Saturday, November 10, 2012
Our time in Sedona was coming to an end, and we had yet to explore the most photographed landscape in the region, that of Red Rock Crossing, adjacent to Cathedral Rock. So, after parking the car, we followed the path along Oak Creek to Buddha Beach, where we came across hundreds of rock cairns - on the forest floor, atop tree branches, on fallen logs, and out in the creek bed. Red, beige, grey, and orange stones, in varying shapes and sizes, artfully balancing upon each other. Wandering among them, I was inspired to try my hand at it. Initially, I considered the idea of creating representations of my three children. However, after picking up a round, grey rock, I realized I was forming a mother figure instead. Complete with a heart-shaped stone balancing in her centre. Then, leaving this gallery of love behind, we made our way over to the huge, red rock slab. For my husband and I, this was the final one of the four Sedona vortexes left to experience. Sites that are said to contain concentrated spiritual energy, each with specific energetic attributes described as masculine, feminine, or a combination of both. After enjoying a simple picnic there, we decided it was time to open the sealed envelope we had been carrying around in our knapsack. It had been given to me by one of Michael's friends the last time I was home. She explained that she had hosted a New Year's Eve party in 1999 for a group of her thirteen-year-old friends. They had each completed, then sealed, their own time capsule questionnaire, then left them at her home, to be opened together during their 2004 graduation year. However, this project lay dormant until the envelopes were discovered this fall. Now, in this peaceful space, my husband and I tugged open the flap of the one our son had signed, Mike G's. Both of us silently reading the contents, beginning with the instruction at the top: Answer truthfully....no one will read this but you. Going on to discover the words he chose to describe his life in that moment, as well as predictions of what may be. Another priceless connection, thanks to the thoughtfulness of this friend. After returning to our vehicle, I was curious about the nature of this particular vortex. I was not surprised to read it was the only one with solely feminine energy. Of course it was.