Thursday, August 23, 2018


Airport Mesa Overlook

map of 4 Vortex sites in Sedona
In Sedona, I attended a lecture entitled “Scientific Vortex Information.” The speaker was author Peter Sanders Jr., an MIT Honors graduate in Brain Science. After, I wanted to find out where in the US are the mystical places he talked about. The following is is a list of ten. The first four are right in Sedona, the second three we have been to are elsewhere, and the final three I have now added to our bucket list:

1. Cathedral Rock
2. Bell Rock
3. Airport Mesa
4. Boynton Canyon
5. Mt. Denali
6. Serpent Effigy Mound
7. Mt. Shasta
8. Lady's End Labyrinth
9. Ringing Rocks State Park
10. Mt. Kilauea

Mt. Denali
He defines a vortex as an area of high concentration of energy that can enhance prayer, meditation, and creative thinking. Both Sanders, who has lived in Sedona for 35 years, and Bob, our Pink Jeepney Tour guide, say that the area's spiritual heritage goes back thousands of years. It is believed that the Sinaguas, who lived around Sedona circa 500-1400 CE (as evidenced by the ruins that circle the city), regularly traveled to the red rocks for their rituals. In the 1960's, word spread around the US about this mystical place and Sedona has since become a major destination.

The word vortex comes from fluid dynamics. It’s a region in which the flow revolves around an axis like in stirred fluids, smoke rings, winds surrounding a tornado or dust devil, and whirlpools in the wake of a boat. Sanders classifies mystical vortices as either Upflow or Inflow, matching the topography and color of a place to the types of prayer or meditation one can seek from it.
Serpent Mound

Sedona's Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Airport Mesa (headline photo) are mountains and mesas that give Upflows because they soar high. One is supposed to get a feeling of reaching up beyond the physical. Boynton Canyon, on the other hand, like canyons or valleys, are for Inflows. One is supposed to go inward to find healing from within. Furthermore, colors like red or energy, yellow for happiness, and orange, a combination of both, can increase oxygen supply to the brain to produce an invigorating effect. Sanders says Sedona, rich with red rocks, be they mountains or canyons, is blessed with eight mystical places, with the four as the most well-known.

Mt. Shasta
There are three we have previously visited although we didn't know they were considered mystical places at the time. Mt. Denali is the highest peak in North America and is believed to be the home of many spirits by Native Americans. Serpent Mound in Ohio is the largest known serpent effigy in the continent, symbolic of the large serpent with supernatural powers in Native American folklore.  In northern California, spectacular Mt. Shasta stands as the home of the Great Spirit for all Native Americans. When we visited these three places, we experienced highs but we attributed them to the usual feeling people get when they see majestic sites.

Lady's End Labyrinth
Ringing Rocks

To complete my list of ten mystical places, I have chosen the following and put them on our bucket list. Lady’s End Labyrinth is on a rocky mountainside, a few minutes from San Francisco, in a public park sitting right above the crashing waves of the mighty Pacific Ocean. We will try to go to this site in the first week of September when we are in the area.  Ringing Rocks State Park in Pennsylvania is a park filled with rocks, a third of which vibrate and ring when struck by an object. Last but not the least, Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii is a sacred place because it is home to Pele, the volcano goddess. We were supposed to see it this December but we canceled our trip due to the recent eruption and lava flows.

Mt. Kilauea

Sanders' first book bears the same title as his lecture which is held every Monday at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa. The public is charged $15 but it is free for Diamond Resort timeshare owners like us. He has written two others where he describes his free soul method to meditation. I bought one of them, Access Your Brain’s Joy Center, because I felt good when he showed us how we can free our limbic brains from worries and panics (which is totally me). Besides, Sedona is so near to where we live, just two hours away, that, if it is true, I can make frequent trips to her mystical places. Maybe I can even buy his other book, You Are Psychic. But, no, I don’t want to be that spiritually enlightened. I just want to travel to mystical places to get highs, maybe even renewing my spiritual energy.

1 comment:

  1. A very inspiring article with unique places. I have not heard before that they are mystical places. It is a pity because I was in Sedona, and Denali and I did not know that the rocks have such magic. I'd like to see all the places on your list.


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