The Sedona Energy Vortexes
No, it’s not vortices. In Sedona the plural of vortex is usually vortexes. So what is a vortex, anyway? Well you see them in everyday life. The turbulent flow of water makes vortices. If you have ever seen a whirlpool in a river or watched water going down the drain in the bath tub and have witnessed the tornado like glassiness of spinning water, you have seen a vortex. A vortex is created from spiraling motion of air or liquid around a center of rotation. If you have ever witnessed a dust devil kick up in the desert, you have seen a vortex.
In Sedona vortexes are created, not by wind or water, but from spiraling spiritual energy. The vortexes of Sedona are named because they are believed to be spiritual locations where the energy is right to facilitate prayer, mediation and healing. Vortex sites are believed to be locations having energy flow that exists on multiple dimensions. The energy of the vortexes interacts with a person’s inner self. It is not easily explained. Obviously it must be experienced.
Geology of the Red Rocks
Over millions of years, layers of sandstone and limestone were left in the area by a receeding ocean. Iron oxide eventually covered the grains of sandstone and, in a natural process, rust formed. The stunningly beautiful red rocks of Sedona are the result of this process.
Native American History
Human history in the Sedona area began about 4000 BC when hunter-gatherers roamed and settled in the Verde Valley and Prescott areas. Between 900 and 1350 AD, a more advanced civilization began building pueblos and cliff houses. Known as the Sinagua (without water) they were proficient in farming, had an understanding of astronomy, and made baskets, pottery and jewelry. They established trade routes with the peoples of the Pacific coast, Mexico and Central America. (History courtesy: City of Sedona)
Cliff dwellings are still evident today. One of the most beautiful is Montezuma’s Castle, not far from Sedona. As you hike the red rocks, you will see petroglyphs and pictographs left behind by these ancient peoples. The awe inspiring vistas, along with the magnificent views of the sky, have drawn out the spiritual nature of people from the very beginning.
In 1987, Sedona‘s reputation as a spiritual center got quite a boost. Many journeyed to Sedona during the time of the highly anticipated Harmonic Convergence. Our Aetheism writer, explains Harmonic Convergence. On the weekend of August 16th and 17th, 1987, the great "Harmonic Convergence" was supposed to take place - at least, that is what José Arguelles told people. A great many believed him - not simply prominent leaders of the New Age movement like Shirley MacLaine, but also millions and millions of adherents.
What was the nature of this convergence? Well, according to Arguelles, at this time the Earth would start slipping out of its "time beam" and risk spinning off into space - only by the concerted, psychic efforts of the human race would it remain where it was supposed to be. This time would see a great increase in the experience of deja vu and UFO sightings. However, if enough people would simply gather at sacred places around the globe and concentrate enough, the New Age would begin, the Earth would remain safe and a new era of harmony and love would be inaugurated.
Sedona was a sacred place, so why not gather there. Ultimately the earth did not slip away and spin into space, so did this convergence of people in Sedona help?
The Curious and Faithful Come
A wonderful account of a recently graduated massage therapist attending an Arizona conference is not unlike those that journey to Sedona for the first time. In the article, A Sedona Arizona Spiritual Quest, he recounts, “My spiritual quest to Sedona was due to the fact that some of the world's energy vortexes are located here. These vortexes are subtle energy centers where spiritual and psychic powers are enhanced. To say I was a little curious was an understatement. My hotel room window afforded me an unobstructed panorama of one of these energy vortexes known as Bell Rock. That would be my first hike on my quest.”
He then goes on to tell about his hike with the first taste of spirituality... being "needled" by an Arizona cactus!
Has Anyone Ever Seen a Vortex?
Linda, an About Southwest reader, writes, "My daughter and I recently visited Sedona Arizona for the first time. It was just so delightful and beautiful. A couple of the photos that we took are covered in rainbow colors. Does this have anything to do with the Sedona Arizona Vortex? Have a look at her photos and see what you think!