May
21

Does Esther Hicks really channel other beings?

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spookyAs the original proponents of the Law of Attraction, Jerry and Esther Hicks have had a huge influence on spiritual thought.

Their philosophy was the foundation of the very popular movie, The Secret. As you may know, Esther was in the first version. She was edited out of the “new expanded” version of the movie for not signing away her intellectual rights.

For over 20 years Jerry and Esther Hicks have shared their work with “those who are attracting this information” (as Jerry says at the beginning of every CD). Notice that they are not recruiting people, trying to convince them that their ideas are the only real truth. Actually it’s quite the opposite. They are very happy to go about their business and let you believe whatever you feel is right. If you want what they have, they make it available. This, to me, is refreshing, considering that just about everyone else wants to convince you they are right and that you should “just have faith” when you are told the most ridiculous things.

And what are the Hicks teaching? Mainly that “Life is supposed to be fun.” How many of us forgot that along the way? We knew it as kids. Then someone (actually several some ones) taught us that life was hard, and that we were supposed to work at a job we don’t like and do whatever it takes to get by…until finally we drop dead. And then, some say, is when we will find happiness.

Ok, then how do we know what to do? Well, if you’re feeling bad, you’re not doing it right. If that little voice in you is complaining, you can’t be happy. In order to be happy, here and now, you must be doing what YOU think is right, whatever that may be. You can tell by your emotions how you’re doing.

But what about the “channeling”? One of the definitions of channeling is “the practice of professedly entering a meditative or trancelike state in order to convey messages from a spiritual guide.” Sounds kind ‘a spooky, doesn’t it?

According the Abraham-Hicks website, “Abraham, a group of obviously evolved teachers, speak their broader Non-physical perspective through the physical body of Esther.” This sounds like channeling, though Jerry and Esther don’t use that word.

Watching or listening to Esther isn’t the least bit spooky. You can see for yourself in these videos. She does answer questions from a broad perspective. “Abraham” even refers to Esther in the third person.

It’s not like we, as a society, do not believe in channeling. A large percentage of the US population believes that about 2000 years ago God spoke through individuals who channelled it and wrote it down. Now it’s collectively known as The Bible.

So, is Esther really channeling? Honestly, I don’t know. Just set that question aside, forget where the words come from, and listen to what she says. The philosophy is very positive and internally consistent. (Esther/Abraham once said they only have one answer, they just tell it different ways.) I’ve seen it help a lot of people. You can read more about the Abraham philosophy at the Abraham-Hicks website.

If The Bible is your authority, Matthew 7:20 says, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.

What do you think?

 

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  • Chris Said:

    I think it’s pure shenanigans :) I appreciate the positive message but there is no need to mask it in the foolishness purported by Hicks.

    I’ll add that “The Secret” was a ridiculous book full of pseudoscience matched only by the equally trivial “What the Bleep Do We Know?”.

  • Tony Said:

    @Chris,

    I believe I understand where you’re coming from. However, I think there are more than a few practices (or rituals) being used today that are far more foolish than the Hick’s, and that are taken much more seriously, IMHO. People are often attracted by the magical aspect, later to understand the other aspects.

    Regardless, if you put aside the question of where it comes from, I think the philosophy taught by Jerry and Esther Hicks is very profound. It takes into account that people create their own reality by the concepts they have. It builds people up instead of telling them that they are wretched and unclean. People are told to follow their own conscience, which is the culmination of everything a person knows, and it’s the only way a person can really be happy.

    As to “The Secret”… It is a dramatization, not a documentary. As such, it has done a great job of reminding people that they, themselves, are in charge of their life.

    Thank you for your comment, Chris. I respect your opinion.

  • Klara Said:

    I love the teachings of abraham, they have reminded me of who I really am :)
    Thank you for posting light threads on the internet!
    Keep Shining
    Klara

  • Zero Kazama Said:

    I like their message – focus on what you want, take responsibility for your inner space and believe from choice rather than default from social norms. The thing that people don’t realize is that we’re all “channelers”- we’re an “I” that’s driving this “self”; we always describe ourselves in 3rd person. We’re a self-consciousness channeling through a physical body and this consciousness is totally intangible, like our self definitions that we use to describe ourselves. I mean can you show me what “yourself” is without using ideas without a form? It’s like asking a radio to show it’s music. So she may have another intelligence speaking through her body. Or not, but it doesn’t seem too far fetched to me. The only that’s kinda lacking in her teachings is this – you have to live up to what you want. You can’t have a greater life without being greater yourself. I also think the Secret can be dangerous for total egomaniacs – those that can’t think outside of themselves and contemplate the effect of their desires with the rest of the world. I practice the principles well – I moved to LA 2 years ago homeless/jobless and launched a great career. Still, watching the Secret I was rubbing my face thinking “aww f*ck I hope a child molester doesn’t watch this”. “I affirm I’m surrounded by preteen sex slaves” ewwwwww.

  • Jan Said:

    I think the last sentence says it all: Matthew 7:20 says, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

    Jerry Hicks mission statement also speaks loudly. “It is my intention that the lives of all people I interact with will either be elevated as a result of our interaction, or they will be left where they are, but that no one will be diminished as a result of their association with me”.

    I have yet to see someone diminished from their experience with this wonderful information.

  • Hjelmi Larsen Said:

    It doesn’t really matter whether people believe in this or not. The Law of Attraction is real, regardless of what people think. God created humans and everything in the universe as energetic entities. The universe itself is set up on a magnetic plane. Therefore whatever you focus your thoughts on is what you magnetically draw to you. For the person above who said it’s “pure shenanigans”, I ask you this………..are you more intelligent than God? Are you doubting that God created humans and the universe to work in this exact way so that every person and animal would have just what they most need to survive? Stop being so foolish and lacking in faith and look around to see the evidence that this is the way our GOD created the world!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mjc143 Said:

    please do not kill the little good Abraham makes in this world. its a small step in making a better world. at least, Abraham’s audience would be positive about life and focus on what is good in their lives so they can experience what God has created for them… unlike many others who take things too seriously that a lot of bad things happen to them and forget to appreciate the little things God has made around them… Abraham teaches the world to appreciate all that is for what they are, and focus on what you want so that when you live in contrast, you’ll know what it is you want and get it. it just makes life a little bit happier to live in. hehe

  • Madelaine Said:

    mjc143 said “please do not kill the good Abraham makes in this world.”

    Worry not. That’s not possible. Let the ones who aren’t ready to hear it, be who they are. You be who you are. As the Abester would say, “don’t let them in your pie.” Chris is entitled to his opinion. Everyone is. Abraham calls it “contrast” and delights in it. It will be nice when people like him are able to let others have their opinions and experiences without denying and belittling.

    People who do not allow others have not personally experienced their power. Chris has convinced himself that all the people who have come to this knowledge are nuts. He can’t imagine that they have actually experienced the magic of the universe. It’s kinda funny actually.

    Do what feels right for you and all will be good. Life really is an inside job.

    I appreciate the clarity of Abraham and others. I love what has happened in my life as this knowledge has sunk in. It feels like magic. It feels like power. The funny thing is, people who know it and experience it, don’t feel the need to convince people like Chris of anything. Allow them be…. and don’t attract them.

    xx
    me

  • William Bond Said:

    I think it is to do with the fact that Esther Hicks is a woman. If Esther Hicks had been a man she would have presented herself as a guru or an “enlightened teacher”, but i don’t think she has the ego to pull that off. So it is far easier for her to present herself as a channel for spiritual beings. And perhaps it is to do with societies attitudes, it is still easier for most people to accept a man as an ‘enlightened teacher’ than a woman. So being a medium is a far less controversial way for her to present her message.

    I agree, “by their fruits ye shall know them”. So Esther Hicks has to be judged by the message to gives, and how it helps people. Though obviously her message is not for all people.

  • Kyra Said:

    “original proponents of the Law of Attraction”

    You mean, besides Judge Troward, Napoleon Hill, and William Walker Atksinson? All of them wrote on the Law of Attraction, referring to it by name, and discussed it in the same way that Abraham discusses it today. I think they would be closer to the original proponents than Abraham. And why are they “obviously evolved”? What does that even mean?

  • Netty Said:

    When you Know you KNOW…then you will not even need to question whether it is true or not…you will KNOW it s is truth or not.. that is why Esther and Jerry do not push it on anyone…we will all get it when we are ready and only then…Esther and Jerry KNOW this. I am grateful they are willing to share.

  • carmen white Said:

    I only know when I listen to Esther speaking she makes a lot of sense and it leaves me feeling soothed. It helps to feel I am nearly in the vortex. It helps not to think about guilt and sin and all the other negative stuff which organised religions push down our throats. I feel calmer and saner as a result. Where is the harm in that?

  • Lauren Said:

    I went to see them at a workshop with a friend. I saw things I’d never seen before- with my own eyes, and found out I had abilities I never was aware of. Esther is not a fake or a scam. People who say she is are of the same mentality as those who ridiculed and murdered Jesus. Doubt and bitter ridicule are ugly human traits and I pity those who go there. Esther is a teacher- don’t like her?- don’t listen.But don’t call her a scam because you are angry or bitter or miserable and don’t believe in anything outside yourself. She channels those who wish to teach. I know – I can see them- and I am not mentally ill in any way. My family and co-workers would not believe it was me saying this..I don’t tell becuase of people like those here who don’t know what they are…but your own eyes don’t lie, and neither does Esther.

  • Pankaj Said:

    They are not “the original proponents of the Law of Attraction.” You start off incorrectly. The LOA was around way before these two showed up on the scene. You can go back to the early 1900′s and people were talking about it then. All they have done is re-package the teaching to tell people what they want to hear over and over again with a one size fits all solution to everything in life. They are far from the ‘leading edge of thought.’ Anyone who believes that needs to be educated or better yet woken up.

  • Pankaj Said:

    They are in no way “the original proponents of the Law of Attraction.” You start off incorrectly. The LOA was around way before these two showed up on the scene. You can go back to the early 1900′s and people were talking about it then. All they have done is re-package the teaching to tell people what they want to hear over and over again with a one size fits all solution to everything in life. They are far from the ‘leading edge of thought.’ Anyone who believes that needs to be educated or better yet woken up.

  • Gary R. Prout Said:

    These people are con artists and practicing dangerous “spiritual” principles. A true prayer to God will deliver one from false religion and its dangers. Greed, and not really loving people more than money motivates these types. The Secret was such a sham, thanks Oprah for misguiding millions!!!

  • kerry Said:

    as a sensitive and gifted person – I can understand the teachings esp about the vibrations and source. Lots of those with nde experiences on you tube speak of this same thing. I appreciate what Esther says.

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