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About the Author

Known as a "practical mystic," James Ray grew up the son of a minister, immersed in traditional Christian religion. He later expanded his studies to include a multitude of other spiritual traditions and has been initiated into three shamanic orders from the Incan culture and the supernatural Huna tradition of ancient Hawaii.

James is one of the few spiritual teachers who has achieved top honors in the corporate world and has succeeded as a thriving entrepreneur. His background in behavioral sciences and entrepreneurship along with his spiritual quest give him an unique and powerful ability to address life issues from an integrated and comprehensive level.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: James Ray International (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966740033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966740035
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a self-made millionaire and business owner, James is one of few spiritual teachers who has achieved top honors in the business world and has thrived as an entrepreneur for over 16 years. His background in behavioral sciences and entrepreneurship, coupled with his avid spiritual quest, gives him a unique and powerful ability to address life issues from an integrated and comprehensive level.

Recently recognized in the San Diego Business Journal as one of the fastest-growing entrepreneurial businesses in the area, James Ray International is a multi-million dollar business specializing in teaching individuals how to create wealth in all areas of their life: financially, relationally, intellectually, physically and spiritually.

Prior to his entrepreneurial success, James had a flourishing corporate career, during which he spent over five years as one of AT&T's top sales managers, four years as a personal and business growth expert with AT&T School of Business, and four years working with best-selling author Stephen Covey.

Mr. Ray has studied and been exposed to a wide diversity of teachings and teachers - from traditional college and the business schools of AT&T to the ancient cultures of Peru and Egypt and the jungles of the Amazon. As a result, he has the unique ability to blend the mystical and practical into a usable and easy-to-access formula.

Because of his comprehensive background, James considers himself a "practical mystic." His Journey of Power curriculum is the fusion of wealth-building principles and success strategies, as well as the teachings of all great spiritual traditions, mystery schools, and esoteric studies that James has experienced and assimilated over the last twenty-five years.

When he is not on retreat learning from his spiritual mentors, James conducts more than 150 days of public appearances and seminars each year. As a coach and teacher, James has helped hundreds of individuals and organizations create harmony and wealth in all areas of their business and life.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kai Virihaur on September 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book reminds me of the old days when I was devouring everything written by Carlos Castaneda. The difference is that Mr. Ray doesn't talk about the actual experiences he's had with his spiritual teachers -- rather, he tells you a few things about how you should (and shouldn't) live your life.

While I have no problem with the principles Mr. Ray is teaching (I am somewhat familiar with most of it already), I cannot help being turned off by his writing style. I feel that Mr. Ray shows an emormous contempt for the lifestyle of the average person. He uses words like "whimp" and "wet paper bag" rather frequently. I find this arrogant and snotty.

Sure, it is easy to get negative feelings when you notice how some people live, but a person at an advanced level of spiritual achievment ought to have gone beyond such negativity.

Also he talks about how people and relationships are "dispensable". My spontaneous thought when I read this is: "This guy obviously never has had children!" If he'd had the experience of caring for a baby of his own, he wouldn't be able to talk so flippantly about others being "dispensable".

He talks a lot about how he fights his Ego -- and I cannot help but think: "Seems like the Ego is fighting itself".

If you want to read a very different book about spirituality, I strongly recommend "The Power of Now" -- also I urge you to read "Soul on Fire": Soul on Fire: A Transformational Journey from Priest to Shaman by Peter Calhoun. The latter book takes a shamanic approach to spirituality, but unlike Mr. Rays' book it is devoid of arrogance and doesn't talk down to you. (I hope Mr. Ray will forgive me for recommending a competitor!)
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Free Spirit on February 26, 2007
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This book gives a general overview of spiritual principles but could have included detailed information as to how they work, why they work and more importantly, specific methods of applying them to the reader's life in a practical way. If you are looking for a mere introduction then you will like this book, but if you want real details (that is, a more "HOW TO", hands-on,life-altering approach to spirituality) I suggest the following books: YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE by Louise Hay,THE POWER IS WITHIN YOU by Louise Hay, MANIFEST YOUR DESTINY by Wayne Dyer and THE DIRECT PATH by Andrew Harvey (read in that order)as a good place to start. The techniques offered in the DIRECT PATH will keep you busy for years. The Metta technique described in that book is very effective. Peace and love!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr Lisa Love on January 2, 2008
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I first learned about James Ray a year before his association with The Secret book and Law of Attraction principles. I knew he had been on Larry King and was known as a Life Coach who talked about prosperity and the law of attraction. I also became aware that he was into spirituality and considered himself a practical mystic. After I wrote my own book on the Law of Attraction in 2007, Beyond the Secret: Spiritual Power and the Law of Attraction, I was interested to see that this book by James Ray included the words Spiritual Power in his sub-title. So, I purchased this book curious to learn more about him and his views.

First, I got the book at Barnes & Nobel (sorry Amazon) and paid the full price of $24.95. Considering the thin size of the book I was a bit shocked at the price. It is only 140 pages long and books that go for that price are usually 250 - 300 or more pages in length! But, I wanted to see what he said, so I purchased it anyway. (By the way, Amazon.com is cheaper and to be honest I would have felt best if I had bought it here as a used or "like new" book for a lot less money).

Price aside, I was pleased with the content. The book is outlined as a series of 29 tips with a three to four pages of recommendations about each tip. Tips from the Table of Contents include: Transcend the Ego, Less is More, Be Unique, Just Be, Find Comfort in Discomfort, and so on. What I liked best about these tips was how congruent they were with what I also consider to be a practial approach to spirituality. Ray's advice is full of wisdom and insight that can only be ascertained by someone who is attempting to actually live a spiritual life. It let me know that Ray is someone who is walking the walk and not just talking the talk.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Blevins on October 21, 2009
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It shows that in many facets of life, the American people are no different than other people in other countries, we sit and shake our heads as we watch tv about some pathetic cult leader or political leader that sends their people on a path of destruction, and yet the American people are no different, now this charlatan is being investigated for the deaths of 4-5 people? Wake up fools
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Nelson on October 15, 2009
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Get real everybody. This guy is being investigated for murder due to his greed and incompetence in the sweat lodge deaths.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. P. Dunning on February 5, 2008
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Practical spirituality was a good read and is pretty much a overview for attaining a deeply spiritual life. Although the content was very interesting and gave insight of who you should be and what it's like, it wasn'y very helpful in how to actually get the results. Apart from that i enjoyed reading it and devoured it quite quickly.
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