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Why Sound Works

An Article
                       ~~Zacciah Blackburn, PhD

Why Sound Healing and Shamanic Sound Practices workWhy 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?

In the simplest explanation, it is


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 toWhy sound works in shamanic and sound healing therapies 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 works.
Sound moves energy.

Sound IS moving energy.
Sound is living energy.

Divine Intervention with sound, Self GenerationAnd, 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.

Through aligning with the fundamental, inherent nature (quality) of the sounds being generated, whether instrument or voice, and coupling that with clear intent (a focusing of awareness and 'direction,' or, 'expectation,') and clarity of emotion, heightened states of awareness can be reached, and 'expectations/intentions' made manifest.  Whether we are praying for Divine intervention, or calling upon a holy being or medicine ally in the subtle realms of consciousness, it is the coupling of emotion (energy) and sound, with the principles of thought, intent, and light, which creates the portal, or dynamic, for elemental consciousness to, move, stir and manifest, in alignment with those directions or expectations, dependent upon their clarity, form, and the quality of emotions (life force) behind them.Why Sound Healing works

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 Q'ero, Prayer Ceremony, Tipon, Perublessings 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 disserviceWhy Sound Works 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.  
Sounding in Boden AustriaAnd, 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.


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.  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:

Sacred Earth, Sacred Sounds:  Sounds of the Shaman.

It is held in July each year, this year, July 16-20, 2014.
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.

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 forward to seeing you.
 I offer this with much love and grace.
Many blessings,

School of Sound Healing

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AUGUST 16-23, 2014
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

See our full range of Sound Healing CD's, including a Four Day Training in therapeutic Sound Healing, full two day weekend, and individual sacred sound meditation practices for wellness and rich spiritual insight and connection, here.

Turning the Wheel CD set

Turning the Wheel CD set

A recent offering of a Meditative Practice

This practice is incorporated in one of our articles, The Solar Principle.  

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.

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 
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(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.)

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.


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Igniting Our Soul, Chester, VT

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(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,

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Phone: 802.674.9585

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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

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

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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.

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