Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

It’s been a while since we’ve been to Sedona, but it’s the home of all things spiritual and of course, known for its vortexes. While the four best known the vortexes are at Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon– there are other lesser known ones.

Some feel the vibrations emanating from them while others do not react to them as physically. Think of them as energy flowing upwards or spiraling downwards, the latter having a more grounded effect.

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Renée and Anthony at the Sedona Stupa

The last time we were in the area was a few years ago when we attended the After Life Symposium in Scottsdale which brought together researchers, scientists, healers, channelers, teachers, authors, musicians and more under one roof. We did a foodie rally in Phoenix and Scottsdale around this time and a tour of Sedona Red Rocks with West American Detours, which takes you to Native American ruins and local artisans of Sedona. We were also able to see the Well of Montezuma which is a 55 foot deep flooded limestone sinkhole formed by the collapse of a large underground cavern as well as the Tuzigoot National Monument. Here there is also a picnic area and the foundations of an underground Hohokam house, which is protected by an iron roof.
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Well of Montezuma

Here you can see Sonoran mud turtles and limestone cliff dwellings built by the Sinagua Indians around the 14th century.

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Inside the museum

We loved the energy and the messages we received during the Amitabha Stupa in Sedonabeautifully positioned among gable pines, juniper pines and purple spiers. The stupa is known to be one of the oldest forms of sacred architecture on earth, dating back to the time of the Buddha 2600 years ago. It is considered the living presence of the Buddha and therefore represents the spirit of enlightenment.

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Renee and Anthony at the Amitabha Stupa in Sedona.

Among the red rock in all directions, you take a short hike on winding paths that brings you to the 36-foot Amitabha stupa, then you will also discover a smaller Stupa of Tara for prayer, meditation, healing and experiencing peace in a sacred place. We like that the Amitabha Stūpa is open daily from dawn to dusk and there is no charge to experience it. Below are some photos of the terrain and surrounding natural beauty.

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Anthony at Amitabha stupa.

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Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

From almost every point in Sedona, you are greeted by the ever so energizing, vivid red rocks.

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There are of course the famous pink jeep tours, which we have done many times over the years. If you’ve never done it then it’s a must but if you’ve done it once I’d suggest another tour or maybe a private tour if your budget allows.

Want to see Sedona from above? Then discover one of the helicopter offers. We went with Sedona Air Tours several years ago and I have to admit: the views are spectacular.

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Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

Also, to see the Chapel of the Holy Crossyou head up Hwy 180 for about 3 miles to Chapel Road and follow Chapel Road on your left until you reach the spot – you can’t miss it.

In addition to all things nature and spirituality, there are tons of great shops – think art, crystals and jewelry for my favorite picks. There are even large displays of crystals in cafes around the city.

Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

If you want rarer finds and a wider selection, then check out Crystal Gratitude at Creekside Plaza. Here you can also sign up for Reiki sessions, massages and more. They also have a great display of crystal bowls that you can also play with – courtesy of course. They offer sound healing sessions and sound baths. They also have peace gifts along Jordan Road in Sedona as well.

As for food, we didn’t have dinner once this trip, largely due to several house party invitations and our busy schedule. A gem of past travels includes our five-star experience at Che Ah Chi to Enchantment Resort, which is located on 70 acres in the Boynton Canyon of Sedona, Arizona. Discover our opinion of several years back. My favorite place is Dahl & Deluca, where romance meets old world Italian cuisine. We wanted to stop by and say hi to Lisa Dahl (chef and co-owner) whom we have met many times over the years and who has always felt a great connection.

We also like René Restaurant on 336 Hwy 179 in the upscale Tlaquepaque Mall, which is surrounded by a Mexican courtyard and bubbling fountains. The food and wine pairing is out of this world at this mix of southwestern Switzerland and France, open for lunch and dinner. Read my previous writing which includes tons of delicious photos.

We went to quite a few cafes this trip as we needed somewhere with strong wifi to work on a presentation and who doesn’t like coffee, especially in the winter? Some good choices are by Theia, Synergy (small, but funky with velvet and chocolate canapes), Kota’s Coffee House, Cafe and Creekside Bakery which overlooks some of Sedona’s most exciting rock formations, Oak Creek Espresso, Elote Coffee and the Chai Spot. The latter is super funky and located at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village – they also have one in Manhattan. We also tasted delicious Indian dishes from fojols.com food truck. (below)

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Fojols.com Food Truck

We were there to talk to the Ascension Equinox Retreat which was held at Sedona Unit. Bringing together speakers and experiences from the worlds of science and spirituality, it was an interesting experience for us. We focused on the multidimensionality of who we are as energetic beings and how learning more about non-local consciousness and awareness can bring more joy, peace and serenity into our lives.

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Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

Above and below, Renee and Anthony speaking at Ascension Equinox Retreat.

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Below is Suzanne Ross, the talk show host and producer with Jimmy Church, the radio show host.

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Suzanne Ross and Jimmy Church

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Maureen St. Germaine, teacher and author

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Alan Steinfeld, author and host of New Realities

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Nick Falcon

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Speakers dinner

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Speakers dinner

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Above: round table

Outside of Unity there are countless statues across cultures and belief systems as well as a terraced seating area for relaxing between sessions.

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Outside of Sedona Unit

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Renee and Anthony at Unity Sedona

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Tanjila, Renee, Peter and Anthony at Unity Sedona.

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After party event, partly under the stars and partly by the fire

We also organized a small gathering on Friday evening at the Sedona Quantum Consciousness Center, organized by our friend Tanjila Islam who is the founder of a new online platform called Soul Search. Soul Search brings together those who offer their skills and services around all things consciousness and spirituality, from therapists and masseuses to wellness and Reiki practitioners, channelers, biofield healers and beyond. We have a listing on their platform which you can find here – it’s a great way to let others know what you’re up to and connect with others in similar industries.

Let’s not forget that dawn and dusk are magical times in Sedona – the sun always illuminates the rocks, enhancing their colors so much that you see them in shadows, reflections and even the sky itself. We saw a double rainbow when we were there which we couldn’t capture well on my old iPhone but let’s just say it was magical enough for us to stop and sit with for a half -time.

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Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

We also held a small event separate from the conference at

Getting There

We went to Sedona from the west coast believe it or not (about 1-15 hours which you can spread over 2-3 days if you have time) or you can just take a shuttle from LA or SFO. Alaska Air has direct flights from SFO to Phoenix and although we are relatively new to them this is a great way to go. The flight is only about an hour and a half, then you can pick up a rental car at the airport (via the shuttle) and head out to explore. And, the views are spectacular. Check out their latest itineraries. #FlyAlaskaAir

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Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

Consciousness, Spirituality, Vortexes & Crystals

We look forward to returning when we have more time to hike and trail – it’s still a magical place to be in nature amongst the mighty vortices, red rock, canyons and cacti.

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Renee Blodgett

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Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online cultural and travel magazine with a global network of blogs and has contributors from every continent of the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also CEO and Founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and public relations. For more than 20 years, it has helped companies from 12 countries establish themselves in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and business launches, Renee practices what she offers and, as an active user of social media, helps clients navigate the digital waters around the world. . Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and writes regularly on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked the 12th social media influencer by Forbes magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman on social media by Forbes magazine in a Top 20 list.

His passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of his writing, the result of which has led to the production of six photobooks: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa South, Rome, urbanization and Ecuador.

Renee is also co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings together entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers in other countries to share and learn from their peers, governments, companies and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate and promote innovative technologies.

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