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The Sounds of the Shaman  
An Article, Meditative Practice, & description of our Sacred Sounds Retreat
                       ~~Zacciah Blackburn, PhD
 Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, Sound Educator
From Our Director:
The Sounds of the Shaman

People have asked me for years to offer more traditional shamanic practices through my sound healing programs.  The reality is, my work is very shamanic in nature, and based in the rich tapestry and history of the use of shamanic sound in cultures from Cherokee and Ojibwe nations of the Americas (cultures I carry genetic and spiritual lineages of,) to the Tibetan Bon and Buddhist, Hindu mystical and Egyptian Mysteries I am initiated in, and birthed from.

Sound is every where and in every thing.  And, when we learn to listen to, and attune to, the vibrational essence, and information carried in all Living Things, as well as the VOICES OF THE OTHER WORLDS, we have an extraordinary opportunity to work with sound from a highly refined and other worldly perspective.

How do they speak, how do we listen, and learn?

shamanic practicesFrom a place of deep listening, and noticing how we perceive information from the subtle worlds, and developing relationship with those living entities (holy beings, guides, allies, teachers,) we come into deeper direct communion with them.  Paying attention is part of the process, to allow the Medicines to unfold.  Yet, there are specific methodologies we shall incorporate, as to how to access and gain direct communion with those in the SpiritWorlds.

There are, also, specific methods of learning how to view into the subtle body, and work energetically with others in shamanic/sound practices (therapeutic in nature.)

spirit worldsAnd, there are numerous ways to tap into the Living Energies of the Earth, create alliances with these energies, and the Elemental, Ancestral and other living consciousnesses of those energies (and realms, or worlds,) present, in every place, every room, every Earth Sanctuary we visit or live in, to incorporate in our lives, practices, and healing ceremonies for our selves and others, not to mention for the Earth Herself.

We are in a time of profound transformation, and in this special first of its kind retreat, we shall engage in real healing ceremonies for our selves, the Earth, and each other during this very special 5 day program.  

In this retreat, we shall take the highlights of my Sound Healers and other trainings, and incorporate & encapsulate elements of how to work with voice and instruments, energy of the human subtle field, and the subtle realms of the Greater Realities (or, Other Worlds,) around and within us.  How to develop allies and personal power, and resolve or dissolve the encumbrances we, or others carry, which debilitate most of our lives.

Why do so many focus on the shadow side, when that is not what we wish to create?  We cannot ignore the shadowsseeing into other worlds, spirits we carry, but it is far more important to realize who we truly are, where our power truly lies, and who are our greatest allies and resources for healing, living, and thriving, upon this bounteous Earth.

We shall peer into, work with, and come to understandings of both principals and processes of healing.

This is all part of what I offer in my greater 1, 2, and 3 year trainings in Sound.  Many do not understand how much of the shamanic perspective I bring into this work.  That is partly because of misunderstanding of the true nature of Shamanism, partly because of how I choose to language my work.

ancestors, shamanic practicesWhat I do is, and has always been, based more in traditional Shamanism (world traditions,) rather than what many have come to view shamanism to be in our contemporary society, where many of us have a very limited perspective of its true and authentic nature, and ability.  It is fundamentally to make us whole, to discover who we truly are, not who or what we have been led to believe.  By peering into the Other World realities, we gain direct observation of our true and authentic nature.  This empowers us, enlightens us, enlivens us, and we come away feeling whole and complete; healed.

So, perhaps we will start here.  What is shamanism; where does our power reside; how do we access it, define it, and utilize it; how do we heal ourselves and others;  how is the Earth involved; and what can we each do to assist in this powerful transformation of Human and Earthly consciousness which is transpiring today.

What does he mean by the Living Efire ceremonyarth, Living Energies, or 'Consciousnesses of Other Worlds?'  Do you realize these are alive, (everything,) and accessible as allies, as true living entities?

We have not been taught these principals well in the modern era.  We shall explore these directly, to empower our own path with direct communication, direct communion, direct communication, direct realization.

We will be in the luscious 95 Acres of the SpiritFire Retreat Center in Leyden MA, with the option to live in or commute to the practice.  Some work will be in doors, some outdoors.

fire ceremonyIt will incorporate traditional fire ceremony.

Everyone who comes will likely find this experience more than they anticipated, more than they possibly even imagined.  The majority of participants in this work, previously, report just that.  Even those who have come for years.  (One participant, who is an advanced student, with over 8 years of practice, states the ceremony in the Stone Chamber was the most profound she has ever  experienced, even moreso than our practices in ancient sites of UK, such as, Stonehenge, or in Egypt, and Peru.)

We look forwarfd to seeing you.


Scroll down to see our accompanying meditative practice.

 I offer this with much love and grace.

Many blessings,



A Meditative Practice

This practice is incorporated in one of our articles, The Solar Principle.  However, I am including it here, for those of you who did not see it.

I do this in large part, because the Sun is revered in equal part to the Earth as home and Creator to our reality on this plane of existence.  In many indigenous cultures, the Sun is representational of the Masculine aspects of Creation, as well as the elemental nature of Fire.  It is often reverently spoken to as "Grandfather," just as the Moon is spoken to as "Grandmother," and the Earth is spoken to as Mother.

Utilizing the princioples of FIre and Light bring guidance, warmth and nurturing, wisdom, and illumination, as well as the intensely transformative property of Fire and Electricity.

In this practice, follow the instructions, however, this time, use soft humming sounds as you tune into and 'entrain' to the principles of Light and Fire as you bathe in the Sun's ecstasy.  Use stronger sounds as you move into the advanced part of the practice, using the Sun's Electric Activating principle for insight and healing.

For the complete article this practice comes from, go here.
To join us in even more explicit tools using sound and the elements of the Earth and Sky, join us in our 5 day Sounds of the Shaman retreat in July.

Recommended allotment:  10-20 minutes, though the benefit of this practice can be derived in shorter and longer durations.

Lightening of the Sun.

 Come to a restful, upright posture.  If you are indoors, it is preferable to be near or in direct sunlight, such as by a window.  If outdoors, also, it is preferable to be in or near direct sunlight.  This is not mandatory to use this practice.  You can do it anywhere, at any time, in daylight, other light, in the dark, or beneath a night sky.  In these latter cases, you will simply need to use your power of awareness and imagination to create the affect of the Sun.  But, this is easy to do, as any of us have used our imagination many times, and perceived an affect by so doing.

Come to a restful posture, sitting upright.  It is fine to lean back against a tree, or in a chair or sofa, etc.  Feel, or imagine the sun above you.  Imagine if you can, that it is directly overhead.

If it were actually at an angle, cascading onto your back or neck, take a few moments, or minutes, first, to feel it as it is in this present experience.  Allow yourself to relax into and ‘entrain’ to that feeling experience for a while, feeling the sun as it actually is at this moment in time.  If it is dark or cloudy, again, simply use your imagination.  Then slowly, migrate your awareness to the crown, at the top of the head, and imagine the sun is directly overhead, and the sunlight is cascading directly down upon your head, through the crown center, at the top of your head, and cascading down into your body.
Let your awareness migrate for a little while, up to the sun, back down through the crown, and down into your body, following the sunlight down, wherever you feel, or imagine, its warmth and light wishes to wander.  Allow some part of your body to become a primary receptacle of that light and warmth.  And, over the next few minutes, begin to focus more and more of your awareness in this region of the body, feeling the accumulation of light and warmth from the sun.  Some part of your awareness is always focused upon the sun as the source point for this light and warmth.

At some point, let some part of your awareness move down into the Earth below you, through your pelvis, tailbone, root center, and/or bottoms of your feet, directly into the Earth, or through the floor, as if you were resting directly upon the Earth.  Simply, allow, for some time, some part of your awareness to move down, to connect, to some degree, to the Earth below, then bring your awareness back up to this ‘gathering vessel’ in your body.  Continue to gather feeling and energy here for some period of time.

Then, slowly, migrate your awareness back up to the sun, and down again.

As you do so, this time, imagine the sun is cascading out, in arcs around you, as if the sunlight is forming a dome, much like a domed cathedral.  You are sitting in the middle of this dome.   The sun is at its zenith, its highest point, directly over you.  And, the light of the sun is cascading out in arches around you, creating the form of the dome, as well as continuing to cascade down directly into your body, through the crown, into this region of the body we are calling your gathering vessel.

Rest here, as long as you wish to, in this arced dome of Pure Light and Warmth.  Focus primarily upon the Receptacle in your body, simultaneously, with the Sun as the Source of Light above you, within this Arc.  Allow yourself to experience, through the feeling states, any intuitive awareness which arises.  You might notice, for instance, the charging, warming, illuminating, or transformative nature and power of the Sun, and, its Light, or, Fire.  What do you perceive?  Does joy or some other quality arise?  Allow your self to perceive it, and drink it fully into this gathering region of the body.
Rest in this.

You can end the practice here.

If you wish to continue to a more advanced stage of the practice, continue reading.

This practice may germinate awareness of intuitive insight which arises, including a more ‘indigenous’ understanding of the Living Energies and Consciousness of the Sun, Our Body, and The Earth.  In indigenous wisdom, this correlates to the “Three Worlds” of Creation, becoming a vessel, an axis between the three is a conduit for great experiential learning and understanding.
Rest in this arced conduit, or column of Living Light, for some time.

For some of us, this practice may bring up any combination of intuitive wisdom, vision and insight, direct revelational states from the celestial realms, or some deeper aspects of our own inner consciousness waiting to be healed.  Either way, the remainder of the practice can be of great benefit, utilizing the Intelligent Wisdom and Activating/Electric Principles of the Sun.

While resting, allow your awareness to, more and more, simultaneously focus upon the Receptacle in your body, with the Sun as the Source of Light above you. 

Allow your awareness to germinate a distinct difference, or distance, between your Receptacle and the Sun.  What are you perceiving in each focal point?  And, in the distance between them?  Allow your intuitive wisdom, perception, and insight to notice your subtle impressions of consciousness through the feeling states of the practice.  Do not get too engaged in a cognitive or analytical process, just notice what you perceive.

Again, rest in this awhile.

As you do this, at some point, bring up a point of insight, a question in which you wish greater clarity, or something which has arisen during the process that you would like to heal.  Perhaps an unresolved emotional situation has come up, a past or current relationship issue, or an insight into self-awareness, or motivations behind your actions, either that are encouraging or disappointing you in your life journey.  Perhaps there is some part of your life you have been trying to change, or something you have been wanting to more fully realize, awaken, or create. 
Allow some point of awareness to arise, such as these, that you can form a direct question from, or inquiry into, for healing, transformation, or greater wisdom and insight.

Allow this ‘inquiry’ to form in the region of your heart, in your solar plexus, or in the ‘gathering vessel’ you have been utilizing.   If there is another chakra, or energy center, of your body, in which this ‘inquiry’ wishes to form, simply allow it to focalize it there.
Focus upon the question, with the ‘distance’ or ‘difference’ between the Gathering Vessel and the Sun becoming more and more prominent.

NOW, in the next moment, allow an arc of the Sun to pass into the space in which you are holding this inquiry, and ILLUMINE or TRANSFORM it.

Do this last aspect of the practice several times, until you feel resolution within it.  If you do not ‘experience’ the Arc, allow yourself time to try it several more times over the next few days or weeks.  Do not be discouraged, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of perceiving this.

Once you feel complete in the practice, rest your awareness in that region you were ‘holding’ this ‘inquiry,’ and allow yourself to continue to bathe in the dynamic illuminative and transformative properties of the Sun.

We pray this practice serves to the highest benefit, and that you may use it in service to your own evolution, and that of All Life.

Many blessings


You may, also, see prior articles, and meditative practices, with the Power of Illumination, Light, and the Solar Principle, here. (Scroll all articles to see add'l articles with meditative practices.)

2014 Zacciah Blackburn, PhD 
The Center of Light 
All Rights Reserved 
You may copy or send these articles in their entirety, without revision, as long as this acknowledgement and contact information is included.

(image credits:  Image of Hat'or with her hands out:  Hathor, by Dawn Wilson-Enoch;  the stone Hathor is from my Egyptian photos, w/ a little photoshop doctoring.  , woman in desert:  Dawn Wilson-Enoch;   flowers and Egyptian photos, c Zacciah;  Space photo, NASA; Magdalene, unknown artist, image from Zacciah's photo, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.)

Sacred Sound Healing, Sacred Earth Hearing retreat
Sacred Sounds, Sacred Earth
The Sounds of the SHAMAN

A 5 Day Shamanic Sacred Sound Retreat 
July, 2015

Therapeutic/Shamanic Sound practices,
Sacred Ceremony for Healing
the Earth and Each Other,
Accessing Ancient Sites
and Earth Wisdom

The Hathors and many others of the Council of High Elders working with Zacciah guides these intimate words.
You may view information on our upcoming practice, utilizing the Solar Principle to enter high states of inner wisdom and illumination, here.
All of our current, upcoming practices, may be viewed here.   
 Igniting the Soul, Chester, VT
So much is occurring in our collective field at this time.  Come and find places of balance, restoration, renewal and vigor, and seeds worthy of planting.   

Our next main practice:
Igniting the Soul
May 3-4, 2014,
Chester VT

All Practices
More artilces and news here

(For more on this, read some of our last messages from the Earth, earlier articles about earth wisdom and resonance, some with easy meditative practices, and mp3 downloads)
There is an elemental grace which the Earth exudes. We have the power to step into it. We have the elemental right and responsibility to do so. It is inherent within us. The Elemental Grace and Wisdom of our Divine Origins.It is our Birth Right.

Claim it.


Join us in our upcoming programs!

Igniting Our Soul, Chester, VT

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2014 Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, The Center of Light

(A recent article, with a free download in MP3 format, of its meditation is available here. The same restrictions apply to the audio sample.)

I share many blessings with each of you.
Many blessings,

 more articles soon to come!

See our latest newsletter here.
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Zacciah Blackburn, PhD;       The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies
Ascutney, VT  05030   USA
Phone: 802.674.9585

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Sacred Sound Healing, Sacred Earth Hearing retreat
Sacred Sounds, Sacred Earth
The Sounds of the SHAMAN

A 5 Day Shamanic Sacred Sound Retreat 
July, 2014

Therapeutic/Shamanic Sound practices,
Sacred Ceremony for Healing
the Earth and Each Other,
Accessing Ancient Sites
and Earth Wisdom
Full Weekend Practice
For First time, on 8 CD set
Turning the Wheel. Blue Medicine Buddha Empowerment
Feb 2-3, and Feb 4th, 2013,

Chester, VT; 

Mastering the Wheel of our Destiny 
Learning the Art of Manifestation
 maya prophecies    High Tantra, Tulum, Mexico, Sacred Retreat
Our Solstice Practice Dec 21, 2013

Chester, VT
Watch in our next newsletters for our full announcements of our upcoming  Practices to engage in the New Earth, of which we each have a part.

2013-14 Zacciah Blackburn
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Zacciah Blackburn, PhD
The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies
Ascutney, VT  05030   USA
Phone: 802.674.9585
Fax:  802.674.9586

Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, is a gifted intuitive, teacher, and sound healer, trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures.  He teaches internationally, and practices in Vermont, USA, at the Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies.  Zacciah shares authentic trainings in the nature of human consciousness, explorations into the Shamanic worlds of Earth Energies & awareness, and teachings on the nature of sound, and sacred sound practices, as a therapeutic healing modality.  His in depth understanding provides life transforming experiences into the authentic nature, being, and wellness of who we are as spiritual beings, and how to develop that nature.  He is Director of Education at the International Sound Healing Network, & co-founder & Director of the World Sound Healing and All One Now Network of organizations working for global peace. He is, also, a founding board member of the Sound and Music Alliance.  Zacciah, also, offers musical instruments of sacred sound cultures, & sound healing tools, at
See, his primary website, for further information.
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Blessings reign upon us all, and are open to us all at any time we choose to put our awareness there.
May it be true for all peoples of the Earth.

2011 Zacciah Blackburn, The Center of Light, please review note below

More about Living Earth, Living Relations, the Taripay Pacha, the Q'ero, and the Inka Seed, HERE, and HERE.

Zacciah will add to these articles in near future times.

In the meantime, look at our Earth Energies, Earth Mysteries practices here, including sacred tours in Vermont, France, and Peru, in 2011.
See our many Articles on the Earth Mysteries, Sacred Sound, Human Consciousness, and These Times of Great Awakening and Transformation, here.
2011 Zacciah Blackburn, The Center of Light 
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 Zacciah, also, offers musical instruments of sacred sound cultures, & sound healing tools, at
See for further information. 


Our practices embody these principals of sound and consciousness.
We welcome you to ask about our work and practices which might benefit you.
Our School of Sound Healing teaches these practices.  Watch for our next article on the art of Sacred Sound, and how to attune to heightened states of consciousness, embrace, embody and voice them.
Our Egyptian practices, and other esoteric programs, embody these principals, such as our upcoming Horus and Golden Body Practices.
And, they are part of our Earth Energies classes.


See our next program in the series of Egyptian Studies at:
The Illumination of Consciousness Series:  Egyptian Mysteries & other Esoteric Studies
The many realms of Zacciah's trainings into the Illumination of Consciousness, including the Egyptian Mysteries, the Earth Mysteries, with  Indigenous trainings, and other program formats, and the Professional Sound Healers Trainings, will provide ever more revealing journeys in both professional explorations and more personal transformational opportunities, for those wishing to pursue the Mystery as revealed through use of our own awareness, guided exercises, esoteric energy practices, and Sacred Sound Initiations.
We welcome your requests for additional information regarding these programs.

Zacciah, and Staff
Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies
Canyon gorge, Vermont                                                Horus' Gifts                   Gifts 
Stone Canyon, Vermont                                                                                    Gifts of the Ancients, Egypt

Most of these images are the property of Zacciah, and are available through the Center of Light for purchase.
Some images may not be, and are attributed where known.
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or 802.674.9585

Awakening Ra, Saluting the Sun
"Awaiting Ra',
Gifts of the Sun, Mexico

The Ancestors
The Ancestors Remind Us

The Gifts
Gifts of the Earth 
Gifts of The Realms of Pure Light and Sound

Amaru Muru, Peru
Gateway at Amaru Muru, Peru

The Doorway at Calendar II Stone Chamber in Vermont 
Gifts of the New Sun, Solstice stone chamber, VT
"Star Cathedral, temple of knowledge;
home to the Invisible Libraries"
See:  Gifts of the Earth

Prayers of Remembrance, Egypt

Earth Mysteries, the Ancient Dragon Beings

 Apu Ascutney, a once great 27,000' Volcano,
The "Grandfather" mountain of this region.

Mill Brook, Ascutney, VT
Mill Brook, on the Center's Property
"I will nourish you"

 Wall of Stone, Sacred Canyon, Vermont 
Sacred Stones, Ancient Gorge, VT
Sacred Geometries in Nature
Sacred Geometries in Nature
Geometries of Nature, 2
The Ancient Study of the Geometries of Life

Gateway, Tiahuanaco, Bolivia

the chakras
Gateways of Consciousness, the 7 Seals,
or Chakras
  stone gate keepers
Stone Guardian, Stone Chamber, VT

Gateway Stones
Stone Circle, an interdimensional Gateway, New England

Q'ero, Prayer Ceremony, Tipon, Peru
Q'ero, Despacho offering, Tipon, Peru

Sun and Earth, Stone and Sky
Stonehenge, UK
courtesy CymaticsSource

Sacred Geometries, the ancient mysteries

Sacred Geometries
Sacred Geometries, Earth and Sky

 Living Relations
Revelations, Mt Mansfield, VT; Earth and Sky

Return to Beauty
A Return to Beauty, VT

Qero, Peru, Tipon Temple
Qero Paqo, Tipon Temples, Peru
 revelations, stone chamber, vermont  
Gifts of Light, Stone Chamber, VT

City of Light,Vermont Practices
Cities of Light, from Mt Mansfield, VT

Approaching the Calendar II Stone Chamber, Vermont
Approaching Stone Chamber, VT
offerings made
Sacred Earth Ceremony
Right attitude:  
Prayers for the Earth

Diamond Light
Approaching the Mysteries, the Diamond Light

Guardians of the Mysteries

Eagle Nebula, NASA
Celestial Realities
Eagle Nebula, NASA

 Mt Mansfield sunset
Celestial Realizations, Mt Mansfield, VT
Solstice Sunrise, Calendar II Stone Chamber, Vermont
Winter Solstice Chamber, VT

Sounding in Boden Austria
Sounding the Mysteries, Austria

Spirit in the Fogue, Stone Chamber, Cornwall, England
Spirit manifest, the Fogue chamber,
Cornwall, England

Calendar II Stone Chamber, Vermont
pathway to a stone chamber, VT

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru 


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Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, is a sound healer trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures. 
Zacciah is Director of Education for the International Sound Healing Network,  &
Co-Founder of
the World Sound Healing & All One Now Organizations.

                                                                           Zacciah Blackburn,  The Center of Light

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