Sedona, Arizona is one of those places that has post-card worthy views in each direction. Stunning red-rock buttes and pine forests aren’t the only thing Sedona has to offer, it is also home to several energy vortex sites. Before going to Sedona, I heard a lot about the vortex sites, but I still couldn’t quite put my finger on exactly what they were. The term energy vortex sounds like something from a Star Wars plot, not a popular tourist attraction.
What is a Vortex?
A vortex is the funnel shape created by a whirling motion of anything that flows, such as fluid or air. For example, the whirling motion of a tornado is a vortex. On a smaller scale, water quickly circling down a drain is also a vortex.
The Sedona vortexes are energy vortexes. These energy vortexes are said to have been created by spiraling spiritual energy coming up from the earth’s surface, that can facilitate prayer, meditation, and even healing. The concept of an energy vortex comes from the energy from the earth combining with the energy of each person’s inner being.
Each vortex is different from the next, and are even categorized as “feminine” or “masculine”. Feminine meaning energy entering the earth and masculine meaning energy coming out of the earth.
Where to Find Vortexes in Sedona
There are 4 major energy vortex sites in Sedona:
- Bell Rock
- Airport Mesa
- Cathedral Rock
- Boynton Canyon
You can arrange for a “vortex tour” and visit each site with a guide, or you can venture out on your own. If you’re truly looking to get the most “spiritual” experience possible, I would suggest going separate from a group. Be prepared: most of the vortex spots require some degree of hiking. For a detailed description of each vortex site look here. If you’re looking for amazing Sedona hikes look here.
Are the Sedona Vortexes a hoax?
As with anything that can’t be seen, there is always some debate about whether or not the Sedona vortexes are actually real or just a ploy to attract tourists. I visited 2 of the Sedona’s 4 major vortex spots. Both of them were beautiful. Sedona is such a remarkable place, it doesn’t surprise me that people have reported feeling a strong spiritual connection while there. During my hike to Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock I saw people at the base of the hike doing yoga and meditating. Can I say that I experienced some major cleansing energy rush through me while I was there? No, I can’t. But I also didn’t go there for a spiritual experience. I was basically there for the physical activity of the hike. That doesn’t mean I believe Sedona’s Vortexes are a hoax. Spirituality is something that is so unique and personal to each person that it’s reasonable to think that each person’s experience will also be unique and personal.