Did Abraham-Hicks Kill Ari? The question buzzed, following her suicide, when the Abe Forum wiped her identity out of the website.
By David Stone
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Did Abraham-Hicks or their “teachings” cause the death of Ari, an artist who turned to the Abe Forum for support?
We pieced our story together from the accounts of friends outraged over Ari’s suicide and cold-blooded efforts to hide the tragedy.
Jerry Hicks, Esther Hicks, the Abe Forum and Ari’s Death
Esther and Jerry Hicks controlled the content of the Abe Forum from its inception through an intermediary, David Gordon.
(Full disclosure: David Gordon banned me from the Abe Forum, without explanation, although it was probably because I asked the wrong questions and am well-known as a skeptic. Opinions contrary to the standard gospel of Esther Hicks (posing as Abraham) are taboo as are, of course, open discussions. )
The Abe Forum hosts controlled discussions and promotes sales of Abraham-Hicks products. Esther Hicks preaches the “teachings of Abraham,” and she has for decades to live audiences. The Forum gives followers a place go and share experiences with likeminded friends.
It isn’t really a forum or a place for open discussion. Using moderators like Gordon and other true believers, it controls content. They permit only comments reinforcing Abraham-Hicks beliefs. Other topics, like sporting events and music? Banned unless determined to have “Abe-ish” themes.
How the Abe Forum Sets Conditions
Abraham is a gathering of about one-hundred “nonphysical entities” who send unified “blocks of thought” to Esther, they claim. And she interprets. She also says they controlled of her hands at a typewriter to create book manuscripts.
The teachings are based on the “Law of Attraction,” a concept invented a hundred years ago in the New Thought Movement.
Esther’s insistence that she receives those blocks of thought from Abraham who are in direct contact with “Source” is critical.
Abraham has, she tells audiences, access to all wisdom. These are the words of God’s own emissaries. They’re wrong only when “limited humans” fail to get the right perspective.
Did Abraham-Hicks Kill Ari? Joining the Abe Forum
Ari (not her real name) was a visual artist, struggling to sell enough paintings to pay rent, for food and other necessities. She was a cancer survivor, her chemotherapy so intense her hair could never go back.
In her first post on the Abe Forum, Ari responded to a platitude-filled blast from “Super Moderator” Jody with this:
“Thanks Jody. I think I listened to Abraham for at least 2 hours a day for two years and I so would expect myself to understand what you mean. But I don’t. I feel like I was doing such a great job with being honest with myself and with seeking alignment. I know it’s not supposed to help to talk about your past, BUT…I‘ve had just about everything that can happen to someone happen…abuse, death of a child, cancer, poverty and aloneness. Yet I am one of those people with a strong spirit who keeps reaching for beauty, love and all the good stuff.”–Ari on the Abe Forum
They answer her posts about struggling with suggestions from other members, and they share a conviction that her unhappiness and lifelong battles with depression are her fault. She isn’t thinking the right thoughts, and she fails to apply the “teachings of Abraham” correctly.
Ari “floating downstream?”
She must learn to float “downstream,” instead of “upstream,” they write.
That’s Abraham-Hicks speak.
“Trying” and “struggling” are mistakes. Abundance, happiness, etc. are easy, if you will only “let go of the oars.”
While her demons were never far away and each burst of happiness foreshadowed another round of depression, the teachings of Abraham lead, repeatedly reinforced on the Abe Forum, didn’t work for her.
A brave woman determined to overcome depression, Ari tried to follow the advice, even as that seemed contradictory.
Focus wheels and failure
She tried “focus wheels” and going up the “Emotional Guidance System” (EGS) to find “relief.”
These practices failed, and because Abraham-Hicks taught that she was 100% responsible for her life, all the good or bad things in it, not getting better reinforced her sense of failure.
No one in all the transcripts I read ever recommended counseling or other professional help, only practices consistent with the teachings of Abraham-Hicks.
But did Did Abraham-Hicks Kill Ari?