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The Hawaiians called the Europeans who landed on their shores in the late 1700s “haole.” This means breathless, or without breath. The Hawaiians noted the various ways that Europeans did not work with the breath in the same way they did. The traditional greeting throughout the Pacific was to touch nose to nose, essentially sharing […]
The priorities of maternal concerns – caring for all the members of the society in a nurturing and supportive way inform the way matriarchal societies are organized. If we are going to be able to create communities that are informed by these same values, we have to – both men and women – change our […]
The following is an excerpt from the book Coming to Peace by Isa Gucciardi “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” – Nelson Mandela The effort to forgive and be forgiven […]
Summary: Spiritual imbalance in war veterans can be addressed with the use of Depth Hypnosis and Applied Shamanism, methodologies that help people to be present with their own pain. It has been unfashionable for veterans returning home from war to talk about the effect their experiences during the war has had on them. I have had […]
Summary: A case study is presented, where Depth Hypnosis is used to help a client experiencing PTSD from childhood abuse. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is a surprisingly pervasive disorder suffered by hundreds of thousands of people in the United States alone. Formerly referred to as shell shock in World War I and World War II soldiers, […]
The changes a woman’s body undergoes through her lifetime create natural rites of passage; each one offers an opportunity for spiritual growth. 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 […]
The most detailed description of the DH Model available—its view of the human psyche, its techniques, and more—in terms of how it aligns with Stanislav Grof’s paradigm for healing
Energy medicine is in some ways very basic to all experience and yet it is something that is quite difficult to speak about. One of the reasons it’s difficult to talk about energy medicine is because it refers to phenomena that are usually beyond the purview or perception of our everyday waking consciousness. As children […]
I am a parent of 2 children, and I have been counseling and teaching families and individuals for more than 20 years. Over the course of the last 10 years, I have seen many of the central issues around parenting shift drastically – mainly due to the more central role that technology now plays in […]
Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from a book about conflict resolution called Coming to Peace by by Isa Gucciardi. We are all connected, through the air we breathe, the land we walk on, and the beauty of the earth that supports each one of us from the moment we are born until the moment […]
One of the oldest stone aged artifacts ever to have been discovered is a small statue of a heavy breasted, full-bodied woman carved out of limestone.  It is estimated to be about 30,000 years old. It has been named the Woman of Willendorf, after the small village where it was found in southern Austria. As […]
Editors’ Note: This is a talk presented at the East West Conference between Western academics and Tibetan Buddhist teachers at the Sacred Stream Center  by Isa Gucciardi, PhD on April 21, 2014. Summary: What is required for Buddhism to have more transformational impact in the Western context? Arnold Toynbee, the noted British historian, remarked that the most […]

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