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"Tragedy" is right on!
on August 31, 2010
I was one of the "originals" on James Journey of Power, beginning in August 2001, when the Journey had just been conceived. Like Connie, I went to all his events, (tho not in so short a time frame as she and Richard), and also "Dream Teamed" a number of events. I implored my husband to try just one event, as he thought I was perhaps getting into a cult from hearing about some of the activities we did. He went and was convinced that it was worthy of his time and money also. James is a Master Teacher, and we learned so much from him, and the other participants became like a family to us also. We still maintain ties with quite a number of people we met in this way. But at the time the WWS (World Wealth Society) was introduced, we decided that we could not spend that kind of money, and that James was heading in the wrong direction. My husband and I attended Spiritual Warrior in November/Dec 2007, at the time I was turning 61. It was a good experience overall, but there were warning signs then. One girl we were physically close to in the sweat lodge clearly had a hard time, and could not get out of the lodge on her own. My husband and another physician worked with her, and later sent a message to James, warning that he needed to have medical personnel specifically stationed for this kind of problem. I also got to know Connie at this event, as she was in my "Warrior Group", a small group which met periodically during the week to do assignments and talk about the material.
Connie's book is well written, honest, and thoughtful. She makes no sensational judgments or condemnations that cannot be substantiated by many others of us who attended. It was interesting to me to see the progression of events after we left. We too had the sadness that came from leaving such an extraordinary group of people who attended James events. Most were brave and insightful amd some were downright amazing people. I cannot regret what we did in becoming a part of this Journey, because it was life-changing, but I can only grieve for the lies, lack of respect and denial that James gave to those who put heart and soul into helping him. At the time we knew him, we realized that he was human and had some faults but found him overall knowledgeable and personable and we were able to get to know him personally. I can only thank Connie for writing this book, and making the final points that she did about the personal development arena. I hope that the industry listens to her advice. Jeannie P.S. This review is written in memory of and tribute to Liz Neuman. Thanks for all you are in our hearts, Liz!