I’ve recently taken part in an online discussion involving the Teachings of Abraham. For those who aren’t familiar with these teachings, Abraham is a group of entities who are channeled through Esther Hicks. Abraham specialize in the subject of conscious creation and instruct us how to manifest desires through the law of attraction. They teach from the perspective of expanded consciousness, and their message hinges upon the concept that life is eternal.
I read a blog where the writer took Abraham to task, saying Abe "mocks human grief."
This writer claims that Abraham are being callous and uncaring in their address to the grief-stricken. He references Abraham’s tendency to humorously refer to physical death as ‘croaking,’ as well as their practice of instructing those lost in grief to ‘move up the emotional scale,’ and offers these as proof that Abraham ‘mocks’ human grief. “Abraham, being non-physical don’t really get a great deal of what being physical actually is about,” he states.
First of all, I believe there’s a huge difference between making light of death and ‘mocking someone who is immersed within the grieving process.’ Calling death ‘croaking’ and making light of death does not in my opinion, equal ‘mocking grief.’ Accusations aside, I’ve never personally come across any teachings of Abraham where this occurs and when I asked David to provide me with an example of this callous behavior he speaks of, he could not. I’m left to conclude that David’s largest evidence in support of his assertion, resides on the fact that the teachings of Abraham are peppered with numerous references to ‘croaking,’ and that they urge the grief-stricken to move beyond their grief through choice of better feeling thought.
As someone who has long held a perspective that includes a belief that life is eternal, the teachings of Abraham resonate with me deeply. Their overall perspective on our purpose for being alive and their insistence that we will benefit by living a more joy-filled existence by moving into an expanded consciousness is one that mirrors the beliefs I’ve held since I was a child. I suspect that others who feel a strong resonance with the teachings of Abraham would make similar assertions. For those of us who hold core beliefs that tell us we are more than merely our physical selves and that life is eternal, the teachings of Abraham will likely resonate with us as being representative of powerful Universal Truths.
Clearly, those who feel offended at Abraham’s lighthearted references towards physical death are missing the point of their teachings entirely. If I fully accept the premise that there is no such thing as death, that life is eternal and that I am first and foremost a spiritual being, how could I ever feel offended at a teacher’s use of humor to demonstrate an important point? When Abraham tells us ‘there is no such thing as death,’ they really do mean it.
Abraham’s use of humor to illustrate the discrepancy between holding a limited perspective of death and an expanded one, is in my opinion, one of their greatest strengths. If they ‘mock’ anything it is the tenacity with which many of us hang onto our limited beliefs and the stubbornness we exhibit in defending the necessity of harboring negative thoughts and emotions.
Death for many of us represents the darkest, most frightening aspects of human existence. In making light of physical death, Abraham beautifully illustrates to us that death truly is ‘no big deal.’
For those of us who have successfully navigated our way through the profound grief of losing a loved one, we know the power of adopting an expanded perspective. A limited view of death will keep us mired in our grief and sense of loss. It’s only through adopting a position of expanded consciousness that we can move into a perspective where we can see the big picture. The big picture includes a knowing that our deceased loved ones continue to live on and that we continue to have access to them.
It was my ability to move into a perspective of expanded consciousness that allowed me to make contact with my deceased brother, Murray. It was the same perspective that allows me to focus upon death as an integral part of the totality of life. It is also a perspective of expanded consciousness that allows me to know that there is nothing I cannot be, do or have. I merely need to ask for it and line my vibration up with it.
The Teachings of Abraham hinge upon the Law of Attraction, and the idea of expanding our limited human perspective and consciously choosing thoughts that lead us to better feeling places. To ask them to move from expanded consciousness into contracted consciousness to give validity to our feelings of dis-empowerment is akin to asking a teacher of higher mathematics to teach his students to count on their fingers. It would be a movement backwards and a complete negation of the purpose of the teachings.
Picture this; You’ve spent your entire life confined to the inside of a cardboard box. You make contact with a teacher who exists outside of the box. He begins to instruct you how to escape from the box and you resonate with his teachings and thus, choose to listen.
He tells you that to escape the box and experience the life available to you outside of it, you simply have to look up to see and remove the tape that is holding the top of the box together. In doing so, he humorously refers to your box as ‘a mere scrap of cardboard.’ You take offense at his ‘mockery’ of that which you see as your encompassing prison.
“The walls that confine me are real,” you exclaim in earnest. “How cruel of you to mock that which has caused me such strife.”
“But, it’s so easy to escape,” your teacher tells you. “All you must do is stop griping about your horrific circumstances and look up to the tape at the top.”
You however, are so mired in defending the validity of your perspective of being a prisoner of the box, that you refuse to look up and see the tape that could simply be pulled from the top of the box to provide you with your freedom.
As your teacher attempts to convince and urge you on, he tells you that once you are free of the box you will see how silly it was to ever have considered it your prison. You stubbornly reply, “but is IS my prison. Can’t you see, you uncaring, callous being. I’m a box-dweller and you should have more respect for the limited perspective that living within this box affords me.”
For anyone who sees cruelty or callousness in the teachings of Abraham, this is analogous to what I perceive you to be doing. You are arguing in favor of holding on to your limiting beliefs and insisting that your teacher join you in your contracted perspective.
Clearly, you have missed the core message inherent in the teachings of Abraham. All you need to do is stop arguing for your limited perspective long enough to ‘look up.’ Just as the box in the above scenario is not actually a real prison, your suffering is only a product of your limited perspective.
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