recently returned from my first trip to Sedona, Arizona. The red rocks
and the unique vortex energies were calling me - and so was the weather
after a long winter in Montreal. Everyone in Sedona has a story. It is a
newly settled place with an eclectic mix of people who gave up their
old lives to move there. There was the sweet lady in the gem store who
visited from New York and moved out shortly after, never to return
home. She has been happily here for nine years. There was Maria - an
Intuitive who works at the Crystal Vortex who couldn't deny the call a
to move here as well. There was a young Quebecer there and made his
living with his wife selling upscale jewellery in a store in the
Uptown section who asked where I was from, then started to speak French
to me. He moved to be with his girlfriend in Flagstaff, not far from
there...and never left. There are a few family businesses that have
been there for two generations, but for the most part people are new r
he host of the bed and breakfast I stayed in had moved from Maui to be
there. I scratched my head at that at first, but then she explained that
all her kids were too far away and this was such an amazing home. I
also felt right at home,
as if I'd lived here before.
I know it's the first of many visits.
was settled at the turn of the century by Carl Schebly. He established
an eleven room truck stop and hotel for the people on the long journey
between Flagstaff and Jerome. Eventually Schnebly thought this place
should have its' own post office, so he set out to make it so. When
asked what name to put on the town he gave Schnebly Station, and Oak
Creek Crossing - both too long to fit on a postage stamp. So he named it
after his wife, Sedona who ran the post office. Today that same truck
stop is a gorgeous resort called, Los Abrigados.
Los Abrigados hosts an arts and crafts village to die for called Tlaquepaque.
This was named for the man who built it after the most beautiful
Mexican architecture in the villages he saw. It was built as an artist's
community and the name literally means -" best of the best"- and it
is. You would never guess it was only built in the 70's verses the
The whole city is full of art. There is art and sculpture everywhere, embedded in the buildings and roads, show cased in front of every gallery, restaurant and hotel.
One artist I most love is
He is another interesting Sedona story. Originally a sculptor he was asked to paint portraits. He captures the Navajo so authentically you would never realize he is a white man. The impact and trust he has obviously
gained with the Aboriginal people of this land is inspiring.
other amazing thing you will notice about Sedona is the gem stones and
jewellery! If you love these, you may have heart palpitations as I did.
The area is known for its turquoise, copper and chrysocolla.
There was a beautiful variety of work to be had. One type I liked most,
and bought, is a technique called embroidery which sets very delicate
small stones into a silver mandala style design. This style is from eh
Hopi or Zuni tribe. In this area there is Navajo, Hopi and Zuni. To the
North at the Grand canyon was the Hualapai - people of the tall pines
- who own 108 miles of the Grand Canyon and operate the Skywalk, tours,
helicopter rides, boat rides along the Colorado river, and a
gift shop where I made sure to get sage and sweet-grass from them.
far the main attraction though is the beauty of the red rocks and the
energy vortexes they create. This was an ancient ocean, and the waters
receded much like a whirlpool effect when you watch the water drain
from our sink. The swirling water left this sandstone rock, filled with
iron that give it it's redness, and with remnants of the swirling
vortex energy. I first thought there would be people climbing these
rocks every day, but it's not safe. The sandstone will break easily -
although many try and they lose a few people a year from the attempt.
There are hikes and trails though that can take you to the vortexes.
are four main vortexes and they have all been measured as to whether
they carry masculine, feminine, or balanced energy. I got to hike up to
the Airport Mesa vortex - the high peak where everyone drives up every
night to see the sunsets ( amazing!) and a masculine energy. While
hiking I definitely felt the shift in my body. Areas of sensitivity
dropped, or disappeared. Emotions and insights came to me faster as
I will be posting my YouTube video of the hike to this vortex soon!
are many healers and Intuitives , shamans drawn to Sedona every year to
meditate and heal with the special energy. I visited two mediums/
healers who were very authentic. Both helped me immensely in ways I have
found hard to find here in Montreal.
all the beautiful shopping and jewellery I chose a piece by a man named
Broken Arrow. I looked at everything for two days and his work stood
out, but mainly it was the feeling I got when the vendor mentioned his
name. I could feel the pain in the name. When I cam e to buy a pendant
from another vendor I asked his story. I was right. He lost his parent
before the age of five and was adopted by the Navajo people. He was
taught silver smithing and made his own jewellery. He became a waiter in
the town and people would buy the jewellery right off his body. He was
about 17 when people kept telling him he should quit the restaurant work
and go train fully to make jewellery...and he did. Each pendant has
symbols for sacred feathers, water,
protective shields and the sun. Each one unique. Now he is 76 and takes
care of his wife who is struggling with Cancer - the jewellery is his
therapy and his livelihood. Before I left on my trip, I got a message
from my own guides to bring along a piece I made with crow feathers and
gems. I at first thought it would go to someone in the Grand Canyon, but
once I heard about Broken Arrow I knew it was for him. The owner of the
jewellery shop have sent it to him for me, and I hope to hear back from
him. And that is my Sedona story !
have many other Sedona stories to tell. It was a transformational trip
and spiritual experience that I hope to share with all of you. There
were far too many guided messages, "coincidences " that happened while
there, insights into my life and changes to my lifestyle that came
everyone's personal journey to leave one life behind, heal and be
guided to live there inspired me greatly. So much so that I am organizing a Spiritual retreat this fall!
Traveling changes us for the better -
I hope you will join me in Sedona next time :)
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