I did not experience A/H as a blaming entity.
I recommend reading with an open mind and rejecting the principles that do not ring true.
The concept of our thoughts creating our reality is not a new one.
I do not believe they intend harm. Sure they want to sell their books--all authors do. Does that make it a "mind control" cult?
Umm, well, yes. The reason the Hicks and their traveling freak show are a "mind control" cult is that they do the one thing that mind control cults always do, they encourage their more ardent followers to isolate themselves from non-cult (in this case, non-Abe-Hicks followers) members. Isolation from non-cult members is one of the fast and cardinal signal posts for true cultdom.
You really don't make it to cult status until you've established that one. And yes. We KNOW that they tell the members its for their own good. Of course they do. They tell them that they are just encouraging them to be around positive, like-minded members who won't interfere with their "manifestations" and their success with their psychic negativity.
Well here's a big newsflash for ya! That's what ALL the cults SAY. I mean, you don't win many followers with the line, "Hey, I'd really like for you to give me all of your money and associate only with the people I specify." That line NEVER goes over well. So they make it "good" for you to narrow your associations with those negative and unenlightened people outside the CULT. You know, so that you can be happy. And successful.
When the real deal is that they are just afraid that if any of your friends get you away from their happy trappy hippy dippy bs long enough, they might talk some sense into you about the likelihood that you should spend money buying merchandise from a woman who couldn't manifest a good marriage, but was more than happy to dump her spouse, marry this Jerry huckster, and start a cult with him. About how likely it is that 35,000 year old advice and prophecies from "warrior spirits" via Esther Hicks are a good plan for the rest of your life.
Especially when hey, Jerry stole that idea from some other woman channeling some other made up bs and then thought it would be a great idea for Esther to explore her own spirituality and start doing it too. Umm, especially if people would pay for it afterwards. He made his franchise much bigger and better though. He is, after all, a good salesman. Which is all this dog and pony show is. A bunch of pseudoscience, some pragmatic advice, and an increasing and unfortunate attempt to isolate followers. For their own good, of course.
There is just enough pragmatic, common sense stuff in there to make a good hook for the bait and rest of it is pure-d horse manure.
Oh, back to the what does it hurt, or are they really hurting anyone?
If by that you mean, is it ok to knowingly rip off untold numbers of people in the name of the almighty dollar, and slowly to isolate them from the outside world to perpetuate your myth and your hold on them, oh no. Absolutely not. The Hicks are sweethearts if you count all that stuff out.