'Ask And It Is Given' By Esther And Jerry Hicks
'Ask and it is given' is an all-time favourite for me - and the book that introduced me to the law of attraction.
This book contains many insights on using our thoughts and emotions to feel good, and to ultimately create the life that we want to experience.
I find that as with all material from Abraham-Hicks, either you love it or you hate it. I personally love it, so pardon me if the review of this book is somewhat clouded with that perception ;-)
First of all, who or what is Abraham?
Abraham is, as explained in the book, "a family of Non-Physical Beings", which Esther Hicks channels. They offer approaches to understanding life and to use our thoughts and emotions in the best way possible to create a positive experience of life.
'Ask and it is given' shows you a whole new way to navigate life; if this is your first contact with any of the Abraham-Hicks material, you'll soon realize that it is a world in itself.
These are some of the key points of 'Ask and it is given':
- Well-Being is the basis of the Universe. "Well-Being is the basis of All-That-Is. It flows to you and through you. You have only to allow it [...] you will come to understand that to the degree you feel blessed and expect good things to flow to you, this indicates the level of your state of allowing; and to the degree that you do not feel blessed, where you do not expect good things to come to you, this indicates your degree of resistance."
- Everything is vibration. Our thoughts and emotions are vibrations as well. Due of the law of attraction (like attracts like) the reality we're presented with is always a vibrational match to what we're thinking and feeling.
Simply put, if you're dwelling in negative thoughts and feelings, life keeps on presenting you with circumstances that match those negative thoughts and feelings.
This is why we keep on being apart from the things that we want: because we are not a vibrational match to how it actually feels to have them. We're mainly focused on the absence of them and thus we're a vibrational match to the absence of what we want.
As explained in 'Ask and it is given': "Even though a clear desire has emanated from you as a result of the contrast you have considered, you often, rather than giving your attention purely to the desire itself, focus back on the contrasting situation that gave birth to the desire. And in doing so, your vibration is more about the reason you have launched the desire than it is about the desire itself."
- The power of feeling good now: we are vibrational beings, and at every moment we're broadcasting our "vibrational signal". Our present and future circumstances are affected only by the signal we hold in the now.
As 'Ask and it is given' states: "[...] It is our absolute promise to you that when you understand the power of feeling good now, no matter what, you will hold the key to the achievement of any state of being, any state of health, any state of wealth, or any state of anything that you desire."
- The Emotional Scale. First, a thought about emotions: "You may believe that you cannot control your emotions, or you may believe that you should control your emotions, but we would like you to approach your emotions in a different way: It is our encouragement that you pay attention to how you feel and allow your emotions to be the valuable indicators they are."
Negative emotion tells us that we're focusing on something we do not want; with that knowing, we can then turn towards focusing on what we do want.
The Emotional Scale, as presented in 'Ask and it is given', shows a varied range of emotions, which go gradually from the lowest (fear, grief, depression, despair, powerlessness) to the highest (joy, knowledge, empowerment, freedom, love, appreciation).
Through the emotional scale we can feel and think our way up from whichever emotion we're at, step by step. But as Abraham-Hicks put it, "The thing that matters most is that you consciously reach for a feeling that is improved. The word for the feeling is not important."
'Ask and it is given' also gives you 22 processes to move from disempowering feelings to joy. Having tried them all, I find them all perfect to move on to better feelings and thoughts - they work.
Some of my favourite processes are The Creative Workshop, Segment Intending, Pivoting, or The Focus Wheel Process.
All the material I've come across from Abraham-Hicks so far makes sense to me - and I found that my life changed hugely after I started using the processes and techniques they offer.
However, I have also come across people who discard the content that Abraham-Hicks offer based on the fact that it is chanelled content. My own take is that if the material is helpful to me, what does it matter who or where it comes from?
My recommendation is that you check their website and a couple of videos, and if you feel like the message calls you then buy 'Ask and it is given' - and be ready for a life-changing ride ;-)
Follow this link to buy your copy of this book in Amazon.
Follow this link to buy your copy of this book in Barnes&Noble.
"That is the optimal creative vantage point: To stand on the brink of what is coming, feeling eager, optimistic anticipation - with no feeling of impatience, doubt, or unworthiness hindering the receiving of it - that is the Science of Deliberate Creation at its best."
P.S. I have partnered with the retailers above to earn a percentage for purchases made via my recommendation. Please use the links on this page to get your book, because this helps me keep this website up-and-running and the price is still the same for you. I thank you for your support should you decide to use my link. Every little helps! ;-)
Important: the fact that I've partnered with these retailers doesn't affect the review above. This review is simply my views of the book, and I write it in order to help you make a more informed choice.
Back to Positive Thinking Books