New Age Profile

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The Pavarotti of Chant

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

About 75 people are sitting in a circle in a Boulder, CO yoga studio, already swaying together as “the Pavarotti of chant” Krishna Das picks up his harmonium (a small Indian pump organ). They are gathered for a ‘Satsang,’ (loosely translated as “community,” but meaning “in the company of truth” in Sanskrit). Das, or “KD” as he is known, leads a call and response musical meditation called Kirtan—devotional songs that invoke the names of God. As he starts the refrain to ‘Ganesha Shananum’ in his…

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Getting the Dream Thing Right

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

Right off the bat, Ken Eagle Feather tells me he’s not Native American, but is “white as wonder bread.” The name was given to him by don Juan Matus, the same don Juan encountered by Carlos Castaneda of The Teachings of Don Juan, A Separate Reality and Journey to Ixtlan fame. He had it legally changed in the 1970s, during the time he was active­ly engaged with the controversial figure. “The argument as to whether don Juan is or was a real person has spilled…

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Charting the Growth of “Conscious Capitalism”

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

“Had a banana lately?” Patricia Aburdene throws the question out to the audience of ‘conscious consumers’ she’s ad­dressing at a LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) convention on the topic of corporate trends. As many nod, she continues “Chances are it may have had a Chiquita brand sticker on the peel. This would have been cause for caution a few years ago, since the United Fruit Company (which owned Chiquita) had a history of corruption, brutali­ty and environmental destruction.” Today, you can eat that banana…

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Dr. Quantum’s Big Ideas

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

Google the name “Fred Alan Wolf” and you get the semi-astronomical figure of 2,410,000 responses in 0.24 sec­onds—an appropriate representation for the theoretical physicist who appeared in the runaway indie film “What the Bleep Do We Know” and who calls himself “Dr. Quantum.” Also a writer and lecturer, Wolf earned his Ph.D. at UCLA in 1963 and subsequently a reputation for simplifying science by putting complex concepts into layman’s terms. His book, Taking the Quantum Leap, won the National Book Award (1982) and is still…

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Living Up to the American Contract

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

“Not to know history,” Caroline Myss tells me, “is not to have a compass on events; it’s like being in the middle of an ongoing conversation and not know what anybody has been saying.” The well-known author, speaker and former medical intuitive (her book, Anatomy of the Spirit put her on the progressive map) deplores the fact that “Americans seem to disdain history.” Only half jokingly, she remarks that she may have missed her calling. “I really should have been a historian; I just consume…

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The Art of Strategy and the Sun Tzu Way

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

While you can’t deny the value of a higher education, some of America’s most successful entrepreneurs have been college dropouts. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell and Steve Wozniak top the list. Also on this roster is multimil­lionaire Gary Gagliardi (gal-YAR-dee). It wasn’t a brilliant invention or building a computer in his garage that shifted the aimless young man (“I held four jobs in four years and had been fired from a couple of them”) into high gear: It was a birthday present from his…

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Rockin’ Your World

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

There’s nothing small about Sondra Ray. At 5’11”, she has the stature of a basketball player (indeed, she was that sport’s star at her high school in Grafton, Iowa), the strong bone structure of her Swedish / German heritage, a huge, engaging smile and a deep, earthy voice easily given over to hearty laughter. Her address book is even larger—she’s hung out with some pretty “big” people—Sai Baba, Hopi Elders, entertainment stars, and just about every spiritual leader out there. But here’s the really big…

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Rocky Mountain Destiny

BY CYNTHIA LOGAN

India Supera is pointing to a small area overlooking a sparkling lake on the nearly 100 acres that comprise the Feath­ered Pipe Ranch in the Rocky Mountains just outside Helena, Montana. It’s her garden, and she’s telling guests they should “feel free to weed it.” She raises a hand expressively towards the expanse surrounding them. Her fingernails display rich, dark dirt—she’s a woman of the land she loves and believes to be as sacred as any spot on earth. As direc­tor of the Feathered Pipe…

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