Stream of Consciousness Blog

Podcast: Episode 81: Paul Denniston: Healing Through Yoga

Podcast: Episode 81: Paul Denniston: Healing Through Yoga

On this episode of the Sacred Stream Radio Podcast, Laura Chandler talks with author, yoga instructor, and the creator of Grief Yoga, Paul Denniston. In his new book, Healing Through Yoga: Transform Loss into Empowerment, Paul teaches the groundbreaking process of Grief Yoga in an accessible way. In their talk, Paul explains the concepts behind Grief Yoga, a process that uses yoga, movement, breath, and sound to help people move through and release pain and reconnect to life and love.

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Video: Mystical Dimensions of Tsongkhapa with Thupten Jinpa: Thoughts on Enlightenment

Video: Mystical Dimensions of Tsongkhapa with Thupten Jinpa: Thoughts on Enlightenment

Esteemed scholar and author Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. offers some thoughts on enlightenment in this excerpt from his talk on the Mystical Dimensions of Tsongkhapa. Drawing from his book, Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows, considered the quintessential biography on Tsongkhapa, Jinpa offers helpful insights on this subject. This talk is part of the Sacred Stream Speaker Series.

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Blog: Thoughts at the Spring Equinox

Blog: Thoughts at the Spring Equinox

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

As I was untangling the new prayer flags to put up at the Sacred Stream Center for Losar, the Tibetan new year, I realized that the spring equinox this year falls right between the Tibetan new year in early March and the Khmer new year in mid-April.

Both of these celebrations were originally harvest celebrations in Tibet and Cambodia. They were also a time when people made offerings and affirmed their connections to the natural world and its cycles of time.

Within the rhythm of nature’s time, the spring equinox is the moment when the nights and the days are of equal length. It is a time when the sun rises directly due east and sets directly due west. It is the time of the year when the sun rises most quickly and sets most quickly.

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On the Air: Kindred Media: The New Return to the Great Mother with Isa Gucciardi

On the Air: Kindred Media: The New Return to the Great Mother with Isa Gucciardi

In this interview, Kindred Media’s editor, Lisa Reagan, talks with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. about the seven life initiations needed to move into our full state of wholeness and our full potential for thriving – and what happens when these initiations are broken, interrupted, or culturally unacknowledged. Isa shares her considerable insight into how we are thwarted from completing our seven initiations, and how we can reclaim, and even heal, our innate paths to flourishing.

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Video: Mystical Dimensions of Tsongkhapa with Thupten Jinpa: Tsongkhapa’s Relationship to Manjushri

Video: Mystical Dimensions of Tsongkhapa with Thupten Jinpa: Tsongkhapa’s Relationship to Manjushri

Esteemed scholar and author Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. talks about the relationship between Tsongkhapa and the deity Manjushri in this excerpt from his talk on the Mystical Dimensions of Tsongkhapa. Drawing from his book, Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows, considered the quintessential biography on this great master, Jinpa offers helpful insights on this relationship. This talk is part of the Sacred Stream Speaker Series.

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Podcast: Episode 80: Shamanism and the Inner Experience

Podcast: Episode 80: Shamanism and the Inner Experience

On this episode, Laura Chandler highlights an excerpt of a talk given by Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. called Shamanic Paths to Inner Experience. Traditional shamanic cultures have long held an understanding of nature, spirit, and non-ordinary realms of being that contemporary cultures have lost touch with in the larger mainstream of experience. In this fascinating talk, Isa Gucciardi explores some of the ways healers from indigenous traditions have accessed larger aspects of consciousness and the realm of the unseen, for guidance, healing, and insight and speaks about their relevance for us today.

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Video: Mystical Dimensions of Tsongkhapa with Thupten Jinpa: The Power of Concentrated Thought

Video: Mystical Dimensions of Tsongkhapa with Thupten Jinpa: The Power of Concentrated Thought

Esteemed scholar and author Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. talks about the power of concentrated thought in this excerpt from his talk on the Mystical Dimensions of Tsongkhapa. Drawing from his book, Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows, considered the quintessential biography on Tsongkhapa, Jinpa offers helpful insights on this subject. This talk is part of the Sacred Stream Speaker Series.

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Podcast: Episode 79: 2021: A Retrospective

Podcast: Episode 79: 2021: A Retrospective

On this episode, Laura Chandler takes a look back at a collection of interviews from 2021. She explores the idea of how we create a more inclusive experience of dharma with Spring Washam, the difficulty of growing up as an interracial adoptee and the healing power of music with cellist and clinical psychologist Mia Pixley, and reflects on Michael Schauch’s experience of karma in the mountains of Nepal and his uneasy relationship with yak butter tea. She also revisits her talk with renowned empath and channel, Paul Selig, their discussion of his bestselling book, Alchemy, and how his guides describe the nature of these times and the function of the current pandemic from the perspective of spiritual evolution.

Our featured musical artists are Christopher Tait, Home Learning, Mia Pixley, and Sapphron Obois.

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Blog: Reflections on the Winter Solstice

Blog: Reflections on the Winter Solstice

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

As the nights have been growing longer as we approach the winter solstice, I have been reflecting on the relationship between light and darkness from a new perspective. We often think of light and dark as being opposite of one another. In some cases that is true. From one point of view, the light of day is the opposite of the dark of night. But from another vantage point, dark and light are moments of the same cycle of change. That cycle of change determines our experience of reality in utterly fundamental ways. The sun rising and setting is basic to our experience on earth. Yet, we don’t often think about the fact that the sun rising and setting dictates when and how we do almost everything we do. We may not often think about how our lives might be structured without this baseline rhythm the play of light and dark creates.

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Podcast: Episode 78: Lisa Broderick: All the Time in the World

Podcast: Episode 78: Lisa Broderick: All the Time in the World

Description: On this episode of the Sacred Stream Radio Podcast, Laura Chandler speaks with author, senior executive, and founder of the non-profit Police 2 Peace, Lisa Broderick. Lisa is an accomplished senior executive whose career has been defined by understanding how technology impacts society and changes behavior. She teaches that life is about constant change, in which energy and matter are the basis of transformation. Her passion lies in helping others with little or no scientific or spiritual training master their innate abilities with practices designed to improve their lives, their relationships, and the world.

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On the Air: Birth Ease Loss Support Podcast: Episode 24: Grief, Loss, and The Great Mother with Isa Gucciardi

On the Air: Birth Ease Loss Support Podcast: Episode 24: Grief, Loss, and The Great Mother with Isa Gucciardi

In this interview with Birth Ease Loss Support Podcast host Michelle Smith, Isa Gucciardi provides insights from her over twenty-five years of experience in supporting the bereaved. She shares the initiations that women experience throughout their lifetime which include our own birth, puberty, menses, the first sexual experience with another person, giving birth, menopause, and death. Isa explains the Great Mother as a source of wisdom, creative intelligence, and nurturing that can bring comfort and healing into the journey and complexity of grief. Isa and Michelle also discuss holistic ways to support the grief process such as plants, herbal sprays, homeopathic remedies, and meditation.

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On the Air: Our Birth Journey: The New Return to the Great Mother

On the Air: Our Birth Journey: The New Return to the Great Mother

On the Air: Our Birth Journey: The New Return to the Great Mother In this conversation with Our Birth Journey, Isa Gucciardi discusses the topics covered in her newest book, The New Return to the Great Mother, which include understanding birth as an important initiatory moment and understanding the importance of a connection to inner […]

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Podcast: Episode 77: Mia Pixley: Margaret in the Wild

Podcast: Episode 77: Mia Pixley: Margaret in the Wild

On this episode, Laura Chandler is joined by composer, musician, and clinical psychologist, Mia Pixley, who has just released a new album, Margaret in the Wild. Mia has a degree in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has performed in award-winning off-Broadway musicals, on GRAMMY award-winning records, and she has collaborated with HERE Arts in NYC, Pixar Studios, and The de Young Museum. Most recently, she performed on Barbara Higbie’s latest album, with whom she tours regularly on the annual Windham Hill Winter Solstice Tour.

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Video: Shamanic Paths to Inner Experience: The Shamanic Journey

Video: Shamanic Paths to Inner Experience: The Shamanic Journey

The shamanic journey is an ancient method of altering consciousness using a repetitive sound such as a drum beat in order for the shaman to connect with their helping spirits. In contemporary times, people are turning to the shamanic journey to assist them with healing the earth and its inhabitants. In this talk, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses the shamanic journey and the guidance that is available in the complex inner cosmography of the shamanic initiate. Isa is the author of three books, creator of the therapeutic model Depth Hypnosis, and the Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream.

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On the Air: APPPAH Monday Live: The New Return to the Great Mother with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

On the Air: APPPAH Monday Live: The New Return to the Great Mother with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

APPPAH Monday Live host Catherine Lightfoot is joined by Isa Gucciardi to discuss Isa’s acclaimed book, The New Return to the Great Mother. Offering a fresh perspective on birthing as a sacred initiatory process, The New Return to the Great Mother confirms the healing implications of this viewpoint with inspiring true stories, and offers up helpful tools and exercises for connecting with the wisdom and power of the Great Mother.

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