Just a quick note following up my post back in October 2009, The Sweat Lodge Deaths – who is responsible?
The trial of James Arthur Ray has been going on for about a week now. I could repost lots of links to articles and videos here but really recommend interested readers scoot on over to The Wild Hunt pagan blog which is covering this topic very well. It’s also a a great blog for all sorts of things besides this coverage.
Whatever the outcome of the trial, I hope it helps ensure future tragedies are avoided. As I said in my previous post, whatever the ’causes’ of the deaths in Sedona, they would not have occured if western culture and western religion offered what these people were looking for. A few of them may have been after the instant riches that Mr Ray implicitly promises in his work, but even that desire comes from spiritual misunderstanding and immaturity. Ultimately then, no matter what the court concludes, the fault for these deaths lies ultimately with our spiritually impoverished culture and religious institutions that force people to find sacred truth and beauty in dangerous places.