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James Arthur Ray Arrested in Sweat Lodge Deaths

Self-help guru James Arthur Ray was arrested Wednesday in Arizona on manslaughter charges in the deaths of three people during a sweat lodge ceremony.

Ray was being held on $5 million bond at a sheriff’s station in Prescott awaiting transfer to the Camp Verde Detention Center, according to a statement by Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh.

“Sheriff Waugh would like to thank the victim’s families for their patience while the Sheriff’s Office completed a thorough and comprehensive investigation,” the statement says. “With the arrest of James Ray, Sheriff Waugh hopes the families of the three victims will now have some measure of closure to this tragedy.”

Ray was arrested without incident at his attorney’s office in Prescott.

Cleansing Ceremony

The “cleansing” ceremony led by Ray at the Angel Valley Retreat Center near Sedona ended in the deaths of participants Kirby Brown, 38, James Shore, 40, and Liz Neuman, 49, and injuries to 18 others.

During the “Spiritual Warrior” five-day retreat, for which Ray charged approximately $9,000, participants were pushed to their spiritual and physical limits by fasting for 36 hours and cramming into a 415-square foot, sauna-like hut – essentially a wood frame covered in tarps and blankets. People were passing out and vomiting, but still urged to stay inside the sweat lodge.

After the deaths, Ray, the author of Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want, expressed sorrow but continued with his work, saying, “I, too, want to know what happened that caused this horrible tragedy.”

Ray’s attorney, Luis Li, issued a statement Wednesday saying the charges shouldn’t have been filed.

“The charges are unjust and we will prove it in court,” the statement says. “This was a terrible accident – but it was an accident, not a criminal act. James Ray cooperated at every step of the way, providing information and witnesses to the authorities showing that no one could have foreseen this accident. We will now present this evidence in a court of law, and we are confident that Mr. Ray will be exonerated.”

from:  http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20341429,00.html

James Arthur Ray was born on November 22nd, 1957 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Arthur_Ray

November 22nd

11 + 22 +2+0+0+9 = 44 = his personal year (from November 22nd, 2009 to November 21st, 2010) = Stay current.  Be here now.  Be aware.

44 year + 1 (January) = 45 = his personal month (from January 22nd, 2010 to February 21st, 2010) = Mistakes.

 

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Tuesday March 22, 2011 08:30 AM EDT

James Arthur Ray Didn't Help the Dying, Witnesses Say

After attending many courses led by self-help guru James Arthur Ray, Dennis Mehraver says he developed great trust in his mentor and came to believe that Ray “knew how far I could go better than myself.”

But as Mehraver and others struggled to remain conscious in the stifling heat of a sweat lodge during a retreat with Ray in 2009, their leader did nothing to stop the ceremony or to check on their well-being, Mehraver says.

Mehraver’s last memory was an urge to flee, and when he finally came to after passing out, a smiling Ray was sitting in a chair and saying, “Go get a shower and get ready for dinner,” Mehraver has testified in Camp Verde, Ariz., where Ray, 53, is on trial on reckless manslaughter charges. If convicted, he faces 10 years in prison for each manslaughter count.

The trail, which began March 1 and is expected to last for several more weeks, comes nearly 18 months after three people died and 15 others got sick in a sweat lodge during a $10,000 “Spiritual Warrior” retreat. So far, the trial has featured dramatic testimony by Ray’s former followers, who are now angry and disillusioned about the horrific scene during the ceremonies.

Victims ‘Found Death’

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk contended in opening statements that Ray made the sweat lodge too hot, discouraged people from leaving and did too little to help as participants lost consciousness.

“Instead of growth and enlightenment [the victims] found death in Mr. Ray’s sweat lodge,” said Polk.

Longtime Ray friend Lou Caci testified that the stricken followers reminded him of how his brother and father died from cancer.

Caci testified that he’d attended a Ray sweat-lodge ceremony before, but this one was “a lot hotter” with about twice as many people, and as he stumbled out he burned his hands on the hot rocks.

Outside the lodge, the scene was “like a battleground” with people vomiting, foaming at the mouth and their eyes nearly popping out, said Caci.

During his testimony, Caci and Ray looked at each other and wept. They had become close friends, with Ray even attending Caci’s wedding, since meeting at a Tony Robbins seminar in 1992.

Defense: Deaths Accidental

After the seminar, Caci said, Ray began publishing self-help books and giving seminars of his own. Ray has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live and in the movie The Secret.

Defense lawyers say the deaths were accidental, and suggest that exposure to an unknown toxin, perhaps a pesticide, could have caused the fatalities.

“If the state’s case is that he’s so persuasive that he can make people do something against their will, well then, he’s not very good at it, because a lot of people left,” defense attorney Lui Li said in opening statements. “Nobody was coerced. People chose for themselves.”

from:  http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20475241,00.html

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

James Arthur Ray

1        1          9

 

his primary need = J+A+R = 1+1+9 = 11 = Fairness.  Justice.  Weigh.  Balance.  Deserve.  Just desserts.  Legal dealings.  Outcomes.  Consequences.  Getting what is deserved.  Justice is served.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

James Arthur Ray

11451 192839 917          61

his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 61 = Getting away.  Escaping unharmed.  Shadiness.

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