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Article: Shamanic Counseling Case Study – The Healing Drum

Article: Shamanic Counseling Case Study – The Healing Drum

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

In almost all shamanic cultures, both past and present, we see the drum being used as an instrument of healing. Shamans use the drum to address many issues and physical ailments including depression, phobias, addiction, and chronic health problems. Additionally, the shamanic techniques of soul retrieval, depossession, and extraction can all be performed with the drum.

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Article: Understanding the Nature of Suffering and Personal Responsibility: A Buddhist Perspective for the Modern Therapeutic Context

Article: Understanding the Nature of Suffering and Personal Responsibility: A Buddhist Perspective for the Modern Therapeutic Context

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Buddhism is sometimes viewed as a pessimistic philosophy by the casual observer. Its emphasis on suffering is misunderstood as a misplaced focus for a spiritual path. But, in actuality, Buddhism’s focus on suffering actually provides a path out of that suffering. Suffering becomes a vehicle through which one can explore and understand the self.

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Podcast: Episode 17: Alleviating Suffering: A Buddhist Perspective

Podcast: Episode 17: Alleviating Suffering: A Buddhist Perspective

In Buddhism, it’s understood that the realm in which we are living as beings is a realm of suffering that is a function of misconceptions of the nature of reality. In today’s episode, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. presents the Buddhist view of suffering and methods for alleviating it.

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Podcast: Episode 16: Comparing Depth Hypnosis to Other Modalities

Podcast: Episode 16: Comparing Depth Hypnosis to Other Modalities

Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses the differences between Depth Hypnosis and other hypnosis models – specifically clinical hypnosis and Ericsonian hypnosis.

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Podcast: Episode 15: Perspectives on Karma

Podcast: Episode 15: Perspectives on Karma

In this excerpt from a 2010 talk on birth family dynamics, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. gives an overview of perspectives on karma and discusses its application in a modern context – particularly in matters of relationship.

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Podcast: Episode 14: Aligning Personal Will

Podcast: Episode 14: Aligning Personal Will

Aligning personal will with the field of universal potential means being open to what is happening, including some things that are difficult, that you might not have wanted to happen, that you would have fought strongly against and resisted. But fighting strongly separates you from the support you would receive from being part of the larger creative potential. In this episode, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses the nature of personal will and the power that comes from aligning the will with universal potential.

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Podcast: Episode 13: Buddhism and the Nature of Suffering

Podcast: Episode 13: Buddhism and the Nature of Suffering

Buddhism is essentially an educational system whose goal is the attainment of happiness for all beings. As an educational system, Buddhism provides the student with a series of tools that helps the student come to a place where they can know as much as they can know about their experience. This knowledge is transformative. In this excerpt from a talk on Buddhist Psychology, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses Buddhism and the nature of suffering.

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Podcast: Episode 12: The Role of Healer and Universal Flow

Podcast: Episode 12: The Role of Healer and Universal Flow

In the training programs offered by Sacred Stream, healers are shown how to get their own personal energy system configured so that it can participate as fully as possible in the larger universal flow of experience which is all around us and in which human beings’ experience exists. In these two excerpts from talks given in Rhode Island in July 2010, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses the role of healer and the nature of universal flow, how healers can work with it, and what people need to do in order to align with it.

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Podcast: Episode 11: Moon Lodge: The Initiatory Nature of Women’s Biology

Podcast: Episode 11: Moon Lodge: The Initiatory Nature of Women’s Biology

The expression moon lodge refers to the emotional and mental space as well as the physical space that women would retire to in many indigenous cultures at the time of their moon, when they were on their period. Often in many cultures that same place was a birthing place as well. It was a place of women’s mysteries and women’s initiations. In this excerpt from a 2010 Moon Lodge workshop, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses the initiatory nature of women’s biology.

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Article: How to Prepare for 2012 and Beyond

Article: How to Prepare for 2012 and Beyond

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

As 2012 approaches, more and more people are wondering what is needed to be able to meet the demands of the changes that are prophesied for the winter solstice on December 22, 2012. This date refers to the time when many ancient calendars either run out, or have a shift that creates a dramatic change to the world as we know it.

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Podcast: Episode 10: Huna: The Ancient Tradition of Hawaii

Podcast: Episode 10: Huna: The Ancient Tradition of Hawaii

Huna, the ancient shamanic tradition of Hawaii, was a very active part of the Hawaiian tradition from the time that the Hawaiians arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, which is thought to be around 800 CE up until the 1800s, when the Christian missionaries made it illegal for the Hawaiians to practice Huna. This philosophical and spiritual belief system is older than Hawaii. In this excerpt from a 2010 talk, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., discusses the origins of Huna.

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Podcast: Episode 09: Shamanism and Dogma

Podcast: Episode 09: Shamanism and Dogma

Shamanism is an age-old science/art that has existed in the vast majority of the cultures that have ever been on the planet. What we now call indigenous cultures have had the shaman as the center of the spiritual life, the social life in terms of problem solving, and the healing life of the community. Different shamans have different areas of expertise. The shamanism that Depth Hypnosis draws from is called “core shamanism,” a term coined by Michael Harner. Core Shamanism refers to principles of shamanism that are found in many or most cultures. In this excerpt from a 2006 Applied Shamanism workshop, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses shamanism and dogmas that are found within some shamanic practices.

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Podcast: Episode 08: Shamanism in Contemporary Culture

Podcast: Episode 08: Shamanism in Contemporary Culture

Shamanism in contemporary culture in North America reflects the context: people’s personal evolutionary needs are different than they might be in an indigenous culture. Most indigenous cultures have well-defined role structures, where people are born into a particular lineage and perform particular duties as part of that lineage. Some cultures have had more tolerance for people deviating from their assigned role than others. Today in the modern Western world, historical patterns and social roles are not necessarily respected. This situation is a two edged sword, but it does allow people to evolve in terms of their own internal callings, rather than necessarily having to evolve according to the roles prescribed by the external culture.

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Podcast: Episode 07: The Path of the Bodhisattva

Podcast: Episode 07: The Path of the Bodhisattva

The path of the bodhisattva is, among other things, designed to break down the illusion of separation between self and other. When we talk about the Two Truths in Buddhism, ultimate reality and relative reality, in relative reality there is a separation. Ultimately, there is no separation. By serving others you wind up serving yourself. In this excerpt from a 2008 Applied Buddhist Psychology course, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses what one has to attend to within oneself in order to liberate oneself and be of service to others on the path of the bodhisattva.

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Article: Biology and Spirituality: What a Woman’s Biology Might Be Trying to Teach about Her Spiritual Path

Article: Biology and Spirituality: What a Woman’s Biology Might Be Trying to Teach about Her Spiritual Path

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

What does a woman’s biology have to teach about her spiritual path? What might a woman’s spirit be trying to teach her through her biology?

There are many ways to understand the relationship between biology and spirit. In understanding the self, biology can be defined as the engagement with the material world. Spirit can be defined as that part of the self that is engaged in a larger field of participation beyond the material.

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