Cult Parallels: Abraham-Hicks and the Language of Non-Thought

Cult Parallels: Abraham-Hicks and the Language of Non-Thought

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.

Next up:

Loading the Language

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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.”

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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 meanings
2. Shuts down critical thinking ability
3. 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.

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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?

6 thoughts on “Cult Parallels: Abraham-Hicks and the Language of Non-Thought

  1. Interesting blog.

    My question would be: have you actually tried the law of attraction, or are you just criticizing Abraham-Hicks with no experience in it yourself?

    I find a lot of people just don’t understand how the law of attraction works. I’ve been applying it in my own life for a while now, and consistently getting better and better results.

    1. I criticize it because of the experience I had after being involved for 5 years. I am not out to disprove that the Law of Attraction exists in some form, but I believe the way it is taught by many modern day gurus is irresponsible and problematic. With great relief I no longer design my life around LOA as if it is the only concept that matters.

      And when it comes to Abraham-Hicks specifically, I would not recommend their teachings to anyone and say proceed with caution. If you are interested in knowing more about my perspective, you’ll definitely find it on this blog, specifically the post called “Ultimately more harmful than helpful” gives a really long overview.

      1. Thank you for so clearly expressing the undoubtedly irresponsible nature of the teachings. I, too, practised with full commitment for 5 years and woke up from the spell the day I asked to see the truth. The Abe filter fell off and MY full voice came through again, revealling the BS of these teachings. I know many Abers (and even non-Abers brainwashed into passivity by other programmes) will just defend the teachings, rather than allow themselves to be open-minded and to REALLY feel what’s going on at the deepest level. I look forward to more of your sharings on your brilliant site. Keep going. This spiritual BS and bypassing NEEDS to be exposed as it is highly immoral and irresponsible. There is more of us coming out with it too, having gone through the Abecraze! We have a right to speak it and support others to wake up too. Beyond the droves who are in denial and resistance. Of course part of the teachings conveniently teach passivity and to only look after our own energy as that is all that matters. Ummm. No. I actually care about people. Spiritual narcissism is not ok.

        Izabella

        1. Your words are so heartening to me, Izabella! Thank you for taking the time to post a comment.

          Criticism can be so taboo in spiritual circles, as if we must speak in hushed tones about how beautiful and perfect everything is, otherwise risk being labeled as “un-enlightened” or “just not getting it.” I want people to understand that an ideology can have actual consequences to a person’s functioning, behavior, and growth in life.

          And I find it interesting that you described it as waking up from a spell and the Abe filter falling off. That was my experience exactly, just popping out of the illusion. And I’ve heard others describe it in similar, “waking up” terms.

          And it was my drive for *truth* as well that allowed healthy disillusionment to occur. Some LOAers have internalized the dominant goal in their life as just: “be happy.” I wish joy to be a big part of everyone’s life. But having the ultimate and supreme goal of just wanting to FEEL a certain way certainly makes it harder to wake up from nice-sounding illusions.

          Thank you again for your words here. It’s not that we are “out of the vortex” or spiritually shutdown. It is as you said, we CARE about people.

  2. I think that the language developed from Abraham Hicks is their way of trademarking their product. They are in the market to sell their product and the language is unmistakably theirs. Certainly things like this can get out of hand and as long as they aren’t causing harm to the followers, I find them less cult-like. Just my opinion. I specifically looked up the language of AH because I find myself getting lost in what the hell is being said! It certainly is questionable enough that I looked it up to understand the dialogue.

    1. Hi Alicia, thanks so much for chiming in with your perspective.

      Yes, great point, and there are certainly a lot of teachers out there creating their own terminology to set their system apart from others. And the best teachers may even have a knack for creating terms that elucidate concepts, give insight, and make learning easier.

      What I found alarming about Abraham-Hicks is that it shaped and constricted my thoughts to adhere to this one system, as described in the post.

      I have heard similar “beef” around followers of Landmark Education– followers talking the talk, as if there are no other words available to speak about life. Though I have no comment on that particular system, I’m just illustrating that to be submerged in terminology can be a danger sign that one’s world is being narrowly represented and defined by the ideology that gave you the terms.

      You clearly don’t have a problem, just being at the point of trying to understand what’s being said in the first place! 🙂 But, I personally think the higher the adherence to this system, the higher the vulnerability to this “language of non-thought.”

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