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Sedona’s Beloved Intuitive Shares Tips for Tapping into Your Spiritual Side

Banya Lim, Spiritual Intuitive, Manager of Sedona Healing Arts

Banya Lim, Spiritual Intuitive, Manager of Sedona Healing Arts

Spiritual Intuitive Banya Lim has been practicing energy healing in Sedona for over 13 years. Her company, Sedona Healing Arts, sits among magnificent red rocks on the way to Uptown Sedona and offers visitors from around the world personal guidance for experiencing the powerful healing energy of Sedona that Ilchi Lee speaks of in The Call of Sedona.

In this article, Banya Lim offers several tips for tapping into your spiritual side.

1. “Before anything else, know that you are a spiritual being!”
Banya points out that realizing that this not something that is taught in schools. “We have not been taught to get in touch with our spiritual side and enhance that aspect of ourselves. The truth is that we are spiritual beings in this physical world.” Understanding that you are a ‘spiritual being’ must come first.

2. Train to sense and feel energy.
With this basic understanding of our spirituality, understanding the energy that flows through all living things becomes easier. Banya comments, “Being able to sense and to feel energy is something that can be learned through training. The word ‘training’ has many connotations, but it is important to realize that all of the sages through history have practiced some form of training to harness the energy we are speaking about.

3. Practice enhancing and expanding energy.
I personally practice Tao to not only feel the energy, but to enhance and expand the energy as well. Through training exercises and meditation, we begin to feel the energy.” She adds, “Energy is the language of the soul. Just as spirit is ‘who we are.’ Even though we may not see it, we know that it exists. We practice to experience it, confirm its existence, and to expand the experience of it.”

4. Get guidance when you need it.
Banya also points out that it is helpful to have some guidance as you strive to be in greater touch with your spiritual aspect. That guidance can assist you in growing and expanding not only your spiritual awareness, but your consciousness as well. Sedona Healing Arts utilizes readings, healing and energy training and Sedona retreats in an individually personalized way to assist in this wonderful process of self-discovery.

To learn more, visit www.sedonahealingarts.com.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance writer on nature, creativity and wellness, Lynn is also a visual artist, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.

Ilchi Lee’s The Call of Sedona now in Taiwan and Romania

The New York Times bestselling book The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart by Ilchi Lee has been recently published in Taiwan and Romania.

The Call of Sedona Taiwan and Romania

In The Call of Sedona, Ilchi Lee shares the remarkable awakenings and heart-expanding inspirations he experienced in Sedona, Arizona—a unique place of amazing red rocks, striking sunsets, and an ability to lift one’s spirit that draws millions of visitors each year. The book also provides a range of advice on meditation and enlightened living that will benefit anyone, anywhere.

Originally published by self-help and meditation publisher, BEST Life Media, the message of this dynamic book has touched the lives of many people in the U.S. and is continuing to make its mark around the world. The Mandarin edition of the book is available in Taiwan through Fine Press, one of the largest publishers of mind, body, spirit books. The Romanian edition is released by Adevar Divin (Divine Truth) publishers.

[Video] Interview with the Author

In this one-on-one interview, The Call of Sedona author, Ilchi Lee, explains how perceiving the energy of and receiving messages from Sedona enables you to discover who you really are.

How The Call of Sedona Can Enrich Your Sedona Journey

Tree Meditaion from The Call of Sedona by Ilchi Lee

 

If you’re planning on visiting Sedona and haven’t yet read Ilchi Lee’s The Call of Sedona, you might consider doing so before you arrive. And even if you’re not coming to Sedona soon, aren’t you curious as to why it’s been on bestseller lists across the country, including the New York Times? When you read it, you’ll see why.

Praised by both visitors and long-time residents alike, it’s a treasure trove of information about Sedona’s exceptional energies and their counterpart in the human experience, grounded and balanced within heartfelt personal experiences and ancient philosophy, and loaded with wit, wisdom, inspirations, and specific ways to open to Sedona’s powerful opportunities for spiritual progress and personal growth. In fact, it’s a great guide for such goals no matter where you live!
One of the book’s main messages is the importance of interacting more deeply with nature. Why? Such activity is parallel to, and considerably eases, the effort of going within ourselves more deeply.
TIP: Communing with nature is so much easier in Sedona.
Here are just a few inspiring ideas from the book to help you on your future journey of the heart.

Can Nature Help Us to Understand Life?

Did you know that our ancestors observed nature in great detail and used that knowledge to survive? Come on, you might be thinking, I live in a very different world and I don’t have to hunt for dinner.

And you are correct. However, modern life has probably also obliged you to work in a building with artificial light and recycled air, endure long commutes and, aside from home plants and maybe a backyard seldom used, provided very little time for contact with nature except maybe during weekends. Maybe.

You’re anxious to get out in nature, where Sedona’s highly charged energy is most powerful, hike, breathe in the stunning scenery, maybe meditate, and get in touch with your spiritual self. Maybe you’ve been asking yourself, “Who am I, really?”

So Let’s Get Started.

  •  Find a spot on Oak Creek.
  •  If it’s a warm day (or maybe even if it’s not), slip off your shoes and dangle your feet in the water. Swish your feet around and feel the water flowing around them.
  •  Now sit quietly and meditate – either actively or passively. The point is to clear your mind. There might be irritating things jangling around in your head – problems that you wanted to leave behind.
  • Now focus on the creek’s water as it rushes over and around the rocks. Notice how those irksome thoughts are fading.
  • Listen to the sounds of the water as it gurgles and swooshes over every obstacle in its way. Notice where a twig or stick is stuck dancing in a tiny gully. Sit long enough to watch the water finally dislodge it and wash it downstream.
  • Notice that the water’s momentum – or perseverance – and its ability to find a way around something – or flexibility – are key to its success in getting to its destination – or goal.
  • And if there isn’t an obvious path to its goal, it makes one – in its own creative way.
  • Notice again the sounds the water makes as it collides with obstacles in its path. Beautiful, aren’t they? How different would it be if there were only silence, or slight sounds?

In the book, Ilchi Lee observes that, “Conflict is the source of creation. A life that avoids conflict never changes . . . We must live making sounds like the stream of water, not just making small, quiet sounds, but big, beautiful ones. We can produce beautiful sounds in our lives by colliding with obstacles.”
This little exercise is simple, but profound. Do you feel a kinship with nature, however slight it may be, arising within you? Can you see similarities between the water’s path and your own?

Talk to the Trees and the Mountains. Really.

Ever thought about doing this? It’s not just for granola crunchers. You can send your thoughts telepathically, but aloud might work better.

Stand alone among the trees in one of Sedona’s forests – on a mountain or canyon or on a trail. You might want to meditate a little. When you open your eyes, see that the trees are looking at you and not the other way around. Focus on those trees and not yourself. Empty your mind. One of the trees will appeal to you in some way. Walk up to the tree and touch it or give it a hug. You may hear the tree say something. Speak to it as you would a friend. Go ahead and give it a compliment. After you are feeling more comfortable, ask it a question. Don’t be surprised if you get an answer.

You can do the same with a mountain. Just focus on that mountain and speak with it, even from a distance, as you would a friend. Take interest in it and really focus on it as another being. Ask it something and be prepared to hear its answer.
Can nature take away your negative energy and maybe even give you advice? Yes, it can. See the book for another exercise about communicating with trees.

Feeling Energy

Here’s a quick exercise from the book (where it is much more detailed) that will help you to feel energy.
Sit straight with eyes closed; rub or shake your hands for 30 seconds. With palms upward, place hands on your knees and then raise them, very slowly, about five inches. Now lower them about three inches. Keep repeating this and focus on your palms. Be one with them. Imagine them receiving continuous energy from the air. You’ll notice a heavy feeling in your hands. That is energy.

Now bring your hands slowly in front of your chest with palms facing and two inches between them. Again focus on the sensations in your hands. Now move them apart a few more inches and back again. Repeat slowly. You will begin to feel an energy field between them. Imagine your hands linked with energy. Notice all the sensations you feel: magnetism, tingling, warmth, etc.

Such energy exercises will help you to become more aware of your body in a state of relaxed concentration, which will prepare you to respond more fully to the vortex energy and transformation of your body and mind.

As Ilchi Lee so aptly puts it in The Call of Sedona, “The experience of interacting with the earth connects us with a greater and more permanent power beyond the limited and finite self to bring us spiritual fulfillment and a sense of unity.
We say that the red rock mountains of Sedona, the souls of Native Americans, the juniper trees that are hundreds of years old, the eagle flying through the endless clear blue sky gave us a message, but actually it’s that with the help of Sedona’s energy, we have a meeting with ourselves in a state where our various defensive walls surrounding us have come down.”

 

Sedona Message from The Call of Sedona Book

Every human heart holds a question. Sedona helps unlock the answer for you through the message sung by its beautiful red rocks, flowing waters, amazing canyons, and unique formations. What is that message? Only you can determine this by listening for yourself with an open heart.

This video clip combines beautiful Sedona landscape images with the “Sedona Message” poem in The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart by Ilchi Lee. It holds the message Ilchi Lee heard in his ramblings and meditations throughout Sedona. Local voice talent Shondra Jepperson and videographer Neal Margolin contributed to making this video.

How to Journal your Sedona Journey

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.

9 Favorite Lines from The Call of Sedona Book

“Bring Your Favorite Line to Life!”. When we launched The Call of Sedona Facebook contest earlier this year, we were little nervous. We encouraged people to playfully animate their favorite inspirational line in the book with a photography, video, or illustrations. The response was snail- slow in the beginning, made us tear our hair out and murmured “Did we ask for too much?!”

But soon, we were wowed with hundreds of awesome entries. Many of them were seriously inspirational, some were side splitters, and one was greatly delicious. Katherine made a yummy masterpiece inspired by the book’s greatness theme: a Cathedral Rock shape of cake decorated with ripe blueberries pretending juniper trees (we guessed).

One thing that amazed us was the fact that many people liked the same lines despite all dynamic interpretations and expressions of them. Maybe we love and desire same things in the deepest in our hearts. Here are the 9 most loved lines from The Call of Sedona book that you will love too.

Wild Flower In Sedona

1. The Dream Quote
Dreams are reality that has not become true. Dreams are reality that has not become true. However, in the hearts of some people, they have already come true. People whose dreams are already achieved in their heart, and who can see that as they boldly throw themselves into it, have true courage.

2. The Flower  Quote
We are individual flowers blooming on a single tree called Life. Because each flower makes the effort to complete its own unique color, shape, and fragrance, the whole tree of Life can emanate greater vital power in all its fullness. Though we are all one, we each have our unique individuality. But nevertheless we share the same origin.

3. The Emotion Quote
We have to learn how to ride the waves of our emotions as if we were surfing, instead of floundering and getting swept up in them. Just as it’s important to keep your balance when surfing, you don’t get pulled by the undertow of your emotions when you’re firmly rooted in your center which is your True Self.

 4. The Conflict Quote
When there is no energy, there is no conflict, and where there is no conflict, there is no creation. Conflict is the source of creation.  One needs to know how to powerfully embrace the tension that arises when opposing energies meet and there is conflict and struggle. A life that avoids conflicts never changes.

5. The Hope Quote
No matter what difficult situations we may find ourselves in, we are able to change them and create them anew according to our choice. We can choose hope no matter what the situation. And with amazing creativity, we can design our lives and become drivers of our destiny.

6The You Can Quote
It’s natural to have emotions or memories that are hard to let go of even when you know they’re blocks to your growth. But no matter how deep the hurt or emotion may be, if you let go of it, you can.

7. The Voice Quote
If you don’t listen to the voice of your True Self and discover a dream into which you can pour all your passion, all you can do is keep living with a feeling of futility in the midst of a mindlessly hectic lifestyle.

8. The Prayer Quote
The most earnest prayer that I know is to ask for the life energy of the universe to come down into my body and let my mind become full and overflowing with peace and gratitude. Meditation is earnest prayer, and when prayer progresses, it becomes true meditation.

 9. The Completion Quote
Because everyone has a natural yearning for completion, we are able to change and recreate ourselves endlessly. Because we have a sense of completion within us, and because we have the will and desire to reach that state of completion, human beings have the potential for greatness and can become greater any time.