Stream of Consciousness Blog

The Nature of Universal Power

Isa Gucciardi discusses the differences between universal power and personal power and the interplay between the two. She discusses the play of negative intention and how it impacts the energy exchanges that form the basis of relationships between people. Isa is the author of Coming to Peace, the Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, and the creator of the ground-breaking therapeutic model, Depth Hypnosis. This talk takes place at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley, CA.

Finding Your Spiritual Path Part 4: Intention and Motivation

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

After we realize that our trust has been betrayed, we may be thrown into a state of crisis. One of the gifts that can emerge from this experience, as we touched on in a previous post, is the opportunity to re-examine — or perhaps to discover for the first time — our intention, in the first place, in placing our faith in the person or organization that betrayed us.

Buddha at the Gas Pump

Rick Archer created Buddha at the Gas Pump in the Fall of 2009 and has since interviewed countless spiritually awakening people, from the well-known to the unknown, and from a variety of backgrounds and traditions. He conducts a new interview each week in hopes to help ordinary people share their experience of awakening.

In this episode, Archer speaks with renowned Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman, author of Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet, and Depth Hypnosis creator Isa Gucciardi, author of Coming to Peace: Resolving Conflict Within Ourselves and With Others. This talk was recorded October 19, 2017 at the Science and Nonduality Conference.

Perspectives on Empowerment in Buddhist and Shamanic Practice

Isa Gucciardi discusses the similarities and differences in initiatory power in shamanism and Buddhism. She explores the concepts of deity meditation, vajrayana practices, and working with power. Isa is the author of Coming to Peace, the Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, and the creator of the ground-breaking therapeutic model, Depth Hypnosis. This talk takes place at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley, CA.

Learning from Dying: Buddhist Understandings of Consciousness and Death

Renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and Columbia University Professor Robert A.F. Thurman is joined in conversation by his colleague Isa Gucciardi and UCSF’s Eve Ekman and David Bullard. They explore Buddhist understandings about consciousness and death.

Robert Thurman: Man of Peace

Robert Thurman visits Google to discuss his new graphic novel, Man of Peace, a gorgeously illustrated and inspiring graphic novel tracing the life of the Dalai Lama as he takes on an empire and strives to bring universal compassion to the world.

Shamanism & Buddhism in Depth Hypnosis (Part 2)

Isa Gucciardi discusses the intersection between shamanism and Buddhism and how the best of both modalities function in the ground-breaking therapeutic model, Depth Hypnosis. This talk covers topics from the workshop she teaches with Robert Thurman at Tibet House’s Menla Mountain Retreat in upstate New York. Isa is the Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream and author of the bestselling book, Coming to Peace. This talk takes place at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley, CA.

Finding Your Spiritual Path Part 3: Personal Responsibility

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

In the last blog post in this series, I had mentioned how important it is not to rush to forgiveness in response to betrayal. Generally speaking, when we have been wronged or betrayed we have a lot of internal experience that we need to explore before we can even think about forgiving another person. Therefore it is important not to be rushed by anyone to forgive until you fully understand what work you have to do to get to the place where you can forgive truly and cleanly.

I also talked about how people who have been disillusioned by authorities that they placed trust in often experience an internal process of blame. This can look like self-questioning such as, “Why did I ever trust that person in the first place?” Or, “What did I do wrong to deserve this?” These are not helpful questions to dwell upon, because by their very nature, they imply a sense of self-blame.

Isa Gucciardi discusses the intersection between shamanism and Buddhism and how the best of both modalities function in the ground-breaking therapeutic model, Depth Hypnosis. This talk covers topics from the workshop she teaches with Robert Thurman at Tibet House’s Menla Mountain Retreat in upstate New York. Isa is the Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream and author of the bestselling book, Coming to Peace. This talk takes place at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley, CA.

Weaving Worlds at Menla

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

The wind at Menla arises in its own particular way at any time of the year. But in the fall something very special happens when you least expect it. By October, the leaves have begun to change. The sumac is brilliant scarlet, the ash trees are a deep vermillion and the catalpa trees are inexplicably brighter green than they were all summer. In the midst of all these hues, the wind arises.

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