Is Abraham-Hicks a cult? I would like readers to decide for themselves, so I have begun a series comparing components of Abraham-Hicks with known cult tactics. You can read the first post on laziness and passivity here.
Loading the Language
Loading the language, as it relates to mind-control cults and brainwashing, is:
When everyday words are given new meanings, group members are given a new vocabulary, and members learn cliches that are easy-to-memorize and readily expressed.
“A cultic group often uses its own complex vocabulary. Words carry with them entire packages of implications, emotions, metaphors, and even past experiences. Cults invent new words and phrases that carry with them much more complicated understandings, or they manipulate existing words to change their meanings subtly or dramatically.”
This may be sounding familiar already. A-H is full of it’s own terminology.
In the vortex. Out of the vortex. Vibrational alignment. Work your way up the emotional guidance scale. Contrast. Pinching yourself off. Upstream. Downstream. Vibrational journey. Action journey. Filling in your own grid. Path of least resistance. Get in the vortex and then. Line up with it. Tell a new story. The leading edge of thought.
Loaded language shuts down critical thinking ability
Even everyday words like “appreciation,” “resistance,” “momentum,” and even “selfishness” are also imbued with more complex meanings.
What does loaded language do?
Loaded language serves several purposes:1. Relabels or redefines meanings2. Shuts down critical thinking ability3. Further isolates the group, making it difficult to communicate with outsiders”Concepts can be relabeled with emotionally charged words which carry preconceived notions. These can be used to make something seem automatically positive and impossible to argue against, or inherently negative — impossible to argue for.
When Words Take Over
Kelly Martin addresses A-H terminology in her video, Are You Addicted to the Teachings? She says, “I noticed that my own vocabulary was an Abraham-Hicks vocabulary. I was no longer speaking from Kelly Martin, I was speaking from Abraham-Hicks. And it was quite horrifying to me.”
Words actually shape how we think and how we see the world. And at a certain point I lost original thought outside of the A-H world.
I noticed the same thing. Other Abers speak the language. Check out the Abe Forum and that’s all you’ll get. I spoke it too. In fact it became a struggle to express myself without the language. It became hard to hold a conversation with the uninitiated.
Not only did I speak fluent Abraham-Hicks, I conceived of my whole world from an Abraham-Hicks worldview. Words actually shape how we think and how we see the world. And at a certain point I lost original thought outside of the A-H world.
The Language of Non-Thought:
Loaded language can also include “thought-terminating cliches,” language designed to stop dissent or justify fallacious logic. The following passage says it all:
Thought terminating cliches
Everything is compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorised and easily expressed.
There are “good” terms which represents the groups ideology and “evil” terms to represent everything outside which is to be rejected… To those outside the group this language is tedious – the language of non-thought.
This effectively isolates members from outside world. The only people who understand you are other members. Other members can tell if you are really one of them by how you talk.
This narrowness of the language is constricting. The individual is linguistically deprived because language is central to the human experience and his capacities for thinking and feeling are immensely restricted.
If you watch Abraham’s interactions with someone in the hot-seat, or read through the Abe Forum, you will notice many non-answers to questions and “thought terminators” used in their place. This is the language of non-thought.
The language of Abraham-Hicks…[replaces] individual thought and expression.
There is certainly a sense of security in buzzwords, a comfort in having all the answers simplified into a selection of frequently-repeated words and phrases. I believe initially, faith in such a system could boost a person’s confidence and reduce worries and anxiety.
But the language of Abraham-Hicks becomes all-consuming, replacing individual thought and expression. Loading the language is a way to exert control how group members speak AND how they think. This is a marker of a mind-control cult.
What Do You Think?
Does Abraham-Hicks fit the criteria for “loading the language?” Do you think it is a cult? Why or why not?
Have you noticed “the language of non-thought” used anywhere else?
Thanks for reading! Comments and discussion are welcome.
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