The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart
The Native Americans called Sedona “the land where Mother Earth’s energy, which gives eternal life, comes out.” Furthermore, they believed that “great souls” inhabit the red rocks, and that they make the people who come and find Sedona awaken to their true dreams and yearnings.
Sedona is a small city in the center of Arizona, a state located in the desert of the southwestern United States. It’s about two hours by car from the Grand Canyon and about 120 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona’s capital. It’s often referred to as “red rock country” because of its monumental landscape of red rock. As you enter the city, you’ll see why locals like to say, “God created the Grand Canyon, but He lives in Sedona.”
One might assume that Sedona is a place of swelteringheat because of its desert location, but in fact there are four beautiful seasons. In the spring, the dry fields are blanketed with wildflowers. In the fall, the leaves turn and flood the Oak Creek Canyon with orange and golden yellow foliage. Winter is equally beautiful in Sedona. The sight of fluffy white snow piling softly on the red rocks is exquisite; and when the snow stops falling and the sun comes out, the red rocks, green cacti, and blue sky radiate their own dazzling light. When you see such sights, you understand why people call Sedona “The City of Light,” and you find yourself nodding your head in agreement.
Though Sedona has a population of about 10,000 people, more than three million tourists come here each year. However, unlike the usual tourist locations, Sedona is a very quiet city. Most of the restaurants and stores close by 9:00 p.m. It’s a city that couldn’t be more boring for people who are looking for nightlife. But for people who know the joy of communing with nature, it’s a place that often gives them the irresistible urge to pack their things and move here at once. Actually, a considerable number of Sedona residents first came as tourists and fell in love with the place.
Sedona was registered as a city in 1902, taking its name from the wife of the white settler who was head of the first post office.
According to archaeologists who research ancient Native Americans sites, the Native Americans who lived in northern Arizona for thousands of years have long regarded Sedona and its surrounding Oak Creek Canyon as an especially sacred place. The Native American sites discovered here are not centered on Sedona; instead they encircle it.The Native Americans visited Sedona only when they were conducting rituals or religious ceremonies. Even today, just as Hindus make a pilgrimage to the Ganges River, several Yavapai and Apache tribes come to Sedona to perform traditional ceremonies and blessings.