Book Warning and Being Mindful of What you Read

This is going to be an interesting read for you all. I will preface this with a bit about who I am and what I believe for you folks who are new to my page. I’m a 45 year old man at the time of this writing and a Christian who was born and raised in church. By Christian, I mean I believe Jesus is the son of God who lived on earth as a man then was crucified for the past, present and future sins of mankind. I believe in the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). I got “Saved” at church when I was 6 years old. During my teens and 20’s I walked away from God to live life in the dark finally returning to my Christian faith in my late 20’s. Now that you understand a bit about who I am, what I’m about to write is a warning that has been revealed to me just recently.

I spent over 25 years in the Army having retired in 2018. In February 2017 I attended a program for combat veterans struggling with PTSD. It changed my life and set me on a new path in life. Shortly after my new path began I had been introduced to Network Marketing. That was the last thing I ever wanted to do which is exactly why it was necessary for me to do it. During that season of my life I read many books on business, leadership, success, etc. One of the most popular books is “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill. It took me a few months to get through it via audio book. Much of it was very eye opening and thought provoking. While listening to it there were times when something on the inside of me just didn’t sit right. I literally felt uncomfortable and would turn it off. It was weird. After finishing the book, eventually, I conducted a bit of my own investigation into Napolean Hill and the book. In the book he would mention things that just didn’t align with my beliefs. My Christian beliefs. Maybe that was the Holy Spirit warning me. Now, I know that was the case because of the new book I just started this morning.

The book I started this morning is called “The Astonishing Power of Emotions” by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I had never heard of it so I thought I’d give it a go. I currently work with combat veterans who are walking the same path I used to walk. What I do is train them as I was trained to walk from the PTSD darkness and find the light in their lives. We do that through the introduction and training of Post Traumatic Growth (PTG). One thing we discuss in the training is emotions. We have to know what they are so we can better understand ourselves and how we feel. That’s why I decided to read this book by the Hicks couple. I didn’t get 20 minutes into it when I began to ask myself who this “Abraham” is they keep referring to. Like the Think and Grow Rich book, something inside me was stirring. I had the feeling that I should turn off the audible book. Something wasn’t right. So, I turned it off and continued my drive home. Once back home, I conducted a brief search of the Hicks and who “Abraham” was. Here is what I found.

Jerry And Esther Hicks and the story of “Abraham”

This story begins in 1986 with Jerry and Esther Hicks giving a few friends the ability to ask life’s questions of “Abraham” – a group of evolved teachers speaking through Esther. As they saw the results of their work, they made a conscious decision to go public, and the audience expanded.

In the summer of 1995, my life partner Eva came across Jerry and Esther Hicks on the web. Reluctant at first, I eventually became caught up in the experience. Now it seems as if all the things I questioned throughout my life have led me to this place. Of all that I have experienced, this message resonates most clearly with me.

Jerry and Esther Hicks – the story begins

From early childhood, Jerry Hicks had been a strong seeker of truth. In the late ’50s, while visiting friends in Spokane Washington, Jerry discovered a ouija board. Initially a strong disbeliever, he came to accept that something “real” was happening. One session with the board directed Jerry to read books by Albert Schweitzer the Nobel Prize-winning philosopher, musician and Christian missionary. Jerry bought his own ouija board, and although it never worked for him personally, he found three people that could receive messages through the board. These messages however were more like party conversation than the feel of his first experience, so he eventually discarded the board.

In 1965, on impulse he picked up a book – Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. As he started to read it, goose bumps came up all over him. He decided to follow the teachings. In a short time he became a successful businessman, and even began teaching the principles in the book.

Jerry and Esther Hicks get married

In 1980, Jerry and Esther Hicks got married. Esther’s upbringing was such that she regarded ouija boards as evil. Despite their great relationship, Jerry learned to steer clear of topics like ouija boards – although Esther did ask what he had learned from it. Jerry felt strongly that there was intelligence “out there” that was desirous and willing to communicate. Some of it was frivolous and some just plain dumb. But some of it was pretty smart and it was real to him because of his experiences with it.

Well, you had me at “Ouija”. If that’s your thing, that’s your personal preference. As a believer in Christ there is no way I’ll get near those things. Anything that can be used to “channel” entities “from beyond” has no place in my world. I’ve danced with the devil and have seen and experienced supernatural things that have scared me so bad I was physically ill.

One thing I also found interesting at the beginning of the Hicks book was his short discussion about Napleon Hill’s mention of the word “vibrations” and how it had been omitted from his late publications of his book. Vibrations are also spoken about when discussing some forms of meditation and conversations Mediums have with spirits. That all came clear to me as to why reading Think and Grow Rich just really didn’t jive with me. Bottom line, do your research. Don’t believe everything you hear. Question everything. If you’re a believer in Christ this is my warning to you to be careful what you open your mind to. He (Satan) lurks around like a roaring lion to devour.


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