52 minutes | Mar 11, 2023
Episode 97: Clementine Moss: From Bonham to Buddha and Back
On this edition of the podcast, Laura Chandler sits down for a chat with author, songwriter, and musician, Clementine Moss. Clementine is the founding member of the popular all women’s Led Zeppelin cover band, Zepparella, and has just released her book, From Bonham to Buddha and Back. She is also a Depth Hypnosis Practitioner and Spiritual Counselor as well as a student of Buddhism for many years. In this candid conversation, Clementine talks about her call to the drum, love of John Bonham, spirituality, and her recent trip to India. She also addresses what it’s like for women in the music industry and her struggle with body image issues and the insights she has gained over the years. To learn more about Clementine and to purchase her book, visit clementinemoss.com.
41 minutes | Feb 18, 2023
Episode 96: Barbara Higbie: Presence
On this edition of the podcast, we are excited to welcome back the prolific recording artist, Barbara Higbie. Barbara is a Grammy-nominated, Bammy award-winning composer, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has just released her latest album, Presence, the third in a trilogy of recordings alongside Resonance and Murmuration. In this inspiring conversation, Barbara talks about the creative process, the distinctly nurturing feminine quality of her work, and her thoughts on music and healing. Barbara has 17 recordings to her credit as well as contributions to 10 compilations that have sold in the millions. She has performed on more than 100 albums, including Carlos Santana’s 2007 release. She was the first woman signed to Windham Hill records, and was part of the chart-topping band, Montreux. Barbara has also released recordings with Olivia Records and her own Slow Baby Records. Barbara was the first ever Artist in Residence at the prestigious west coast Jazz Club, Yoshi’s, where she created two new bands. Roots music’s Hills to Hollers with icons Linda Tillery and Laurie Lewis, and the exotic Cello Heaven with cellists Joan Jeanreneau of Kronos Quartet fame and new age star Jami Sieber. She also put together the popular annual Windham Hill Solstice tour, which features a variety of Windham Hill artists including Dave Ackerman, Liz Story, and Lisa Lynne to name a few. She tours nationally and internationally with her own work and many other popular artists. To learn more about Barbara, purchase her music, or find out about upcoming concerts, visit barbarahigbie.com.
53 minutes | Jan 21, 2023
Episode 95: Geshe Pema Dorjee: A Life of Compassion: Part 2
On this episode, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. is our guest host, and she continues the conversation from our last episode with Geshe Pema Dorjee, picking up where Laura and Geshe-la left off. They discuss his life in India after escaping from Tibet. He recounts his adaptation to a new way of life – the difficulties as well as the joys. He describes his early encounter with the street children of Nepal who helped him when he needed it most and who inspire his humanitarian efforts to this day. His fascinating story includes his time as the head of the Children’s Village in Dharamsala and his work to preserve the Bodong tradition of Tibet. He also discusses the many projects he has ongoing to help the poor and disenfranchised people of Nepal and northwestern India. His humor, sincerity, and kind spirit shine through in this at-times playful and engaging conversation with his longtime friend, Isa. Geshe Pema Dorjee has advanced degrees in Buddhist Philosophy and has played several important roles in helping establish and maintain the Tibetan community in exile, including his position as the Principal of the Tibetan Teachers Training Center. He was also the head of the Children’s Village in Dharamsala, which is a school for displaced Tibetan children where he oversaw the care and education of over 16 thousand children. At the request of HH Dalai Lama, he now runs a monastery in India and is in charge of translating thousands of texts to help preserve the ancient Bodong tradition of Tibet. Additionally, he continues his tireless work in Nepal and northeast India of establishing schools, arranging medical care for the sick and injured, providing care for the elderly, creating orphanages, combating human trafficking, creating a safe house for street girls, introducing new agricultural techniques, and providing safe water, toilets, and smokeless cook-stoves to remote villages. To learn more about Geshe Pema Dorjee and his projects, visit buddhistcharity.org.
49 minutes | Dec 30, 2022
Episode 94: Geshe Pema Dorjee: A Life of Compassion: Part 1
On this episode, Laura Chandler speaks with internationally recognized scholar, humanitarian, and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, Geshe Pema Dorjee, about his time in Tibet, before the Chinese invasion, when Tibetans were a Nomadic culture still living close to the earth. His stories are heartwarming as well as heartbreaking as he recounts his trek as a young boy across the Himalayans with his family and the shock of the new life he found in India. Geshe Pema Dorjee has advanced degrees in Buddhist Philosophy and has played several important roles in helping establish and maintain the Tibetan community in exile, including his position as the Principal of the Tibetan Teachers Training Center. He was also the head of the Children’s Village in Dharamsala, which is a school for displaced Tibetan children where he oversaw the care and education of over 16 thousand children. At the request of HH Dalai Lama, he now runs a monastery in India and is in charge of translating thousands of texts to help preserve the ancient Bodong tradition of Tibet. Additionally, he continues his tireless work in Nepal and northeast India of establishing schools, arranging medical care for the sick and injured, providing care for the elderly, creating orphanages, combating human trafficking, creating a safe house for street girls, introducing new agricultural techniques, and providing safe water, toilets, and smokeless cook-stoves to remote villages. To learn more about Geshe Pema Dorjee and his projects, visit buddhistcharity.org.
56 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
Episode 93: Lynne Twist: Living a Committed Life
On this episode, Laura Chandler talks with international bestselling author, activist, and consultant, Lynne Twist. Her new book is Living a Committed Life: Finding Freedom and Fulfillment in a Purpose Larger Than Yourself. For more than 40 years, Lynne has been doing just that. A recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty, ending world hunger, and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability, she is the Founder of the Soul of Money Institute and co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance. Lynne began her work as the chief fundraising officer for The Hunger Project, where she helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars to end hunger on the planet. And in 1996, Lynne, along with her husband, Bill, and John Perkins co-founded The Pachamama Alliance whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest and help them preserve their lands and culture. Lynne has worked with Mother Teresa and Van Jones, to name a few, and has shared the stage with many of today’s most influential thought-leaders, including H.H. Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Jane Goodall. Through The Soul of Money Institute, Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in board retreats, workshops, keynote presentations and one-on-one coaching in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, and strategic visioning. In this inspiring conversation, Lynne talks to Laura about her life, her hope for the future, how we are evolving as a species, her vision for a sustainable and equitable world and the ways we can all live lives of purpose and meaning. To learn more about Lynne, visit soulofmoney.org.
53 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
Episode 92: Lorna Byrne: Angels in My Hair
On this episode, Laura Chandler talks with international bestselling author, activist, and spiritual teacher, Lorna Byrne. Lorna is the author of seven bestselling books, including Angels in My Hair: The True Story of a Modern-Day Mystic. She has been published in more than 50 countries and in 2019 she was named one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in the World. Lorna is considered by many to be a modern-day mystic. She has been seeing angels and receiving their messages, many of them prophetic in nature, since she was a young child. Growing up she suffered from severe dyslexia and received only a primary school education. She had been told by the angels that she would write a book about them one day, but did not believe them. Then, in 2008, she published Angels in My Hair, which went on to sell millions of copies world-wide. It was the first time she had shared her experience of the angels and now she offers hope and inspiration to many people around the world. In this conversation, Laura and Lorna talk about her remarkable life, messages from the angels, and her thoughts on the future of humanity. To learn more about Lorna, visit lornabyrne.com.
54 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
Episode 91: Durga Leela: Yoga of Recovery
On this episode, Laura Chandler talks with Ayurveda Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and the creator of Yoga of Recovery, Durga Leela. In her new book, Yoga of Recovery: Integrating Yoga and Ayurveda with Modern Recovery Tools for Addiction, Durga offers an innovative and comprehensive exploration of the issues of recovery and how to address them in a holistic way. She takes contemporary tools and theory and introduces important supportive elements that include maintaining health of the mind, body, and spirit. She provides detailed practices, recipes, and easy to understand applications of Ayurvedic medicine to the process of maintaining recovery. Ayurveda is perhaps the oldest holistic medicine system. It was developed in India over 3,000 years ago and has helped millions of people lead healthier, more balanced lives. We talk about all of this and more on today’s episode. To learn more about Durga, her classes, and the Yoga of Recovery, visit yogaofrecovery.com.
48 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Episode 90: Machiel Klerk: Dream Guidance
On this edition of the Sacred Stream Radio Podcast, Laura Chandler speaks with Machiel Klerk, author of Dream Guidance: Connecting to the Soul Through Dream Incubation. Machiel is a licensed therapist, dream expert, and founder of the Jung Platform. He has traveled the world, studying various cultures, their healing traditions, and dream practices. In his book, Machiel teaches how to work with dreams in a practical and profound way. In their conversation, Laura and Machiel delve into the world of dreams and dream incubation, an ancient practice that has been used by cultures throughout history and provides practical and valuable information on how dreams can help us in all areas of our daily lives. To learn more about Machiel and his work, visit machielklerk.com and jungplatform.com.
64 minutes | Aug 26, 2022
Episode 89: Hogarth Brown: Neo-Vedic Astrology
On this episode, Laura Chandler talks with author, archetypal consultant, and Neo-Vedic Astrologer, Hogarth Brown. Hogarth is host of a popular YouTube channel, Hogarth’s Global Astrology, where he offers astrological insights into global happenings, historical and contemporary figures, and also collaborates with other readers and astrologers for lively discussions, predictions, and perspectives on the news of the day. Laura and Hogarth cover a variety of topics, including how Neo-Vedic astrology works, some of his mind-blowing predictions, including the January 6th insurrection in the US, and what he sees in the charts of Vladimir Putin, the Ukraine, the upcoming mid-term elections, and more. Hogarth is the author of The Hermeporta Series, a collection of historical adventure fiction, currently available on Amazon. He is also the creator of The Archetypal Blueprint, which combines the insight and power of Jungian Archetypes with the added insights of Sidereal and Western Astrology bringing tremendous breakthroughs in for people in their personal and professional lives. To learn more or to schedule a reading with Hogarth, visit his website, thearchetypalblueprint.com.
41 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
Episode 88: Paul Selig: Resurrection: The Manifestation Trilogy
On this episode, Laura Chandler talks with world-renowned psychic and channel, Paul Selig, about his 11th channeled book, Resurrection: A Channeled Text: (Book One of the Manifestation Trilogy). Paul channels the Guides, a group of beings, directly and unedited. In the book, he shares the new manifestation of humanity, a vision of alteration and elevation that will shift how we think and move through the world. Building on the success of his Beyond the Known series, this new trilogy gives readers a glimpse into the spiritual underpinnings that govern the world we live in. Resurrection is an astonishing invitation to rethink, reconstruct, and rebirth our world view in a transcendent way. Paul received his master’s degree from Yale University and served on the faculty of NYU for over 25 years. In 1987, a spiritual experience left him clairvoyant. He currently serves on the faculty of the Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, and the Esalen Institute. Deepak Chopra describes his work as, “authentic, straightforward truth straight from the source field.” To learn more about Paul, visit paulselig.com.
41 minutes | Jul 15, 2022
Episode 87: Jim Blake: The Zen Executive
On this episode, Laura Chandler talks with author and CEO of Unity World Headquarters, Jim Blake, about his book, The Zen Executive: Gems of Wisdom for Enlightened Leadership. Jim has held numerous executive positions in the corporate world, including as Director of Customer Operations for Landis+Gyr, a global leader in the utility industry, and as Vice President of Products and Technology for Rhythm Engineering. He currently serves as the CEO of Unity World Headquarters, a spiritual nonprofit that helps people of all faiths and cultures apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives. Jim and Laura discuss the experiences he had in the corporate world that led him to write the The Zen Executive. He explains the importance in leadership of self-care, developing and trusting your intuition, and adopting the attitude of being of service to your employees rather than the other way around. He also shares his experience of meditation and how it changed his perspective both personally and as a business leader. And he explains how creating a more diversified, open-minded, and compassionate experience across corporate cultures leads to happier and more productive employees. For more information about Jim, visit iamjimblake.com and unity.org.
51 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Episode 86: Rev. Cameron Trimble: Progressive Christianity and Spiritual Leadership
On this episode, Laura interviews Rev. Cameron Trimble – author, pilot, CEO, and Co-founder of Convergence, an international church consultancy. Cameron is part of a progressive movement in Christianity and spiritual leadership and on this episode she talks with Laura about her activism and the importance of diversity in spiritual movements. In her over 25 years as an out queer woman minister, she reflects on the changes she’s seen in the Christian church and offers her view of the future. Cameron is particularly focused on human transformation and leadership. As a coach, her clients are primarily executive leaders going through dynamic cultural transformations. Diversity, she believes, is the source of lasting innovation and the driver of fair profit. As a pilot, Cameron learns many of her leadership lessons through the adventures of the cockpit of her airplane. She has also enjoyed a career as an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, serving as the pastor of four congregations in the Atlanta area. Her most recent book is Searching for the Sacred: Sixty Meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love.
50 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
Episode 85: Thupten Jinpa: Mindfulness in the Modern Era
On this episode, we reach back into the archives for this talk by esteemed author and Buddhist scholar, Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., given at the Sacred Stream Center in Berkeley, CA, in 2018. Jinpa is a longtime friend and advisor to the Sacred Stream and he is the author of several books, including A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives and Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows. In this talk, Jinpa discusses the universality of spiritual traditions, his relationship with the Dalai Lama, and the modern mindfulness movement. Jinpa has been the principal English translator to HH the Dalai Lama since 1985. He is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar, former monk, and has received the Geshe Lharam degree, as well as a Ph.D. in religious studies from Cambridge University. He is a professor at McGill University, has translated and edited more than ten books by the Dalai Lama. He established the Institute of Tibetan Classics, is an active board member of the Mind and Life Institute, the Founder and Chairman of the Compassion Institute, and is a visiting research scholar at the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences at Stanford University.
30 minutes | May 10, 2022
Episode 84: Geshe Namgyal: Holy Women of Great Perfection
On this episode, Laura Chandler interviews Geshe Dangsong Namgyal, the founder of Kungsong Gar Meditation Center in Santa Cruz, and author of the book, Holy Women of Great Perfection: Thirty Signs and Meanings of Ultimate Nature in the Ancient Tibetan Tradition. And she is joined by a special guest co-host, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., author of The New Return to the Great Mother and Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. In this conversation, we talk with Geshe Namgyal about his book, teachings, and the practice of Pure Dzogen. He explains why he chose to highlight the wisdom and teaching of female deities in his book, particularly in light of the changing, but still strongly patriarchal tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He also talks about the pan-Buddhist practice of Rime, a movement in Tibetan Buddhism that is non-sectarian, as well as the practice of Pure Dzogchen. He offers that no matter what one’s background—country, gender, age, race, beliefs or history of painful experiences and emotions, the study and practice of the Pure Dzogchen teachings can help people discover true peace, strength, and fearlessness in life; and confidence in an eventual, positive death and rebirth experience. To learn more about Geshe Namgyal and Kungsong Gar Meditation Center, visit kunsanggarcenter.org.
50 minutes | Apr 9, 2022
Episode 83: Vinitha Watson: Zoo Labs
On this episode, Laura interviews Depth Hypnosis Practitioner and Zoo Labs Co-founder, Vinitha Watson. The success of Zoo Labs is in no small part to Vinitha and her husband, David Watson, whose vision to build startup entrepreneurship infrastructure for BIPOC artists began in 2013. To date, the Zoo has run 26 residencies, and created a strong and vibrant community of over 250 artists and 350 mentors. Recently, they have moved to directly funding artists with grants and providing high-quality video education and mentorship. Vinitha has had an impressive and varied career with a common theme of helping others. In this conversation, Vinitha shares about her early years studying Indian classical dance and carnatic music, her interest in the arts and helping empower BIPOC communities, as well as her interest in wellness from Ayurveda to Depth Hypnosis. In addition to being a certified Depth Hypnosis Practitioner and the Co-founder of Zoo Labs, Vinitha opened Google’s first satellite office in India. She went on to start her own textile design company, then joined the experimental first class of the Design Strategy MBA at California College of the Arts in 2008. Vinitha also consults on innovation strategy and growth planning for nonprofits, pioneered a wellness initiative at Johns Hopkins Medical Residency, which introduced wellness tools to medical doctors, and has since influenced other medical residency programs nationwide. She sat on the boards of Nexleaf Analytics and California College of the Arts. To learn more about Vinitha and Zoo Labs, visit zoolabs.org. Our featured music on this episode is a project straight from Zoo Labs. The Futurelics are Afro-Indiginous musical mystics who honor funk, blues, house, jazz, Afro-Cuban music and Afro-Dominican Palo. Learn more at planetfuturelic.com.
35 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Episode 82: Spiritual Emergency
On this episode, Laura Chandler talks with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. about Spiritual Emergency, a type of healing crisis that can occur when a person has an encounter with psychological, emotional, or spiritual states that lie outside their usual ways of organizing experience. There is a spectrum of response that people have with Spiritual Emergency - from a state of collapse to a state of acceleration and everything in between. Based on her years of clinical practice, Isa offers her perspective on Spiritual Emergency, examining its causes, and offering helpful suggestions on how to navigate it. Isa is the author of two books, and the creator of the spiritual counseling model Depth Hypnosis. She is also the Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream.
47 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Episode 81: Paul Denniston: Healing Through Yoga
On this episode of the Sacred Stream Radio Podcast, Laura Chandler talks with author, yoga instructor, and the creator of Grief Yoga, Paul Denniston. In his new book, Healing Through Yoga: Transform Loss into Empowerment, Paul teaches the groundbreaking process of Grief Yoga in an accessible way. In their talk, Paul explains the concepts behind Grief Yoga, a process that uses yoga, movement, breath, and sound to help people move through and release pain and reconnect to life and love. As serious as the subject of grief is, Paul’s very presence demonstrates the joy that comes from the processes he teaches. He has trained thousands of therapists, counselors, and health care professionals in these unique methods. Genuine, sincere, and full of heart, it’s easy to see how his work helps soften the edges of uncomfortable emotions to help people access their own deeper healing. You can learn more about Paul and Grief Yoga at griefyoga.com. The featured musical artist on this episode is the talented Danielle Durack. Hear more at danielledurack.com.
32 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Episode 80: Shamanism and the Inner Experience
On this episode, Laura Chandler highlights an excerpt of a talk given by Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. called Shamanic Paths to Inner Experience. Traditional shamanic cultures have long held an understanding of nature, spirit, and non-ordinary realms of being that contemporary cultures have lost touch with in the larger mainstream of experience. In this fascinating talk, Isa Gucciardi explores some of the ways healers from indigenous traditions have accessed larger aspects of consciousness and the realm of the unseen, for guidance, healing, and insight and speaks about their relevance for us today. The three topics she covers in this talk are Dreams, Visionary Experience, and the Vision Quest. Isa Gucciardi is the author of three books, creator of the therapeutic model Depth Hypnosis, and the Founding Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. She has studied with indigenous healers and lineage holders from many traditions, including the Huichal and Pueblo, First Peoples of Central and North America. Isa’s goal is to protect and preserve the sacred teachings of traditional cultures while helping bring forward what can be respectfully shared in order to create greater harmony, understanding, and healing to the earth.
50 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Episode 79: 2021: A Retrospective
On this episode, Laura Chandler takes a look back at a collection of interviews from 2021. She explores the idea of how we create a more inclusive experience of dharma with Spring Washam, the difficulty of growing up as an interracial adoptee and the healing power of music with cellist and clinical psychologist Mia Pixley, and reflects on Michael Schauch’s experience of karma in the mountains of Nepal and his uneasy relationship with yak butter tea. She also revisits her talk with renowned empath and channel, Paul Selig, their discussion of his bestselling book, Alchemy, and how his guides describe the nature of these times and the function of the current pandemic from the perspective of spiritual evolution. Our featured musical artists are Christopher Tait, Home Learning, Mia Pixley, and Sapphron Obois.
50 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Episode 78: Lisa Broderick: All the Time in the World
On this episode of the Sacred Stream Radio Podcast, Laura Chandler speaks with author, senior executive, and founder of the non-profit Police 2 Peace, Lisa Broderick. Lisa is an accomplished senior executive whose career has been defined by understanding how technology impacts society and changes behavior. She teaches that life is about constant change, in which energy and matter are the basis of transformation. Her passion lies in helping others with little or no scientific or spiritual training master their innate abilities with practices designed to improve their lives, their relationships, and the world. Laura talks with Lisa about her groundbreaking new book, All the Time in the World, and how new scientific literature is revolutionizing our understanding of what time is and, more importantly, how we can affect it. You can learn more about Lisa at lisabroderick.com, and learn more about her program, Police 2 Peace, at police2peace.com. The featured music in this episode is from singing bowl artist Agu’s beautiful album, Reach In, which also features Jami Sieber on cello. Learn more about Agu at jamisieber.com.