Sedona….a place with a strange mixture of mysticism and splendour which comes across like a red world far far away! If I were to ever imagine planet Mars, it would be like Sedona!
I got a chance to go there in 2005 while on our way to the Grand Canyon. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the majestic red sandstone in contrast with a vast blue sky. Whether it is actually mystical or spiritual is something I wouldn’t know but the feeling that arises within you while you stand on the red earth in Sedona is a feeling that does not come very often…inexplicable and extraordinary.
Spiritual & Mystical Vortexes in Sedona
Vortexes – A Source of Power and Spirituality
A lot of people believe in the power of the vortexes buried in to the Red Rock city. Some very popular vortexes which emanate energy are Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Schnebly Hill. These are related to the chakras or acupuncture point concept. People believe that when in proximity to these places, you may be affected to varying degrees; some people feel more relaxed and meditative or more energized in others. I did not hike up but I indeed got a tranquil feeling which doesn’t come very often. Honestly, whether these vortexes exist or not just doesn’t matter, the view of these rocks and rugged terrain is stunning and breath-taking. Sedona has a landscape that changes as time crawls from sunrise to sunset, its colour changing from pink, rust to hot red. Each element adds to its mystical quality. According to me, there is no right way to feel this energy and that, it is all about personal experiences.
Montezuma Castle & Well
The Montezuma Castle is an incredible monument of the 1300 hundredth century. The castle is an apartment scaled in the rocky limestone cliff of a mountain standing guard over a valley below. The reason why it is so astounding is that it is a castle with 20 rooms and has five stories. It was built by the Sinaqua Indian Tribe which means “without water” about 700 years ago and abandoned in 1400 for reasons unknown. Another feature of the castle which amazes me is that the Sinaqua used ladders to climb up to the castle and as they reached each level, the ladders were pulled up until the dwelling was reached making it difficult for enemies to penetrate.
The saga of the Montezuma Well is something of its own. A little over 10 miles from the castle is the well, a sinkhole about 55 to 368 feet deep with perennial springs of warm water. According to the experts, it was used for irrigation and well-planned canal excavation can be seen around the water hole. It is beautiful, deep and mystical something that makes you want to know more.
While on our way to the Grand Canyon, I thought, whether you are spiritually inclined or not, you’re almost sure to find something that resonates with you in Sedona. It’s a Red paradise, a must see and a perplexing experience.