IMAGINE Magazine Autumn 2015 Volume 1 Number 1 - Page 4

E x p lo r at i o n The Sedona Peace Tour features three categories of peace sites—ancient, environmental, and modern—with a total of 18 sites, several of which are cross-referenced. The Peace Tour can be accessed by car, inspiring walks of exploration, and some longer hikes available at many sites. The Tour starts at Bell Rock, just north of the Village of Oak Creek on S.R. 179, but can begin at any peace site and continue from there. Introducing the Sedona Peace Tour w hat is it that stirs the heart upon seeing red earth rise up to meet cobalt blue skies? Is it merely Sedona’s startling beauty that cradles your senses, releasing a primordial ahhhh from deep within? In the spirituality practiced by many First Peoples there is the notion of “walking the Red Road,” or living a life of truth and humility that respects Mother Earth and is in friendship with all of one’s relations. For millennia the Sedona environs has served as a refuge for their ceremonies, prayers and peacemaking. And today Sedona continues to inspire residents and visitors alike to fall into harmony with its sacred resonance. The metaphor of the Red Road seems to be rolled out quite literally in Sedona, and it is with that recognition that the Sedona International City of Peace created a circular path of discovery through its red rocks. You are invited to take that journey in your imagination in the following pages, and then make time to follow your own Red Road and experience the raw beauty, peace and healing of the Sedona Peace Tour. by Jane Perini and Paula Donnelly-Roark 4 IMAGINE l Autumn 2015 l Bell Rock is both an ancient Native American sacred site and one of Sedona’s vortex sites, which are said to be places of concentrated energy that help amplify whatever is needed for healing and growth. Native Americans have traditionally recognized Bell Rock as a sacred site of masculine energy; it is matched to Boynton Canyon on the northwestern side of Sedona, a sacred site of feminine energy to which the Yavapai-Apache groups continue to honor with their annual spring trek. It is believed Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon were to be preserved for rituals of life, peace and restoration, and within which no one should live.