Guru Twittered About Sweat Lodge Death

But a source close to James Arthur Ray says this is common imagery
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 10:31 AM CDT
Guru Twittered About Sweat Lodge Death
This Sept. 2007 picture picture provided by Rev. Meredith Ann Murray shows her with James Arthur Ray at the Spiritual Warrior Course at Angel Valley Retreat Center in Sedona, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Meredith Ann Murray)

James Arthur Ray, who yesterday canceled his upcoming appearances to devote all his "physical and emotional energies" to the fallout from the sweat lodge tragedy, talked a lot about death in the days leading up to the ceremony. His Twitter feed was full of posts that have since been deleted, but not before fans saved them and forwarded them to People. One person close to him says Ray often used death as a symbol and that these posts are no different. A sampling:

  • "The Toltecs practice an 'awareness of impending death.' Makes every moment precious when you know it could be your last."
  • "The Spiritual Warrior has conquered death, and therefore has no enemies in this life or the next."
  • "For anything new to live, something first must die. What needs to die in you so that new life can emerge?”
(More sweat lodge stories.)

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