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What are the Vortexes

First of all, what is a vortex, exactly? Well, a vortex is created by the spiraling motion of air or water around a center of rotation. The swirl of water as it drains out of a bathtub can create a vortex as the water swirls around the drain. Another good example of a vortex would be the dust devils that toss about dirt and dust in the dry and windy desert landscape.

One of Sedona’s many red rock formations.

In grammar the plural form of the word vortex is vortices, but in Sedona, Arizona, they are known as vortexes. What are the Sedona Vortexes? Are they spirals of air that kick up dust like the dirt devils that are so common in the desert, or are they something else? Many people believe that the Sedona Vortexes are not air or water, but rather a spiraling mixture of spiritual energy. Sedona is thought to be one of the world’s most powerful Vortex sites, where energy across different dimensions interacts with one another to create a location of powerful spiritual energy. Those who visit such sites often claim to feel a sense of spiritual healing and balance as they say that their inner energy responds to the flow of energy through and around them.

The Native Americans who have lived in the Sedona area have long believed this to be a sacred place, referring to it as “the land where Mother Earth’s energy, which gives eternal life, comes out.”

Some History of Sedona and the Vortexes

Humans first began to settle the area around Sedona around 4000 B.C. as tribes gathered and hunted for food in the Prescott Valley. Between 900 BC and 1350 AD, a more advanced civilization known as the Sinagua (without water) people began to settle the area. The Sinagua were skilled in dry farming, and had knowledge of astronomy, making pottery, and creating jewelry. The Sinagua went so far as to develop trade routes with people who lived along the Pacific coast, Central and South America.

Montezuma’s Castle rests among the Sedona Vortexes.

Even today, the cliff and cave dwellings of the Sinagua people are still visible to hikers and visitors. As you hike along the red rocks of Sedona, you just might spot petroglyphs (a prehistoric rock carving) or a pictograph (an ancient picture drawn on a cave wall or other rock face). These ancient artifacts, along with the blazing red rocks and the open blue sky only add to the spiritual nature of Sedona. It’s no wonder so many people feel a sense of enlightenment when they visit the Sedona Vortexes.

The Geology of Sedona’s Red Rocks

Among Sedona’s most beautiful spectacles are the blazing red rocks that surround the desert landscape. A receding ocean left layers of sandstone and limestone in the Sedona area over millions of years. Iron oxide built up over these layers of sandstone and, in the process, rust formed. As a result, the red rocks of Sedona were formed.

Where to go when visiting the Sedona Vortexes

So where are some of the most highly-sought after Sedona Vortexes? Below are just a sampling of where you can go for a spiritual experience:

  • Cathedral Rock Vortex at Red Rock Crossing This spot is considered a strong vortex as well as a sacred area in Native American history.
  • Bell Rock Vortex This area is known as an Upflow (also called Electric or Masculine) area that is best for meditation or solving problems from a spiritual perspective.
  • Boynton Canyon and Long Canyon Mesa Vortexes Some people consider Bonyton Canyon to be the most powerful spiritual vortex among the Sedona Vortexes.

What to do when visiting the Sedona Vortexes

  • Take time to reflect, and speak in a low voice. Others may be meditating too.
  • Take one of the guided tours or attend one of the yoga classes held among the Sedona Vortexes.
  • Show respect for the land and for its artifacts.

What NOT to do at the Sedona Vortexes

  • Don’t light fires, or even candles, of any kind.
  • Take home any rocks, shards, or pieces of vegetation from the site.
  • Camp or sleep in the ruins; don’t dig or remove artifacts from a site.