Thursday, October 11, 2012

Still Alive!

Hey all,

I just realized that the 4th of this month was this blog's two-year anniversary! Time sure does fly. I would like to start off by thanking everyone who has supported and encouraged this blog since its beginning. A special thanks to those like Clarity, Dave Stone, Ahnalira Koan, Cosmic Connie, Mariah, and Kelly Martin, who have been so helpful and wonderful with their support and encouragement. There are so many others who have been a part of this, and to all of you, you have my total appreciation. Also, I really do appreciate all you pro-Abers and pro-New Agers who have been willing to participate on the blog. I know that it might not be the easiest place to discuss your beliefs and ideas, but I do believe that it's beneficial to have an open forum where we can dialogue. Certainly, your participation has helped me to clarify my own understanding of people's experiences with the Teachings of Abraham, as well as other New Age materials.

So...where have I been?

I started this blog and Abraham Hicks Skeptic because, when I was first questioning the Teachings of Abraham, there were not many places where I could find or discuss skeptical information. I hoped that, as I shared my skepticism, those who were becoming skeptical or were already skeptical would benefit from my own findings and maybe even have an open place to dialogue. I feel that my mission has been accomplished. The information is available and open to anyone who is looking for it. Not only is this information available, but now there are plenty of others having open dialogues about the teachings on a regular basis, and that thrills me. There are so many who are struggling with or recovering from the teachings, and I know that all these resources are helping them in their journey.

Since I let the blog just sort of float around in January, I have kept myself busy with various projects. Some of these have utilized my skeptical skills. Others have been purely work-related. During this time, I'm happy to report that the giant, negative, swirling vortex that I created with this blog did not destroy my life. In fact, during my time with the blog up to now, I am happier, healthier, and wealthier than I ever was when I was using the Teachings of Abraham. Certainly, everything isn't perfect, and I don't think it ever will or should be, but I am having a very good time with it all. I write this because I know that there are many out there who are still struggling emotionally because of their experiences with the teachings, and I just want to encourage anyone who is at that place that there is life after Abraham, and it is wonderful.

Recently, I heard a line from the musical of Les Misérables: "There are dreams that cannot be. And there are storms we cannot weather." No, I'm not going to be able to be, do, or have anything I desire, but can't I be happy anyway? What's wrong with setting out for Ithaka but ending up in some other wonderful place? I didn't achieve all my dreams when I was eight (and I really have no desire to have achieved them now), but it certainly didn't kill me or make me miserable. I learned a lot from those dreams, and they shaped the new dreams I hold. I didn't get that job I so desperately wanted when I was sixteen, but it doesn't phase me now. I didn't end up with the boy I pined over in my early twenties, but now the thought of us having ended up together makes me gag. He wasn't even that cute. What was I thinking? Dandruff is still a bit of an issue, but the shampoo seems to be working. I reach for my dreams, and I see where circumstances and life take me. It may not be where I want to end up, but surely I can make the best of it. I fall, I struggle, I cry, and I bleed. I get back up, I find my way, and I do my best to keep moving forward. Perhaps this isn't as magical and miraculous as the claims that Abraham (and gurus like them) make, but I think it's enough. And not only is it enough, it has to be.

As of now, I don't know what my future plans for the blog are, but as always, I encourage anyone who is struggling with their experiences with the Teachings of Abraham to feel free to reach out.


Friday, January 6, 2012

The Abe Forum: Brought to You by Jerry and Esther Hicks

The Abe Forum does not disclose its connection to Abraham Hicks Publications.

*A special thanks to Ahnalira Koan for her help with this post.

The Abe Forum was created by David W. Gordon in 2007 as an online discussion board where Abraham Hicks fans could interact and discuss the Teachings of Abraham. With 10,796 registered members and nearly 1,000 active members, it is the largest Abraham Hicks fanpage to date. Since the forum's inception, its moderators have enforced strict guidelines that prevent members from discussing Jerry and Esther's personal lives, Abraham Hicks Publications' business practices, other New Age gurus, and any topic that may reflect poorly on the teachings. Most recently, to prevent a surge of comments regarding Jerry Hicks' death to leukemia, The Abe Forum moderators posted in bold letters: "Posts in the "main" forum, Abraham Teachings and you, are open only for that topic and not comments about Jerry."

The Abe Forum claims no affiliation with Abraham Hicks Publications, and moderators insist that their restrictions serve no other purpose than to keep the forum focused on its primary intent: "Abraham Teachings and You." But could there be more to the story?

In 2007, Abraham Hicks Publications had an official forum called Abraham Hicks Community Forums (not to be confused with the current The Abe Forum). Here's a screenshot of it from March of 2007:

The Abe Forum creator, Gordon, was a "Super Moderator" on this official forum. See the screenshot below:

According to Ahnalira Koan, "Webmistress" of the official Abraham Hicks Community Forums and 6-year Web Developer for Abraham Hicks Publications, Gordon was hired by the Hickses to moderate the forum. But in May of 2007, Esther saw a thread on the forum that she felt did not paint her in a particularly flattering light, and the Hickses demanded that the entire project be shut down. That same month, not-so-coincidentally, The Abe Forum was born. Below is a screenshot of The Abe Forum's "Welcome" message, posted on May 3rd, 2007:

Koan says, "Jerry and Esther did not own The Abe Forum, but my understanding is that they subsidized it. While I don’t know the exact deal they came to, I do know that as recently as last year, he [Gordon] was collecting monthly checks." If you look at the screenshots below, you will see that Jerry and Esther are even listed as registrants for domains ( and that link to Gordon's Abraham Hicks fansite, which in turn links to The Abe Forum.

From registration (I have removed Gordon's personal information):

From registration:

Nowhere on The Abe Forum does Gordon disclose this connection to Abraham Hicks Publications and the Hickses. In fact, under the heading "Abraham Teachings and You" is the disclaimer: "The Abe Forum is in no way sponsored or endorsed Abraham-Hicks Publications." In a separate thread, one forum moderator writes, "...the Forum is not affiliated with them [Abraham Hicks Publications] in any way." Clearly, this is not the case.

*Dave Stone has an interesting post on The Abe Forum called Did Abraham Hicks Kill Ari? In another post, he discusses his experiences with being banned from The Abe Forum.
*Mariah writes on this in A Suicide Cover Up on The Abe Forum?