Conflict Is A Gateway For Healing with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

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Gucciardi tells us that people come to hypnosis for help with many addictions such as wanting to quit smoking, wanting to lose weight, drinking, or gambling to name a few. She says, “The truth is that the symptom is the tip of the iceberg . . .The symptom becomes the path to healing in depth hypnosis.” She shares examples of family dynamics. For instance, one stepfather was resistant to the “Coming to Peace” process but eventually, with deep listening and patience, the sessions led to a deep healing for the entire family. In her experience as a therapist she has discovered that many times conflicts are rooted in parts of the self that are in conflict within, and these parts drive the conflict externally. She leads her clients in constructive conversations with those internal parts and guides them on a voyage within to explore unconscious motivations. This work involves a spaciousness; it requires one to hold back judgements and jumping to conclusions too quickly. It takes practice and patience to develop the skill to do this “Coming to Peace” work that applies the Buddhist principles of patience, tolerance, mutual respect, and compassion. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. developed depth hypnosis and the “Coming to Peace” process after years of academic training and studying in the field with shamanic and spiritual teachers. Her studies include linguistic anthropology, comparative religion, and transpersonal psychology, all of which form the basis of her approach to healing and wholeness. She founded the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, California, to house the training programs. In addition to training hundreds of people to be spiritual counselors, she has taught thousands of students seeking personal growth through the Foundation’s other academic programs of applied shamanism, applied Buddhist psychology, integrated energy medicine, and empowered living.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is depth hypnosis and what are the origins of her development of it
  • What are the stories of Gucciardi living in a variety of cultures: Hawaii, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon
  • How did the Iroquois Confederacy influence the U.S. Constitution
  • What is the “Coming to Peace” process and how does it work
  • How conflict is a gateway for healing
  • How do you engage someone who has resistance to participate in the healing process
  • How do we tap into the inner wisdom and inner guidance available to each of us
  • Why allowing spaciousness is critical in any process
  • How it takes practice and patience to develop the skill to do deep circle work
  • How this work applies the Buddhist principles of patience, tolerance, mutual respect, and compassion
  • How this work can apply to larger systems such as governments and communities
  • What is the deeper understanding of true forgiveness as opposed to premature forgiveness
  • What are the African Society Ubuntu process of reconciliation and the Hawaiian process ho’oponopono

Host: Justine Willis Toms            Interview Date: 9/19/2017           Program Number: 3623

Music Playlist

From Album: Dorian's Legacy
Artist: Spencer Brewer
1990 B000005P2T Narada 

Opening Essay: Track 03 Marcel And Claudette
Music Break 1: Track 05 Touch Of Promise
Music Break 2: Track 08 A Place Called Home
Music Break 3: Track 09 Mneesha's Lullaby