Cult Parallels: Unquestioning Commitment to the Abraham-Hicks Leader and Ideology

Cult Parallels: Unquestioning Commitment to the Abraham-Hicks Leader and Ideology

I cringe to think back on the many past conversations I have had that were centered around the words: “Abraham says…”

“Abraham says this about relationships… Abraham says that about money…”

Like other devoted followers, I automatically stamped all of Abraham’s proclamations as valid.  Whatever came after “Abraham says” had to be wisdom and truth, in my eyes.  This leads me to the next characteristic I’d like to point out in this series where I compare Abraham-Hicks with known cult tactics.

Unquestioning Commitment to the Leader and the Ideology

According to the International Cultic Studies Association, the following are warning signs of a cult:

“The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.”

And:

“Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.”

http://www.icsahome.com/

Let’s look at that first part about unquestioning commitment and regarding the practices as law.  To a devoted Aber, the Abraham-Hicks material is Truth.  There is no consideration that this might be a belief system that they are participating in, rather, it is the Law.  The teachings might as well be called, “The Way the Entire Universe Absolutely Works,” and it is considered unfailing and applicable to everyone and everything at all times.  Built subtly into this ideology is the requirement that followers strive for unwavering belief and commitment, for that is the path to being a successful “deliberate creator.”

Abers actually do a lot of questioning.  However, this only takes place from within a framework that assumes the information is valid to begin with.  This material generates a lot of discussion because it is not, in fact, “The Way the Entire Universe Absolutely Works.”  It cannot be stretched across every situation without a lot of effort, endless questions in the “hot seat,”  and many extra corollaries supplied by Abraham.

“Given what I know to be true because ‘Abraham says,’ how can I alter my entire understanding of life to match that?”

The serious deliberate creators will devote themselves to studying the fine points, all the ins and outs of Abraham’s words, for they believe it will surely lead to extraordinary success.  If success does not come, it means that somewhere along the way they wavered from the fine line the material has them walking:  I must have allowed a contrary thought to sully my vibration.  I can’t allow what I want if I’m not lined up with it. It is Law!  And alignment requires that Abers constantly refer back to Abraham’s words, suppress doubt, and maintain a cult-like commitment in order to stay on track.

The Hidden Agreement

I’d like to point out a facet of how this unwavering commitment first starts.  What happens when a charismatic, utterly confident leader offers you extraordinary knowledge and the keys to your heart’s desire?

When the promise is intoxicating—like the impossible promise of EVERYTHING—a person’s internal response may very well be, “I’m in.” And this is the start of internal consent—like signing a contract that sets up compliance with the rest of the package (no matter how ridiculous) in order to redeem the tantalizing offer.

This agreement isn’t usually verbal or even conscious at all, but it creates a receptive state of mind where a person may drink down information uncritically, like a baby bird with its mouth wide open for nourishment.  Red flags by damned, why wouldn’t you gobble down whatever you can when someone is supposedly trying to hand you the world on a platter?

Once you believe that this teacher has the all-knowing authority to spout leading edge, universal intelligence that is going to give you THE BEST LIFE EVER, then every word out of their mouth must be followed carefully and all rules embraced.

Automatic Punishment for Doubt and Dissent

It is hard to guard against what you can’t see happening.  People do not realize they have made an agreement to play by The Rules of the guru in order to cash in on the promised results.  And if you don’t play by The Rules, you don’t get what you want.

This brings me to the second part of the cult characteristic, as quoted at the beginning:

“Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.”

http://www.icsahome.com/

An Aber would likely dismiss this cult sign right off the bat.  The A-H material does not appear to punish doubt and dissent. These feel-good Law of Attraction teachings do not sound dominating, authoritarian, or punishing in the slightest.  Each sentiment is so positive, inspiring, and allowing!  Ostensibly, it’s all about joy and free will, and followers are quick to point out that even Abraham says you don’t need to accept or agree with everything!

Yet, doubt and dissent ARE absolutely punished.  Punishment is built right into the belief system as fear and failure:  If you don’t believe, if you harbor doubt, then you are practicing a contrary vibration, holding away what you want, and drawing in what you don’t want.  Abers do not need to be obviously policed by their leader because the ideology requires that they police themselves.

Doubt, dissent, and questioning are not enemies to eliminate but friends that can serve a protective and empowering function.  But Abers are insidiously taught not to tolerate any thought or feeling that will, according to this belief system, heap unwanted things upon their heads.  In the same way that the promise of Heaven and the threat of Hell might police a devout Christian, the ultimate prize and punishment looms in the Abraham-Hick ideology in the form of either having or preventing everything you could ever want to be, do, or have.

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