What I noticed most while in Sedona is how the erosion-sculpted rocks seemed to change color and essence hourly. Sometimes gray and eerie; at other times such as mid-morning, they appear clear violet; later in the day, they take on vivid reds and oranges. After sunset, these same rocks turn the color they really are....rust.
Fondest memory: I found the Vortex Phenomenonmost interesting, if not controversial.
Most experts feel that the geographical vortexes around Sedona come in two forms:
"upflow, where energy bursts out of the earth (male) and inflow, where energy goes into the earth(female). Upflow vortexes are mountain or mesa tops; inflow vortexes are associated with depressions and canyons." Upflow=energizing; inflow=introspection.
All the Sedona vortexes (power points) are easy to find.
Bell Rock (the bell-shaped monolith off State Rt. 179, five and a half miles south of the "Y" junction with State Route 89A. This is diificult to climb; if not experienced, don't try it.
Airport Mesa is easy because there is little or no climbing. Drive a little over a mile on State 89A west of the "Y" junction and turn south on airport Road.
Cathedral Rock is a ridge stretched between two peaks with awesome views. Go about 3 1/2 miles south on St. Rt. 179 from the Sedona "Y" and turn right on "Back-o-Beyond," & drive 0.7 mile to trailhead parking.
Boynton CanyonTake Dry Creek Rd 2.9 miles north from St. Rt. 89A in west Sedona and turn left on Boynton Pass Rd. Then drive for 1.6 miles to trailhead parking.
I tried to "pick up" the spiritual epiphany, but personally did not feel insight or energy. I wish I had. But, I did feel the power of Nature's Beauty.
The Sedona area is unique in that it has the three types (yin/yang/balanced) of earth energy power spots. Another place like this with all three types of energy is the Hawaiian Islands, though Hawaii is dominated by the feminine energy compared to Sedona's masculine energy. Hawaii is also surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, yet here in Sedona we feel the presence of the long since departed oceans that once covered our lands. In the sand stone rock formations we have over 300 million years of geological history. Lime stone layers provide the evidence for the deposits left by the bottoms of oceans and inland seas. It is believed that we have been at the bottom of the ocean at least 4 times during this 300 million year time period. And that the land referred to as the
Colorado plateau has risen and fallen with the great periods of earth transition bringing it to its present elevation of over 6600 feet. It seems that what has happened is that the coming and going of the waters has eroded away the Moggollan rim leaving the red rock peaks as reminders of what was once a part of the plateau.
Also of interest is the presence of ancient volcanos that surround the red rock country. Looking up at the edge of the Moggollon rim and at the tops of the mountain walls of the Oak Creek canyon one can see the grayish basalt lava flows that erupted there over a million years ago. And in the surrounding desert savanah, cinder cones and basalt pinnacles stand as a testament to a period of fiery geological history. All of this adds to
Boynton Canyon Vortex
From the junction of Highways 179 and 89A, drive 3.2 miles west on 89A and turn right on Dry Creek Road. Then follow the signs for Boynton Canyon: after 2.9 miles along Dry Creek Road you arrive at a "T" intersection where you turn left. Then another 1.7 miles to another "T" where you turn right. After 3 miles you find a parking area on the right. If you end up at the entrance to Enchantment Resort, turn around and go back about 200 yards to the parking area. From the parking area walk along the trail marked Boynton Canyon trail No 47. After 75 yards along this trail you take the right fork labeled Vista Trail and follow this trail up the hill. It soon joins another small trail that goes most of the way around a 30-foot high knoll. The energy is strongest around this knoll. Notice the very twisted Juniper trees all around this trail.
The energy at this vortex strengthens the masculine/feminine or yin/yang balance. Besides, many people experience energies at Boynton Canyon of different nature.
Favorite thing: Photo of Boynton Canyon, taken from the balcony of Enchantment Resort. The resort, like the rest of the town, was designed to blend in with its scenic surroundings. But the building of this vast resort was far more controversial than any other man made encroachments. Boyton Canyon is believed by many to possess spiritual power, as well as one of the strongest vortexes in the area. The adjacent resort was not a welcome addition to what many consider a sacred site. But progress won out in this instance and Enchantment Resort lies sprawled in a consortium of red rock buildings at the base of Boynton Canyon.
The mystique of this land, to its ancient presence, and to the enigma of the indigenous people who understood the magic and power of this land and who just as mysteriously disappeared.
In the rock formations and pinnalces one can glimpse the guardian spirits emodied as sandstone silouettes who stand in awesome silence to remind us of the transitory nature of our reality as it pales before the threshold of eternity. The Great Spirit watches over us silently and in that silence our soul's whisper to us of the wisdom that will guide us on our paths. It whispers to us as a gentle breeze that moves across the land, or as the rumble of a distant thunder that speaks of a coming downpour as Father Sky and Mother Earth embrace in cosmic union. It is this power embodied in a sacred land that draws us here that we might commune with its healing presence. And so it is that we venture off to explore the wonder of the many well known and hidden places. Each with is own quality, its own personality. Each place revealing something unique about ourselves that can be discovered if we come receptive to the inner truth of our beings.
Sedona is a town full of spiritual energy. At some locations, spiraling energy flows from somewhere to somewhere...
It seems that it's quite an experience. On the internet you can find photos of particularly spots where you might feel this multi dimensional energy coming through your body.
I guess a little meditation is necessary to feel something?
One of these spots is a rock close to the airport. Anyway, we climbed this rock... and enjoyed the magnificent scenery.
clean and the buildings match the landscape
Fondest memory: sunset drumming at airport mesa vortex with a native american guide and swimming in oak creek.