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Podcast: Episode 88: Paul Selig: Resurrection: The Manifestation Trilogy

Podcast: Episode 88: Paul Selig: Resurrection: The Manifestation Trilogy

On this episode, Laura Chandler talks with world-renowned psychic and channel, Paul Selig, about his 11th channeled book, Resurrection: A Channeled Text: (Book One of the Manifestation Trilogy). Paul channels the Guides, a group of beings, directly and unedited. In the book, he shares the new manifestation of humanity, a vision of alteration and elevation that will shift how we think and move through the world. Building on the success of his Beyond the Known series, this new trilogy gives readers a glimpse into the spiritual underpinnings that govern the world we live in. Resurrection is an astonishing invitation to rethink, reconstruct, and rebirth our world view in a transcendent way.

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Podcast: Episode 87: Jim Blake: The Zen Executive

Podcast: Episode 87: Jim Blake: The Zen Executive

On this episode, Laura Chandler talks with author and CEO of Unity World Headquarters, Jim Blake, about his book, The Zen Executive: Gems of Wisdom for Enlightened Leadership. Jim has held numerous executive positions in the corporate world, including as Director of Customer Operations for Landis+Gyr, a global leader in the utility industry, and as Vice President of Products and Technology for Rhythm Engineering. He currently serves as the CEO of Unity World Headquarters, a spiritual nonprofit that helps people of all faiths and cultures apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives.

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Podcast: Episode 86: Rev. Cameron Trimble: Progressive Christianity and Spiritual Leadership

Podcast: Episode 86: Rev. Cameron Trimble: Progressive Christianity and Spiritual Leadership

On this episode, Laura interviews Rev. Cameron Trimble – author, pilot, CEO, and Co-founder of Convergence, an international church consultancy. Cameron is part of a progressive movement in Christianity and spiritual leadership and on this episode she talks with Laura about her activism and the importance of diversity in spiritual movements. In her over 25 years as an out queer woman minister, she reflects on the changes she’s seen in the Christian church and offers her view of the future.

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Blog: The Light of the Summer Solstice

Blog: The Light of the Summer Solstice

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

The sun is strong in the garden now, as it is everywhere else. It remains directly overhead for most of the day, leaving the stained-glass windows in the sanctuary to sparkle their own colors without the sun’s influence. From the depth of the blue, to the heat of the sun, everything is intense right now. The COVID surge here in the Bay Area is at its highest since the pandemic began. The news from Ukraine tells us that the fighting is at its fiercest since the Russians began bombarding. Political polarization is at fever pitch over the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. For a time known for the vividness of the light that comes with the longest day of the year, this year’s summer solstice seems to be providing us with more intensity than usual.

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Video: Bodhisattvas in Training: Patience and Anger with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Video: Bodhisattvas in Training: Patience and Anger with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

In this series of videos, Isa Gucciardi explores the concept of the bodhisattva, the Mahayana Buddhist belief that refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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Blog: The Shamanic Journey and Metaphor

Blog: The Shamanic Journey and Metaphor

By Clementine Moss

I understand metaphor. I have been blissfully falling into the written word since See Spot Run or something similar. When I learned to read, I remember the rising images from the page, pictures becoming alive because of what the words were spelling out.

When I learned to journey, I began to understand the symbols of my inner world.When we recognize that our stories are not our full identity, then we can release them from ruling us, along with the patterns and behaviors that weight them. I found Eastern meditation practices and discovered my identity beneath stories. I found Shamanism and learned to sneak up behind the stories, unravel them in a way that allows me to clear my perception and experience life, each moment, more fully.

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Podcast: Episode 85: Thupten Jinpa: Mindfulness in the Modern Era

Podcast: Episode 85: Thupten Jinpa: Mindfulness in the Modern Era

On this episode, we reach back into the archives for this talk by esteemed author and Buddhist scholar, Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., given at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley, CA, in 2018. Jinpa is a longtime friend and advisor to the Sacred Stream and he is the author of several books, including A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives and Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows. In this talk, Jinpa discusses the universality of spiritual traditions, his relationship with the Dalai Lama, and the modern mindfulness movement.

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Video: Bodhisattvas in Training: The Bodhisattva Way of Life with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Video: Bodhisattvas in Training: The Bodhisattva Way of Life with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

In this series of videos, Isa Gucciardi explores the concept of the bodhisattva, the Mahayana Buddhist belief that refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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Video: Bodhisattvas in Training: The Eightfold Path with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Video: Bodhisattvas in Training: The Eightfold Path with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

In this series of videos, Isa Gucciardi explores the concept of the bodhisattva, the Mahayana Buddhist belief that refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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Video: Bodhisattvas in Training: Path of the Bodhisattva with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Video: Bodhisattvas in Training: Path of the Bodhisattva with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

In this series of videos, Isa Gucciardi explores the concept of the bodhisattva, the Mahayana Buddhist belief that refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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Video: Bodhisattvas in Training: What is a Bodhisattva? with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Video: Bodhisattvas in Training: What is a Bodhisattva? with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

In this series of videos, Isa Gucciardi explores the concept of the bodhisattva, the Mahayana Buddhist belief that refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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Video: The Sacred Feminine in Buddhist Philosophy with Isa Gucciardi: Tara: Help in Hard Times: Part 2

Video: The Sacred Feminine in Buddhist Philosophy with Isa Gucciardi: Tara: Help in Hard Times: Part 2

In this series of videos, we will explore the sacred feminine in Buddhist philosophy and learn how the engaged activism of Tara, best known of the female deities, can help us in our everyday lives. These talks are inspired by the workshops that Isa Gucciardi and Robert Thurman teach called Embracing the Sacred Feminine.

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Podcast: Episode 84: Geshe Namgyal: Holy Women of Great Perfection

Podcast: Episode 84: Geshe Namgyal: Holy Women of Great Perfection

On this episode, Laura Chandler interviews Geshe Dangsong Namgyal, the founder of Kungsong Dar Meditation Center in Santa Cruz, and author of the book, Holy Women of Great Perfection: Thirty Signs and Meanings of Ultimate Nature in the Ancient Tibetan Tradition. And she is joined by a special guest co-host, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., author of The New Return to the Great Mother and Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream.

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Article: Tara, Bob, & Me

Article: Tara, Bob, & Me

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Robert Thurman and I spent several years teaching a class called Embracing the Sacred Feminine. The class was an exploration of the power of the feminine within Buddhist philosophy. At the beginning, I was surprised that Bob wanted to teach this class together because it was outside of his usual focus in teaching. But it was right in the heart of mine. I had been teaching two classes, the Initiations of the Sacred Feminine and Tracking Spirit in the Birth Environment: The Creative Portal for many years. I was excited to teach what I knew from this perspective and learn more about the power of the feminine within Buddhist philosophy when I accepted his invitation.

At the outset, I realized this was a learning for Bob as well. Although he had an incomparable mastery of Buddhist philosophy, he had never really filtered that mastery through the lens of the Sacred Feminine in the way class required. At first, it was hard to perceive the influence of the feminine beyond the expressions of the female deities, but that quickly shifted for the two of us.

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Video: The Sacred Feminine in Buddhist Philosophy with Isa Gucciardi: Tara: Help in Hard Times: Part 1

Video: The Sacred Feminine in Buddhist Philosophy with Isa Gucciardi: Tara: Help in Hard Times: Part 1

In this series of videos, we will explore the sacred feminine in Buddhist philosophy and learn how the engaged activism of Tara, best known of the female deities, can help us in our everyday lives. These talks are inspired by the workshops that Isa Gucciardi and Robert Thurman teach called Embracing the Sacred Feminine.

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