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Foundation of the Sacred Stream
A Quarterly Newsletter from the Foundation of the Sacred Stream ISSUE 14 | APRIL 2009
Creating Pathways to wholeness
INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Note from General Mgr

A Trip to Ancient Scotland

Geshe Thupten Jinpa Talk

Engaged Buddhism for Changing Times

Featured Practitioner

Food for Thought: Spring Clean Your Body

Seeds of the Sacred Masculine

Spring Calendar & Community News

QUICK LINKS

Free Teleclasses

Ancient Scotland: Before the Druids

Depth Hypnosis

Intro to the Shamanic Journey

Relationships

Moon Lodge

Mothering, Fathering, & Caregiving

Dreams

Meditation and Dharma Talk

Note from the General Manager

Welcome to our quarterly newsletter. This one is filled with great events so I’ll get right to it. We’re going to Scotland in August!  Read about the trip and don’t miss the travel tips for cheaper fares and the student testimonials from past participants. Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s interpreter, is coming to speak at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream on Sunday, May 24th. Jinpa is a great scholar and we are extremely excited to have him here. He will be speaking on Mind, Language and Reality, find out more below. Chef Sherri is coming! Our remarkable and award winning Chef of Hawaii retreat fame will be teaching a class in San Francisco on spring greens this April and also debuts her Food for Thought column in this issue.

Acupuncturist and Tai Chi master, James Kovacs, has contributed a thoughtful article on the Divine Masculine, and our featured Depth Hypnosis Practitioner is Kara Earls. We have many classes coming up. Don’t miss Moon Lodge and the start of Isa’s meditation series at Crystal Way (San Francisco) this May. Also, our Distance Learning workshops begin with Relationships 1!  Please note that we’ve made some policy changes, which you can read about in the Community News section at the end of the newsletter. We have a lot happening this summer too.  Please visit our website to find out more.

Wishing you a happy and healthy spring,

Laura Chandler, CHT
General Manager
Foundation of the Sacred Stream

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A Trip to Ancient Scotland

By Laura ChandlerRing of Brodgar

Traveling to Orkney with Isa and Laura's class was one of the best group experiences I've had in my life. It also served as an awesome introduction to the spiritual technologies of the Neolithic age. - Sarah M. (Read More Student Testimonials)

In 2007, we brought a group of Sacred Stream students to the Orkney Islands for our first class on Ancient Scotland. It was a remarkable experience; one that is difficult to put into words. So, I will leave that part to the students themselves in the testimonials section and will simply offer some information about the place and the people we will be studying. To begin, most people do not realize that Orkney is actually one of the top archeological destinations on the planet. It has been referred to as the Egypt of the North because of the many well-preserved Neolithic sites contained throughout the islands - from the Ring of Brodgar  to Maeshowe and Skara Brae. What is also not commonly known is that Ancient Scotland was thriving with activity at about the same time as the Egyptians of the Early Dynastic Period. In those days the climate was mild, much like the Mediterranean today, and Scotland supported a growing populace with a highly evolved system for tracking the sun, moon, and planets, indicating a highly intelligent people intent on expressing their knowledge and perhaps their understanding of the nature of reality in the very structures they built and that still remain.

Read On

Tips For Traveling to Orkney

Geshe Thupten Jinpa: "Mind, Language, and Reality: A Buddhist Perspective"
The Foundation of the Sacred Stream is pleased to be hosting a lecture by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, a Buddhist scholar who has been a principal English translator to the Dalai Lama since 1985. Geshe Thupten Jinpa will be speaking on, "Mind, Language and Reality: A Buddhist Perspective" in San Francisco on May 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM. This is a rare opportunity to have an opportunity to converse with one of the great interpreters and translators of our time.

geshe thupten jinpaGeshe Thupten Jinpa has translated and edited more than ten books by the Dalai Lama including The World of Tibetan Buddhism (Wisdom, 1993), The Good Heart: The Dalai Lama Explores the Heart of Christianity (Rider, 1996), and the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium (Riverhead, 1999). Geshe Thupten Jinpa was born in Tibet and he received his early education and training as a monk at Zongkar Chöde Monastery in South India. He later joined the Shartse College of Ganden monastic university, South India, where he received the Geshe Lharam degree. He taught Buddhist epistemology, metaphysics, Middle Way philosophy and Buddhist psychology at Ganden for five years. Jinpa also holds B.A. Honors degree in Western Philosophy and a Ph.D. degree in Religious Studies  from Cambridge University, UK. From 1996 to 1999, he was the Margaret Smith Research Fellow in Eastern Religion at Girton College, Cambridge and he has now established the Institute of Tibetan Classics where he is both president and editor-in-chief of the Institute's translation series Classics in Tibet. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Mind and Life Institute, dedicated to fostering creative dialogue between the Buddhist tradition and Western science. Geshe Thupten Jinpa has written many books and articles. His latest works are Tibetan Songs of Spiritual Experience (co-edited with Jas Elsner) and Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Thought: Tsongkhapa's Quest for the Middle View.

Engaged Buddhism for Changing Times
buddhaAs part of our Buddhist Psychology Studies Program, Isa will be offering quarterly Dharma talks, along with a question and answer period and mediation period, at Crystal Way in the Castro District of San Francisco. These are by donation, with no one turned away for lack of funds.  The current series of talks will focus on the nature of change. The first in this series is in May:

Crystal Way
Sunday, May 3, 2009
9am to 11am
2335 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Featured Practitioner: Kara Earls
Kara EarlsI am a certified Hypnotherapist and Ordained Minister in the spiritual counseling practice of Depth Hypnosis. I am also a Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Level 3 Practitioner and a Holistic Health Practitioner. I specialize in helping others who grew up in abusive and dysfunctional homes, and have suffered from emotional and physical abuse and trauma, and those suffering from addictions, depression, and anxiety. I also gladly offer support to potential clients in any other healing or personal development that they wish to pursue.
 
When I first started out on my own path of healing, I was terribly lost, had no sense of self and was caught up in multiple addictions, abusive relationships, and negativity. Over the years, and much work on myself (with the help of many healers and teachers) I slowly began to see myself, and the world, differently. I began to realize that the world was not the scary awful place that I once thought it was, and that I have much more power in my life than I ever thought possible. My personal work with Depth Hypnosis has profoundly altered my life and changed and expanded my view of myself, others and reality.  It has also helped me to shift patterns and ways of being that no other healing work could touch.
 
I am dedicated to my healing practice and my own personal transformation and spiritual growth as this enables me to be of greater service to my clients and the planet as a whole. I work with clients in a variety of modalities (massage, Reiki, hypnotherapy), which are informed by Depth Hypnosis. I am honored to be able to offer Depth Hypnosis to my clients, and to see them make profound, deep and permanent changes for themselves.

In Love and Light,

Kara Earls CHT, CMT, Reiki III Practitioner
http://www.KaraEarls.org
Karallyn@Earthlink.net
650-291-9460
Food For Thought: Spring Clean Your Body

By Chef Sherri SerinoSherri Serino

Sherri is an award-winning chef who earned her degree from the acclaimed Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York. Her Seattle restaurant, La Medusa, was named one of the top fifty restaurants in the country by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Sherri teaches and has designed menus for health resorts throughout the world. She is also the featured chef on many of the Sacred Stream’s Destination Studies retreats.

Traditionally, there are three growing seasons – spring, summer and fall. Winter is the resting season when food we have harvested from the fall is preserved to help get us through the long winter months. Of course, in our fast-past society we are no longer limited to the three growing seasons and can get mangos pretty much anytime we want to if we look hard enough. But from the standpoint of a healthy diet, it is still best to follow the seasons, eating the freshest fruits and vegetables available from local growers.

green vegetablesWe have just entered the spring growing season. This season is important to our health in that many of the foods prevalent at this time promote detoxification naturally. Detoxing in the spring is necessary as it aids in digestion, builds the immune system, and helps rid the body of the effects of extra protein that we tend to eat more of in the winter. When spring arrives our bodies are ready to shed the winter weight with spring greens, sprouts and roots. Food from the spring harvest tends to be low in fat and calories, which helps our bodies’ metabolism ramp up again for the long days of summer.

One of the great vegetables of spring is asparagus. Cultivated by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, it was known as "sparrowgrass" in Britain in the 18th century. Asparagus is an excellent example of a spring detox vegetable. It is high in the amino acid asparagines, as well as potassium and is naturally low in sodium. This combination makes asparagus a great diuretic and blood cleanser, which helps with processing proteins and flushing out the kidneys.  Diuretics also reduce blood pressure and water retention. Asparagus is high in folic acid, which is good for heart health and rutin, which strengthens capillaries and is especially helpful to those who bruise easily.

So, for a healthy spring, eat plenty of spring greens, sprouts, and drink lots of water! Below is a fast and simple asparagus recipe for you to try hot, cold, or even room temperature. The balsamic vinegar is a great addition to asparagus because of its important health properties. It is high in anti-oxidants, naturally suppresses appetite, improves digestion, increases metabolism, and contains important minerals that strengthens bones and fights fatigue.

Alla tua salute!

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Trim off the bottom inch of the asparagus (the tough fibrous part).  Then peel the remaining bottom inch of the asparagus. Heat a saute pan, large enough to accommodate all of the asparagus in a single layer. Splash some olive oil...When hot, add asparagus and saute for a couple to 3 minutes, continuously moving pan. When just al dente, remove asparagus to a platter...Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and good quality extra virgin olive oil--and, for an added treat--shavings of parmigiano-reggiano. Boun-appetito!

Seeds of the Sacred Masculine

By James KovacsJames Kovoacs

I am deeply saddened by the state of masculine energy on the planet today. The tyranny of misaligned male energy over the wisdom of the sacred feminine has led us down a path of violence, mindless power grasping and unfathomable environmental destruction. The fool’s path that we’ve been hurtling along has taken life on earth to the cliffs edge. Clearly we can not continue in this direction without risking…everything.

The visceral reaction that many of us feel in response to generations of ego based, male domination is often the urge to do battle in some way with male energy or to do away with it completely. I have encountered many healers and normally gentle, spiritual people who consciously or subconsciously have this reaction. There is often the sense that all of our problems could be solved by simply reducing the influence of male energy on the planet and increasing the influence of female energy. Without a doubt, this balancing between male and female energies is essential medicine that the earth desperately needs.

However, this simplistic view and the visceral male aversion which fuel it are counterproductive and potentially very harmful. There are a few reasons for this. First, this polarized view can easily cause us to subconsciously label male energy as a whole as bad or in some way evil. Male energy can be a beautiful thing. It is the distorted and misaligned expression of masculine energy in the world which makes it so ugly to our eyes. What we need is to transform our subconscious desire to exclude male energy from the healing of our planet. In order to restore balance and harmony, we need to embrace and love the sick body of distorted male energy which is destroying our planet. We need to nurture, heal and support the male spirit, not push it away. After all, by pushing away male energy we deny a core part of ourselves. 

Read On
Upcoming Classes and Events This Week and Next

fu dogSpring Clean Your Body
With Chef Sherri Serino
Wednesday, April 29
6pm to 9pm
$75 (includes food and supplies)

Free Depth Hypnosis Teleclass
Thursday, April 30; 6pm PST, 9pm EST

Spring Meditation and Talk at Crystal Way

Sunday, May 3
9:00am to 11:00am
2335 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114
Suggested Donation: $5 - $20

Working With Dreams
Sunday, May 3
1pm to 6pm
$145

Relationships I Teleclass
Tuesday, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26
4:30pm to 7:30pm PST (7:30 to 10:30pm EST)
$295

Moon Lodge: May 9
Saturday, May 9
9am to 9pm
$295

To register, contact info@sacredstream.org or 415-333-1434.

Spring/Summer Calendar  & Community News

San Francisco Free Events: 

Summer Solstice Drumming Circle
Sunday, June 21 ; 6pm
Free
For directions, please RSVP to info@sacredstream.org


Free Teleclasses:

Teleclasses are interactive distance learning courses similar to a conference call, and taught by Isa Gucciardi, PhD. Each participant can just listen and absorb, or engage in the discussion. You do not need a computer to participate in a teleclass. All you need is a telephone and you can call from anywhere!

What is Depth Hypnosis
Thursday, April 30; 6pm PST, 9pm EST

Healing Techniques in Shamanism
Monday, June 22; 4:30pm PST, 7:30pm EST

What is Depth Hypnosis
Wednesday, June 24; 4:30pm PST, 7:30pm EST

To register, contact info@sacredstream.org or 415-333-1434.

Distance Learning Classes:

Relationships I Teleclass
Tuesdays, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26
4:30pm to 7:30pm PST (7:30 to 10:30pm EST)
$295

Working With Dreams Teleclass
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21
4:30pm to 5:45pm PST (7:30 to 8:45pm EST)
$145; Early Registration: $135 by May 30

Destination Studies: 

Skara BraeAncient Scotland: Before the Druids
August 21 - 28
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2009
$2795


San Francisco Training Programs, Workshops, and Events:

Spring Clean Your Body: Detox with Spring Vegetables
With Chef Sherri Serino
Wednesday, April 29
6pm to 9pm
$75 (includes food and supplies)

Spring Meditation and Dharma Talk at Crystal Way
Sunday, May 3
9:00am to 11:00am
2335 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114
Suggested Donation: $5 - $20

Working With Dreams
Sunday, May 3
1pm to 6pm
$145

Moon Lodge: Women's Spiritual Biology
Saturday, May 9
9am to 9pm
$295

Advanced Buddhist Psychology Studies
Part I: May 16 & 17, 2009
Part II: July 11 & 12, 2009
Part III: September 19 & 20, 2009
Part IV: November 21 & 22, 2009
10am to 4pm
$1195

Mind, Language and Reality: A Buddhist Perspective
A Talk by Geshe Thupten Jinpa
Sunday, May 24
1pm to 3pm
Minumum Suggested Donation: $25

Depth Hypnosis Foundation Course Intensive
June 3 - 7, 2009
Wednesday: 11am to 9pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am to 7pm
Sunday: 8am to 5pm
$1495; Early Registration: $1445 May 1

Introduction to the Shamanic Journey
Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21
10am to 4pm
$250; Early Registration: $235 by May 15

This course is a prerequisite to most of our training programs!

Mothering, Fathering, & Caregiving: A Path of Service
Saturday, June 27, 2009
9am to 9pm
$295; Early Registration: $275 by May 22

Weekly Shamanic Journey Group
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21
7:30pm to 9:30pm
$95 new; $75 repeat

Summer Meditation and Dharma Talk at Crystal Way
Sunday, July 26
9:00am to 11:00am
2335 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114
Suggested Donation: $5 - $20

To register, contact info@sacredstream.org or 415-333-1434.

New England Classes and Events:

Rhode Island Practice Group
Wednesday, May 20
7pm to 9pm
For details, please contact Katharine Rossi

Summer Solstice Drumming Circle (Rhode Island)
Sunday, June 21; 6pm
Free
For details, please contact Katharine Rossi

gardenFree Talk: Healing Techniques in Shamanism at All That Matters
Thursday, July 30; 6pm
315 Main St., Wakefield, RI 02879 

Introduction to the Shamanic Journey
Thursday, July 30; 7:30pm to 10pm
Friday, July 31, 2009; 10am to 6pm
$250
315 Main St., Wakefield, RI 02879
Register at info@allthatmatters.com or 401-782-2126

Applied Shamanism Level 1 & 2 at All That Matters
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2; 9am to 9pm
$795
315 Main St., Wakefield, RI 02879
*Prerequisite: Introduction to the Shamanic Journey or equivalent
Register at info@allthatmatters.com or 401-782-2126

Depth Hypnosis Foundation Course
Thursday - Tuesday, August 6 - 11
$1800
315 Main St., Wakefield, RI 02879
*Prerequisite: Introduction to the Shamanic Journey or equivalent
Register at info@allthatmatters.com or 401-782-2126

For more information on upcoming classes, please visit our calendar page.


Please visit our websites for more information:

www.sacredstream.org
www.depthhypnosis.com
www.hunaspirit.com


Community News

Sacred Stream Policy Changes

As a small organization, we at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream enjoy being accessible and non-corporate. We also have a very limited staff and are finding that some of our policies have been a bit too informal, causing us a great deal of extra administrative time.  In an effort to reduce some of this time, we are implementing a few modest policy changes.  Read On

On-Going Practice Group in Rhode Island

The next meeting of the Rhode Island practice group will be on Wednesday, May 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. For details about this meeting or to find out about future meetings, contact Katharine Rossi.

The Path of Service and the Role of the Healer

Isa Gucciardi will be speaking about the Path of Service and the Role of the Healer on Saturday,  May 30, 9am to 12 noon at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 455 Arkansas Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. The talk is free for ACTCM students and $10 for the public.

Space Clearing Society Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Space Clearing Society of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream will be at 7:30pm on Sunday, June 21. For more information about the Space Clearing Society, please visit their page on our website.

Many thanks to Sarah Murray for her Scotland photos and Sherri Serino for her vegetable and garden photos!