Written on 26 July 2019
- I FIRST MET SHARON RAY IN DURANGO IN 2011
- MY SUMMERS IN DURANGO, 2013-2015
- ON SHARON RAY LEAVING DURANGO
- SHARON’S ARTICLES FOR SUNBURST BUELTON
- AN ASTRAL STORY THAT UPSET ME
- RESEARCH ON SATANISM IN COLORADO
- UNRELIABILITY OF CLAIR INTEL
- MY INCONCLUSIVE ONLINE RESEARCH INTO THE MYSTERY
- MY PERSONAL CATHARSIS: CANNIBAL SONG: THE 29-FLAVOR BARBECUE
- ON MIMICRY
I FIRST MET SHARON RAY IN DURANGO IN 2011
I remember meeting Sharon Ray in 2011, at a Durango, Colorado, “Gracelight” meditation held by David Pomerantz and his wife Amalya Nattiv Pomerantz. This was the first Durango “Gracelight” meditation I had attended, as I recall, although I had been to some weekly “Gracelight” meditations held by Marilyn Zweifach in West Los Angeles (which is a few hours’ drive from my West Hills, Los Angeles, home).
That Sharon Ray had been a member of the Durango “Gracelight” meditation group for many years, I gathered from a “Gracelight” DVD published in 2006, and copyright Marilyn Zweifach. The DVD had videoclips of Sharon playing guitar and singing, as I later saw her do in Durango.
By luck of the draw, Sharon Ray was my roommate at the 2011 Durango weekend gathering. At the end of the event, she gave me a copy of her “Rockin Theme Songs” CD, which had some beautiful children’s songs on it …
Link: “‘Rockin Theme Songs’ CD,” by Ray of Light Books with Music for Children … http://sharonraybooks.com/index.php?nav=rockincd ..
During the 2011 event, she had told me how much she loved her grandchildren, and I could tell from the kindly, uplifting spirit of the songs on the CD that she must have written them for those children, who, I heard, were quite young at the time.
This article that was published in the Durango Herald some years prior also attests to Sharon’s kindly nature …
Link: “Ray of Hope: Durango Illustrator and Author Collaborate on Children’s Book,” by Ted Holteen, Arts & Entertainment Editor, 22 May 2009 … https://durangoherald.com/articles/3542-ray-of-hope ..
MY SUMMERS IN DURANGO, 2013-2015
In the next few years, I spent summers in the Durango area, vacationing from my home in West Hills, California. Often, I went to the weekly Durango Gracelight meditations.
I also recall meeting lots of wonderful people during lunches, bingo, and dominoes on weekday afternoons at the beautiful Pine River Senior Center in Bayfield, Colorado … http://www.bayfieldgov.org/services/senior.asp …
Then on Sundays I often attended Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church (Pastor Dan Straw) … https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Presbyterian-Church/Florida-Mesa-Church-PCUSA-216182998476771/ …
I recall how pertinent the sermons were to today’s life, and how delicious the Sunday morning brunches were. As well, I recall meeting the friendliest of people there, mostly ranching families.
That church was only a mile or so from the tiny apartment I was renting in Florida Mesa, so sometimes I would drop by the yard outside the church mid-week to sit and contemplate in that peaceful spiritual spot. For instance, I recall singing this song while standing in the driveway there, after sitting to contemplate in the yard for awhile on a summer day …
Link: “Song of the Lord’s Prayer,” melody composed and sung by Alice B. Clagett, published on 25 July 2015; revised on 29 November 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-3Gr ..
Behind me was a neighboring rancher’s field, and the blue Colorado sky.
ON SHARON RAY LEAVING DURANGO
Getting back on topic: Some while after the 2011 Durango meditation (maybe in 2013?), Sharon Ray stopped attending the Durango Gracelight meditations. I noticed that because she was no longer singing her inspirational songs, accompanied by guitar, at the meditations.
I spoke with Amalya about it, and as I recall, and to paraphrase, she said Sharon had decided to join a Yogananda spiritual group near Santa Maria, California. This spiritual group, Amalya said, was similar to, but not the same as, Self-Realization Fellowship in Pacific Palisades, West Los Angeles. And that Sharon had just decided a change might be good, for the time being.
SHARON’S ARTICLES FOR SUNBURST BUELTON
I looked around online and found an organization named Sunburst Buelton, a California Yogananda devotee spiritual retreat from which Sharon had written some newsletters that included photos of herself and friends, and news about her family. Here are three of the newsletters, dated 2013 and 2014 …
Link: “Smokin’ Hot Graces,” by Sunburst, and by Sharon Ray, 29 October 2013 … https://sunburst.org/smokin-hot-graces/ ..
Link: “Faith and Setting the Butterfly Free,” by Sunburst, and by Sharon Ray, 9 March 2014 … http://sunburstonline.org/faith-and-setting-the-butterfly-free/ ..
Link: “Fun Among the Rungs,” by Sunburst, and by Sharon Ray, 26 March 2014 … https://sunburst.org/fun-among-the-rungs/ ..
From that I figured that Sunburst Buelton might have been the organization to which Amalya had referred (although I am not certain of it).
AN ASTRAL STORY THAT UPSET ME
Then on the astral plane I heard the most awful story …
I heard a story that Sharon Ray had returned to Durango, had been camping out in the woods near town, and that someone had caught her and skinned her face so that she would not be recognized, and then kept her for a few days for a dark-of-the-night Satan cult ceremony in which her heart was cut out and eaten while it was still beating.
The end of this ‘psy in the sky’ story was that she had a retirement savings account of $50,000 which was ‘laundered’ on behalf of someone in this Satan cult.
RESEARCH ON SATANISM IN COLORADO
Crucify me not! This astral story was very upsetting to me. I checked online, to see if there could possibly be any truth to it.
Apparently there has been some trouble with a Satan cult near Ignacio, La Plata County, Colorado in 1989 …
Link: “Vintage Durango: Satanic Panic on the Western Slope,” by Patty Templeton, Special to DGO … https://dgomag.com/contents/1937 ..
As well, there apparently are Satan cults and wiccan covens in Colorado … although, as far as I can tell from online, more likely in Denver than Durango.
In fact, from my research I gathered there are Satan cults and wiccan covens not just in Colorado, but also in here and there in the United States. I note, for instance, a recent news story about a Satanism and the Arkansas state legislature ..
Link: “A Satanic Idol Goes to the Arkansas Capitol Building,” by Avi Sel,, 17 August 2018, in the Washington Post … https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/08/17/a-satanic-idols-3-year-journey-to-the-arkansas-capitol-building/?utm_term=.66cb956fa87b ..
UNRELIABILITY OF CLAIR INTEL
As clair intel is unreliable, it is possible that such an event as that which I heard in the ‘astral airs’ never took place at all. Or, it might have taken place, but not in Durango, and not to do with Sharon Ray, and not in 2014. (I say 2014, as that year, as nearly as I could tell, marked the last of the Sunburst Buelton articles that had details of her personal life in them.)
MY ONLINE RESEARCH INTO THE MYSTERY
The mystery might be solved if Sharon Ray were to be located, alive and well, so I did some more research online …
Her children’s book “Jumping the Grate” used to be sold on Amazon, but it looks like it is not available any longer. It as if like there have been no recent posts on her website “Sharon Ray Books” … http://www.sharonraybooks.com/ … in recent years.
After 2013, it seemed to me that newsletters continued to be published by Sunburst Buellton, with the byline Sharon Ray, but without any personal news or information about her. If there would be a photo, then it apparently would not be of her, as in the instance of the photo in this 2016 article …
Link: “Shaping Time,” by Sunburst, and by Sharon Ray, 4 February 2016 … http://sunburstonline.org/shaping-time/ ..
Here is a 2019 photo from Sunburst Buelton with a photo of someone named Sharon Ray, who looks a little like the person I used to know, but not enough so for me to make a positive ID …
Link: “A Journey into Mindfulness,” by Sunburst, 9 April 2019 … https://sunburst.org/?s=%22Sharon+Ray%22 ..
I am in quite a quandary about this ‘mimicry’ issue …
- Are there really lots of people who unwittingly resemble other people?
- Could it be there are lots of people who intentionally mimic other people?
- Could there be some sinister undertone?
- Is it just movieland stuff and nonsense?
- With luck, it could be just that I am imagining resemblance?
And especially, with regard to Sharon Ray, whom I felt to be a talented songwriter, author, and musician, I could not get past the presentiment that she had been eaten, and that there might have been a coverup, with whatever nefarious intent!
MY PERSONAL CATHARSIS: CANNIBAL SONG: THE 29-FLAVOR BARBECUE
Finally, I wrote this poem, and the writing of it seemed to lighten the load of upset I had over the astral story …
Link: “Cannibal Song: The 29-Flavor Barbecue . aka Ogreish Stew,” a poem by Alice B. Clagett, written on 2 May 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-cwW ..
I expect it will take better minds than mine, if we are ever get to the bottom of the mystery of the disappearance of Sharon Ray.
I hope and pray that this delightful human being I briefly encountered in Durango years ago is well and happy, and writing and singing her lovely songs all the time. I hope time reveals that the notion she has ‘disappeared’ turns out to be a question of her no longer being on the internet, and nothing more pernicious.
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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