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The lesson of James Arthur Ray’s guilty verdict in the Sedona sweat-lodge deaths

We’ve criticized Ray and the franchise that made him famous, The Secret. A Soul’s Code practitioner urges us to extend compassion to both the victims and the convicted guru

GUEST COLUMN: CARI LA GRANGE MURPHY — The topics of spiritual authenticity, accountability, compassion, and soul growth are all weighing on my heart, mind and spirit today after hearing the sad news of self-help guru James Arthur Ray’s conviction on June 22, 2011 in Arizona.

As I’ve matured and grown into a more self-aware human being, I am not one to quickly judge an individual and pound on them when they are down, for I am able to see the bigger picture and recognize that there are always soul lessons involved in any situation.

Observing things from this broader perspective doesn’t make the situation any less sad or horrific for both James Arthur Ray, or for the three individuals who died two falls ago in a make-shift sweat lodge in Sedona, AZ, but it does allow me to open my heart and have compassion for everyone involved.

For those who aren’t familiar with what happened, James Arthur Ray, a very wealthy and successful best selling author, speaker and personal development expert who owns a multi-million dollar corporation, held a spiritual retreat in Arizona in October, 2009.

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Ray's mug shot

His retreats focus on creating wealth, and teaching others how to forge a millionaire lifestyle. It was a very expensive retreat (in the range of $9,000-$10,000 per person) culminating in the group joining together at the end of the week in a sweat lodge.

On October 8, 2009 three people died in the sweat lodge — and four months later, Arizona authorities charged Ray with manslaughter. Now a jury convicted him on three lesser counts of negligent homicide. They held Ray accountable for his attendees deat

hs because he was their “leader” and the one they entrusted their hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits to for the period of time that they were attending this retreat. Ray faces up to 11 years in prison but could be sentenced to nothing more than probation.

I can completely understand that for many of us our first reaction is to applaud. Ray certainly did not take the necessary precautions, nor did he appear to take authentic accountability for the tragedy as it was happening — or during the hours, days and months following the incident.

I am filled with sorrow and compassion for the families of those three beautiful souls who lost their lives that day. I am also filled with sorrow and compassion for James Arthur Ray. His human journey as a spiritual being housed in this physical body is just like ours.

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This tragedy is public and therefore open to much more ridicule and criticism that it would be otherwise. That being said, I don’t want to undervalue the extremely horrific situation.

Check out the family background and history of Mr. Ray, his passion for self denial, fasting, and extreme personal and physical risk to reach “nirvana” by pushing the limits and trying to prove to himself the power of his limitless nature and abilities. I don’t condone the behavior or the possible element of ego or greed that may have been involved.

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Ray in better times

But this appears to be a man who has sought harmony (within himself) all his life. I have compassion for the journey of everyone. Some lessons are more profound than others. I also have to wonder how enlightening the event was for so many of James Arthur Ray’s “followers.” Perhaps there is a lesson for everyone involved. Isn’t there always?

I know that it’s important to have others that we look up to, respect, admire and learn from. I also recognize that there is a fine line between being inspired by someone and becoming a follower.

I believe the key for any of us that devote our lives and careers to promoting spiritual growth, awakening, well-being, etc. is to remind our readers, clients, and our audience that THEY must be their own leader. They must rely on their own intuition, their own power and their own strength to conquer and master their life/soul lessons.

We are meant to simply serve as catalysts that awaken and remind others of the immense power within them to take responsibility and accountability for the quality of their lives.

My heart and my love goes out to everyone involved in this tragic situation. May everyone emerge with a renewed sense of awareness, compassion, and love for themselves and others.

cari3Cari L. Murphy is a best-selling inspirational and spiritual author, (www.Create-Change-Now.com) broadcaster, radio show host (www.CreateChangeNowRadio.com) speaker, and founder and CEO of Empowerment Coaching Solutions.


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38 Comments on “The lesson of James Arthur Ray’s guilty verdict in the Sedona sweat-lodge deaths”

  1. I was so VERY pleased to see this article. I completely agree with the author. Further, while we can have compassion for ALL involved, we can still hold the negligent accountable. Those of us on a mission to live a compassionate life know our compassion is not contigent on whether or not someone is guilty. However, healthy boundaries are very much a part of an integrated walk with compassion. Compassion without establishing health boundaries has been called by Pema Chodron "dumb compassion". At the same time, we might also embrace that "I AM That" as a way to release hostility and fixation on blame.

  2. I believe we should show compassion and forgiveness as all of us come upon hard times and seek a way out of our nightmares. We are always forgiven by our higher power and hope we can all forgive!

  3. ...and the energy behind the face.. I think if I'd spent the last 4 months agonizing over the deaths of 3 people, I'd look a heckuva lot worse.

    We all have lessons to learn. This is a tough one for him and all concerned. I definitely have compassion for him and certainly for the families involved.

    What is that saying about "he who is without... cast the first stone?"

  4. I believe in compassion for ALL living beings. My personal challenge is those who wear the cloak of "spirituality" to coerce and manipulate others to do things that don't feel right.

    It is as if to say, if you don't experience this extreme discomfort, then you aren't spiritual enough. That is unfair.

    I have been at other "spiritual" retreats that encouraged extreme activities and fortunately I had the good sense to say no when I had reached a limit. Others were not so fortunate and there are lawsuits. No one needs to prove how spiritual they are by severe acts.

    Spirituality is about gentleness, kindness and compassion. So, I am going to practice my compassion... even for those that obviously abused a place of power in the name of spirit.

  5. I realize he is somewhat responsible, although could not the people left the sweat lodge on their own ?

  6. Although it is a true tragedy I think this opened many eyes and they have GAINED knowledge from it we all need to EMBRACE LIFE, it is a GIFT to us.

  7. Here are my thoughts: I do not believe James Arthur Ray is being held
    accountable solely because he was their 'leader'. I believe he is being held accountable because he was negligent.

    I have followed the James Ray story closely and the makeshift tent was built with layers of plastic and tarpolin in between blankets. A spiritual Indian tent is not made out of either materials and none of these were 'breathing' materials. Even if he did not build the tent with his own hands, he had the ultimate responsibility for ensuring peoples safety.

    I also believe that a person's faith or discipline does not absolve him of negligece and should not be treated any differently to any non-spiritual person whose actions or inactions led to three deaths.

    Having said that, compassion can be shown to all people in all circumstances in the form of support and strength, people to talk to, people to listen whilst still experiencing consequence.

  8. he's been charged, not found guilty. until the facts are known, withhold judgment. that's the American way, regardless of what others say.

  9. Everything is recycled, reused, reinvented, &/or remembered.......

    Those of us whom offer guidance to uplift, assist, enLIGHTen, & empower others MUST keep this TRUTH in the forefront of our Minds, Hearts and BEingnesses.

    There is NOTHING we shall say, provide, or do for/to another that they themSELVes have NOT on some level pondered or acKNOWledged ALLready.

    We are as Cari, so BEautiFully explained, catalysts, or as I call mySELF, Guide LIGHTs...... we are merely shining the LIGHT upon the pathway others are walking, a pathway they may NOT have BEen seeing clearly, and yet, one upon which they have BEen walking & receiving information, guidance, vibrational frequencies of information, whether consciously or not.
    It is up to us to assist in {shine the light upon} bringing to conscious awareness that which at times, resides within one's subconscious BEingness.

    On a Universal, esoteric level, ALL IS ONE, WE are ALL ONE, ALL IS Energy and thus the KNOWledge that exists for ONE is available for ALL~'tis merely a matter of whether or not we are open to receiving any specific aspect of the infinite KNOWledge that is available for our grasp.

    May ALL whom are aware of, touched or affected by the incidents to which we speak, BE uplifted, expanded, transcended thereby, and may ALL of WE manifest in our Every NOW, ALLways, Our HIGHest HAPPIness, embraced by the grace of Unconditional LOVE.

    In Lak'ech
    I AM Another YOU
    and
    YOU are Another ME
    WE are ALL ONE
    Blessedly BE

  10. this is pretty interesting to me when i look at this picture. just a couple of years ago, i was saying that James Ray had the "essences" of my future husband. i was liking him very much, until this. now looking at that picture, and the energy behind the face, gives me a little creepies. he's still an incredible author to me, however. i have no comment or energy to put towards his circumstance today. i choose not to put energy into what already is, cultivating more of circumstance for the author.

  11. It is entirely possible that part of James Ray's soul contract was to display exactly what he has. Judas, kool-aid, Hitler....come to mind. I don't condone at all what happened, in fact my meeting with JR was not a positive. I predicted he would go down in flames, but I never anticipated he would take others lives. He may have begun with talents and good intentions but the ego took over and money became his god.

  12. COMPASSION IS REQUIRED, AS WE ARE ALL DOING THE BEST WE CAN.

  13. The Middle Path -the Buddha's Nirvana-bound path of moderation away from the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification and toward the practice of wisdom, morality and mental cultivation.

    Yes, I believe that James deserves compassion. As do all participants. We all have been driven by greed at one time or another.

    However it seemed to me that he lacked lacked any remorse or responsibility in the days, weeks and months that followed.

    I know someone that attended that retreat. Big money was paid with the promise that it would help you manifest more of the same. Severe austerities were instructed to people with no prior conditioning. My friend said that they felt powerless to voice their concerns. Imbalance of power.Perhaps this experience will encourage them all to find happiness, peace and adequate wealth through more moderate means.

  14. Good points, Tanya. Thank you for sharing the very *real* experience of someone who was actually there.

    So much to learn from all of this. I maintain my sense of compassion for all and the
    desire for greater awareness and ultimately greater self love and love for others.
    What a eye opening situation from which there are a multitude of enlightening messages to draw from.

    The key from my humble perspective is not taking sides and seeing and feeling the utter despair for everyone involved. My heart goes out to everyone and again- hope that awareness and self empowerment and love is the key.

  15. He let his ego not his heart dictate his actions! let this be a lesson for all!

  16. The poor are only one’s own belief in littleness ~ We only ever give and take from ourselves ~ There is only one Mind/mind out-pictured ~

    “Judge not lest ye be judged.”

    As I am is as my world is ~ What about us is resonating as guilty? Isn’t it time to free the self imposed prisoner within? To let her walk free and with her let the Jury who judges go as well?

    No one is guilty or innocent in this dream we call life ~ We are simply dreamers…Let the judgement go and be free to Love as God Intends…

    Love is My Constant~Peace is My Vow

    Ananda of Love

  17. Love does not ask the question "should we show compassion". Love IS Compassion.

  18. Of course, compassion is needed. If it even occurs to us, then it is always good to apply compassion.

    The person who leads a thing must take responsibility for the entire mandala of it --
    and I do have confidence that in court he will have ample opportunity to defend himself. If found guilty, he will also have a great opportunity to take his life to a new level of service. He has the wonderful distinction of still being alive! The path is not always looking like roses and light. It is the mark of a true spiritual path that walks through the shadows as well.

  19. I hope that All the NEW CAMPS out there do better screening as to who is safe and not safe to do a sweat lodge. Folks with backgrounds of PTSD, abuse etc..can trigger panic attacks and lead to heart attacks in sweat lodges.

  20. That phrase----"casting the first stone" doesn't apply here. I'm far from perfect but I haven't killed anybody.....so I WILL "cast" the first stone and call James Arthur Ray a murderer. For those of you who feel some misguided and strange need to keep defending him......keep drinking that kool-aid!

  21. Poor of the poor...life is in a constant teaching for everyone of us. Never look outside what resides within yourself. Be your own guru and give the money to the poor.

    Making money out of "spiritual" teachings is a twisted road to the enlightment. No one can judge anyone, but the fruits each one of us give to the world are the best proof of what we are made of. The goal was to make money or to help the unfortunates?

  22. “Compassion is the basis of all morality”--Arthur Schopenhauer
    and

    "Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little." --Buddha

    and

    in the spirit of Chief Seattle, i always ask: How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? ....how can you buy or sell the TRUTH?♥

    ENDLESS BLESSINGS♥ ♥ ONE LOVE ♥ ONE LIGHT ♥ ONE UNIVERSAL FAMILY

    ♥ N ♥ a ♥ m ♥ a ♥ s ♥ t ♥ e ♥

  23. I have ventured to each emotion over this tragedy and arrived at neutral. I honor the red road and believe at some level this is between the natives and him. It has implications way beyond human understanding. Wish all peace.

  24. We need to tend to our own gardens, pulling weeds daily.

    It is not our job to judge another' garden, or what they are reaping from what they planted in theirs.

    The 5 habits of criticism, condemnation, judgment, blame and gossip does not serve anyone.

  25. Hi Cari, this is a fascinating article (as usual) appearing here on Soulscode.

    I would be honored if you would expand a little on this paragraph:

    'I believe the key for any of us that devote our lives and careers to promoting spiritual growth, awakening, well-being, etc. is to remind our readers, clients, and our audience that THEY must be their own leader.'

    My question for you is; at some stage of our development we know we are not ready to be our own leader, and that perspective is evidenced in our thoughts/emotions/relationships/actions/careers etc. Then, at some point what you suggest above manifests in and as our reality, we *know* we are our own leader. Would you mind sharing how the *knowing* of being our own leader shows up in our lives, not so much in our subjective states (thoughts/emotions) but in our relationships, actions, and careers? Are there specific pointers that a shift in subjective consciousness has occurred as we move from Follower -> Leader

    With warmest regards,

    Mick Quinn
    Irish-born author of
    The Uncommon Path - #1 Amazon Bestseller
    2009 WINNER - National Best Books Award - Spirituality

  26. Let's not let OUR views absolve him of his very bad actions. He is not you. Don't assume he was "torn up" about the 3 deaths. His actions during the emergency and after suggest he did not nor does he now hold himself responsible.

    I believe he surrounded himself with "yes" men and women. A true leader I believe surrounds themselves with a variety of people that are free to give input and re-guide the leader if they are going off course. This guy had no one telling him "stop - this is wrong". Ego. Big ego. Big money.

    Sorry all - but he needs to be held accountable. Our society will not tolerate bullies. He had a bunch of "followers" and he used them. Killed 3. Let's not talk about this guy anymore....he's not worth it.

  27. As a natural health coach I have helped many with terminal illness. One
    commonality I see among many is a deep seated unforgiveness.
    So yes, I agree we must always forgive. However, one may want
    to spend their time/energy on more productive things. To follow
    someones "story" seems like a waste of time (to me).

    We can send healing, loving, forgiving, etc. thoughts w/o
    being mesmerized on the latest news.

  28. I do not claim to have the big picture here. I doubt that any of us do at this point. I was saddened by what happened. I was shocked to hear the accounts of the cries for assistance and what appeared to be the arrogance of the leaders in thinking that these cries should be ignored as part of the process. This shows a grave misunderstanding of the sweat lodge. It shows you that you can learn the steps i.e. what the structure looks like, what you think the water pourer is doing etc but unless you have the gift and been taught all that goes with it you will not have the awareness required to hold such a sacred event. I am sure if an elder or true water pourer were to ignore the cries of a participant it would be done with a true awareness that it was appropriate to do so.

    Some things cannot be taught and our mainstream patriarchal culture thinks it can think its way through everything, that it can learn others traditions and become shaman etc no matter who we are. Many Native Americans are upset that we have taken their teachings and abused them by selling them and watering them down with other teachings. Myself I am of mixed descent and have mixed feelings about this. Perhaps the lesson here is that we need to take a good look at the issue of how we go about learning, who we learn from and how we give back after we have received the gift of sacred teachings.

    We are no expert after a weekend seminar and on that note I need to say that it does not surprise me that the same man involved in The Secret is the same man who had this happen to him. I found The Secret to be offensive in its suggestion that we are all powerful and that with that power we should acquire more wealth. Don't get me wrong I am all for prosperity but if I am that powerful then why not focus on world peace or making sure the rest of the world is fed. I am also not suggesting that our thoughts are not powerful; they are but we can never forget Spirit, grace and that we are not in this alone which means we are co-creators and manifesting does require some cooperation from Spirit and at times each other.

    I do not sit in judgment of this man but must practice discernment when it comes to my life. I need to recognize the true teachers and gurus when they come along and this is best done through my intuition which I find is strengthened by my connection to what some call the inner guru. To dance with the mystery of life is my goal and all these formulas and concepts get in the way of this dance. I prefer the knowing place that comes from staying with the mystery and the not knowing.

    Namaste

  29. I too was very happy to see this article. ALL of us deserve the extending of compassion and non-judgment no matter what. Because ALL of us have been in similar circumstances in some lifetime or dimension. This is James' Soul lesson. And that makes it each of our lessons as well. Having experienced extremely challenging Soul lessons in this lifetime myself, the compassion, understanding and unconditional love that was extended to me was what got me through to the other side.

    I found it interesting that the fact that James is a "very wealthy and successful" individual was singled out in the article. I don't understand what difference his wealth and success makes in this matter. It could have happened to someone who was not "very wealthy and successful" and they probably would not have received nearly the publicity and judgment. It is almost as if his wealth and success are viewed as a stigma in this circumstance.

  30. It is easier to show compassion to someone who takes responsibilty for their behavior.

  31. We, the D/L/Nakota will not show compassion for an exploiter and murderer. We all know too well when the Europeans get needy. They "steal the fat." We will not tolerate this type of behavior, we will push back and fight until the end.

  32. Should we show all megalomaniacs who shamelessly take the lives and wealth of others under the pretense of spiriutality with compassion? hmmmm, how many of them are out there?

    Actually It should be really simple for us, as we have not suffered from his actions, therefore the act of comapassion for him, is totally meaningless.

    It is in response to nothing.

    Indeed, it would only have real meaning for the affected families on the path of Buddhism, and only after meditating on all aspects of their loss, based on this lineage of connecting to one's authentic or buddha nature, and bear in mind this type of compassion finds fulfillment in achieving detachment. The aspect of his soul lessons, their lessons, ad nauseum..... is meaningless, since it is all seen as Illusion.

    Otherwise it sounds like the New Age nonsense James Ray was spouting, an odd mixture of materialsim, LOA, and BTW mixed in with misunderstanding of the concept of compassion, and we all are one.

    His picture tells a thousand stories, none of which show remorse for his hapless victims, all too ready to place a deity upon an alter, more like dang I got caught.

  33. I give about 30 sweats a year and have been doing so for over 25 years. First off, the materials used were all wrong. The fabric must be made of a natural fibre like linen, cotton or animals skin and breathe, so the participants can breathe! His exterior consisted of old blankets of varying un-natural materials and plastic tarps. My God! Big flag there!

    None of my sweats consist of more than 15 individuals placed in a single row around the outer circle. They have the opportunity to stretch out their legs and even lie down where the ground is cooler and a greater air flow makes breathing more comfortable. Participants should never be squished together like sardines where they are dripping sweat on one another, and ‘no-one’ should be even close to the rim of the hot rock pit. To place them so is certainly not sane. Whenever I’ve had an unexpected large turnout, out of respect for the individuals, I give 2 separate sweats, to ensure everyone’s safety and their journeying personalized. This is a deeply sacred, spiritual journey where great healing and an alignment of mind, body and soul can occur, and all aspects of it should be treated as such.

    How do I feel about what happened? Saddened. I am sad that someone would peacock themselves off as an expert without taking into account the saneness of what he was asking of the participants. They were and are all beautiful loving beings whose weaknesses and vulnerabilities they entrusted to him. That is big and should never be taken lightly. Their heart’s, souls and life were in his hands. He abused them. He purposely took them for a ride. Let’s face it, how can anyone reach spiritual enlightenment when all they are doing is trying to remain conscious and just stay alive? It is illogical.

    Do I have compassion for him and his journey? Yes. I have compassion for all who have allowed the darkness and insanity of their ego to dictate their desires, direction and actions. I pray he find a way to cleanse his darkness for this is a sickness that seems to have infected many of the light bringers and healers of our times. Perhaps his awakening will help others who carry this dark code to also heal.

    I pray for all involved. May they find peace. May they find a true spiritual guide.

    Much love and Blessings to All.

  34. THERE IS A VERY OLD BUT WISE SAYING, "EVIL IS, AS EVIL DOES".

    1. HE TOOK OVER 60 PEOPLE INTO A DWELLING, THAT HE NEVER CHECKED TO SEE HOW IT HAD BEEN CONSTRUCTED, ENCOURAGED THEM TO "STAY" IN THIS DWELLING, BECAUSE THEY WERE "GREATER THEN THEIR BODIES", HE STAYS NEXT TO THE "DOOR" OF THIS DWELLING WHEREBY, ONLY HIMSELF, WAS ACTUALLY GETTING "RELIEF" WHEN HE OPENED THE FLAP TO THIS DWELLING, DURING THE BREAK- EVIL.
    2. HE WAS TOLD THAT SOMEONE WAS "NOT BREATHING" AND HIS RESPONSE WAS, "WE'LL DEAL WITH THAT IN THE NEXT ROUND THIS WOMAN WAS DYING- EVIL.
    3. HE NEVER HELPED ONE VICTIM AFTER THE ACTUAL "CEREMONY" WAS OVER AND MANY WERE SUFFERING- EVIL.
    4. HE RAN AWAY FROM THE AREA, AND CONTACTED NO ONE- EVIL.
    5. HE HAS A HISTORY OF OTHERS WHO HAD FALLEN ILL AND OR DIED, BECAUSE OF THEM BEING INVOLVED WITH HIS PROGRAMS, COLLEN CONAWAY HER SO-CALLED SUICIDE AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND IT ARE VERY SUSPECT- EVIL.
    6. HE HAS A HISTORY OF CHOCKING CATS AS A YOUNG BOY AND THEN REVIEING THEM AND TELLING HIS FRIENDS, "YOU SEE, I AM GOD". EVIL
    7. HE PLAYS A GAME MAKING HIMSELF THE GOD IN SEMINARS. EVIL.
    8. HE TALKS THAT BALANCE IS BOGUS. EVIL.

    THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS LIFE WHO ARE TO THEIR VERY CORE EVIL, AND THEY DO EVIL THINGS. I AM NOTICING, THAT THE SO-CALLED NEW AGE COMMUNITY OR THE SPIRITUAL PEOPLE REFUSING TO CALL THESE PEOPLE ON THE CARPET, INSTEAD EVERYONE EXCUSES THEIR EVILNESS WITH COMPASSION. WHEN YOU ARE EVIL TO YOUR VERY CORE, NO AMOUNT OF COMPASSION, WILL CHANGE THEIR SOUL. IF YOU JUST LOOK INTO HIS EYES, YOU CAN SEE IT, THERE IS NOTHING THERE, HE IS COLD, CALULATING, DARK, AND EVIL.
    HE CARES NOT FOR THOSE SOULS WHO HAVE PASSED, OR ANYONE, BUT ONLY HIMSELF, AND THAT IS PURE UNADULTERED EVIL.
    WAKE UP SPIRITUAL PEOPLE, LOOK INTO HIS EYES, THERE IS NOTHING THERE.

    YOU DON'T NEED ANY TEACHERS, GURUS, MASTERS, GUIDES, YOU NEED ONLY TO KNOW YOURSELF,AND NO ONE CAN HELP YOU WITH EXCEPT YOURSELF. YOU ARE YOUR BEST TEACHER, GUIDE, MASTER AND GURU, YOU SHOULD NEVER LOOK UP TO, FOLLOW OR BE LIKE ANYONE, EXCEPT, YOU.

    HARD TO UNDERSTAND BE SOMEDAY, YOU WILL.

  35. For starters, $9.000 per person to do a "Spiritual Warrior" retreat? There's nothing spirtual about this retreat, only a smart sales guy and a bunch of lonely empty people who want someone else to show them the way. Spirituality should never have a price tag, it's something one feels within. What has our society become?

    I say forget the compassion and pop his bubble, James Arthur Ray needs to face responsiblity. Who knows, maybe he can "save" souls in prison, that just might be his calling in the life.

  36. Bonnie May Down When you push people to the limits for a large fee, you have to take responsibility. More care should have been taken to understand the difference between a sweat lodge and a death pit.
    Self made Gurus can be dangerous people even if they have good intentions. Sometimes people get carried away with their own self importance.
    Its irresponsible to say things are pre-ordained unless we accept the responsibility that goes with free will.
    I am sorry for everyone involved. Our journey is within. ♥

  37. We are living in a time of great upheaval and change. We each need to personally answer to our God and the universe. No longer can we act out of greed, insensitivity, denial, self-absorption or from a place of pain and suffering. Living and acting out of those states will only bring more of the same back into our lives for the world mirrors back to us what we think, and what we are.
    Sadly most learn through pain and suffering. It teaches us what not to do. What not to think. What not to create. Only when we no longer wish to create pain and suffering for ourselves or others, we change.
    Can humans learn through love and compassion instead? I believe this is what we are metamorphosing toward.

    Because you condemn Ray, you are like him. You wish him to have pain and suffer, to the same degree as he caused others to have pain and suffer. As long as people perpetuate this ideology, we as a race will continue to create and re-create pain and suffering in the world. It starts with you. Just stop. Think of all the times you have done another wrong. Did you learn? Did it awaken you and make you swear ‘never again.’ It starts with you and ends with you. Change yourself and you change the world.
    Have compassion for those that suffered and for those that caused the suffering. They are learning together.
    Consciously and honourably rise above them both by sending them love, blessings and light and proclaim your awakening by choosing to never consciously cause pain or suffering in yourself or another again.

    Doreen Mary Bray

  38. What rubbish. Just because I don't condone James Ray"s behaviour does not make me as bad as him.
    What compassion did he show to those people bullied into paying the ultimate price? Psychopaths usually surround themselves with "yes men", and have no remorse for what they have done.
    He pushed people over the limit and he has to take responsibility for his actions before he can learn anything from his "mistakes". What if it had been your loved ones that had died.
    Everyone has a right to make money, but it should be a fair exchange. I just wish people would l learn to stop giving their power to those who are to unevolved to deal with it.

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