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Awakening the Lion
Awakening the Essence of Our Being,
in Sacred Relation
to Self, Other, and Higher Form
Pathways of Life, &
Calling each of us to our rightful place as heirs and co-creators
A special 3 day winter
Tantric Intensive Retreat
February 20-22, 2009
Image Sekhmet Awakening
Wall relief, Temple of Osiris, Abydos, Egypt,
©2008 Zacciah Blackburn
Full Size Images available from our collection
Held at the exquisite
Hartland, VT, USA
12:30 PM - 6 PM Friday
10 AM - 6 PM Saturday
10 AM - 4 PM Sunday
with options for Lodging and Meals
also, held in
August 11-16, 2009**
10 AM - 6 PM 1st four days, 10 AM - 4 PM Final day
(tentative program, May 16-17, 2009, Sedona AZ)
This program is designed for those ready to commit to their own highest excellence,
to deepening relationship, and ready to serve the highest good, for self and others.
Special Program Costs, VT:
$285 if paid in full by January 10
$330 if paid by January 30
For those who have attended any of Zacciah's prior trainings or workshops:
Bring someone who has not yet attended a program, and
Pay only $275., if paid by Feb 1.
For Further Information or Registration, Contact us,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 802.674.9585, or
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Vermont Program Information * LOCATION: Meals, Directions, Accomodations
For info on Switzerland (Aug 11-16, 2009:) TO REGISTER:
Viola Stollenmaier, Langenharterstr. 1 / 4 CH-8555 Müllheim
Telefon: + 41-(0) -52-763 11 02 e-mail: email@example.com
** (Join us for 4 weeks of programs in the pristine
High Alps, Lake regions, and moors of S. Germany and Switzerland, July-August, 2009!!)
For Details, click here for English, for Deutsch click here.
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This unique program is offered in a 3 day retreat, exploring the Golden Body & Sacred
We shall cultivate this awareness, engage in sacred meditative practices to enhance and integrate that awareness, and engage in Sacred Sound Initiations, which have the potential to directly open us to, and align us with, the deeper mysteries of life, as revealed to us, individually, and uniquely, from the subtle realms of pure consciousness. Through awakening the core essence of self, we are more able to enter sacred union with other. This will be the first two tiers of our exploration.
Tantra is about weaving the threads of pure consciousness into a cohesive understanding, or union, of being. In the West, Tantra is primarily associatedwith sacred practices of sexual union, but the wider embrace of Tantra goes far beyond this, as well as, beyond what we typically, in the west, consider 'sexual union.' We shall begin with this wider exploration, but engage, also, in understanding and meditating on practices of Sacred Sexual union with 'other' we may be in relationship with at this time, or future time, or higher aspects of our self. (The practices are in no way limited to those in, our outside of, intimate relationship.)
In these retreats, we shall directly and explicitly articulate the sacred pathways of consciousness and living vital energy, or life force, which we can utilize in intimate relations with others. We shall experience these practices in the 'imaginal realms' of being, through guided meditations, and similar means. The exercises offered can, and have proven to be, very effective in enhancing deeper intimacy for those in relationship, as well as reported to provide remarkable opportunities of healing deep wounding from prior relationships. However, to be clear, there is no direct physical contact of any kind during the practices we engage in as a group.
The programs are open to, and reported to be greatly beneficial to, those in or out of relationship. One can attend alone, or with another. There is no gender bias, and practices shall be taught in methods beneficial to each of us, regardless of gender orientation.
Many of these practices arise from ancient schools of hidden, or esoteric mysteries. They may borrow from Hindu, Tantric Buddhist, or Egyptian mysteries, but primarily arise from direct initiation in the hidden arts of Egypt.
They, also, incorporate direct initiations into these esoteric mysteries. These are opportunities to enter into rarified states of consciousness, to lift the veils between subtle etheric and our 'normal' gross physical worlds, to explore the deeper nature of who we are, and our existence in the greater cosmos. These enriching passages utilize profound esoteric exercises, as well as, the power of Sacred Sound Initiations, to directly experience the nature of the Cosmos, and, of our own Divinity. We will incorporate ecstatic practices of high Tantra, and are often joined by holy beings of what the Buddhists call, the "Pure Realms of Light and Sound." These ascended, or realized beings, offer astounding glimpses into awakened consciousness, and often empower us in ways remarkably enriching and humbling, bringing us to deep wells of Renewal and Revitalization. This body of work incorporates illuminated science and intuitive practices to move one’s awareness into vivid states of awakening, & restoration.
AWAKENING THE LION refers to multiple levels of our being, from awakening our intuitive and empowered self, that self ready to serve and enter sacred relations with others, and with all Creation; our Divine nature, authority, and authenticity; awakening our often repressed true sexual nature, the nature of our human form in alignment with Divine principals of Creation and pro-creation; understanding of our sexual nature, honored from a sacred perspective, and sacred, honoring relations; and awakening of our fully empowered Being. We shall discourse and enter practices relating to each or any of these.
These programs are open to anyone ready to reach more deeply into self discovery, awareness, and integrity, ready to engage in deeper intimacy with self and others, and to approach their full potential. They are open to singles or couples.
Our Tantric programs are rarely offered, though we are doing so in 3 unique opportunities this year. You will not find the majority of content of the these teachings elsewhere, currently, that we are aware of. The teaching style of Zacciah, his respect of, and deep admiration for, the Divine Feminine, the Divine Masculine, and the union of the two, is often regarded as remarkable, touching, inspiring, and healing. His voice and guidance in sacred meditation and sound practices are truly rare. The power of Sacred Sound draws us into rarified states rarely touched in our more common experiences. Most find them unique, life transforming, deeply healing and nourishing.
Most sound practices do not require 'participation' (no musical, sound, or voice training is necessary whatsoever.)
Though these are high level trainings, no prior experience is necessary.
They are designed to allow the understanding and participation of novice practitioners, with relative ease & comfort, yet give depth and revelation to the most experienced of practitioners.
We welcome you to join us.
LOCATION AND ACCOMODATIONS:
The program in Vermont is held in the exquisite and historic Sumner Mansion & grounds, a beautiful Inn and traditional Vermont
Bed & Breakfast, close to Ascutney Mtn, historic Windsor, Woodstock, Queechee, the Connecticut River, and so much more of Southeastern Vermont.
We are minutes away from Simon Pearce Glass studios, Harpoon Brewery, Billings Farm, Ascutney or Okemo Ski resorts.
Ascutney Mountain, about 15 minutes away, has a complete spa to engage in indoor heated pool, whirlpool, sauna, massage, or gym. Woodstock Country Clubs has an even more elegant spa. Both offer day or evening passes.
Cross Country ski trails & other winter sports activities abound in the region.
The Cornish Colony Art museums, with the works of St Gaudens, Maxfield Parrish, and so many other world renowned artists of the last century, is just down the road or across the river (across the longest covered bridge in the US.)
We have chosen this location, to provide you with an opportunity to not only partake in the deep nourishment of the practices we engage in during each day, but to allow you to luxurate in the bath of the winter wonders of rural Vermont, should you choose.
The opportunity for rewards, for you, and your partner, (for those in relationship,) is tremendous.
It has the potential of being a remarkably uplifting and enriching experience.
You have the option to receive meals at the Inn from our world class (awarded) chef & host, Mary Louise Thorburn, but elegance abounds at numerous inns and restaurants, in easy 3-20 minute drives from the Inn.
More complete info will be available soon, on meals at the Inn, but please contact the Inn (below) for meal or room reservations.
The Sumner Mansion
is one mile off I-91 at Exit 9, 15 minutes or less from the
Vermont towns of Woodstock, Quechee White River Junction and Windsor;
and the New Hampshire towns of Hanover and Lebanon.
You may stay at the Inn (limited rooms,) and contact them also for
moderately priced meals by their award winning chef.
Contact the Inn for all rooms and meal questions & reservations. http://www.sumnermansioninn.com/
The Sumner Mansion Inn; Station Road; Hartland, VT 05048
Tel/ Fax: 802-436-3386; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional accomodations are available in a variety of settings on our Accomodations page,
as close as 5 to 15 minutes from the Sumner Mansion.
***These programs are open to anyone ready to reach more deeply into self discovery and awareness, ready to engage in deeper intimacy with self and others, and to approach their full potential. They are open to singles or couples.
See a Special Note on these times of Awakening and Re-emerging,
and additional information regarding these programs at this link.
Join our mail list or check back with us for updates.
We incorporate notes from prior trainings related to this one, for your interest, which we may draw upon.
Information from our earlier trainings, on the nature of Sekhmet, is below, for your reference.
A new articles on the Power of Sekhmet appears below, and in our articles section.
You may also find extensive articles on the Nature of Egyptian Alchemy, Sound Healing, and Earth Awareness in our articles section.
From, THE POWER OF SEKHMET
We are being called to the place of purity of consciousness. Everything we can do to purify our form, our thought, our word, our deed, our action, will assist us in this life transformation.
Sekhmet is one of the oldest forms, or holders, of purification, in human history. She is known as the Lion Goddess of ancient
She holds the ancient lineage as Protectorate of the Way, of Ancient Wisdom, of the Virtuous Path. She does not tolerate insolence or impropriety. But she also rewards humility, and those whom serve and make earnest attempt to purify body, mind and soul. And, she teaches the Laws of Protection through pure thought.
It is the nature of the viewer which perceives her destructive or protective potential, which is there only where protection or destruction give way to that most pure, or to new life. Those whom have nothing to hide, have nothing to fear. It is the pure of heart which she protects. That without integrity shall be made whole. It is the purity itself which is the creative, sustaining, and protective mechanism. It is the strength of uprightness which aligns us with the Greater Potential of Self, where she resides.
She is Keeper of the Power of Sekhem, the Egyptian word for life force (we may be more familiar with the terms with which other cultures use to refer to this, such as Prana, Chi, Kawsay, etc.) She teaches cultivation, utilization, activation, and self regeneration of this life force. It is said the word Sekhem is derived from her name. It is also said her name is the derivation of "Shakti", the primordial feminine creative life force of Hindu culture, feminine in nature. Therefore, it can be said she is identified with the great primordial Mother of all Beings, of all Life.
It is no simple co-incidence, for instance, that Durga, the Hindu goddess of destruction, an aspect of Shakti, rides upon a tigress or lioness.
It is this power, Sekhem, or Shakti, merged with the masculine seed or creative impulse, which brings forward the Creative Matrix into form and existence.
See our more in depth article below.
And, see specific Notes for Preparations relating to some of our earlier programs,
as well as lunar and astrological significance
for energies we are working with, at the time of earlier programs. We hop to update this as we approach the program dates.
From Sekhmet II
Sekhmet: The Sacred Chord
Sekhmet is a wisdom holder of ancient Egyptian lineages. She has appeared to a growing number of individuals worldwide, often in visionary states, to help illumine and guide them into profound awareness of who they truly are, often pointing to their ancient origins, as well as offering witness to deep and, often, moving practices, to assist both in their individual awakening, as well as the profound changes we are undergoing, collectively, at this time in human history.
Many of us have felt compelling interest in the ancient Egyptian mysteries, often for reasons not easily understood. Just seeing images of the ancient sites, or mystical beings of
Sekhmet has a remarkable ability to assist us in these ways of understanding, of viewing, and living in the world, thriving in our inherent Grace, as well as in deepening understanding of how we may come into, and sustain, heightened and awakened states of consciousness. If we are to make this transformation to “ascended” consciousness, then we, each, have to do our part to come into this awakened/illumined state within ourselves. Sekhmet is a powerful ally in this work.
She is the Lion Headed Goddess of ancient
She was said to open her wings each night to envelope us in the great canopy of the night sky. The Milky Way was her life-giving milk, flowing down through the galaxy, and into the
Interestingly, the name Sekhem is derived from Sekhmet’s name. It is said that Shakti, the Hindu name for the primordial Cosmic mother, and this underlying life force, is derived from Sekhem. Thus, there may be a direct relationship between the Hindu Shakti, and the Egyptian Sekhmet. Shakti, and Kundalini, are paramount to Hindu understanding of the nature of our spiritual creation, being and development, and often brought to Western understanding through such practices as Yoga and sacred chant. Thus, an understanding of the fundamental and potent nature of this Egyptian Divine Mother may be closer to our subtle awareness than we might have imagined.
Sekhmet’s name, the powerful one, means “to be able,” or, “one who is able.” She is known to teach in ways which enable us to come into, and understand, our true nature and this Rightful Way of Living. This is not a code of ethics so much as an empowerment of self understanding and integration, which awakens one’s own awareness of how we must conduct ourselves within the world to achieve a state of balance, harmony, wisdom, and fully awakened being. It is time we come into this awakened understanding, as we approach the evolutionary changes of human consciousness so many are speaking of, often regarding the year “2012.”
More and more indigenous wisdom keepers and other leaders in the fields of human consciousness are clearly stating, that that time is now. The shift we are waiting for, has already occurred. It certainly is more beneficial, rather than awaiting or focusing on 2012, to bring our focus at this time, upon who we truly are, and how we are living at this time and place, to conduct our self, and then possibly others, into this awakened state. It is most beneficial to be mindful of our actions and experiences in the world, to bring our current state of being into the harmony and alignment with the higher state of harmony of all Creation, and that which we would expect to see within our self, “after” the shift. For it is only through seeding Right Action now that the fruit of right action can take root and bear fruit in any future time.
Sekhmet holds key elements of illumination in this understanding of how to awaken, hold, and sustain illuminated states of our being. In this time of universal awakening of the human spirit, she is a profoundly powerful ally for embodying one’s fullest integrity, authority, and Divine Wisdom. It is we who are the true caretakers and creators of this awakening. Yet, for those whom look for the path of clarity and true abundance within one’s being, Sekhmet is an aspect of our consciousness which is able to empower us with Authentic Being, which brings the fruit of this understanding.<>
Sekhmet carries a key to the Sacred Chord, the Staff of Life, which the Egyptians refer to as our Djed. Hindu, Taoists, and Buddhists might refer to this, the central axis of our being, as the Secret Channel, Pranic Tube, or Central Channel. It is the foundation upon which our Chakra energy system, or (Egyptian) Seals, is built upon. Our entire being, and the many subtle energy vessels we contain, are held and most often accessed along this Central Channel. This is, yet, another concept which was most likely passed to the East from the ancient cultures of
Sekhmet holds potentized keys for upright living, through activation and harmonization of the central channel, and the chords of light within it, the Seals, or chakras, as well as the Ba, the eighth Seal, the seat of our Divine Soul. She is often seen carrying the Ankh, the Egyptian Cross, a symbol representing, or containing the mysteries of Life. She often also carries a staff, a symbol of Awakened Authority and Being, signifying the power of claiming one’s Own Dominion through upright living and the illuminated Djed. It is often seen in Egyptian art with the two serpentine vessels of our Divine Masculine and Feminine forces of balance wrapped about the staff, or Djed. This is the Caduceus of modern medicine, attributed to Hippocrates, yet also derived from
Sekhmet is a force which fiercely protects this rightful way of being, the inner holy ground of one’s true Divine nature and being. Once one enters into this authentic nature of being, one holds Dominion over the self, and no foreign being, entity, or consciousness has the ability to invade or deplete our being. All of the concerns in the modern consciousness movement of “other forces” which we have to clear or protect ourselves from, becomes meaningless in this awakened state. One living in harmony with universal law has all components of universal being at one’s disposal. It is clear, precise, and without question.
When one initiated in these understandings of illumination assists us, often utilizing simple meditative practices to build subtle awareness, and calling these wisdom carriers forward through sacred sound or other simple practices of alignment, we can often enter these subtle realms of consciousness, more readily bridge these other worlds of illumination, what the Tibetans would call the subtle “realms of pure sound and light,” and make direct contact with the knowledge and wisdom the Ancient Ones carry. When properly attuned, sacred sound can also be a vessel to carry the vibrational imprint of these wisdom carriers, to illumine and awaken us even more profusely, to their profound wisdom, and to our Divine being.
Zacciah Blackburn is a gifted intuitive, international teacher, and sound healer, trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures, and is practicing in
Zacciah is the Director of Education for the New England Sound Healing Research Institute, and Co-founder and Director of the All One Now Network, an international organization devoted to world peace and transformation. He is an initiate and carrier of the wisdom of Sekhmet, as well as others of the Egyptian, and other ancient lineages, and empowered to convey these teachings through his practices.
He may be reached at The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies,
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For program in Germany, 5 days August 11-16, 2009,
Contact: Viola Stollenmaier; Telefon: + 41-(0) -52-763 11 02 ; e-mail: email@example.com
Zacciah Blackburn, Director
The Center of Light in Vermont
P.O. Box 389
Hidden Glen Rd.
Ascutney, VT 05030 USA
Phone: (802) 674-9585
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