Sedona: My First Encounter With Bell Rock

 

Written by Gary Wonning

An excerpt from my book, The Portals of Sedona.

Soon we approached the Hwy 179 exit and began driving towards Sedona.  Suddenly, rounding a mountain, in clear view directly in front of us was a large red rock that looked like a bell.

I remember her saying something about it being Bell Rock, Well, that makes sense since it looks like a bell.

For whatever reason, I began to feel light headed, extremely hungry, and disoriented.

This is crazy, I just ate a big breakfast two hours ago, and I can’t be hungry. I continued looking at Bell Rock and the feelings intensified.

I stopped the car just short of Bell Rock for some photos of this captivating rock. I was extremely hungry and making an effort to stay grounded, I ate everything Emma brought from home, and I was still hungry.

The journey was just beginning.

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Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Bell Rock, one of the most famous landmarks on the planet, marks the entrance to Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona when traveling on highway 179.

It is the most powerful vortex in the area and many who visit it have encountered many strange events. Many encounter extraterrestrials from other worlds and realms, and many experience past life  events for the first time in their life.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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It doesn’t take long to discover that Belize is a land of contrasts. From the poverty and disarray of the cities to the quiet countryside, many differences are soon found. With poverty and crime running rampant in cities such as Belize City and Belmopan, the traveler has to be constantly aware of his surroundings and protect whatever is being carried. Remember,that camera hanging around your neck is worth more than the average Belizean earns in a year. All that aside, the Mayan people are wonderfully warm people many of whom go out of their way to please visitors. Traveling into the countryside one discovers thatch roof homes with no doors or windows. Because of the warm climate , they can live comfortably all year with a gentle breeze flowing through the open windows and doors. I was struck with the concept that although no utility lines were visible, a lot of homes had a satellite dish in the front yard.
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Capitol Butte Sedona Arizona

Resembling a large serpent, Capitol Butte looms over Sedona Arizona.

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Capitol Butte

Capitol Butte, or Thunder Mountain is the highest peak in the Sedona area, thus it is visible from nearly any location in town as well as the surrounding area.

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Representing the head of a serpent, many native American legends surround it.

Sedona is often referred to as the unofficial New Age capital of the world.
North Arizona University concluded that 64 percent of the near
four million annual visitors to Sedona come in search of a spiritual
experience.

Archaeologist Jesse Walter Fewkes  believed that Sedona
and the Verde Valley was the legendary Palatkwapi, the great red
city of the south, which is spoken about in Hopi legends.

For the Hopi,
the “Red City” was a great cultural and religious
center
which they only traveled to for religious and spiritual practices, no one lived here.

Regardless if you come here for a spiritual experience, to hike the many trails, view the beautiful vistas, or to just relax at one of the luxurious resorts in the area, Sedona will not disappoint you.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments welcome

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Court House Butte , Sedona Arizona

Entering the Sedona area by highway 179, one of the first landmarks visible is Court House Butte. Located just to the right of Bell Rock it is impressive to say the least.

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The Sedona area is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world. The red rocks matched with the turquoise blue sky leaves one with a sense of wonderment.

The spiritual significance of the area combined with the vortexes in the area lead the ancients to believe the area was too sacred for human habitation, thus they only came here for spiritual ceremonies.

The ancients believe a vortex is  a place where energy emits from the earth and thus makes contact with other dimensions and life forms  easier to accomplish.

Each specific vortex has a special significance to them and obviously courthouse Butte was deemed a place of judgement. They came here to be  judged by their Gods. Although not one of the four accepted major vortices, with many smaller sites in the area, Courthouse Butte remains a small and important vortex in its own right.

Hiking trails are abundant in the area and provides an opportunity for the hiker to observe the mountain and surrounding area from various locations and vantage points.

Be sure to bring your camera and plenty of storage space, as opportunity abounds to take that perfect postcard photo. It’s neighbor to the west, Bell Rock has been designated a UFO landing site, so, you never know.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Boynton Canyon :Sedona Arizona

Located just a few miles northwest of Sedona Arizona, Boynton Canyon is one of the most beautiful canyons in the world.

Nothing can quite compare to the beauty of this surreal atmosphere. Surrounded by mountains, trees and natural wonders of all sorts, one can spend days here and not be at a loss for anything to do.

It is an area where on can be satisfied to just contemplate the wonders of nature and not feel hurried to do anything, except to contemplate the wonders of God and God’s creation.

Spending time in this area, one has to come to the realization that there truly is a God and marvel at the wonder of it all.

Enchantment Resort, located in the heart of the canyon has all the amenities one could desire while visiting the area, along with some of the most beautiful scenery while dining in the restaurant.

There are many hiking trails available from which to enjoy the beautiful scenery, some of which leads past ancient American Indian cliff dwellings and patches of pure white crystal beach sand, including sea shells, all at 4,500 feet above sea level.

The canyon has a certain mystical aura about it,one can only wonder how this land was formed and the history of it all.

Sedona Arizona: Boynton Canyon

As mysterious as it is beautiful, Boynton Canyon is a “must” see on your next visit to ancient Sedona.

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Located just a few short miles northwest of Sedona , this sacred land is home to many legends. Native American Indians have lived in this land for thousands of years, thus the land is sacred to them.

Boynton Canyon is one of the four major vortexes in the Sedona area, which lends it to many unusual events. Many report much UFO activity in this area as well as other strange phenomenon.

One of the most beautiful resorts to be found any where is located in this canyon. Visited by guests from all walks of life, Enchantment Resort , (The former Gardner Ranch), is said to have been built on sacred Indian burial grounds.Many believe this has lead to the continuous and ongoing financial problems the resort has endured.

The early morning and late afternoon sun makes this an ideal dining experience.

Hiking in the area, and enjoying the exteme beauty and magnificance it isn’t hard to imagine that at one time this whole area was underwater.  Venturing up Sycamore Canyon Trail, about a mile behind the Enchantment Resort an area of white quartz beach sand with sea shells included can be seen , in an area that today is about 4,500 feet above sea level. How did that get there?

Plan to spend some time, you might even get to see a UFO.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

 

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At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race,what happens after death,the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms, if they do exist. There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus we are each a part of God, thus we are God! This book is a brief account of my search for my own truth as I know it today, everything stated actually happened, according to my own perception. It has been an exciting search,at times very frustrating, very rewarding, and above all, very fulfilling. My main purpose in writing this book is to show that anyone, even a bashful unfamous country boy can have these awakenings, you don’t have to be rich or well-known to find your connection to Divine Source. I began taking notes for this book over thirty years ago, at the time, writing a book was the farthest thing from my mind. My only thought was to have a journal to read over when I got older. As a result, I didn’t record some of my references, many of the references were from Aboriginal and Mayan elders themselves, many of which has been the victim of the ravages of time. Hence my book is short on references, but long on experience, I hope you understand.
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Gunfight at the OK Corral


How many of us have watched an old western movie only to see the
typical scene where a bar room fight starts, either over a poker game
or a woman and someone immediately  runs to get the Marshall?

As a consequence, chairs would be flying through the room, glasses were
breaking against the mirror behind the bar and many whiskey bottles
would be broken over the bad guys heads. Meanwhile, In comes the sheriff
to save the day.

A fist fight ensues and eventually the mayhem spills out into the street ,
with horses and buggies full of women and children scurrying to flee
the flying bullets.  Soon the Marshall and the outlaw face off ,
standing not 20 feet from one another, each daring the other to draw
first.

Because the sheriff is always noble and just , the bad guy  draws first, but to
his dismay and early demise, the sheriff    wins, his aim is accurate and
true. The outlaw slowly  collapses in front of the towns people , the
sheriff becomes a local legend and everyone retreats back to the Long
Branch for another drink and to reminisce about the evening’s
entertainment.

Why did the good guy always win? Surely the sheriff wasn’t always the
fastest gun or the most accurate, there had to be a reason for this.
What could it be? We have all watched these movies and no one has ever
questioned it  before. We were all to happy to see the sheriff as our
hero,so he had to be the fastest and most accurate, besides that, he
wore a white hat.

The way I see it, there is some truth in all of this, but the real reason
is  simple. You see, the outlaw had spent the entire evening in the
saloon, he was drunk. He couldn’t hit the broad side of a red barn. He
was seeing at least two people, so he never knew which person to aim at.
Further more, by being inebriated his reactions were slower than Gomer
Pyle walking through molasses in January, by the time he found his gun
and tried to draw, the sheriff had fired off several rounds, and chances
are at least one of them found it’s mark..

The moral of the story is : if you are going to be in a gunfight, don’t
drink. Even in the fantasy land of television, there are lessons to be
learned.

“Accuracy is more important than speed.” Wyatt Earp.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments welcome