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Background of Studies and Experience
Zacciah Blackburn (scroll down or click link)
Zacciah began a
journey to self awakening
His studies exposed him to the sacred music and sound healing traditions of numerous cultures such as Ravi Shankar, master sitarist, Sachdev and Hari Prasad Chariprusia, master flautists of Indian traditions, Babatunde Olatunji, master drummer of African traditions, Michael Copeland, master flutemaker of European traditions, jazz/new age/classical composer/musicians and intuitive healing artists Paul Winter and David Darling, and Laraaji, new age composer/performer, among others. He became close friends with students, musicians, and instrument makers of other cultures, such as Adimu Kuumba (African traditions) and Stephan Mikes (Indian and Western traditions), eventually recording and producing two audiocassettes with Stephan.
In 1985, Zacciah again began to experience intense personal awakenings & visionary experiences, guiding him to focus his work, and use his knowledge and experience in creating studies and a healing practice to share with others. He began utilizing sound as a therapeutic tool, in shamanic style settings, for personal healing and transformation. He began studies, group and individual, with Betsy Bizarro, then of Deerfield, MA, a master teacher practitioner in schools of Western and South American mysticism, including principals in ancient Egyptian, Hermetic, Theosophical, and Rosicrucian traditions, and Brazilian and Native American shamanism. He studied with Dr. Molly Scott, psychotherapist, and director of the Creative Resonance Institute, Amherst, and Charlemont, MA, Sarah Benson, founder and director of the Center of Light and Sound in Charlemont, MA, and co-founder of the New England, and the National Sound Healers Associations, and Teri Nash, master teacher of Tibetan and Native American principles, student of, among others, the personal physician of the Dhali Lama.
His studies include
work with varied cultural teachers, in a variety of settings, of Native
American, Eastern and Western esoteric traditions, and contemporary
intuitive healing including:
Zacciah built a therapeutic practice in sound healing, founding the Center of Light, first in Ashfield, MA, to promulgate the studies of metaphysical traditions, and co-practiced with Hart Brent, now of Peacham, VT, and founder and director of Health Calls, a phytotherapy center practicing an eclectic blend of DarkField Live Blood Cell Analysis, Five Elemental medicine and energetic, homeopathic, herbal and nutritional diagnosis and remedy.
Zacciah taught workshops and on going medititational groups in subjects of subtle energy and personal healing and transformation, such as, Balancing Heaven and Earth, the Medicine Wheel, adolescent Rites of Passage, Awakening the Heart, Entering the Elders Circle.
While struggling as a single parent of both a gifted honors student as well as a most unique child with severe developmental disabilities, Zacciah shared his gifts as a musician, musical instrument maker, and student of Native traditions with his own children’s schools. The programs were so highly received, the schools administrators encouraged him to develop a series of children’s programs regarding the nature of indigenous instruments, how they evolved into modern musical instruments in use today, and how the circle is returning to indigenous practices of music in contemporary music. As of this writing, he has performed his World Music educational programs, and Native American Philosophy programs, over 300 times in over 150 schools and institutions for children grades P-12, in colleges, and for adults.
Zacciah performed his guided meditational style of sacred music with various musicians and alone, in such settings as ongoing music concert series at the Kripalu Center of Studies in Lenox, MA, with music director Hansaraj Mark Kelso, and other resident musicians, at the graduation ceremonies for the Adult Degree Holistic Studies Program at Vermont College in Montpelier, VT, and the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the Bhuddist Peace Pagoda in Leverett, MA.
For six years, Zacciah took a hiatus from practicing sound healing to delve into deeper personal and metaphysical understanding of essential earth energies and our relationship with them, and the nature of transformational healing and spiritual awakening and realization, and, eventually, to develop further programs of study based upon these experiences.
He then began to offer numerous programs on the nature of self transformation through the use of esoteric and alchemical practices and exercises, utilizing sacred sound practices, as well, and to create sacred Earth Journeys, entering living relationships with the energies of 'the place,' often using traditional ancestral wisdom of the places we visit. In each type of work, he invokes heightened states of awareness, and energies of the 'subtle realms, through sacred sound streams in his work, which he calls Sacred Sound Transmissions. In this period, he worked with Barbara Perrins, director of Cultural Immersion Travel, of Richmond, VA, to develop a 10 day transformational journey into the American Southwest, to co-teach with Michael Claypool, an initiate of Hopi traditions, as well as to host studies in collaboration with Barbara Perrins and Dr. Juan Nunez del Prado, noted mystic and initiated priest of the Q’ero (Incan) traditions of central Peru. Juan has since asked Zacciah to disseminate this work, through the teachings of the Q'ero, and initiations of the Hatun Karpay traditions of the Q'ero. He worked with Barrie Kavasch of the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT, noted West Coast sound healers Amrita Cottrell and Peggy Black, of the Music Healers Organization, Michelle Herrera Foster, of the New England Sound Healers Research Institute, and others, internationally, to create transformational programs through sound healing, as well as studies of subtle energy and the nature of sound healing, teaching privately and in class sessions. He occasionally hosted other teachers, such as reknowned sound healer Kevin Michael.
He continued his
own studies in personal transformation through varied esoteric and
alchemical practice, such as work with gestalt dream therapist Marc
Bregman, pyschosynthesis psycho-therapist Dr. Michael Gigante,
Drunvalho Melchizedek, Greg Braden, and master teacher and sound healer
Through his work to
assist in the growth of the New England Sound Healing Research Institute (NESHRI), Zacciah was invited onto
its Boards of Directors, and Trustees. He continues to serve this organization as Director of
Education, overseeing the major educational and outreach programs of
NESHRI, such as their annual sound healing conferences, and fall
gatherings. Since this time, NESHRI has evolved into an
international organization of practitioners, researchers, educators and
others interested in the field of sound, and is now known as the
international Sound Healing Network.
created the World Sound Healing Organization (see
www.worldsoundhealing.org), with co-founder Annie Bond, partnering with
World Puja, the World Peace Prayer Society, and other major
international organizations, to create online webcasts of highly
respected elders and teachers of human consciousness, and simple
ceremonies utilizing the
powerfully transformative qualities of Sacred Sound with intentional
prayer, to bring healing into and for the world, and assist during this
time of profound human evolution.
During this time, he continued life as a single parent, assisting his daughter through her life studies, at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and working with his developmentally challenged son to create autonomy and fulfillment in his life explorations as a young adult in an independent living program.As his programs and expertise expanded, he was invited to numerous venues throughout North, South & Central America, and Europe, including esteemed international conferences on sound healing, shamanism, and human consciousness evolution, in San Francisco, Los Angelos, Santa Fe, New York, Montreal, and elsewhere. He taught at the presitigious Omega Institute, Kripalu Institute, the Sivananda Yoga centers, the International Institute of Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS,) and Spiritual Science Fellowship (SSF,) among others. And, he began guiding tours to sacred sites throughout the world, from 5000 year old stone chambers in his homeland of Vermont, to the rich energies, history, and anceint sites of Egypt, Great Britain, Peru, and elsewhere.
Due to exhibited skills and expertise in his field, and fulfilling the requirements for equivalency learning, the International College of Spiritual and Psychic Sciences, Montreal, awarded him a 5th level certificate of completion of studies, in 2009.
While Zacciah’s studies have significantly impacted on his life and work, no amount of study can equal the knowledge acquired through one’s own passage into the Knowing of Self. Ultimately, it comes down to this: the healer is the one whom has found the path of self healing, self knowing and realization.
Zacciah brings to his work this self passage, which he readily transmits to others, to assist with their own passage. He brings with him a warmth and radiance that exudes through his work.
He shares, in deep gratitude, a profound commitment in service to others upon this path of knowing. wholeness, and self realization.
We welcome you to experience with us this life transforming work of the journey into the Self.
Good, safe, and blessed journeys,
The Center of Light staff,
Learn about Zacciah's early pathway to discovery of the many principals he teaches in his work.
An interview by Connection Spirit of Germany.
Also, listen to several audio interviews & Podcasts on our Articles pages.
The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies provides training in the art of sound healing as a therapeutic practice, studies and in depth experiential practice through its shamanic Earth Mysteries School, personal workshops incorporating esoteric studies and meditation practices with the deeply moving and transformative power of Sacred Sound Transmissions, and private healing therapies utilizing Sacred Sound, spiritual counseling, and shamanic practice. Our workshops and individual therapies and studies are designed to draw us to our own innate wisdom and personal power, develop intuitive guidance and authenticity, deepening relationship with that we hold as sacred, awakening the core of our being, and enlivening us to pursue our personal destiny. We are located in Ascutney, Vermont, amidst the rich tapestries and beauty of the Green Mountains. Explore our pages on our many varied programs offered across the US, Canada and Europe, articles on the nature of sound healing, and more. And, subscribe to our newsletter.
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