Here, I am listing negative experiences that people have had with the Abraham Hicks material. There are plenty of positive testimonials out there, but my intention around all this is very clear.
My mother came to live with me 6 months ago because she had suddenly lost her vision and of course thought this was a spiritual thing... Well, we took her to real Physicians and found out she had metastatic cancer. Hmmmm, guess she manifested it in herself. Upon finding this out she was in denial and became frantic to listen to her audio Abraham-Hicks tapes, meditate, etc. I ended up listening to them by default and found their tactics to be very cult like and a lot of what they said was very manipulative. Every book says the same things in different ways over and over. Other things they said were no big secret but plain old common sense. They have just found a way to package and sell to susceptible people and keep them coming back for more because they become dependent.
As for my mother, as her illness progressed no matter how hard she tried to will it away, she could no longer deny it. She decided to stop listening to the tapes. She gradually started changing back to the person we knew and reconnecting with her family. We can never get those 5 years back and we have no future. She passed away on Jan 7.
I would also like to add that the followers she made friends with are all making money alright. They make it off each other and people that are ill or weak by claiming to be healers and channelers and charging outrageous fees for their healing services. They called themselves friends while they took over $11K from my mom in less than a month for spiritual healing sessions just prior to her coming to live with me. Once they figured out she was getting worse and they didn't want to be caretakers, they contacted her family and couldn't wait to send her off to us. Otherwise, our family might have never known what was going on and she would have died with those people robbing her blind.
Are they a scum sucking cult? They are in my opinion and they are creating more just like them. I would like to put them out of business and I will try by communicating my story wherever I can. Sadly, there are always those that are searching and seeking for some secret or magic answer and fall into these traps. FYI - I have learned that several of there followers are diagnosed bi-polars that refused traditional treatment, including my mother. Interesting, isn't it?
I was an Abraham Hicks fan and was introduced through The Secret. I was also a big Eckhart Tolle fan at one point. I got into the habit of listening to Esther's you tube videos at night. I'd just make a playlist and think, “Great, I get to fall asleep listening to positive messages." I won't ever listen to anyone before going to bed again, especially ‘new age’ teachers. Their words had a strong hypnotic effect and definitely assisted in what I consider brainwashing. There were nights I couldn't fall asleep so I'd put on Esther’s recordings and fall asleep shortly after.
I had told my boyfriend at the time I was listening to Eckhart Tolle, who also teaches thought-stopping techniques, and his eyes widened in concern. He never liked Tolle and thought he was very strange. He mentioned I might be brainwashed and I got upset at him. I refused to continue the conversation because it was negative. He told me I seemed almost robotic at times and emotionless. As if I didn’t want to speak up for anything. Now I realize he was genuinely concerned. Tolle teaches that we should strive to be as "calm" as the flowers. (Which means numb your mind down until you’re a passive zombie only able to process his teachings)
I read their [Esther and Jerry’s] books and was a big youtube listener. I felt the only people that understood me were other "abers". I felt I knew some amazing knowledge that only other abers knew. I only wanted to be around other abers. I went to a workshop to see Esther in person. At the workshop something clicked in my head. When she asked in the beginning of the seminar, "It is good to come together in the purpose of co-creation do you agree? It's co-creation at its best," everyone, including myself, replied yes at the same time. I thought to myself, "I sound brainwashed." I then wondered about what she just asked. Was being at that seminar really ‘co-creation’ at its best? I then immediately dismissed it because that was a negative thought.
What really made me get away from this new age nonsense was the increasing trouble I was having socializing with family, friends, and people in general. I attempted to explain to my mother that she unconsciously brought on breast cancer through her thinking processes. I could no longer sympathize to what she went through. My basic human emotion of empathy was stripped. When you are in the cult society is divided into abers and non-abers (followers and non-followers) Non-Abers have human feelings such as empathy and feel the need to take action when something is wrong. As an aber, I was unwilling to let myself feel any emotion for more than 68 seconds. When I got upset I convinced myself to let it go immediately even if something needed to be done. With Tolle's work I became very passive and it scared my boyfriend. He told me "You hesitate every time you speak as if you are second guessing what you should say." I took positive thinking so seriously that I wouldn't allow myself to say anything negative for fear it would bring on negative thoughts. Again, lifeless, robotic, numb and blissfully brainwashed.
What snapped me out of it was going back to college. Higher education especially in the medical field, stresses critical thinking and the importance of it. We study facts, not fiction. Critical thinking goes against everything Abraham teaches. I still was finding it hard to relate to everyone. Anytime someone complained, even when it was justified, I thought in my mind, "this person doesn't understand that their thoughts are causing all of the trouble." If anyone was going through an illness or struggle I concluded, based on Abraham’s teachings, that it was ultimately brought on by them. Since I no longer empathized with people I was alone. Very alone. One day I just decided to snap out of it and to regain my life. I searched and discovered more people felt the same way. At the beginning of this 'new aged brainwashed' period I just wanted to learn more and seek some truth. It turns out I finally did.