Although it's been two weeks since my weekend trip to Sedona, I never posted about it. And since I'm a little bored right now I figure now is as good a time as any. In all my years of annual Arizona trips, I had never made the less-than-two-hours-north-of-Phoenix trip to Sedona.
My Aunty Debbie and Cousin Jenna (who both live in the valley) are regular visitors, and my Aunty Delta (a snowbird) have all made frequent visits. They were all so excited to introduce me to the area.
When we arrived, it was 30-degrees and snowing!
Not what you call typical Arizona weather. In fact, it had been in the 80's in Phoenix just the day before! Needless to say I was ill prepared for this weather and wore every piece of warm clothing my aunt had in her trunk.
Upon our initial arrival we drove straight to Bell Rock.
I was a little disappointed because it was so foggy. I'm sure the initial views would have been stunning.
We took a few photos, contemplated hiking up the trail, which we quickly nixed when the snow started turning to rain.
Instead, we decided to get some lunch and shop at Tlaquepaque.
We ate at a great little cafe called The Secret Garden. Then, while my aunts wandered through the galleries, Jenna and I went a little nuts posing with statues.
What can I say, we crack each other up.
That evening we went to a medium. I didn't know what that was until it was explained to me that it was a séance.
I can't say I was that excited about it. All I could think of was the move "Ghost"; you know where the spirits take over Whoopi Goldberg?
It was at the Sedona Center for Creative Living. We were instructed to arrive by 7:15 pm. The séance started at 7:30 pm and late arrivals were not allowed entry.
The chairs in the room were set-up in 2 circles. We sat in the outer circle. The séance started with an explanation of what to expect, then we had to go around the circles and say our first names. I thought I could be a silent observer, but apparently everyone received "a message." We also learned about a third of the group were regulars.
When the séance started the lights were turned off and some intro music was played. Then we were led in a short meditation session before the psychic began to go around the room to deliver each person's message from "the spirits."
This is where I admit that I thought the whole thing was hokey. All I could think about was how uncomfortable my seat was because my feet didn't touch the ground. And how the only illumination in the room was the Exit sign over the door that I naturally fixated on.
About an hour into the session the psychic finally came around to me.
Psychic: "Naomi, may I come to you?"
Me: "Yes." (I contemplated saying "no" but I didn't want to cause a scene or disrespect the others in the room who were having a serious moment.)
While her messages to the others were pretty generic, (or at least it appeared that way), she was a little specific to me.
She said that there was something that I experienced when I was 10 yrs old that has had a profound impact on my life. And as a result, it's holding me back from achieving my full potential. She asked me if I meditated, and if I could recall what could have happened. I said no, so she recommended I try hypnosis to recall my memory.
At first I had no idea what could have happened to me when I was 10. I barely remember being 10 yrs old; those years are all kind of jumbled together in my memory. Aunty Delta said that was when she left for college and I was probably devastated by her departure and missed her so much that I never recovered from it. Haha.
So, okay so this is where I admit some irony.
One thing that I didn't include in my March goals was that I wanted to (and have started) meditating. It's something that I've never done before. Jenna meditates often and its something we discussed a lot during my trip (prior to the séance).
After the séance was over, another woman in the group came up to me and told me about Deepak Chopra's 21-day Meditation Challenge (sponsored by Oprah) was starting the following Monday.
I guess the séance wasn't so hokey after all.
I still stand by the fact that I don't think this psychic had any ability to receive "messages" on my behalf. I compare the experience to reading your horoscope - take it with a grain of salt. But I do appreciate the woman from the group telling me about the 21-day Meditation Challenge. I'm in the midst of participating in it. It's been an uplifting and gratifying experience so far. I look forward to sharing my experience when the challenge concludes.
Red Rock Crossing
The next day the weather cleared up so we headed out to Red Rock Crossing.
Red Rock Crossing sits right under Cathedral Rock.
There is a river that runs through it, and the bank along the river is Buddha's Beach.
The area is littered with vortexes made of rocks left behind by visitors.
We made one for our family.
Then we had fun trying to be "human vortexes."
We made a final stop at Bell Rock for last minute photos before heading back to Phoenix.
What a difference 24-hrs makes.