Have you ever heard of the book, Ask and It Is Given –The Teachings of Abraham? It’s by Esther and Jerry Hicks.  A friend recommended it.

I have had it a while and just started reading it.  The idea in it is you can have anything you want if you focus on having it, versus not having it. Kind of unusual, but in some ways the philosophy is not that different than some of Norman Vincent Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking. I found it unsatisfying in a number of respects — it glossed over ethical dilemmas like what happens when one desires some-thing that might be harmful to others. And, the idea that one can be cured of any illness or disease by simply desiring it and avoiding “negative vibrations” doesn’t square with common sense or everyday observations.

The book concludes with twenty-two processes that are designed to help the reader improve his or her emotional set-point so that resistance is eliminated and what is desired may be received. Again, there is much to appreciate here. Many of the processes amount to counting one’s blessings.


Mary Bridgman (July ’11) adds, “Many years ago, another friend shared with me a quote from W.H Murray, ‘The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred. A stream of events issues from the decision, raising unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.I agree!”

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