I’m so sorry for the loss of life and sickness that occurred at James Ray’s Spiritual Warrior Program in Sedona a few weeks ago. Before this tragedy, I’d never even heard of a sweat lodge. In the weeks following this event, James Ray has been demonized all over the media. I don’t know what happened in Sedona or who, if anyone, was responsible, but I did want to say a few things about James Ray. People are saying he’s greedy, arrogant and only in the business for the money. They’re calling him everything in the book. They’re lambasting him for living in a four million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills. People are also extending their anger by criticizing the entire personal development industry and saying all of us are only in it for the money. They’re wrong about James Ray and they’re wrong about this industry. I’ve known James Ray for about 12-13 years and I can tell you for a fact that he’s in this busines to help people. Has he become wealthy from his success? You bet. And he should be. This is still America, isn’t it? James has helped thousands of people around the world. I know because we get a lot of his people in our seminars. They love him and his programs have changed their lives. I also know most of the top speakers in this industry and honestly don’t know one who is in this business for the money. Mike McKinley, a great speaker from Wisconsin, said it best: this is the hardest business to make an easy living. No one survives in this field long term unless they’re in it to help people. Do some get rich in the process? Yes, just as they do in any other industry when they create massive success. Please listen to his post and give us your comments. This is a 9-minute audio post, and I apologize for the length. But I think it’s important enough to warrant a few extra minutes. I hope you agree. I’ll look forward to your comments. Steve Siebold
Author and Professional Speaker since 1997. Past Chairman of the National Speakers Association's Million Dollar Speakers Group. Author of 11 books with 1.4 million copies in print.