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Abraham - Hicks
Posted by: Brad69 ()
Date: January 14, 2007 02:33AM

Dan Millman is a respected writer in these kinds of circles. He has a number of bestselling books. I thought his take on The Secret, from his blog might be of interest.


My Thoughts about “The Secret”
Thursday January 04th 2007, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Dan's Posts
Some weeks ago, a young man wrote to us, declaring, “In six months I’m going to have three million dollars, the woman of my dreams, and a beautiful house – because I’ve seen . . . The Secret!

The Secret, for those of you who haven’t yet heard, has become an internet phenomenon. It began as an Australian television production featuring a number of well-known authors and pundits, speaking about the “Law of Attraction.” This law says that we attract or manifest into our lives what we think about or focus on or earnestly desire.

As fate would have it, the producers, in a stroke of foresight, ended up delivering this 90-minute program via internet. One can go to the web site, watch a dramatic teaser, sign up, pay a mere $4.95, and download the program to watch to one’s heart’s content — to learn “The Secret.”

I’m not surprised by the popularity of this program. Magical thinking has huge appeal for many – especially when it intersects with ideas from quantum physics and metaphysical science.

In this respectful critique, I’m going to first express what I genuinely like about the program:

I find much of the program up-beat, good hearted, encouraging. It also has excellent production values, cinematography, effects, and sound. And the editing is excellent. I’m especially impressed by the cutting-edge method of delivery — internet streaming — ushering in a new era of movies on demand with the click of a mouse.

I also like the message that what we bring into our lives begins with a vision, a longed-for aspiration — a good reminder for those of us who haven’t yet stretched the wings of possibility and allowed ourselves to embrace higher possibilities. If The Secret opens the way to expanded dreams, it serves a useful purpose.

What concerns me, however, are the program’s primary suppositions. The message, repeated in different words by the various guests, is that if we simply intend and visualize and dream big enough, we can “manifest” all our dreams — effortlessly, magically, mystically.

However, this “Law of Attraction” does not, in my view, qualify as a law at all. In my book, The Laws of Spirit, I present twelve spiritual laws (including, to name a few, the laws of balance, choices, process, faith . . . action, surrender, and unity) — laws which apply consistently and universally to everyday life. This quality of consistency is essential to any law, and differentiates it from proverbs, principles, or aphorisms, which may or may not apply. In other words, a law works every time here on Earth, much like the law of gravity.

In any case, this “Law of Attraction,” as taught many decades ago by metaphysicians like Catherine Ponder and others, is certainly a positive and expansive idea. But dreams, desires and visions are only the beginning — they must be followed by focused effort over time – something barely mentioned in the “Secret” production.

Thomas Edison wrote, “We often miss opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” It has the ring of truth, doesn’t it? But suggesting that we need to work hard over time to achieve our goals doesn’t sell well. It isn’t sexy or fascinating, or sound much like a “Secret.” Common sense rarely does.

In “The Secret,” we personally witness a little boy who wishes and hopes for a bicycle—he thinks about it, visualizes a bike, cuts out pictures from a magazine. And lo and behold, one day he opens a door and there is his new bike! Personally, I would have been more drawn to see him walking a paper route, or doing chores to earn some money, or at least asking his parents directly for a special Christmas gift. Which reminds me of a story I relate in Living on Purpose:

Louie goes to church every Sunday and prays to God, “Dear Lord, I’ve been a good and devout man for many years, living according to your Laws, doing acts of charity, serving the poor, supporting my family. So please, please, let me win the lottery just once!” He repeats this plea every week for years, but his entreaties go unanswered. So Louie starts to pray to win the lottery every night and every day. Until one day, he hears a voice thunder down from the heavens: “Louie, will you at least go half-way with me and buy a ticket?”

That’s all I’m suggesting — a simple point ignored by “The Secret” — go to the effort to buy a ticket. Or as an Arabic sage once said, “Trust in God . . . but tie your camel.”

So if you wish to be successful, dream big, but start small — then connect the dots. In other words, start with a vision, then take baby steps. Neither dreaming nor wishing nor magical secrets get the laundry done.

The biggest issue I have with programs like The Secret (or other idealistic notions such as learning “positive thinking”) is that when their magical methods don’t work, we end up believing that it’s our fault, our lack, our fault. We believe that if we had truly deserved it, or really applied ourselves, or focused more intently, or visualized more clearly with a sincere heart, surely it would have worked.

The Secret, then, with its lovely and uplifting promise, is a foolproof supposition: If we don’t heal, manifest, get what we want, it’s due to our own lack of faith.

Or maybe it’s because we forgot the “taking action” part . . .

There are some successful people who claim to have mastered “The Secret” and who have manifested their dreams and desires. Few of them tell us about their years of struggle and labor and preparation.

By all means strive in the direction of your dreams! Visualize a grand life! Then get to work. While we cannot control the outcomes, we can control our efforts. And by making the effort, we increase the odds of creating a larger life.

I close with my warmest wishes, and with a reminder from Henry David Thoreau: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. Now put foundations under them.”

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Abraham - Hicks
Posted by: starbright ()
Date: January 16, 2007 06:48PM

I have been reading all your posts on Abraham Hicks and there are a couple of things I just don't get...........if this is a cult then who is the God figure head like the Jonestown people or David Koresh's followers had, doesn't Abraham say that WE are all a piece of God?

Where is it that they say to sign over all your money to them? Give them what you have? Even a tithing like some churches do (like the LDS). Don't they say that YOU are the co-creator of your own life? Don't YOU or I have free will?

I have been aware of these "beings" for over 2 years and in that time I have bought a couple of second hand CD's off e-Bay, one book - Ask And It Is Given and have downloaded MEGA freebies off their own website plus loads of other stuff off other websites all for free, plus joined FREE forums of like minded people. How can this be a cult when I am sitting here at my computer in my own home of my own free will here in Australia, using my own brain to try and figure all this stuff out. Hell I have spent way more on fiction books in the past 2 years than I ever did on Abraham stuff.

Nobody is telling me that I should buy this and that if I want to get to a higher place. And even if I do decide to do that, then that is my own business, I would suggest that the people who are interested in what Abraham has to say are not spotty faced teenagers likely to get led like sheep into some cult like The Moonies, but people like myself who have a brain and free will.

So lighten up people, have an OPEN mind, listen and you may learn. Hey it wasn't all that long ago in time that people were joining up to The Flat Earth Society or do you subscribe to that opinion too?

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Posted by: Good Beliefs ()
Date: January 28, 2007 09:58PM

I just wanted to post a reply to Starbright's comments.

The fact that most of the contributors to this thread have reached this site by the google search of "Abraham Hicks" + "cult" must tell you that there are some genuine concerns out there. As you say, cults are often defined by so-called godlike or guru figures who proclaim that they have secret or divine sources of knowledge. In the case of Abraham, it could be argued that there are specific individuals who are claiming to be authoratitive sources through which this spiritual energies are being channelled. Moreover, these energies are then translated into a business structure where people have to buy into the piece of ultimate happiness they desire. Moreover, as you will see from nearly every other contribution to this thread, this particular group uses a rather distorted version of Law of Attraction which both seeks to seperate the group member from 'cynical' non believers, while also blaming the individual's lack of resolve when they are unable to manifest wealth, happiness or a millionaire lifestyle.

Please do not insult people who have contributed to this thread with the claim that we do not have open minds. if this is the case, should you not be as critical of Abraham as you are of those wishing to unpick some of its contradictions? Finally, I would say that cults tend not to focus on spotty faced teenagers (as any analysis of the Jonestown people or David Koresh's followers would indicate). Rather, they seek to attract and manipulate highly intelligent and articulate professionals precisely because they are then able to convey their message in a convincing manner to new recruits.


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Posted by: Gulab Jamon ()
Date: January 29, 2007 11:39PM

Below is a letter I found on another message board that purports to be from Esther and Jerry Hicks, who are now distancing themselves from [i:15f8c024dc]The Secret[/i:15f8c024dc]:


Dear Friends,

Nearly two years ago, while on-board our Mexican Riviera Cruise, Prime Time
Productions did an interview with Jerry and me, and with Abraham, in
response to an agreement that we had all carefully crafted together for a
television show that was to be aired in Australia called "The Secret." We
were told that "The Secret" would be based on our work and that they would seek out other teachers who were in alignment with our work. We reviewed, on DVD, two other projects that had been created by this production company and found them to be beautifully done, and good-feeling pieces.

Since Jerry and I had never before stepped into the public forum in that way with our Abraham work, we followed the advice of our publisher, who
introduced us to an intellectual property rights attorney who assisted us in
drafting the agreement which would guide our involvement with this project. He explained to us that although he had included in the intellectual
property rights license agreement that we were to receive a small percentage of the net profit from this project, and 10% of direct video sales, that it was very unlikely that (from his experience) we would receive any substantial compensation from our participation, and we were not unhappy with that arrangement. Our decision to do it was not motivated from the idea of making money from it, (unless there was profit to share) but because we were stimulated by the excitement of this beautiful producer, and when we met her and her beautiful crew, we easily loved them all.

As time went by, it became apparent that the television network that we had been told would air "The Secret" was not going to do it, at least not right now, and so the production company began seeking other ways of marketing their beautiful project to recoup their very large investment. While Jerry and I were uncomfortable with what felt to us like a rather aggressive marketing campaign (just not our style, nothing wrong with it) we stayed focused on our busy schedule and really had very little to do with what was happening with "The Secret."

Eventually we received an email from the producer of "The Secret" lovingly explaining (we never have received correspondence from her that was anything other than extremely loving) that the contract that we had all agreed upon and signed was no longer sufficient for their further distribution of the project in the areas they were now seeking to distribute the project, and that it would be necessary for us (Jerry and Esther) to relinquish our intellectual property rights in these areas forever and redo our contract or they would have to reluctantly edit us out. It was clear, from the lovingly written email that they did not want to edit us out, but after conferring with our publisher, and then our intellectual property rights attorney, and finally with Abraham, allowing them to edit us out was the path of least resistance. Abraham's words were very clear and easy to understand:
"Whenever you are given an ultimatum that says, 'if you don't do this, then we will have to do such and such,' it is best that you just let it go and
move on. Otherwise there is always another, and this, and this, and this."

Now, it seems there is quite a firestorm surrounding our dis-involvment with "The Secret". We are receiving so many emails and letters and face-to-face questions from disappointed people regarding this, so we want you to understand how we feel about it.

We think that "The Secret" clearly and beautifully presents Abraham's Law of Attraction in a way that is easy to understand. It is filled with stunning beauty and beautiful people, many of whom are our personal friends. We love the way "The Secret" moves us, and we feel joy rise within our hearts every time we watch it. We feel the power of it, and the clarity of it, and we love "The Secret".

It is our desire that, rather than being upset that our part of "The Secret"
will be omitted in future offerings of it, that instead you enjoy the
original Abraham version, as it is, at this time, and that you look forward
to what other incredible things these talented people may bring to you.
These are people who clearly care about the planet, who want to be of value, and who, in our opinion, are of tremendous value.

Financially speaking, we have been very well paid for our participation with this project. which has amounted to a staggering amount of money. And if money were the most important factor, we assure you, we would have found some way of staying involved.

So, we're out here doing our thing, enjoying the incredible expansion of the message of Abraham, and are so looking forward to the wonderful things that are in our future. Abraham says to us and to you:

It is our desire that you be easy about all of this. There is nothing that
has gone wrong here. Everything is in alignment. The Universe will offer a
steady stream of uplifting avenues to all of you.

There is great love here for you, Abraham.

Our love, Jerry & Esther

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Posted by: Gulab Jamon ()
Date: January 29, 2007 11:46PM

Here is where I found this:


According to the person who posted it, it is no longer on the site.

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Posted by: kath ()
Date: February 10, 2007 02:47AM

what do you think that is all about? :shock: It's very carefully worded.

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Posted by: Gulab Jamon ()
Date: February 10, 2007 06:39AM

what do you think that is all about? :shock: It's very carefully worded.

Publishing royalties is my guess. I think Jerry & Esther are under contract with a certain publisher and there might be some contractual and financial issues surrounding that. From what I am guessing, they thought they were being interviewed for an Australian TV show and didn't realize "The Secret" was going to be this huge money-making world phenomenon. I guess that raises a whole set of contractual/financial complications for the movie's makers and the Hicks's company. It was probably easier for all parties concerned to just edit them out.

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Posted by: Good Beliefs ()
Date: February 11, 2007 02:51AM

I have to say that as all of this is channelled through 'Abraham', Jerry and Esther must just think that they are so lucky to have been chosen by a group of spirits that just so happen to be familiar with contemporary authorship rights and the commercial dynamics of publishing! I can't think why so many people are questioning this as a money making con...!

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Posted by: DingoGirl ()
Date: February 18, 2007 06:35PM

Dear VoltaireLives

I am replying to the posts by Recovering MLM and VoltaireLives regarding their posts. I recently saw “The Secret” on Oprah and it piqued my interest, therefore, I was doing a little bit of research. In my research I was in disbelief when I came by the names of Esther and Jerry Hicks. Immediately, I went to their website to verify that they were the same people I knew when I lived in Fresno. Indeed, I recognized their photos instantly. Everything that Recovering MLM has said is the truth and accurate. I know because my ex-husband and I were Amway Consultants and Jerry & his former wife, Trisha, were our leaders. I was in real estate at the time and Jerry and Trisha bought my dream home. Before my husband and I got married I changed our china pattern from a reasonable priced china pattern to a very pricy china pattern because after hearing Jerry do his “Think and Grow Rich Seminars” I was convinced we were going to be rich. I believe I might still have one Jerry’s tapes entitled “Poolside Chat with Jerry Hicks.” Anyway, VoltaireLives I hope this reply helps to circumstantiate what Recovering MLM has posted.
DingoGirl :P

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Posted by: Good Beliefs ()
Date: February 20, 2007 07:57PM

Dear Dingogirl,

That was very useful information, as it seems that Abraham followers are very sensitive to the past careers of their two leaders. Any other information that you have on their past careers as Amyway sales people before they adopted their current 'spiritual' roles would be very helpful to this thread.

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