Is Esther Hicks A Fake?
The accusation that Esther Hicks is faking her channeling of Abraham in books and live appearances was always there. ‘Of course,’ skeptics said. ‘Dead people or nonphysical teachers or whatever they are called don’t talk through ordinary people. It’s nonsense.’ A predictable response, but then the doubts began surfacing among followers and believers.
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It got intense in 2009 when a young man jumped into the Abraham-Hicks on-line forums, insisting vehemently, as a one-time insider with their organization, that he knew Abraham had, as he put it, ‘left the building.’ As their former channel, Esther Hicks, he claimed, was merely repeating an act she’d memorized when it was still valid.
So, is she faking or not?
Yes, he argued passionately, abrasively, she is. His claims were were disconcerting as Esther Hicks popularity was skyrocketing after The Secret, a movie inspired by her, and her her feel good message, whether legitimate as to its source or not, really had no downside.
But let’s start with some basics…
What is channeling?
Esoteric as the subject may be, it’s description is fairly straightforward. A channel receives direct information from a nonphysical (a spirit or similar entity) source by way of a sort of telepathy. Abraham, as portrayed by Esther Hicks, jokingly refers to this as ‘talking to dead people,’ while explaining that she is given nonverbal ‘blocks of thought’ that she must interpret into words, sentences, etc.
(Note: As my friend Jody Baron explains, Esther Hicks does not refer to what she does as channeling. She receives and interprets ‘blocks of thought’ as Abraham ‘comes in.’ This is almost exactly how the process is described by Theo, a spirit channel that preceded and influenced Esther Hicks, describes their channeling process. Jerry and Esther Hicks have described this process and how it started, many times. They provide some free audio about it on their website. You will have to suspend disbelief to get through it.)
Although Esther Hicks is arguably the best known channel active right now, others have cropped up with some frequency since the popularity of The Secret brought channeling into the mainstream. Abraham, channeled by Esther, claims to be a group committed to teaching and expanding awareness. Others, like Chief Joseph and and an accumulating group with Facebook Fan pages, may be individuals. Each however claims the same essential awareness of special knowledge and wisdom about the invisible workings of the universe and how they can affect or be affected by individuals.
Is channeling true?
Many people, probably most, would tell you that the whole idea is hogwash, mediums and others claiming special skills are taking advantage of the gullible. Yet the same critics won’t bat an eye at the idea of intuition, an equally inexplicable infusion of knowledge that most will admit happens regularly in everyday life. What if some people are just more adept or intuitive and can ramp up their intuition at a master level? What if we called it highly developed intuition instead of channeling?
Really, there is no doubt that channeling, if not by that name, happens, and that it happens naturally in almost everyone. We are more likely to call it intuition, but it seems to be the same thing. Like any skill, it’s effectiveness varies from the barely paying attention to listening so well they call in broader, more complete messages.
So, what about Esther Hicks? Is she real or faking?
When anyone makes an exceptional claim to wisdom or an exclusive hold on something which is hardly exclusive and pumps the gullible for cash, it doesn’t add to their credibility.
When Esther’s credibility was first questioned in my presence, the context was not pleasant for the Hicks juggernaut that had been adding followers and readers at a rapid pace. Jerry Hicks, Esther’s husband and business partner, has a long history, a high-ranking official in the Amway pyramid scheme universe before meeting Esther, and even if he doesn’t claim to channel, he certainly runs the business.
Both Jerry and Esther present themselves as respectful and grateful beneficiaries of Abraham’s teachings, and without ever seeming abrasive or presenting obvious efforts to proselytize, they quietly gathered a devoted following who attended seminars and bought their books and recordings.
Trusted celebrity self-help practitioners like Wayne Dyer offered strong endorsements.
The Hicks’s traveled in a ‘monster bus’ with a logo on back that read, ‘Life is supposed to be fun!’ And the upbeat folks who followed the teachings sometimes referred to themselves with playful names, like ‘Abrahamsters.’
Then came The Secret, a project initially meant for Australian television and based on the activities aboard an Abraham-Hicks cruise. Things went bad when the producers decided to edit in ways unacceptable to Jerry and Esther Hicks. When the conflict remained unresolved, they withdrew and had to be removed from what eventually became a general release movie.
Suddenly, the Law of Attraction, the core of Abraham-Hicks signature teachings, was no longer theirs alone, and their motives were being called into question.
A website managed by Abraham-Hicks employees and friends, The Abe Forum, began supporting discussions on topics related to the teachings and gave followers an on-line community to share their thoughts and experiences. Here again, things went awry when some members, resisting strict rules and guidelines intended to keep the community ‘on topic’ and devoid of obscenities and other non-mainstream behavior, launched a rival website where ‘anything goes’ was the rule. Abe Forum’s founders, essentially Esther and Jerry Hicks, objected to what they perceived as a clear link between the communities that promoted an overreaching misuse of Abraham-Hicks values. An agreement acceptable to both parties was reached but antagonisms and hard feelings persisted.
Challenges and doubts about Esther Hicks and, especially, Jerry Hicks were openly discussed. Then came the big one: ‘I’m an insider. I know Esther Hicks is faking. Esther is repeating the same slogans for the thousandth time when she’d rather be home with the grandchildren but Jerry is too greedy to let her.’
An objective look
While it might not be good news otherwise, Esther Hicks has a recorded twenty-five year history of channeling Abraham. There are quotes all over the Internet, and Abraham-Hicks distributes CDs every month of the newest lectures and hot seat dialogs. Surely, it would be easy to find all the stumbles, mistakes and contractions, all of which are on record.
Except they weren’t. Anyone, even Mother Theresa, would have had trouble matching Esther Hicks and Abraham’s consistency. In the last year or two, however, some glaring flaws and contradictions have erupted, and in public workshops, Esther, posing as Abraham, has adopted aggressive, exclusive tactics in attacking her own followers.
the track record had been impressive when looked at over the long term. While the basics of the Law of Attraction stay the same, i.e., ‘you get what you think about,’ the methods employed by Abraham and Esther Hicks to reach new students and develop awareness in established followers were impressive.
Early on, Esther Hicks’ Abraham persona addressed mostly concerns about daily living and how the pitfalls inherent in the way we think yielded results that, though predictable, were unexpected or unwanted. Practical insight. She was so likable that no one seemed to notice or much care that she was offering nothing new, just rehashes of Seth, dumbed down to reach a broader base, and smoother versions of Theo.
They then began teaching ‘the art of allowing,’ coupled with techniques and practices intended to help followers change their thoughts and understand their emotions. They taught followers about daily workshops and visualizations and to make functional lists. Even later came the concept of a ‘vortex,’ filled with a person’s accumulated wishes and waiting for the right moment of allowing. They taught a loving universe that was eager to respond to our thoughts.
Subtle teachings concerning upstream and downstream thoughts echo throughout the many recorded dialogs where a volunteer in the ‘hot seat’ exchanges directly with Esther-Abraham, challenging sometimes, even confronting. The smoothness, consistency, humor and warmth that came across even in recordings would be difficult to fake. This seemed like the real thing.
Since I heard the first recordings Jerry Hicks made, back in the 1980s, as my initial exposure, I believe I’ve observe Esther’s progress as a channel more thoroughly than most. In the beginning, in private sessions, she spoke with a weird, clipped sort of accent, sort of like a computer trying to duplicate speech. That slowly lifted, although now an occasional reminder can be heard.
No one could have planned or projected the progression that took place over twenty years, but in perspective, one can see developments that were natural to building a following. Esther gradually modified her presentation, sort of ‘un-weirding’ it. And then, the techniques Jerry learned from his years as a high-level Amway consultant seemed to take the driver’s seat.
Lately, the seams have unraveled however and all but a clique of true believers has noticed.
Then, Abraham Hicks is gospel?
Well, no. Abraham related through Esther Hicks that they are teachers, and while they will argue that they have access to better knowledge than their physical counterparts, they are also clear that each of us should seek our own inner voice, our truth, and that each of us has access to everything they and anyone else has ever known, accessible by practicing connection with our own inner selves.
I guess the time when I really began to value Abraham’s teachings was when I felt comfortable disagreeing with some of them. No need to go into that here, but if you check my subsequent writing, you will find that the disillusion has accelerated. I was happy that I could debate points with other knowledgeable followers and have lively discussions without negative consequences. This was sculpting understanding from reason and thought, not magic or a religion requiring doctrinal belief. By late 2010, that positioning has changed, exposing some things many of us would have considered unimaginable.
Which brings me to an important point… Is Abraham Hicks A Cult?
To some extent, you probably have to ask yourself why followers would stick with it, tossing out money for cruises and workshops. year after year if it weren’t. After all, the truth has always been simple, hasn’t it. Why would anyone need to hear it again and again for two decades?
I started by asking, Is Esther Hicks A Fake, channeling or merely ‘acting out’ a part? Is she or is she not faking?
I can tell you now, if she’s acting, she kept up a performance our best professionals might envy for a long time. But even the great ones get to make a bad film or perform poorly on stage, and Esther Hicks has bombed lately. She’s turned mean and impatient, much to the delight, unfortunately, of a core group of followers.
Researchers like my friend Kyra are digging deeper into the history of Esther and Jerry Hicks and finding troubling revelations.
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