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The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  21,543 ratings  ·  549 reviews
This book presents the powerful basics of the original Teachings of Abraham. Within these pages, you’ll learn how all things, wanted and unwanted, are brought to you by this most powerful law of the universe, the Law of Attraction. (that which is like unto itself is drawn). You’ve most likely heard the saying Law of Attraction has been alluded to by some of the greatest te ...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Hay House (first published October 2006)
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Jan 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Clear thinking people
Recommended to Lou by: My mentor
Shelves: self-improvement
EDIT, January, 2014:

Today, I stumbled on this:

The writer, Ms. Trespicio, goes a lot farther condemning the book than I did or should have and she makes it clear that if you want something in life, you have to DO something to get it. Or to get rid of it as the case may be. True, actions start with thoughts and I think that's where I should have been more clear in my prior write-up.

So, a couple of things of note:

- Reducing my rating for the book from three
Sharon Stakofsky-Davis
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book literally changed my life. The first part was a little "airy-fariy" to me but after getting into the bulk of the book, you learn how to re-think of what you want to attract into your life. Thoughts are powerful and just as easily as you can attract prosperity, happiness, and love, you can attract just the opposite into you life as well.

It's not a book that just tells you to think "happy thoughts" and all will be well, it goes deeper than that, and I go back and read sections of it over
May 09, 2021 rated it liked it
There’s something to be said about reading the right book at the right time. The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham isn’t a book I’d heard of or would typically be drawn to reading but was recommended by a trusted friend.

In the simplest terms, the LOA is about training your mind to focus on the things you want. If you think about what you don’t want, you’re still inviting those possibilities into your realm.

“It is of great value for you to give your conscious attention
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is written in the dialectic style of Socrates. From the peaceful slumber of a meditative state, Esther becomes in touch with (I dare say possessed by) the numinous figure of Abraham, the shepherd of her soul. Her husband Jerry is ecstatic. He uses his possessed wife as a channel through which Abraham shall answer the riddles of the universe. Quite the arrangement for a book about the main tenet of New Thought philosophy: the Law of Attraction.

The Socratic method presupposes an argument
Len Feder
May 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Did you know that if you want to become rich all you have to do is believe you will and you will. If you do not it's because you didn't believe you would. Oh this is such a pile of crap. It's nice to think positively but Esther Hicks is an outright liar and scam artist.

This is one of the few books I immediately threw in the garbage after giving it a fair chance. It is utter garbage.

I have seen that phony Esther Hicks on You Tube doing her "Abraham" act. She nods her head once or twice and then p
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: metaphysics
The fact that this book ended up in my hands it a testament to the law of attraction. I was wanting a source that out lined the major laws of the universe. From what I understand there are only a few. All the other laws are overtones and sub-harmonics to these three, the trilogy. As to the source of this information, it comes from a group of individuals who exist at a slightly higher vibrational rate. This group collectively calls itself Abraham. One of the Co authors (Esther Hicks) goes into a ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ignore any negative reviews about this book and its message. If you don't like Ouija boards then pass over that section like I did. For the rest of the information contained in this material, your doing yourself a major disservice for not reading and comprehending this knowledge.

Once you read it, you'll know the truth it contains. Think about all those experiences you've had in life that YOU attracted into it. Did you not think you were magnetic in nature? I remember those little tiny messages I
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-twice, owned
A little bit more complicated than other Abraham-Hicks works but still amazing and need to be read time to time.
Alex Wilson
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you liked the movie The Secret, this book will take you deeper into understanding how to really make this powerful law work in your own life. I recommend this book frequently to clients and use it in my coaching and speaking work to emphasize how each of us really do create our reality. Now that I know how the Law works, I have become able to stay much more positive and trusting. It amazes me how things fall into place as they never have before. The principles within the book are ageless and ...more
Nader Alfie
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Read this on a recommendation. While I did not buy it wholesale (and some parts struck me as weird), I took two helpful points from a quick read:

1. You are going to attract the (good and bad) things you think about most.

2. It is better to think positively in terms of what you want rather than negatively in terms of what you don't want.
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read "Ask and It Is Given," another book by these authors, & while there is some overlap in content, the two books bring up a lot of different ideas and practices. "Ask and It Is Given" devotes a large section to processes that move you up the emotional scale. "The Law of Attraction" focuses on the Universal Laws which govern everyone, whether we are aware of them or not, and how to increase our awareness to co-create a more deliberate life of what we DO WANT.

The format of the book is Q&
Sep 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people seeking personal/spiritual growth
I ran out of time to finish this book, but I did get about halfway through before it became overdue. Once you get past the initial weirdness & into the Q&A part, it does get interesting, if repetitive. I completely believe in the power of thought and attitude to alter our perception of reality. Under certain conditions, I somewhat believe in their assertion that thought can actually alter reality. I have a very hard time believing their assertion that absolutely everything in your life was drawn ...more
Oct 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: must-read-woo
Love, validation, the secret of eternal life will all be found in this book. What is the cost? Only your critical thinking skills. You must completely surrender yourself to your emotional guidance and let it show you the secrets of the universe. Esther Hicks channels this book (or as she would say, "receives" from a nonphysical perspective) from the group of entities collectively known as Abraham. They know what you want, everything that you desire, and they will tell you everything that will ma ...more
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Aug 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
The seeking movement of the ego (wanting, dukkha, desire) is the root of suffering in several spiritual traditions. Here it's celebrated as the source by which we can manifest desired things. I couldn't handle the disappointment of doing the visualizations with zero payoff. I was just feeding the mind monster, being lost in thought instead of being present. I listened to several of these CD's before I gave up. Channeled works tends to be bologna, but I must admit this was entertaining. ...more
Athina Hinson
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
My two star rating is actually generous as I was on the fence between one and two stars. This book does contain some positive general advice which makes sense: thinking of my intentions in a positive, consistent manner is likely to motivate me to take more concrete steps. And it contains some useful exercises and mantras that I may put into practice based on their own merits. However, that is where the positives end and frankly, I feel like I could have easily extracted these positives from some ...more
Bobby 1
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to 'self-help' type books, I have read 'em all. Over the years I have scoured book stores and market stalls seeking that one book that would answer all my questions AND motivate me to get things happening in my life. 'The Law of Attraction' is truly the first book I have read, that encompasses everything that is required for success and inner peace. I read the entire book within 3 days, put it down and realised I had found THE book! Since then I have been applying these new princip ...more
Katie Glanz
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: occult
This book was pretty wacky. It made a few good points, but in general the idea that everyone has complete free will, and all misfortune is self-induced is a very dangerous one. This kind of thinking contributes to scary modes of thought including rational self-interest and individualism, ideologies that actively deny the existence of social structures and cultural contexts. This justification of existing systems of inequality can only contribute to more human suffering.
Heidi The Reader
The most powerful part of this for me was "segment intention." The rest of it I've read in the Secret or from other New Age authors. The "channeled" element of this book is interesting. Has anyone else listened to recordings of Ester Hicks/Abraham from the 80's? She had a much thicker "channeled" accent then, I wonder what changed it with time... ...more
6 years ago I tried reading this book and hated its guts! Then I rated it 1*. Today I'm giving it 5*. Same book, different me. Embrace change! Change is good, change is normal. Do I feel bad for originally giving it 1*? No, the old me would feel that way, the new me is just happy she loves the book now. All is good! ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't know why the authors of this book bothered to tell us the material was channeled from non-physical entities, other than, I presume, to claim authority beyond their own selves (or just to tell the truth as they see it, perhaps). I'm not a believer in channeling and that's why I was reluctant to buy and read it, but I persevered, and I have to say that the material stands on its own. If the authors had just written the book as a work of fiction (which it may well be, in reality), it would ...more
Hermetic Kitten
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very interesting perspective on how the Universe works and how our thoughts manifest in our reality. Most people think the Law of Attraction has everything to do with the paranormal world, but I think it is quite a simple, tangible rule of life: if you want to be negative and you choose to face life in a pessimistic way, you are going to attract events, people and experiences that match your frequency.
Life is full of events we dislike, sometimes horrendous and hard to deal with. Despite that,
Maria Riegger
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a spiritual person and try to be open-minded; and I'm not sure that I buy into the idea that this spirit Abraham actually speaks to the author Esther Hicks. That being said, you can still get a lot out of this book even if you have doubts about the author's ability in that regard.

The main premise of the book is that you will attract what you give your time and attention to. I have found this to be largely true over the course of my life, and there is certainly merit in following the author's
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I'm into this sort of thing, of believing that there's a all knowing collective consciousness. Ester Hicks seems to be able to tap into this through an entity she calls Abraham. She is a conduit or channel into this knowledge.

Kind-a scary at first, then comforting and inspirational thoroughout, Jerry asks great questions of this all knowing entity, it has fantastic answers that are guiding principals for how we should live our lives.

Makes you really watch what you're thinking about. Proves o
Jun 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Wasn't sure how to rate this book...Personally I wasn't a fan. While I do believe from my own experience of it that we do attract based on our vibrations (to some extent- not necessarily exactly the specific thing we've been dreaming about), I did not appreciate this presentation of the LoA. There are a tonne of run-on sentences and strange ways of explaining things that made this easy enough concept a bit of a drag to read. Here's an example from pg. 79:

"But as you recognize that this Guidance
Annette Summerfield
I'm reading this book right now. It was given to me by someone who enjoyed it. I do find it a bit creepy. I've read in many health magazines that positive thoughts make us feel better.
Do I think the people I've cared for in Homes wouldn't of had a stroke, or a heart attack or MS and so on if they had though positive...I know some of those people are very positive and up people with good careers, good family and so on...and they still had a stroke and ended up in a wheelchair at a early age...

I h
This book is useful. I know it can help anyone who reads it just by itself, but if people follow-up by reading complimentary books on the subject to go along with it, that may help even more. Awareness by Anthony de Mello is another great book which helps you learn how to... wait for it... be more aware and in the moment.

If anyone has other book suggestions that would compliment these books mentioned, please add the title/author in the comments.

Also check out some YouTube videos on Abraham Hic
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've started re-reading it to try to understand the teachings better.

The gist I got from the first read-through: you attract what you put your attention on - good or bad. So, basically, watch your thoughts. Your thoughts matter!

Reading about how we need to be aware of our thoughts kind of made me feel more paranoid.

And, really, how can we monitor every single one of our thoughts? I heard a stat recently that we entertain about 60,ooo thoughts a day. Don't quote me on this :) That sounds exhaus
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Downloaded the audio book because Jess from The Lively Show recommended it. Completely changed the way I think about life and I wish I'd read it yeeeears before. It is that good. It is pretty much the foundation that "The Secret" was built on, but (luckily) nothing like it. Although I'd say it's beneficial if you're open to the transrational. ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration
The basic message of this book is powerful and inspirational. Although I have read other books with a similar message, it was still good. This book found me and its timing was perfect. Thank you JoAnn.
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
It is a good collection of stories that I will summarize as simply "You are what you think you are." ...more
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Esther Hicks is an American inspirational speaker and best-selling author. She has co-authored nine books with her husband Jerry Hicks, presents workshops on the Law of Attraction and appeared in the first release of the film The Secret. The Hickses' books, including the best-selling series The Law of Attraction, are — according to Esther Hicks — Channelled from a group of non-physical entities ca ...more

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