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Who Are Jerry and Esther Hicks, Where Did They Come From?

Updated on August 23, 2017

Esther & Jerry Hicks

The Team that Brought You the Teachings of Abraham
The Team that Brought You the Teachings of Abraham | Source

Who Are Jerry and Esther Hicks?

Do curve balls that defy everything you think you know excite you? Wasn't that what Abraham-Hicks and the Law of Attraction were to us when they first hit the scene?

At their best, Esther and Jerry Hicks were original, off-beat, outspoken and convincing. It helped them sell the strange story of who they say they are or, in Jerry's case, were.

Blazing a Trail with Abraham-Hicks

Until Jerry's death in November, 2011, Jerry and Esther struck up the band as spiritual pitchmen like nobody else you're likely to find.

They blazed a trail of spiritual teachings previously developed by others and dumbed down for a wider audience, making sales that brought them down-to-earth riches.

Effortless happiness is an easy sale, even to some when the story doesn't add up or make much sense.

A business built on marketing skills polished at Amway and wrapped around run of the mill metaphysics, Abraham-Hicks pulls a group of followers massaged by Esther Hicks' claim that "It's supposed to be easy."

Many say they've benefited, but observable results are hard to come by, an odd fact considering the tons of claims.

But, really, who were Jerry and Esther Hicks? What the heck is Abraham really?

According to them, Abraham is a team of a hundred "nonphysical teachers" (including Jesus) with an interest only in sharing their unified wisdom for the common good (while making Esther and Jerry rich.)

Along the way, Jerry and Esther Hicks worked hard to obscure their personal histories as well as much about their present reality.

Even so, some facts leaked through.

Something new: Jerry and Esther Hicks' Spiritual Money Tree, Stories Behind the Abraham-Hicks Teachings and the Law of Attraction

The Strangest Thing About Jerry Hicks

He died, but he didn't.

You can guess at the reasons, but 2 1/2 years after Jerry Hicks died from leukemia, the website he set up with Esther to pitch products and workshops claims they still lead a "fairy-tale life".

What else? Jerry has more spring in his step men half his age, which is and always will be 42, since he died at 84 and isn't getting any older.

How many 42 year olds are less active than a dead man?

Go figure.

The Book that Caught On

The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham
The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham

If you're interested in looking deeper into the philosophy of Abraham-Hicks, this is the book where they first laid it out completely.

After several less successful books failed to capture a large following, this one, extolling the basic Teachings of Abraham caught on and helped make the producers famous.

 

Jerry and Esther Hicks

Up To Date

Let's start at the end.

Jerry and Esther Hicks pulled back into an unprecedented and eerie silence.

Workshops and cruises were wiped off their calendar without explanation. Their heavily marketed Abraham LIVE series of webcasts was mothballed.

As anyone who has followed the pair knows, that kind of withdrawal was unprecedented.

What was not unprecedented was Jerry and Esther's refusal to explain to the faithful and curious.

Early email blasts to followers contained upbeat messages about Jerry's condition, and they, too, were used to pivot for ticket sales.

The marketing messages are relentless, and still, scarcely a word comes out of AHP without a pitch.

In one instance, they used a balloon trip with their family as a pitch for the an upcoming Abraham-Hicks workshop. While mentioning how cramped the gondola was, they contrasted it how roomy the space available was for their next workshop.

Then, they segued as they usually do to contact links and telephone numbers.

Jerry Hicks cancer had gone from center stage in their marketing efforts to being eliminated.

Others have said the image was Photoshopped for effect. Whether that's accurate of not, the fact is that the picture is either deliberately obscure and lacking details or the worst publicity photo ever taken.

"I must be aware of bad things, and guarded about bad things, and I must watch out for bad things by trying to guide myself toward good things." You can't do both at the same time. You can't watch out for bad things, and allow good things at the same time. It is vibrationally not possible.

--- Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, March 10th, 2001 # 174

Jerry and Esther Hicks and the Image

What is clear about the picture (and another that followed) is that, in spite Jerry Hicks' leukemia and "heavy chemotherapy," the couple was determined to maintain the illusion of a perfect life they've used as an example to collect followers.

The perfect life is as much a manipulated image as is the photo.

Jerry and Esther Hicks are people, not better or worse than most of us, who found an angle to create a steady stream of revenue by posing Esther as a conduit for Abraham.

Abraham, for the uninitiated, is said to be a collection of approximately one-hundred "nonphysical teachers" who Esther Hicks "brings in" by settling into a quick meditative state.

Once Abraham arrives, they are alleged to feed Esther "blocks of thought," all nonverbal, which she interprets instantly when on stage or at typing speed while punching out a new inspirational, self-help book.

This presentation has worked for twenty-five years and has kept their following growing, in spite of accusations of fraud and being a cult.

Endorsements from popular public figures, like Oprah Winfrey and Wayne Dyer, is certainly among the reasons.

Another is that both Jerry and Esther Hicks are publicly charismatic figures who exude sincerity and good intentions.

Until the last year or so when there have been a series of mean-spirited incidents committed by Esther in the Abraham Hicks workshops, they have consistently preached an upbeat message that values freedom, self-reliance and positive thinking.

There was always another side, but with a few exceptions, Jerry and Esther Hicks managed to avoid exposure.

New: Abraham Hicks Is Dead

What's the whole story?

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Jerry and Esther Hicks' Spiritual Money Tree: Stories Behind the Abraham-Hicks Teachings and the Law of Attraction

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So, Historically, Who Are Jerry and Esther Hicks?

Did they have lives before Abraham?

You'd be hard pressed to find figures as public as Jerry and Esther Hicks with so little history on the record. It almost seems as if someone has used an eraser on it.

But we do know some interesting bits about them, before and after Abraham.

Jerry Hicks: From Tough Childhood to A Prosperous Adult

Jerry Hicks as born into a painfully unstable household. He has spoken proudly of his mother who, after poverty forced her to leave him in an orphanage for two years, fought her way back to retrieve him.

The family had a history of violence and, according to what little Jerry opened up about before turning clam again, what sounds like severe mental illness.

Jerry tells his childhood stories publicly in a positive way, but in private, he talks about putting a gun in his mouth with a single bullet in a chamber and pulling the trigger.

He has joked that he may have been married more times but can remember only four wives prior to Esther.

Among Jerry Hicks most attractive characteristics is an inquisitive open-mindedness. He talks openly about learning experiences with a ouija board, for example, and claims many career experiences, including a stint as a circus acrobat in Cuba.

Few of his claims can be verified and some have been refuted by others he has said were associates, but the spirit is clear.

With his fourth wife, Trish, he rose to one of the highest levels in the hierarchy at Amway. Securely wealthy for life, Jerry Hicks left Amway and was divorced from Trish.

Jerry has often said that the biggest change in fortunes for him came when he found Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, a landmark book about positive thinking, much like Esther Hicks preaches through Abraham.

He frequently talks about trying hard to teach others the secrets of obtaining great wealth and his frustration that so few managed to pull it off, an apparent reference to his days at Amway where inspirational teachings are part of the upper level routine.

In Abraham, he tried to teach by using a new gimmick, his wife's claimed channeling.

Jerry Hicks "is mistrustful and controlling; he's not one to get openly upset, but he carries a grudge for months at a time," according to long time friend, author and former webmaster for AHP, Ahnalira Koan.

Working closely with Jerry and Esther Hicks for a decade, Ahna was also devoted to helping others discover the teachings. She severed her relationship with them earlier this year, partly to set off on projects with her husband without the 24 X 7 demands that often went into working for AHP and partly to square herself spiritually after becoming disillusioned.

"As our understanding of the internal organization dynamics deepened, it also became apparent that to us that - on occasion - Abraham's responses to questions reflected Jerry and Esther's opinion more than the pure concepts of the teaching," she explained.

No disgruntled ex-employee settling scores, Ahna is a certified Jungian therapist and meditation instructor who came into Jerry and Esther Hicks' orbit with her own personal views well-established. She still admires much about what they've accomplished, but she misses the happy, carefree couple Esther and Jerry were before the money changed so much about them.

Where, for someone who knew them well and initially resonated with the teachings, did Abraham end and Esther and Jerry's worldview begin?

Was there ever an Abraham or was it always Jerry Hicks' decades of study in the New Thought Movement, parroted by his adoring, dependent and much younger sidekick, Esther?

Not an easy question to answer.

Another close associate, who went to a first Abraham Hicks workshop around the time Ahna and her husband began working with them, says that his initial skepticism melted when he went to a workshop (with one foot out the door, ready to escape) and was amazed to see auras dropping over Esther as she "brought in" Abraham.

But then, there are the contradictions, errors and episodes of public abuse that seem impossible to square with a loving, all-knowing assembly of spiritual teachers. One of those teachers, according to Esther Hicks, is Jesus.

And Esther...?

If Abraham is no more real that the King Arthur legend, then Esther Hicks may be the most effective scam artist after Bernie Madoff.

On the other hand, she is more direct about the limited history she leaves open for conversation, almost all of it after marrying Jerry Hicks.

What she prefers not to disclose is that she was born in Utah to a family of mostly Mormons. Her husband and father of the daughter she and Jerry refer to as their own, Tracy, was also a mormon.

This, of course, contradicts her claim that Abraham came to her, over everyone else, because she was so open and not burdened with firm convictions.

It may tell us something about Jerry and Esther Hicks integrity that, when they first met, Jerry was engaged to another woman and Esther married to Richard. Richard discovered her car in a motel parking lot where she drove it for a rendezvous with Jerry.

Both Esther's marriage and Jerry's engagement ended abruptly and a quick divorce and hurry up marriage in Nevada followed.

Jerry and Esther Hicks are just people, and like the rest of us, they sometimes do things that are questionable and dishonest.

Esther has since condemned her first husband for being too controlling.That reads like a lame excuse for adultery, especially when children are involved.

And, no, Jerry does not speak up about his fiancée, his intended to be wife #5, displaced by Esther. He also has little or nothing to say about the other four.

According to a long time associate, "Esther is emotionally volatile and quick to blame."

The picture you should be getting here is that Jerry and Esther Hicks are not the personas they put up for sale in public.

Jerry and Esther Hicks Snapshots

In the months leading up to his illness, Jerry slept little. He spent hours surfing the internet, searching for comments about himself, Esther or Abraham and sending out associates as sock puppets to counterpunch anonymously. His proxies have also been responsible for glowing, if noticeably shallow and predictable, rave reviews of their books on Amazon.

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When the Abe Forum first started, Jerry and Esther Hicks had a moderator who, when harsh comments were made, argued in favor of a laid back approach: "Let the law of attraction sort it out," she said, rather than restrict or control. Jerry and Esther flipped, discharged the original moderator and brought on David Gordon who, to this day, faithfully controls the Abe Forum in a way that supports the Abraham Hicks brand...but not the law of attraction.

(Fair disclosure: David Gordon has banned me from the Abe Forum. Although there are simple ways to get around the restrictions, I am not supposed to able to even read the comments of others. I can, whenever I want, but don't because these are some of the dullest and most cult-like riffs ever clogging up cyberspace.)

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In 2007, Jerry and Esther Hicks tried to claim a trademark on "Law of Attraction." It was unwise because they almost certainly knew the phrase had been created by someone else and in the public domain for almost a century. Even so, when they were turned down, rage filled the monster bus, with Jerry pacing up and down the aisle, fuming.

They then demoted "Law of Attraction" in favor of the clunky, but original "Vortex of Attraction."

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Jerry and Esther have left a trail of bodies, employees and associates who believed they were intimates but who, with little or no prior notice, found themselves frozen out.

And Abraham isn't brought in just to shill for products. Jerry and Esther Hicks have a standard quote that goes with unpleasant employee reactions: "We talked to Abraham, and they said you'd be okay with this."

A History of the New Thought Movement (The Collection)
A History of the New Thought Movement (The Collection)

You'll find much more of interest in less skewed toward sales version here. It's really where the New Age began.

 

According to Jerry and Esther Hicks, Abraham Said...

To Abraham or Not To Abraham

Firing long term business relationships, severing friendships... These are not the only instances in which Abraham has been trotted out to put meat behind a questionable concept.

In 2010, Jerry and Esther Hicks decided to cut back on the road grind and looked for new ways to generate revenue without so much effort. One highly promoted product they came up with was guided meditation DVDs. They flooded their Daily Quotes subscription list with thirty straight days of product pitches. In one unintentionally hilarious moment, Jerry claimed to quote Abraham:

"These will get you into the vortex," he claims the nonphysical entities told him.

But if Abraham can be used to shill for products as well as be the core of the products themselves, is there a limit?

What, I wondered, is Abraham? Did Jerry and Esther Hicks invent them as a gimmick or was there, at least sometimes, a real set of spiritual masters who came through Esther with their only intention to teach unselfishly?

Faking or Shaking?

Whenever I settle on what I believe is the right answer to that question, I get second thoughts because of my friend who is so convinced he saw auras, many of them, descending around Esther. But what does it mean to see auras? Could it have been a clever lighting effect or some sort of optical illusion? And why Esther, of all people?

Then, I realize it's a pretty thin thread on which to hang any faith in Jerry and Esther Hicks' stories about Abraham.

Especially when there is so much to argue against it.

I've gone into extensive detail on my lens, Fifteen Reasons Why You Can't Trust Esther Hicks' Abraham Scam, so here's a quick summary of why the pitch is not believable.

*** The big one skeptics often miss with Jerry and Esther Hicks, as well as others, is the utter lack of their having anything original to say. A minimum requirement for any group claiming a pedigree of such magnitude is that they bring real, original insight or wisdom to their teaching. A clear explanation of how AIDS devastated cultural subgroups before researchers spent millions to uncover the epidemic's secrets one by one; an idea for solving the nightmare of starvation in Africa; a plan for bringing peace to the world--any of these and, honestly, much less would have scored big.

Instead, we get what Jane Roberts converted into the series of Seth Books, dumbed down to capture a wider audience than the challenging insights Seth was reported to render. We get such "wisdom" as this:

"Nothing is more debilitating than to care about something you can't do anything about. And you can't do anything about your adult children. You can want better for them, and maybe even begin to provide something for them, but in the long run, you cannot do anything about someone else's vibration other than hold them in the best light you can, mentally, and then project that to them. And sometimes, distance makes that much more possible than being up close to them."

--- Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in Ashland, OR on Saturday, July 19th, 2003

"Resistance is about believing that you are vulnerable or susceptible to something not wanted and holding a stance of protection - which only holds you in a place of not letting in the Well-being that would be there otherwise. There is nothing big enough to protect you from unwanted things, and there are no unwanted things big enough to get into your experience."

--- Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, November 4th, 2000

"We're not wanting to be insensitive to what so many of you are feeling, but we are very much wanting you to put this death thing in the proper perspective: You are all going to die! Except there is no death. You're all going to make your transition into Non-Physical. It is time to stop making your transition into Non-Physical sound like a subject that is uncomfortable and begin acknowledging that it is something that happens to everyone. This death thing is so misunderstood that you use it to torture yourself never-endingly and just absolutely unnecessarily. There are those who feel such fulfillment of life and such Connection to Source Energy, who understand that there is no separation between what is physical and Non-Physical; who understand that there is not even a lapse in consciousness, that "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."

--- Abraham

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

*** The Jerry and Esther Hicks story has been too liberally adapted to circumstances. They could still be publishing and selling their first book, A New Beginning I: Handbook For Joyous Survival, published in 1990, except that it is so much in conflict with the books that made them famous a decade later.

In New Beginnings, Abraham comes off as a predictor of impending doom. The world, this book tells us, is entering a cataclysmic phase geographically. Gas masks are advised for everyone. Oops.

Later, they tell you that Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires is the book Abraham declared they would write with Esther. So, why did they write several others first that didn't become best sellers?

Why did the message change until it resonated with people hungering for easy spiritual messages?

*** Jerry and Esther Hicks have always preached that abundance, whatever it is to you, is delivered based on what Esther calls your "vibrational countenance." She, posing as Abraham, has pooh-poohed hard work and making an effort to succeed, saying it accounts for less than ten per cent of results.

Yet, Jerry and Esther Hicks have been well known to exhaust themselves by working seven days a week on workshops and marketing gimmicks. People who know them well will tell you that their happy go lucky, life is supposed to be fun mantra has little relationship to the way they live and work.

© 2011 David Stone

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      Spartacus7 22 months ago

      Hi David. I only joined this site to comment on basically your comment on the Hicks. You know you've actually come across as a very jealous person. Who cares if the Hicks are not perfect. Look I'm not a gullible individual but I tell you I was going through a very depressed time about 6 weeks ago and everything in my life was pretty unbearable. I had to do something so I started listening to the Hicks on you tube for free. No kidding things have actually turned around financially like you wouldn't believe. David maybe just take a step back and pick some of the positive things Ester talks about and you'll have more followers. Talking people down is not very nice and if the Hicks are actually saving lives like mine then perhaps you might change your view. Ester lost her husband so people like you need to be a little kinder. Perhaps your life might be better if you take off your nasty nelly pants!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @Nancy Hardin: Seekers of spirituality for the lazy are as much to blame as the suppliers. Thank you, Nancy.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have always been leery of anything that even remotely sounds like "pie in the sky," and this stuff certainly sounds like that. There are too many con artists in this world, this is just one more. People want so badly to believe in something, and these crooks know this and play on it. Thanks for your expose' Dave.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @happykey: By the way, happykey, I just checked Hay House Radio. They appear unaware that Jerry Hicks died over two years ago, which means you are listening to the old tapes he used to put together from live presentations. They edited to make them seem more coherent than Esther really is, and they leave out the crazy stuff.

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      happykey 3 years ago

      I look forward to hearing Esther speak every week on my free iphone app from Hayhouse radio. It's a highlight of my week that lifts me up. The truth I receive is self evident when I apply the various techniques to my daily life. But it's up to me to make it happen. They make no guarantees. They offer a product, information that you have to put into practice in order for it to work. It's not a magical thing. It's science. Abraham has even told the audience that they are "lazy thinkers". They aren't trying to fool anyone. They say it's YOUR work to get happy. They just give you some tools to do that. They give you their version of the recipe for free right on their website. "That which is like unto itself is drawn". Pretty cut and dry. If the old "Golden Rule" doesn't work for you, try Abe's. If that doesn't work try something else. It's the reverse from what we've been brainwashed with culturally. You have to get happy First, then the things you think you need in order to make you happy will come to you. Crazy uh? People who complain that Abraham didn't work for them just aren't getting it or they are lazy thinkers relying on their inherited negative core beliefs that there must be a problem with what is. They may have tried the techniques for a little while, but then before it starts working they stop practicing and get negative again. If Abraham doesn't resonate with you then you should move on and find something that does. I don't pay a dime and it makes me happy. What would you pay someone to lift you out of your lower vibrational feeling judgmental mind into a higher vibrational happy state of wellbeing? :)

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @Meganhere: Then, I'm happy for two reasons. Thanks.

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      Meganhere 3 years ago

      I'd never heard of these people before reading this lens. It was very interesting.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @lesliesinclair: What you've made clear here, Papier, of course, is that it isn't all so simple as the marketers want it to be to make it an easy say for the gullible and/or spiritually lazy.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      A wise person can garner new insights or knowledge from most any experience or discussion, but that doesn't mean that the gains came 'from' the other person or the other person or group's words or actions. It may be that our introduction to a person, in person, in a group, or through the written word, could move or even disgust us, but we may gain a higher level of understanding some idea in contrast to what we see, hear or read.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like what She / He says , and I've improved my life with the ideas, So I'm bummed, yet more CONCERNED by how she dismisses Jesus Christ, as just being an "Enlightened Being", who just tried to teach by example, but didn't really didn't do much good", followed by, a mention of the people killed "under that Jesus concept". Hey Abraham E.T. - DON'T BLAME JESUS!What Jesus did, while on earth, has nothing to do with, the horrific things that men did "In the name of Jesus". Jesus came to serve mankind.Abraham's truth, can' t compare to Jesus' truth, actions, and effect on the world.Like Abraham, Jesus also spoke great, universal truths to thousands, had a much bigger following, and changed civilization around the world, but Jesus did this , without a microphone,cell phones, mail campaigns, and you tube. His following, didn't require invitations to his speaking events, in fact, they chased him down, and wore Him out , because he was healing everyone that came near him and raising people from the dead, including himself."Try that Abraham", Who couldn't heal Jerry's cancer, by inspiring his vibration, even with the help of modern medicine.as a vibe boost. Jesus' story is far more amazing and well documented outside of the bible, to be fiction, and people can't seem to debunk it , although many have tried,.Jesus Proof SHROUD of TURIN The updated Shroud of Turin's, carbon dating, is providing scientific evidence that continues to baffle scientists, and prove it was a 1st Century, middle eastern, burial cloth with the same injuries that Jesus suffered , and a crown of thorns imprint, as a signature. Anyway, I do like the "Abraham videos" , and they do seem to contain words of light and love, but we all need to beware, the Bible says that, Satan wants to lead people from Christ, and Satan is cunning and will come as, "An Angel of Light".I'm not saying that Esther is Satan, but I wonder, what source is speaking thru her, and inspiring her to deny Jesus? Abraham claimed to have, "Never Read the Bible" , when asked about Jesus . But wait, isn't Abraham some supernatural being... Wouldn't he just know, what the Bible says?Jesus dealt with the Un-Fun Laws!Just consider that, "New Age" thinking encourages us to observe laws of love , faith in ourselves, creation etc..but perhaps, the balancing laws, may call for Karma, Pay Back, or natural consequences, and perhaps that's why Jesus came to free us, from those laws, like a required immunization...Our role, he said is to love Him, acknowledge Him, follow Him, ask Him for help.For some reason...He allowed himself to be tortured, maybe we should honor this and learn about His message, consider making him our focus, even Savior, Danger in New Age Ideas Could it be, if there is an oppositional "Adversary", who doesn't want us to be "Free from our sins" and is distracting us, from the Jesus remedy, by repackaging what Jesus tried to tell us, while taking credit for the His laws of love. Deep stuff. But isn't a man nailed to a cross, who seems to have raised from the dead , to defeat deaths sting, worth considering. Jesus wants us to also be in the Vortex, but he came here to show us that itis possible, no matter how bad it gets. DeathNear Death Experience people claim, "Jesus is there waiting"That's comforting... I wonder who Jerry saw?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      its very pitty that Shaila has not made the expirience of Channeling athervise she would not write such comments...the teachings of Abraham is wherever someons awareness is...and what evrybody does with does theaching is not in Hicks responsibility..of course they whre physical beeings(Jerry enymore)and they had there experience as well..but I had a lot of terrifc experiences and guess what?The teaching helped a lot and I coul change Vibrations I could change life directions...its always the same when Someone Successful goes lot of jelosy and bad energy will came up..but my way I found out is be wise and get into the feeling and connect with yourself..so nobody is responsible..and whe are all free of biiig judgement...love and great to be a Meditation Teacher working with Hypnosis...Love to Esther and Jerry

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      @anonymous: Just to address your first point, which showed that you aren't really familiar with Jerry and Esther Hicks, you wrote: "It is a well-established and well-known fact that Jerry Hicks has been a millionnaire for decades, well prior to the Abraham phenomenon became publicly known. If the Hickses were a fraud, what would their motives have been for "scamming" the world and putting their own reputations on the line by pioneering this work? Why would they risk the "fraud" criticism if they were already comfortably wealthy?"The "well-known fact" that Jerry was a millionaire foe decades before meeting Esther is a fact at all. They promoted the idea as if it was because it seemed to clear them of claims that they were phonies. The truth is that Jerry's only claim to wealth was by way of sharing his fourth of fifth wife's Amway success, most of which preceded him. Esther was Trish's bookkeeper, which was how she and Jerry met while both were still married to others. When Esther's husband Richard caught them together at a motel, divorce followed, Esther and Jerry then quickly wed in Nevada.By then, Jerry had lost what wealth he had access to, as well as his place at Amway, in his divorce. Before hooking up with Esther, he'd become engaged to someone else on whom he was cheating. At the time when "Abraham" was invented, Jerry and Esther were living in a rental apartment in Fresno, California, with Esther and Richard's daughter Tracey. Before clicking and attracting big audiences, they spent years putting on the act in front of small groups and writing books featuring Abraham and apocalyptic prophecies they have since pretended never existed. In all this, they were like any other entertainment circuit act. They kept polishing and improving the performance until it got better. Then, they reverse engineered their story.The "well-known fact" you repeat is baloney. It didn't happen that way, but you bought it, which was the whole point.

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      @anonymous: I don't know who you are referring to as Shaila, but I, like whoever it is, agree that professional channeling as if one individual is chosen as special source for wisdom nobody else get is bogus. Real teaching encourages people to seek within and is, most importantly, not for sale at prices high enough to enrich the teacher beyond anything their students will ever see. If Jerry and Esther take no responsibility for what they teach, why would anyone be expected to listen to them. If they believed it to be true, they'd be more than happy to take responsibility. I realize that putting everything on disembodied voices gives them an out, but that's just a clever tactic, used by religious and spiritual teachers forever. As long as they are claiming all that cash, shouldn't they have the simple virtue of responsibility? And if it's a con job meant to mislead vulnerable people desperate for healing and connection, shouldn't they be held to the same standards as any other business for the results of their work? They aren't a church, you know, but a commercial operation selling a product. Why is everyone so willing to let them off the hook, especially when so many instances of damage have been documented? So many of you who believe they benefited are more than willing to kick into the gutter others who did not or were adversely affected. If they aren't responsible, why are you giving them credit for helping you? Isn't it a two way street?And by the way, why would anyone pay for a meditation teacher? My cat meditates like a champ, never took a lesson

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I think Terri Jo Keonly makes a very good argument on the whole controversy. Here is my question to all the skeptics and all those trying to smear the Hicks's image: It is a well-established and well-known fact that Jerry Hicks has been a millionnaire for decades, well prior to the Abraham phenomenon became publicly known. If the Hickses were a fraud, what would their motives have been for "scamming" the world and putting their own reputations on the line by pioneering this work? Why would they risk the "fraud" criticism if they were already comfortably wealthy? Why would they work so hard if they didn't have to work at all? Couldn't it be that their motive was to propagate a philosophy which would have an immense positive impact on the entire world? Why are people so hung up on the details - "Are they a fraud?; Is this a scam?; Did Esther commit adultery? ... etc." Does any of this really matter? Isn't their message clear enough and positive enough? Why the need and desire to chisel at it and make it crumble when it teaches nothing but upliftment and empowerment of self and others?And why is now everyone fixating on Jerry Hicks's death? I mean did anyone really think that both Esther and Jerry would go on living in their current physical bodies forever? So Jerry passed on. He had cancer. Everyone seems to assume that having been exposed first hand to Abraham's teachings, he would have known how to avoid physical death. But avoiding physical death is not the point of us being here according to Abraham. The point is creation. Joyous creation through a focusing of consciousness. The point is the exilarating experience of living. And then moving on to the next logical step. So let's cut Jerry some slack and forgive him for daring to follow his own next logical step. Only he knew how he felt, what he thought, what his hopes were, and what his desires were, including the appropriateness and timeliness of his passing. His life experience was his own, and I really don't think anybody - be it a "believer" or a skeptic - is in any position to judge him for following the course of events that was his own - including the number of wives he may have had.On the issue of not disclosing details of their lives prior to Abraham, I would like to wonder aloud: why is that important? Why would their prior lives need to be publicised, when the Hickses' intent seems to always have been only to uplift and empower? The message they carried was the main event. The rest is just human experience, just as the rest of us go on with our own human experiences. Why put a spotlight on their own lives, when their mission was to evoke clarity on an ever-evolving message of betterment for all?So with that said, I hope that more people will realize that Jerry was a special individual, smart, funny, uplifting, unique, and really - brilliant. I cannot say I've ever heard or read anything he may have ever said that aimed to diminish any other human being. He brilliantly facilitated a message of love, hope, and empowerment, for many years. I think his work speaks for itself. As for those who wish to dig around for dirt, uncover conspiracies, frauds, and hoaxes, and use tabloid-style catchphrases, I suppose that's their choice, and maybe that is what feels fulfilling and uplifting to them.I wish the Hicks immediate and extended family strength and love at this time of loss, and as to Jerry - thank you and happy new adventures, wherever you may be now!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @David Stone1: I sit here, with something in my throat that won't go away... I don't know if I'm "waiting" for sadness or for anger... Maybe both...But beneath those emotions, I know there's gratitude towards you Dave. For the simple fact that you speak out what I have been feeling for a very long time but didn't trust.I have never really been a Abraham-believer; although I very much TRIED to be... I never succeeded and began to see and experience myself as a failure. It all seemed so simple... , so why wasn't I able to make myself happy? I didn't long for money (I accept the fact that I am what others call "poor"). I didn't feel the "eager" to find a soul mate (I'm not feeling lonely although I'm living alone). My health is okay the way it is (although I'm not all that "young" anymore :-) and I know Im not afraid to die (in fact, its more accurate to say that Im looking forward to be re-united with Source). The only thing I really wanted, was to be able to feel FAITH (in myself as well as in the life I'm living)... Meanwhile I know I was "searching" for God..., and tried to "force" myself to believe He was speaking through Esther, giving me the message I needed to hear. But my heart kept on feeling empty, no matter how hard my mind was trying to convince it of the "truth" of the Abraham teachings.And then life itself "helped" me out...First by "encouraging" me to write a message on the blog Esther opened a few days ago (after Jerry died). This message wasn't published. I remember that I hesitated to post it (I didn't understand why I felt the "urge" to write that message) but then the light in the room went out and turned on again, as if the universe was given me a "sign", which I interpreted as a little wink of the universe. And so I posted my comment, in which I wrote that I had the impression that Abraham was in fact the inner voice (the non-physical part) of Jerry. It was, according to me, an innocent, well meant message I wrote for Esther, to let her know that Jerry (Abraham) was closer to her then ever before. Why didn't they publish it?Now I know..., thanks to you...Meanwhile I think that, maybe only in the beginning, it is possible that Jerry "received" messages from the non-physical. Because I'm sure that we, as physical beings, are able to work together with "the other side" in order to gain consciousness about who we are, about what life is all about. But it is my experience that this is impossible if we "focus" on something else than to heal ourselves and others. So according to me, Abraham "left the building" the moment he (they?) saw that bringing light (love/consciousness) was not the main purpose of Jerry and Esther. Light/love/consciousness is what this planet needs, is what we all need... Allowing God, as the carrier of this light, in our hearts, and being willing to do HIS will and not trying to follow ours (or the will of others), is what can "save" us all Following Gods will is what will turn out to be the best for all of us

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      @anonymous: I thought, even if you're so eager to excuse Esther and Jerry, you might concede that there's more about making money than the obvious. It can be done in a way that is both immoral and hurtful to others. Your rational for excusing them was weak.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @David Stone1: I'm sorry but I don't understand your last sentence.

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      @anonymous: I believe the people I've heard from who believe they were hurt by Esther and Jerry would disagree. Your not caring "if they are 'scam' artists puts you in the same self-enamored category as Esther, a serious narcissist whose basically philosophy is that, as long as you're happy, others are irrelevant. Hers (and presumably your) lack of empathy puts you in a very selfish place. But as long as you're happy, who cares if someone else suffers pain or loss, right? It's just all about you.

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      @anonymous: Couple of quick points. Although I'm not angry with them, I know others who were ripped off by them, especially by Jerry, put their health a serious risk by trusting the teachings or had relationships damaged by believing an actual oracle of some kind was speaking.As for money, I don't know anyone who objects to their making money. It's how they make it, by scamming needy people who fall for the snake oil, that's a problem. Some are amazed they haven't been prosecuted for fraud. If your doctor, lawyer, blogger or church makes money from a scam, I'd be opposed to that too. Bernie Madoff made money. I'm assuming your weak moral rational thought his method might be wrong.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have listened to quite a lot of Abraham stuff. I love Esther's voice, and much of the conversations contain good advice. I paid my therapist for much more and got much less. Some things didn't sit well with me and I just let that stuff go .I'll admit that I was floored when I read Jerry "transitioned". Almost "let down" because I figured that if anyone could do it, Jerry could. But I don't know them. I don't know what deep seated crap Jerry carried around. If I was angry or disappointed because they weren't up front with Jerry's illness then that's my problem. Who knows what they were thinking. I wasn't in love with Jerry; truthfully... he kind of irritated me. I didn't want to be with them....just Abraham. I read and listen to many different teachers, all with the same message, just the delivery is different. Seth was way over my head so Abraham's "dumb downed" delivery hit the spot for me. I don't understand why there are people out there who are so angry with them. You don't need to save me. Also, what the hell is wrong with making money? My doctor makes money, my lawyer makes money (oops, wrong guy to mention), churches make money, many bloggers make money, almost everyone wants to make money. Is there a level where too much money is considered bad? If Jerry and Esther made a little bit of money would they still be considered scammers? The bottom line for me is that I have changed the way I think in many ways. Most of all is that I am responsible for my thoughts. I once believed that if you did something to me and I felt bad then it was YOUR FAULT. So what Abraham has taught me is that I have my own power and my thoughts, and that takes a lot of work. AND I have also found a bit more comfort in death. For me, that makes living a hell of a lot easier.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, it doesn't really matter to me if they are "scam" artists or not. I haven't paid more than $20 for any of their material (most I download for free off youtube) and they've helped to improve my life and my marriage including the way I think about things.

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      @gypsyman27 lm: Yes, exactly, an All-American, money-making clan.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      They seem to be your average scam artists plying their trade in anyway they can. The picture of the family says a lot, with Jerry stuck in the corner barely seen. They are not any different from others that have come before them with a similar message, which was simply a way for them to make money. See you around the galaxy...

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      @Heather426: Until the last couple of years, I'd agree, but not anymore. They have become pioneers in generating Group Think, i.e., the mechanics of a cult.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Hmm, they sound like they are re packaging old material, but the messages in some cases are very good, so I guess I would forgive the messengers:) I always quote John Lennon, "whatever gets you through the night"

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      Kyra1985 6 years ago

      As always, excellent work Dave.

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      @anonymous: Rings true with me. People were feeling the kind of spiritual emptiness that led to the crazy popularity of a shallow book like the Secret. Jerry and Esther Hicks have the same valuable qualities: shallowness, narcissism and no qualms about giving the people what they want.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Unfortunately Jerry and Esther Hicks are giving the people what they want, easy answers that require no work on their part.