Sedona is believed by many to possess almost supernatural powers in the form of the vortexes in the area. A vortex is an energy field which is supposed to enhance psychic ability and promote self-awareness. There are four vortex areas in Sedona- Boynton Canyon, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Airport Mesa. Boynton Canyon is believed to be the strongest.
From this vantage point you can see most of Sedona. The energy at this vortex is said to strengthen the masculine side. At least, that's what my guide said.
The Masculine Side can be seen as being on a scale that has strength at the high end and weakness at the low end. People who have a strong masculine side are self-confident. They have the internal strength to take charge of their own lives, and to claim their rights in life. This make them good at standing up to people who try to take away their rights by force, intimidation or manipulation. Having a strong masculine side means being good at taking risks when appropriate, being decisive when necessary, and being able to focus or concentrate in order to get things done. It also means being good at figuring out how to get out of life what is desired; figuring out how to operate responsibly, and how to reason without distorting reality. Conversely, people who have a weak masculine side often doubt their abilities, and many things intimidate them.
Excerpted from, Sedona: Power Spot Vortex and Medicine Wheel Giude, Richard Dannelley.
Directions to airport vortex: From the junction of Hwys 179 and 89A, go 1.1 mile west on 89A and turn left on Airport Rd. Go .5 mile up Airport Rd. to the parking area on the left. Walk up the trail to the saddle between the hills, where the Juniper trees are very twisted. You may also want to walk up to the top of the small hill on the left.
Masculine vortexes are said to be negatively charged, although the energy around them is not considered negative. These vortexes are supposed to be energizing and are thought to rejuventate the body. Cathedral Rock is said to be the strongest of these vortexes in the area.
Excerpted from, Sedona: Power Spot Vortex and Medicine Wheel Giude, Richard Dannelley
Sedona is most well known for its vortexes. A vortex is believed to be a place where the earth's energy emanates from the ground in a concentrated form. Vortexes are said to be places where one can attain insight into oneself, healing from physical or mental ailments or simply feel increased energy.
There are four major vortex sights in Sedona: Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock Boynton Canyon and the Airport Vortex. There are other "smaller" vortex sights within Sedona as well. And some people believe that this energy is so strong that it can be felt throughout Sedona, and not only in a particular location.
A vision quest is a quest for the visions in anyone’’s life that will heal them and make them whole. In traditional first nations cultures young people were sent into nature to listen to the voices of the living earth. The elders taught them to do this to find their path in life and to find their power animal helpers. The person on the vision quest spent days in caves, on mountaintops, on rivers, in the desert, waiting, and inviting the voices to come to them.
The Feminine Side can be viewed as being on a scale that has goodness at the high end, and the opposite, which is badness or evil, at the low end. In contrast to the masculine side, which strengthens the ability to stand up for your own rights, the feminine side strengthens the ability to allow others their rights and not interfere with those rights. The energy at a feminine vortex strengthens the things you normally think of as feminine, such as kindness, compassion, patience, and the ability to let others need you and depend on you. And it strengthens the ability to anticipate the impact of your actions before you act, which is what considerateness is all about.
The shaman in tribal cultures is the person who sees into the sacred world. The shaman brings their sacred visions of ancient spirits and power animals out as ritual. By this ritual process, most similar to prayer, imagery, and art, the shaman heals themselves, others, and the earth. By having visions of healing, and doing sacred ritual, the shaman makes the visions come true. Many believe that the shaman manifests reality in the outer world, from the visionary world.
The Balance between the masculine and feminine side is almost as important as growth itself. Even a less evolved person, if he is balanced, at least treats others the same way he treats himself. And that is what balance is all about. If the masculine side strongly outweighs the feminine, you are too strong for the amount of goodness you have, and you tend to do harm to others because you can be pushy and take unfair advantage of others. On the other hand, if the feminine side greatly outweighs the masculine, you have more goodness than strength, and you tend to let others push you around and take advantage of you. Emotions are a good indication of this balance. If you feel anger more easily than fear, your masculine side is stronger, and if the opposite is true, your feminine side is stronger. Having a good masculine/feminine balance also helps relationships by strengthening the things that make relationships work well, such as intimacy, commitment, honesty and openness.
A medicine wheel is an ancient way of creating a sacred space. In a medicine wheel each direction has an animal that lives there and stands for one type of energy. For example in our medicine wheel the East has the owl and stands for change, the South has the lion and stands for passion, the West has the bear and stands for healing power and the North has the turtle and stands for grounding. Each person calls in their own animals that hold or represent for them each energy and each direction. The medicine wheel can be populated by many of the animals that live on the earth.
The medicine wheel is built by placing a small object that stands for the animal or energy in each direction around a circle. The circle can be as small as a hand or as large as the earth. The object can be a animal fetish, a feather, a seashell or a special stone. It is always something deeply meaningful to you, something you have found or been given as a gift. In the process a center is also created and another special object can be put there. Through this process you create a sacred space that becomes a mini vortex of power. It is used to create intention. Balance is created by the equal presence of all four energies acting at once.
By creating the medicine wheel, you make a physical manifestation of earth’’s energies. It is a sacred alter which evokes the powers of the earth. Like an alter it brings your prayers in harmony with the energies of the earth. By actually making something real in physical space you act and create. The energy and prayer to heal is embodied and seen and can be touched.
A medicine wheel is simply a way of making sacred space more real and more visible. Ancient peoples believed that the medicine wheel in itself had great power and helped create change and healing. Medicine wheel are circles that were made all over the world. They come from the most ancient cultures and persist to the present. They were found throughout history in every culture.
Boynton Canyon is considered by many to be the most sacred and magical place in the Red Rock Country surrounding Sedona.
There is a mysterious presence in the Canyon which cannot be properly described with words.... When visiting Boynton Canyon many people experience what Yogis and Mystics refer to as deja vu....The feeling that one has been to this place before....It is as if the canyon were the landscape of dreams.
When gazing at the rocks one often feels as if the enchanted landscape was almost within reach; experiences of the waking world seem to merge with the reflections of the shadow world. The memories of dreams and events of the past often return, taking on new significance.
Boynton Canyon is a place of initiation into the mysteries of the Earth. Spend time praying and meditating upon contacting the Spirit of the Canyon. If your prayers come from the heart, and they are not ego directed, you may experience an initiation/activation, which will awaken your psychic abilities and strengthen your Spirit bond with the Earth.
Those who have studied the mysteries of Boynton Canyon know that this place is a twilight zone, a crossroads, an in-between place, where Spirit makes itself known to the beings of the physical plane....If you visit this Canyon remember to tread lightly; you have entered a magical place. Have respect for the Spirit of the Canyon... your actions there can produce effects that may last for your entire lifetime.
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