James Ray and the Law of Attraction
In previous post comments the question has been raised about what went wrong with James Ray and the three deaths at his Sedona sweat lodge retreat.
The gist of the question is “If James Ray is such an LOA expert, and if LOA really works, how could the Sedona tragedy happen?”
I’ve purposely avoided writing on this subject for a couple reasons, but we all know that what we resist persists. So here we are on the topic of James Ray. (This one’s for you, Jim Catano.)
Leadership Coach Zoe Routh responded brilliantly in the Money Class Divide comments:
I love the James Ray story because it’s a good reminder for all of us that we may ‘teach’ LOA to others but the most essential part is walking the talk. None of us can tell what happened there – perhaps errors in judgment as a biggie, negligence perhaps as another with the plastic tarp on the top of a sweat lodge.
And the only one who knows what they were vibeing were the people themselves – including James Ray. And who are we to judge whether that experience was ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for anyone – including the people who passed.
The incident serves as an opportunity for contrast from our own perspective – I certainly had a few moments of, ‘whoa – I never want that for MY retreats – I always want to be aware enough of what I am teaching and how people are responding in order to keep their safety in front of mind’.
I am pretty sure James Ray never intended for his students to die in what he obviously believed was a powerful personal growth experience. He is experiencing the most contrast out of all of us.
The James ray is not a failure of LOA. In fact it’s not a failure at all. It’s only a failure if we fail to learn from it. And for the people who died, we are not privvy to all the good and bad things that have come from their passing in the lives of the people who loved them, and for the people themselves. And really, it’s none of our business.I try to keep my judgments where they are most useful – on me, my life, and the choices I make.
Abraham had this to say on the topic of James Ray and the sweat lodge deaths:
“Here is a teacher who was part of The Secret movie who understands law of attraction not even in the slightest, who held seminars for the purpose of seeing how much discomfort you can endure without dying. Deprivation in the desert, deprivation without food, deprivation without air, high temperatures in the sweat lodge, in other words, see how much you can endure.
Now law of attraction brings the leader of this group right now to jail where he is being deprived of all of the things that are important to feeling good. In other words, law of attraction is this powerful, powerful, powerful law that says you get what you think about and what you think about is evidenced by the way you are feeling in the moment. And when you’ve decided that you’re going to struggle your way to joy, the joy never comes. You can’t have it both ways. You cannot suffer your way to joy. And you cannot joy your way to suffering.
When you selfishly choose the thoughts that feel good to you, thought by thought by thought, not just after you’re sick but in day to day thoughts … that make up the basis of your vibration.”
You can hear the whole conversation here:
Here’s where I’m at with it: I’m still figuring all this deliberate creation stuff out myself, too. And Zoe’s right; it’s one thing to preach it and it is another to live it. Sometimes I do a pretty good job, and sometimes I see lots of room for improvement.
Especially with the support and inspiration from this vibrant conscious community, I have to admit I am highly enjoying the journey toward a stronger embracing of the principles of deliberate creation and life enjoyment. (And isn’t that the whole point?)
If anyone cares to share their thoughts about James Ray and what happened in Sedona, I’d love to hear from you.