I just came back from attending an Abraham-Hicks workshop over in Seattle, the closest they come to me each year. Several clients and e-Zine readers were also in attendance; having been turned on to Abraham via my writing and Law of Attraction based (and visual!) coaching programs.
I keep finding myself repeating my general advice about what to expect and how to prepare for your first Abraham event – so finally clued in that this would make a great article! I’ve written about Abraham-Hicks many times in previous issues and blog posts, so I’ll just briefly outline who they are and then share my best tips about attending your first experience with them.
In short, “Abraham” is a non-physical intelligence that Esther Hicks (an American woman) ‘channels’. This means she quiets her conscious mind and opens up to receive information from a universal source (which early on she nicknamed ‘Abraham’ although this source is not just one individual as the singular name would suggest). She’s remarkably quick and has been providing this incredible service for over 20+ years – traveling the U.S. with her husband Jerry Hicks and their close team for an extensive schedule of workshops and cruises.
What’s an Abraham Workshop?
Well, it’s an opportunity for you to see Esther ‘do her thing’ – in a one or multi-day event or a weeklong cruise. I’ve been to 6-7 workshops and have attended four of their cruises (Hawaii, Mexico (X2) and Alaska), as well as listened to just about every workshop recording there is.
The format of each workshop is very simple – Jerry opens the day and invites Esther up onto the stage. Esther says ‘hi’ then ‘bye’ (literally!) … takes a few deep breaths – and ‘brings Abraham in’. Abraham does an opening talk, for 15-30 minutes or so. Then, the floor is opened for people to ask questions.
The “Hot Seat”:
The Hot Seat is the affectionate term given to the chair that is taped to the floor in front of Abraham. People come up to the chair, sit down, have their microphone adjusted, and then ask their question of Abraham. Abraham gives an answer. All of the Q&As are meticulously recorded and indexed by Jerry Hicks, and now also filmed by their dedicated video duo, Mike and Karen.
People ask every sort of question imaginable from the mundane to the sacred. They ask about m0ney and abundance, love, relationships, children & parenting, weight, the meaning of life, business, physics, death, politics, current events, illness – basically you name it. As a coach I am always fascinated to hear what will be asked and what answers Abraham will give – as the questions are often things that my clients and I are also grappling with.
Abraham workshops have really grown in size – with the worldwide distribution of their materials by Hay House (heck, you can find their books in Costco now!) Be prepared to have upwards of 500 people in attendance with 7-10+ people making it up to the chair throughout the 10am – 4pm agenda.
How Are People Selected for the Hot Seat?
People are selected to come up into the Hot Seat by Abraham – who reads their energy and readiness to ask. They have explained that people’s faces do not register with them, only their energy does – which lights up. You must be ‘aligned’ in order to get up in the seat. This means that you must have something you want to know and have no qualms about coming up and asking it. Your openness to the answer, while nice, is not totally necessary. In fact, given the intensity of Abraham’s energy, you might need to listen and re-listen to the recording several times to get the full and multi-level depths of their answer. This was certainly my case when I was fortunate enough to have my own question answered by Abraham during a Hay House Radio call-in show.
Write Your Questions Out Ahead of Time:
My advice, whether you think you want to go up and ask a question or not – is to write down all of the different things that you want to know about. Take some quiet time the night before or in the early morning to put down onto paper the things that are most up for you personally. What you most want to know.
I have found that through the course of the workshop, you will get your answers (through the answers given to other people’s questions) for all of the things that you write down … often just within the first few hours. At the lunch break, review your list and write some more, given more questions will emerge from your exposure to the day’s thoughts.
Get the Workshop Recordings:
I also highly recommend that you order the full workshop recordings while you are there. They are offered onsite at a reduced pr1ce the day of the workshop for all attendees (almost half off what they regularly are). Not only is it a very good deal but you will want to have those recordings to listen to again and again. This material is very deep. You will hear things differently as you progress through time. There are no coincidences that you picked a particular workshop to attend. You came because there was specific information that you wanted and needed to hear. Getting the recordings will help insure that you get what you came to hear. I listen to my answer that they gave me on the radio show and I still hear different things in it, and I’ve listened about 20 times! The depth and power of the information is remarkable – they not only know who you are but who you are in the process of becoming – and they talk to both versions of you simutaneously.
To get you in the Abraham mood there are plenty of materials available. I suggest browsing the Abraham-Hicks YouTube channel for great video clips. And, for beginners, the DVD called The Secret Behind the Secret is excellent – it will give you the back story behind Esther and Jerry’s remarkable story (in their own words … one of the few times you actually get to hear these two speak in depth) as well as a panorama of the common questions that people typically ask.
There are also many books you can read. My hands down favorite is Ask and It is Given – as a process junkie I love the many processes they offer in the second half of the book. And, if you are looking for a coaching group in which to read, practice and integrate these processes more fully into your own life (yes, I’m afraid you must DO THEM in order to get results!), then check out my Merkley’s Manifestation Mastermind as we use this book as our cornerstone for this program. Or, if you prefer one-to-one assistance then private coaching – with me as your process guide.
I hope that gives you a good sense of what you can expect when you attend your first Abraham-Hicks event. Just trust yourself, your instincts and your own personal timing. You can’t go wrong with this stuff! Please drop me a line and let me know how your experience goes. I love hearing about your ahhas, insights and openings. Be sure to catch Esther and Jerry while you can – you’ll be glad you did!