Deadly "Sweat Lodge" guru convicted i...

Deadly "Sweat Lodge" guru convicted in Arizona

There are 3 comments on the CBS News story from Jun 22, 2011, titled Deadly "Sweat Lodge" guru convicted in Arizona. In it, CBS News reports that:

A self-help author who led a deadly sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona was found guilty of three counts of negligent homicide Wednesday.

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“Purple girl in a purple world”

Since: Apr 08

Plum, Purplonia

#1 Jun 22, 2011
I have mixed feelings. I don't want to see self-help become government regulated. It is one of the few fields where people who don't quite fit in can make a decent living. However, I also am sad for the families, and I feel his lack or responsibility gave the entire field a black eye.

I aspire to be a self-help guru, but I really see little use in the more dangerous techniques like sweat lodges and fire-walking. Those are activities that have to be learned over a period of years, done according to an exact protocol, medically supervised when practiced, and preferably done only on people who have doctor's approval.

I understand some of the reasons they give for such feats. The idea is to feel like you are limitless and to build unshakable self-confidence. There just has to be some reality in there when trying to get into that emotional state. Life does have limits, and you cannot always get what you want. You might think you can control a lot of things, but I don't think it is wise to try to tempt death. Life sends enough trauma our way to grow from without having to seek it. We just have to learn to make the most of all the bad things that already come our way and to see the blessings in them.

I remember a pastoral counseling case I heard about. The church member suffered a brutal rape. She was ready to throw her faith away and just be bitter and angry. Now, her pastor gave her a very insulting assignment, from her perspective at the time. He asked her to come up with a list of all the advantages of having endured that. First, she was mad. How dare he think there is anything good in that, it didn't happen to him! That is probably what she thought. But she made a list. It included things like being able to empathize and bond with 1:4 women who also suffered something similar, not getting pregnant from the attack, not getting disfigured, not getting AIDS nor other diseases, still having her life, still having her faith, etc. She felt much better after the exercise.

“You gonna eat that?”

Since: Apr 07

Wasilla, AK

#2 Jun 22, 2011
"They were clearly killed by illegal aliens who later went and started fires to cleberate."

J. McCain

“You gonna eat that?”

Since: Apr 07

Wasilla, AK

#3 Jun 22, 2011
"Cleberate" n.(ME) to commit pyrocide.

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