woman standing in front of Sedona red rock formation

The United States of America has some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in the world. From the vivid blue pounding surf at Big Sur on the California Coastline to the splendid seasonal foliage of New York’s Hudson River Valley, to the awe-inspiring majesty of the Grand Canyon, this country is graced with earthly wonders that inspire the mind and elevate the soul.

As those familiar with the spiritual precepts of Animism know, while all things and places are thought to possess a life energy that flows as part of the fabric of the universe, sites of unsurpassed natural beauty, or those with unique geographical characteristics are often thought to enjoy a heightened connectivity to the spiritual world.  Places such as these are said to offer a doorway to other realms of understanding through which seekers of enlightenment may channel messages and divine great truths.

While cities such as New Orleans, Louisiana, and Lily Dale, New York, may best be best known as psychic epicenters for the famous and historic activities of their citizenry, Sedona, Arizona, with its fabulous and haunting array of red sandstone formations, has been a spiritual Mecca since its earliest Native American inhabitants called it home circa 4,000 B.C.

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Sedona’s Aboriginal Connection

Native American lore holds that the area was once called “Nawanda,” perhaps a shortened version of “Tonawanda,” which translates to “a confluence of streams.” Since water is scarce in the area, it’s easy to extrapolate that the kind of streams referenced might easily have been spiritual, rather than corporeal. Sedona was said to have been sacred to all tribes of “Turtle Island,” the aboriginal name for North America coined by the Anishinaabek people, and Native Americans would make the pilgrimage to the otherworldly red-rock valley to partake of a vision quest in which the Great Spirit might impart a message to guide the course of their lives[1].

In addition to its geologic endowments, Sedona is also believed by many to be the location of a naturally occurring spiritual energy vortex, which facilitates communication via prayer and meditation, with guiding forces from other dimensions[2]. According to Toraya Ayres, author of The History of New Age Sedona, the area is considered by some to be an inter-dimensional portal where “star people were said to have touched down in ancient times [as] it was easier for them to come and go here because of the special energies and frequencies[3].”

A Harmonic Convergence 

As a result of its reputation as a psychic vortex, Sedona was one of several sites central to a worldwide spiritual event known as “The Harmonic Convergence” that took place on August 16-17 in 1987. The phenomenon was the conception of New Age pioneer, Jose Argüelles, who described it as “the point at which the counter-spin of history finally comes to a momentary halt, and the still imperceptible spin of post-history commences[4].”  Argüelles based his belief on the section of the Mayan Prophecy of Quetzalcoatl known as “The Thirteen Heavens and Nine Hells,” which declared that after the ninth hell was endured, the human race would commence “an unprecedented New Age of Peace.”

Argüelles and his adherents believed that the force of time, rather than that of gravity keeps the universe in place. Argüelles posited that the Mayans based their calendar on “the universal mathematics of the fourth dimension,” and that we were in the process of a mathematical transformation that required the “concerted, psychic efforts of the human race” to achieve heaven on earth. On the predetermined date, believers gathered at Sedona’s Bell Rock and other sacred sites to use the concentrated forces of their united psychic energies to “keep the world in its proper place and ring in a new era of love and understanding.”

Why Sedona?

Perhaps it’s just the awe-inspiring landscape, but even those who are skeptical of psychic phenomena have been moved by the powerful energies that flow through Sedona and its environs. The city is home to numerous spiritual centers and offers a myriad of retreats for those seeking counsel, meditation, and healing. For those in search of more tangible delights, Sedona also offers high-end spa vacations with all the amenities, and glorious hiking along some truly spectacular mountain trails. So, whether you wish to commune with the spirits, get in touch with Mother Nature, or just kick back and relax, psychic Sedona provides a fascinating destination.

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1. http://www.manataka.org/page1302.html

2. http://gosw.about.com/od/sedonaarizona/a/sedonavortex.htm

3. http://www.lovesedona.com/history1.htm

4. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/us/03arguelles.html