Why Sedona’s Powerful Energy Keeps Being “Re-discovered”

sedona toursThe powerful energy that makes Sedona, Arizona so special is a “secret” that keeps getting re-discovered. The original visitors were probably the ancestors of Navajo and Apache Native Americans, who came for spiritual purposes such as vision quests.

In the mid 20th century, Hollywood film crews were more interested in the picturesque red rock formations than the less obvious attractions. But soon after, in the 1950s, it became an artistic center, with such notable residents as author Kahlil Gibran and sculptor and surrealist painter Max Ernst. It was then that people practicing yoga and meditation realized that certain hilltop locations seemed to enhance their practices.

Sedona’s fame really burst into the public eye in 1987 when the Harmonic Convergence was held there, due to a large extent because trance medium Page Bryant had identified four energy vortexes as the focal points of Sedona’s remarkable power.

In 1995, the Chamber of Commerce did a study showing that 64% of the 4,000,000 annual visitors to Sedona came in order to gain “some kind of spiritual experience.”

Sedona Vortex Energy

Because of the mild climate and spectacular scenery, many people find Sedona to be an agreeable place to retire, and many who do develop sudden artistic endeavors, even though they had no previous interest in painting, sculpture or handicrafts. Not everybody can take the constant force of so much energy, however. It is not unusual for first-time visitors to fall in love with the place, buy a home, and then move away a few months later.

If you look at a list of local businesses, you might be surprised to see the exceptionally high concentration of spiritually-oriented enterprises, such as psychics, spiritual counselors, astrologers, massage therapists and other energy workers. A member of the local psychic association once joked that “Sedona is the only city in the world with 1,500 channels and no TV station.”

When we visited, a few decades ago, we were at first skeptical, thinking that the energy vortex stories were just so much hype. That illusion was shattered when we experienced it for ourselves and felt the energy in some locations to be literally tangible.

For those who want to be able to check Sedona off of their bucket list, Body Mind Spirit Journeys has just announced that their 7-day “Sacred Sedona Experience” tour will be happening August 14 – 20, 2016.

The tour leader. Jewels Maloney, made a short video that really captures the spirit as well as the beauty of Sedona. It was recorded at the Seven Sacred Pools, one of the destinations on the tour. You can watch it below.

To see the complete group program itinerary, pricing and access to the registration form, please Click Here.

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May 16 – 22, 2016 Spiritual Sedona Experience Announced

A spiritual tour of Sedona, Arizona has just been announced that incorporates the most awesome beauty and profound power of one of the most inspirational locations in America. Having read a lot of stories about Sedona’s energy vortexes and their connection with the New Age movement, I discounted the reports as just so much hype until I experienced them in person. After discovering the vortex energy is tangible, I realized the magic of Sedona is genuine.

Long before Europeans invaded the continent, the area around Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon was sacred to various aboriginal people, including Hopi, and Navajo who would come to meditate at the areas we now call the Vortexes.

The term “vortex” was initially coined by Page Bryant, a trance medium. She listed Sedona’s most important centers of energy as Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon.

Airport Mesa Vortex

Juniper tree at Airport Mesa Vortex, Sedona

I was told that high energy sites can be identified by the appearance of juniper trees. The more twisted are the branches, the nearer you are to an energy vortex. When my partner and I visited Airport Mesa, we moved to a saddle between a pair of hills where the Junipers were extremely twisty. After sitting for only a short time, I felt too active and full of energy to just sit and meditate. I wanted to jump around. My partner said she felt “tingling waves” in the middle of her body. Cathedral Rock, to me felt very different. My mood there was calm and I felt nurtured by the feminine energy from Mother Earth.

Originally, the Sedona area was settled by ranchers, but it was not until it was discovered by artists that residents started realizing how powerful the energy of the vortexes could be. People began going there to meditate and do yoga. The energy has the ability to stimulate creativity. I was told of many older people who were not previously artistic, started taking up painting, drawing, pottery making and other creative endeavors after retiring to Sedona.

Boynton Canyon has been characterized as “a mysterious twilight zone or in-between place where Spirit is sometimes revealed.” Others described the area as a “gateway to a vast unconscious realm.” The canyon is a special place for Native Americans including Taos and Apache. Some people have come back from hikes reporting they saw “the spirit of an old man with long white hair in a braid, having a kind but serious face,” One writer said this spirit is a guardian whose message is that people should respect the land.

It is interesting to note that the four groups of aboriginal people who settled Sedona came there from the four sacred directions: Yavapai from the West, Apaches from the East, Hopi from the South and Athabascans from the North.

The reason for Sedona’s energetic power has been theorized in a variety of different explanations. Raymond Mardyks, writing in Star Temples in the Stones, says the stone formations in are energized through their alignment to constellations in the sky. Marty Wolf of Earth Wisdom tours has a more down to earth theory, saying the red sandstone rocks are energized because the iron and quartz can store magnetic energy.

In Sacred Sites of the West, Bernyce Barlow wrote about underground fault lines, rivers, cracks and fissures, along with the high concentrations of minerals in the soil gave Sedona its unique personality. About the vortexes she said that they “interact with so many other kinds of earth energies that the vortex experience can become a mental barbell workout.”

The May, 2016 Sacred Sedona Tour, recently announced by Body Mind Spirit Journeys, will be led by Dr. Jewels Maloney, who has lived in Sedona for 15 years, and leading tours and ceremonies for visitors since 2003. She is a university professor, Reiki master, and author of several metaphysical and spiritual books.

Click here for full tour details, including pricing and registration.

 

 

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