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Mar 15, 2010
In my last three posts, I’ve outlined the rise and eventual acceptance of the Personal Growth Movement as an admiring participant in it. In this one, I want to look at what may be coming to follow it. My approach begins with a simple observation that I made at my very first personal growth workshop over two decades ago. I began growth events in 1988 at the age of 21, having returned from a year abroad in Peru. In fact, it was during a trip to Machu Picchu that I felt something inside had shifted. On my return, my mother... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at The Spiritual Path
The Personal Growth Movement countered the prevailing norms of society, fighting for a more peaceful way to live in a modern world. The signs are everywhere that it has made its point: · No longer hidden, emotional expression is the stuff of day-time TV talk shows · Personal finance, relationships, creativity & design each have growth celebrities · The weird is now cool: yoga, meditation and vegetarianism are hip · Thanks to Whole Foods, the health food store is now the biggest in the plaza · Twelve step programs are everywhere, and even Obama is quitting smoking · The Secret... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2010 at The Spiritual Path
Earlier I noted the intellectual and spiritual influences on The Personal Growth Movement (PGM). An equally significant part of its spread was the generation it appealed to, and the way it did business. Focus Generation The PGM has been led and spread by Baby Boomers. They entered adulthood with the est workshops (1971) and enter their 50’s & 60’s with Oprah-Eckhart Tolle teleseminars (2008). More self-conscious of itself than any other, the generation has valued free spirit, individualism, social change and experimentation, and has turned the odd – from yoga to health food to meditation – into the “cool.” Examining... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at The Spiritual Path
Personal growth is changing. One reason is that the movement that launched it on the world stage is ending. “The Personal Growth Movement,” (including sub-cultures such as “Human Potential, “New Thought, “New Age” and “Self-Help”) is ending not because it failed, but because it succeeded. Let’s take a look at what the movement has done, and why it is coming to an end, by starting with an examination of its key influences. influences In its fullness, the Personal Growth Movemnet (PGM) drew liberally from the ancient wisdom and modern scientific understanding of an ever-shrinking planet. On the one hand, it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at The Spiritual Path
Last weekend I had a great time appearing at Sedona’s most notable personal growth event, “The Gift in Shift,” January 15-17, 2010. The fourth annual conference included over a dozen first class speakers, and I was pleased to join them on stage. First, let me praise the thrilling charisma of Dutchman Bert Janssen. Discussing both crop circles and ancient wisdom, his presentation is as exciting as his adventures. Bert jumps from country to country, eliciting clues and unraveling mysteries. From ancient crypts to mysteriously locked chambers, Bert keeps your holding your breath, wondering what’s next. Add great visuals, abundant enthusiasm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at The Spiritual Path
Sedona loves crystals so much that we have people named for them. And stores. One of our favorite places is Crystal Magic. You’ll find its purple awning on the north side of West Highway 89A. After many years in business, it’s time to praise a store that has become a local landmark. First, the staff is friendly and helpful. Always changing, just like everywhere in this transient town, but nonetheless, always friendly. Second, they stay open into the evening. That’s saying something for a town where most retail is closed by 5pm, no matter the day or season. (And for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2009 at Love Sedona
Sedona’s third major eco-zone is the tall forest that lines the Oak Creek Canyon and extends atop the highest formations. Sedona comprises the southern portion of the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest. These towering conifers can reach over 200 hundred feet. My favorite part of the ponderosa is their bark. Stick your nose in between the splits of it and you’ll get a delicious scent, somewhere between vanilla and praline pecan. Long needles come from the branches, which are a good source of vitamin c in a survival situation. These forests were threatened by Sedona’s eight year drought that ended... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at Love Sedona
The eco-zones that comprise Sedona also include our riparian zone. This zone comes from the Latin riper, meaning river. In Sedona, when you’re by water, you’re by Oak Creek. It’s pretty much all we’ve got. Oak Creek is a whole new world. Suddenly, leafy trees (“deciduous”) appear. These include the towering Arizona sycamores and cottonwood trees that give us autumn foliage each year. The foliage can begin in late September at the north end of the Oak Creek Canyon, and endure past Thanksgiving downstream by Red Rock Crossing. The creek is clear and usually clean, so with a good eye... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2009 at Love Sedona
Your neighborhood has a name, but what do we call neighborhoods in nature? We call them “life zones,” “ecological zones,” or abbreviated, “eco-zones.” Here, at a given altitude, we find a climate and all the plants and animals that thrive in it. Depending on the degree of detail, some count more than 10 different zones in Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Let’s discuss the three most prominent ones. The first is “high desert.” As a true desert receives less than 12 inches of precipitation – and Sedona averages 14 – it doesn’t actually qualify for desert status. Nonetheless, the term... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2009 at Love Sedona
In over 5,000 miles on the trails, I still haven’t seen a mountain lion in Sedona, but I hope someday I will. First, they are powerful, beautiful animals. Adults weigh 70 to 165 pounds; stand 2 1/2 feet tall at the shoulder, and measure 6 feet long, plus a few more feet for a tail. Females are smaller than males, and both range in color from gray to tawny. Kittens have spots. Mountain lions are at the top of the food chain, preying on deer, among other small to medium-size mammals. Their teeth have developed to make them remarkably successful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2009 at Love Sedona
I’ve been looking for the best sunset spots lately. I’m getting out almost every day in the early evening as Helios rides his sun chariot into his red rock fortress for the night. Finding the best path at the foot of that fortress and the best vantage point to watch the sun dive into its underground journey back to the east is not easy. That’s because I’m always trying to find the most quiet, uninhabited spot and there are so bloody many spots! So here’s a couple of special places where you can see the gods light the rocks on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2009 at Love Sedona
Excited about the end of the world? If so, the new John Cusack flick, “2012” may be right up your alley. Or, for a more auspicious deliverance, consult the new book by Bill Gladstone, “The Twelve.” In the meantime, it’s worth remembering that the world has already ended in Sedona at least once. The new millennium got lots of attention in Sedona, and New Year’s Eve 1999 featured at least one major spiritual gathering, in anticipation of possible end-times. Thirteen years earlier, however, was the event that really put New Age Sedona on the map: The Harmonic Convergence. Predictions based... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at Love Sedona
A great way to begin 2010 is to do it here in Sedona, Arizona at the fourth annual Gift in Shift Conference. The event features a variety of speakers in the field of personal growth, including author Gregg Braden. His work has led to such pioneering books as The God Code, The Divine Matrix, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief and his newest, Fractal Time. The closing keynote speaker is Dr. Joe Dispenza, author of How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One. In between are a variety of interesting speakers who cover a broad range of spiritual and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2009 at Love Sedona
It’s November, which means it is time to focus on Thanksgiving. Here are some tips for Turkey Day in Red Rock Country. First, beware of weather changes. Late November is typically pleasant (sunny & dry, with temps in the 60’s), but an early winter storm can change things dramatically. To get the best forecast, avoid national weather websites and the Weather Channel on TV if you’ve already arrived. These offer data from Flagstaff, Prescott or Phoenix, all of which are tremendously different. Instead, we recommend Second, beware of crowds. Thanksgiving Weekend visitors come as overnight visitors but also as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2009 at Love Sedona
The annual “Celebrate Your Life” event will be held this weekend at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix. If you’re interested in personal growth, it’s a rare chance to meet a large group of author/speakers, and a surefire way to get inspired. Noteworthy speakers this year include Wayne Dyer, Debbie Ford, Bruce Lipton, Neale Donald Walsch, Cheryl Richardson, relationship experts Gay & Kathleen Hendricks, Omega Institute’s Elisabeth Lesser, John Holland and Phoenix’s Sunny Dawn Johnston, to name only a few. Such a broad array of speakers means that there are lots of avenues for you to pursue, from the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2009 at Love Sedona
This week a wonderful returning client shared with me that her daughter is now 10 years old. I sighed with relief because four years earlier a Sedona psychic predicted that her daughter would soon be dead. The problem wasn’t that the reading was wacky. The problem was that some of it was right on the money. This points to an important question when it comes to Sedona psychics, intuitives and others in the field of offering unexpected insight: How can you find a good one? In truth, there’s never a better place to start than looking in the mirror. There... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2009 at Love Sedona
The time has come to recognize that Sedona is “America’s Sacred Site.” Here’s my argument. Each year, tens of thousands of people experience a physical or emotional reaction to being here. Those reactions were once the stuff of denial, later of conjecture, but now it is becoming clear that people are responding to the subtle energy of the land. Not unlike what people experience at other sites of stunning natural beauty or spiritual presence. Sedona is a place many are drawn to, and a place many feel in their heart as much as they experience it with any other sense.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at Love Sedona
There are a number of favored spots in Sedona to connect with the energy here. Traditionally, most people agree to four major points: Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Airport Mesa. What does the human evidence suggest? It is clear that people are having energetic experiences in places throughout Sedona. In addition to the “Big Four,” for example, people often report sensing energy near the Chapel of the Holy Cross and also in the Schnebly Hill area. Because these two are so often mentioned, you may hear people say that there are six or even more vortexes. Beyond this,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2009 at Love Sedona
Want to blend in more with the locals? Here's a primer on the local dialect. First, use the word energy as often as possible. As in, "Wow, your energy is great today," and "Hmm, the energy seems to have changed since my last visit." In fact, whenever you're uncertain how to review food, music, living quarters or nature spots, draw on the "e" word. Note local vocabulary. The word money is far too droll. We prefer "abundance" or "prosperity." When a New Age event requests a "love energy donation," don't worry, it's not sexual. Know which topics to discuss. Popular... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2009 at Love Sedona
What’s the best month to visit Sedona that people haven’t heard about? November! Oh sure, April, May and October get lots of publicity. Pleasant weather, cultural events, spring wildflowers and early autumn foliage make these months great. Visit Sedona in these months, however, and you won’t be alone. So let me instead sing the praises of November. First the weather is wonderful in November. Any unspent heat of the unending Arizona summer is gone, meaning all the days are pleasant for being outside. At the same time, nights are cooler, which most Sedonans enjoy. November often begins with a sharp... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2009 at Love Sedona
Sign #7 that You Might Be a Sedona New Ager is this: When you go to your kid’s Halloween costume contest, you come home with first prize. Here’s the skinny of Sedona’s favorite holiday. First, we must face the fact that many Sedonans dress creatively and use alternative identities all year round. Nobody needs to wait for Halloween. You can color your hair, paint your face, dress up funny and change your name whenever you choose, and you’ll fit right in. Nonetheless, having an official holiday still adds a certain air of respect to our extravagance. Since an awful lot... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2009 at Love Sedona
This post contributed by Corinne Casazza. I’ve always wanted to pole dance, so when a dear friend invited me to go, I couldn’t say no. I enlisted one more friend and our trio headed off to Priya Pilates in West Sedona. Owner/instructor Heidi Benson informed us we didn’t need to be Barbie-doll-like size 2s to wrap ourselves around a pole. “Men like all shapes and sizes,” she said. “When I realized that it was very empowering for me.” Looking down at her generous cleavage, Heidi said, “Puberty came late.” Then added with a smile, “Okay, plastic surgery came late.” Heidi... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2009 at Love Sedona
Sinagua Life As is typical of modern humans, we underestimated the knowledge and technology of our predecessors by presuming that the Sinagua had little contact with other ethnic groups of the region. Not so. They participated in trade routes that stretched for great distances in the four directions. Traders dealt in cotton and clothing textiles, turquoise and precious stones, seashells used as coin and fashion items. Most impressive of all, routes extended south all the way into Mexico and Central America. The exotic feathers of macaws were brought from there, perhaps useful in the ceremonies of the Sinagua. Dwellings of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2009 at Love Sedona
First Peoples Thanks to evidence such as ancient human etchings on the red rocks, we know that native people resided here more than 5,000 years ago. Our understanding of these peoples is limited, but it seems that they survived by gathering nuts and berries in the forests, as well as hunting wild game. Though it took effort, there was enough of each: acorns, prickly pears and pine nuts to collect; quail, rabbits and deer to track. In harmony with that lifestyle, it would be natural to move with the seasons. Sedona's winter temperatures are generally moderate and the rim country... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2009 at Love Sedona