IMAGINE Magazine Autumn 2015 Volume 1 Number 1 - Page 6

and peace. Today, Native American tribes continue to use various places in Oak Creek as places for ceremony. The peace and beauty is apparent even if viewed only from the car. l Sedona Arts Center (SAC) A proverb tells us, that “wherever God lives, artists follow,” and the Sedona Arts Center deserves credit for beginning a legacy of art dedicated to peace and beauty in Sedona. Nassan Gobran, its creator and a renowned Egyptian artist, arrived in Sedona in 1950 (population: 350 at that time). As an artist he was stunned by the beauty of the landscape, and realized that Sedona was a place where the arts would flourish. Through his dedication, SAC opened in 1961 in the old wooden apple-packing barn at the end of the Jordan farm. There you will find Gobran’s “Peace” sculpture. The original barn now houses SAC’s classrooms and offices. (Sedona: Legends and Legacies, Kate Ruland-Thorne, 1989.) l Airport Vortex. Travelling up Airport Road to the parking area on the left, you will discover a trail to the broad space between the hills marked by twisted juniper trees, said to be indicative of vortex energy. Believed to be masculine in nature, this location along with several others close by have the added advantage of offering spectacular vistas of Sedona. (Photo left) l Peace Bell. The Peace Bell Is located in a garden located on the grounds of the St. John Vianney Church. The bell itself was chosen for its beautiful tone and its long resonance. The vision is that when one strikes the bell “a prayer of peace goes out not only for your own soul and consciousness, but to the world as well.” Stay, stroll and enjoy the surrounding gardens as well. l Labyrinth. The labyrinth, open to the public from 11 to 3 each day, is similar to ones found in many indigenous cultures which are said to activate one’s spiritual energies. Mindfully treading its spiral path inspires reflection and meditation leading to an experience of grace, peace or holiness in one’s heart, spirit and soul. l Amitabha Stupa AND Peace Park. A short well marked trail through the 14-acre Peace Park takes you to the Amitabha Stupa. It was the vision of the spiritual director of Kunzang Palyul Chöling, Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo, to create a place of great benefit where anyone can come to meditate or offer prayers. A stupa is one of the oldest forms of sacred architecture on earth, dating back to the time of Buddha 2,600 years ago. Stupas have been built to create peace, avert war, end famine, and promote prosperity and healing. Their sole purpose is to bring benefit to all beings, and the mystical accounts of their healing powers are well documented. The Peace Park is open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. (Photo above)