Tragedy in Sedona: My Life in James Arthur Ray’s Inner Circle

Connie Joy

Follow Connie Joy inside the seminars and once-in-a-lifetime trips to Egypt and Peru for an up close look at the transformative work of a charismatic teacher—and the underlying danger of mixing up the message with the messenger!

In 2007, Connie participated in Ray's sweat lodge, a Native American ceremonial sauna meant to be a place of spiritual renewal and mental and physical healing. In reality it was just a test of human endurance for Connie and the other participants. Her prediction that someone could be seriously hurt came true in October 2009 when three people died and 18 participants were injured during a sweat lodge run by James Arthur Ray and his staff.

After injuries at his previous events, why didn't Ray get the message he was literally playing with fire? Connie and her husband attended 27 events over three years presented by James Arthur Ray, "Rock Star of Personal Transformation." As this book is released, Ray is charged with three counts of manslaughter and faces a criminal trial in Arizona as well as numerous civil suits.

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  • ISBN: 978-0-9845751-6-9
  • Publication Date: Oct 1, 2010
  • 6 x 9 in., 376 pages
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About the Author

Connie Joy

Raised in a very religious Roman Catholic family, Connie had a paradigm shift as an adult that put her on a lifelong path as a student of spirituality. She has belonged to several spiritual groups, and was trained as a Practitioner of Hypnosis with emphasis in past life regression. After watching the movie The Secret, Connie attended her first James Arthur Ray seminar in January of 2007 with her husband Richard. Over the next three years, they participated in or volunteered at 27 James Arthur Ray seminars and events.

In preparation for a trip to Peru with a group led by Ray, Connie lost 80 lbs which she credits in part to what she learned from James and her goal of being in better physical shape before going to Peru.

Connie and her husband Richard are among the few people who were members of the World Wealth Society (WWS), Ray's inner circle, from its inception. They attended every event that he offered as either participants or volunteers. Connie has a unique insight into how his organization was run and has developed friendships with Ray's employees, other members of the WWS and participants in his events. She was trained in activities such as fire walking, breaking a board with your hand, and rebar bending using your throat, and coached participants through those activities at his events as well.

Connie has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Santa Clara, and an A.A.S in Medical Laboratory Technology & Electron Microscopy. She has worked as a medical laboratory technician, chemical engineer, and large computer system sales person. Currently she and her husband are real estate brokers and own The Joys of Real Estate which operates under Keller Williams Realty. Connie resides in Maui, HI with her husband Richard.


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