In a prior interview, Oprah explored the controversy and phenomenon of The Secret with Esther Hicks , an inspirational speaker and co-author of The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham . Now, Oprah welcomes Esther back to the show to talk about the practical and meaningful lessons behind the law of attraction, which states that like attracts like, and how to apply the principle to your life.
Esther is an expert on the law of attraction and says she has gained much of her wisdom by dialoguing with or "channeling" a group of spiritual teachers collectively known as "Abraham." In explaining the law of attraction, Esther says that you have the power to attract that which you want into your life, such as love, money or good health. She also says there are ways to reverse the negativity and bad occurrences in your life.
Some critics of The Secret and the law of attraction have questioned how people can attract bad occurrences into their lives, and say that illness and violence are unfair, random occurrences over which we have no control. Esther challenges that statement and shares a story about how one woman—even one plagued with disease—can proactively work to improve her condition.
"A lady was talking to Abraham, and she said, 'I'm in such pain, I have arthritis in my hips and every moment I feel uncomfortable. How can I think about a good-feeling body when my body hurts so much?' And Abraham said, 'You have to separate what's happening from the way you feel about what's happening. There's the physical discomfort, but [either] you're in a painful, arthritic body and you're fearful or you're in a painful, arthritic body and you're hopeful.'"
Esther goes on to say that the goal in life is "utter well-being," and that you must learn to allow your natural well-being to come forth. "To me, it's the absence of anything that's bothering me," she says. "Utter well-being is just that feeling that everything is fine and all right. It's a feeling of elation."