Self-Help is Bogus and Dangerous

I hope he spends a long time in jail.

Ray used the sweat lodge as a way for participants to break through whatever was holding them back in life. He warned participants in a recording of the event played during the trial that the sweat lodge would be “hellacious” and that participants were guaranteed to feel like they were dying but would do so only metaphorically.

“The true spiritual warrior has conquered death and therefore has no fear or enemies in this lifetime or the next, because the greatest fear you’ll ever experience is the fear of what? Death,” Ray said in the recording. “You will have to get a point to where you surrender and it’s OK to die.”

Witnesses have described the scene following the two-hour ceremony as alarming and chaotic, with people dragging “lifeless” and “barely breathing” participants outside and volunteers performing CPR.

via Self-help guru convicted in sweat lodge deaths – US news – Crime & courts – msnbc.com.

If you fall into the trap that these conmen set to sell books and feed their greed and depravity, then you risk losing more than losing your money.

I’m reminded of George Carlin’s words:

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