respond to a lens is a symptom of your attractive nature. Finally the quote says that sexuality is source energy, cosmic or vibrational, which is what you are made of so you are becoming more of who and what you really are when you have sex. however, she does mention that it is most effective when you are purposely trying to align yourself with this idea.I'm not an Abe follower, I'm an agnostic, occaisional athiest and aspiring student of life, there for your last statement really resonates with me.I don'y "need" you to agree with me but it's fun to argue and to contribute an idea and clarification for what I percieve to be the benefit of someone else.By the way 9,500 total views? have you seen any of the Abraham Hicks videos? lord liftin, talk about views. phshh.

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 02, 2013:

@anonymous: Gosh, I guess you got me there, Guest.Just kidding. I don't know where you got your figures, but let me help you with some facts. First, this lens currently gets over 100 views a day, 9,500 total to date, with the average reader spending more than six minutes on a page. There are comments almost every day, some angry, confused Abers like yourself and some who are happy read something clearheaded about Esther Hicks.I reply fairly quickly to all of them because Squidoo notifies me when they come in, and it's disrespectful to ignore them for long, even lame stuff like yours.Just to help you get oriented, you can read the quote you provided earlier and, if you read slowly, you'll find that she claims sex is motivated by a desire to continue the species. That means making babies. Frankly, I can think of other good reasons, starting with just plain fun, but Esther doesn't seem, from this quote, to get that. Hers is more like a conservative Christian philosophy dressed up to look smart of shallow people.And, by the way, I don't have any ability to change your "paragraphing." All I can do is accept of reject as is. So, the misspellings, jumbled thinking and run on sentences are all your own.Finally, I'm 64 years old with grandchildren, and I can tell you for a fact that those beach buns (not "bums") have a lot to do with sex, including inspiring a healthy heterosexual interest in it.There is no argument to lose. I made my case, lonely sort of pseudo intellectual that I am, and you were free to make yours. I think you did a poor job of arguing in behalf of Esther Hicks. If you were really a follower, you'd know that she suggests not "pushing against," instead just letting others have their opinions. But you aren't really and you can't because opinions that differ from your own make you feel threatened and insecure. So, you try to strike back.Listen, settle down and think it through. If you're strong in your beliefs, it doesn't matter what I think or write. What do you care? Especially, what's the big deal over winning an losing. Everyone in the world is not going to agree with you. Learn to live with it.

anonymous on May 02, 2013:

@David Stone1: Hahahaha. it's funny how stubborn you are for the benefit of no one. I like that you understand; "what you are" as being a baby, when there's no mention of babies at all. If you considered "what you are" as being Love energy and a force of nature you would get it, but through your resentment, spite and guilt you will continue to be a crying little baby ingnored forever. It's been two years since someone commented on this post and you were right there within three hours of my comment to reply with a lack of understanding and sarcasm. You even had time to change the paragraphing of it inorder to make it difficult to read. you must also be a lonely sort of pseudo intellectual. Don't discredit the quote by saying it is singular and obscure. It is an accurate summation from Abraham Hicks on the issue of "sex", It's just that her description of "sex" happens to exist beyond your undestanding of it.."sex" has nothing to do with two teenagers in a photo called "beach Bums". we'll tell you what "sex" is when you're older. You have lost the argument because you have lost the audience. Take care.

David Stone (author) from New York City on May 02, 2013:

@anonymous: What?So, you found a single reference to sex on an obscure video, and that reference says our sex drives are there for making babies only? Some racy stuff you found there. Wow! I'm sweating already.

anonymous on May 01, 2013:

@David Stone1: Dave Stone,"everything about you is attractive in nature, in other words, because you are as you come forth in this time space reality you are born with impulses that assure theconinuation of that which you are...the entire universe is established inorder to produce continuing desiresexuality in its purest form is what source energy really is, in other words there is\no difference in the energy you call sexuality and in the energy which you call the pure essense of what you are... your sexuality is important to the perpetuation of that which you are and thats why you were bornwith such a drive for it." -Esther Hicks (Abraham) from the DVD "the secret behind the secret."Ps. Congratulations on discovering a way in order to allow Abraham Hicks to benefit you.

David Stone (author) from New York City on April 29, 2013:

@anonymous: Yes, they are always monitored, Kathy. We have to look out for spam and other forms of abuse that would be agains the TOS and get Squidoo in trouble with Google. Apart from that, a lot of Abers (like you, for example) are angry and get carried away. If they get too far off topic, I clip them as wastes of space. Also, your opinions of me personally are not relevant to the topic, and frankly, I couldn't care less.If you do check back later, see if you can stick with the topic in your answers. If not, you'll be wasting your time. If you've got something relevant to say, fire away. Add to the conversation.

David Stone (author) from New York City on April 29, 2013:

@anonymous: What was the question again, Kathy. (Look above.) Could you try to answer that one before telling me how I'm not nice, etc.? Thanks.

anonymous on April 29, 2013:

@David Stone1: My posts are not showing. Are you revieweing them before thy are allowed on yoru site??? I will check back later to see what kind of marketing scheme you really have going on here Dave. best luck to you.

anonymous on April 29, 2013:

@David Stone1: You are not nice and too aggressive to simple comments here on your blog against Abraham Hicks. You seem to be selling your own ideas thank you!

David Stone (author) from New York City on April 24, 2013:

@anonymous: saidi, if you can't understand the difference between "it's convenient to say 'you always hear what you want to hear,' the fact is that it's simply not true." and "you heard what you wanted to hear," you need to clear up your thinking.The first is a response to what Alex wrote, questioning the assertion that you "always" hear anything in such an absolute way, and the second is a response to Mark that, imo, he chose to hear what he wanted to hear. Disagreeing with a universal claim is quite different from looking at a specific instance. Get it?Please get back to me with any other errors you think you find, but please, for your own good, apply the same critical eye to Esther and Jerry Hicks, on recording and in print. You'll have a field day.

anonymous on April 24, 2013:

@David Stone1: Dave, I think either you have a tremendous sense of humor or you are struggling with selective amnesia. Listen to this: "Two things you need to understand. First, although it's convenient to say "you always hear what you want to hear," the fact is that it's simply not true." Guess who said this? DaveStone23, on 23Mar 31, 2013 @ 10:36 am, in response to just Alex. Then listen to this: "Mark, you may have listened closely, but you heard what you wanted to hear." Yes, DaveStone23, above in response to Mark. Are you for real??

David Stone (author) from New York City on April 21, 2013:

@anonymous: Just a note for reference. A-H YouTube videos are produced and edited by professionals paid by Abraham Hicks Publications. They are infomercials designed to draw people to the so-called workshops, which - as I'm sure you know - cost a lot more than $5. TV commercials are free too, but we don't credit the businesses that supply them generally for their value.I'm not aware of anyone who has accused Jerry or Esther Hicks of plagiarizing anything, other than the phony claim about originating the term "law of attraction." Their trademark claim for it was rejected because the term had been in use continuously for around a hundred years, since its origination in the New Thought Movement. That's what lead to the new term "vortex of attraction," once so clunky it's impossible anybody had tried lugging that dog around before.

anonymous on April 21, 2013:

@David Stone1: Overall, A/H's comments have been consistently positive and helpful. Like philosophy books I read in college, some things that are said could be easily misinterpreted. As Louise Hay (and any other NON-con artist would tell you), if you gain just ONE good thing from listening, that is wonderful. Period. If they were con-artists/only after $, they'd be PRETTY lousy at it considering the THOUSANDS of hours of FREE footage on youtube they allow. If you listen, much of it is thought-provoking and wise. Personally, I don't care "how" this information is obtained. Furthermore, you could acknowledge that, at the very least, it is NOT plagiarized. Enjoy!

David Stone (author) from New York City on April 12, 2013:

@anonymous: Sam, I do appreciate an Aber who makes a better than average attempt at being rational. Thank you. Now, let's take your points one at a time.1. You say I'm jaded, and they must have hurt my feelings. I'm not, and they didn't. But how would either condition change the facts. My personal experience is irrelevant as are my motives. Any flaw in my character or experience doesn't excuse Esther and Jerry's behavior or change it in any way. Now, to the mistakes you claim I made.2. You respond to something other than what I wrote on Death. Although Esther does claim that everyone, "no exceptions," sets the conditions of his or her own death, what I think is cruel is Estherham's insistance in the face of doubters just days after the World Trade Center disaster, that death itself was "delightful," that after dying there was no remorse of any kind about leaving loved ones, dependents and others behind, just delight. All relationships were so meaningless, they were easily discarded. Now, add to that her insistance in the same "workshop" that all deaths are suicides... In any event, mountains of actual evidence (not so-called channeled wisdom) gathered from NDEs and past life regressions have proved Esther's claim to be untrue and, hence, cruelly exploitive.3. On sex, a single, one word comment that you find witty and believe the audience was uncomfortable with is hardly a case for claiming that Estherham is plugged into the nature of being human. True, Esther and Jerry's romance started with their trysting in motels while Esther was still living with her first husband and daughter and Jerry was engaged to wife to be #5, but that was as much a tribute to their mutual lack of personal integrity as it was to their insight into human nature. It never made its way into the books and workshops, however.4. "On Joy/Selfishness/Helping..." I don't follow how the case you are making argues against their pitch for selfishness and narcissism. You can't quote anything about helping others, because there isn't anything. Estherham claims that, if you are following your bliss, you may be better able to help others by example, but she never recommends, say, nursing or elder care or any sacrifice to help out those unable to help themselves.5. Your attack on Deepak Chopra. I've never seen the show you referenced, not am I interested in it, but what makes you think Chopra is opposed to anger or passion, even in himself? I've read several of his books, and I've never seen it. More important, he is willing to openly debate his ideas in public, something Esther never has nor ever will do.By contrast, you say that Eshterham is "always calm, confident & playful," which is completely untrue. If you read my "Esther Hicks Mean Streak," you'll find documented the detail of a series of workshops in which she brusquely and thoughtlessly threw a series of people out of the hot seat (after she called them up for it), some despite pleas after they'd said only a word or two that irked her. It was discussed on the Abe Forum, by the way, and those who were uncomfortable with the mean approach were quickly dismissed by the excuse-makers. She dropped that when there were so many complaints, and it finally came off as a sort of test marketing stunt. There have been plenty of other instances where she has been less than "calm, confident & playful," which makes it hard to believe you've missed them over ten years of "closely" following.Whether or not Esther and Jerry are as consistent or clear as the others you mention is really a matter of personal preference, and you're welcome to yours. And by the way, since Jerry wrote all the books, not Esther or Abraham in collaboration as they claim, you won't see any more to compare. Did you notice how all the books stopped when Jerry died? Isn't that funny?You did better than most, Sam, at defending your guru. But you still lack objective perspective and failed to back up any of your claims with confirmable quotes. It's back to seeing and believing what you want things to be, rather than toughening up to the facts and a rational perspective, none of which should be of any harm to your belief systems, if they are valid.

anonymous on April 12, 2013:

I've been following them closely for a decade. You made some mistakes, and it sounds like they hurt your feelings. You sound jaded. On Death: They say DEATH itself (the transition) is delightful - not the agony that goes with SOME PEOPE when they are "about to die" or "dying." So no matter how awful it looks as the pregnant mother goes, once she transitions - you just open your "new" eyes with your new perspective. On Sex: They DO make a witty comment. Someone in the hot seat asked: What would you be doing if you were physical? And jokingly they said: "Sexxxxxx" and really let it hang in the air and people laughed but you could tell that sex talk wasn't very comfortable FOR THE AUDIENCE, not abraham.On Joy/Selfishness/Helping others: You assert that they teach selfish joy - to forget about everyone else. Nothing could be more incorrect. They say #1 follow your bliss - it leads to your dreams. They also say one of the inherent qualities of all people is that we are NATURAL UPLIFTERS. It's in our blood to EMPOWER people. But they advise: Get feeling good FIRST (so you're headed in the right direction) THEN take your action. Have you ever been frustrated and you kept taking action - and you stubbed your toe? Or felt ELATED, took action, tried something new and it TOTALLY PAID OFF? It's not coincidence. It's a law of gravity.You just seem misinformed and I can answer any and all questions you have. brenb22 at yahoo if you're actually interested in learning, rather than panning them just to do it. Oh - and you recommend Deepak over Abraham? Watch Deepak get caught up in an angry moment on Larry King debating the bible or on the atheist panels. It's hard for him to follow his own teachings - just as it is for any NORMAL person. Then watch Abraham deal with problematic guests in their shows - or listen to them with Oprah on her radio show - it's always calm, confident, & playful. Consistent energy like i've never seen before. I read Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer (who visits and seeks counsel from Abraham), Ekhart Tolle and others - none of them are as consistent and consistently CLEAR as Abraham. All of your negative points are misunderstandings. Are you open to changing your perspective?

David Stone (author) from New York City on April 05, 2013:

@anonymous: You're good at rationalizing to get to the conclusion you want, but as usual, no evidence, just a guess that makes excuses for Esther.Also, more significantly, many people, including me, would take issue with your calling Jerry Hicks "creepy" or that there is something wrong with working for Amway. The skills he honed at Amway may be inappropriate the way he used them to conjure Abraham and his teachings, but Amway is a legitimate, successful concern that has a right to use any legal motivational technique it finds useful.Jerry Hicks had a lot of good to go with a lot of con in him. He may have trained Esther, but without her will to carry on with the Abraham shtick, it couldn't happen. Jerry was bit controlling, but what Esther did and does is and was entirely of her own free will.

anonymous on April 05, 2013:

Are "nonphysical beings" without a compass in a world with so much sex?Or is it just Esther and Jerry?In a word: No. But, "direction" is an imprecise word which implies "nonphysical beings" are going somewhere. Perhaps just eyes. Are "nonphysical beings" blind to a world with so much sex? That is a more contextual question. Of course not, but there's plenty of others talking about sex--why bring it up? Go watch TV if that's what you're looking for. Look, I think Esther (yes, I spelled it right, don't want to get yelled at here...) had the ability to channel this so-called Abraham, and did so, and her husband--being the creepy guy he is--decided he wanted to make money off his wife's gift. The guy was in Amway, for god's sake, it doesn't get much worse, and it takes a special kind of creep to succeed at that. Then, as time rolled on, the "Abrahams" moved on, because Esther's ego began to block her ability to hear. Maybe she started to believe she was better than others, that her gift of mediumship made her more important than her audience. After that, the money machine was moving and the messages became repetitive and derivative, because she was no longer channeling, just regurgitating. Maybe, maybe not. She's only human. Just because she channels does not mean she's particularly enlightened, because the two are not mutually inclusive. It does not change that she might have truly been able to channel higher beings. What she does with it, well, if some of the message gets out, then the Abrahams will have gotten through to a few people.

David Stone (author) from New York City on March 31, 2013:

@anonymous: It's nice that it works for you, just Alex. Two things you need to understand. First, although it's convenient to say "you always hear what you want to hear," the fact is that it's simply not true. A lot of us want to see as much as we can, and we try to see all sides, good, bad, dull, ugly, beautiful, everything. Only lazy people hear and see what they want. So, don't kid yourself on that one. There may be more good than bad to Esther and Abraham, but maybe there isn't.Second, there are more choices then Joy and happiness or depression and anger. What about feeling fulfilled by understanding a deeper essence of things? What about the gratification of helping others reach their goals. If your only goal in life, as Esther claims, is joy, you're missing out on a great deal more and wasting the short time you have on earth by focusing only on the simplest of pleasures and neglect a more profound enrichment.

anonymous on March 31, 2013:

Like Abraham said, "There are always people who discredit and bring a scam called" So if you're listening to them you will always hear what you want to hear. It's just what you focus on places. It depends on what you want to believe and that is the teaching of Abraham and make your life full of Joy and happiness. That makes it a lot easier than depression and anger. It has given me a much better life when I finally came across them. If it still is a scam I have had much and thank them from the bottom of my heart. I'm skeptical by nature and have the few hundred hours of video no strange things seen and she knows every time the finger on the sore spot to lay. So I want to say thank you thank you thank you for everything Abraham

David Stone (author) from New York City on March 25, 2013:

@anonymous: So, one instance almost three years ago is your evidence? I've listened to hours of Esther as Abraham and read several of the books. I also did a search on their website. Even in the rare instance where sex gets mentioned, it's sanitized.The reason this happens, Mark, is because, like many popular religions, Esther's theology is about denial of our human natures. We are supposed to be fulfilled by a "happy, happy, happy" intention and forget all about the complex and rich human experience that has more depth and texture. That's a sort of bright-eyed Puritanism and self-denial in large part of what it means to be human and alive. And here's the real kicker, what this gives you is an elevated escape hatch. You think you're special, but you're just staying out of the game.

David Stone (author) from New York City on March 25, 2013:

@anonymous: Mark, you may have listened closely, but you heard what you wanted to hear. The inconsistencies and contradictions have been documented here and elsewhere.But if you're happy with this guru, as most religious followers are, you will gloss over the problem areas as so many do because being without the person who helps them identify themselves is not anything they can handle.

anonymous on March 24, 2013:

@David Stone1: I just posted something else...but if I can't post a video...I can tell you that abraham was telling me about being in the Vortex and said that I could be thinking about sex or even having sex and find myself in the vortex. It was a Philadelphia seminar from May 2010. Again...I really don't care either way who follows who or who believes I what. I just wanted to at least shine a tiny light on what seemed to me to be an incorrect assertion.

anonymous on March 24, 2013:

I was fortunate enough to have been in the hot seat at one of Abraham's seminars. I don't want to sell anyone on "them" cause it doesn't matter to me either way who believes in what. I did want to say that Abraham mentioned sex to me 2 or 3 times during the course of our talk. I just wanted to mention that as a counter to the sexless Puritan assertions above. I have also heard Abraham address difficult subjects like abortion, drug abuse, suicide, infidelity, masturbation, war, and so many others with enormous grace and wisdom. I have a huge amount of skepticism by my very nature and I must confess that virtually every message I have heard from Abraham feels 100% spot on. I have listened closely waiting for a stumble, or inconsistency, or contradiction. So either Esther is a wicked genius or there really is something going on here.

David Stone (author) from New York City on March 22, 2013:

@anonymous: Uh, Bryan, you didn't answer the question either. Look up at the top and see what it asks. Do your best not to deliver your preformed agenda to the wrong address, if you can.By the way, you haven't the slightest idea what "fraud" means. An freely given opinion that's open to discussion and criticism isn't fraud, even if you disagree. You might note that there is no such discussion at Abraham Hicks "workshops" or on their "forum." It's all controlled, and a good number of us are banned from joining in because differing opinions are banned.Another thing to keep in mind is that you are free to express your own set of opinions here or on another webpage. The internet is in many ways a giant forum for expression and opinions. In my experience, the only people who complain, like you, are people who just don't like it when others make convincing arguments that differ from their own.

anonymous on March 22, 2013:

It is funny that you berate commenters who don't agree with you for not "answering the question". I am not convinced of the authenticity of the "channeling" nor am I sure it's faked. Watched the interview and didn't find any evidence of Jerry being a control freak or Esther being scatterbrained a