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POST TRIAL ~ OCTOBER 2011

DEATH ACCEPTS AN INVITATION TO A BOGUS SWEATLODGE

JAMES ARTHUR RAY / TRADITIONAL SWEATLODGES

2010 SPIRITUAL WARRIOR RETREAT PROMO
PART 1:  NARRATIVE OF 5-DAY SPIRITUAL WARRIOR RETREAT

THE SPIRITUAL WARRIOR RETREAT BEGINS

MONDAY

TUESDAY - THE SAMURAI GAME & THE VISION QUEST

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

PREPARATION FOR THE SPIRITUAL WARRIOR SWEAT CEREMONY 

A PRELUDE TO CHAOS

THE 2009 SPIRITUAL WARRIOR SWEAT CEREMONY

INDIVIDUAL TESTIMONY OF EXPERIENCING JAMES RAY'S SWEAT CEREMONY
   East Quarter
   South Quarter - East Of Door
   South Quarter - West Of Door
   West Quarter
   North Quarter
   Outside The Lodge

THE CEREMONY ENDS

 9-1-1

JAMES RAY UNDER PRESSURE


LACK OF PREPARATION FOR PASSING OUT & OTHER "ALTERED STATES"


MONEY
2009 SPIRITUAL WARRIOR SWEAT CEREMONY: PROBABLE POSITIONS OF PARTICIPANTS

2009 SPIRITUAL WARRIOR SWEAT CEREMONY: PROBABLY SEQUENCE OF EVENTS BY ROUNDS
PART 2:  THE SPIRITUAL WARRIOR BOGUS SWEATLODGE

SIZE OF SWEAT STRUCTURE & NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

COVERINGS

NUMBER OF ROUNDS & NUMBER OF ROCKS

THE HEAT

THE CROCK POT EFFECT

BETWEEN ROUNDS

LEAVING DURING THE CEREMONEY - WHAT WAS THE POLICY?

SWEATLODGE COMPARED TO A MARATHON

WAIVERS

"PLAY FULL ON"

"IT IS A GOOD DAY TO DIE" - DEATH AS A METAPHOR

WHY?

HUBRIS:  CEO vs. FACILITATOR

SWEATLODGE & THE COURTROOM


RAISON D'ĘTRE OF ONE PERSON'S "NO" -  ELSE HAFSTAD
MONDAY
     
     During the five-day Spiritual Warrior program, paying participants attended lectures or seminars apparently held in Crystal Hall from Sunday to Tuesday based on this daily schedule with approximate times:   
          7-8:00 AM Breakfast
          8:00 AM Group Gathering
          1:00 PM Lunch
          2:00 PM Group Gathering
          6:30 PM Dinner
          8:00 PM Group Gathering
        11:00 PM Day Ends
     Stephen Ray told detectives every morning they would meet around 8 o'clock to do about a half an hour of yoga before having breakfast. 
     Nell Wagoner, a gynecologist, offered an overview of James Ray’s lectures.  She said Mr. Ray was really intense in his lectures, and sometimes he asked people not to leave even if they needed to go to the bathroom.  Nell talked about the constant tension of whether hydrate, go to the bathroom, or stay put.  If people left to visit the bathroom prior to the beginning of a meditation, Mr. Ray would tell them they couldn’t return until the meditation was over.  She stated that people were allowed to have water in the lecture and that a big pot of water was provided.
     On Monday evening, Mr. Ray led his participants on an exercise he had contrived as “Breathwork.”  Some of the folks interviewed cited Mr. Ray’s inspiration as Stanislov Grof’s book Holotropic Mind.  Many of the participants referred to the exercise as “Holotropic Breathwork.”  Folks gathered inside the meeting tent, and Mr. Ray instructed them to lie down, relax, and breath in through their noses and exhale through their mouths while loud music played.  The exercise lasted some two hours.  More than one participant described it as self induced hyperventilation to cause visions – to experience an altered state of consciousness.  And Richard Wright, Jr. speculated the intent of this “altered state” through breathwork was so “you can face whatever stuff is going on inside you.”  Ami Grimes fell asleep because she became so relaxed and felt “so comfortable laying there on the ground.”
      When Det. Mike Poling asked what was the purpose or the goal of holotropic breathing, JRI employee Josh Fredrickson responded:
     So the goal.  I'll back up and paint the bigger picture.  One of the things that we teach as early as Harmonic Wealth weekend or The Power to Win is that you have a lot of unconscious or subconscious issues or baggage or blocks that kind of hold you back from your results or things that you could achieve.  And so James talks about a lot of that stuff in the earlier events and sets it up to these later events.  The idea is that the more that you can release these unconscious issues that you have, the more you're stepping into your own life and you're able to live it more intentionally. 
     So if you explode in traffic, that's something unconscious coming out because you don't necessarily really care if someone cuts you off or something.  It's something that triggers inside you that you are not aware of that causes that.  So you have to kind of work through that kind of thing and live your life in a more controlled or responsible way. 
     So the purpose of a lot of what happens at these events is to uncover those, release those, replace them with new beliefs or thoughts that you choose. 
     So the purpose of Breathwork is it's a physical experience so you breathe in and out rapidly and there is loud music playing and you breathe in and out like for about 90 minutes.  And my understanding of what you are doing is you are over oxygenating the blood cells in your body and it causes your body to tingle and you'll experience different things.  By doing that, you're setting the conscious mind aside, you're getting it out of the way.  So I would liken it to probably a common experience that we've all had is getting drunk where you know you're there but your conscious mind is away and so you're more open.  You're not in a very controlled state in terms of what you're thinking or feeling. 
      So physically you are laying down on a mat and the music's playing loud and you're breathing in and out and your body will tingle or whatever.  Your throat will get sore just from breathing so rapidly for so long. 
     And then mentally what you're experiencing I would liken it to a very vivid dream because your eyes are closed while doing it.  So some people do fall asleep during it, and they stop the rapid breathing.  They just start breathing normally.  And so it's like a very vivid dream, and so whatever is in your unconscious awareness it's coming out and you're working through it. 
     And after you're done with the 90 minutes, you roll over and you draw a picture of your experience on a sheet of paper, and that just helps you to get back grounded because you are a little bit faint from breathing that long.  And then you're supposed to go back and journal about it and then figure out what it meant or what came to you and what you experienced.

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