Nearly two years ago, while on-board our Mexican Riviera Cruise,
Prime Time Productions did an interview with Jerry and me, and with
Abraham, in response to an agreement that we had all carefully crafted
together for a television show that was to be aired in Australia
called "The Secret." We were told that "The Secret" would be based
on our work and that they would seek out other teachers who were
in alignment with our work. We reviewed, on DVD, two other projects
that had been created by this production company and found them
to be beautifully done, and good-feeling pieces.
Since Jerry and I had never before stepped into the public forum
in that way with our Abraham work, we followed the advice of our
publisher, who introduced us to an intellectual property rights
attorney who assisted us in drafting the agreement which would guide
our involvement with this project. He explained to us that although
he had included in the intellectual property rights license agreement
that we were to receive a small percentage of the net profit from
this project, and 10% of direct video sales, that it was very unlikely
that (from his experience) we would receive any substantial compensation
from our participation, and we were not unhappy with that arrangement.
Our decision to do it was not motivated from the idea of making
money from it, (unless there was profit to share) but because we
were stimulated by the excitement of this beautiful producer, and
when we met her and her beautiful crew, we easily loved them all.
As time went by, it became apparent that the television network
that we had been told would air "The Secret" was not going to do
it, at least not right now, and so the production company began
seeking other ways of marketing their beautiful project to recoup
their very large investment. While Jerry and I were uncomfortable
with what felt to us like a rather aggressive marketing campaign
(just not our style, nothing wrong with it) we stayed focused on
our busy schedule and really had very little to do with what was
happening with "The Secret."
Eventually we received an email from the producer of "The Secret"
lovingly explaining (we never have received correspondence from
her that was anything other than extremely loving) that the contract
that we had all agreed upon and signed was no longer sufficient
for their further distribution of the project in the areas they
were now seeking to distribute the project, and that it would be
necessary for us (Jerry and Esther) to relinquish our intellectual
property rights in these areas forever and redo our contract or
they would have to reluctantly edit us out. It was clear, from the
lovingly written email that they did not want to edit us out, but
after conferring with our publisher, and then our intellectual property
rights attorney, and finally with Abraham, allowing them to edit
us out was the path of least resistance. Abraham's words were very
clear and easy to understand: "Whenever you are given an ultimatum
that says, 'if you don't do this, then we will have to do such and
such,' it is best that you just let it go and move on. Otherwise
there is always another, and this, and this, and this..." Now, it
seems there is quite a firestorm surrounding our dis-involvment
with "The Secret". We are receiving so many emails and letters and
face-to-face questions from disappointed people regarding this,
so we want you to understand how we feel about it.
We think that "The Secret" clearly and beautifully presents Abraham's
Law of Attraction in a way that is easy to understand. It is filled
with stunning beauty and beautiful people, many of whom are our
personal friends. We love the way "The Secret" moves us, and we
feel joy rise within our hearts every time we watch it. We feel
the power of it, and the clarity of it, and we love "The Secret".
It is our desire that, rather than being upset that our part of
"The Secret" will be omitted in future offerings of it, that instead
you enjoy the original Abraham version, as it is, at this time,
and that you look forward to what other incredible things these
talented people may bring to you. These are people who clearly care
about the planet, who want to be of value, and who, in our opinion,
are of tremendous value.
Financially speaking, we have been very well paid for our participation
with this project... which has amounted to a staggering amount of
money. And if money were the most important factor, we assure you,
we would have found some way of staying involved.
So, we're out here doing our thing, enjoying the incredible expansion
of the message of Abraham, and are so looking forward to the wonderful
things that are in our future. Abraham says to us and to you:
It is our desire that you be easy about all of this. There is nothing
that has gone wrong here. Everything is in alignment. The Universe
will offer a steady stream of uplifting avenues to all of you.