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Who and what is Abraham? For someone new to the works of Esther Hicks, this would be the obvious first question. The answer, however, may not be so obvious.

Abraham has described themselves as "a group consciousness from the non-physical dimension", which is channelled through words and writings of Esther Hicks. Esther herself calls Abraham "infinite intelligence," and for the last 30-plus years, she has documented and shared what these ‘masters’ tell her to share. Here, Esther talks to Amy Taylor-Kabbaz about her experiences with Abraham and what we can all do to open ourselves up to our own divine guidance.

When you first talked with Abraham, what was it like? It was back in 1985, and right from the beginning the connection was very strong. (My husband) Jerry had been meditating and summoning answers for so long that when it did start to come through me, it was very strong. It just took me a while to get up-to-speed with it, and so, when you look back, the translation was a little rougher in the beginning! It used to feel awkward, and it made me tired: I could only go 10 minutes and I was exhausted. Later, they helped me understand that exhaustion came from my own tension, and when I released that, it became easier.

How does it work - are you aware of what they are saying, as you say it? I hear them. I hear what they say, so I’m sort of aware as it’s happening. I just don’t know any of the back-story; I don’t know why they’re saying what they’re saying. Through the years, every process has evolved. The most important thing for me was to learn to trust them, because I didn’t know what was happening. I needed to relax and realise that they weren’t possessing me, that they were answering questions, and that they were here because of my request. They weren’t asserting themselves. I’ve really had to learn to trust what is happening and what they are saying. I now know that they’ve never told me anything that didn’t turn out to be exactly right.

How do you stay connected and clear for the messages to come through? They give me processes to follow, and I do my best to apply them. Just recently, they’ve told us that every process they have ever offered is for one single purpose, and that is to soothe us, to help us feel better. So I just reach for whatever process makes me feel better at the time. They’ve given me a lot over the years! But it depends on how much momentum I’ve got going before I’m smart enough to apply a process, because if I catch it quick, then it’s simple. If I let a little momentum go, it’s not quick, then it takes a different process, and they’ve kind of outlined which processes work best for which emotions. But what I’ve learned is: just do whatever you can to make yourself feel better.
Recently, I’ve been saying to myself (and they’ve teased me about this!) when I get on a thought that doesn’t feel good, I just say to myself, ‘Well, that was unpleasant and unnecessary’ - which is true. It isn’t necessary to think unpleasant thoughts. We do have control over what we think about, but we have to stop the momentum of the unpleasant thoughts as quickly as we can. The thing is, after you’re used to feeling good, you just can’t stand not to. That doesn’t mean I never feel bad, because sometimes something happens and I have a knee-jerk response to it. And when I get going down that path further, it surprises me how much momentum, negative or positive, can get going so quickly. It can really set the whole tone of the day. So now, I try to bask in good thoughts as I go to sleep, so that I kind of get out ahead of it. Then in the morning, I always try to just stay there long enough so that I catch good-feeling thoughts before I get going into the day. Jerry used to beg me not to read e-mail until after lunch, because e-mail is where all of the you-need-to-do-something-about-this-right-now comes from, and we liked to do our creative work in the morning. But of course, that’s not very practical!
Abraham has told us for years an analogy of a playground merry-go-round that you want to get on, and the kids already on it are going too fast, so you can’t get on - it just knocks you off if you try. Lately, I’ve been thinking that this merry-go-round that’s spinning fast is like me and my positive momentum; so, if I can get my positive momentum going early, then anything that approaches me just bounces off. It’s really helping me a lot.

How do you get back to a place of gratitude and joy after losing your soulmate Jerry? For all these years, Abraham has given us all these processes, and I’ve applied them. But truthfully, I didn’t have to apply anything very hard because I was really living happily ever after. It wasn’t until something happened that wasn’t so happy and then I found out these are really good processes. Meditation was a big help. And the another process that I use more than any other is the place mat process - it's my favourite because my MO is to get overwhelmed because I take on more than I have physical time for: the place mat process lets me identify what it is I really need to do today.

You say we all have our own Abraham - our own intuitive guide. How can we connect with it? It helps to know that a question and an answer are different frequencies; a problem and a solution are different frequencies. And also, don’t keep beating the drum of the problem or the answer will never come. The best way to explain it is like this: I have this process where when I pack, I take everything out of my suitcases, because I accumulate stuff everywhere I go. I take it all out and I have a check-list, and I put back in what matters. That way, I’m secure when I get on the aeroplane that I have exactly and only what I need with me. One thing I must take everywhere is an external hard drive. It’s orange and it’s got everything from all my computers, and I carry it with me just in case there’s something I want. And I’m freakishly worried about that because it’s got so much data on it, and I don’t want to lose it or for somebody else to get it. All the things that Abraham would say I shouldn’t feel about it, I worry about!
So there I am unpacking and repacking, and I took the orange hard drive out of my bag … but when I went back through the check-list, I couldn’t find it. I panicked! I called a friend and told him I thought I’d lost it, asked him if I maybe had given it to him because we exchange these orange drives all the time. He said, 'Does it say old MacBook Pro on it?' I said, 'Yes, it does'. He said, 'It’s right here on my desk”. I said, 'Well, I don’t know why I gave it to you, but now I can relax'. And then started repacking the suitcase again and what do you know, I am picking up an orange drive and it's the orange drive I'm looking for! The one my friend had was the previous, earlier orange drive. The lesson is, once I thought it wasn’t lost and once I stopped freaking out, I could see it again. That’s how it works. What you need is always in plain sight - we just need to stop believing it’s not. In other words, we can’t find a solution when a problem is active. The answer is always there. And when we start to work with that, we can connect to our own answers.

What is the placemat process? My partner Jerry and I were sitting in a restaurant where they had paper over the tablecloths and crayons. I was feeling overwhelmed and complaining about having too much to do, and Jerry said what he usually said when I complained, 'Let’s ask Abraham’. And Abraham just took one of the crayons and drew a line down the middle of the placemat and another line across the top. On the left side, they wrote ‘Things I Will Do Today’, and on the right side they wrote ‘Things I Would Like The Universe To Do Today’.
Now, I had a notebook with me that day, containing pages and pages and pages of things that I needed to do, and they said, take some time and look down that list, and anything that absolutely must be done today, write it on your side of the placemat So, I went through the list, and picked out a very few things that really needed to be done that day and wrote them down. Then they said, 'Now everything else goes on the right side of the placemat'. Well, it took a long time because there were so many of them! But with each one I wrote, Abraham said, 'We’re going to release that to the universe today’. And I felt lighter and lighter.
Later, they explained that this process helps you to identify what you want, but also lets you get into a softer state of allowing it, because I was all balled up and tense about not having enough time to do these things. I started to do this every single morning; I would get up and do it first thing. And I started noticing that the universe was getting my list done faster than I was! I use the placemat process a lot, because it softens overwhelm. They said the other day that 'overwhelment' is the energy moving fast and you not being up-to-speed with it. And that’s what my list was doing. It was making me ask, ask, ask, ask, but I was tense, and so I hit all the red lights and people I called weren’t there and I couldn’t get the plane flights I wanted and so on. But when I started leaving it to the universe, it was like it smoothed everything out.