The Sedona Vortex

If you have ever visited or read anything about Sedona, Arizona, you may have heard of the Sedona vortex. What is a Sedona vortex, you ask?

 Sedona Magazine explains it:

 “Sedona vortexes (the proper grammatical form ‘vortices’ is rarely used) are thought to be swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing, meditation and self-exploration. These are places where the earth seems especially alive with energy. Many people feel inspired, recharged or uplifted after visiting a vortex.”

Many people visit Sedona to explore these vortices (yes there are more than one) of supposed swirling energy that are found around the red rocks near the hiking trails. My wife and I usually travel there twice a year and stay for a few days at a time. When I go, besides resting, hiking and eating at the local restaurants, I usually get my writing done, too.

I have always been curious about these vortices. However, because these areas of energy have always been associated with people who promote mysticism or Spiritism, I tended to shy away from going there. But then I asked myself the following questions: Who was here first, the shamans or the vortices? If they really do exist, is there a scientific explanation for the energy in the vortices? The last question came to mind due of some research on electrolysis that I had done for my forthcoming new novel The Secret of La Danta.

Electrolysis (no, not the hair removal service) is the electrical energy caused when water is in motion and an electric current passes through a liquid or solution containing ions. Ions are produced in running water and dissolved salts. How does electrolysis come into play in Sedona? Where did the salt come from to produce ions? According to geologists, the red rocks of Sedona are compressed oxidized sand from an ancient ocean.

Sandstone has salt.

Okay, so what about the running water?

Oak Creek runs year round through the Sedona area. Since it is perennial, I have always wondered where the water comes from. If followed upstream, it disappears into the rock. I figured some of the water from is not just from above ground because the creek runs just as full when there is no snowmelt on the mountains or rain nearby. My research shows the watershed comes from underground percolation from the surrounding mountains many miles away.

The Sedona area has underground water in motion. 

Could it be that electrical ions are being produced by the underground running water that is interacting with the salt in the limestone and sandstone under Sedona? Our cells are specialized to conduct electrical current. Is it possible, therefore, for humans to feel the energy in certain vortexes due to the ions produced by underground running water?

My Take

Armed with all this information and wanting to experience a vortex, I decided to take my wife and go hiking. After all, they are found on the Arizona State Park trails and are accessible to all. When I arrived at a supposed vortex I sat for a few moments admiring the surrounding scenery high above the valley.

At first I felt nothing.

Then, within a few minutes a peaceful feeling came over me. I didn’t want to leave the area! The weather was perfect and the scenery was great.

When I finally came down the hill, I had a realization. The peaceful feeling I experienced was the same feeling when I visited Yosemite Park, when I sat at the beach in California or Mexico and watched the sunset. It was the same feeling when I hiked Mt. Saint Helens in Washington or Mount Hood in Oregon and when I admired the great Redwoods in the Sequoia National Forest!

Nature…is a God-given, peaceful gift for us to enjoy!

But what about the vortices in Sedona? Since underwater rivers run under Sedona, I believe the ENTIRE city of Sedona is a vortex!  Yes, I’m aware that Sedona is a tourist trap, but it’s a trap worth getting caught in!

What do you think? Have you been there? What was your experience? What is your take?

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