AN UPDATE TO THE PRECEDING POST:
A third person died last night of systemic organ failure, never recovering consciousness after last weekend's sweat lodge experience. James Arthur Ray delivered another one day seminar this past Tuesday at 800 per person, but his 'reasoning' had nothing to do with money:
"This is the most difficult time I've ever faced," Ray told the crowd of about 200. "I don't know how to deal with it really."
An audience member asked Ray to describe what happened at the retreat, but he declined, saying only that he has hired his own investigative team and is cooperating with authorities.
"We're looking for answers," he said. "I'm as frustrated and confused as other people are."
Ray added that he wrestled with whether to go through with Tuesday's seminar, which he said was scheduled weeks before the sweat lodge deaths.
"My advisers told me, 'Don't do that. You don't know who'll show up. They're going to eat you alive,'" he told the audience. But he said it was important for him to keep his commitments.
"I'm grieving right now," said Ray, who received a standing ovation at the end of the seminar. "I'm grieving for the families." (160K is a lot of motivation to keep a commitment.)
Chief Orval Looking Horse of the Sioux Nation has offered his assessment of this tragedy. The following is an excerpt, but the whole article is worth reading.
What has happened in the news with the makeshift sauna called the “sweat lodge” is not our ceremonial way of life.
When you do ceremony, you can not have money on your mind. We deal with the pure sincere energy to create healing that comes from everyone in that circle of ceremony. The heart and mind must be connected. When you involve money, it changes the energy of healing. The person wants to get what they paid for. The Spirit Grandfathers will not be there. Our way of life is now being exploited. You do more damage than good. No mention of monetary energy should exist in healing, not even with a can of love donations. When that energy exists, they will not even come.
Only after the ceremony, between the person that is being healed and the intercessor who has helped connect with the Great Spirit, can the energy of money be given out of appreciation. That exchange of energy is from the heart; it is private and does not involve the Grandfathers. Whatever gift of appreciation the person who received help can now give is acceptable. They can give the intercessor whatever they feel their healing is worth.
In our prophecy, the White Buffalo Calf Woman told us she would return and stand upon the earth when we are having a hard time. In 1994, this began to happen with the birth of the white buffalo. Not only their nation, but many animal nations began to show their sacred color, which is white. She predicted that at this time there would be many changes upon Grandmother Earth. There would be things that we never experienced or heard of before: Climate changes, earth changes, diseases, disrespect for life and they would be shocking. There would also be many false prophets.
In a previous post I gave the story of the White Buffalo Calf Woman. For a potentially mind blowing experience I also encourage readers to this link which will take you to Jayden Cameron's blog Gay Mystic, in which he discusses other appearances of a 'white woman' and her influence on Eastern religions.