Ask and It Is Given - Learning to Manifest Your Desires

By Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks, Wayne W. Dyer

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Paperback, 250 pages
September 8th 2007 by Hay House Inc

(first published September 2004)

Original Title
Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires
ISBN
8190416944 (ISBN13: 9788190416948)

Community Reviews

Jenny

A full year after reading this book, and following the "Ask And It Is Given" Formula, the items I placed in my perfect heart shaped box, are coming into reality every day! I asked to create a best selling book to help children succeed in school - and did; I asked to crate a dream team to assist me in helping others become excellent readers and got one; I asked for a specific registered trademark which every attorney said would never happen, and yet, it was granted -- and so much more. This book doesnt' just tell you that the world is wonderful; it truly shows you how to connect with the perfection that is everywhere. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

Caroline

I am really enjoying this book. It is written in small digestible chunks, and although it is somewhat intense material to engage with originally (it is chanelled from a collective group of beings named Abraham, it is very applicable and has helped me to make some shifts mentally that feel great in my life.

One of their arguments is that something feeling good is evidence of its being in line with who you are. That is advice I can certainly connect with. Very clear and easy to accept.

I say give it a whirl. A friend passed it on to me and i am very glad she did.

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Abby

Today marked the beginning of the reading list for the 200-hour yoga certification. I started with the first book to come in from the library, figuring that one had a deadline so better get it read first.

Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, is a recounting of many workshops and meditation-channeling sessions that the Hicks have had with a Non-Physical Being, identifying himself as Abraham. The book mostly covers topics relating to personal empowerment, positive thinking, goal-setting and taking accountability for your actions and decisions.

(Disclaimer: Generally, in a book review, I talk about the book, the characters and the characters interactions - this is the same with non-fiction and fiction. Personal attacks on the author are right out, because while the author may have penned the novel, 99.9% of the time, they are not to blame for my disliking a book because of the way the characters related to me or to a theme/subject in the text. Authors always get bonus points for even getting publishing, since I am keenly aware of how hard it is to even get published. A book review should, ideally, be a thoughtful working over of the “thesis” of the book. Does the thesis succeed or fail? Are the arguments justified and substantiated? All conclusions should be supported, not only in the book, but the book review as well.)

With that being said, I have never been more insulted by a book in my life (so far). I knew it was going to be rough when, in the Foreward, the author mentioned that the soul is, in reality, “the vibrational connection to your Source” (pg xiii). Um, what? Is this person attemption to describe some plane of higher being or telling me that I’m from Good Vibrations? (Link is NSFW.) The author of the Foreward follows this statement with a blithe overview of particle physics, attempting to describe why we’re all vibrating. (Seriously, the porn joke potential is limitless.) The Foreward fails because of the heavy use of jargon specific to the Hicks’ teachings. Perhaps if someone was already familiar with their workshops this would make sense, but for a newcomer like myself, it confused me as to the point and purpose of this book.

The Preface tells how Jerry and Esther went from settled, happy suburbanites in the Southwest to discovering their potential as channels (better known as mediums) to the Non-Physical Being known as Abraham. It is unclear whether this is the Abraham of Old Testament/Torah/Koran fame, or whether this is a spirit who just happens to call himself Abraham. The opening reads like the warning on a Starbucks latte: “Caution, the beverage you are about the enjoy is extrelemy hot.” Instead, Jerry Hicks treats us to the more verbose version of “… the deep indigo tint of the Pacific Ocean at thsi time of the morning seems to match the depth of pleasure I’m feeling as I’m imagining the value you’re about to receive from the revelations in this book” (pg xvii). Skepticism and wariness as the unfathomably narcissistic tone aside, I read on. The rest of my reading can be summarized with a giant, WTF?!?!?! The more detailed internal monologues went something like this:

– Ok, Jerry, so you’re telling me straight out that I’m going to receive some great revelations, great thoughts, have some life-changing moments from reading this book. Ok, great! Hit me with it!

**reads on**

Wait, what? You expect me to belive that you and your wife, together, through meditation, channel the spirit of someone named Abraham, and he speaks directly with God? Ok. I’ve seen enough X-Files, I’ll go along with this.

**reads futher**

Hang on a second here! You’re telling me that if I don’t believe you, it’s because “you only hear what you are ready to hear” (pg 5). And that only if I read your book many times and belive completely in what you say will my “naturally joyful zest for life return” (pg 5). Really? I didn’t know my zest disappeared.

**reads with greater and greater skepticism**

“Vibrational set-point” (pg ??). What the *(&^&%$##$?!?!

**throws book down in disgust**

Ask and it is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires is a book written by and for people who have nothing better to do than whine about their insignificant problems. If you have a shred of self-awareness and self-worth, there is nothing new for you here. All this book provides is watered-down drivel about the importance of positive thinking and taking control and accountability for your life. The problem is that these are very important, but by couching them in wacky spirituality and requiring the reader to BELIEVE in the surrounding mythology, it makes it even more inaccessible, and in turn, makes the person feel unworthy if they are unable to “get it”.

Final word: F. Not recommended. There are much better “self-help” books out there that will empower and enlighten readers, without all the spiritual bunk. (Note: Let’s hope that this isn’t indicative of the other books on the reading list.)

KC

This book and Abraham's teachings changed my life. I attracted a great job, my wonderful husband, and more using the knowledge I gained. However, Ask and It Is Given is more than just a manual on how to manifest your desires (there are 22 easy-to-understand processes readers can utilize in order to become a match to their desires). It's also a book that will either challenge or confirm your beliefs* about God, reality, the purpose of life, and the true nature of your own identity as a powerful spiritual or vibrational being.

I don't know if I can adequately explain or give justice to all of the concepts contained within, but the key principles discussed include the Vibrational Laws that are responding to our thoughts (energy) which equal our vibrational point of attraction.

Our emotions are equally important because they're a measure of what we're thinking and, therefore, doing with our vibration. The more better-feeling thoughts we think, the more we're allowing good and our desires to flow to us. This is because there's only one energy stream that flows from Source and it's one of Well-Being. So there's no source of evil. Just feeling good (allowing) or not feeling good (resistance). Feeling good holds greater significance than the manifestations because it's who we really are: good or physical extensions of God. That's why good feels good!

I admit that when I first learned of these teachings I was more concerned about the manifestations than about feeling good. I have since realized that joy really is the true measure of success, while the manifestations are just the indicators of our alignment or not with higher consciousness (Source Energy). It's okay, too, if we don't always feel good. Our negative emotions are useful by showing us that we're focused on what we don't want and, therefore, we can then guide our thoughts towards what we do want.

So, back to the Vibrational Laws. These three laws are the Law of Attraction, the Law of Creation, and the Law of Allowing. In addition to being universally and vibrationally based these laws, like the Law of Gravity, are also absolute which means they work regardless of one's beliefs or awareness of them. The advantage to knowing about these laws is that one can DELIBERATELY create one's life, instead of by default which is what most people are doing.

How empowering is it to know that we are the creators of our own reality, that we are born with free will, that the purpose of life is joy, and the end result contributes to the expansion and eternalness of the Universe?

I so appreciate this powerful knowledge, Abraham, and the Hicks who have tirelessly and lovingly helped to share Abraham's teachings. (Abraham is essentially Source Energy or God, but they don't go by the latter label as it has different meanings for everyone). I learned so many things that I didn't know before, or rather as it is stated things I didn't remember. Some of these concepts might be too unbelievable for others, but they resonated with me.

This book is for those who are ready to receive the anwers they've been asking for. Ask and it is given, indeed!

*Although the aim isn't to change our beliefs but to help guide us more towards what we want, happiness.

Kyra

Esther Hicks writes for a "nonphysical intelligence" known as Abraham in this former New York Times Best Seller, Ask and It is Given. What I found most interesting in Ask were the deviations from Esther and Jerry (her husband) Hicks' 1989 book A New Beginning I, which predicted various "earth changes" that were on the brink of occurring in 1989, including simultaneous volcanic eruptions that would cover the earth's air with ash. In Ask, these revelations of turbulence are not even touched upon. There are also various inconsistencies within Ask regarding Jerry and Esther's initial encounters with Abraham, including an altered-or cleverly tailored version-of Abraham's first words.

As for the "biographical sketch" provided in Ask about Jerry and Esther's life pre-Abraham, it is incredibly vague. It tells us that Jerry was very successful before Abraham, but does not mention that Jerry Hicks was a Crown level distributor at Amway, who was giving seminars about positive thinking and motivation. Only instead of using the Abraham works, he was using those of Napoleon Hill. Dateline did a wonderful expose on Amway, revealing a major business within Amway that was not in selling various appliances/supplies, but in selling motivational courses and materials within the company. It is clear that Jerry was involved in this sort of motivational selling with Think and Grow Rich before his Abraham work. While the effect of Think and Grow Rich on Jerry's life is mentioned in Ask, the Amway link is never made, though it is touched on in various interviews with the Hickses. Of course, this seems to be irrelevant to most readers of the Abraham materials. To me, this was an important fact that made Jerry and Esther appear less like sincere messengers of positive thinking and more like pious frauds for Napoleon Hill.

The chapters in Ask offer an emotional guidance scale to let you know where you are and some 22 processes to help you reach a better feeling place to help you align with those things that you are wanting. The 22 processes include an interesting combination of cognitive therapy, visualization, and New Age woo. Though some of them seem very helpful, there does seem to be some undermining as the processes and rhetoric ask you to set aside critical thinking and replace it with emotional guidance. Also, for the entities that have claimed to not wish to alter our beliefs, these processes suggest otherwise, as they are designed to assist us in altering our beliefs. Various emotional appeals, combined with validation for whatever you want to believe in, make this book very appealing to anyone who wants approval or to believe that they can be, do, or have anything they want. This book operates under the claim that it will help you manifest your desires. But buyers beware, the authors take no responsibility for anything you are unable to manifest using their processes and there are no objective means for testing how well you are doing. And based on the logic presented within the book, even if you are unable to manifest something: All is well. I do not recommend this book to someone trying to manifest something, but rather to someone who wants to become a devotee of one of the most popular channels of our time. When you find yourself needing to listen to their CDs and watch their youtube videos more than anything else, that's when you know you've found a friend.

pegah

After four years it helps me to release bad and annoying emotions yet. Although I gave up on reading Self Helps books, this one is not something I can forget about easily. I prefer to categorize this book under philosophy of life not self help.

Raven

Read at the right time, especially when on a spiritual path, I think this could be one of those life changing or at least very pivotal books to read. It's very simply set out and easy to comprehend which is great for those who are only just learning or discovering law of attraction. As for people who already know about law of attraction I think it's great for a reminder and for fine tuning what you know.
I did find it to be slightly repetitive but I feel that given the subject and taking into consideration how much we are all used to a certain perspective it's probably for the best as it drums it in more helping to push past any resistance and keeping a open mind.

Lindsay

Giving this book a rating is very difficult. On one side I believe it's a must-read for everyone who's interested in the law of attraction and all that, on the other side it's very repetitive and also I have difficulties believing every single thing like f.e channeling, (this book is not written by Ester but by Abraham, a spirit who took over her body while she wrote the book?) or growing new body parts if we just -believe we can do it-. Sometimes it doesn't make any sense at all. Nevertheless, it's quite interesting.

Elyse Walters

Read this and others years ago ..., then later listen to the tape while driving. Abraham has passed away since this book.... People are still getting great value.

Bobby 1

I never wrote a review before but I felt compelled to do so. My sister bought this book and I decided to read it first.
What impressed me from the beginning were the comments from Wayne Dyer, since he is my favorite author. I have several self-help books in my collection, but I have never read a book that gave me such a profound and clear understanding as to why I am not getting all that I desire in life. I read it in 2 days and now I'm re-reading it and highlighting just about every page and doing some of the processes. I can see the fruits of this book already. Please get a copy of this book. You will not regret it.

Thank you Esther, Jerry and Abraham.

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