SACRED EARTH, SACRED SOUNDS
The Sounds of the Shaman
An Article, Meditative Practice, & description of our Sacred Sounds Retreat
~~Zacciah Blackburn, PhD
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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?
From 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.)
And, 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 shadows 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.
What 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.
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.
It will incorporate traditional fire ceremony.
We look forwarfd to seeing you.
Scroll down to see our accompanying meditative practice.
I offer this with much love and grace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.)
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The Sounds of the SHAMAN
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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.
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May 3-4, 2014,
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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.
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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 www.sunreed.com.
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Our practices embody these principals of sound and consciousness.
We welcome you to ask about our work and practices which might benefit you.
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:
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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.
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