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PHOTOS: Hiking Sedona's energy vortex

Posted by Melanie Nayer  January 10, 2012 07:31 AM

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Kachina-base.jpgView of the Kachina Woman rock formation from Mii amo in Sedona.

Many people who visit Sedona say they often experience an energetic force. The belief is that the vortexes in Sedona are where energy lines come together to create a place of power that helps one to see things a little more clearly, or gain perspective on something they've been seeking.

Mii amo sits in Boynton Canyon, the largest vortex in Sedona, and the people who visit here - and many who live here - take energetic qualities seriously. While you're here you might learn about different spiritual signs driven by the energy of the vortex, many of which come in form of colors and shapes, that are said to help guide you on a healthier path. It's that thinking that makes my journey to the top of the vortex at Boynton Canyon so typical of a city-dweller's mentality.

Three of us started our hike from the back door of Mii amo toward the Kachina Woman rock formation. One of the girls in our group had hiked this path half a dozen times before and was well-versed in the spiritual side of Sedona, as well as the various vortex energies that are present in Sedona. As we arrived the top of the vortex, and sat on the base of the Kachina Woman, our "guide" made a triangle with her fingers, pointed it at the sun, and spent a few minutes staring ahead. When asked what she was doing she explained that Native American's believe that by creating your own "vortex" around the sun and stating your intentions, you'll find peace for those intentions. And so, we all made triangles, stared at the sun and stated our intentions at the base of the Kachina Woman. A few minutes later, and clearly affected by the state of the energy fields, she announced that the vortex was very strong today. Apparently, she was seeing gold and yellow spots in the distance (for those who do believe, gold colors are a strong signal of energy for your third eye). Hearing this, I quickly chimed in with what I assumed was the helpful response...

"Well, if you hadn't been staring at the sun you wouldn't be seeing yellow spots!"

And thus lies the reason you don't take a city girl on a spiritual journey to the top of a vortex in Sedona. We ruin all the fun.

Should you decide to go on your own journey to the top of the vortex in Sedona, here's a look at what you might see.

trail.jpgThe beginning of the trail to the top of the vortex, and the base of the Kachina Woman rock formation.

heart-in-tree.jpgPay close attention to the trees on the trail. You'll notice little rock hearts placed strategically inside the branches.

approaching-Kachina.jpgThe hike is pretty easy, despite its high-altitude. We're about halfway to the base of the Kachina Woman in this picture. The entire hike takes about 20-30 minutes (each way).

topofvortex-600.jpgThe view of the Boynton Canyon from the top of the vortex, at the base of the Kachina Woman rock formation.

Tip: You can do this hike on your own, or the concierge at Mii amo will gladly arrange a guided tour for you.

Readers: Have you ever hiked to the top of one of the Sedona vortexes? Did you feel a rush of energy?

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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