Ask and It Is Given Book Review
Ask But You Might Be Taken
By the time Jerry and Esther Hicks agreed to let Hay House publish , it was 2005, and they were well into what has since gone full cycle as Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your DesiresAbraham-Hicks and evolved into a lukewarm sideshow.
Jerry and Esther Hicks had been touring since the 1980s, audience sizes increasing, becoming more widely known with the support of high profile advocates like Wayne Dyer and Oprah Winfrey. But what really blew the cork out of the bottle was Rhonda Byrne's , a huge indy hit that leaned on Esther Hicks' Teachings of Abraham, especially the Law of Attraction for inspiration. The Secret (Extended Edition)
A caveat about authorship: Jerry and Esther Hicks list themselves as authors, but according to them, the entire book was channeled, word for word, through Esther from a "nonphysical entity" known as Abraham. Jerry has said that part of their deal with Hay House was that not a single world could be changed. So all the "teachings" belong completely to Esther and Jerry, her editor, as far as anyone who walks the earth and cashes checks is concerned.
Like many who read The Secret as well as this book, I like the message of positive thinking and personal responsibility enough that I shrugged past what, now, seem to be glaring errors and, ultimately, an amalgam of other peoples' ideas, many of them more than a century old. Nothing is new in these pages, except the marketing hooks.
I decided to read Jerry and Esther Hicks' Ask and It Is Given again and see if the fit still felt good. Here's what I found.
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Ask And It Is Given: The Teachings of Abraham - Jerry and Esther Hicks
Ask And It Is Given, Learning To Manifest Your Desires by Jerry and Esther Hicks is a title full of promise for a book with little if anything original to deliver.
Whatever credibility Jerry and Esther Hicks and Abraham might once have had as it helped them win over audiences, driving around the country on their "Monster Bus" with the legend, "Life is supposed to be fun," attached to the back, now seems a mystery, having reread this book.
Ask And It Is Given might be better titled, Seth For Narcissists or some play on the other versions of New Age thought from which all of their ideas seem to have been... let's say, "acquired," for lack of a nicer word.
Trouble is that when you take Jane Roberts' Seth Books, L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology, Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, some aspects of modern Christian thought and the ideas of several other authors from the New Thought Movement of the early Twentieth Century and you toss them all in a sauce together, you're as likely to get the worst of each as you are the best.
Esther and Jerry Hicks got the worst. No contest.
Alternatives To Ask and It Is Given - If You're Looking For Real Spiritual Answers
Esther Hicks teaches that life is supposed to be easy, that all you need to do is change over to happier, healthier thoughts (or is it vibrations?) to become both happier and healthier. No proof is given, and the inspirational teacher never appears in public except under controlled conditions.
The following teachers offer alternatives with more depth and complexity. None of them tell you that fulfillment is supposed to be easy. Value requires effort.
The key phrase from Jerry and Esther Hicks's Ask and It Is Given:
You get what you think about, whether you want it or not.
What's your opinion on this book? - Give it a number...
On a scale of 1-7, what did you REALLY think?
So, what do you say? - Let's get your take on this review.
Esther Hicks still has adherents and followers, five years after the publication of this book. Are they onto something I missed?
What did you think of the ideas in this book?
For the record: Jerry and Esther Hicks on Death
For others, that is.
And 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."
Excerpted 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
© 2011 David Stone