Vortex: a funnel shape created by a whirling fluid or by motion of spiraling energy; anything that flows such as wind, water, or electricity. Think: whirlwind, tornado, water going down the drain.
The first time I saw Sedona was through a car window. Four years ago, we’d headed to Los Angeles via the Grand Canyon. Driving for miles past nothing but flat land and cacti, we found ourselves suddenly engulfed in a valley awash in red. At every turn, we were faced with grand rock formations, eroded into abstract shapes, and layered with colours that ranged from yellow, to sand, to burnt sienna. This was Sedona. As we hadn’t planned a stop at the time, I vowed to return. And so we did.
Sedona is a town set at an elevation of 4,500 feet, with a population of 15,000, and is a tourism destination catering to millions of visitors annually. Despite these numbers, the hiking trails that weave in and around it are so peaceful; hearing the whoosh of the wind is a constant while seeing large groups of people is not.
Long regarded a spiritual land by the Ancient Indians, “the Yavapai-Apache tribe consider this sacred ground their Garden of Eden, believing this is where the first woman mated with the sun to begin the human race.”
30 years ago, Page Bryant declared that Sedona was a key area for vortexes – subtle energy that interacts with the being of each person that comes within 1/4 to 1/2 mile of it. These days, Sedona is a popular town to visit for its healing powers.
How to find the strongest points of energy? One way is by observing the Juniper trees around those rock formations pinpointed for their vortex strength. “Juniper trees respond to the vortex energy in a physical way that reveals where the energy is strongest. The stronger the energy, the more of an axial twist the Juniper trees have in their branches.”
I adore Sedona, especially now that I’ve experienced it underfoot and all around me. While I became a treehugger, trying to soak in as much energy as I could, my husband was overcome by the power of the vortex. Either that, or he was feeling the effects of a prickly pear margarita, consumed straight after 5 hours of hiking/walking under the rays of the warm Arizona sun.
Enjoy this snippet of a town that I am so happy to have finally visited.