Plant Medicine

Psychedelics

Through weekly conversation, Inner Truth brings together leading thinkers, speakers, and healers that are at the forefront of these questions. The discussions are aimed to inspire deep internal inquiry and positive change in the lives of listeners. In this week’s episode with plant medicine expert Isa Gucciardi, you’ll discover:

• How to know if/when plant medicine is right for you
• How to frame and phrase your intention
• The best way to set yourself up beforehand
• How to interpret the experience afterwards
• What practices help get the most out of the journey
• The most common mistakes + how to avoid them
• Some incredible stories of breakthrough insights + emotional healing

Integrating the Ayahuasca Experience

Isa Gucciardi explores the differences between traditional shamanic cultures and contemporary cultures in working with plant medicines like ayahuasca. She 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.

Ayahuasca and the Modern Psyche

Isa Gucciardi discusses the rise in popularity of plant medicines like ayahuasca and the unique issues that people from contemporary societies bring to their work with these plants. 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.

Sudden or Gradual Two Paths to Realization

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 leads a panel alongside previous BATGAP guests Isa Gucciardi, David F. Buckland, and Michael Rodriguez to address a perennial debate in spiritual traditions: whether realization is direct (sudden) or progressive (gradual). This talk was recorded October 22, 2017 at the Science and Nonduality Conference.

Integrating Insight from Psychotropic Plants

Isa Gucciardi and Laura Chandler discuss the importance of processing the information received from their experience with plant medicines such as ayahuasca, psilocybin, peyote, iboga, etc. Isa explains how Depth Hypnosis helps people translate and integrate the information received from these plants. This interview takes place at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley, CA.

A Meeting of the Ways with Diane Solomon and Isa Gucciardi

Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., and Diane Solomon, host of A Meeting of the Ways, discuss the similarities and differences between the experience of the altered state of consciousness in Depth Hypnosis, Dreams, and Plant Medicine, focusing particularly on the way each of these methods of accessing broader consciousness can provide a path to healing and insight.

Working with Psychoptropic Plants

Isa Gucciardi and Laura Chandler discuss the way shamans have worked with plant medicine and the way people are working with plants like ayahuasca, psilocybin, peyote, and iboga today. They also examine the problems that arise with integrating the altered state experience and examine how Depth Hypnosis can be a helpful for people working with psychotropic plants that wish to experience deeper integration. This interview takes place at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley, CA.

Depth Hypnosis, Shamanism, and Altered States of Consciousness

Isa Gucciardi and Laura Chandler discuss Depth Hypnosis – the highly effective therapeutic model Isa developed – which combines elements of shamanism, Buddhism, energy medicine, and transpersonal psychology. Isa explains how she works with altered states of consciousness such as meditation, hypnosis, guided visualizations, and the shamanic journey, as well as dream work, somatic therapy and shamanic healing practices to help clients transform deeply held patterns so that they can lead happier and healthier lives. This interview takes place at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley, CA.

Plant Medicine: An Interview with Isa Gucciardi

Q.  What led you to develop your new series of workshops on plant medicine?

A.  Plants have always been a big focus of interest for me. I started studying Native American herbal medicine when I was 20, and I have studied with some really wonderful teachers. The plants themselves have taught me a tremendous amount. We have other classes where we study the intelligence of plants (Mesa Verde) and explore the use of plants in healing (flower essences, in Advanced Integrated Energy Medicine) here at the Sacred Stream, but I thought it was time now to focus on understanding the intelligence of psychotropic plants in healing.

Psychoactive Plants Part 3: Researching Mystical Experience

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

I am very excited about a book reading we have coming up at the Sacred Stream Center on March 9. Listening to Ayahuasca, Rachel Harris’s groundbreaking book on working with the Amazonian plant combination ayahuasca is helpful and eye opening. It deals with the realities of working with plant medicine and offers ways of integrating the experience. Finally, someone with a background in psychology and research takes the journey with you!

Rachel and I sat down over tea to talk about her book and she shared some surprising insights with me. 

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