Leadership Summit 2006 Speaker Promotes Eastern/New Age Meditation

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This year’s Leadership Summit, hosted by Willow Creek, will be attended by more than 70,000 men and women, in over 130 locations.

One of the featured speakers this year is Jim Collins. In 1982, Collins took Michael Ray’s course, Creativity in Business. The course (and the book named after the course) “takes much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy, mysticism and meditation techniques” (from the book). In one section of the book it talks about “your wisdom-keeper or spirit guide-an inner person who can be with you in life…. We meditate to unfold our inner being.” The book also presents Tarot cards and going “into silence.”

Collins was so inspired by taking Ray’s course in 1982 that he wrote the foreword for Ray’s 2004 book, The Highest Goal: The Secret That Sustains You in Every Minute foreword, Collins says the book is “the distillation of years of accumulated wisdom from a great teacher.” In the book, Ray tells readers to “experience not thinking” and to “meditate regularly,” quoting Eastern religion gurus such as Ram Dass and Swami Shantananda.

For Willow Creek to include a speaker at the Leadership Summit who clearly agrees with Michael Ray’s Eastern/New Age philosophies on spirituality, is almost unbelievable! Over 70,000 people, in churches and auditoriums across North America, will be introduced to Collins at a conference that is advertised as offering “you and every leader on your team a place to rededicate yourselves to God’s life-changing work.”

Ray Yungen discusses Michael Ray and Creativity in Business in his book, For Many Shall Come in My Name.