We are spending some time in Sedona, Arizona. We have visited this location a couple of times because Sedona is warmer than North Dakota at this time of year and also a very beautiful place. The unique beauty of the location comes from the unusual red rock formations that circle the community.
Like other similar locations Sedona appears to attract the very rich who are evidently willing to give in to the requirement that you fashion your cliff dwelling from adobe and glass. These are the folks who fancy boots, cowboy hats, and western clothes and keep real estate prices inflated beyond the means of those who actually understand why cowboy boots have pointed toes. There are the young outdoor enthusiasts who hike and ride thousand dollar bikes up and down the trails and then spend their evenings working as waiters or convenience store attendants. I can talk to these folks ‘cause I worked with college students for many years, understand their motives and need to find themselves, have eclectic musical tastes, wear Keen sandals, and happen, in general, to be one gnarly fellow. Dude!
There are also artists. I do not understand art, but I do like pretty things. For the most part I will have to take my own photos and do without the items fashioned from stone and steel. Too expensive.
The group that fascinates me are the new agers. I stare at them and wonder if they are true believers or just are unwilling to let anyone else in on the scam.
The red rocks are home to several vortices (I think that is the plural of a vortex). The locations are marked on the maps available to tourists.
According to Wikipedia – In fluid dynamics, a vortex is a region, in a fluid medium, in which the flow is mostly rotating on an axis line, the vortical flow that occurs either on a straight-axis or a curved-axis.
I don’t think these folks have physics degrees so vortex must have more than one meaning. I guess you do not want to fall into one of these. Beam me up Scottie.
Crystals are a big thing. I should buy a book to learn why. I think they are supposed to have healing powers.
I have also learned that you have an aura that can be revealed with a special type of photography. Skilled professionals are able to photograph your aura and then “read it” to tell you things about yourself that had escaped your awareness. Perhaps this capability is available to us all. There are some weird settings on my digital camera I never understood, but might be able to figure out if I read the manual. Perhaps the A setting stands for aura. I try this setting once in a while, but the pictures usually come out over exposed. Perhaps what I accepted as a lack of artistic skill on my part was really a missed opportunity to search for the inner truth in nature and in others. Now I wish that I had not deleted all of those pictures.
Finally, there is the matter of aligning your chakras. My understanding is that the mystics who practice this skill are kind of like chiropractors, except they fix you in other ways than twisting you into that weird pretzel position or determining if your legs are the same length. I hate that sound when your neck cracks. Perhaps I should give the chakra guys a try. Namaste.