The writer, Ms. Trespicio, goes a lot farther condemning the book than I did or should have and she makes it clear that if you want something in life, you have to DO something to get it. The book should have addressed the DO part of life as well but the writers are more interested in a magical world/universe view and they overlook the action part of "getting what you want in life." - The mentor who first recommended this book to me had done a lot of good for me in other areas. I only read this book at the suggestion of a mentor. The book was good at reminding you that your mind is extremely powerful. What the book doesn't tell you is that when negative things happen to you, your positive attitude can turn those things into far less tragic events. Also, the book goes too far in suggesting that EVERYTHING that happens to you is a result of the power of your own mind. To that kind of thing, I cry, "Baloney!" Life does have elements beyond even our powerful minds to control. Of course, life would be better, no doubt, but there are things which are still beyond our power. They have worse health, worse relationships, they seem to attract all kinds of negativity in their lives and simply cannot seem to get out of the rut. The value of this book is in promoting the idea that you have more control over your life than you think. However, I also suggest you read it with a critical eye to the good things which are here and selectively dismiss the baloney!
It's not a book that just tells you to think "happy thoughts" and all will be well, it goes deeper than that, and I go back and read sections of it over and over again when I feel as if I may be taking a downward spiral.
This book is written in the dialectic style of Socrates. Quite the arrangement for a book about the main tenet of New Thought philosophy: the Law of Attraction. Jerry asks questions, and Abraham posits his three undisputed Universal Laws. The Law of Attraction The Science of Deliberate Creation The Art of Allowing Here's a summary: You attract the essence of what you're thinking and feeling. "To better understand the Law of Attraction, see yourself as a magnet attracting unto you the essence of that which you are thinking and feeling.
It's nice to think positively but Esther Hicks is an outright liar and scam artist. I have seen that phony Esther Hicks on You Tube doing her "Abraham" act. She nods her head once or twice and then presto, she is not Esther Hicks anymore, she is "Abraham". She obviously meant some of us to believe that this is the spirit of the Biblical Abraham. Somehow I don't remember the Biblical Abraham taking such an interest in making us all rich.
The fact that this book ended up in my hands it a testament to the law of attraction. The book's purpose is to explain The 3 main laws of the Universe. One common theme that the guides reintegrate regularly is that "anything" that comes into your experience does so only by way of the Law of attraction. The book gives a number of examples of this Law in action. This wanting, or "thinking" about this event activated the Law of attraction to bring about this event to the robber. The Law of attraction gives both people what they are thinking and expecting. I'm sure you can think of a number of other examples, as to how this powerful Law seems to answer a lot of questions about events (good or bad) that seem to magically happen to people. It is one thing to want something, and set up the vibrations to attract the event, its another to "allow" the event to manifest in your life. If you feel unworthy and think you don't deserve something, all the daydreaming and craving won't bring the event into your life, because you are not allowing it to enter.
I remember those little tiny messages I once gave myself which I totally erase from my thoughts today, such as "I'm having such good luck this week, next week will be a bummer because I have to repay for the good with bad." You know, we've all done similar little tactics, and thinking back on them, they were accurate because "We created them!" We really have to work on retraining our intentions, cause even those little thoughts manifest. Without this book, you may have found this out already, but with it, you will be guided so thoroughly, you can't help to eliminate these negative intentions and replace them with positive thoughts that WILL change your life! In the end it isn't selfish means after all.
The original review is posted there, plus great comments from other ex-followers.** These teachings do seem great and feel great at first, but eventually I found them harmful, not helpful. This is mainly what this book does: tells you all good news and teaches you to manipulate your mood so you feel good about everything and deny anything negative. Drugs would get rave reviews too if we didn't know any better ;) So, does it work? I know that I felt better and more empowered than ever, which tends to happen when you buy into a philosophy that says you are all-powerful, there is never any reason to feel bad, and you must feel good to get everything you want. There are so many other avenues to an improved life, and I strongly recommend those that are not rife with falsehoods like the ones sprinkled liberally throughout the Abraham-Hicks ideology. Intense positive emotion can have a positive domino effect in your life for awhile, but it doesnt mean the idea that made you feel good was pure truth and goodness. As for so-called "manifesting," during my Abrahaze I was over-the-moon to find the perfect item in a store, get a great parking space, find a nice apartment, have an inspiring conversation with a stranger, or come across a solution to some problem I'd been having: I was psyched to experience literally ANY synchronicity or manifestation as they were all signs of my specially cultivated "point of attraction." After my Abrahaze, I realized that this is just normal life. That's what Abraham-Hicks taught me to do is see normal life through a special lens of magic and manifestation. I became practiced in thinking and feeling in a different way, but the life that is promised never came to be. If these teachings were presented as an emotional experience instead of a way to worldly success then--well, it sure wouldn't have a huge following, but it would be more honest. Problems included denial and delusion, losing all sense of how to properly solve problems in my life, numbing negative emotions, feeling special and superior, isolation from others, turning off critical thinking, and losing my proper intuitive guidance. These teachings appeal to those of us who really, really, really, really want to believe that the world works this way: short-cuts, effortlessness, everything you could ever want, a perfect world, no pain, no reason to ever feel bad.
Under certain conditions, I somewhat believe in their assertion that thought can actually alter reality. I have a very hard time believing their assertion that absolutely everything in your life was drawn to you, both good & bad. Deepak Chopra, maybe, or the Law of Attraction by Michael Losier (similar title, different book). The "Law of Attraction" basically is what the book & DVD "The Secret" is based upon--namely that your thoughts affect your reality and that what you focus your attention on (for good or for ill) is what you'll get more of.
She has co-authored nine books with her husband Jerry Hicks, presents workshops on the Law of Attraction and appeared in the first release of the film The Secret.