From Times Online October 16, 2009:
"The deaths of two people in a 'sweat lodge' at a self-help retreat in the United States are being investigated as homicides. High-profile author James Arthur Ray, who organised the five-day “Spiritual Warrior” retreat in Arizona, is the primary focus of the investigation.
Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh said the deaths of James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee and Kirby Brown, 38, of New York were not accidental. "We feel that there should be some culpability on some individuals," Sherriff Waugh said.
Native American Chief Addresses Deaths In Sweat Lodge - Chief Arvol Looking Horse Speaks Out:
Our ceremonies are about life and healing, from the time this ancient ceremonial rite was given to our people, never has death been a part of our inikag¹a (life within) when conducted properly. Today the rite is interpreted as a sweat lodge, it is much more than that. So the term does not fit our real meaning of purification . . . ."
Please check out my post of Saturday, September 12, 2009 entitled, "Have You Been Seduced by The Law of Attraction?" for information about for-profit, self-proclaimed spiritual gurus promising that if you just buy their books, attend their conferences, pay to sit in their make-shift, quasi sweat lodges, etc. you, too, will be able to attract the personal power, success and wealth you deserve. What a devastating experience for all involved. What a lesson for the rest of us.