Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Vortexes


1. What is a Vortex?

It’s a naturally occurring phenomenon defined as an energy field rotating in a spiral around a central axis. You can find a consistent vortex pattern in nature. For example, tornados exhibit a vortex formation, just as water does when it spirals down a drain. There are vortex formations in the energy of the smallest atom and the largest solar systems. Vortex sites, though, are areas of powerfully focused earth energy. Don’t worry – it won’t suck you into the center of the earth.

2. What did Native Americans say about Vortexes?

They have long held Sedona sacred and have performed spiritual ceremonies here for hundreds of years, calling Sedona “the land where Mother Earth’s energy, which gives eternal life, comes out.” While they were aware that the interaction of earth energy and our bodily energy can facilitate self-awareness, meditation, a sense of peace or wellbeing, and even healing experiences, they also believed that Sedona had the power to awaken one’s true dreams and yearnings.

3. What should I expect to happen at a Vortex

Vortex sites can enhance prayer, contemplation, and reflections for people of all faiths. Many people discover a sense of peace, a strong flow of energy, a feeling of recognition or déja vu, or a sudden insight. Everyone experiences a vortex differently and there is no “right” way. A particular spot can even reveal a different insight or experience each time you visit it. But it is common to feel either nothing or very little-at first. Don’t expect to be hit by thunderbolt. The energies are powerful, yet subtle.

4. What should I do at a Vortex?

You can just sit and immerse yourself in Sedona’s inspiring beauty or walk around the vortex area with a meditative awareness. Some people enjoy their favorite meditation, visualization exercise, or even offer rituals. Meditation is ideal to help you “tune in.” Once you tune in to the self within, you will tune in to the earth’s energy. The key is to relax your body, calm the constant chatters in your mind, and go within.

5. How can I feel a Vortex?

When you go within in quietude, you will begin to sense and become aware of the vortex energy. How you perceive it is as unique as you are. Relax and let it flow in and around you. Then let go and become one with the energy. It may feel strangely familiar and yet different. Open yourself up to new feelings and possibilities. You will feel as if you are expanding. Click here to learn the vortex guided meditation that Ilchi Lee described in The Call of Sedona book.

6. How many Vortexes are there in Sedona?

We can say the whole Sedona area is a vortex, but there are four major and many minor areas of energy that are commonly recognized.

7. Where should I go to find a Vortex

There are maps of the Sedona vortexes, but finding your own special energy spot is not only fun but also enlightening. Walk quietly with awareness on the land to find the spot that calls to you.

8. Do I need to climb up anything?

Only if you want to – it is not at all necessary. Many vortexes are easy to reach and none really require climbing to experience their energies. A vortex occupies a good-sized area and is not a small point of energy.

9. Who discovered Sedona Vortexes?

In the late 1970s, author Dick Sutphen published a book, Past Lives, Future Loves, that discussed the mysterious powers of the Airport Mesa and Bell Rock. A spiritual channel named Page Bryant attended one of his lectures, later visited Sedona, and identified two other major vortexes – Cathedral Rock and Boynton Canyon. The original characterizations of the major vortexes identified by Ms. Bryant are still widely accepted as valuable.

10. Is it okay to create medicine wheels at Vortexes?

We recommend not moving rocks and sticks to crate medicine wheels or stone cairn. For many, this detracts from the area’s natural beauty and leaves an impact on the site. Because thousands visit these sites every year, each of us must help keep the beauty of Sedona’s inspirational landscape safe for many generations to come. And honor the natural quiet by chanting, drumming, singing, or praying quietly.