About Our Staff
Zacciah Blackburn, Director of The Center of Light, Owner Sunreed Instruments
Zacciah Blackburn is a gifted intuitive, teacher, and sound healer, trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures. He has been involved in the field of healing music, sound and shamanic practices for over 35 years. He teaches internationally, and practices in Vermont, USA. His work focuses on therapeutic sound, spiritual development, and indigenous earth mysteries. Zacciah utilizes sound coupled with sacred intention as a therapeutic tool, in mystical settings, for personal healing and transformation, in private therapies and workshop programs, providing illumined expertise in esoteric practices. He conducts tours world wide of sacred sites, utilizing & sharing his skills for Earth healing rituals with participants, incorporating sacred sound.
Dorothy Stone, Sound Healing Program Facilitator
Dorothy has been working in the area of health and wellness for over 30 years. She has a background in allopathic medicine as an Oncology Nurse, and was called to transition into alternative healthcare early in her career. She brings many different treatment modalities to her practice including, but not limited to, Swedish/Eslan massage, Ashiatsu, Mastery Reflexology, Reiki and Therapeutic Sound. Her years of study in the areas of sound healing and consciousness continually inspire her to bring the energies of harmony and balance to her work and the world.
As an artist, her love of the natural world has inspired her through botanical photography, which has been exhibited, and the merging of her spiritual path with the painting of medicine drums.
She resides in Vermont where she has a private practice and works with her partner, Zacciah Blackburn at Sunreed Instruments and the Center of Light.
Jonathan Wood, Manager
Jonathan Wood was strongly called to spirituality in his teens, leading him to go to college to study eastern philosophy, religion and psychology, graduating with a BA in Contemplative Studies. After college he sought to incorporate mindfulness in elementary school education, getting a Masters in Teaching For Social Justice. After his masters program, his life too a turn when he found Zacciah's work through his wife, who attended and finished three years of the School of Sound Healing. In attendance of the Honoring The Mother Of Us All workshop, Jonathan had the insight that he would become Zacciah's assistant, and took the job a few weeks later. Over the course of the next few years Jonathan would become an integral team member of Sunreed Instruments and The Center of Light. Along with having intimate experience with many different schools of meditation and spirituality, Jonathan is a musician playing many instruments Give us a call or an email, and you'll most likely speak to Jon who will be glad to help you with any sound instrument question, music theory need or program need.
About The Center Of Light and Our Programs
The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies, provides training in the art of sound healing as a therapeutic practice, personal workshops incorporating esoteric studies and meditation practices with the deeply moving and transformative power of Sacred Sound Transmissions, and private healing therapies utilizing Sacred Sound, spiritual counseling, and shamanic practice. Our workshops and individual therapies and studies are designed to draw us to our own innate wisdom and personal power, develop intuitive guidance and authenticity, deepening relationship with that we hold as sacred, awakening the core of our being, and enlivening us to pursue our personal destiny.
The Center of Light offers programs through its major category schools, The School of Sound Healing, The Earth Mystery School, The Evolution of Consciousness Series, and Therapies and Private Studies. Please spend time in each of these categories to find which type of program we offer will be right for your needs. We are happy to speak to you too over the phone or email!
The Center is a non-residential study and therapeutic center. We are located in Ascutney, Vermont, amidst the rich tapestries and beauty of the Green Mountains, but hold trainings world wide. We are situated on pristine land which incorporates deciduous and evergreen forests, meadows, a peaceful river, falls, springs, and gorge. We often incorporate work with the beauty and power of the Earth, and the elements of the Earth, in our programs.
Utilizing the power of Sacred Sound as a vehicle for transformational exploration, we come into personal attunements, and initiations into the Great Mystery.
About Sacred Sound
Sacred sound is one way of defining the nature of who we are as vibrational beings. Sound is the nature of Creation, as spoken through so many cultures, from Aboriginal to Biblical to Hindu. When we attune to our own sacred nature, and voice this in resonance with clarity and trust, we come into contact with our very essence. Zacciah uses sound coupled with sacred intention to invoke the essence of higher being. This allows us each to enter more readily into a Sacred Space, more ready to explore the deeper nature of ourselves, and relationship to that which we personally hold as Sacred. Integrating esoteric practices of shamanic and wisdom school traditions, Zacciah creates the groundwork which assists us in walking through a rich tapestry of unfolding experiential insights into our essence. He also works with Sacred Earth Sites, assisting us through ceremony and simple practices, to attune to earth energies and essences, also, to deepen relationship, and awaken personal revelation of the Nature of Place.
Sacred Sound has the power to move us beyond all normal realms of perception, of understanding, and comprehension. It has the ability to synchronize us with the mystical attributes of the Great Creation, the Here and Now, with the ebb and flow of Earth and Heaven. It can allow us to enter the Great Mystery with direct perception, bypassing the common cognitive method of experiencing and understanding, entering the Gnosis, knowing by experiencing.
It is Sacred Sound which then instills us with wonder of the Mystery and Beauty of All That Is, experiencing the Vastness and Oneness of which we are a part. It can part the veils of perception, that we might see, feel, and understand the Cosmos, its Wholeness, and our place in it.
Sacred Sound also holds the potency of Creation, able to mold and form that which we hold with pure intention, into a greater visceral knowing, with the ability for that to emerge into creative manifestation in our lives, and world.
With tenderness, knowing, humor, warmth, and efficacy, Zacciah guides us into this place of Wonder and embracing who we are.
The Center of Light is dedicated to the path of Self Realization, and, awareness of our true and authentic nature in relationship to the greater Whole, the Living Cosmos. We experience the universe as a vibrant and coherent form, able to uplift us with its guiding principles in our daily lives. We cherish the unique and individual nature of every living being, and seek to create experiences to assist others to reach their own greater potential, inherent goodness, and relationship to that Greater Whole.
About Our Therapies and Private Studies
We offer individual therapy and consultation for spiritual wellness, insight and self realization. We help the client reach stages of inner guidance and spiritual nourishment, according to where he or she is, and what he or she are ready for. We offer insight and methods to clarify life issues, work with deep release and healing as needed, and to find one's own voice, power, and authenticity in this world. We use sound and shamanic techniques to assist the client to enter states of clarity and alignment.
We also offer one-on-one and small group sound healing training. In this way, Zacciah can address specific individual areas of interest in short sessions, or he and the student(s) can create an individualized program to cover a broader spectrum of materials and experiential practice in which to engage.
These services are available in person, or by phone or Skype. The private therapy sessiobns are usually offered in one to one and a half hour sessions. The private training can be offered in single or multiple hour segments, in one day, or over the course of days, weeks, or months, depending on the depth in which the student wishes to engage, the areas of study he or she wish to cover, and the level of experience and/or expertise the student already may have. See our Therapies and Private Studies area for more in depth information and cost.
About Our Logo
The symbol we use for the Center's logo is a combination of ancient symbols, inspiration of other artists, and part of a logo we have used for decades in our partner business of musical and healing instruments, Sunreed World Musical Instruments (see www.sunreed.com).
The centermost emblem is the "Om", a Hindu symbol of Creation/Creator, containing all elements of Creation within it. It is said to be the 'sound' of all manifest Creation. In Hindu music, it is said to resonate at a frequency between C# and D. It is often considered as a word for "God," literally meaning "All", or "All That Is."
Containing the Om, is a symbol of two triangles interlocking, which is actually, in three dimensions, two tetrahedral (3 sided) pyramids. This is a key symbol, used in many cultures. It is called a Star Tetrahedron, and is related to the Sacred Geometries which compel All Life. It is often viewed in western society as the "Star of David", or the "Seal of Solomon." However, it is also the Sri Yantra of Hinduism, the Merkaba of Egyptian mysticism, and used throughout the world as a symbol of the union of Divine Feminine and Masculine in the act of Creation (the union of Shiva/Shakti in Hindu mysticism, for instance.) The ascending liberating energies of Earth, coupling with the descending manifesting energies of Heaven, join, create, sustain and move, all life, in a unified form. Life in the manifest form does not exist without these two energies in union and harmony. Much of our work focuses on creating and building awareness and conscious interaction with these two principals contained within all life.
The electromagnetic field, which is the foundation of our etheric being, is a counter-rotational field, called a toroid, created through this union. As with any EM field, it is created by the spin of the activating principal of the electric/masculine, coupling with the receptive/gestative principal of the magnetic/feminine.
The two hearts are indicative of the human element of love and divine union, which serves our growth, and is an offspring of this deeper union compelling us in our inherent nature.
The Sun is universal, but also relative to our 'Sunreed' logo's origins. (See www.sunreed.com) When first sculpting flutes from bamboo, Zacciah found a sun was formed by the grains of bamboo emerging at each node, when cut and polished at the right point. The name "Sun Reed" was born of the sun contained within each reed of bamboo. Yet it symbolizes the Divine Form of solar/electric/masculine energies, just as the wheel of life within, contains the Sacred Feminine. The Solar Principle is used throughout many cultures to compel us to understanding of our own luminous wisdom and being, as well as a portal in greater worlds of understanding. Just as the heart is the embodiment of the Sacred Feminine, the understanding of the Wisdom of the Heart, and the nature of Compassion, which brings us to embracing and embodying our unity with All Life.