Sedona is a sweet town just 2 hours south of the Grand Canyon. What makes it particularly special for me, is that we have part of the royal family residing there: our 93-year-old grandma, a former Hollywood dancer and shaker, Virginia, and our talented former L.A. Times journalist and novel writer mom, Gerry.
Sedona is known for the beautiful red sandstone formations, called the Red Rocks of Sedona whose stunning shade glows in the daylight. The color of the earth is red, as well, and so rich that makes the private homes’ landscapes so lively. Sedona is very lush, too, and has many hills covered in evergreen vegetation. There are several hiking paths that lead to the main monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral, and Thunder Mountain.
Sedona is said to be surrounded by four vortexes (swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth). According to different studies, the vortex energy is not exactly electricity or magnetism, although it does leave a slight measurable residual magnetism in the places where it is strongest. The subtle energy that exists at these locations interacts with who a person is inside and it is believed that this energy resonates with and strengthens the inner being of each person. This is the main reason why Sedona has long been considered the ultimate spiritual mecca of America and has drawn some of our planet’s most amazing healers, intuitives, artists, and spiritual guides who come to Mother Nature’s red-rock temples to experience their life-transforming, soul-nourishing work in person. I personally feel a sense of calm and wellbeing, but nothing hugely transformative when I’m there … I guess this requires some prep work that numerous wellbeing centers provide through their workshops. I always enjoy visiting the New Age stores and checking out their crystals, rocks, meditation kits, and books about self discovery and enlightenment. My favorite store, The Crystal Castle, overlooks a small creek; it’s quite large and has everything you need for the soul, even on the spot aura readings.
Every time we go, we experience something new; during our last visit, we hiked to the Amitabha Stupa, which happens to be right up the street from grandma’s castle. The stupa is one of the oldest forms of sacred architecture on earth, dating back to the time of the Buddha, 2,600 years ago. Stupas are mostly found in the East, where Buddhism first took root and flourished. They are indeed rare in the West and when we got there we were amazed to find that there was a blessing of the animals by some Tibetan priests underway. Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect! Since we had our beloved Bruna on toe, we walked around the stupa and had her blessed by Buddha. Bruna might now well live for another 50 years!
Only in Sedona…