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New standards regarding approval of blog comments

by / Saturday, 18 September 2010 / Published in Administrative

Dear friends,

Unfortunately, this blog has devolved into a chat room for a few people about magical thinking and other topics I really don’t want on this blog. I am, therefore, going to become much more strict about which posts I approve. If you want to comment on or ask questions about something I say in a post, fine. I am not, however, interested in arguing about conspiracy theories, magical thinking, or any other off-topic and non-rational subjects. I’m sure there are many other places where you can go do that, if that’s what you’re interested in.

I will be posting something new soon.

Be well.

Bill

29 Responses to “New standards regarding approval of blog comments”

  1. Catherine says :

    Dear Bill
    I’m very sorry. I know I’m one of those people you are referring to.
    I will stop posting as I clearly struggle to stick to the topics at hand.

    Thanks for all that you do.

    Catherine x

  2. Bruce says :

    I am down with your new rules Bill.

    This is your space and you are paying for it so it should go the way you want it to.

    Plenty of room on the internet for everybody to voice their opinions on any topic to anyone who may want to listen to them.

    If we started talking about Piper Airplanes you and I might get on as owners but that would soon loose everyone and leave only a few airplane owners and we both know pilots can be a boring lot to other pilots and non pilots alike.

    By the way I am moving, albeit very slowly, through the Holosync program and I am now beggining the last CD of Level 2.

    I stopped recieving support letters by e-mail some time ago and was wondering if there are more to come or if that is it for the support letters?

    I have had, as you suggested from the beggining, no expectations or formulated ideas about what may change in my life as a result of using holosync over time but none the less a lot has changed in my thinking process since I started practicing Holosync.

    My life was wonderful before using Holosync and I am not using Holosync to fix anything so everything is still wonderful with the exception that everything I am now thinking is much crisper, cleaner, clearer and sharper in my mind.

    Ideas formulate easier and the resulting actions I take are very decisive and feel much more pupropseful and powerful on execution.

    But since Holosync is not any-one-thing I will continue to refuse to give it credit for being the difference it seems to be making in everything I am currently experiencing.

    I will very likely use Holosync for the balance of my life since I am now age 63 so I would like to say a very sincere thank you for creating nothing in my life.

    No-thing appears to be the best and most effective some-thing I have ever done and I have done a lot!

    Sincerly

    Bruce

    FROM BILL: THere have been support letters for Awakening Prologue and Awakening Level 1 for some time. I just wrote more, for Awakening Leels 2-4 and Purification Level 1, although I don’t know if my staff has implimented them yet.

  3. michelle s says :

    Thank you! I am interested in learning more about how to apply the principles I am learning through the LPIP courses and the blog posts rather than supposed theories. Looking forward to the next post

  4. Thank you Bill.

    It was amusing…at first, but it was getting tedious.

    Rich Martin

    FROM BILL: My thoughts as well.

  5. Matthew says :

    I’m quite sorry I opened a can of worms on you, Bill. I noticed the degradation of the quality of intelligence and conversation after my response. But, this brings up an interesting point: What do you do when you feel discouraged by people’s ignorance? Not necessarily on this blog, because i’m sure that has a limited affect; But, say, in your personal life.

    My own response is to try to surround myself with like minded people. People who inspire and listen and more importantly relate with what I’m saying. I find that very refreshing. As well as limiting my interaction with those who ‘frustrate’; people interested in being right, as opposed being honest and open to new ideas.

    PS: I’m still going to respond to your Web TV episode on the world coming apart at the seems. I’ve gotten through the first segment and hopefully i can make time for the 2nd segment this weekend.

    (PS if you feel this will be inflammatory or discriminatory towards other users, feel free to e-mail instead. i’d appreciate that.)

    (PPS: If it wasn’t obvious already, I agree with this blog post)

    e-mail is enrico.louis@gmail.com

    FROM BILL: There are no end to ignorant people. Your approach is as good as any. I do my best to embrace it as it is–and teach those who will listen. I count my self, however, among the ignorant. I just know enough not to spout off about what I’m ignorant of (at least I try).

  6. Robert says :

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for putting the ship back on course.

  7. Heikki says :

    Bill, the best move again!

    Let the airheads live their magical lives, where the biggest thing is to be against something.

    Suffering is really each person’s own choice, so let them suffer. They also receive help if they are only willing to ask for it.

    But it seems that they want more to suffer ignorance.

    Way or the other, I feel grateful that they too get what they want:-)

    Just like my brother, he is a drunk who wants to drink alcohol. And he also get what he wants.

  8. Dana Kilgore says :

    I’m interested in knowing how Holosync can effect mental illness and mental retardation. Just a topic suggestion.

    FROM BILL: Holosync powerfully effects mental illness. We’ve received thousands upon thousands of letters from people over the last twenty-plus years telling us of relief from anxiety, depression, anger problems, fear, agoraphobia, ADD and ADHD, confusion, self-sabotage, and many other mental health problems. Many of these people add that they have done years of therapy to no avail, but 6-12 months of Holosync created dramatic improvement.

    I don’t think that Holosync will help mental retardation other than in the sense that anyone who does Holosync sleeps better, feels calmer, experiences a greater sense of well being, experiences less anxiety, frustration, and overwhelm, and thinks more clearly.

  9. sharik says :

    Bill,

    my thought is that you could be doing what you know to do best: teach people how to create more resourceful ways of thinking and being.

    I suppose we all look forward to some practical and down to earth information (be that on this blog or on your livestream channel).

    My feeling is that you’ve brought up some topics that really go beyond the scope of your activity.

    Sharik

  10. Matthew says :

    yeah, that’s an important one. I’ve gone by something similar to that. Teach to the one’s who are curious and ask questions and avoid investing energy in the one’s more interested in either being right, or more interested in a debate. Unless of course you trust the wisdom of the one you’re debating and you’re looking for your ideas to be challenged. But constantly giving out good wisdom w/ no return is draining, from my experience. Perhaps in your position (founder) you automatically assume it’s your responsibility to respond to every question – professionally speaking. But perhaps that blurs the line between those who are open and those who just want to be right about things.

    Can I still ask you about the socionomics issue or no?

    FROM BILL: Certainly you can ask about socionomics. However, the best way to find out more is to check out the people who have done all the reserach, especially Robert Prechter.

  11. _Jon says :

    Good move.
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.
    I enjoy learning from you.

  12. G.A. says :

    Bill, you say Holosync gives “relief from mental illness” but what about cure? Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve had much significant relief from mental illness from listening to Holosync for the past 8 years. (I’ve been taking meds for that long, and before HS) So it always surprises me when you say that a lot people get relief after only 8-12 months!

    FROM BILL: Holosync causs you to become more aware. If you direct that awareness to how you are creating your life, what doesn’t work falls away. Some mental illnesses are organic, however. Most, fortunately, are not, but are rather the result of unconsciously living out programming adopted when we are too young to evaluate what is really happening.

  13. Matthew says :

    Hello

    I am Catherine’s husband and although I don’t personally use holosync I sometimes follow the blog to increase my understanding on her recommendation.

    I am slightly taken back by some of the comments in this instance. They seem rather smug and arrogant (at least to me) and have left me confused and disheartened as some of the remarks are very unkind.

    Catherine is very kind and very open to criticism and learning and is only trying to increase her understanding, however it may appear to some of you.
    My first and last post.

    Matthew

  14. Chris says :

    A concern I have about the label “magical thinking” is how easily it could be used to dismiss ideas that are not a part of the popular consensus. At one point it was considered magical thinking to believe that the earth wasn’t flat or that it revolved around the sun (it might also have been considered a “conspiracy theory”).

    I think it’s important that people do their own research into subjects that are important to them while withholding these types of labels. At least I find this yields higher quality info than filtering according to preconceived notions of what’s “rational” or not.

    I also agree with keeping the comments of your blog on topic. Your posts are often rich and valuable in content, they should certainly be the focus of the comments.

    FROM BILL: I have very clearly defined EXACTLY what I mean by magical thinking. Magical thinking is a belief that the laws of physics can be suspended somehow, usually as a result of “using the mind.” Magical thinking has nothing to do with disagreeing with popular consensus. Things are not factual or not factual by popular vote. They are factual or not factual by well-constructed experiments done by people who truly understand the workings of cause and effect and how the known laws of the universe work.

  15. Matthew says :

    Well, let’s see here. My original question was whether or not this country [USA] was, for the first time, going through a period of collapse in a sense. Analogous to how all “great empires” eventually collapse. And, if not a collapse, then at least a loss; Loss in competitiveness and opportunity. That was basically what I was asking.

    Not too surprisingly, socionomics basically described exactly what I was talking about, except with more specificity and better vocabulary. I called them micro/macro shifts taking place on large and small scales over varying time periods and socionomics [you] describe them as corrections and plot them as linear ‘up’ shifts and ‘down’ shifts. Basically the same thing. I’m glad you mentioned socionomics, because I was looking for the specific ‘shift’ that we are currently in. Intuitively I guessed it was over the period of decades, not years or months. Apparently that’s the case, as cited by socionomics (citing from you) model of current events.

    Now that the ground work has been laid, I can be a little more specific about my concerns. One is the concern of a decline in key competitive and opportunity areas; world rankings in education, health, engineering etc. My second concern is in relation to China. If we’re on the down turn and they’re on the upturn, then where does that leave us, in say 10 years? 20 years? 30 years?

    In opinion, the following events took place. America had a recession. Because America carries such a disproportionate amount of the world’s GDP and the ever increasingly interconnected economic systems, when America went into recession, the world went into recession. Because the world went into recession, America further went into recession – A very cyclic, tit for tat downward cycle.

    I would say that because America had so many internal problems, we were the first to enter the recession and the last to emerge from the recession ( I know it still feels like a recession because of jobs, but technically it’s not) and that just about every other country was only responding to external problems (ie an interconnectedness in economic activity) but not internal problems. And if they were responding to internal problems, they were most likely triggered by external problems, which wouldn’t have typically occurred – which also might suggest that those problems weren’t at a “tipping point” if they only occurred AFTER the recession began. Not to get too verbose about it. Thus, their problems weren’t quite as difficult to overcome. For example, Canada emerged from the recession much more quickly than we did, because they had a lot more internal stability than we did – For varying reasons that I won’t get into.

    With all of that said, let me get back to my main points of concern:

    1.) The United States is losing ground in education, as peers across the globe zoom by with bigger gains in student achievement and school graduations, a study shows.

    Among adults age 25 to 34, the U.S. is ninth among industrialized nations in the share of its population that has at least a high school degree. In the same age group, the United States ranks seventh, with Belgium, in the share of people who hold a college degree.

    By both measures, the United States was first in the world as recently as 20 years ago, said Barry McGaw, director of education for the Paris-based Organization for Cooperation and Development. The 30-nation organization develops the yearly rankings as a way for countries to evaluate their education systems and determine whether to change their policies.

    citing: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/13/national/main838207.shtml

    2.) No matter how you tip the scales, Americans are getter wider every year. What’s worse is that many nations are following suit.

    In a list of the countries with the greatest percentage of overweight people, Nauru tops a list of countries with the greatest percentage of overweight people, with an alarming 94.5% of its adult population (ages 15+) classified as such, based on the most recent estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Federated States of Micronesia, Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga round out the top five, all with a portly population of over 90%.

    The U.S. weighs in at No. 9, with 74.1% of those over 15 years old considered overweight. But given that its population is nearly 20,000 times that of Nauru, clearly the U.S.’s size belies it rank.
    (This fits into your supposition [I think you said this?] about the days of finding meaning from buying the newest and latest greatest toys is probably over.)

    citing: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_obe-health-obesity and http://www.forbes.com/2007/02/07/worlds-fattest-countries-forbeslife-cx_ls_0208worldfat.html

    3.) Those Chinese solar researchers are the cream of an engineering crop that included an estimated 10,000 Ph.D. graduates last year. This spring the U.S. will graduate about 8,000 Ph.D. engineers, an estimated two-thirds of whom are not U.S. citizens. About 150,000 students who majored in engineering, computer science, information technology, and math will collect bachelor’s degrees. The Chinese government claims that in recent years the number in China has been well north of 500,000 and rising fast; even if overstated, as some believe, the real number is much larger than America’s, and the quality of those graduates is improving.

    Americans should be alarmed, not because we have to beat the Chinese on every statistic, but because those facts threaten the heart of our great economic story. Until the past decade most Americans lived a little better every year. From the nation’s beginnings, the engine of that improvement has been technology that makes millions of workers more productive. That’s why you learned about Whitney’s cotton gin and the McCormick reaper in elementary school. A stagnant living standard has terrible consequences, one of which is that the country eventually stops attracting and keeping the world’s best and brightest, triggering a downward spiral that grows ever harder to break

    Citing: http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/29/news/international/china_engineering_grads.fortune/index.htm

    And I could easily go on. My point isn’t to nit-pick random statics to paint a dreary image, but instead to look at key indicators for global competitiveness and domestic opportunity. From what I can tell, these statics are alarming and are of concern.

    On the issue of China, I’d be curious if their social mood is rising. I guess it seems obvious that it is. At the current rate, we’ll be “#2” by 2030 or so. Though my opinion is that China has a lot of road bumps ahead in the future; mostly surrounding social issues. I personally feel they are playing with fire with the use of democratic tools such as capitalism. Though they have a good grasp on things now, I feel it could quite easily back fire on them – think equal opportunity for workers, demand for increased wages, better health care, safe job practices, social security crisis, etc…etc…etc…

    Those are my areas of concern. Will we fall behind? Will we lose competitiveness? Will the opportunity for the next generation be diminished? Is all of this to be expected? Is this part of that long decline in social mood as socionomics seems to suggest? I haven’t read up on it yet, but socionmics seems to leave out some of the specificity that I tried to get at. But it may be there are a lot of specifics. I just need to do more reading. Where socionomics gets at the decline of social mood, i tried to get at the core indicators associated to long term decline.

    1.) Will the next generation (my generation really) be left with less opportunity?
    2.) Have the key indicators of competitiveness ever shifted as drastically, in the past? ( if you could only answer one question, make it this one)
    3.) Where will we be in relation to the rest of the world when this “social down turn” begins to correct upwards?
    Feel free to take your time responding.

    FROM BILL: Your points are well taken. However, we are experiencing a world depression, not something localized to the US. China will experience it, too, though they will likely weather it better (though who knows–I say that only because they are creditors, not debtors). Europe has huge debt problems. Greece is just the tip of the iceberg. It certainly is possible that this is comparable to the fall of the Roman Empire for the US. We’ll see. Rome had many “falls” before the final fall, and it took centuries for the whole thing to play out.

    In terms of socionomics, this is a fourth wave, with a fifth wave to follow. The fifth wave will be an up-wave–a final up-wave. This fourth wave, however, may last longer than most of our lifetimes. It could be that any final collapse of American dominance will take place after the fifth wave.

    We live in interesting times.

  16. Matthew says :

    Since I put an emphasis on the future in my post, i might as well emphasize the present…

    I might add for context that we still make about 3x more in GDP than the 2nd largest economies (china and japan) and that our country provides one of, if not the most unique opportunities for entrepreneurship, small business and more.

  17. Prechter claims that the first wave of this grand supercycle (or whatever he calls it) began with the South Sea Bubble (c. 1715) and basically lasted until the American Revolution. The second wave encompassed the American and French Revolutions, as well as the Napoleonic Wars (Waterloo was in 1815 I believe and the War of 1812 ended in 1814). That’s about a century for one of these cycles to play out (up and down phases).

    If you agree with the basic underpinnings of Prechter’s theory, then we could be in for a long ride on this fourth grand supercycle.

    On comparison of USA with Rome, read Why America Is Not a New Rome, by Vaclav Smil, who is a specialist in technology, society and energy.

    Rich

  18. Dear Long Posters,

    I like to read interesting and informed opinions. I’m especially interested in these discussions if they stay in the realm of reality.

    However, posts are much more likely to be read if they are of reasonable length (say 1-3 short paragraphs). It also makes responses more likely, in my opinion.

  19. nils bindslev says :

    wow! everything is such a paradox, man

  20. Matthew says :

    Oops, post this one instead.

    That we do live in interesting times.

    I agree. I did make that point as well. It is global. I wouldn’t say that it’s localized and thusly affecting the rest of the world. It’s more complicated than that, for sure. Though I also wanted to make the point that there were numerous countries weathering the recession much better than us. For example Germany, Canada, China and more. We’ll see about the EU as a whole. Lucky for them, their largest debt holders are on the smaller side of GDP. Not lucky for us, our biggest debt holder is thee largest GDP generator – Debtifornia. I mean California. Not that they are exactly analogous to each other.

    I would say it’s inevitable to a large degree – how far we fall from eden is up in the air. I think. Though here’s the interesting thing: Every time these shifts in power take place, the world becomes more and more multi-lateral. More and more interconnected. Just look at the love-hate relationship we have with China, for example. But it’s larger than that. Much larger. My own personal theory is the move towards something akin to global-centric, where power is much more decentralized and spread out. It’ll be interesting to see what governing looks like during that time. On an individual level, it’s obvious; ego-centric, group-centric, world-centric.

    This also follows the idea of an open system. That “energy” (if you want to call it that) has to go somewhere. It has to eventually contribute to the larger whole of the system and add more complexity.

  21. CG says :

    I, for one, am not interested in the comments of other people on this blog. I come here to hear Bill’s comments, and Bill’s responses to people’s questions.
    If you’ve got it all figured out, start your own company and website, and get people to listen to you. Otherwise, be a little more humble about what you really don’t know (I am — I don’t comment on things I’m not sure about, and when I’m really sure, there’s no need to comment, unless someone asks me) and sit back and listen.

  22. carlos says :

    I always aknowledge the fact that this is Bill’s Blog and I aways Agree to play by the rules that Bill sets in this blog. Up to now there were no rules about postings.

    When you are learning something I think is good to make your questions and comments , if you keep your comments and questions for yourself you never learn , you never know if you are right or if there is other explanation. Some subjects are very precise and scientific . Personal growth and psychology in my opinion are in a very gray area and many experts have different and sometimes contradictory opinions.

    I post my comments and I express my personal opinions in this blog for two reasons. First , as a way to get feed back from Bill Harris about my posts . Second to express what I think. I dont care if people agree or disagree with me. I am not trying to convince anybody of anything. I dont even care if other people read or dont read my posts.

    I am myself a little annoyed when people make very long posts or when they talk incoherently or when they talk about their capabilities to be a visionary , conspiracies theories etc. I also know that at the same time many people might get annoyed with my posts and that is OK.

    Carlos

    FROM BILL: I want to add that I am not asking anyone to adopt whatever I say just because I said it. Neither this blog, nor anything else I teach anywhere else, is my attempt to have the reader adopt a certain dogma. Theories and sets of rules have their uses, but I am trying to get people to notice and above all try certain ways of creating their life (what they feel, how they behave, which people or situations they attract or find themselves attracted to, and what meanings they are assigning to the events around them) so they can experience what happens.

    In other words, I want you to investigate for yourself, exprientially, whether or not something I say is valid. Intellectual understanding and/or agreement, in most cases, with NOT give you the CHOICE I’m hoping to show you how to have about those four things I listed above. Choice is a result of awareness, and awareness rarely comes from intellectual understanding.

  23. Sam says :

    Can you say something to the “psychological knower” and how annoying it can be when someone is “locked in” to this “sub-personality” structure? There are many–I am often one–who write in to this blog for instance from the space of psychological knower or, in other words, this type writes in to tell all about what he/she has learned from all the many years spent reading self-help books and other such personal growth stuff. This type knows a lot about how the world works but doesn’t have muc success in navigating the actual world with this knowledge, hence this type spends a lot of time in personal development circles such that his or her information is continually validated as rellivent or helpful. The psychological knower seems to be very attached to this movement because it provides a sort of niche market for this re-packaged information that the psychological knower loves so much, however out in the real world outside of meditation–wherein the conditions are often such that there is a cold market for any warm fuzzy personal growth style information–this accumulation of knowledge doesn’t seem to do much good.

    I notice that I’m often in this psychological knower space and I notice that it turns people off: you don’t know what to do about your situation but I’ve studied personal development and I know exactly what you should do, so just listen and follow me and if it doesn’t work you weren’t paying attention. I also get the impression that I’m often simply playing back what my nervous system has recorded–see Bill’s previous post–and am more often than not stunting my creativity because I for some reason would rather repeat back others information rather than take a risk and create my own synthesis that might do better than that which came before. I’m quite embarassed by all of this and will be the first to admit that it’s difficult to separate from this type; it’s difficult to speak from this aspect of self, for instance, and come to the conclusion that you’re full of shit. I am especially interested in this because whenever uncertainty strikes, or whenever “great doubt” comes up, I notice that it’s much more likely that I’ll be pushed by my environment into this psychological knower or other types of behavioral patterns that continue unconscious disfunction, and when I look at things like socionomics and the like I come to the realization that I’ve been living a lie for most of my life (at least my life spent in this personal development movement). I’m wondering if anybody else noticed this psychological knower, or otherwise witness how they are pushed into unconscious programs by their inabilities to maintain their focus on what they want as I am.

    We all have a center of being from which we can work through the witness, and from which it is very difficult to have anything come up that can throw one off balance. It takes practice to maintain this center of being, however, and this work with personality types shows me how lax I’ve become in my practice. It’s as if I thought I would just put on the headphones and holosync would automatically make me sync into my center of being with no volitional action on my part; not so! The need for practice is very strong, hence another reason for my post. I’m not saying that holosync doesn’t work like Bill describes however I think that perhaps good ol’ fassioned practice is underrated.

    I also appologize if this is a bit long-winded or off topic. I think that this relates to a lack of practice and focus, however, and perhaps we can all be motivated to do a bit better. Learn from my poor example if there’s learning there, and perhaps help me to focus on what I want (sometimes it takes more than just one).

  24. Bruce says :

    “The blog that ate mind chatter.”

    Hummmmm…

    If effective, then most comments written here might look like this:

    “————————————————————–”

    Sweet Dreams Everyone

    FROM BILL: Except “Mind Chatter” was the name of a monthy newsletter that preceded this blog (in addition to being a play on words).

  25. Sam,

    Socrates was reputed to be the wisest man in the world. When asked why he thought people believed this, he answered that it was because at least he knew that he was ignorant, whereas others didn’t.

    That’s what Bill means when he says confusing the map for the territory. Which is better, to walk through the woods and just experience it, or to look at a picture of the woods from above while you walk through it?

    Next time you’re meditating, just sit and pretend you know nothing and that there is nothing to know. Do that every day until you start to realize that you are full of concepts and ideas about reality. That’s how it is for everyone.

    Rich

    FROM BILL: Maezumi Roshi, Genpo Roshi’s teacher, once said that the aim of Zen was to “be stupid.” Though trying to describe what he meant almost by definition reduces the depth of what he said, he was at least partly referring to what Rich has said her, and also to the fact that humans ultimately can never really understand why we’re here, what it’s all about, where anything really came from, or what meaning there is to anything (if any). Realizing how totally stupid we all are (an example of which is Socrates’ comment) is one of the highest attainments in Zen.

  26. catherine says :

    I have been rather ridiculous and I can see that now. Rich’s beautifully simple post has set me back on track again. I’ve been going round and round in circles with constant questioning and theorising for far too long. I see now that it is not serving me well at all. I’m fine with that now and hope that I can listen and contribute in a more meaningful way from now on.

    Catherine x

  27. Dennis Caxton says :

    I really have to agree about the sheer length of some comments made on here, which is why I stopped reading them – but I also understand that some people are simply unaware of how much they are saying. It would be a good idea to get back to basics.

    Regards, Dennis in the UK

    FROM BILL: Amen.

  28. Sonia says :

    I am glad to see that you are making rules about the comments. I have been researching your product for a while now and decided to purchase it. I was amazed at how much I saw people complaining about you advertising your product. It was especially ironic when they were saying it in post on the Holosync website. First of all if you don’t like it don’t read the blog and second of all isn’t that what the website is for? I mean come on people. It really made me wonder if these people get upset or irritated when they hear the words Big Mac or Fries in a McDonald’s commercial.

    Thank you for advertising enough that I found your product. I have married into a family that apparently loves stress and arguing and that isn’t what I am used to. In fact I have gained thirty pounds and been put on depression medication since marrying my husband 2 years ago. I love my husband so I have to accept his family, but I need find an outlet. I look forward to using your product to help me cope and hopefully lose this weight and get off the medication.

  29. Steve Trent says :

    Bill,

    I’ve been using Holosyn for 4 years and have purchased other products with great results. Would you please take a few moments to address to James Ray tragedy? Many of your most ardent supports are increasingly concerned with your silence.

    Best wishes and continued success.

    Steve

    FROM BILL: Are you in touch with many of my most ardent supporters? Or are you saying that YOU want to know what I think? I actually have said what I think, on this blog, in response to a similar question. Personally, whatever happened around James Ray had nothing to do with me, or with Centerpointe. My relationship with James was one where I spoke to him maybe a couple of times a year because I would see him at Transformational Leadership Council meetings, which I stopped attending a while back. I was not at the event where the people died, and I have heard various stories of what happened. From what I can tell, what the media reported was quite distorted and sensationalized. I, however, don’t have enough information to evaluate what happened. Certainly it is a tragedy that people died. I can’t speak to James’ state of mind or intentions. I don’t know why my opinion on this should matter to anyone, however.

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