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    I have been trying to reach my good friend Marilyn since about the 18th of last month. Her son Eric found her body yesterday.

    Marilyn received prominent mention by me in ZGI page 32.

    Marilyn was a bona fide psychedelic shaman, she taught me a lot and I will miss her. zg
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    Marilyn Ferguson, 70, dies; writer's 'The
    Aquarian Conspiracy' was pivotal in New
    Age movement

    By Elaine Woo
    November 2, 2008

    Marilyn Ferguson, the author of the 1980 bestseller "The Aquarian Conspiracy" and a galvanizing influence on participants in scores of alternative groups that coalesced as the New Age movement, died Oct. 19 at her home in Banning. She was 70.

    The cause was believed to be a heart attack, said her son, Eric, of the adjacent Riverside County city of Beaumont.



    In 1975, Ferguson turned an interest in human potential into an influential monthly newsletter, Brain/Mind Bulletin, which reported on new discoveries in neuroscience and psychology. That work led her to discern that a massive "cultural realignment" was occurring, a conspiracy in the root sense of disparate forces all breathing together to produce personal and social change.

    "The Aquarian Conspiracy" was the era's first comprehensive analysis of seemingly unconnected efforts -- scientists investigating biofeedback, midwives running alternative birthing centers, politicians encouraging creative government, a Christian evangelist promoting meditation, an astronaut exploring altered states of consciousness -- that were "breathing together" in their break from mainstream Western practices and beliefs in medicine, psychology, spirituality, politics and other fields.

    The book's message was optimistic. "After a dark, violent age, the Piscean, we are entering a millennium of love and light -- in the words of the popular song 'the Age of Aquarius,' the time of 'the mind's true liberation,' " Ferguson wrote. Aquarians, by her definition, were people who sought a revolution in consciousness, to "leave the prison of our conditioning, to love, to turn homeward. To conspire with each other and for each other."

    Some critics found her views simplistic. R.C. Bealer wrote in the journal Science Books & Films that Ferguson offered "hyperbole of the 'positive' thinking huckster."

    Others accused her of undermining Christianity by embracing alternative religions. The book was a favorite target of Lyndon LaRouche, the political extremist whose followers held public protests against it and called it "a challenge to the nation's grasp on reality."

    But as the activities she chronicled moved from the fringe of society toward its center, Ferguson was embraced as a beacon. Her book became "the most commonly accepted statement of Movement ideals and goals," wrote J. Gordon Melton in the New Age Encyclopedia.

    "Marilyn Ferguson was a very important communicator and networker in this whole movement" to create an alternative consciousness, Fritjof Capra, the Berkeley physicist and New Age figure who wrote "The Tao of Physics," said last week. Capra's 1975 book fueled the new thinking by showing parallels between modern physics and Eastern mysticism.

    Ferguson grew up in modest circumstances in Grand Junction, Colo., where she was born April 5, 1938. Her father was a bricklayer who was also a concert pianist; her mother was a homemaker who later ran an antiques store.

    Ferguson attended Mesa College in Colorado for two years and the University of Colorado for one year before launching herself as a freelance writer. Her first book, "Champagne Living on a Beer Budget" (1968), offered financial advice and was co-written with her then-husband, Michael Ferguson. She also wrote short stories and poems that were published in women's magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Mademoiselle.

    After moving to Los Angeles in 1968, she began studying psychology and collecting the information that formed the basis of her next book, "The Brain Revolution" (1973), which explored new research on such topics as hypnosis, meditation, extrasensory perception, memory and genetics. She began practicing transcendental meditation herself.

    As she expanded her contacts with others who were engaged in similar practices, she found herself becoming a clearinghouse for "everything from more humane attitudes to holistic medicine," she told The Times in 1980.

    She began to publish the Brain/Mind Bulletin, which at its peak had an eclectic mix of about 10,000 subscribers who included academics, celebrities and pizza parlor operators. For 21 years, until she ceased publication in 1996, it compiled news from journals and conferences and featured interviews with vanguard figures, including Capra.

    "It was tremendously helpful because it bound people together and informed us of each other's work," Capra said. "Marilyn Ferguson's main achievement -- and it was a tremendous achievement -- was that she sustained this networking of the alternative culture and New Age movement long before there was an Internet."

    Another subscriber was publisher Jeremy Tarcher, who specialized in books about health, philosophy and human potential. He was fascinated by her reports. "I called Marilyn and said, 'What else have you got?' " Tarcher recalled. "She said, 'I've got a folder with stuff I'm not quite sure what to do with.' "

    Tarcher remembers clearly how he reacted when she showed him the information she had collected: He began to cry.

    "I had one of those moments of epiphany when you feel you are hearing or reading something that is going to be a guide for a significant part of your life," he said. "That doesn't happen to publishers every day."



    After she turned those notes into "The Aquarian Conspiracy," readers shared with her a similar reaction. She received thousands of letters from people who were relieved to discover that others shared their passion for Sufism, dream journals, Rolfing or solving world hunger. The most common reaction, she told the Christian Science Monitor in 1984, was "Thank heavens you wrote that book! I thought I was crazy until I read it."

    As she began to lecture around the world, she found loyal readers in a surprising range of fields. As she told the Boston Globe in 1988, one night she addressed 500 farm wives in Alberta, Canada, and the next morning she gave a lecture for members of Congress. Al Gore was a fan of the book and invited Ferguson to the White House, her son said.

    Ferguson lived in Los Angeles for 37 years, until 2005, when she moved to San Bernardino. That year she also released a follow-up to "The Aquarian Conspiracy," called "Aquarius Now." Last year she moved to Banning to be closer to her son.

    She is also survived by two daughters, Kris Ferguson of Los Angeles and Lynn Lewis of Oakland; and six grandchildren.

    Woo is a Times staff writer.

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    Marilyn was the one who channeled Kenny Uston for me. zg

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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter View Post
    Marilyn was the one who channeled Kenny Uston for me. zg

    ZGI page-32!! zg
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    Sorry for the loss of your friend. She was very young by today's standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aslan View Post
    Sorry for the loss of your friend. She was very young by today's standard.
    But she was a very OLD SOUL! zg
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    Marilyn Ferguson: An Appreciation

    Friday November 7, 2008

    Categories: Consciousness

    Reagan was on the rise, the anti-war movement had sunk to a low ebb, and the New Age was barely christened when The Aquarian Conspiracy appeared in 1980. Overnight Marilyn Ferguson's book became famous and sold in the millions. I was a young doctor who had just learned to meditate when I picked up a dog-eared paperback copy at a Catskill spiritual retreat. Ferguson's message shot through me like electricity: a "benign conspiracy" was bringing about the greatest shift in consciousness in the twentieth century. In one stroke Ferguson unified a movement that seemed like small, isolated outposts on the fringes of respectable society.

    Ferguson was a uniter and a futurist. By showing feminists what they shared with environmentalists, New Age spiritual seekers with peace activists, her book inspired a movement that didn't define the future in terms of technology. Cell phones and computers were incidental. The real future lay in consciousness-raising on a global scale. Ferguson's "BrainMind Bulletin" made sure that her message kept up to date with scientific breakthroughs, and she joined forced with former astronaut Edgar Mitchell and his influential Institute of Noetic Sciences in California.

    When she died this October at age 70, Ferguson could take satisfaction that a watershed had been crossed. For all the multitudes of people for whom Dick Cheney is more familiar than the I Ching, George Bush than the Bhagavad-Gita, her "leaderless revolution" has grown steadily around the world. Ferguson helped make possible a new style of politician like Barack Obama and ecological activists like Al Gore. She was a one-woman movement for hope. She promised every voice in the wilderness that there were a thousand other voices like theirs.

    Visit www.intent.com to read more from Deepak Chopra and other prominent voices.

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    Marilyn Ferguson - interview

    Whole Earth Catalog | 1988



    Marilyn Ferguson set the tone for the late New Age with the 1981 publication of lier book The Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980s. Her remarks here will appear in her new book, The New Common Sense.

    "Without vision," said the prophet Isaiah, "the people perish." Vision builds the sinews of will and cultivates courage. By coming to respect and act on our visions, we entrain a fluent guidance system.

    Innovators live at the edge of the cultural habitat. They operate at the further reaches of the known world - and the known self. They explore their highest natural abilities. They challenge themselves to develop their weak traits. They know that they cannot indulge themselves for long and keep surviving at the edge.

    As greater numbers of people are living at the edge, our societies may have to borrow practices like the traditional vision quest of Native Americans. Our societies will require training that enables us to live at the edge.

    Vision quests are undertaken by tribal leaders or by young males, as a rite of passage. The individual goes alone and without food to a mountaintop or other remote site and does not return to the tribe until he has had a vision.

    In a way the vision quest is a tradition of renewal. The questing person leaves behind the community, its structure and beliefs, and his own customary perceptions. In so doing he may find a part of himself that has been obscured by his habits and history. On the quest he looks outward across new vistas, he looks inward for new images, and he looks forward to carrying his vision back to the group.

    Or, as expressed by a character in Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past: "We do not receive wisdom. We must discover it for ourselves after a journey through the wilderness, which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world."

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    "5th holistic doctor (age 33) died in Florida making 5 dead and 5 more missing [in a month]

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    "I read about Dr. Baron Holt DC not long after he died less than a month ago near me here on the East Coast of Florida on Father’s day back on June 21st. Dr. Holt was coincidentally found the very same day that Dr. Bruce Hedendal was found slumped over in his car. Dr Hedendal was also on the E Coast of Florida and also a DC (doctor of chiropractic) Like Holt, Dr. Hedendal was also extremely fit. Dr Hedendal been doing an athletic event earlier in the day before he was found in his car. Again, both fathers died on Father’s day and our heart goes out to their families and friends.

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    And here, Dr Dodo... CIA Murder Inc are at it again

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