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Saturday, July 25, 2015

A moment of silence for Colleen Conaway

Six years ago today, on July 25, 2009, Colleen Conaway died at a San Diego mall during a seminar hosted by James Arthur Ray, the infamous star of The Secret and now a convicted killer (though he was convicted, and served a much-too-short prison sentence, for the deaths of three other people in Sedona, Arizona in October of 2009).

Here is
my post about Colleen from two years ago. It has some good links, including a link to a post by my pals Salty Droid and Yakaru.

Reportedly Ray, who had
a history of recklessness and arrogance where his followers are concerned, has paid civil penalties for Colleen's death, but he has never been charged, tried, or convicted on any criminal charges for same, and more than likely never will be. And since his release from prison a little over two years ago, after serving time for the Sedona "sweat lodge" deaths of James Shore, Kirby Brown, and Liz Neuman, he has been making lame attempts to become the selfish-help star he used to be. Not surprisingly he has been exploiting the deaths of his followers, and his own time in prison, as something of a hero's journey (with himself as the hero, of course).
In 2009, after rising to the top of his industry, James was involved in a terrible accident that claimed the lives of three people he cared about deeply. The anguish of that event would have been enough… but it didn’t end there.

James subsequently lost his business that took 20 years to build, his entire life savings, his home, his reputation and many so-called friends and colleagues deserted him. Simultaneously, his Mother was diagnosed with cancer, his Father with dementia…James eventually lost his freedom.

Through all of this, James states, “In the process of losing everything…I actually found myself.”

His experience proves that it’s the challenges, difficulties and austerities of life that we reset ourselves, reboot, reassess and realize once again what’s truly important. It’s our challenges and crisis that present the greatest opportunities if we’re only willing to utilize them in that way.
Of course, Colleen is not among those "three people" whose lives were claimed in the aforementioned "accident." She rates no mention at all in Death Ray's world, apparently.

Colleen may have been all but forgotten by many, but some of us will never forget. My heart goes out to her family and friends on this sad anniversary.

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