It’s no secret that I am a fan of Abraham-Hicks. I’ve written about her/them before and shared different thoughts that they generate in me on a regular a basis. But every now and then someone will ask me why I continue to listen to them over and over. That’s when it occurred to me that I have never shared some of the overriding themes that I most appreciate and what keeps me coming back for more. What I think it boils down to are the following five messages that are woven into every lecture—and why I believe that these messages offer both encouragement and support for us all.
Again, for those of you who have not read my previous posts on their work, the source of Abraham-Hicks is a woman named Esther Hicks. Hicks, along with her late husband Jerry, began what she calls “tapping into Infinite Intelligence” back in the mid-1980s. Hicks calls the messages she receives “the teachings of Abraham.” And regardless of whether the true source of this inspiration comes from Hick’s own mind or something beyond, most of the material is uplifting and helpful to millions of people around the world—including me. Do I accept it all? Absolutely not. But then again, there is no author/speaker/teacher that I accept 100%. But that doesn’t stop me from keeping my mind open to any message that adds practical benefits to my life.
With that in mind, here are five reoccurring themes from Abraham-Hicks that I find most helpful.
#1 Unconditional love and acceptance. The number one reason I continue to listen to their message is for the ongoing words of unconditional love and acceptance. And trust me—I have been studying positive, uplifting and spiritual messages for most of my life. My explorations have touched on all the world’s major religions, lots of new age ones, many of the popular philosophers, pop-psychologists, writers and dozens of motivational speakers. While many of them offer inspiring messages and encourage us to love each other as we love ourselves—none top Abraham-Hicks in my humble opinion.
Why? The best way to explain it might be from my first impression of their work. When I first heard about them and read a bit of their first book I wasn’t impressed. At first glance the message seems extremely materialistic and self-centered. Whoever thought that was a good idea? If you’ve ever read and/or watched the movie The Secret, with its message of Law of Attraction, and frequently promoted by Abraham-Hicks, makes the Universe sound like a slot machine that pays off if you follow the right directions. In other words, once you figure out the “law” it is all about getting, getting, getting.
Then for some reason years later I happened across one of their lectures on the internet and listened. Then I found another and listened again. And behind the message of Law of Attraction I began hearing that it was more about “The Universe” saying yes and affirming whatever we choose– unconditionally, rather than just about getting.
Now if I haven’t lost you completely, and I hope I haven’t, then let me explain what I’ve learned through the years. Sure, a lot of people are drawn to them and Law of Attraction (LOA) because it seems like a formula for getting “stuff.” Stuff might be money, relationships, better jobs or just a big fancy house. The thing is, Abraham-Hicks doesn’t care. Abraham-Hicks never judges and says, oh, you can’t have that. She never suggests that wanting isn’t spiritual, nice or what a good person should even think of asking for. Instead, Abraham-Hicks teaches that the Universe responds to our thoughts and desires with a big “Yes!” That pure message of love is about as close to witnessing a mother’s unconditional acceptance that I have ever imagined. Sure lots of people use it strictly to get more stuff and that sounds incredibly greedy. But that is mostly entry-level LOA. And you know what? If you keep listening to Abraham you will find that the message goes far beyond that—and if you have the ability and desire to go further—you find that it isn’t about getting all that stuff at all. Instead, it leads to is the second theme that I appreciate.
#2 No matter what it is that we think we want or desire, what we really want is the feeling (s) we think it will bring—not the thing itself. Whoa! If you were thinking that LOA or Abraham-Hicks was materialistic and selfish, this one might cause you to pause a bit. I don’t think the message hit me hard until I had listened to dozens of her lectures. Slowly I began to realize that true unconditional love and acceptance doesn’t judge us in any way—including our materialistic wants and desires. It loves us regardless.
If you are anything like me and raised in a Christian Religion you know that even though the message there is one of unconditional love and acceptance—it always seems to come with a very high level of conditions and rules. I also found traces of those conditions and expectations in other religions and philosophies I studied. Not so with Abraham-Hicks. You are loved. You are accepted. There are no rules except we reap what we sow. What we send out we get back. It is done unto us what we believe. We are not punished for our beliefs, but by our beliefs.
But lest you think that such a message leads to us all acting in selfish and hurtful ways to others and ourselves, that leads me to the third of their basic themes.
#3 All our suffering comes from our sloppy or erroneous thinking. Abraham-Hicks isn’t the first to bring up this fundamental truth. For thousands of years the teachings of Buddha and other ancient religions have been sharing that if we can get our thinking in alignment with the fundamental nature of the universe then we can eliminate the pain and suffering that we experience. Of course, how we get rid of that erroneous thinking usually differs from teacher to teacher, but the message stays the same. If we continue to hang on to certain thoughts, emotions, and their corresponding actions, then we will either experience peace and the rewards of that, or the direct opposite.
That then leads to the fourth message I find most valuable.
# 4 We came to create reality, not accept it. Now I get that on the surface that sounds a bit crazy. Surely, you and I can’t change reality? The thing is, Abraham-Hicks teaches that the only reality that exists for me is “mine.” And the same goes for you. Obviously, I can’t change the isness of present conditions, and I certainly can’t change anyone else, but I can control my own mental perceptions. And the level I am able to do that, the more I create my own individual reality and corresponding future. I certainly can’t stop a bullet with my bare hands or jump off a mountain without facing the law of gravity in a dire way, but again, how I view and interpret any experience in my life is my creation.
Of course, it isn’t just about interpretation either. I either participate and design my life in ways that I intend, or I let the people around me and their interpretations tell me what I should and should not do. If I trust that the source of creation flows through me, not some other anointed being telling me how it should be, then I co-create my reality. I am not the source of it, I am only allowing it to work through me. This message is incredibly liberating if you give yourself permission to follow it down the rabbit hole. And finally this leads to the fifth message of value.
#5 Our ultimate intention while here on Earth is alignment with our Source (no matter what we call Source). Like I mentioned earlier, my first impression of Abraham-Hicks was that it was all about me-me-me. Yet, the more I listened the more I kept hearing the broader perspective of what they teach. The vast majority of us are raised in families where we are taught that someone outside ourselves knows what is best for us and if we don’t comply, then we are bad, sinful, or at least wrong. It’s there if we don’t do everything our parents tell us, regardless of how wise our parents really are. Those same messages lies in our school system, many religious systems, our peers and certainly our culture. Over and over and over we are taught that we must play by the rules and commandments set up by other people and institutions if we want to be loved, have friends, be successful and even to go to heaven.
Abraham-Hicks says no. We came for our own alignment and when we find that deep connection you might think that would lead to anarchy on every level—again the message is no. In fact, Abraham-Hicks teaches that the most horrendous actions by anyone come from those who are cut off and disconnected from their Source. Once connected, no one would ever cause harm or hurt to any other living being.
I get that there are lots of messages in the world today that may or may not be helpful. But I can honestly say that since I began listening to Abraham-Hicks I have found a deeper peace about who I truly I am. And I can’t help but believe the more accepting of myself I am, then the more accepting I am for others. I’ve become far less likely to think anyone else controls my happiness and wellbeing, and far more likely to look within. I have also developed a much deeper relationship with my inner being and am far more in touch with my feelings.
Regardless of where the teachings of Abraham-Hicks originate, they have made a positive difference in my life. As always, the SMART approach is to keep an open mind, find what works well for us, and then do our best to live those ideas 365.
Okay, your turn. Have you ever listened to Abraham-Hicks or read any of their books? What do you think or is their ideas just too much for you? Do you like to explore new ideas no matter where they come from? What messages have you found in your life that help you get through the day and stay optimistic for the future? Please share any thoughts you have in the comments below.