Discover a Spiritual Vortex Wherever You Are!

Nov 4th, 2008 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The last several days you have been patient in allowing this writer a much needed vacation. The chosen locale was Sedona, Arizona, one of the most marvelous of geographic and spectacular sights anywhere in the world.

What made it doubly enjoyable was we shared it with friends, who were our hosts. Last August, they were joined in marriage. I was honored to preside at the ceremony. Our gift was to join them in Sedona for a three day respite.

On one morning, while in search of an identified vortex, we observed an older couple walking along the road. We stopped, asked directions, but were quickly told by the man that he didn’t believe in such. We hadn’t asked for his beliefs, only a location. We hadn’t indicated any “belief” one way or the other. He proceeded with his walk and we proceeded to discover the several locations throughout the day. It was part of the pleasure of being there. Much like a scavenger hunt, we pinned down the locations, enjoyed the views from every one and came to agree with one couple who said she believed “a vortex may be found wherever you are.” We thought that was a sound observation.

Literally, a vortex is an eddy or maelstrom, a whirlpool. According to About.com, ”a vortex is created from spiraling motion of air or liquid around a center of rotation.” A good example is a dust devil ordinarily seen in the desert.

According to legend, vortexes are created, in Sedona, not by wind or water, but from spiraling spiritual energy. Thus, the separation of those who “believe” and those who do not. Vortex sites are spiritual locations where prayer, meditation and healing intersect with a person’s inner self.

We did not experience a particularly dramatic harmonic convergence, as it has been called. Like our friend we met on the trail, it was an experience in grandeur, a moment of peace and unforgettable beauty.

Like most spiritual experiences, it is left to the individual to interpret and translate its meaning, if any. Spiritual encounters of the best kind are in the moment and in the place when and where an individual is open to them. They do not need follow a prescribed formula, nor do they need to become a universal phenomenon.

Just be open to the tranquility available in such a moment wherever you are!



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