Tragedy in Sedona: My Life in James Arthur Ray's Inner Circleby Connie Joy
"James Ray's debut in the film, The Secret, thrust him into the spotlight. . . appearances on Oprah and Larry King Live... 'Tragedy in Sedona' is a behind the scenes look at the rise and fall of the James Ray Empire, through the eyes of an ultimately disenchanted follower. Connie Joy takes you on her personal and authentic journey-from being a devoted member of James' inner circle andDream Team to...trying to warn others." ~From the Foreword by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman Follow Connie Joy inside the seminars and once-in-a-lifetime trips to Egypt and Peru for an up close look at the transformative work of a charismatic teacher-and the underlying danger of mixing up the message with the messenger!
In 2007, Connie participated in Ray's sweat lodge, a Native American ceremonial sauna meant to be a place of spiritual renewal and mental and physical healing. It turned out to be only a test of endurance for Connie and many of the participants. Her prediction that someone could be seriously hurt came true in October 2009 when three people died and 18 participants were injured during a sweat lodge run by James Arthur Ray and his staff.
After injuries at his previous events, why didn't Ray get the message he was literally playing with fire?
Connie and her husband attended 27 events over three years presented by James Arthur Ray, "Rock Star of Personal Transformation." As this book is released, Ray is charged with three counts of manslaughter and faces a criminal trial in Arizona as well as numerous civil suits.
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I read all the sample chapters which was well over a 100 pages. I found this book deals more with the authors personal account of her life. She does relate her experience with James Ray and her involvement and membership with the World Wealth Society. I perceived her involvement with the practices were of a cooperative manner yet she writes she questioned but, not to Ray, and she remained complict with the practices. She attended 27? seminars yet she would have you believe she was disillusioned with Ray. This is a contradiction. She goes on and on popping from this life to past lives throughout the sample I read. She writes extensively about the past lives and other New Age beliefs and techniques she utilizes. If I could rate this book at a -5 I would.
There is a misconception as to what type of people were attending James Ray's seminars: people who didn't know what they wanted out of life, who were looking for a 'guru' and ready to do anything and everything they were told to do, without thinking. Connie really helps put that myth to rest: the participants were every day people, a lot of them already successful, just wanting to better their lives. Connie, also being in James' inner circle, experienced first hand how James changed over the years and became more and more obsessed about "becoming a millionaire", versus helping people. Finally, Connie's experience in a 'sweat lodge - James Ray style', just shows how it was just an accident waiting to happen. It's so unfortunate that it took the death of 4 participants and many more injured, to stop him from hurting more people. After you read Connie's book, you will better understand, why and how the tragedy in Sedona happened. I am sending all my love and prayers to all the people and families, who will never be the same, because of what they went through last September 2009.