- Title: Ask and It Is Given
- Author: Esther & Jerry Hicks
- Publication: Hay House (Published in Sept. 8, 2009 *first edition 2004*)
- Genre: New Age/Metaphysical
- Pages: 314 pages
- Format: Paperback
- Source: Library
- Rating: 3/5 stars
Wondering if the Universe is purposely making your life hell for pure amusement?
Don’t blame the mercury retrograde yet! Read Ask and It Is Given and you’ll discover all your negative thoughts may be the root of your frustrations. What happens in the outside world reflects your mind.
Esther Hicks has written this book channeling a non-physical being named Abraham. Its purpose is to share news the world is an illusion and we have the power to change our experience in this physical plane with our thoughts.
Ask and It Is Given is a book strongly reserved for those interested in vibrations, good thoughts, and the law of attraction.
Yet, this book could’ve provided better explanations for rising from negative vibrations.
For instance, it’s game over for you if you have a mental illness or live in poverty. Apparently, you’re responsible and you must find a way to change your thoughts even though you’ve suffered for a long time.
Abraham has some serious explaining to do.
Who Is Abraham?
Abraham is described as a collective of non-physical beings from a higher dimension. It approached Esther while she was in the middle of meditating and started using her body (with her permission) to channel information through her.
Like Bashar channeling through Darryl Anka, Abraham has come to our world to spread news about our untapped powers.
Non-Reality and Physical Reality
Everything we create comes from the mental plane. Our minds carry an unlimited amount of ideas waiting to be manifested in this physical realm.
Abraham points out everything we think about with enough focus eventually manifests. We don’t allow our desires to come through most of the time. Our fears and excuses get the best of us.
The universe will help us out if we change the way we think, letting us achieve our greatest potential.
The Universe is Your Genie
There are three steps in the “ask and it is given” process:
- Letting the Universe does its job
Your only job is to state your desire (asking) then keep up with thoughts matching it (receiving) until it comes to life. The Universe does the middle job. It sets up the right time, the people involved, and its location.
Look at the universe as your genie. Whatever you ask, you let the genie do its work. You don’t see Aladdin complaining to Genie whenever his wishes don’t come true.
The Earth is Our Canvas
According to Abraham, the earth is made as a platform to develop our creations. Our purpose here on the planet is to simply create and have fun doing it.
Nevertheless, it’s hard to imagine the earth as our playground. Rules and expectations about life have structured our minds since birth. The more we grow our imaginations, it is cut down by our parents, teachers, and authority figures. It feels like we can’t do anything except for what we are told.
Luckily, Abraham affirms we are born free and will always be. We are free to paint the reality of our dreams. Nobody can take our paintbrush away from us!
The Emotional Guidance System
Take this scenario: you’re in a cramped fourteen-hour flight and you can’t wait to get to your destination. For now, a baby is wailing behind you while you’re trying to watch a long, boring movie.
- A: Tell the mother to shut her baby up
- B: Lock yourself in the bathroom and cry
- C: Calmly ask the mother if the baby’s okay
- D: Jump out of the plane
Choice C feels the most pleasant. You ask the mother what’s wrong and she apologizes, revealing her child is sick. Now, you sympathize for the mother and her child. You hope the trip turns out better for them.
Meanwhile, the passenger beside you starts joking about the lame movie. You chip in and enjoy each other’s company.
Thanks to your emotional guidance system, the plane trip’s been made worthwhile.
Everybody has what Abraham calls the “emotional guidance system” aka your emotions. The purpose of your feelings is to let you know of your vibration status. If you’re sad, it means you’re in a low vibration. You’re happy then you’re on a high vibration. Your emotional guidance system can help you decide which choices feel the best.
The only concern I had with this concept is mental health disorders. What about the people with depression and anxiety issues? They can’t flip their emotions from sadness to happiness like a light switch. A depressed individual can be in Disney World and still be down in the dumps.
It’s not fair to say it’s their fault they carry low vibrations due to their mental condition. The same goes to homeless people who don’t know better.
Most people aren’t millionaires because they don’t emit “millionaire vibrations”.
Millionaires have abundant mindsets. Everywhere they look and everything they do is a financial opportunity. A millionaire’s money-flowing imagination immediately expresses itself into physical reality.
On the other hand, poor mindsets remain in low vibrations. Money doesn’t come to poor people because they’re not a vibrational match to abundance. Screaming to the world you’re broke isn’t exactly going to help you out. The universe only responds by giving you more “broke” situations.
To sum things up, Abraham suggests the best way to have money come to you is to change your thoughts about it. Start thinking of money as an infinite resource instead of a limited one. The more positive thoughts you have about money, the more it will fly into your bank account.
However, this view seems fair until I think about the children who were born poor. Surely, they didn’t deserve to be born in poverty. I wished Abraham elaborated more on this factor.
Ask and It Is Given is a decent beginner’s book to the Law of Attraction process. Abraham reveals we have the powers of thought to change our realities. What are you going to do with your infinite creative powers?
This book would’ve been better if it had more clarifications on certain topics. I suppose that’s why more Abraham books we’re published after this one.
Reviewed books similar to Ask and It Is Given:
- 365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency by Melissa Alvarez
- Bashar: Blueprint for Change by Darryl Anka
- Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts
Comment below if you’ve read this or any other Abraham books.