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Emotional Clarity:  Chaos or Coherence?

Center of Light News 10.23.08

With little solace in the every day news on the world stage, these are extraordinary times (opportunities!) to greet our (individual and collective) fears and issues of sustenance and abandonment, commitment and control, integrity and healing.  With all the 'apparent' turmoil in the world around us, remember to take time for stability, self nurturing, reflection, grounding, renewal.  The times are here, to bring focus & clarity to that which we hold most dear, most sustaining, most true, most pure.  What is the eternal part of our own being?  Is this where we are placing our primary awareness and focus, or is it in the mundane worries and fears?  Knowing that what we place our attention on, is drawn to us, is it not time to focus on that most real, most true, most pure?  This will draw it ever closer to us.  Take time to call in, to view, to see, embrace, and embody those principals you truly wish to hold and have in your life.
We each know this is the power of attainment, of abundance, of attraction, of 'the secret.'
Are we using it in our every day times, lives, consciousness?
What are we creating?  What do we wish to create?  Make it so, now.  Without judgement, without attachment, just being present and ever mindful of every breath we create, that every breath, we create.

What can we do?  A simple practice: 
Find 10-15 minutes you can have alone.  It is best, but not necessary, to have a truly private place, with a small altar, which might be a simple table or dresser with candle, flowers, sacred art, crystal, stone, feathers, or items special to you.  Close a door, let others know not to disturb you.  Turn off the phone.
Know that you can do this anytime, anyplace, outdoors, as a passenger in a vehicle, in the dentist chair (can help here,) but simply best with uninterrupted private space.
Find a comfortable chair or sitting space, and position.  Sitting upright can be most beneficial to this practice.  If you find it helpful, you can put on some quieting, soothing music in the background, though silence can also be most beneficial.

Take time to relax, and become aware of your breath.
Spend several moments, just relaxing, and drawing in your breath.
Then, slowly, draw your awareness down to your navel, and just behind your navel.  Simply place your awareness here, and breathe into this region.  The air, and our breath, contains vital life force, which we can conscientiously utilize for our own sustenance and well being.  Consciously pull, or, simply imagine you are pulling in, life force, chi, from the air, through your breath, to build and circulate in this region of the body.  Draw it in on the in breath.  On the outbreath, release any tension, anxiety, any cares or worries that arrive from the day.
Simply place your awareness at the navel, and let go, through the outbreath, any feelings which may arise, of anxiety, worry, fear, grief, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, or other 'in-coherent' feeling you have, including any grievances or judgments held towards others.  (If none appear, just go into a feeling sense, with awareness behind the navel.)  Continue this for some time, drawing vital life force in to the region behind the navel, to gather and circulate, releasing from the navel on the outbreath.
With each breath you draw in, you will experience either or both of two things.  One is greater awareness or building of pure life form (life force), and more clarified, or coherent, states of awareness and emotion.  The other is greater awareness of suppressed or not fully experienced emotions of anxiety or in-coherence.  We are going to speak about the incoherent first, as these will tend to arise first, as you move into a feeling state, if present, and through this simple breath and awareness exercise, can easily be released and transformed.

About any feelings you experience during the practice:
Many of us are reporting greater and greater sensitivity to unsettling emotions.  Even professional therapists, practicing traditional psychotherapy for decades, have reported to me, they are seeing rising issues with clients, and even in their own personal lives, of rising stress, anxiety related problems, unsettled emotions, and issues around 'enough time' in their lives, etc.  These certainly may be from one's own generation and experiences, and we will speak about that in just a moment.  But, this may, also, be from the 'collective field.'  Indeed, we find many people, especially those more sensitive, are, more and more, drawing in, or connecting to, & experiencing, the collective angst of the world.  Some of us are not aware when this is not even of our own making.  This happens, especially, as the 'veils' are thinning.  The doorways or barriers to other dimensions of awareness, or consciousness, are becoming less distinct.  This makes it more easy to access more unusual, or subtle states, of consciousness.  It also allows us to more directly penetrate and experience the energies and emotions we have not fully experienced in our own lives, often stored in the subconscious aspects of our being (both individually, and collectively.)  If we have not learned or trained ourself in practices to live more fully in the moment, we often collect and store these unexperienced emotional states.  Whenever we commit to a practice (even a few minutes) of mindfulness, we allow our feeling sense to arise, and these emotions may become more fully present, ready to reveal their memory and mysteries to us, asking us to deal with them when we are ready.  With simple practices, releasing these past, present, or pentup experiences, with their co-inciding, angst, grief, pain, etc, can be fairly easy.  (Many of our upcoming sound trainings give specific methodology to assist this, as the 'sounds' of these emotions will directly release them, often more fully than the breath alone.)  Deeper traumas may require the skills of practiced and trained facilitators or therapists.  Nonetheless, collectively, this 'thinning of the veils,' is making for a great muddled soup of emotional consciousness on the planet, and one reason why there is growing chaos in world order, and human behavior.

Many psychics, teachers, and elders of the world are discussing this in terms of both their cultural prophecies for 'these times', and modern science, such as the known fluctuation of the Earth's magnetic field, increased solar flare activity, and bursts of immense gamma ray activity from deep space.  Some suggest these directly affect our memory, our emotional experiences, and the ability to see into the 'unseen' worlds.  Many relate it explicitly to what we should expect as these new times emerge, with the onslaught of chaos ensuing as a transformative agent shifts our reality from the old paradigm to the new.  The Maya say 'this is the end of  'Time As We Know It,'  suggesting there is a direct correlation to our experience with time related events, and an altering sense of reality.
(To see more on this, see our last newsletter:, as well as other articles and past news on our Articles pages.)
Many are tapping into collective feelings, and not aware or able to discern their own, making it more difficult to navigate their own waters of emotion.
Simple practices like this can assist to come into sustainability, stability, or growth.
We can conscientiously serve the greater good by simply releasing these through the transformative power of the breath and awareness, but it is beneficial to make conscious choices, and discern what is ours, and what is not.

Clarity and Coherence
However, through simple mindfulness practices such as this, we can release WHATEVER we are feeling, without naming it, without judgement or attachment, without deeply exploring it, without grief, anxiety or pain, and without concern for 'whose it is.'  We simply, through the breath, and feeling sense in this powerful center of consciousness behind the navel, release, on the outbreath, ANYTHING we are feeling.  By releasing any "obscuration," (that which obscures us from greater truth or realization,) we can more readily move into deeper integral awareness and clarity.
Draw in on the inbreath, vital, pure, clear life force, with awareness just behind the navel.
As we do so, continue for some time to release any obscuration, or incoherent emotion, on the outbreath.  Just let it go, drop, from your 'field of intelligence,' or, energetic field.
It is VERY beneficial to simply witness it, without judgement or attachment.  Just let it drop.  If you have trouble doing this, simply imagine it dropping over several breaths.  At some point, you are likely to witness or experience it letting go.

If you have limited time, you can stop the practice here.  However, we feel to at least complete the next stage will be much more beneficial.
At some point, when you feel lighter, and clarity is building, bring your awareness to the root center, at the perineum, just in front of the base of the spine.
Bring the inbreath here, building awareness and clarity through the vital life force in the breath.  Allow it to build and circulate here, on the outbreath.
Doing this for at least several more minutes, depending on the amount of time you have, you can stop here, as you have built vital and clear life force in your root center.  It will build and draw up, of its own volition, into your entire system.

However, with a little more time, you can cultivate this awareness in the root, and begin slowly drawing it up the spinal column, slowly, to the heart center, in the center of the chest.  Here, you can build greater vitality and awareness of coherent (life affirming) feeling, such as joy, gratitude, or unconditional love.  It is important to stay in a feeling sense of coherence.
Just breathe up from the root, after cultivating pure life force there, into the heart, allowing it to build a feeling sense of coherence.
It is important that you use a felt sense of coherent emotion, which you can do by simply imagining or focusing your awareness on a coherent emotion such as joy or gratitude.
On the outbreath, feel the coherence generate out in 'harmonic' fields, radiating out from the heart.
Simply continue, breathing up vital life force from the root into the coherence in the heart, feeling or imagining it radiating out in harmonic fields from the heart, on the outbreath.

After continuing this portion of the practice for several more minutes, you can stop here. 

Or, again, if you can spend greater time in meditation and reflection, to continue to the next stage can add significantly to the benefit of the practice.
From the heart, draw this same coherent and pure vital life force up to the third eye center, behind the bridge of the nose.  Simply bring up and focus your awareness in this region of the body, and sit, contemplatively, receptively, for at least several more minutes.  Spend as much time as you are able, in this portion of the practice.
At this point, you are just drawing coherent feeling and life force up from the heart to the third eye, simply bathing in it, in silence, emptiness, or stillness, in this deep center of inner awareness and wisdom.
Watch what occurs, simply witnessing your experience, listening, perceiving, but not projecting any thoughts or expectations into the experience.  You are coming into stillness, emptiness, allowing yourself to be fully present, possibly connecting to greater planes of existence, but allowing yourself to become recharged and renewed from the overall effectiveness of the practice.

There is much more we can do, and may add more to this practice at another time (such as more specific connections to other realms and states of consciousness, or actively engaging in creative manifestation,) but for now, we are simply releasing any unneccesary clutter, and re-invigorating ourself in the moment, by being fully present, and aware of the power of life force.
The practice, though simple, can bring you renewed growth, a sense of wellness, vitality, strength, clarity, and awareness.  While we use terms such as 'strength,' a significant portion of that strength comes from the softer aspects of our consciousness, building the intuitive and authentic sense of self, and a nurtured self, which is necessary to our growth, and often overlooked, or not fully nurtured in western culture.  It is, also, connecting to the very life force which renews all life, draws plants up from the earth, opening the seeds and nourishing them to build into their fullest potential, as well as drawing that life force back into the earth for rest and replenishment, in the appropriate cycles.  It is the same life force which spins the planets around the sun, and the sun around its orbs.  By connecting vigorously and conscientiously with this subtle and pure life force, we also can connect to deeper wells of our own, and of universal, being and knowing.
It can bring us closer to direct perception and connection with inner guidance, from our own higher states, and from other levels of consciousness in the subtle realms,  subtle states which can expand our awareness and connections regarding the nature of self, and all of creation.

We wish you each the very best in this practice, and in your continued exploration and evolution of life.

For further assistance in such meditative practices, and much more advanced techniques and studies, join us in any of our many upcoming programs, or make an appointment for private time with Zacciah for one on one training, facilitated journeys, or therapeutic practices.

Many, many blessings in the journey.
I look forward to sharing more with each of you.
Zacciah Blackburn

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We have two extraordinary conferences in New England next weekend, Oct 31-Nov 2 with outstanding world class facilitators. 

A Conference on Sound Healing, the SCIENCE AND SPIRIT OF SOUND
  • NEXT FRIDAY - SUNDAY, Oct 31-Nov 2, in Rowe MA
  • with master teachers Chloe Goodchild, Dr. John Beaulieu, Dr Molly Scott,
  • Silvia Nakkach, Amrita Cottrell, Jeff Volk, Rich Goodhart,
  • Jim Ballard, Susie Nelson Smith, and myself.
  • A concert with The Goddesses
  • World Healing Ceremony, much more
      • Zacciah is Director of Education for the Sound Healing Network, and
        • Director of the Conference.  He presents Sat 2-5 PM:
      •  Walking Between Worlds:  The Shamanic Door
My dear friends Glenn and Cameron Broughton are holding their annual Earth Energies and Crop Circle Conference, well worth attending, also. 
I will present Sunday afternoon, but you will need to sign up for that workshop soon to be sure you are included.
  • Nov 1-2;  EARTHSPIRIT CONFERENCE:  Wisdom for Changing Times;  Bolton, VT
    • A Remarkable Gathering of Teachers and Wisdom Keepers
    • Zacciah Presents on THE SEAL OF SOLOMON, the Star Tetrahedron of New England, and the path to awakening sacred relationship with living vital earth energies
      • Sunday Nov 2, 2:30-5:30 PM 
      Watch for our Sound and Earth Healing Conference June 20-21, 2009!!!
Nov. 8-10;  USING THE VOICE, in Sound Healing
                                    with Intention; Level I Sound Healers Professional Trainings
      • Exploring the use of voice for clearing and energizing the human energy field, invocation, and more, as a sound healing tool. 
        An excellent program for learning the use of voice for personal and professional sound techniques of chant, toning, invocation, attunement, clearing the emotional field
      • Open to Everyone: Can attend one or all programs in LEVEL I 
        Daughters of Sekhmet
  • The Sacred Cords of Past and Future Lives 
    • Personal Evolution and High Tantra
    • These will be bold and empowering programs calling upon the initiatory powers of Sekhmet and others of her lineage
  • Nov. 15-16:  DALLAS TX; with optional 3rd day, 11/17.
  • Nov. 22-23:  ASHEVILLE, NC; with optional 3rd day 11/24.
Watch for details on our Winter/Summer 5 day tantric retreats:  AWAKENING THE LION

December, 2008
     Dec 5-7:  New ADVANCED LEVEL Studies and Practices. 
  • You may be elgible to apply for inclusion if you have attended 6 or more of Zacciah's trainings (in all areas of his work.).
  •  We are opening our advanced studies, having had and planning further extraordinary experiences into the exploration of consciousness, nature, Creation, Sound, Therapeutic applications, Shamanic practices, Earth Healing Rituals, Sacred Sites.
  • When we gather collectively and cohesively, with single-minded awareness and intention, the power of our work takes us much deeper.  We enter greater states of coherence, illumination, and grace.  We empower ourselves for clear acts of service for the collective good, we build community, and lasting friendships.
    For those who have experienced Zacciah's work, and know they are committed to personal integrity and spiritual development, looking for greater experience to learn to facilitate group process, private therapy, personal growth, we invite you to join us.
  • By application only.
    Meeting 5-6 times a year.
  • Add'l info soon available, or contact us.
      Dec 12-14, 2008: The NEUROPHYSIOLOGY OF SOUND  Level I Sound Healers Professional Trainings
  •  Explore the fundamental neurophysiology of the body and how sound effects healing, change, growth, via the natural forces at play within our human bodies, as well as other aspects of the science of sound.   
  • Open to everyone, can attend one or all trainings in this series
Januray 2009
Two extraordinary opportunities to work with the Chakras, the Sacred Seals.
  • First is a potent practice in utilizing sound and awareness to bring the Chakras into greater attunement, refinement of their inherent principals.  Part of our sound healers trainings, study of the nature of these sacred centers, practices beneficial for personal and professional use:
  • Jan 9-11, 2009:   ATTUNING THE CHAKRAS
  • Second is an opportunity for remarkable exploration, understanding and experiential awakening, and seeding and sacred sound initiations with & for these organizational centers of perception and evolution of consciousness, held in Springfield MA, with early registration discounts in by December 1.
  • January 17-18, 2009:   OPENING THE SEALS:   Spiritual High Alchemy and Personal Evolution
See the balance of upcoming programs at:

We wish many blessings upon each of you in these coming, extraordinary times. 
We offer this body of work in service to assist us, each, individually, and collectively, to enter these new times of Awakening to our Divinity, Beauty, Power, Joy, Abundance, and Well Being.
We are here to assist you, in private and group practice, as we enter more fully these incredible times of Change, Transformation, Awakening, and New Being.

  • Please contact us for further information on all programs.
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Many Blessings,
Zacciah Blackburn
The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies
Ascutney, VT  05030   USA

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If you missed our last main newsletter, see below, from our last two readings:

What is Healing?
Why are we here?
What is happening during these transformative times, and during those magical times of 2-4 AM time, the time of the thinning veils? 
    Are you waking up without knowing what to do?  (Here are some suggestions many have found useful!)

Read stories relating to each of these inquiries, in our last newsletters 

From Our Recent Newsletters, additional Thoughts and prayers:

Center of Light News 10.08.08.  

To see a greater truth, dreaming the new dream.
Lifting the Veils:

We come from a subtle time.
We have knowledge and awareness beyond our current beliefs, even beyond many of our imaginations.
We are so much more than we think we are, or have been taught to be.
How do we see, and access awareness of the worlds and understanding beyond our common bonds?
We must let go of the illusion of the Veils we cling to, which keep us from seeing our own greater Truth.
They are called obscurations in many tongues...that which obscures us from the Truth.

They are self-induced, the Veils.
If we were to peer into the Truth, we shall see into Pure Mind.  Pure Creation.  Pure Reality.  To do so, we must see beyond all Fear and Illusion. 
We must see beyond All we have made up, to believe, to protect us, to survive in a world we have perceived or experienced as hostile, violent, shameful, not intact, not at One with the All That Is.
We have come to believe we are separate from the Greater Reality.  Many of us have not even perceived it..
All the great teachers have told us we suffer from illusion of separation, that, in reality, we are One, not living in a world of isolation or suffering, but a great and benevolent Truth (we are the Buddha; the kingdom of heaven is at hand, or within....)
How do we see beyond our suffering to recognize that heaven within?

What is beyond the Veil we call death?
Why do so many masters teach us we create our own reality, springing from, as the Hindus say, the "Cave of Brahma", (behind the third eye region of the 'upper brain centers?')

What would happen if we chose to peer beyond death, beyond all that we fear the most.
Why do so many cultures offer allies to accompany us through the portals of death?
What allies would be beneficial to call upon?  Why, how, can they help us to not linger, but to make safe passage through the portals beyond this reality?
Can this understanding help us to bridge into the greater Realities at this time, to Peer Beyond the Veils?

If we cling to reality, we cannot pierce Reality with our breath or vision.  For it is free and luminous, not contained or held.
("neither Real nor unreal, both existing and non-existing, self luminous, and self-liberating")
We must let go of how we imagine we perceive reality, let go of all of our beliefs of how Reality is constructed, in order to perceive it as it is.
Even then, it is as free as every thought we create.

We must let go of all fear, illusion, death, grief, doubt, anger, shame, fear, guilt, remorse, all judgement, yes, all fear.

We must be able and willing to perceive ultimate purity.
Face it without pre-conception.
And be willing to let go impurities in order to perceive it.
And be willing to understand, to face, ourselves as ultimate purity.

We must be able and willing to embrace the incontinence of our own Divinity (not contained.)
The beauty, richness, and durablity of our being beyond all current fathomable belief.
All we perceive, we are.

All we perceive.

We are the Buddha, the Buddha tell us.
"Greater things than these shall be done."
All else is illusion.

What would happen if we do project our own reality onto the great matrix of life?
What if our beliefs did create our reality?
Then, whatever we believe can project onto that screen.
Thus, we must learn to contain our beliefs within the matrix of harmony of All Life.
Not just contain, but purify.
Move beyond duality, to pierce the Veil of Unity.

We are living in the time of the "Lifting of the Veils".  This is the nature, the actual meaning, of  both, "Revelations," and, 'The Apocalypse."
We are living in those times.  Let us create the reality anew.  In harmony with All Life, as we have been given to do.  Let us re-enter the Garden.
Let us Dream the New Dream, and enter relationship with the sacred dreamweavers of this earth to weave the fabric of creation in harmony, beauty and balance.

 As we come to the portal of release of how we believe reality is constructed, to witness it as it is,
we must come to pure consciousness, or all fear will be projected upon that screen.
Thank goodness our power of perception is limited.
But, as we purify, as the Veils thin, our ability to see more distinctly into the worlds beyond illusion grows more distinct.
If we hold one thread of impure thought, of fear or obstruction, that is the thread we will last perceive before we move into the construction of reality based upon pure thought, pure perception, pure being, pure reality.  This is the nature of the "Bardos" the Tibetans so vividly assist their patrons through at times of death, accompanying their comrades beyond the self constructed illusions, back to the "realms of pure light and sound."

It is by facing this level of consciousness, at the deepest level of our being, that we shall be able to move through our current states of confusion and suffering, and into an individual, and collective state of Awakening.  The new world, the new dream, which is unfolding during this time of "Revelations, of 'Lifting of the Veils.' "
Every great saint and teacher has passed through this great portal, whether it be Gautama facing the Lord Maya, to Yeshua facing the Deceiver in the desert.

We each have the perception, the wisdom the courage and knowledge within us to make this safe passage. 
Yet, keen understanding of methodology for holding to awakened states is most beneficial to assist us.
Collective prayer also can generate states of synergy further assisting us to move beyond the most common yoke.

Let us face our thoughts, our obscurations, our impurities, by focusing upon our pure being, as a source of understanding, of harmony, or tansmuting fear and illusion.
Let us move our awareness into the well of emptiness, the void of creation, from which all life springs.

Let us slowly learn to weave the threads of a stronger creation, based upon the universal principals of harmony, of balance, of pure perception, of pure being.
And join together, to collectively weave those threads into a matrix of beauty, balance, wonder, joy, ecstasy, harmony, generated in the love of and for all beings, all universes,
working with the DreamWeavers of this Sacred Earth, in service to all creation.
Let us:

Be of Pure Mind.

'Place all your awareness upon the One True Source of Being.
All else is entanglement.'

If you feel called, please, join with us in world service next weekend, Oct 18-19, see below.
Also, see 'final note' below, on the current dissolution of the economy.

Many blessings to all.
Zacciah Blackburn

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Resurrection of the Soul   

Next weekend, Oct 18-19, 2008,
    at the Stone Church, Bellows Falls, VT
As a courtesy to this growing community of wakeful beings,
 in this time of great challenge and opportunity,
we are reducing our overall fee for this program to $230
for all signing up by next Monday, October 13, at 5 PM. 
As we will be in class for 3 days (Sat-Mon),
we recommend you call prior to the weekend, or sign up on line at:
However, if you leave a voice message with your commitment to attend prior to Monday,
we will honor that call.

Let Us Begin:
Dreaming the New Dream;  Embracing our Role as Co-Creators
Awakening Our Abilities to see into the Other Worlds.
It is TIME! 

  "We can only open eyes that are willing to see."

Teachings on the Nature and Authenticity of the Human Soul
Calling upon the Sanctity of all Humanity
to Open to the New World, The New Dream for this World
to engage in our creative potential
to assume our Divine Heritage
to take our place as Co-Creators of the New Reality
In Acts of Deep Personal and Planetary Transformation

Come and Dream with us, and the Dreamweavers of this great Earth, the New Dream.

For additional information, or to register:

(subtle:  finely textured, cloth woven on a loom.
incontinence:  not contained
merriam webster)

In a final note,
We are currently witnessing the dissolution of our economy, and so much more, around us.
It is easy to allow fear or panic to direct our emotions, feelings, actions at times of such instability.
If we were to listen to the spin doctors and news addicts, we could easily buy into their panic, as they have no frame of reference to place this in, just as the news anchors have not understood the greater picture of growing world catatastrophes, climate change, and so much more.
This is part of the transformational process which we should be expecting to occur, as older systems not based on the harmonic principals of universal being, collapse, to make room for the new and rising harmonic consciousness of creation.  Ancient prophecies speak in many tongues, of the 'collapse of archaic systems which no longer serve us,' as we come into balance and harmony from within ourselves, individually, and collectively, to build a new consciousness.  They all point to this time, as the time of New Awakening.
The seeds have already been sown.  What we focus upon, and how we live, is vital to the weaving of the new tapestry of Creation.
It is normal, in times of new creation, for there to be a period of collapse and chaos, as new energies arise to replace the old growth curtailed by transformational winds.
Hold close to your true source of being.  This is the path.  Hold close to your true source of being.  Breathe deeply into your innermost heart, and let your breath arise from this as well.  From this place of purity, of beauty, of power and enlightened awareness.  Trust in that.  Feel that.  It will, also, assist each of us in the dissolution of our own thoughts and feelings which do not arise from the deeper reality of our own true Pure Being.
>From this, will arise the new and invigorating awareness which will bring us, each and every one ready and willing to make the transition, into greater stability, harmony, balance, wholeness, and well being.
This is a time to invest in your greater Truth, your greater Reality.  Only you know that in its fullness.  Trust in your own inner voice and path to self discovery and well being.
By building on the deeper, impenetrable spirit of creation (inviolate, remains fast and pure, no matter the outer circumstances,) we become less attached to the old and archaic systems we may have invested in, and it becomes easier and easier to allow that, based on mistruth, to crumble, and pass away.  As we invest in, and see the greater Truth arises with each breath, each action, each day, we focus more fully upon that, and build upon the one true source of our being, in a growing cycle of evolutionary awakening.

When we join in community, our ability to utilize these mostly untapped resources of creative harmony, and powers of awakening consciousness, build into unsuspected levels of collective harmony and well being, which we can seed into the fabric of creation.
This, in part, is what we shall be doing in this upcoming practice (Lifting the Veils,) and a growing part of our many practices offered.  We shall also be offering direct methods of finding balance and stability during these times of chaos.  Of discovering more definitively, and standing firm in our innermost being of Light and Power.  What is happening around us is nothing more than the leaves falling, swirling, and blowing in the wind, during a normal cycle of transformation, just as the leaves swirl in the winds of the fall.  If we step out into the winds, we can get blinded and lost in the chaos.  If we stayed attuned to the inner worlds, we can see it as a part of Creation, Movement, and Transformation.  While we need be mindful during the coming winter, we know the days of renewal and growth are building for the following season of spring.  It truly is as simple as that.

We wish many blessings upon each of you in these coming, extraordinary times. 
We offer this body of work in service to assist us, each, individually, and collectively, to enter these new times of Awakening to our Divinity, Beauty, Power, Joy, Abundance, and Well Being.
We are here to assist you, in private and group practice, as we enter more fully these incredible times of Change, Transformation, Awakening, and New Being.
Many blessings to all.
Zacciah Blackburn,
The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies,

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From prior News, 9.1.08:

What is HEALING?

Many are offering so many techniques to come into healing.
But, what is healing?  And, what about us, is not healed?
I often look to the root derivation of words to come into deeper understanding of their true nature.
Indeed, there are many cultures who suggest their words, based in ancient esoteric understandings, hold the essential nature of that which is spoken within the very sound of their words.  This is a very powerful understanding, that the vibrational nature of a word holds the essence of that spoken.
I believe, when we come to understand the most ancient roots of our own language, we also, come closer to deeper knowing, if not the vibrational essence of a word.  In the least, we more fully empower ourselves with the knowledge of the use of our language.  (Indeed, the word "power" means "to be able", giving great credence to the phrase that "knowledge is power."  Knowing, interestingly, as defined by Webster, arises from direct perception: "to perceive directly : have direct cognition of", also a most empowering understanding, requiring us to trust our own 'knowing' to come into understanding of that we perceive/  this is the very foundation of many esoteric practices in the world, to come into knowing from one's own perception and experience.)
This may seem an aside to the nature of this conversation on healing, but let us continue.

While I do not deny or neglect the many atrocities or traumas so many of us have suffered in our lives, we also cannot understand the pathway to healing until we have understood what the state of healing, or, the state of one who has been healed, is.

The nature of the word "healing", is derived from "wholeness."  To be "whole" is to be "healed."
But what is a whole person?  I have come to joke about 'what part of me is missing?'  If nothing is missing, then I must be whole....but, the deeper exploration of the nature of 'wholeness' reveals an even more distinct truth.

The meaning, the original root of the word "whole", is "holiness." 
This, indeed, gives us a most distinct clue, and pathway, to discover our own healing.
To be healed, is to be whole, to recognize our own holiness, our own divinity.
When we truly get this, that we are whole and Divine beings, our healing has occurred.
There is no other pathway which need be taken.
The path to that which we seek, is that which we seek.  To be healed is to be whole, to be whole is to be in our divine nature, to honor and embrace our holiness.  We are either whole and divine, or not, there is no middle ground, no other path.
We cannot deter from this pathway and make healing our goal.

When I was young, I worked a great deal with a specialist in the dual nature of life.  She understood all the names and natures of all holy and not so holy beings, and how to remove all the more heavy 'shtuff' we gather and collect through our misfortunes and dysfunctional encounters in our lives.  Our culture is deeply embedded in dysfunctional behavior, in case you have not noticed.
While I became very effective at removing negative energies and assisting us to encounter roots of dysfunctional behaviors in private practice, I inherently knew something was amiss.

I instinctively asked about this from a new teacher I was working with at a later time, how to do this work, and not get bogged down in all the heavy energies, necessary clearing and what not, as well as the ongoing aftermath of such intense 'heavy' work.
She said one thing, "Be of Pure Mind."

That encompassed an entire personal channeled session with some holy beings whom had proved to be most remarkable in their understanding of other aspects of my life.

I 'felt' the knowing of this statement, I knew it to be true.
It was life altering.
Though not overnight, I took to looking at, and more fully embracing, the singularity of life, the Oneness of all life, rather than distinguishing and focusing on the dual nature of life.  Indeed, these were our original instructions, according to western mysticism, "do not partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge, of good and evil."
It is not to deny good and evil, but to not partake of it, to not engage in it, to not focus in it, to not invest in it, to be in this world, but not of it.

Once I got this, my life changed dramatically.  I found no longer did I so easily engage in the heavy emotions our culture is so easily wrapped up in, the judgment and disdain of others, or the demeaning or disempowerment of oneself.

Instead, by focusing on that which is true, vs. that which is not, I came closer to that truth, with every step, every breath, taken. 

When we focus upon the dual nature, the harm or the horror of life, we give it life, we feed into it, we engage it in our beliefs, we give it power, we attract it to us by the very nature of the law of attraction.

Only by focusing on that whole, that holy, do we draw holiness and wholeness into our lives.  We need to nothing else.
Be of Pure Mind.

I like the story of a Scotland Yard detective.  The story goes, that there was this great Scotland Yard detective, world renowned as a specialist in deciphering counterfeit money.  He was spotted studying bills on a train one day by a man whom had high regard for his reputation, and the man came over to ask if he could join the detective in a conversation.  He said to the detective, "You are so well known for your uncanny ability to spot a counterfeit bill, you must spend so much of your time studying counterfeits."
The detective replied, simply, "Oh no, I spend my time studying the real thing, then the counterfeit is very easy to recognize."

This is the nature of this conversation.
Set your sights on that you wish to draw into your life.
If you wish to be healed, then see yourself whole.  Do not spend your days baptizing yourself in your sorrows and woes.  Heaven knows we have all been annihilated and violated time after time again.  (most of us have done our share of annihilating and violating, as well, in other lifetimes, if not this one.)
But, the more you focus on the atrocity, the more you build a pit for yourself to wallow in, a fence separating yourself from the higher holy being you truly are, and the greater divinity of All Life.
Again, this is not to deny our wounding, and indeed, we cannot deny, but must embrace that wounding as part of our path.  The point is we move through it by finding our wholeness and strength, not continually burdening ourselves with our pain.

By setting our awareness on the nature of our wholeness and well being, upon our divine being, we set into motion the laws of attraction which make this so.  For energy follows awareness, and we bring ever more so to us, that divine nature, to baptize us in that, vs. the sorrow.

There are those who will tell us, our true self cannot be violated.  It is, in actuality, not the eternal aspect of ourself which is wounded, but our lesser self.  By focusing on that most true and pure, the highest aspects of our being, not only do we awaken and enliven that, but draw it more fully into our being, into our awareness, into our awakened states of life.

The pathway to healing is to recognize, honor, and baptize ourselves in our wholeness, in our own holiness.
Many blessings upon this path,

I love the words of one great adept:

                Keep Your Attention on the One True Source of Being~  
                                        All Else is Entanglement

This is my new mantra.


There are several fundamental queries which revolve around our state of awareness and evolution of consciousness as spiritual beings.
Those questions are
  • Where Am I?
  • Who Am I?
  • Why Am I Here?

I have also come to understand that part of the query of "where am I?,” and “who am I?", seeking to be resolved, is "where am I from?"

These inquiries into the nature of the self are fundamental to our human experience.
As we progress through these self inquiries in ways which resolve their basic understanding, it opens doorways which allow us to engage in our greater spiritual development and purpose here on this planet, at this time.


It can assist us to have specific methods for entering in these states of inquiry, and engagement of the higher evolutionary powers of our greater soul.

In another area of interest:

Many of us are being awakened in the early morning hours, often between 2 and 4 AM, though the hours may vary with us individually, in part due to our different sleep cycles, etc.
Nonetheless, I find a growing number of people reporting being awakened during these hours, often not having any understanding why it is occurring, or what they might be able to do about it.
These hours are traditional known in esoteric circles as the 'magical window,' the time of the 'thinning of the veils,' a time in which we are most open and receptive to subtle energies.
Many reports suggest the onslaught of new energies, from the gamma and photon rays of deep space, to the disruption of the Earths electromagnetic field, to the HAARP antenna array, all may feed into this disruption of our sleep cycles.  (I don't wish to mention any of us having aging problems, either....)

Nonetheless, it makes perfect sense that this is a time our cognitive mind functions are in their most restful states, allowing for penetration of our more subtle senses with any 'abnormal' influx of energy.

In my own life experience, now joined by many who either learn via their own experiences, or have worked with me or others, to engage in these principals or practices, I find that this is indeed a time for infiltration of subtle energy forces.  Indeed, I find many cognitive beings of the subtle realms, our guides and teachers, seek to utilize this time to more easily and completely communicate with us.

The next time you are awakened in the middle of the night, and unable to re-enter sleep, I offer this method to try.  See what happens.

Imagine that there are one or more conscious beings seeking to reach out to you.
Imagine also, that these are holy beings with the highest intent and integrity.  If for any reason you perceive anything else, shut down the practice, knowing you have full control of your experience, and your field of being.
Do one of these three things, (or others, as guided:)

  • Imagine that conscious guides or holy beings are seeking to offer you intelligent energy. 
    • You can imagine it as a 'bundle' of energy, or a ‘gift’ of life force, but which holds intelligent information which may be known now, or at a later time, may unfold in your conscious path of awakening.
    • Open your awareness in your heart, and possibly third eye or crown simultaneously, and simply go into a receptive mode, to receive this.
    • You may wish to acknowledge, quietly, or out loud, that you are prepared to receive this gift of energy.
  • Imagine that there are one or more conscious guides or holy beings seeking to relate to you in a communicative form.
    • Open your awareness in your heart and/or third eye
    • Ask for communication.
    • State that you are ready to engage in communication with these holy beings, and wait, in a receptive mode, paying attention to your subtle senses.
  • Imagine that an aspect of your higher self is seeking to come into more awakened relationship with you.
    • Simply open your whole 'field of intelligence', your field of energy, or energy body, to be receptive to this higher state of grace, and rest with it, 'nest' in it.
  • Either way, ‘nest’ in the energies for awhile.
  • When you feel complete, be sure to give thanks to those whom have come.

You may need to attempt these methods several times before becoming successful at it, especially if you are not someone who regularly enters deep meditative states.
If you are, and still do not make 'connection', I also suggest simply entering your normal meditative practice, even while lying, still, in bed.

The vast majority of people who report back to me state they find extremely beneficial connections being made, or ‘downloads’ of important, vital energy or information (I am under emphasizing most comments.)  No one has yet reported nothing happening.

I have worked with these principals with those who have reported staying up for hours without being able to go back to sleep, even getting up at 2 or 3 in the morning and working in the house or on their computer because they could not sleep, no matter what they did, and finding, using these simple suggestions, that they make profound connections, AND, can then go back to sleep.

That is what I find.  If I make the connection, I can go back to sleep as soon as I do the 'work', that being, whatever it is I am meant to do at that time.  If I do not make the effort (I know better now,) I can toss and turn for hours.

This is where a large amount of the information and connections to the holy beings we work with in these programs is made, in my own life.  They come to inform and teach, gift me with gracious gifts of living energies, teaching new levels of humility or compassion of the heart, showing the beauty and immensity of creation, and so much more.

I highly encourage you to make the effort to connect with these living bodies of energy awakening you in the times of the "thin veils."

This IS the time of the “thinning,” or the "Lifting of the Veils."
I am so in awe of, & humbled by, how I am so often given information which builds into one of our program offerings, then I come to find that the energies of the cosmos are working in direct relationship to those principals given for our group practices currently, from the 10,000 year old Six Moon prophecies, to this time of the "Lifting of the Veils."
The theme of this next program in our series of Illumination of Consciousness series, was set months ago.  In the months since, more and more information has flooded in from outside sources, confirming the nature of these times.  From the terminology of elders to contemporary seers and psychics.  We are entering the time of the thinning of the veils.

Many suggest what is happening,  via the gamma and/or photon emissions we are experiencing from deep space, to the wobbling of our electromagnetic field (both scientific realities,) affect our 'normal' veiled consciousness, and it is becoming more and more opened, or sensitive, to subtle perceptions.
Incredibly, I am then reminded that both the Christian terms of these prophetic times, The Apocalypse, and Revelations, literally mean "Lifting the Veils."  It was ONLY in the 20th century that the terms came to be looked upon as cataclysmic, according to some Biblical scholars.  Prior to that, it was understood it was relating to the nature of our abilities to once again see into the Other Worlds of Creation, to perceive directly the greater truth.

The Time IS Now.
The Veils Are Lifting, as we enter this time of the Great Transformation, or Transfiguration, the Resurrection, or lifting up, of our own being.  Elders and Teachers the world over are telling us we each must do our part to enter into the Collective Transformation, to make it successful.  It only makes sense.  If we do not engage in doing what we need to do to create a new and harmonious world, it cannot be done, for we each are part of it.

Our programs are offered as world service, to assist us each to come into illumined, harmonious, awakened states, to meet and sustain our personal power, to Lift the Veils to our own inner knowing and direct perception, to see the One True Source of Being, to know infinitely Who We Are, and Why We Have Come at this time, to take part in this great odyssey of collective being, to Awaken as a race of beings, ready to do our part in the Universal Knowing.


It requires us to step into our Authentic Being and Power, to stand in the highest Integrity of our True Being.

Many of us have come from Other Times and Places.  It is beneficial for those who do not know, to practice methods to experience our greater selves and purpose, to witness, and then be able to stand in our authentic power and integrity.  It is beneficial, for those who do know, to come together in community to celebrate and create practices to ground and immerse ourselves collectively into this greater awareness, and utilize the synergy of group dynamics, to build and enliven the greater collective field, for the good of the Whole.
Many have invested in these times.  The Ancient Ones from many other times and places have told us, these times are critical to more than our small minds have yet to comprehend, in relation to the unfolding of the Greater Universe.  They also are quick to tell us WE are SO MUCH MORE than our minds have yet to conceive.  That we are great luminous beings of light, waiting to emerge, such as from a cocoon, or, from beneath a veil.
It was the great Shekinah which rested behind the veils of many temples of ancient times, the Cosmic Mother, the aspect of the Godhead with enough compassion that we could touch.  It is indeed through the principals of the Divine Feminine that this awakening is occurring, but in balance and harmony, finally, again, with the Divine Masculine.  Come and embrace with us, these magical times.

Come and Dream with us, and the Dreamweavers of this great Earth, the New Dream.

Many blessings to all.
Zacciah Blackburn



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