Self-help critical thinking summit in Sedona

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.

Family of Sedona sweat lodge victim holding educational summit

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

  4 comments for “Self-help critical thinking summit in Sedona

  1. busterggi
    June 6, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    This summit is guaranteed to have good results as its located in the heart of the seven vortices of power.

  2. Peta
    June 6, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    It IS a good idea – but as mentioned in the piece they are unlikely to get many signatures promising to behave ethically from so-called Self Help “Gurus” if even the most influential among them refuse to sign. A sign of the arrogance of ignorance if ever there was one. I find the callous behavior of this James Arthur Ray (not to mention the paltry prison term he served) almost beyond belief.

    Now, if only someone in Australia could set up similar educational seminars about certain “Wellness Experts” etc…

  3. ThisGuy
    June 7, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    I wonder if there’ll be any reiki masters. They can cure cancer, you know. I hear they get their superpowers from all the aliens visiting that area.

  4. Headless Unicorn Guy
    June 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    No, it’s Sedona. They get their superpowers by channeling pods of spiritually-evolved dolphins in the Pacific. (That was an actual “Spiritual Advisor” claim from California woo-woo, which showed up later on in a documentary on gurus in Sedona.)

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