Do I look healthier, happier? Could there be something to the healthy energy generated in this special place? Some claim there is strong energy centers called vortexes located here in Sedona, specifically 4 favorite places. Others say that all of Sedona creates this positive healing experience.
There are many “vortex tours”, but after reading “What is a Vortex? by Dennis Andres, who calls himself “Mr. Sedona”, my friend, Nancy and I decided to explore these places on our own. After all she has visited here for many years and has proven to be quite the tour guide to all the wonderful trails, as she coordinated our trips with the different positions of the sun so the colors of the rocks were enhanced throughout the day.
I liked the explanation given by Andres that a vortex acts as an amplifier of your energy, so whatever you bring to it will be greater than before, explaining why the experience can be different for each individual or at various times you visit. Of course his book gives very specific suggestions for appreciating each vortex to use the wind, sun, land, and water to become one with all the elements. Of course, I am relentlessly requesting that my friend take me to visit each and every one of the four main vortexes.
The first day we went to Airport Mesa, for a brief visit. I felt a little light-headed, but think it could have just been the change in altitude, coming from sea level of one to over 4,500 feet. The next day we visited Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed places, perhaps in the world. This area was crowded with groups of painters and photographers all set up on tripods just waiting for that perfect timing of the sun, clouds and mountains.
We walked the trail along the fast moving river traveling on the big smooth red rock to “Buddha Beach” where there were hundreds of totems people had built from the surrounding stones and natural materials. We each left our own totem and meditated in silence, taking in the little water falls with rushing water, the wind blowing through the pines and the frequent chirping birds. As we sat viewing this colorful palate against a blue cloudless sky it appeared the whole scene was not real, but a Hollywood backdrop from a movie, as if someone had just dropped these multi-colored mountains painted red, with occasional white stripes or the drips of black mountain varnish in the middle of a desert scattered with agave, pinion, juniper and prickly pear cactus.
Tomorrow we are going to Bell Rock and I have to tell you about our hot air balloon ride at Doe Mountain to see the sunrise and our experience on the Pink Jeep Tour that was like riding a roller coaster at 5000 feet. My first trip to this wonderful enchanting place is turning up with adventures around every corner. Hope I don’t bore you with too many details, but for me it is so exciting.
MAY ALL YOUR ROADS LEAD TO AN ADVENTURE!
Deborah C Linker