In my book, Jerry and Esther Hicks' Spiritual Money Tree, Stories Behind the Abraham-Hicks' Teachings and the Law of Attraction, I described how, as Esther tells the story, Abraham (a nonphysical group of teachers who feed her wisdom, to the uninitiated) took control of her arms one night while she was lying in bed with Jerry. The started making her thump her chest involutarily.
"That's not me," she told Jerry.
If this happened to my wife, I'd call 911, but no, Jerry seems to have done nothing, although I'm willing to guess he squealed, "Yikes!" at least once and clutched his head in amazement.
Esther, on the other hand, says she was drawn to a typewriter. After her fingers involuntarily punched keys to get an idea of how the machine worked, the "masters of the universe," according to Wayne Dyer, taped out "I Am Abraham." Then, "We are going to write a book together."
That book, she announced on stage to live audiences was Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires. The book remains a best seller, but there are a couple of problems with this narrative.
First, this was not the first, but the third book published by them that brought in Abraham to teach about the law of attraction. As with the trademark claim, they may have thought no one would notice. Their first two books, which contained crazy cult-like predictions about the Earth being torn apart by earthquakes and advised everyone to prepare by buying gas masks, sold so poorly hardly anyone knew they existed.
(Later, when skeptics began writing about the New Beginnings books, they were reissued with the craziest of the craziness edited out.)
But this was just a problem with simple integrity. Spectacular, unproven claims are not that uncommon in the marketing of New Age ideas, even those that seem more fanciful than a dream I once had about Gwyneth Paltrow.
The more significant problem was that the book carried not a single original idea and was filled with suggestions both contradictory and confusing.
Looking Elsewhere for Sources
Sometimes when you cook up a story you don't imagine it will become so well-known that critics might start looking under the covers. Decades before trying to lay claim to the law of attraction, Jerry Hicks told anyone who would listen that his life changed for the better the day he serendipitously stumbled onto Napoleon Hills's Think and Grow Rich.
Think and Grow Rich is one of two books by Hill that have the law of attraction as a theme. Hill, on the other hand, was transparent. He presented his philosophy straightforwardly, with no need for channeled nonphysical entities or any sort of magic, giving Andrew Carnegie credit for setting him on the right path.
When Esther Hicks pitches the law of attraction or writes a book about it, she gives all the credit to Abraham and nothing to anyone else.
In my opinion, the reason is obvious. Lacking Napoleon Hill's clearheadedness and persuasive abilities, Esther Hicks was not going to convince anyone to her cause simply by being Esther. She and Jerry needed Abraham to sell tickets and books.