Last July, James Arthur Ray was freed from prison after serving 20 months for the negligent homicides of three followers from an incident in a sweat lodge procedure. Many more people were sickened. He was punished but now family members fear he will start the tactic again. They plan to do something about it.
Ginny Brown’s 38-year-old daughter Kirby Brown is one of three people who died during a sweat lodge ceremony, held by self-help guru James Arthur Ray, in Sedona in October of 2009.
“Don’t make assumptions that the other person necessarily has your best interests at heart, especially if they’re at the top of the guru food chain and they’re making tons and tons of money,” Brown warned.
She and her family are working to inform the public about the unregulated self-help industry through their non-profit SEEK Safely.
SEEK Safely is asking self-help practitioners and consumers to sign a promise, to promote a standard of ethics and safety.
“If we can have some influence in bringing more safety to this industry, then Kirby’s death will not have been in vain,” Brown said.
The summit was held today in Sedona, Arizona.
It’s a VERY GOOD idea. And, in just the right place. Sedona is a hotbed of wooey nonsense. There should be some critical thinking about self-help gurus that promise to change your life while risking it in the process.
I’d say there should be MORE of these. You can get the info they don’t want you to know starting with Quackwatch.
Tip: Tim Farley