October 23rd, 2009
06:50 PM ET

James Arthur Ray's blog

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James Arthur Ray

For me, for the families and friends of the sick and deceased and for many people who believe in the important work we do, these have been the most difficult ten days of our lives.

People are throwing out accusations and disparaging me and our mission. Yet despite that, and despite considerable criticism, I have chosen to continue with my work. It's too important not to. One of the lessons I teach is that you have to confront and embrace adversity and learn and grow from it. I promise you I am doing a lot of learning and growing. I have taken heat for that decision, but if I chose to lock myself in my home, I am sure I would be criticized for hiding and not practicing what I preach.


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  1. Laur

    When this first came out I surfed the internet to read his profileand find out what spiritual warrior retreat was. I am sad to first see that the tarps that are shown are of blue plastic and black which is toxic and then to know that this person went way over what he is capable of doing This way of sweat lodge is not to use in such a manner for financial gain but to heal yourself, cleanse youself, humble yourself before the creator. this way is ours the people the American Indian people who have been taught to carry on these ways for our healing purposes and cleansing. to help our people because we respect and beleive in it and not misuse it. Pray for them they are gone My heart goes out to all my brothers and sisters who walk across this land we call our mother. james ray is wrong for making them suffer its not suppose to be like that


    October 28, 2009 at 2:57 am |

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