Journaling in Sedona AZFor some reason, you have felt a “calling” to visit Sedona. Maybe you are strongly attracted to its natural beauty. Maybe you just need to get away and rejuvenate and this seems to be the perfect spot. Maybe you and your life need to change and you’ve been looking for help to accomplish that. Or maybe it’s a combination of all three.

You’ve probably heard stories about the profound experiences some people have had during their visit, and you’re wondering how or even if you’d be affected. Would it be possible for you to change and how would that happen? Will you like yourself more or will you just get more confused?

Before Your Trip to Sedona

The earth energy is tangible here – after all, Sedona is considered by many to be one of the planet’s true power spots. Such areas are ideal for personal expansion, but one must be willing and open to it. Being honest with oneself and becoming aware of one’s feelings are crucial. One way to do this is through journaling.

Warm up with some “pre-trip” journaling by asking yourself some questions. Be descriptive. Here are some ideas:

  • Why are you going to Sedona?
  • Do you have any anxiety? What and why?
  • What is the worst or best thing that could happen?
  • Why do you feel the need for change?
  • What changes would you like to see in yourself and your life?

The Outer Sedona

Finally, you’re here. If possible, get out on the land for a hike and immerse yourself in nature’s healing energy. Meditate and clear your senses.

Now, let’s do some journaling. You can take along a notebook and write in short bursts of inspiration or have a running commentary in your mind about what you are experiencing to write about later. You will be surprised at the flood of memories and observations if you are attentive now.

For instance, notice the red rock formations and etch them in your mind. They’re not just “gorgeous red rocks.” What formations do you see? Make up names for them. What makes them so spectacular? Describe the sky’s color, the cloud formations, and the effect of sunlight on the rocks, or lack of it.

Now listen carefully. Is that a lizard rustling through the bushes? How many birds are tweeting? Note the breezes around you. Now take a deep breath and notice any scents. Can you smell the earth? Is the scent of pine nearby? What does the earth smell like?

Rub some red rock dust and sand between your fingers. What does the texture feel like? Go ahead. Hug a tree. How does that feel? Look in the distance – are they any caves? How do you feel on the land? Be aware of your body as you hike along the trail. How does it feel? Energized? Clumsy?

The Inner Sedona

It’s commonly heard from visitors that Sedona seems to magnify emotions and feelings: from joy and heightened intuition to anger, grief, and “stuffed” emotions that suddenly surface.

Some feel this is the scary part – exposing those deep thoughts and hidden emotions. Remember, though, that fear is an illusion that cripples us.  Further, if you’re from a large city, the deep silence here can be unnerving when there is nothing to block out the inner voice and inner thoughts that can finally come into play. And that is the key word here – play.

However, as you diligently try to delve into your feelings, you might feel resistance in the form of a voice that says, “Oh no, you don’t want to think about that. Here, look at this and don’t go there.” Some call it the ego, but whatever it is, it is an agent trying to protect you from what it perceives as harm. It means well, but its mantra is, “Don’t rock the boat.”

What can you do to disarm this well-meaning guardian that is preventing your true progress?  Thank it for everything and tell him or her, firmly, to take a vacation for a while. Imagine it on a beautiful island sipping margaritas. It doesn’t want to come back. Now send it there on a one-way flight. Whew. Take a deep breath and let go of any fears. This is a good time for meditation – on the land is ideal, but anywhere quiet is fine.

Now let’s play some more. Strike up a conversation with someone – it’s easy to do this in Sedona – and notice what they are wearing, their “vibe” and facial expressions, the way they express themselves, and how you feel about the way you communicate with them.  What do you think of them? Why? Do you feel any prejudice and why do you feel that way? What’s causing that judgment?

Get out on the land as much as possible, meditate either actively or passively, and allow your thoughts and feelings to run freely. Be as honest as possible with yourself about your emotions and where they come from and why they are coming up.

For instance, what really caused your anger? What memories are surfacing?  Don’t be afraid to write about them freely, with no censorship, and allow yourself the luxury of not judging yourself. You don’t have to hide anything. No one is looking.

And what if you are deliriously happy? Express that joy and spread it around! Then write about how wonderful you feel and how others are reacting to you. Notice how what you project is being reflected back to you.

Home Again…

When you return home, take a few days’ break and read your journal.  What feelings come up for you?  A week or so later, reread it. What new insights have you gained since then, if any? Have you changed at all? If so, how?

Let’s Play Some More

After a while, your journal may seem static and outdated, so in the meantime, and perhaps until you visit Sedona again, it’s wise to keep the discovery process going in your life. To do so will help create an ongoing and even more rewarding and enriching experience from your Sedona journey.

Have you ever thought about writing yourself a letter?  Yes, you read that right. Now that we have your attention, consider these different perspectives and don’t hesitate to create your own:

  • Imagine that you have tapped into your Authentic (Higher) Self  – you know, that part of you that sees all and knows all and is unencumbered by third dimensional concerns.  You may want to meditate first to clear your mind. Now imagine you as your Self. You are looking from above and objectively observing your earthly self going about its daily life on earth.  Write what your Self is observing. Now imagine yourself back in Sedona with your Self observing you there (the Authentic Self has no concept of time).  What is it observing now – any advice or specific comments? Write quickly and without judgment, and then quickly seal the letter in an envelope. It’s your choice to either mail it to yourself or put it aside with a date to be opened.  You’ll be surprised at what you find when you read the letter – and what fun to get a letter from your Self!
  • Imagine that a friend is writing a letter to you and telling you how they’ve noticed the positive changes in you since your trip to Sedona. These changes can be what is so far real and what this friend would like to see change in you. The friend goes so far as to list all the wonderful traits you possess, as a person and as a friend. Remember to be descriptive. You can save it for later, read it now, or mail it to yourself!
  • Write a letter detailing all the wonderful things you experienced in Sedona (remember to “show, don’t tell”), how they impacted and affected you, what you found out about yourself, what you want to improve upon, and your goals. Again, if you write quickly, the memories will first come slowly, and then will soon come rushing back in a tidal wave!
  • This one is really fun! Select one of your Sedona journal entries and, after you have read it, rewrite the experience in a letter to yourself.  You will find that your perspective has changed…it will be expanded or you will realize or see something that you hadn’t thought of before.  You can read this letter right away or save it for later, and when you do, you’ll be surprised at how differently you interpreted or perceived some things.  Do this with as many journal entries as you’d like.

You’ll probably have some even better ideas to help plumb the depths of your thoughts and feelings. Along the way, you will discover some amazing things about yourself as you watch those old, negative tapes fizzle out.

After all this, though, you might feel the longing to return to Sedona.  It’s quite common for visitors to return again and again. And there is good news about this, too. Each time you return, it will be a different experience. New layers of yourself will be revealed and celebrated.  How many and how much is, as always, completely up to you. It’s all about you and the gift of Sedona – the earth’s gift of pure, loving, heart energy.