For centuries, many Native American tribes considered Sedona to be home of the gods, and came from miles around to do visions quests and sacred ceremonies.
Sedona is 4,500 feet above sea level. Its spectacular red mountains are rich in iron and quartz. A river called Oak Creek flows through Sedona, and 600 feet below the surface is what is said to be the largest aquifer in the western United States. Both because our physical bodies resonate with the special qualities of the iron, quartz, and water, and because of the rich spiritual tradition of this area, many people say they feel that they have finally come home when they arrive in Sedona.
These days, the town can become congested with tourists and traffic snarls rivaling those in big cities, especially at peak season (spring and fall). There are many shops, and a great variety of restaurants. Sedona hosts over five million visitors a year from all over the world!
Many of the tourists, however, come not to shop, but to spend time in the wilderness areas. They also travel to Sedona because of the many opportunities for spiritual learning (such as our Past-Life Regression class). Spiritual experiences, growth, guidance, and connection with other dimensions tend to be heightened in Sedona. Those who believe in the power of manifestation claim that the process happens much more quickly in this magical, sacred place, both positively and negatively. One’s dominant thoughts and emotions tend to be served back to them quickly in concrete experiences. For those who carry such a belief, it is a good idea to be mindful about keeping your thoughts and energy positive when visiting Sedona.
Others hold the belief that there are areas of special power, called vortexes, throughout Sedona. Our students receive vortex maps. We encourage people to hike, explore, and to feel the power of different areas for themselves, making their own determination as to places they may regard as power spots and vortexes.
Visitors are asked not to remove anything, even a small pebble or stick, from the natural areas. It is also important to avoid straying off the paths when hiking, as the ecosystems here are very fragile. It can take 1,000 years for land to recover from a single human footprint!
Sedona is about 4,500 feet above sea level. It is high desert. Nights are generally 30 degrees cooler than daytimes, so dressing in layers is always a good idea. In winter, it can snow and temperatures can drop below freezing. In summer, the temperature can rise well above 100 degrees. Because it is desert, there is less precipitation than in other places, but mid-to-late summer in particular brings very sudden, fierce afternoon and evening thunderstorms called monsoons. Typically the air is very dry, and thirst can come on suddenly and be overwhelming. Even in winter, do not travel or hike in Sedona without water. It is important to drink more fluids than one normally would.
Some misinformed visitors make medicine wheels out of rocks and create stone stacks (called cairns). As Sedona's residents realize, such man-made forms have a negative impact on the native wildlife and ecology of the area. In our ecosystems, because we are in the high desert, a group of dislodged rocks can lead to soil erosion when it rains. Our stones are also habitats for many small creatures, who not only lose their homes, but must make a big detour in their habitual path if someone decides to build a medicine wheel with rocks placed closely together. Stacks of stones, even small ones, will fall over if animals or birds brush against them, and cause injury. A baby quail, for instance, is only about an inch long, and could easily be crushed by even a small stone falling—and a lizard or a coyote’s paw could similarly be injured as it tries to make its way through piles of rocks. Finally, most people who come to Sedona want to see nature in her sacred, natural beauty rather than the leftover constructions of humans.
We urge our students to avoid desecrating the landscape, to respect the natural world, leaving it as it is, and instead tune in to the spirit of the rocks and vortexes for guidance and empowerment!
Next Course is November 25-30, 2018
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