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A Winter Solstice Message: 12.20.05 (& images 12.06)
Winter Solstice Sunrise, 12.06,
Bathing the doorway & back wall to the Calendar II stone chamber. The chamber, shaped to the geometries of the Golden Mean, has ancient pre-voweless Ogam writing on its lintel, now propped to prevent deterioration, dedicating it to the sun god "Bel". It is used in simple ceremony in our work.
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The Center of Light, Winter Solstice Message, Dec. 20, 2005
I am grateful to have so many beautiful relations among you.
Thank you for what you bring into my life.
I dearly look forward to what is yet to come!
Photo, c 2005, Zacciah Blackburn
A small gathering of folk at the Calendar II stone site Solstice morning, 2005. This is one of Vermont's many ancient sacred sites of an unknown people, with pre-historic writings, & alignments to celestial events, including the mid-winter Solstice morning sunrise bathing the back wall of one of it's simple stone chambers. Some of our programs explore these ancient sites.
My life, like yours, I am sure, continues to open to greater awareness, deeper knowing, long forgotten, or not previously understood.
Every day, it seems, I am opened to a more clear insight, connection, or understanding it seems I had not had before.
Yet, I feel little of this is new.
It is a re-awakening, a re-emergence of sorts, an embracing of what I/we already know, already have, already are.
It is as so many prophets and sages have declared for so long.
We are living beneath a veil. And, with humble searching, and gentle lifting, we, slowly, may be blessed with the ability to see further into the Great Mystery.
I believe it is a time for us all to come unveiled.
It is a time for us all to lift our eyes, our ears, our hearts, to hear the sounds and laughter of the wind, the daughters in the waters and the wells, and of the gentle ones in the higher ground. The holy ones waiting for us to come, the ancient ones steering us home.
We are such beautiful and dear beings, we humans.
We have only lost a sense of our selves.
We are not alone, nor are we on unfamiliar ground.
We are being asked to come to terms with what we do not truly believe, what does not serve us, what is founded on sand, or quicksand, as the case may be.
What is founded on illusion, on that which does not hold up in eternity.
Or to the flames of true understanding.
We are being asked to come home to our eternal being.
To claim our true heritage, our birthright, our Divinity.
The holy ones constantly tell us how great we are, how rich, how beautiful, how deserving, how vast we are, luminous beings of radiance and light. That we are sons and daughters of that most great, that most high, and we have only forgotten.
That we are vast luminous beings of radiance and Intelligence.
That we have only to step into the throne, into our birthright, again.
And we have only forgotten.
What else there is doesn't really matter.
Of course, it is hard to do this and pay the bills....it is a challenging reality we live in.
Yet, we are being asked.
And, I do not believe there is a contradiction.
But, that we do those things for which we have true conviction.
To do those things we feel are real, and whole.
Indeed, to claim our wholeness rather than our illness.
To claim our knowing versus our separation.
To let loose those things which do not serve us.
Winter Solstice is this.
It is a time of letting go of that unreal.
It is a time of death of those things which we can no longer hold on to.
Of those things which do not serve us.
It is a time of celebration of the turning of the Earth, and Sun, from the deepest darkness, toward the most brilliant light.
It is a time of touching the ancient knowledge.
A time of thin veils, in which the Ancient Ones stand ever so close to us, we can hear them whisper.
The Algonquin call it the "Feast of Dreams." And, this is what they allude to.
A time of meeting our ancestors in the dreamtime, and in ceremony.
Of reaching them and rekindling our faith and hope.
A time of touching deeper understanding.
And honoring those, and the path they have hewn.
We can touch upon each of these things.
We can honor those whom have gone before us.
Those whom have opened the doors to the Mystery, and know the pathway.
The ways of opening even further.
To receive the Light, the Love, and Faith and Hope.
To some, it may appear we stand on the threshold of darkness.
But this is the promise of the Winter Solstice.
That even from the deepest darkness, new light is born.
And, if we but take the time, to quieten and listen, we shall find that place within.
For, in winter, we are to turn within.
To quieten our lives and minds, and rest, renew.
This is not the time to fatten, but for fasting.
The outer world reveals to those who turn in, and be still.
So, I ask you, come, and be with me.
Be with all of those who seek truth.
For upon the threshold of this darkness
Lies a deeper truth waiting to reveal.
My blessings are upon you.
So many call upon these days to say that there is so much misery.
There has always been misery. Our eyes are finally seeing it.
There may be more suffering than ever before, but when was there more suffering than the Trail of Tears, there has always been suffering.
There truly may be more.
I offer you courage. To look within, to find your own suffering to heal.
Then you may turn to others to assist them.
Indeed, in assisting them, you may find the strongest power to heal.
Well, I have spoken for a long mail, and do not want to overbear you with reading this Season of Light. I have not even gotten to the many notes I have written myself over the past weeks to share with you. But I have spoken a large piece of what I wish to share.
This is a time of renewal and hope.
Many are telling me we have come over the crest of the hill.
Ready to emerge as ourselves again!
Not that there is not so much more to do....but, to be joyful, be simple, be playful, be willing to see in the world, what you wish the world to see.
Share the love you wish the world to share.
Offer the peaceful resolution you wish the world to hold.
Plant the seeds of compassion and freedom for others, that they might reap, that others might sow.
Rest, renew, revitalize, and come out in spring with vigor, joy, pleasure and compassion, peace, wisdom, and all of those things you seek, or seek others to have.
Many blessings to each of you.
Many, many blessings.
Yule tide blessings.
The Center of Light
Ascutney, VT USA
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: Middle English yol, from Old English geOl; akin to Old Norse jOl, a pagan midwinter festival
Etymology: Middle English, time, from Old English tId; akin to Old High German zIt time>
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Zacciah Blackburn is a sound healer trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures, and is practicing in Ascutney, VT, at the Center of Light. Zacciah is also Co-Director, Board and Trustee member, and Director of Education for the New England
Sound Healing Research Institute (NESHRI,) a worldwide community of healing practitioners broadening the awareness of sound healing through networking, education, and scientific research. www.neshri.org He is also co-founder of the World Sound Healing Organization, and the All One Now network of organizations furthering world peace, healing, and transformation of human consciousness through simple ceremony, broadcast live via the internet. www.allonenow.org, www.worldsoundhealing.org
C Zacciah 2005
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Zacciah Blackburn is a sound healer trained in classical healing, shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures, and is practicing in Ascutney, VT, USA, at the
. Zacciah facilitates workshops to bring us closer to our personal truth, as well as private counseling and sound healing. He brings with him a warmth and radiance that exudes through his work. He invites energies of various sacred cultures to assist us in our work. Centerof Light
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