This might be a bit frothy and incoherent, but there's so much EPIC FAIL here I'm not even sure if I can adequately contain it all.
So, there's this New Age huckster named James Arthur Ray
who was one of the talking heads in the film The Secret
. He has a few books out and pulls down fucktons of money running seminars like "Harmonic Wealth Weekend" and "Spiritual Warrior".
At the "Spiritual Warrior" seminar, according to Ray, you'll build upon what you started in
Practical Mysticism. You'll become privy to techniques (many kept secret for dozens of generations) that I searched out in the mountains of Peru, the jungles of the Amazon (and a few other places I don't care to recall).
Mastering these (quite esoteric) practices required me to think and act more differently than I've ever had to before. At first it was quite grueling, but the results...well...all I can say is, "Wow!"
So, yeah, New Age white people paying ONLY $9695 per person
for a mish-mash of cultural appropriation and positive thinking. What could possibly go wrong?What, indeed . . .PHOENIX — Two people died and an estimated 19 others were taken to hospitals after being overcome while sitting in a sauna-like sweat lodge during a Sedona spiritual retreat, authorities said Friday.
It probably didn't help that he made some Tweets just before the incident that said things like "What needs to die in you so that new life can emerge?" The Tweets were deleted, but TechCrunch
and a few other places managed to retrieve them before they disappeared completely.
A few days later, he tells a crowd of some 200 people
"I don't know how to deal with it really."
Two people are dead, authorities are investigating and he's off in Marina del Ray at another 'seminar' to tell people how to live their ideal life.A homicide investigation is in the works.A third person died in the hospital.
Seriously, it's just a clusterfuck of epic proportions. Whirled Musings
and Making Light
have much more on this, including some pointed commentary about how Native Americans feel about white people swiping their religious practices and charging vast amounts of money for them.
So, you gotta wonder, just what kind of vibe was he giving out to 'attract' this tragedy?