Why so many people journey to Sedona
Why have so many people traveled to Sedona?
The Sedona/Verde Valley area is without a doubt one of the most mystical and magical places on earth. People from all walks of life throughout the world for millennia have made the journey to this breath taking and unforgettable land.
Sedona’s a stunner, but it’s intensely spiritual as well – some even say sacred. Sedona is an Arizona desert oasis a short distance from Flagstaff that’s surrounded by beautiful red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. The area is noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Sedona is also dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries.
Many New Age types believe that this area is the center of vortexes (not ‘vortices’ here in Sedona) that radiate the Earth’s power, and Sedona’s combination of scenic beauty and mysticism draws throngs of tourists year-round.
For such a small town there sure has been a remarkable array of famous people who have lived at and visited Sedona’s mysteries over the years. With over 4+ million visitors a year to the region one can’t but wonder what has attracted so many people to visit the Sedona area...
It has been said Sedona’s main attraction is the areas array of red sandstone formations. These formations appear to glow in brilliant red and orange when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The red rocks form a popular backdrop for many activities, ranging from spiritual pursuits at famous vortex locations to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Up until the 1970’s the small town, which served as a kind of microcosm of Hollywood history, played host to more than sixty Hollywood productions from the first years of movies into the 1970s. Nestled between thousand-foot-high walls of stone in lushly forested Oak Creek Canyon and the wide open space of the Verde Valley, it was this diversity of unspoiled landscape that made it such an ideal location to shoot outdoor scenes. Soon Sedona’s signature red rocks were a fixture in major Hollywood productions filming on locations like the famous Bradshaw Ranch.
The Sedona International Film Festival (SIFF) is an annual, eight-day film festival founded in 1994. The Sedona Film Festival screens feature films, documentary films, short films, animated films, and student films. In the festival workshops, organised by Academy Award-winner Frank Warner, award-winning industry professionals teach a new generation of filmmakers.
Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the festival continues a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making important films.
The New Age Capital of the World
Sedona has become known as the New Age Capital of the World due to its increased hotspot for those of mysticism and the occult.
Israel Regardie was a occultist, writer, and the legendary Aleister Crowley’s personal secretary, aid, and transcriptionist, widely known for his books and commentaries on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. As an adept of the secret order of the Golden Dawn, he became famous among the occultists of his day for breaking his oath of secrecy and publishing the order’s complete rituals in his book “The Golden Dawn.” Today this book is a classic best seller and has been revised and re-issued several times and is considered by many to be the book that started the modern occult movement.
The Golden Dawn is a book on ceremonial magic, specifically Soul Traveling, (Astral Projection) is considered by many to be the book that started the modern occult movement. The original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which started in the late 1800s, borrowed from a wide variety of occult traditions from such sources like the Astrology, Enochian Magic, Kabalah, Tarot, Geomancy, Theosophy, Freemasonry, Paganism, and many more which ultimately created a unique and viable system of magic that is still being practiced today. Almost every contemporary occult writer and modern group has been influenced, directly or indirectly, by the Order or its members, making The Golden Dawn one of the most influential occult books of the past 100 years.
Dr. Regardie lived and passed away in Sedona in the 1980’s just when the New Age Movement was taking off.
Another famous person who lived in the area for some time was Antone Lavey who was the founder of the Church of Satan and the religion of LaVeyan Satanism. He authored several books including The Satanic Bible, The Satanic Rituals, The Satanic Witch, The Devil’s Notebook, and Satan Speaks! Some have even claimed Mr. Lavey was “the founder of modern Satanism.”
It was the writings and teaching of the occult mixed along with other publications like that of Jose Arguelle’s “Harmonic Convergence” in 1987 that opened the doors for a huge focus on New Age healing and philosophy. These books helped create an atmosphere which seemed to open new shops with New Age healers, palm reading, psychics, gurus, and all sorts of practitioners which created a revolving community around these practices.
For the most part, it seems, it was the pioneers like Regardie, Arguelle, and Lavey who had the will to openly display the teachings of what seemed to be a lost heritage of humanity in that they were among the famous figures whose paths intertwined with the mystical and esoteric movement broadly known as the occult. The fact people of this sort of character decided to reside in the Sedona/Verde Valley area at a same time when the New Age movement started taking off is without question another clue as to why so many people visit the region. There’s just something about Sedona!
The Chapel of the Holy Cross
This amazing historical site was built directly into the red rocks and has become a staple of “Must See” sights in Sedona. One of Sedona’s earliest landmarks is also one of its most endearing — the Chapel of the Holy Cross, where people of all denominations come to offer their prayers, supplications, and praises--and to marvel at the building’s distinctive architecture and the panoramic vistas from its site.
In 2007 the chapel was voted one of the 7 Wonders of Arizona by the Arizona Republic, reflecting the culture and history of the area, from cliff dwellings built in the steep sandstone walls to the chapel built into Sedona’s red rocks blending in with its surroundings, looking almost as if it was a natural formation.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross Vortex is known for being one of the strongest and most easily felt premier vortexes in all of Sedona. People travel from all over the world to experience the energies found at this location.
There are 5 main vortex locations in the Sedona area. Vortexes are geographical/topographical sites which according to legend can enhance meditation, prayer, vitalization, reduce stress, heal the past, and create thinking and problem solving.
First discovered by mystical methods in the 1950s, by New Age adherent Page Bryant through channeling. Bryant identified four “power vortexes” that coincide with spectacular rock formations in and around the small town. Bryant identified four “major vortexes” that coincide with spectacular rock formations in and around Sedona: Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, and Boynton Canyon. (The Chapel of the Holy Cross Vortex was added later and is known for being one of the strongest and most easily felt premier vortexes in all of Sedona.)
Sedona’s vortexes have become so popular that the town has become the capital center of New Age movement and spirituality. Sedona is world-famous for its energy vortexes and is considered one of the strongest energetic places in the world. Thousands of people travel to Sedona every year to experience the energy of the healing vortices. But many nonbelievers are attracted to Sedona as well, thanks to the area’s spectacular red rock formations - four of which happen to ironically coincide with vortexes.
Legendary UFO Activity
According to the History Channel Sedona in recent years has had the highest UFO traffic in the northern hemisphere. In fact, the Verde Valley area has the highest per capita rate of UFO sights in the whole United States. It is also well known among fortean researchers that Sedona and its neighboring regions host some of the most intense UFO, paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritual activity in the world. Many UFO sightings have been viewed near Sedona’s four major vortex areas—with more than fifty at Bell Rock alone.
Since the 1990s, the Sedona/Verde Valley region is rumored to host one of the most active dimensional doorways in America.
According to UFO Digest, the legendary Bradshaw Ranch near Sedona has seen more paranormal activity in recent years than perhaps any other US location. So much so, it appears to have attracted the attention of the US Federal Government who recently bought the land who has sense “restricted access” to the public. A cluster of paranormal activity has been reported; from sightings of strange humanoid entities, flying balls of light, to the pulsating lights of UFOs—and the most massive amount of Orb activity ever witness.
People have been visiting Sedona for Millennia
Over half of the near 4+ million annual visitors to Sedona come in search of a spiritual experience. It is Arizona’s second most popular tourist attraction, after the Grand Canyon. is Sedona sacred? Look at Courthouse Rock, next to Bell Rock, and you find it is a red rock version of the Devil’s Tower, which featured so prominently in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Devil’s Tower was a sacred site to the Native American of the region.
Some researchers contend Sedona’s spiritual heritage actually goes back for millennia. The Spring 2015 Edition of the Visitor’s Guide published by the Sedona Red Rock News, states that archeologists believe the ancient Sinagua/Anasazi people may have held Sedona as sacred ground in the same way people do today, sense their ruins ring Sedona in the Verde Valley area. It is thought these people of the distant past lived on the outskirts and traveled into the red rock area to be part of a sacred ceremony.
Found throughout the Sedona region are dwellings at places like Montezuma Castle National Monuments, Montezuma Well National Monuments, and Tuzigoot National Monuments, which reflect the area in ancient times was indeed a vibrant community.
Montezuma Well is about twenty minutes by car from Sedona. The Well has a number of cliff dwellings and is something of a geological enigma – or, at least, anomaly. It produces vast and consistent qualities of warm water, which rises from somewhere deep underground. Scientists have not yet discovered the origin of the consistently warm water. It is nevertheless clear that the Yavapai were aware of this enigmatic resurgence, and have linked it with their creation mythology. As the Yavapai believe – like e.g. the Hopi – that we live in the Fourth World, for them, the Third World, is literally our “underworld”, and we emerged from under the earth into this Fourth World. Hence why, no doubt, Montezuma Well is used as a place of emergence.
Is Sedona and the surrounding area sacred? Look at Courthouse Rock, next to Bell Rock, and you find it is a red rock version of the Devil’s Tower, which featured so prominently in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Devil’s Tower was a sacred site to the Native American of the region. Some believeDevil’s Tower is the stump of an ancient tree that was cut off separating heaven from earth.
For the Hopi, the “Red City” was a great cultural and religious center from a previous area. The Native Americans traveled from there, towards the Mesas which meant for them a return to the world of spirit, a pilgrimage, a vision quest to a site where they would commune with the ancestral spirits.
We should perhaps ask whether the cliff dwellings of Boynton Canyon, Montezuma Well (and Castle) and the settlement of Tuzigoot really are “just” settlements, or whether they are instead sacred structures used for pilgrims who came here, seeking inspiration, guidance, or initiation.
The American Indian elders who reside in the area state the Sedona/Verde Valley has “always been a sacred holy place” often reffered to as “Gods land.”
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