Before the dawn of recorded time, the area around what is now Sedona, Arizona and nearby Oak Creek Canyon has been sacred land for Native Americans. It is believed that the ancestors of today’s Navajo and Hopi people traveled to the sites now known as the Sedona Vortexes for meditation and vision quests.
It was about 1980 when a local psychic, Paige Bryant, used the term vortexes to describe Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon. She and others had realized that the energy in these places was unusual. Among other things, it enhanced such practices as yoga and meditation. Later, Schnebly Hill, Oak Creek Canyon and Rachel’s Knoll were added to the Sedona Vortex list.
Anyone wanting to experience the powerful vortex energy for themselves may want to consider joining a group tour of Sedona that has just been announced by Body Mind Spirit Journeys. Dubbed the “Sacred Sedona Experience,” their seven-day program will happen during the dates of August 28 through September 3, 2016.
A Reiki Master and transformational expert, Dr. Jewels Maloney is the tour leader. She is a Sedona resident, and has been leading tours to its vortexes, caves, cliff-dwellings and canyons for more than 13 years.
Like-minded members of the small group will tour Pyramid Rock, Airport Vortex, Cathedral Rock, Holy Cross Chapel, Oak Creek Canyon, Boynton Canyon, Bell Rock and the Native American ruins at Palatki. She will lead ceremonies at a Labyrinth and the Medicine Wheel at Rachel’s Knoll, as well as an evening medication under the full moon.
Sedona is noted for its fun spots as well as spiritual pursuits, so there will be free time scheduled to browse galleries and shop for Southwest art, souvenirs and gifts.
When we were preparing for our first Sedona visit, we took stories about the power of the vortex energy with a grain of salt, but that skepticism changed into wonder when we felt first hand that it was truly tangible.
For more information about this tour of Sedona’s sacred sites, you can visit the Body Mind Spirit Journeys website.