“Pay attention to the way you feel, and deliberately choose thoughts – about everything – that feel good to you when you think them.” – Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks
If you have ever felt a negative emotion and wished there was a way to train yourself to get out of that place, and either enjoy or at least tolerate metaphysical discussion, this book is certainly for you!
Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham) was sitting on a shelf in an adorable little bookstore called Kate’s Books in Jerome, Arizona. This shop is basically an attic turned used bookstore, and the owner was peacefully crocheting squares for an afghan when we visited.
We were in Jerome for my birthday weekend in January, and it seemed like the perfect book to enjoy in the bathtub (which I did for a good part of the next day!).
At the time, I had only cursory awareness of Ester and Jerry Hicks and “The Teachings of Abraham.” What does that even mean? I had heard about Esther Hicks from a friend several years ago, so I had watched a few videos of her on YouTube. I still didn’t get it.
I will keep this explanation brief and let you decide for yourself: Esther Hicks claims to be a channel for “Abraham” which is an entity from the “beyond” that speaks through her.
And that is all I am going to say, because I don’t think I can really explain it without sounding crazy myself (which I assure you I am not). Regardless, I loved the book and am excited to share all the positive messages. Here we go!
Ask and It Is Given is separated into two parts:
Part 1: Things That We Know, That You May Have Forgotten, Which Are Important for You to Remember
Esther Hicks basically pre-dates The Secret, and The Secret is largely based on The Teachings of Abraham. Part 1 is very inspirational, and talks about the importance of feeling good, our constant access to Well-Being, our power to create anything, and, of course, The Law of Attraction.
The biggest lesson I learned from this book is the importance of allowing. We are either allowing what we want to come into our lives, or we are resisting it. All those little thoughts of why something won’t work out, or feeling bad about the way things are or despair that they aren’t better already are forms of resistance.
Resisting is the opposite of allowing. Entering a contest and then saying “oh I know I would never win” is resisting. Thinking “I wish I had hardwood floors” and then complaining about the ugly carpet is resisting. Wanting more money and then feeling bad about debt – all resisting.
Allowing, for me, is looking at the carpet and taking a moment to feel in my body how it feels to have beautiful hardwood floors. It is, rather than feeling bad about money, feeling how it feels to have only abundance.
When I started reading this book, we were entering the contest for the HGTV dream home sweepstakes for a beautiful house on Martha’s Vineyard, valued at 2.4 million dollars. I would enter the contest each day, and I would close my eyes and feel like I was sitting in the kitchen at that house.
I didn’t win the contest, but it sure is fun to practice this skill of feeling like things are already the way I dream! Which one feels better: I have more money than I need and I know my finances are taken care of, or I can’t believe I spent so much money, there will never be enough. Do you feel the lighter sensation with the first one? I know I do!
Part 2: Processes to Help You Achieve What You Now Remember
The second part of the book consists of 22 exercises to quickly get out of the negative feeling places and move into higher vibrational frequencies, which put us in the place of attracting things we do want rather than things we don’t want.
This part of the book is handy to have around because the activities are short to read and you can read a quick overview of why you would want to do this particular activity based on your current emotional level, such as: when you want to enhance the flow of abundance, you want to practice a vibration of allowing, or you want to maintain or improve your current good feeling.
I started skipping around this section, eager to learn how to improve certain situations based on the overviews. One of the exercises is to start writing checks from an imaginary checking account that has one-thousand dollars deposited to it on day one, two-thousand on day two, three-thousand on day three, etc. It was pretty fun writing pretend checks for things that I wasn’t sure how to pay for, and feeling like that was all taken care of.
Another money related exercise was to carry a one-hundred dollar bill around with you and when you are out and about, imagine that you are spending that one-hundred dollars as many times as you want. You don’t actually spend the money, but you allow yourself to feel the feeling that you can purchase anything you want, rather than going around saying “that’s too expensive” or “I couldn’t afford that.”
The processes aren’t all about money, that is just one aspect of our lives that may not function optimally if we are resisting rather than allowing. Again, my biggest lesson from this book comes back to the idea of allowing rather than resisting.
While writing this, I am realizing how much this book has helped me. Picking it up earlier this week completely transformed my week, and I am thinking about going back and re-reading the book because just reading a few pages reminds me to pull myself out of whatever negative thought pattern I might have fallen into. The negative emotions are so not worth it.
Now that I have read my first Esther Hicks book, I can’t wait to read Co-creating at Its Best by Wayne Dyer and Esther Hicks next. This book is available through the Hay House Book Nook program, which is a program that provides self-help books for free to bloggers in exchange for honest reviews.
If you are interested in my reading queue, you can find me on GoodReads.
What are you currently reading or planning on reading? Please share your thoughts!