James Ray’s Secret to Harmonic Wealth

Personal Development, The Secret | | February 23, 2007 at 13:09

"It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it!"

James Ray The Pacific Ballroom at Bally’s last night was packed with 850 enthused initiates clamoring to hear more about the Law of Attraction and the key to manifesting the abundant life as promised in The Secret. Starting with wide-spread internet and word-of-mouth publicity, spurred on by appearances on Larry King, and finally catapulted into the public arena by Oprah Winfrey, The Secret’s featured personalities have assumed astounding positions of authority, influence and fame.

James Ray is charismatic, charming, dynamic and totally in control of his audience. He’s a funny, engaging showman with a powerful message. But I kept having visions of a TV evangelist and wouldn’t have been surprised to hear "Praise the Lord" from the congregation. We need to remember that the teachers and mentors we now know so well from The Secret were not born overnight. Each has his own take on the premise that we manifest what we visualize, developed after years of pre-The Secret study and thought. They have been working at this for a long time, with impressive levels of success. But I don’t think anyone was prepared for the wild ride The Secret launched less than a year ago.

James Ray International offers 2 day programs that, to quote his materials, "explore goal-setting, life harmony and relationships with money and financial abundance to create true Harmonic Wealth." Harmonic Wealth is a term Ray coined to describe a state of well-being occurring when energy in the five areas or pillars of life is in harmony or resonance. Balance, he says, is baloney. When you have perfect balance, nothing happens.

The Five Pillars of Life according to Ray: 1. Financial. Money is necessary in order to enjoy the beauty and abundance of our physical incarnation, as well as pursue intellectual and spiritual experiences like education, seminars and travel. 2. Relationships. First is the relationship to self, which must be whole and complete before you can attract complete relationships with others. 3. Intellectual. Mental development is crucial. Ray reminds us that all great leaders are great readers. Emotion is defined as "energy in motion." You must take action to manifest. There are 3 keys to the universe: Thoughts, Feelings, Action. 4. Physical. Take care of your body. It’s the only one you will have in this lifetime. The physical is also anything tangible: houses, cars – objects he describes as "toys." Enjoy your toys, but don’t be attached; otherwise your objects own you. 5. Spiritual. Translating to the "one-on-one relationship with creative force," it can mean God to a religious person and Zero Point Field to a scientist. Ray believes the human psyche is hard-wired with need to be part of something bigger than self.

The next list of fives is the enumeration of the qualities of truly wealthy people: 1. Intention. 2. Attention. Results come from the harmonic relationship of intention and attention. Where do you place your energy? Attention equals love. 3. Energy. Ability to tap into the energy we all possess in infinite amounts. 4. Belief. You must have unbending belief in yourself. But it is the beliefs that are buried in our unconscious mind that actually drive us. The bulk of Ray’s work is helping you free yourself by uncovering and releasing those unconscious issues. 5. Growth. To grow is the only reason for life. If you are not growing, you are dying.

The methodology of The Secret, James Ray, Dr. John Demartini and others, is based on the assumption that quantum physics describes an intrinsic relationship between the non-physical (intangible or spiritual) and the physical (tangible or manifest) universes. The observer effect states that you get what you’re looking for. Niels Bohr, in what is known as the Copenhagen Interpretation, declared that there is no objective reality; everything is subject to the observer. In real terms of how you manifest what you think about, Ray describes energy as two forms: waves, which are the spiritual state of energy, and particles, which is the point where energy starts to come into formation. When you introduce an intention (particle), the wave function is collapsed and that particle begins to attract other like particles – manifestation or energy coming into form.

He went on to introduce the Law of Reversal which posits that in order "to turn misery, disease and failure into joy, health and prosperity, you must think, speak and act in ways that are the exact reverse of how most people think, speak and act." Ray tells us that family, government, media, school system and church conspire to hold us down when we dare to be different.

There is no doubt in my mind that James Ray has a powerful and effective message. I was disturbed by his hard sell tactics at the end of the lecture. I was uncomfortable with his "All Event Sales Final" clause. It gave me less confidence in his intentions and undermined trust. But this is, after all, a business. And judging by the stampede to sign up for his reduced rate if you buy now seminars, there was no lack of participants eager and willing to get more of James Ray.

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