Tragedy in Sedona; My Life in James Arthur Ray's Inner Circle

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 James Arthur Ray, a charismatic teacher feaured in "The Secret," on Oprah and Larry King Live, and the underlying danger of mixing up the message with the messenger! Get the real story on the 2009 Ray sweat lodge deaths of his followers. Trial date: March 1, 2011 More

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About 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, including leading a Sylvia Browne study group, and was trained as a Practitioner of Hypnosis with emphasis in past life regression. After watching the movie The Secret, Connie attended one of James Arthur Ray’s seminars in 2007 with her husband Richard and signed up for his Harmonic Wealth Weekend (HWW) event held in February, 2007. Over the next three years, Connie and Richard participated in or volunteered for 27 James Arthur Ray seminars and events.

In 2007, Connie and Richard attended the following James Ray seminars and events:
1/07 Learning Annex: Secret of Attracting True Wealth with James Ray, San Diego, CA
2/07 Harmonic Wealth Weekend (HWW), San Diego, CA
5/07 Creating Absolute Wealth (CAW), San Diego, CA
7/07 Practical Mysticism (PM), Tahoe, CA
9/07 James Ray International's Grand Opening Reception, Carlsbad, CA
9/07 Spiritual Warrior (SW), Sedona, AZ
11/07 Quantum Leap (QL), Las Vegas, NV
11/07 While attending Quantum Leap (QL) we became one of the 5 founding members of the World Wealth Society (WWS) when it was first announced
11/07 Volunteered at The Secret of Attracting True Wealth, Del Mar, CA

In 2008, Connie and Richard attended the following James Ray seminars and events:
1/08 Volunteered at Harmonic Wealth Weekend (HWW), San Diego, CA
4/08 Modern Magick (MM), Kona, HI
4/08 WWS members worked for Habitat for Humanity, Kona, HI
4/08 World Wealth Congress, Kona, HI
7/08 Volunteered at Practical Mysticism (PM), Tahoe, CA
8/08 Volunteered at Harmonic Wealth Weekend (HWW), San Diego, CA
10/08 WWS excursion to Egypt (WWS members only)
11/08 Quantum Leap (QL), Las Vegas, NV
11/08 World Wealth Extravaganza, Las Vegas, NV
12/08 Creating Absolute Wealth (CAW), San Diego, CA
12/08 We reenrolled for the 2009 membership in WWS
12/31/08 WWS New Year's Eve Celebration, San Diego, CA (WWS members only)

In 2009, Connie and Richard attended the following James Ray seminars and events:
2/09 World Wealth Congress, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (WWS members only)
4/09 Modern Magick (MM), Dana Point, CA
4/09 Secret of Attracting the Life You Want, Carlsbad, CA
6/09 Invited to Dream Team 2009 Spiritual Warrior (SW), but declined
7/09 Their daughter attended Creating Absolute Wealth (CAW), San Diego, CA. (Colleen Conaway commits suicide.) We attended the final night black tie dinner dance.
8/09 WWS excursion to Peru (WWS members only)
8/09 Volunteered at Secret of Attracting the Life You Want, Carlsbad, CA
10/09 World Wealth Summit, San Diego, CA

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 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.
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 a large computer systems 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 San Diego, CA, with her husband, Richard, and daughter, Erica.

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