justbreathedear wrote:Is there actually one run by the author or publisher of this crap? I have a friend deeply deluded by this thing, and it would warm my cockles to discover it's a Ponzi, so maybe, just maybe, I can bring her back down to Earth from Planet Kool-Aid.
Please tell me it's got a Ponzi attached...preferably one big enough to be investigated...make my day.
Well, I'm a little late to the party but I'll be happy to answer that question. The author/publisher of this crap is a woman by the name of Esther Hicks:http://www.abraham-hicks.com
The Hicks' books, including the best-selling series The Law of Attraction, are — according to Esther Hicks — Channelled from a group of non-physical entities called Abraham (Hicks describes what she is doing as tapping into "infinite intelligence").
Esther Hicks was a narrator and star of the original version of the film The Secret. Hicks earned over $500,000 for her work and was reportedly a central source of the film's inspiration. She was the only person to appear in the film who received compensation.
..Esther Hicks claims that non-physical entities called Abraham speak through her, and that her teachings (referred to as Abraham–Hicks teachings) are based on this experience.
The basic tenets of the teachings include that we create our own reality through our thoughts, that our emotions are constantly guiding us toward where we want to go, and that life is supposed to be fun. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esther_Hicks
She is the secret behind "The Secret", and it's fairly easy to see why they kept it a secret.
Here is a forum thread about Abraham Hicks on RickRoss.Com, a site that covers cults:http://forum.rickross.com/read.php?3,21069,page=1
Ironically, her husband used to be a diamond level Amway distributor.
Here is a last link to a youtube video of her:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFp-iPSPplE
Notice how she talks about herself in the third person in the video, because she is speaking as an "infinite intelligence" called "Abraham".
Obviously Ponzi schemes are illegal, so Esther Hicks decided to start a cult instead. Like Amway, they are not officially a religious organization though.
Oprah Winfrey buys her crapola hook, line, and sinker. Oprah interviewed Abraham Hicks on her radio show at least 3 times: part 1
- part 2
- part 3 (can't find a link).
On part 2 at (9:15) Oprah says to Esther: "I'm going to ask you to channel Abraham, and let me just say before you do that, that the reason I wanted you to do this on the radio is because I really do think that the TV audience isn't ready for it." At (11:20) "Abraham" speaks.
To my knowledge as far as her TV program goes, Oprah has kept "Abraham" a secret.