My last day in Sedona was a bit exhausting. However, instead of driving back to Southern California later that day, I was going half way to the gambling spot of Laughlin, NV. for the night. A brilliant plan provided that the following day was Halloween, and I didn't want to exhaust myself driving to visit my nieces and nephews.
Again, I woke up early to get to Cathedral Rock before other tourists ventured to the area. Probably a 1 hour steep hike, the views on Cathedral Rock are incredible. On the top of the trail, you're at the bottom of the large boulder rocks surrounding you like the sensation of being in an open top cave looking out into the horizon. I managed to get to the top where I was alone for a good 40 minutes. With no one to answer to, no one to describe the sensation of the experience, I was able to simply be. The first time I did this hike in 2014, I was left thinking how do I describe this experience to my numerous family members still sleeping in the hotel. However, there was nothing worth reflecting on and I was able to simply adjust myself mentally to soak up the moment.
One of the things I would notice from each of the vortexes that I had visited in Sedona was a knowing at the end of my visit, that I had got what I came for, whatever that may be. In carrying that thought, I was immediately greeted by a tourist who made it to the top and shrieked "damn" rather loudly at the view. Slowly coming out of my Sedona induced bliss, I tried to keep my attention on the view but was distracted by the tourists. Apparently coming in separate groups, instead of taking in the view, many of the tourists immediately proceeded to take posing pictures, talk with each other about where they came from, and then immediately walked back down the path. No one else noticed the moon's brilliance, which left me thrilled as I selfishly felt that she was only shining for me (Can you find her in the pictures above). Again, to each their own.
Given that I wasn't able to trail Boynton Canyon the prior day due to the rains, I was again under time constraints on Friday to get done everything I wanted to accomplish. Moreover, I was feeling the burn of the hikes after the steep Cathedral Rock. Nonetheless, I pushed on to the neighboring vortex of Bell Rock, didn't climb as much as this vortex is usually littered with tourists, then proceeded to lunch and Boynton Canyon afterwards. I was dismissed from handling Boynton Canyon the prior day because of the rain, however, I think I was meant to traverse this trail at a particular moment to feel her magick.
Everything has a purpose and I began feeling the magick of the songs as the drums drew in a hawk that flew above us. The hawk can be seen as the Egyptian Neter Horus, symbolic of the third-eye. As Ted Andrews further elaborates in Animal Speak, the red-tail hawk shows the seat of primal energy with the grounding color red, but yet soars high in the sky. Moreover as further discussed, the Ojibwa consider this bird as a messenger of the Gods, providing you with signals. Again, I was reminded of the Chariot that I drew from the tarot deck, the timing was perfect for me to have this experience and I knew that something was looking out for me.
As other tourists started making their way into our prayers having conversations on which direction to walk next, I again had the knowing that I got what I came for. It was time for me to go, to leave the natural bliss of Sedona as Boynton Canyon was the last natural stop for me before revisiting International I Am. As I was walking down the trail with the full knowing that I was done, I couldn't help but feel a bit of loneliness as I felt that this trip would have been so much more if shared with a special someone who would be open to the same experiences. No doubt I had come across and greeted many attractive tourists/locals. However, as my emotional body began spiraling downward while walking to my car, a fellow elderly gentleman walking up the pathway quickly greeted me and stated "I have something for you, it's in the shape of heart as it holds all of the loving energies that Sedona has to offer". I was handed a Sedona red rock carved into a heart shape. The gentleman quickly scrambled on while I was still in a state of shock telling him, "I really appreciate the gift". I was completely dumbfounded. Well, what do you think, is something looking out for me?
Overly educated and continuously exploring and revealing more behind the veil.
"It cannot be too highly emphasized that the mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns."
-James Wasserman, The Mystery Traditions