Why Sound Works
And, HOW IT WORKS IN THERAPEUTIC AND SHAMANIC SETTINGS
~~Zacciah Blackburn, PhD
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Why is so much attention being placed on sound healing therapies for personal wellness and professional practice, from classical sound healing therapies and shamanic practices, to medical doctors, nurses, and a growing number of body wellness and psycho-therapeutic practitioners incorporating it into, and from, a growing, wide base of modalities?
BECAUSE SOUND WORKS!
It works for a variety of reasons, and from a variety of perspectives and techniques. I cannot cover all of this here, but I offer a few basics, which are far from just 'foundational' understandings. Within this information, is the cohesive heart of sacred sound practice.
From a historic perspective, sound has been used in every culture on our planet as a method to connect to what is held by that culture as sacred or divine, for healing and inspiration, for invocation and aspiration, for aligning with and entering 'other worlds' of higher dimensional realities, to draw wisdom, insight, and healing for others, or self, as well as to describe the very nature of Creation itself..
There is not a known indigenous culture on the planet which is not using fundamental rhythm and voice for such practices, nor a choir, monastery, or nunnery not doing the same, no matter the cultural or spiritual lineage or alliance.
Sound IS moving energy.
science is aligning with this ancient 'wisdom' perspective, through its
current, and growing, understanding of the very nature of matter as
energy in motion, and the apparent living consciousness of everything at
least down to molecular and atomic size.
The nature of mantra and chant are explicit to this theme. The very definition of mantra is explicit to the use of sound and thought for clarity, protection, alignment, invocation, and self realization. The "self generation' practices of Tibetan Buddhism would be but one example of this. The invocation of elemental water in an indigenous rain ceremony would be another. The intonation of ancient sung prayers, with rattle or drum, by the shamanic medicine elder, whether calling non-beneficial spirits from within the body, to the blessings of herbal teas as medicines, in alliance with the 'devic' spirits of the plant, would be yet another, as would be the invitation of the Wisdom of the Sun at sunrise, or sunset, in humble, simple prayer or ceremony.The understanding of, and need for, clarity of emotion, and quality of 'direction' or 'expectation,' can only be realized at the level of self cleansing and empowerment we have, personally, reached, in order to utilize these as principle tools and guidelines to our work in the field of sound and shamanic practice. Yet, the greater one has realized one's own state of empowerment, and voice as an ally in harmony with Creation, the greater these tools can be recognized, and utilized, as paramount to the sound or shamanic practice.
The voice is an incredible tool, because it literally, directly manifests the coupling of will and intention, with clear thought and emotion, in the mindful practice of sound and shamanic work. It is a disservice to the rich diversity and history of the shamanic tradtions, to not realize sound work, with far more than a simple rhythm, but clear invocation, alignment, and attunement, with an empowered vocalization of the medicine allies of the subtle worlds, is part of EVERY shamanic traditon on our planet. Many people have a distorted view of shamanism, due in part, to those who focus far too much upon aspects of its use in relationship to the lower worlds. At least one Tibetan Bon practitioner calls these the 'lower schools' of shamanism, who do not realize the greater aspects of self realization and service which the practices for which the practices can be, and in origin, were intended to be used. Most indigenous cultures utilize their wisdom to enter harmonious union with their view of Creation, the Great Mystery, in service to their people, and planet. While much wisdom is lost, much of it, equally went underground during the great oppressions of indigenous peoples world wide in the last centuries. It is resurfacing more and more, and the use of sound and intentional ceremony or practices are remarkable. And, while remarkably varied by culture, they, also, hold remarkably similar constructs in the fundamental coupling of voice, intent or prayer, and sound fields generated by rhythmical or drone instruments. These are extremely similar, whether Australian aboriginal ceremonies, North, South or Central American Native ceremonies, Kahuna, Tibetan Bon or Buddhists, or mystical/esoteric Christian or Hindu rituals.
The fundamental, inherent coupling of voice, intent, sound instruments, prayerful mindfulness, clarity of emotions, will, and personal power, in alignment with higher will, empowered being, harmonious resonance, and/or union with a higher essence, all feed into dynamic practices, which underlie most, if not all, spiritual traditions on our planet, to bring forward healing and cohesiveness, alignment, and invocation, and, manifestation through elemental, if not miraculous, intervention and alliances, in service, or for self or cultural empowerment and realization. Though there is a wide variance, on the surface, of so many ethnical traditions and cultural perspectives and views on the nature of Creation, and Reality, as well as ceremonies, rituals and practices incorporating the use of sound elements, there resides a fundamental and underlieing essence as to HOW the practices are intended, and work, through these basic principles.
The topic is broad and rich.
It is, truly, a lifetime journey to incorporate it all.
There are so many modern modalities springing forth from this ancient indigenous wisdom. And, now, it is, more and more, being confirmed, understood, amplified, and applied, through modern science and numerous new technologies arising from those understandings, as well.
Yet, then, as with all great pathways, masters and teachers, one begins to realize only, in an infinite universe, guided by an incomprehensibly paradoxical Great Mystery, that there is an infinite amount more to learn, comprehend, integrate, and incorporate, in one's life and practice, in the infinite path of self realization and manifestation, in Harmony with All Life.
And, we take a deep breath, and simply say, 'aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....,' in deep release, alignment, attunement, and surrender to, that Great Mystery, and the All That Is.
Blessings to all.
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.
I have taken all I have learned, and all I teach in a 3 year training
program on sound therapy, to encapsulate it, and incorporate it to the
best of my ability, into a 5 day Sacred Sound retreat, we call:
The focus is a comprehensive program which incorporates fundamental understanding of the principles outlined above, of sound, intent, clarity of emotion and thought, working with basic sound tools, such as drums, ratttles, Tibetan and Crystal bowls, and bells, tuning forks, and other instruments in a cohesive platform. We integrate this knowledge in skill building exercises and practices, that do all we can, in a 5 day training, to bring sound therapies into a personal or professional setting. We utilize shamanic principles of seeing into other worlds, drawing upon alliance and empowerment for healing techniques, and working with the elemental consciousness of the Earth, and sacred sites, to enter heightened states of awareness, realization, and empowerment.
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.
A recent offering of a Meditative Practice
This practice is incorporated in one of our articles, The Solar Principle.
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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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Zacciah Blackburn, PhD
The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies
Ascutney, VT 05030 USA
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.
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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.
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The Ancestors Remind Us
Gifts of the Earth
Gifts of The Realms of Pure Light and Sound
Gateway at Amaru Muru, Peru
Gifts of the New Sun, Solstice stone chamber, VT
"Star Cathedral, temple of knowledge;
home to the Invisible Libraries"
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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, on the Center's Property
"I will nourish you"
Sacred Stones, Ancient Gorge, VT
Sacred Geometries in Nature
The Ancient Study of the Geometries of Life
Gateway, Tiahuanaco, Bolivia
Gateways of Consciousness, the 7 Seals,
Stone Guardian, Stone Chamber, VT
Stone Circle, an interdimensional Gateway, New England
Q'ero, Despacho offering, Tipon, Peru
Sun and Earth, Stone and Sky
Sacred Geometries, the ancient mysteries
Sacred Geometries, Earth and Sky
Revelations, Mt Mansfield, VT; Earth and Sky
A Return to Beauty, VT
Qero Paqo, Tipon Temples, Peru
Gifts of Light, Stone Chamber, VT
Cities of Light, from Mt Mansfield, VT
Approaching Stone Chamber, VT
Prayers for the Earth
Approaching the Mysteries, the Diamond Light
Guardians of the Mysteries
Eagle Nebula, NASA
Celestial Realizations, Mt Mansfield, VT
Winter Solstice Chamber, VT
Sounding the Mysteries, Austria
Spirit manifest, the Fogue chamber,
pathway to a stone chamber, VT
Machu Picchu, Peru
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